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2016


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Headmaster Once again another year at Wisbech Grammar School has sailed by, and,as ever there has been so much going on. We said goodbye to some longstanding members of the Common Room, most notably our face of Riverline last year, Christine Noxon, and there is little doubt she will leave considerable shoes to fill. I am delighted to be working alongside Tim McConnell-Wood whom I have known for many years and I know will make an outstanding Senior Deputy. Lots of people have asked what he will do and my answer has been simple, ‘if it moves, he should know about it!’ This year has seen a lot of time and planning go into harmonising the school day between Prep and Senior School. The result has been to extend the day, which means that we now have a foundation upon which we can begin to focus on delivering an all-round education that inspires. I am resolute that the aim of being at school is two-fold: firstly to explore and take advantage of the myriad of opportunities the School offers and therefore (secondly), to achieve. Through this process of exploration and learning, passions are found and improvement in all areas: academic, sporting and extra-curricular, develops. We are at the start of this very exciting chapter in the School’s long history but as the educational landscape continues to change around us, what marks out the Grammarian from other pupils is their grounded nature, well rounded education and, as one set of parents told me, that we continue to offer and make better the ‘complete package’.

“My exhortation to our pupils is: be committed, be involved, be independent, be strong and, most of all, be yourself”

We have moved forward on a number of fronts over the last twelve months all aimed at improving the educational experience for pupils at the school. From the introduction of Firefly (our new online homework platform), to burgeoning partnerships with both Leicester Tigers, Northampton Saints, Rookies Netball and the renaissance of the Wisbech Old Grammarian Society. Wisbech Grammar continues to be a vibrant and exciting community and this edition of Riverline will highlight just a fraction of what we have been up to in 2015-16. I, like you, continue to be immensely proud of all that the pupils and staff have achieved.

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8 England Cricket Captain Charlotte Edwards 9 Cooking up a storm 10 Intermediate maths challenge 11 Ross Clarke celebrates selection 11 Athletics Stars 12 A string of accomplishments 12 Counting the Cost of Battle 13 Archers target success 15 Mollie Allen shows her class 17 Isle of Ely Athletics Champs 18 “Macbeth” grips the crowd 19 Oliver Short represents LAMBS 20 Will Gowler selected a year early 20 6 Tries for Full Back, Ollie Mann 20 Lewis Shipley 800m national champion at IAPS 21 6th Form Art Exhibition 22 Shooting stars 22 French Theatre Company perform 23 Hispanic Cultural Evening 24 GCSE Art and Textiles Exhibition 26 New Heads of School 27 Fenland Youth’s Voice 27 DT showcase their work 28 ‘Incepto’ wins Young Enterprise 29 ‘Ghoul school’ 30 Careers in Food Conference 30 Young Ambassador of the Year 31 Rugby Sevens 32 Angus Flint Crowned Winner of School Bake Off 33 A Literary Feast 34 The ‘Lions International Peace’ Poster Competition 35 Maddie Booth joins Emerging Young Leaders for 10 day Conference in the USA 37 Beating of the Brexiteers 39 Speech Day

40 Flavour of a foreign shore 42 Visiting Salamanca 43 A visit to the French Riviera 46 A trip to the Battlefields 48 Visiting America’s Capital 51 House of Parliament and Supreme Court 52 Berlin 55 Borneo 58 London and Food Innovation 60 Castle Rising 61 Manor Adventure

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62 Musical Maestros 62 Marking musical milestones

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Feast of Fundraising

Around the Houses

64 Fashion for Unicef 66 Clocking up miles for mental health 67 Michaelmas Ball 68 Race at your place 70 Italian Cuisine 72 Night Shelter

74 Sparks 75 Holmes 76 Clarkson 77 Peckover 78 House Event 2015 80 House Event 2016


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Club Reports 83 Robotics 85 Archery Club 86 Chess 86 Grow, Cook, Eat 86 Baking Club 87 D of E 89 Expeditions 91 D of E Gold Expedition

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94  Joanna Hutler climbs Mt Kilimanjaro 95  Jo’s ‘Kili Diaries’ 99 Ali Price signs contract extension with Glasgow Warriors 100 Hannah Flint ‘leading light’ for Modern Slavery 100 Elliot Young wins CREST Award 101  Joe Henry travels 28,968 km by bicycle 102 Sir Harry Kroto 103 Wisbech Grammar School in the Nineties and Noughties: Leading Personalities (By Mr Bob Repper, Wisbech Grammar School Headmaster, 1988 - 2008)

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Junior Riverline 124  A Word from the Deputy Head Magdalene House 125 Bad Hair Day 126 Pudsey visits Magdalene House 127 Getting into the festive spirit 129 Poppy Line 130 Greek day 131 Coldham Wind Farm 132 Thomas Fox wins falconry award 133 Prep 5 visit Ufton Court 134 Peter Pan 136 Bouncing to success 138 Teddy bear’s picnic

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104 New Staff 107 Leavers 116 A-Level Results Summer 2015 118 GCSE Results Summer 2016 119 Sixth Form Leavers

140 Boys’ Cricket 144 Boys’ Hockey 152 Rugby 159 Girls’ Cricket 162 Girls’ Hockey 168 Netball 174 Athletics 177 Swimming 178 Prep School Reports

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A proud year on

public stage The head boy and head girl review their year in office… The second half of the school year saw the Senior Prefects keep up their hard work. With the stress of UCAS and university applications a distant memory of terms gone by, the Prefects, expertly guided as ever by Miss Noxon, began to turn their attentions to their legacy. How would the Prefects of 2016 be remembered, (apart from being the first year to successfully colour clash every item of clothing they wore with the newly introduced Prefect Blazers.) After several meetings to discuss this, we settled on the idea of a charity challenge. Many ideas were thrown around between the historic walls of the Leonard Room; ranging from cross-dressing to a bake sale. As my mum can testify I’m definitely no Mary Berry in the kitchen, so that also ruled out a cake sale! Eventually we decided that the Prefects would attempt a mammoth 200 mile bike ride on stationary bikes in the Skelton Hall in the aid of the charity MIND. Mental health problems can affect each and every one of us both directly and indirectly and, as a group we felt it was a fitting cause. Cycling in pairs between 8.30 and 16.00 we obliterated our target of 200 miles, cycling a total of 360 miles and raising a grand total of £632.53. I would like to thank everyone for their kind donations and the Prefects for all their hard work on the day. As summer rolled on the Prefect team went on study leave as the external exams loomed. Speech Day left one last job for the Prefects before our successors were appointed and we were relived of our duties. The team all achieved incredible results this summer and now look set to spread out across the country and world as the next chapter of their lives begin; be that into higher education or on travels abroad as part of a gap year. We will take with us both the cherished memories of WGS and the dazzling colours of the Prefect blazers!

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I would like to take this opportunity wish the entire Prefect team of 2016/17 the best of luck as they embark on an incredible journey this coming year; I would like to thank the entire team for their efforts this year; it has been a pleasure serving with you all. I would also like to thank Mr Staley for his unwavering support of everything the Prefects have attempted this year, both as a collective and on a personal level. Finally, how could I not thank Miss Noxon, the mother of our Prefect team? Without her hard work, support and commitment the team would not have functioned, let alone achieved the great things we have this year. On behalf of the whole team I would like to wish her the happiest retirement, we will all miss you no end. Lastly I would like to thank the whole school for making our roles this year such a pleasure, and making the memories of WGS that we take with us the happiest memories we could ask for. Oliver Short


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England Cricket Captain Charlotte Edwards, shares expertise with Girls’ First Team On Tuesday 26 April, Wisbech Grammar School Girls’ First Team enjoyed a masterclass from England Cricket Captain, Charlotte Edwards. Charlotte, from Huntingdon, has been a prolific batter for England since making her debut at the age of 16, and has captained her country with huge success since late 2005.

“Charlotte has won the Women’s Team Award for the past two years and has led the England women’s team to victory in the most recent ODI series against India and New Zealand”

Charlotte has won the Women’s Team Award for the past two years and has led the England women’s team to victory in the most recent ODI series against India and New Zealand, and T20I series against South Africa and New Zealand. Charlotte is also a trustee for the ‘Chance to Shine Foundation’ which was established to inspire the next generation of cricketers. Director of Sport, Mr Phil Webb, said: “We’re absolutely delighted to have Charlotte here. To have the England captain at the school is the biggest encouragement for the girls who play cricket here and we’re extremely grateful for her visit.”

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against national competition

Wisbech Grammar School Fourth Form Pupils were crowned supreme champions in a national cook-along. The competition was held by the Guild of Food Writers to celebrate the life and work of the late Marguerite Patten CBE, one of the UK’s most prolific, successful and popular cookery writers and personalities.

“The IGCSE group inspired judges with their bacon and egg pie, Battenberg cake, prawns with lime and coconut milk, and soto ayam” Murray Christison, (Somersham,) Charles KermanStaley, (Wisbech,) Toby Phillips, (Kings Lynn,) Will Lankfer, (Friday Bridge,) Jade Sandy, (Hunstanton,) Jack Harvey, (Hunstanton,) Muhammad Ahmed, (Peterborough,) Tom Locke, (Upwell) and Frazer Brown, (Peterborough) were up against stiff

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competition as they joined food lovers of all ages and proficiency in cooking a meal based on Marguerite’s recipes. Competitors were asked to share photographs of their creations on social media where they were judged by Anne Dolamore (Marguerite’s editor) and Judith Patten (Marguerite’s daughter). The Fourth Form IGCSE group inspired the judges with their bacon and egg pie, Battenberg cake, prawns with lime and coconut milk, and soto ayam. This meant that they collected the winning prize of a selection of Marguerite Patten cooking books. Head of Food and Nutrition, Mrs Alison Sloan, said “The class were really enthusiastic about entering the cook-along. They really enjoyed learning about Marguerite Patten’s work and cooking and eating the dishes. They were very excited and absolutely thrilled to hear they had been selected as winners.”

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Calculating youngsters excel in intermediate maths challenge

Number crunchers at Wisbech Grammar School have notched up a top tally of awards in the Intermediate Maths Challenge contest organised by the University of Leeds in conjunction with the UK Mathematics Trust. A grand total of 41 pupils achieved awards: seven Gold, 13 Silver and 21 Bronze awards. The challenge is intended for pupils in years 9, 10 and 11.‘Best In School’ went to Shravan Sharma (King’s Lynn) in Year 8. Oliver Mann (Wimblington) was Best in Year 11, Sam Martin (Wisbech) was Best in Year 10, and finished just two points behind Shravan, and James Pearson (Hunstanton) was Best in Year 9.

“Pupils have to apply mathematics in a wide variety of ways; testing their ability to solve problems”

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Shravan has now qualified for the Intermediate Maths Olympiad, a competition for the best school mathematicians in the country, whilst six other pupils who obtained a gold, qualified for the European Kangaroo, a European Maths Competition taken simultaneously in many European countries - these were Oliver Mann, Cassia Lemon (King’s Lynn), James Fear (Spalding), Sam Martin, Ben Hamilton (King’s Lynn) and Beatrice Winder (Downham Market). Head of Maths, Geoff Howes said, “This is an excellent challenge as the pupils have to really think about the problems and apply mathematics in a wide variety of ways; it tests their ability to solve problems and results in a large amount of discussion amongst the pupils after the challenge. Well done to Shravan Sharma who obtained a Gold and Best in School in the Intermediate Maths Challenge. This is a great achievement but more so as Shravan is in Year 8 and the Intermediate Maths Challenge is intended for Year 9, 10 and 11 pupils. As a result of his excellent performance, he has qualified for the Intermediate Maths Olympiad which he has taken recently and is awaiting the results”.


selection success Wisbech Grammar School pupil, Ross Clarke, secures a place on the U14 England Ice Hockey Squad

Ross started playing ice hockey with the Peterborough Junior Phantoms in 2011. In 2012 he was selected to play for the South East U11 team, playing in his first national tournament. For the last two years Ross has represented the South East U13 team.

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Ross Clarke celebrates

Ross’ slick moves on the ice in a tournament in May 2015 secured him a prestigious invite to a trial for the U14 England squad. After many gruelling training sessions and challenge matches with the England squad over the past few months, Ross participated in the final squad training match in Sheffield on 22 January. Ross’ ultimate selection for the squad depended on his performance in this match. (Then) there began an agonising wait until 29 January before Ross received his letter from the English Ice Hockey Association to congratulate him on being selected for the 2016 England National Team. Ross will take part in a training camp in February before travelling to Zell am See in Austria at the end of March where he will take part in the Zell am See 25th World Tournament, the largest junior ice hockey tournament in Europe, with teams competing from Europe and North America. Chris Staley, Headmaster, said of Ross’ incredible achievement, “It will be an amazing experience for Ross. We are so proud that he will represent his country and we wish him every success in Zell am See”.

Athletics stars Wisbech Grammar School pupils James and Hannah Greenhalgh compete at top level to achieve qualifying times in this year’s National Indoor Athletics Championships. Wisbech Grammar School pupils James (Upper Sixth Form) and Hannah Greenhalgh (Year 11) from King’s Lynn, have trained hard over the winter months to achieve qualifying times for the National Indoor Athletics this year. James competed in the 60m hurdles at the South of England Championships earlier in the year where he was awarded 6th place. James went on to compete in the Eastern Region Championships where he was awarded 4th place and achieved a time of 8.66, the fastest time recorded for any age group in West Norfolk Athletics Championship’s history. Hannah competed in the Norfolk County Indoor Championships achieving an impressive qualifying time despite still recovering from a recent injury. Director of Sport, Mr Phil Webb, said, “James and Hannah have done incredibly well. We are proud of their excellent achievements and wish them the very best at the Nationals.”

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A string of accomplishments When I arrived at Dame Alice Owen’s School for the English Schools’ Orchestra annual residential course in October, I must admit that it was with some feeling of trepidation.

“Over the four days, I mastered the challenging programme of 20th Century Russian music” Having applied and been offered a place playing the violin, I was obviously delighted, but although I already had plenty of orchestral playing experience, this time I didn’t know another soul! However, within a very short time I knew several people and, by the end of the course, I felt as much a part of ESO as those who had been in previous years. The course was held over four days, at the end of which we performed a public concert at the Cadogan Hall in London - some of my family

were able to attend what was a wonderful event. We practised for eight hours each day (my back ached to begin with but I managed to build up some stamina!) mastering the music of what was a challenging programme of 20th Century Russian music: the exhilarating Festive Overture by Shostakovich, Rachmaninov’s stunning 2nd Piano Concerto and the wonderful Symphony No. 5 by Prokofiev. For the piano concerto, the soloist was Cordelia Williams, a former Piano Section winner of the BBC Young Musician, a fabulous musician and quite an inspiration for all members of the orchestra. By the end of the course, I knew those pieces so well that they will live with me forever as a highpoint in my school music experience. I have no doubt that my violin playing improved through my membership of ESO and I came to the conclusion that orchestral playing is definitely my forte. As well as the actual playing, the residential was very enjoyable too, with students from all over England, and I was proud to see my own school listed in the concert programme. Next year, I shall definitely apply again and hope that I shall be lucky enough to be offered a place - I’m very grateful to Mr Fitzsimmons for suggesting I apply and supporting my application, giving me this super opportunity. Richeldis France

Counting the cost of battle The lives of Wisbech Grammar School past pupils that were cut short by conflicts spanning almost 100 years were recalled at an act of remembrance. The roll of honour, including 19 names from the Great War, 33 from the Second World War and a further two from more recent conflicts, Mull of Kintyre and Southern Afghanistan, was read by Heads of School Oliver Short and Ellen Bunker and Deputy Heads of School Elliot Collingwood-Smith and Emily Wood. Poppy crosses were placed on the Stationers’ Memorial, which commemorates the years 1939 to 1942 when the school provided a shelter from the storm for the Stationers’ Company’s School, and on the memorials to past pupils, Major Christopher Dockerty, who was killed in the Chinook helicopter crash on Mull of Kintyre in 1994 and who was posthumously awarded the Elizabeth Cross; and Lance Corporal Alex Hawkins, who was serving in

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Afghanistan when he was killed in an explosion that struck his Vector vehicle as he was leading his men home from a routine patrol in Helmand province in July 2007. Mr Bob Hawkins, the father of Lance Corporal Alex Hawkins joined pupils on stage during the service and read the poem, ‘The Soldier’, by Rupert Brooke. Josie Suiter, Sharon Muhia, Esme McIntyre, Rosie Fowler, Isobel Fear, James Horsburgh, James Thompson and Mr Mark Jarvis also read poems during the service which was narrated by Third Form pupil, Eleanor Sloan. The Magdalene House Preparatory School choir sang ‘O Valiant Hearts’ and the last post and reveille was performed by Edward Page.


On Sunday 14 February, five members of the Wisbech Grammar School Archery Team competed in two competitions: the Cambridgeshire County Championships and The Jolly Archer’s 22nd Indoor Tournament. These competitions were held at Oneleisure Recreation Centre, St Ives. There were large numbers of archers competing and most had many years of experience; some at an International level. Sanket Goni won first place in the U18 Compound Division making him U18 County Champion for Compound. Ella Beckett won first place in the U18 Barebow Division making her U18 County Champion for Barebow. Felicity Sheard finished second in the U18 Barebow Division and Cameron Lewis finished second in the U18 Compound Division. Cameron Lewis and Sanket Goni were also successful in The Jolly Archer’s Indoor Tournament, where they both received a bronze medal for the U18 Compound Team. Felicity Sheard and Ella Beckett both received a bronze medal for the U18 Barebow Team.

Head of Archery, Mr Fox, said, “I am very proud of the whole team, both for their individual performances and for what they did as a team. Not only did they shoot extremely well, but they were also polite and talked with ease to the adult archers that were sharing their targets. The impeccable behaviour of Wisbech Grammar School Archery Team was commented on by members of other clubs. I am looking forward to entering more archery competitions and taking more members of the Wisbech Grammar School Archery Team along in the future.”

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At the end of the competition, the Wisbech Grammar School Team were personally congratulated by the Archery GB Judge who commented on the impressive archery skills displayed by all the pupils.

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Mollie Allen shows her class at National Championships Wisbech Grammar School Sixth Form pupil, Mollie Allen from Wimblington, has enjoyed an extremely successful year of competitive swimming. In January, Mollie took part in the ASA National Winter Meet (25M) 2015 Championships. She swam in five individual events and one relay for the meet which took place over the course of a week, during which she achieved three personal best times and qualified for the A Final in the 50 metres backstroke, placing her 10th out of the original 90 competitors.

“Mollie secured qualifying times for the British Championships and Olympic Trials in Glasgow�

For the A Final, Mollie joined world class athletes such as Georgia Davies, a double Gold Medalist at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow who trains with the World Class Swimming Programme (WCSP) at Loughborough. Mollie put in a sterling performance and managed to achieve sixth place, gaining an amazing four places on her competitors. She also set another personal best of 28.31 and broke the Eastern Region record which previously stood at 28.58. In March, she successfully secured qualifying times for the British Championships and Olympic Trials in Glasgow after competing in two important swim meets at Wycombe and Aldershot. Riverline 2015/2016 I 15


At Wycombe, Mollie claimed Gold in all her events as she swam against more than 500 other competitors in the 50 and 100 metres Freestyle, 50 and 100 metres Backstroke and 200 metres Individual Medley (a combination of Butterfly, Backstroke, Breaststroke, and Freestyle). At Aldershot, Mollie swam the 100 metre backstroke event against 68 other competitors, during which she achieved her personal best time of 1.04.00 and finished less than one body length behind the British Junior Short Course record holder for this event. In April, Mollie joined the elite at the British Swimming Championships, one of the biggest domestic meets in the competitive swimming calendar. The event in Glasgow determined the team bound for the Rio Olympics, European Aquatics Championships and the European Junior Championships. In August, Mollie won gold and bronze medals at the 2016 British Summer Championships at the Ponds Forge Pool in

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Sheffield. Mollie qualified for six events and competed in the finals of 50m freestyle, 50m backstroke and 100m backstroke. Mollie achieved a bronze medal in the 100m backstroke after being ranked first in the UK going into the event. She qualified for the final in eighth place and shaved a huge 1.3 seconds from her time, setting a new personal best of 63.12. For the 50m backstroke Mollie was also ranked first with an entry time of 28.93 (11th quickest in the British Isles). Mollie finished second in her heat against an older competitor, securing a place in the final. Mollie took gold with a near personal best time of 29.08, becoming British champion. Director of Sport, Mr Phil Webb, said, “Everyone at Wisbech Grammar School is so proud of Mollie for her swimming achievements. Mollie is a determined and focused pupil, both in the pool and the classroom. Her persistence has really paid off and we all wish her the best of luck in the next stage of her swimming career.�


Champions

Wisbech Grammar School competed and were crowned Champions in the District Competition held at Lynn Sport in King’s Lynn on Thursday 12 May 2016.

Winners:

The School was up against six other schools including King’s Ely, City of Ely, Thomas Clarkson, Neale Wade, Cromwell Community College, and Witchford Village College.

Year 8: Jack Robb 800m Tanveer Sira hurdles Angus Flint discus Issy Pope 100m & long jump Rosie Muspratt 800m Jessica Reed-Else 1500m  Charlotte Mair 75m hurdles

The event included Year 7, 8, 9 and 10, boys and girls. Wisbech Grammar School took 64 pupils who competed in a full range of Olympic athletic events. Head of Athletics, Mrs Sally Webb, said, “This is a wonderful result for Wisbech Grammar School. It was a fantastic team effort which secured the overall win. Well done to everyone that competed.

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Year 7: Lewis Shipley 800m & triple jump Abbey Piccover 200m & 800m Tia Bideau 70m hurdles

Year 9: Haydn Buffham 80m hurdles Ophelia Griffiths 1500m Lucy Lim 75m hurdles Isabella Oldershaw-Ellis shot & discus Year 10: George Lemon 100m Jack Trundley 400m & 800m Sam Birch high jump Will Lankfer discus Frazer Brown 1500m Riverline 2015/2016 I 17


Wisbech Grammar School’s production of Shakespeare’s “Macbeth” grips the crowd Wisbech Grammar School’s production team performed Shakespeare’s mesmerizing tale of ambition, guilt and revenge in a fast-moving fully-costumed production to audiences in excess of 340.

The three-night run involved a cast from all seven year groups in the Senior School. The play was brought vividly to life with dramatic scenes, such as the meeting between Macbeth and the witches, the royal banquet at which Macbeth sees Banquo’s ghost and the thrilling final battle in which Macbeth comes face to face with his greatest enemy, Macduff. The cast and crew have worked with great enthusiasm and commitment since the beginning of term, and, without exception, each and every member of the production excelled. 18 I Riverline 2015/2016

“Without exception, each and every member of the production excelled” In the lead roles were Benjamin York (King’s Lynn) as Macbeth, with Joanna Slipper (King’s Lynn) as Lady Macbeth, each of whom gave outstanding central performances which entirely gripped the audiences at each of the three showings. Special praise needs to go to the whole cast and crew who worked tremendously well together to deliver a wonderful interpretation of this iconic play.


Wisbech Grammar School’s 1st XV Rugby Captain, Oliver Short, was selected to represent the Independent Schools National U18 Squad (The LAMBS) after an extensive national selection program which started with over 300 players.

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First Team Rugby Captain Oliver Short represents LAMBS

Oliver, who had previously been selected for and captained the Midlands LAMBS squad, joined the selection process which included trials against the Northern and Southern regional squads and culminated in selection for the prestigious National squad. In late January, Oliver lined up for the LAMBS for the first time. On a cold day at Moseley RFC the LAMBS faced the Irish Exiles, with Oliver coming off the bench just after half time making a big impact. With six minutes to go and at 5 - 13 down on their own try line, Oliver made an 80 meter break down the blindside and up the wing, before offloading the ball to assist in the try that took the score to 12 - 13 with only two minutes to play. A converted penalty with the last play of the match meant that Oliver and the LAMBS recorded a win in their first game of the season, 15 - 13. During the season, Oliver took part in fixtures across the country, including games against Irish Exiles, Saracens Academy, Northampton Saints Academy and Crawshay's, the Welsh schools and colleges select side. The season culminated in a tour to Argentina over Easter, where he faced Chile U18s, Uruguay U18s and an Argentinian Select U18s side.

The LAMBS won two out of the four games, playing against some strong teams including the biggest club in Buenos Aires, La Plata RFC U19s, and the provincial champions in South Buenos Aires, Daom RFC U18s. They also played Uruguay U20s and Buenos Aires XV U19s. The season was rounded off on a high as on their return to the UK the LAMBS played the Premiership rugby side, Worcester Warriors Academy, and won 24 - 19 with a try in the last play of the game. This rounded off the season for the LAMBS, whom Ollie represented ten times during the season. Head of Rugby, Alex Laybourne, said: “This is a great achievement on Ollie’s part and it is a superb way to round off his schoolboy rugby career. Ollie has competed against some of the best rugby players around by playing the Exile and Premiership Academy outfits, as well as an International side in Uruguay.” Riverline 2015/2016 I 19


Talented cricketer selected a year early Wisbech Grammar School pupil, William Gowler from Wimblington, March, was selected to join the under 15 cricket squad for the London and Eastern region. William took part in trials which determine the strongest 14 players to represent London and Eastern region at the Bunbury Festival 2016. The Festival took place at the prestigious Radley College in Oxford, where all four regions play each other for the opportunity to be selected for the national under 15 squad. William, who was selected a year early, joins England players such as Andrew Flintoff, Joe Root and Steven Finn who were all identified at Bunbury.

Six Tries for 1st XV Full Back, Ollie Mann Talented 1st XV player Ollie Mann, from Wimblington, represented Eastern Counties U16s at full back in November, facing Notts, Lincs and Derby. Eastern Counties won 48 - 17, with Mann running in thirty points with six tries. Head of Rugby Alex Laybourne said: “I am pleased for Ollie and his achievements with Eastern Counties, I know with the continued all round rugby support he is receiving that he has the potential to do very well.”

Lewis Shipley is crowned 800m national champion at IAPS After a fantastic Athletics season for Wisbech Grammar School, First Form pupils Lewis Shipley (Wisbech) and Abby Piccaver (Spalding) both qualified and competed at the IAPS National Athletics Championships at Birmingham. Abby came fourth in her 200m heat, not quite enough to qualify for the final but the competition was a great experience for her to build on for next year. Lewis came second in his 100m heat qualifying for the final in which he came third. Lewis also competed in the 800m final and won with a time of 2m 14.58s. Director of Sport, Mr Phil Webb said: “It is a terrific achievement to even reach the IAPS National Athletics Championships and we are extremely proud of both Lewis and Abby’s hard work during this Athletics season. I am over the moon for Lewis, who broke his own school record as well as taking the title of fastest U13 boy in the country at the 800m.”

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Sixth Form Art Exhibition

wows crowds On Thursday 23 June a glass of wine was enjoyed by Parents and Friends of the School as they explored the creative output that both Lower and Upper Sixth pupils had produced during the year.

Once again, Sixth Form Artists at Wisbech Grammar School showed how incredibly creative, original and skilful they are. Mr Stump, Head of Art, said, “What a fantastic and enjoyable evening. Parents, friends and visitors were able to see what talented and hard working pupils we have in the Art and Textiles departments. It was an occasion where the work can be appreciated and everyone there was impressed by the amazing and varied display. The display included prints, constructed textiles, large scale paintings and Graphic Designs and every pupil should be proud of what they have achieved�.

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Shooting stars win the U14 “British Schools and Young Shots Championship 2016” Wisbech Grammar School’s U14 Shooting Team was crowned national champion on Saturday 23 April after beating stiff competition at their first National Schools tournament. The tournament, held at the Sporting Targets shooting club in Bedfordshire, is a venue which attracts talent spotters from the GB Academy. Schools travel to the tournament from across the country, including: Millfield, Cheltenham College, Bloxham, Eton and Stowe to name but a few, with many of the larger schools entering several teams across the age groups. The Wisbech Grammar shooting team was made up of Year 8 pupils William Gilbert (King’s Lynn), Joe Kooreman (Wisbech) and Tom Newby (Wisbech). Their shoot was divided into four stands to test and challenge the boys with a variety of shots, in which they would attempt eight clays on each stand giving them a total score out of 32. Will opened the shooting on Stand 1, an open range with the trap sending left and right flyers on report, with a perfect score; many of his shots hit with a centre pattern. Stand 2 was a grouse platform, a high tower situated in a canal of trees, with the trap releasing the clays at speed from beneath the shooter stand. Will opened strongly gaining yet another perfect score, which was also matched by Tom. The 3rd stand was a rabbit trap, a challenging

station with an unpredictable clay release from a trap on the right hand side of the shooter. Joe, however, wasn’t fazed by this and managed to master a perfect score, his previous experience clearly helping him to consistently produce accurate shots on this stand. The final stand stood the boys at the base of a large bank with left and right flyers on report. The sun at this time of day was not ideally situated however, it didn’t prevent both Will and Joe from maintaining their composure, both finishing with a confident high scoring round. The boys finished their round with a combined total of 80 points which deservedly claimed first place beating previous tournament winners Maidwell Hall, who had entered three teams into the tournament, their highest combined total score trailing well behind Wisbech Grammar School at 71. Headmaster, Chris Staley, said, “This was a tremendous achievement for the U14 team’s opening shooting competition with a well-deserved victory resulting in them becoming the British Schools Champions”.

French Theatre Company perform 140 Wisbech Grammar School and Magdalene House pupils were treated to a highly entertaining and interactive play in French, performed by native actors Adam and Manon from ‘Onatti Productions’. The play centred around Ben, who was left abandoned by his teacher in Chamonix after breaking his leg! Speaking no French whatsoever, Ben enlisted the audience of Year 4-7 pupils to help him. The children passed brilliantly, enabling him to get by with his basic knowledge of the Gallic language.

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Head of Lower School Modern Foreign Languages, Mr Thierry Jestin said, “It was an engaging and humorous performance which was greatly appreciated by all boys and girls. The script used a lot of native language, which will really help to boost the pupil's confidence in using a foreign language.”


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A memorable Noche Cultural Hispánica On Friday 18 March pupils, teachers and staff at Wisbech Grammar School put together a Hispanic Cultural evening to celebrate the richness and variety of the Hispanic culture. The event included songs, drama sketches, poetry readings, salsa dancing, games, a quiz and a piñata. The host for the evening was Upper Sixth Form Language’s pupil, Joanna Slipper, who presented the whole ceremony in fluent Spanish. Guests enjoyed a traditional paella, amongst other Hispanic delicacies, prepared by Mrs Alison Sloan, Head of Food and Nutrition, and her team. Mr Inigo Rodriguez, Teacher of Spanish, said: “There was an amazing atmosphere in the Russell Hall for the Hispanic Cultural Evening; it felt as though we had been transported to a Hispanic country. I am very proud of all of the pupils who showcased their linguistic talents on the evening. Thank you to everyone who attended and all those who were involved in making the event a success.”

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Fifth Form GCSE Art and Textiles Exhibition Wisbech Grammar School’s Fifth Form GCSE Art and Textiles pupils showcased their final coursework at an exhibition in the School’s old dining hall for pupils, parents and staff. The private viewing documented the journey of pupils’ work, from first inspiration to conclusion in a wide variety of media. Head of Art and Design, Mr Mick Stump said, “The exhibition demonstrates the exceptionally high quality, creative and adventurous artwork produced by our pupils. The range of ideas that support the final products and the variety of skills employed is amazing. It is a delight to see that each pupil has developed his or her own individual creative ability so fully.”

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New Heads of School and Senior Prefects Wisbech Grammar School’s Heads of School and Senior Prefects for the next academic year have been appointed! Following a rigorous procedure –Benjamin York (King’s Lynn) and Isabelle Hall (Heacham) have been selected as the new Heads of School with deputies Madeleine Booth (Wisbech), Mollie Allen (March) and Alexander Clabon (Wisbech). They will take on duties such as organising pupils, leading tours, providing hospitality to guests, supporting staff and upholding the values of the School. The Heads of School already play an important part in the wider life of the school. Both play sport at first team level and have involvement in academic clubs, societies, music and drama. Isabelle, who is hoping to read Biology at university, is chair of the Biology Discussion Group podcast while Ben took the lead role in the eponymous Shakespeare play ‘Macbeth’ earlier this year. The Deputy Heads of School are equally outstanding role models, Madeleine recently become an honorary member of Wisbech Lions Club and will be visiting Washington DC in July to attend the Global Young Leader's Conference following her recent work as a Young Ambassador. Mollie is currently the Cambridge County Swimming Captain and has been competing at the highest level nationally, with times approaching Olympic qualification. Alexander is a genuine all-rounder who was unfortunately forced to retire from playing rugby due to an injury. As a result, Alex has

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started coaching the School’s Junior sides and is developing into an excellent rugby coach. Head of Middle School, Mr Tim McConnellWood said, “All of the pupils performed extremely well through a highly competitive process, making decisions extremely difficult. All displayed excellent interview skills and a wide understanding of the nature of leadership and the ethos of the School. The duty they will take on is to be a role model for the other pupils in the School, one they already fulfil magnificently, and to act as an important communication link between the pupil body and the School Senior Management Team.” Headmaster, Mr Chris Staley commented, “The School is incredibly fortunate in having such a fantastic group of young people to help take it forward in what is a very exciting time to be at Wisbech Grammar School.”


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Wisbech Grammar School Sixth Form pupils Ben Martin and Charlotte Brenchley, both from Wisbech, have launched a petition against the pending closure of the Fenland Youth District Council. The Fenland Youth District Council (FYDC) was set up in 2006 and represents over 20,000 young people living and studying across Fenland. Ben (Finance Officer) and Charlotte (Chair) are part of the group of representatives from five local secondary schools who meet every two months to discuss key issues that affect young people in the area.

Following a comprehensive spending review earlier this year, Fenland District Council took the decision to completely abolish the FYDC to save costs. On the news of its abolition, Ben and Charlotte said; “Over the last five years, the FYDC have supported many groups and organisations across Fenland by distributing in excess of £45,000 amongst them. We’ve organised and run events, such as Democracy Day, where we have educated hundreds of young people about the values of democracy, without the FYDC, how can young people in Fenland have a voice?” The pupils have set up an online petition to try and gain support for the FYDC, the petition has already been signed by over 200 supporters.

Talented designers showcase their work Wisbech Grammar School celebrated the high quality coursework completed by pupils for their GCSE, AS & A2 DT examinations. The evening was attended by over 50 parents and pupils who all enjoyed an interesting and informative insight into this diverse and creative subject. Prizes for the best design of the year for GCSE, AS and A2 consisting of a trophy and a £20.00 gift voucher, were sponsored and presented by Managing Directors of TAM Engineering Wisbech, Andy & Elaine Woods, CEO of Williams Refrigeration King's Lynn, Tim Smith, and, on behalf of Nixons Wood Merchants Wisbech, Gerry Ellis. To help the pupils make informed choices beyond their school studies David Swann from Marshalls

Aerospace was available during the evening with helpful information and advice. On behalf of the DT Department and the Headmaster we would like to thank all who attended for their many positive comments and for giving up their time to support all the pupils who have worked very hard this year to create innovative and well-crafted products.

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‘Incepto’ wins Young Enterprise ‘Pitch Perfect’ Competition Wisbech Grammar School’s Young Enterprise company, Incepto, participated in the Young Enterprise Pitch Perfect competition at Peterborough United Football Club in November. The evening gave the opportunity for eight Young Enterprise teams from the local area to 'pitch' their business plan and ideas to a panel of local business people. The teams had a strict five minute time slot to convince the judges that their ideas were likely to succeed as a business proposition over the course of this academic year. The Wisbech Grammar School team consisted of 6th Form pupils: Emerson Collingwood-Smith (Wisbech), Managing Director; Maddie Booth (Wisbech), Managing Assistant and Company Secretary; Chris Green (March), IT Director; and Kevin Gunasekara (King’s Lynn), Assistant Finance Director. The team pitched its range of products including a wooden phone charging block, 2016 Wisbech calendar, Christmas gifts and cards. Armed with a short, clear slide show, company logo, sample products, clearly thought out costings and a well-rehearsed Pitch, Incepto came out on top. They were awarded winners of the competition along with a £100 prize for the company.

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The judges commented on how diverse their range of ideas were. They were impressed by the fact that they had already made sales of the phone charging block and had worked out the profit figures on each one sold. They were also impressed by the additional selling opportunities that they had already organised in Wisbech (the Christmas Lights Switch on and Christmas Market), commenting on their 'real entrepreneurial flair'. Teacher Matt Sansom, Head of Economics and Business said, “The team displayed 100% enthusiasm and commitment in the delivery of their business ideas at Pitch Perfect. Incepto are a group of individuals that are working as a real company with clearly defined job roles, innovative ideas with every member working towards a common goal. All their hard work has paid off with the first win of the year. I am sure with this level of effort it will be the first of many. Well done Incepto.”


A horrifying Halloween ‘Ghoul school’ staged at Wisbech Grammar School saw more than 140 plucky youngsters and their parents enjoy a torchlight tour of the darker sides of the historic school. The School, founded by the Wisbech Guild of the Holy Trinity in 1379, is one of the oldest schools in the country. Located in Harecroft House on the historic Georgian North Brink, the setting provided the ideal backdrop for terrifying tours taking in basements and winding staircases, and tales of ghosts that stretch as far back as the 1700s.

The sell-out event, now in its fourth year, sent shivers down the spine of the bravest this Halloween. Pupils in creepy costumes and mortifying make-up expertly applied by school play director Miss Alison Clayton and her talented Sixth Form team, used their skills to provide ghostly thrills.

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The event was topped off with a fearsome feast of hot dogs, pumpkin soup and washed down with a blood red brew of cranberry juice, fruit juices and spices.

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Careers in Food Conference A Careers in Food Conference was held in the Skelton Hall. The aim of the day was to show pupils and their parents from around East Anglia the opportunities for careers in this sector. Britain boasts the fourth biggest food and drink industry in the world.

Food is the single largest manufacturing sector in the UK; we have a growing hospitality market, and other careers include food journalism, food engineering, retailing, food marketing, agriculture, dietetics, and nutrition and health promotion, to name just a few. Exhibitors included Nestle Purina, Greencore, Harper Adams University, Sheffield Hallam University, The Royal Navy, ISS UK, Environmental Health, Seasoned By Chefs Magazine, Hargreaves Plants, Easton and Otley College, Tulip Ltd, Bakkavor, Tasty Careers, Stephen Bond Photography, Princes and Fine Design. A speaker programme included presentations from Julie Tilley, the Financial Controller from Greencore,

Katie Boczko the HR Business Partner with Nestlé Purina, and Tom Barter Head of Retail and Food Service at ISS UK. Cookery demonstrations were carried out by Petty Officer Gavin Brown of The Royal Navy and by two of Wisbech Grammar School’s own pupils. Bradley Hutler (Wisbech) and Apryl Aylott (Doddington), both in Year 11 cooked duck in spiced honey with stir fry vegetables, a dish they learnt at Les Apprentis Gourmets on a recent school trip to Cannes. Alison Sloan, Head of Food and Nutrition said, "the day was organised to show pupils and parents from schools around the area that the opportunities in the food industry are vast, whether they want to be an engineer, a scientist or a product development chef it is a vibrant exciting industry to pursue a career in."

Maddie Booth reaches National finals for Young Ambassador of the Year Award Lower Sixth Form pupil, Maddie Booth, competed at the regional final of the Young Ambassador of the Year Award in Great Yarmouth, reaching the National Finals and winning £500 for her chosen charity. With a rigorous application process, including a detailed essay about how each candidate would award the money if they won the regional stage of the competition, Maddie was up against stiff competition alongside pupils from a range of schools in the East of England. Maddie was asked to complete a ten minute presentation and a number of interviews in order to progress to the final stages of this competition and she is the first person from the Cambridgeshire area to have won for a number of years. Along with winning the regional competition, Maddie was awarded £500 which she will give to The Ferry Project, a Wisbech based charity which helps provide shelter and care for homeless people in the area.

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Wisbech Grammar School’s Sevens Tournament provided a thrilling build-up to the Rosslyn Park National Schools Sevens Tournament in March. The School’s U13 Rugby VIIs team won the plate at their home tournament after being knocked out in a close cup semi-final in “golden point extra-time.”

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Wins against CAARS Grammar (14 – 7), St Ivo (31 – 0) and Wymondham (34 – 14) meant they topped their group before facing Akeley Wood in the cup semi-final. With the score 12 – 12 at full time, Wisbech Grammar just fell short, losing in extra-time. That result put them into the plate final, where they beat CAARS Grammar for a second time, winning 32 – 14. Captain Jack Robb (Wisbech) collected the trophy, and was also named ‘Most Valuable Player’ of the tournament. Later that afternoon Wisbech Grammar School also hosted an U16 tournament, with both their U15s and U16s entering a side. St Joseph’s School (Ipswich) were crowned champions as they defeated Wymondham 14 – 5 in the final. At the end of the two tournaments, Alex Laybourne, Head of Rugby, said, “it was a great day of rugby VIIs today. The pitches allowed for a high standard of rugby to be played, and all of our teams delivered. I was particularly impressed with the U13s, who

backed up a good performance at Packwood Hauge VIIs this term – where they lost in the cup semi-finals – and made further progress today, coming away with some silverware. The U15 and U16 sides, who played for the first time at the home tournament, improved further at the Rosslyn Park National Schools VIIs finals. The U13s performed very well and came second in their group rounding their day off with a friendly against Dubai College.”

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Angus Flint Crowned Winner of School Bake Off Final The Wisbech Grammar School Bake off, which began in September, drew to a close on the evening of Wednesday 9 December. Second Form Pupil, Angus Flint rose to the occasion and was crowned the winner of this year’s competition. He baked a three tiered coconut cake, filled with a coconut crème patissiere which he decorated with blow torched meringue and penguins crafted out of icing for his Christmas ‘show-stopper’.

“It was wonderful to see the superb technical ability and creativity demonstrated by all of our finalists” The runner-up, Second Form Pupil, Will Smithee also produced a stunning ‘show-stopper’ with his Christmas Roulade. Other bakers competing in the final were; Will Lankfer, Fourth Form with his Gingerbread House, Thomas Clabon, Lower Sixth with his Christmas Buns, Kenzie Whyatt, Third Form with her Reindeer Cakes, Mr Alex Laybourne, Head of Rugby with his Gingerbread Christmas Tree, and Miss Kate Taylor, Teacher of Geography, with her Blueberry Christmas Wreath. Head of Food and Nutrition, Mrs Alison Sloan said, “The finale Christmas ‘show-stopper’ was a very difficult one and it was wonderful to see the superb technical ability and creativity demonstrated by all of our finalists, the judges had a very difficult job when choosing the winner and runner-up.”

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After a successful Food Revue in 2015 it was decided we should repeat the evening and present another summer’s evening of drama and food. Pieces were picked with a link to food and to be performed in three sections – a starter, main course and dessert.

The starter pieces comprised of an: original song, The Greatest Cook on Planet Earth, an adaptation of the medieval poem, ‘Sir Gawain and the Green Knight’, a new sketch, ‘Snacks’ and a hugely entertaining musical item enigmatically entitled ‘Palate Cleanser’; all were performed in the Dwight centre. The main course saw the audience of forty parents and staff move to the Russell Hall where they were entertained with an extract from ‘Waiting For Godot’, a satirical monologue called ‘TV Chef’, a chilling scene from Harold Pinter's ‘One For The Road’, Titus Andronicus's gory finale and a key moment from the musical ‘Sweeney Todd’, the song ‘A Little Priest’. Dessert was performed in the Skelton Hall. Pieces were a choreographed interpretation of the Beatles' ‘Savoy Truffle’, ‘A Touch of Spice’ (based on the lyrics of Spice Girl’s hits) and the ‘Restaurant Sketch’. Performers included pupils from both Magdalene House and the Senior School: Tyler Goates, Julian Harding, Ed O Connor, Maddie Booth, Tom Clabon, James Hyland, Tarn Chamberlain James, Eleanor Sloan, Laura Wright, Alice Pealling, Catherine Tibbett, Faye Thompsett and Sarah May Fraser.

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Dr Jarvis wrote several of the pieces such as ‘Snacks’, ‘TV Chef’ and ‘The Greatest Cooks on Planet Earth’. Sketches were directed by Mrs Cunningham and Dr Jarvis. Food was devised by Mrs Sloan to link with the sketches and prepared and served by a variety of pupils from the Fourth Form and Sixth Form. Henry Oldershaw Ellis, Megan Tolliday, Ben Eden and Millie Oram all helped to serve on the evening. The food served with the starters was spiced fish patè on beer bread, venison sausage bites in chutney, warmed morsels of leek scone, all served with a shot of ipocras, followed by a palate cleanser sorbet of either mango and ginger or watermelon and vodka. The main course comprised of chicken, tarragon and turnip pasties, whisky gravy parcels, and carrot and parsnip roulade. Dessert was a literal as well as a metaphorical show stopper: gluttonous sparkling savoy truffle served with white chocolate spoons, made from layers of vanilla cake with chocolate ganache, chocolate truffles, chocolate cheesecake filling, meringues and chocolate spoons covered in white chocolate topped with sparklers which were lit before serving. It was a spectacular evening and a really enjoyable event at the end of the Trinity term.

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First Form Winners Selected For The ‘Lions International Peace’ Poster Competition Wisbech Grammar School First Form Art pupils recently entered a competition organised by the Wisbech Lions Club. Each pupil created a ‘Celebration of Peace’ poster for the competition which was judged in School by Lions Club members Bill Batrick, Maureen Smart and Terry and Janet York, professional artist, Lucille Carter and Governor, Elizabeth Morris. Phoebe Oram was selected as the winner and was awarded a certificate and a £20 high street voucher. The ‘highly commended’ prizes went to Eva Miller and Megan Culley who both received a certificate and a £10 high street voucher. All three entries will be displayed at Tesco Wisbech alongside other schools and will be entered into a regional competition which may lead to further recognition.

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Head of Art and Design, Mr Mick Stump said, “The judges were very impressed with the sophistication of the illustrations entered, making the task of selecting one winner and two commended entries a difficult one. Well done to all of the pupils who took part.”


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Wisbech Grammar School Sixth Form pupil, Maddie Booth, from Wisbech recently spent 10 days in the USA at the Global Young Leaders Conference, a premier leadership development program for the most motivated and accomplished pupils from across America and more than 145 countries around the world.

Maddie, who reached the national final for Young Ambassador of the Year in January this year, had to write an essay demonstrating her leadership qualities and answer questions via the internet for the highly competitive selection process. Once accepted, Maddie applied for scholarships to help cover the costs of tuition and travel, she also received sponsorship from Wisbech Grammar School, Wisbech Lions Club, Wisbech Rotary Club, and the Elizabeth Wright Trust. The 10-day leadership journey is designed to provide an out-of-classroom learning experience to equip the next generation of future leaders with the confidence, independence, skills and global competitiveness. Maddie’s rigorous program included workshops and exchanges of ideas from some of the world's top business leaders, policy officials, lobbyists, journalists, diplomats and academics including; Dr Gary Weaver, Professor of School of International Service, Craig Kielburger, Founder of Free the Children, Gillian Sorenson, Senior Advisor and National Advocate at United Nations Foundation, Angelica Silvero, Head of World Bank’s Speakers Bureau and Muhamed Mesic, Lawyer and Human Rights Advocate. During her trip, Maddie also had the opportunity to visit to the UN and the US Department of State in New York City and Washington DC, Congress USA, the White House and various American Universities.

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Marguerite Regan, Ph.D., the Dean of Academic Affairs for the Global Young Leaders Conference said: “It is imperative that today’s students know how to compete and cooperate on a global scale. When diverse ideas and points of view are shared, the true results of the conference are realized.” Maddie commented on her experience at the Global Young Leaders Conference: “During the programme I realised that although participants were from diverse backgrounds, they all shared similar apprehensions that slowly dissipated through interactions and the realisation that all possessed the same basic traits of humanity. Words are not enough to describe the impact GLYC has had on my life. It was simply a life-changing experience of which I will always be thankful for every day." Maddie also won the Judges' Award at the Luminus Community Inspiration Awards this summer. Maddie was presented with the Award in recognition of her service to charity and community. Maddie has organised events to raise money for a number of causes such as Scotty’s Little Soldiers and UNICEF for which she ran a Fashion Show. She even persuaded some of her fellow pupils and teachers to give up part of their February half-term holiday to clean and decorate the Night Shelter at the Ferry Project in Wisbech. Much of Maddie’s work has been done as part of her role as a Young Ambassador for the Lions.

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Beating of the Brexiteers Whether you wanted to bash Boris, go with Gove or clash with Corbyn everyone had their chance in the school’s own referendum on EU membership. Yes, even before Farage had conceded failure – prematurely – on the night of the Brexit vote, the pupils and staff of the school had given their verdict on Britain’s status in Europe. The debate was held in the Skelton Hall, with sixth form students of Politics arguing the two opposing views. In the Leave camp were Miles MacLachlan and Ben Martin, while the lead speakers for Remain were Maddie Booth and Kevin Gunasekara. The debate was chaired by Ben York. He had his work cut out, with feisty contributions from the floor – coming from both pupils and staff – with tempers a little frayed and emotions overspilling. While Miles and Kevin gave a considered case to Leave, both Maddie and Kevin offered well—informed and detailed counter arguments. Happily, the debated did not just revolve around inward migration; Richeldis France stressed the case for moral leadership by Britain while Mr Ghosh raised the question of democratic legitimacy. The arguments ranged more widely than those commonly seen in the media. After a secret ballot of the entire school, the result was announced in the middle of the morning break. Everyone met up again in the Skelton Hall, and Mr Chapman called it to order. There was silence. All of the pupils waited in anticipation. The four speakers shuffled their feet nervously. The results sheet was unfolded. And then the declaration – 60% wanted to stay!

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Speech Day The School’s Speech Day was a celebration of excellence and success on and off the sports field. Before the Prizes were awarded to the pupils by guest of honour, Dr Patricia Mucavele (PhD, RNutr, FRSPH, OBE), the Headmaster spoke passionately about how the School will continue to deliver ‘an all-round education that inspires……’ He explained, “We are all on a journey and each and every pupil has it within them to perform. The trick with education, as in life, is to realise that we all get there at different times and so we must be both resilient and patient, not give up and simply remind ourselves and each other that we are not there….. yet. High achievers simply practise for more hours so yes, practice does trump talent. Hold this ‘growth mind-set’ and you will succeed.” Dr Mucavele, who attended the Grammar School over 30 years ago, echoed the theme, explaining that we never stop learning and urged the School’s pupils to pursue what makes you happy.

Finally, the Headmaster paid tribute to a number of staff leavers and thanked them for their outstanding contribution to the School. In particular retiring Senior Deputy Head, Miss Christine Noxon, who has been a wonderful and inspirational teacher, responsible for the smooth running of the School throughout her 19 years, and Head of Wisbech Grammar’s Prep School, Mr Chris Moxon, who is leaving after 7 years at the School, having established Magdalene House as a fully-fledged member of Independent Association of Preparatory Schools.

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foreign shore On 28 March 2016 a group of grumpy Second Formers, Mr Jestin, Mrs Neighbour, Mr Bergh and Mrs Sloane met at 3am at our school, not realising the amazing adventures ahead over the next five days. Our journey to France was long and tiring but we did not get a lot of sleep as we were very excited. When we got to France it was 10am and after six hours on a bus journey and forty minutes in the Euro Tunnel, everyone was restless and needing a good nap. Subsequently the noise level was quieter as most people were power napping (including Mr Bergh!) After arriving in Calais we had another five hour journey to Deauville which is a coastal city in France. We went to Deauville because we were an hour early and the Château wasn���t ready for us. We decided to look round the coastal city and had fun reading the names of famous celebrities and seeing if anyone recognised them all. We arrived at the Château at about 4pm and everyone decided which bed they were having. Once someone decided there was no stopping them, because everyone decided to sleep straightaway. This, however, was not possible. This was because we had a secret activity which was very fun. First we had to create a Haka, which is a dance. For some people the choreography was amazing; others, not so much. The judges who were the teachers voted on whose dance was the best and the group that won had points to spend, the runner ups got less points etc. The points were used to buy supplies to make an egg rocket launcher and when the first one deployed Mr Bergh was so amazed he shouted, “Whoa! Whoa! Whoooooaaaaaaa!” After the egg launch some students discovered the alcoholic free bar which sold glow sticks, we found these very fun in the dark! Once everyone settled down - which took a long time - we realised that the most of us had not slept for over a day and we soon fell asleep. The second day started with us trying to have a lie-in but being woken up by teachers at 8am and having our first breakfast at 8.30am in the Château where we had a vast range of choices. Most people decided to have a traditional French croissant. At 9am we left for le Mont St Michel which is an 11th century monastery on a small rocky island off the coast off Normandy.

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The bus journey to le Mont St Michel was a two hour one, and after the very long journey the day before, seemed very quick. After we arrived at the Abbey we had to catch a very cramped shuttle over the bridge to the island where a few angry people asked if they could walk instead. We got to go around the inspiration for Diagon Alley which was a narrow, long street full of souvenir shops and restaurants where some of us ordered food such as nutella waffles and crêpes. Nobody was sick…. yet! When we were buying food and souvenirs we put our French lessons into practice and had to talk to the shop assistants in French. Most of us did well!

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and souvenirs we put our French lessons into practice and had to talk to the shop assistants in French”

Afterwards, we had another two hour bus journey back to the Château and some, like Mr Bergh, had a nice power nap. When we arrived we had dinner, almost straight away. For starters we had frogs’ legs and snails – we didn’t expect them to be so nice! We had a quiz night and we were split into four teams. The overall winners were Eight and a Half Men. After the quiz we went in groups of ten to the crêpe demonstration and had lovely crêpes by Ivan, who made them before our eyes. Everyone had a lovely day! Wednesday: We set off in the morning to Bayeux where we visited the market. There was a range of stalls that were very different and interesting. Before we were let loose, we were given a challenge: we had to find something “quite interesting” which cost less than a euro. We also had to take pictures of weird and wonderful things. Jamie was the overall winner with a model locomotive. After exploring the market, we went to the

Bayeux Tapestry and looked at the amazing story of Harold and William the Norman. Because we had time to spare, we decided to take a visit to the breathtaking cathedral in the centre of Bayeux. We hopped back onto the bus to travel to the D-Day landing museum, the Caen Memorial. We explored the museum and learnt some more about the history, and afterwards watched a film about the D-Day Landings. After an inspiring day we set of back to the Château, to get ready for an eventful disco. On Thursday, we woke up and had to go to breakfast at 8:30. Everyone got packed and set off to the Batterie de Maisy. The Batterie de Maisy is a German site by the sea where the Nazis were hiding and fighting against the Allies. Our tour guide was called Dan, he was very good and told us how he, his brother and dad dug it all up. Dan told us how Richard Hammond came to film a programme here and dug up a bomb. Next, we went to the Arromanche cinema. This was a 360° cinema projecting a film about the D Day landings. We enjoyed it and wished every cinema could be 360°, as you really had the impression of being in the middle of the action. Following this, we had free time in Arromanche. We all had just under an hour to go, do or eat whatever we wanted. After dinner we set off to go bowling in Bayeux. Everyone had a great three games and then most people played air hockey and pool. The highlight of the day was when Mr Bergh and Mr Jestin played Mrs Sloan and Mrs Neighbour at table football. I would say it was a close match, but it wasn’t. Mrs Sloan and Mrs Neighbour trashed Mr Bergh and Mr Jestin. The men’s team even accused them of cheating! Overall, it was another good day in France. On our last day we woke up in the hotel to the sound of the church bells. We got ready quickly and we packed everything away into our cases. For breakfast we had a choice of baguettes, croissants

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and cereal. We then had some time to get everything together and hand in our keys. We eagerly boarded the bus for one of the last journeys of the trip. Arriving at the services, we had a quick lunch and fed the ducks. After boarding the bus, the teachers gave us a nasty shock. They said the Eurotunnel’s electricity had failed and we had to catch an early shuttle, in the next hour! This would mean missing our trip to the aquarium and supermarket. After some disappointment, most of us caught on to the April Fools’ Day joke! After applauding the teachers, we went on. We arrived at the aquarium tired but excited. We looked at many extraordinary sea creatures, including seals, sharks, turtles, penguins and fish. We then had time to go to the gift shop and café if we wished. At this point Jamie and Sam Healy broke out the paper fish as payback for the teachers’

earlier April Fool’s Day joke, and stuck them on Mr Jestin’s backpack. It was then time to go to the shopping centre in Boulogne. We went into small groups and were given ten euros by the teachers to pay for our dinner. We also had time to shop and spend the remainder of our euros in the massive supermarket. We had a short journey to Calais and went through border control. We then boarded the Eurotunnel. We were given prizes for various awards and gave Mr Jestin a card to say thanks for organising an amazing trip and looking after us so well. A big thank you to all of the teachers, the bus driver and to everyone else who took part and helped along the way. Jamie Lawson, Aimee Newman, Georgina Avery, Lily Amps, Angus Flint, Tanveer Sira, Rosie Newman and Anna Florance

Visiting Salamanca We took a plane from Stansted airport to Madrid where we landed around 9pm. It was very exciting to see Spain in the night colours and to feel warm air on our cold faces. We arrive in Salamanca around 12am and we were nervous to meet our host families. It turned out after spending a week with them that they were the nicest people! Day one began with our first introduction to our school, ISLA, where we were split into AS and GCSE groups. School lasted four hours from 10am till 2pm during which we spoke, wrote and listened in Spanish constantly. After this we embarked on a tour around the cathedral. Apparently there was a stone carving of a frog somewhere on a huge wall, which was visible to our guide but nobody else! The other four days at school were all very similar, but each evening was different and action packed. On the first evening we went back to our apartments and ate dinner with our families, who helpfully could speak no English at all, creating some interesting conversations! The second evening consisted of a Salsa lesson where varied abilities were displayed, after which we went on our second tour of the city, but this time at night, allowing us to see the beauty of the ancient city by moonlight. The next day, after school, we took part in a treasure hunt, where we had to display our advanced Spanish communication skills by asking some local shop owners question and getting a group of local people to sing a Spanish song. We then attempted to make our own version of tapas, where in the guacamole the rock solid avocados proved quite difficult to mash. On day four we finished school for the week and in the evening went out to the tapas bars before the disco, which was overrun by a large group of Italian 15 year old girls who screamed at every song! Day five began with a trip to a churros cafetería where we had churros and molten dark chocolate which was delicious! After this we headed to La Sierra de Francia which is a mountain range and nature reserve located around 60 miles from Salamanca. We hiked for several kilometres around the picturesque landscape and visited a medieval village called La Alberca. At the highest peak of the mountain range sits a monastery, where even a single icicle is sacred and protected by ‘angry’ tour guides. The journey home started at 4.30am and was just as uneventful as the journey out, arriving home at around 4:00pm. We would like to thank Señor Rodriguez for organising the fantastic trip, and Miss Gomm for accompanying us! Maxwell Eales

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We arrived at London Gatwick Airport during the early hours of the morning of Friday 12th February to depart for Nice International Airport. We went almost immediately through to check-in and security to find that we had plenty of time before boarding so we all split off in groups and treated ourselves to breakfast and some pre-trip shopping! Once on board the plane, there were mixed emotions with one member of the group in particular intrigued to experience flying for the first time. Nevertheless, there was still an overall sense of excitement as we approached Nice for what promised to be a fun-filled, action-packed next few days. Upon arrival, the transition from the plane to the coach transfer ran smoothly with very little delay. Aboard the coach, it gave us the opportunity to take in the scenery; the route took us along the coast and up the hill, through the Old Town. On arrival, it was a very short walk to the hotel where we were able to leave our luggage and discover what else Nice had to offer. By this time it was lunchtime, and we already had an insight into the different culture. Expanding this further, we delved into the French cuisine at a nearby restaurant. This enabled some people to try new things such as the typical “snails” with mixed feedback on their sensory qualities! Back at the hotel, we were allocated rooms and had some much needed free time to start to unpack, change and relax after the journey. Towards the late afternoon, we felt more refreshed and we headed back down the hill. The weather was

dull and wet but it still didn’t dampen our spirits. Luckily this time we went back down on the tram to the Old Town of Nice. It was full of history, the hive of activity ran almost parallel with the waterfront. Again, we were given free time to explore this area further with plenty of independent shops and cafés which were situated along the small narrow alleyways and back streets. We stopped at a small café, which gave us our first proper opportunity to practice our French. We all ordered a hot chocolate served with Chantilly cream, it was amazing – however we all found it very rich and filling! When we were reunited again, we continued to walk around the area and by this time we became more familiar with our surroundings. It was in this area that the restaurant for our evening meal was located which was called the ‘La Rossettisserie’. It was here that we were served salad as a starter then a whole variety of meats and vegetables as our main meal with the option of a dessert afterwards such as Crème Brûlée or Tiramisu. It was quite late by the time that we had finished at the restaurant, so we headed back to the hotel, on the tram, and back on up the hill.

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We had to be up early the next morning in order to catch the train from Nice to Cannes. The journey lasted for about 45 minutes and again gave us an opportunity to absorb our surroundings. Once we had arrived at Cannes Station, we were able to discover the area; we came across a market amongst many other shops and cafés. Within this area was the location of where we had planned a food workshop that took place at “Les Apprentis Gourmets”. Between us we prepared, cooked and ate a duck and vegetable dish served with noodles and a layered apple dessert with a biscuit base and vanilla mousse topping. We all had different responsibilities within the kitchen and by doing this workshop we had a base of knowledge of how the French cuisine differs from the English.

“We all had different responsibilities in the kitchen and we learned alot about French cuisine” After a good lunch, we went for a walk on the “Boulevard de la Croisette”. The weather perked up and lifted our spirits even further. It was here that we passed many designer shops and we even spotted a rather smart Lamborghini that attracted our attention. We came across the venue of where the annual Cannes Film Festival is held and walked further around the building to find the many yachts moored up in the port. We took the time to walk the length of the port to appreciate the size and quality of them, which led us on to a nice viewing point that enabled us to view the beautiful landscape. After a thorough discovery of Cannes, we headed back towards the train station. Back in Nice, straight from the station we went back to the hotel to get ready for our evening meal and the Nice Carnival Parade of Lights. We

ate in a small restaurant very close to where the Carnival was being held. Even from queuing early to get into the Parade it took quite a while to get through and the temperature was rapidly dropping. Towards the front of the queue it became busier and busier so we had to make sure we stayed as a group so we didn’t become separated. Once inside the area where the Parade was being held, we based ourselves in a set position that turned out to be ideal as we were close to the action with no viewing restrictions. There was a lively atmosphere, with many colourful floats passing by and good entertainment. There were also the added extras of confetti and silly string, which contributed to the fun. It was late, and we travelled back to the hotel buzzing from what we had just been to and seen. After a hectic previous two days, we had a much more relaxing Sunday morning. We left the hotel later, after having a later breakfast and took our time on the way down to the Old Town of Nice again where this time the “Socca Party” took place. We all had the opportunity to taste the “Socca”, which is a naturally gluten-free product, which resembles a chickpea flatbread. From here we crossed the nearby road that took us directly onto the seafront. We had free time to spend on the beach before our big lunch we had planned ahead of us. We continued to walk along to coast until we reached “The Negresco”. We spent our lunchtime here and ate in their restaurant, which holds a very high reputation, and it certainly did not disappoint. We were treated to a two-course dinner including chicken with a potato gratin and trio of desserts with a hot drink to finish. Back along the coast we walked after our thoroughly enjoyable meal and once again went down onto the beach front. This comes to one of the highlights of the trip, whilst walking along the beach we were fairly

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close to the water and when we were not paying attention, an unexpectedly large wave came towards us, almost soaking us but luckily we all got away in just enough time! We walked back towards the centre of the town where we were given shopping time. Most of us took this opportunity to visit the local shops, H&M, Zara and Sephora in particular and get some late purchases. Back at the hotel, we were given a couple of hours to relax and begin our packing before our departure the following day. We ate locally that evening at a restaurant, which gave us one of the last opportunities to try new foods and for some of us try foods again which we were not too keen on such as mussels and oysters or the more common scallops. For the main course, we had mostly a variety of meats to choose from such as lamb and beef and for dessert a whole range from Tiramisu to chocolate cake. Again, Monday consisted of a fairly relaxed day overall. We had a later breakfast, and checked-out of the hotel at approximately 10am, leaving our luggage in the luggage room for later collection. We made our way once again back on the tram towards the Old Town. There were various markets taking place, which we made our way through and stopped for our usual morning drink break at a café whilst scanning the shops for any last souvenirs to buy and take home. As it approached mid-day we walked down to the beach for what was going to be the last time. The weather was at its nicest throughout our whole visit so we took the opportunity whilst we could and relaxed on the beach for a while. At lunchtime, we visited an Italian themed restaurant, which was situated right on the beach front. The weather remained fantastic as we ate outside in the sunshine. A short walk away along the beach front took us to the “Confiserie Florian” where we were given a short-guided tour of the

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building and were introduced to all the processes of manufacturing the confectionery. Upstairs was the shop where we indulged in what it had to offer, making many last minute purchases – including Sweets, Chocolates and Jams. On our wander back, we stopped at a gelateria that served a vast variety of different flavours of ice creams. This was the perfect ending to a perfect weekend with many positive memories to cherish. We collected our luggage from the hotel reception to be met by the coach driver to transfer us from the accommodation to the Nice Airport Terminal. We had a fairly lengthy wait before we could check our luggage in, but we used this time to reflect upon the fantastic weekend we had. In the departure lounge, we stopped at ‘Starbucks’ to fuel us for our two-hour flight home. At Heathrow Airport, once again the transition from the plane to the Airport exit was smooth, with only a bit of a delay in catching the bus back to Wisbech. Due to the temperature in Nice, we spent the journey back acclimatising with temperatures in the UK hitting below freezing! Collectively, we would like to thank Mr Jestin and Mrs Sloan for taking the time to organise and accompany us on a trip that was most definitely a trip to remember and a lot of fun was had by all. Written by Megan Fey, 6C Group: Megan Fey, Amber Jones, Alexandra Ford, Richeldis France, Apryl Aylott, Lianne Goates, Charlotte Bell, Georgia Ellis, Bradley Hutler, Oliver Hayward and Arran Shipley (Teachers: Mr Jestin and Mrs Sloan)

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A trip to the Battlefields In the early hours of Friday 25 March 2016, a group of Third and Fourth Form pupils with three teachers departed from Wisbech Grammar School and travelled overseas to arrive in France where their World War I experience would begin. The pupils arrived at school at 6am in the cold to be greeted with a warm coach and a nice driver. We left promptly and everyone was excited about the journey ahead. At around 8am, we stopped at a service station to take a break and swap drivers. We later found out that he was a very funny and friendly man. At 9.30am, we picked up our guide for the trip and his name was Chris Church who we found to be a very knowledgeable and respectable man. At 10.10am, we arrived at Dover port and soon after boarded the Ferry. At 11.10am, we departed from Dover port. While traveling on the Ferry we were given the freedom to roam in groups and were able to buy things in the on-board shops. At 1.40pm (local time), we arrived in Calais. We then all reassembled after our journey, walked back down to the coach and drove off to our first destination, the Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery. At 2.40pm, we arrived at Lijssenthoek. Lijssenthoek is the former site of a field hospital used during the war. There lays the only known woman to die in a WWI battle. At 4pm, we arrived at a place called Polygon Wood which tells the story of the heroic actions of the 2nd Battalion of the Worcestershire Regiment.

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Later, we went to the Historic Belgium town of Ypres where we were allowed an hour of free time to explore and buy things. We had an evening meal at a restaurant of chicken and chips and later, we went to a chocolate shop. The owners were really nice and gave us special deals where we could buy a large section of Belgium chocolates for only 10 euros. At 8pm, we took part in a remembrance service at the Menin Gate where a few of our pupils laid a wreath in remembrance to those who died in the war. After the ceremony, we checked in to our hotel, had a bit of free time, and then went to sleep (at least we were supposed to‌). Day 2: We had breakfast which was either a croissant or a bowl of cereal and left the hotel to go to the Somme battlefront. At 9.40am, we had a brief look around at Serre. Serre is the name of the site that staged the attack by the Pals battalions. We also had a look around a place called Newfoundland Park. Here it tells the story of the men of Newfoundland on the first day of the Somme. At 11.30am, we arrived at Ulster Tower and our guide Chris talked about the attack by the Ulster Division on the 1st July 1916. We then had lunch at an onsite cafÊ. After that we visited Thiepval, a memorial to the missing soldier lost in the war.


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We visited Lochnagar, where there is a 300ft wide and 95ft deep crater that was created by a massive explosion. Next, we visited Fricourt, a German Military cemetery and had a look around the Devon Trench. There we were told a story about a soldier, who, before he fought, wrote a poem which almost predicted his own death. We returned to the hotel at 16:30 had some free time before dinner and then went to bed. Day 3 (final day): After a quick breakfast, we checked out of the hotel and began our journey to our first destination. At 10am, we had a tour of the underground tunnels called the Wellington Quarry where the British troops prepared a surprise attack against the Germans. We visited the Vimmy Ridge Canadian Memorial where we saw WWI trenches and had a tour of the underground tunnels and trenches used in the war. At 2pm, we visited some local cemeteries to pay our respects to the soldiers who lay there. Finally, we departed for Calais to catch our Ferry. Once back in the UK, we dropped off Chris Church, and arrived back at school just before midnight. Thank you to Mr Emerson, Mrs Gomm and Mr Sansom for a wonderful trip and after reading this report I hope the younger pupils will be encouraged to go on this trip in the Third form.

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Visiting America’s Capital At 4.30am on Monday 28 April, nine budding Politics and Art students arrived at Wisbech Grammar School ready for the five days ahead. Through the darkness, we made it to Heathrow Airport in good time, but what none of us realised was that this was a negative. After waiting fifty minutes to check in, we were informed that our flight had been delayed due to Storm Katie. Our keen Geographer, Miss Taylor, tried her very best to explain this to us, but at 6.30am none of us really processed this. After another two hour wait, the assistant spoke the words of a traveller’s nightmare ‘Your flight to Washington DC has been cancelled’. It was a hectic time for Mr Chapman especially who was desperately trying to save the trip whilst not getting our hopes up. However, after what seemed to be an even longer wait, the winds finally blew our way. We were able to fly into Philadelphia and then get a bus to DC; we were going to Washington! But, there was another wait – this time for six hours. So the group set up camp on Heathrow airport floor and, after spending our complementary food vouchers and playing various novelty card games like the ‘headband’ game, we were able to check in and board the plane to “Philly”.

For the first fifteen minutes, the group was captivated by the fact that the tour guide did the whole thing walking backwards! The Pentagon itself was a huge fully functioning complex with its own shopping mall and 17½ miles of corridors. We learnt about the roles played by the Coast Guard, the Airforce, the Navy and the Army. We then took the scenic route back into Washington, walking from the Pentagon, through the Lady Bird Johnson Gardens, over the Arlington Memorial Bridge and to a well needed – truly American – hot dog stand, (in our defence this was a cultural stop!)

After the eight hour plane journey and the one hundred and twenty seven mile transfer, we arrived safely in Washington and we were all ready for bed. Tuesday was a bright, sunny morning. Having passed on a day our plans were slightly distorted, but thanks to Mr Chapman’s Washington knowledge and organisational skills, you wouldn’t have known. We wandered through the National Mall to the Department of the Treasury and the White House, for our first selfie stop. Following this, we had our first souvenir stop and the White House Gift Shop, which Miles so eloquently named ‘Top Class Tatteria’.

We finished Tuesday by looking at the Korean and Vietnam War memorials and the incredibly large Lincoln Memorial, where Martin Luther King Junior made his famous ‘I have a dream’ speech. We also took in the WW2 Memorial where there was a swing band playing and then we saw three huge helicopters overhead. One of them went onto land on the south lawn of the White House! It was quite unexpected, but clearly a key political figure had just landed, judging by the sharp shooters on the rooftops.

Next stop was the Pentagon, and after myself and Ben were stopped at security for the second time and another short wait, we were ready to begin our tour.

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After grabbing another group selfie opportunity in the Mall, we headed back to the hotel. For dinner we soaked in yet even more American culture, eating at “Ollie’s Trolley”, a traditional diner. It had been another tiring day in which nearly all the boys got sunburnt; so the team went to bed early to prepare for what would be another busy day.


“We walked from the Pentagon, through the Lady Bird Johnson Gardens, over the Arlington Memorial Bridge, and to a well needed – truly American – hot dog stand!” The National Art Gallery was a modern gallery for Charlotte and James to explore their artistic side! The building itself was just as remarkable as the art inside, with an enormous fountain on the first floor and hanging gardens like Babylon. We walked over the road to the US Capitol for our tour of Congress, where our guide’s most notable trait was his ability to mock British people consistently without feeling any guilt whatsoever! We were able to see both debating chambers as well as the statues and paintings. We went onto the Botanic Gardens where Dylan remarked ‘It is essentially just a giant green house!’… Yes Dylan, it is. However, the warm weather and the beautiful plants made it a great stop.

We walked across the National Mall, back to the hotel for an Italian dinner and yet more “tat” shopping where Mr Chapman purchased himself a lovely Uncle Sam hat! Everyone was photographed at the meal, and then it was bed time again for the crew as we needed to charge up for the morning of art museums and the journey home. On our last day in Washington (after another short wait) we revisited the National Gallery of Art, which was more like a maze. There was something for everyone with a range of modern, contemporary, American and International art. We walked through yet another scenic park, witnessing a protest against organ harvesting which allowed us to see a first-hand an example of direct action through signing the petition. Then, much to Ben’s delight, we visited the Air and Space Museum where we could see war planes, space ships and the Wright brothers’ earliest flying machine, as well as trying ice cream space food – yes, it was as strange as it sounds!

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The next morning began with a big breakfast before walking to Judiciary Square and the Supreme Court. In the true style of our Washington DC trip, we had another three hour wait, only to miss the entry to the Supreme Court by a handful of places. But the group managed to entertain each other enough to make the wait as enjoyable as possible, with Tom even finding a bit of time for AS Politics revision – much to Mr Chapman’s delight!

We then gathered up our bags, Mr Chapman and Miss Taylor rallied their group, and we headed to the airport. After some more waiting and only a few more queues, more security and about a thousand American flags; we flew safely into the UK. The trip itself was a huge success. All of us would like to thank Mr Chapman for organising such a successful trip and making everything work out even when the weather was against us; and Miss Taylor for making the trip equally as enjoyable showing us first-hand how a selfie is really done and Mr Sansom and Mr Killick for driving us to the airport. Emily Wood 6C

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Houses of Parliament and Supreme Court On Wednesday 3rd February, two members of staff and seven AS Government and Politics students travelled to London to visit the Houses of Parliament and the Supreme Court.

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Upon our arrival, having travelled by train and the Underground, we arrived at Portcullis House, where we were welcomed by Samir, who is Stephen Barclay MP’s Personal Assistant. We were then shown around Parliament by a knowledgeable tour guide, where we visited the Central Lobby and the House of Lords’ debating chamber. We learnt about the proceedings of Parliament, such as how both MPs and Peers vote on Bills. We attempted to get into Prime Minister’s Questions but were told that there weren’t enough spaces. However, our disappointment did not last long, as we were still able to get into the Public Gallery to see the Prime Minister, Jeremy Corbyn and other senior politicians ‘in the flesh’ when the Prime Minister was answering questions about the EU and the forthcoming EU Referendum. We saw a range of famous MPs ask him questions including: Boris Johnson, the former Defence Secretary Liam Fox, and Green MP Caroline Lucas. After that, we spoke to Samir and Connie (who usually works in Stephen Barclay’s constituency office) about a range of different topics, from the general election last year, to the American elections this year, and the EU.

“We were still able to get into the Public Gallery to see the Prime Minister, Jeremy Corbyn and other senior politicians ‘in the flesh’, where the Prime Minister was answering questions about the EU and the forthcoming EU Referendum”

After leaving Parliament, we had lunch in London, before going to the Supreme Court. We received information about some recent cases, and were able to look into one of the courtrooms, where Justices of the Supreme Court sit to review cases. Finally, we toured Whitehall, home of the main government departments and Downing Street. The day was a fabulous experience for us. We were able to see the places where decisions are made, and how legal cases are resolved. We would like to thank both Mr Chapman and Mr Emerson for a wonderful day out. Ben Martin 6H

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Berlin During the half term, a group of Psychology students decided to embark on a trip to Berlin in order to find more about the lasting effects that Nazi Germany had on people at the time and those around us today. We arrived in Berlin mid-morning in good spirits looking forward to the day ahead and made our way to the Olympic stadium after a quick stop at a nearby cafe for hot chocolates and coffees to wake us up from our drowsy states. During our visit we were told about how the 1936 Olympics were Hitler’s perfect opportunity to demonstrate to the rest of the world how superior the Aryan race was. Prior to the event there had been many antiSemitic signs spread across Berlin but these had been taken down to avoid any unrest. Hitler used the opening ceremony to demonstrate his power as soldiers formed a massive swastika and everyone in the audience gave the Nazi salute. These images of the event are extremely powerful and demonstrate how much influence Hitler had over the citizens of Germany and many other countries. However, Hitler’s plans did not go as smoothly as he wished. Jesse Owens, an African-American(therefore considered racially inferior), won four gold medals and broke 11 world records. Hitler refused to present Owens his medal for winning the 100m apparently saying, “I will not shake hands with this Negro” The second day started off with a visit to a Stasi prison which had been hidden from the citizens of Berlin during its operation. We leant about the various techniques used to mentally break down the prisoners. One of the ways was by restricting contact with other prisoners so that when it was time for the individual to be interrogated they would share information. Coupled with this was a reward system so that if you complied with the wishes of the prison guards you could be given a cigarette, a nicer meal or even some time in the fresh air which was considered a luxury. The interrogation rooms were set up in such a way that the prisoner was facing into the sunlight and across a long table from the interrogator to establish some power and authority. Every conversation was recorded, either on a machine or secretly, as rooms were bugged, and without any outside contact it was tremendously difficult for the prisoners to know what was truth and what were lies. The majority of information they received were lies used to manipulate the prisoners. Common ways of doing this was by saying their families had been caught and threats were made to kill them. We also took a trip to the Holocaust Memorial where we saw just how many Jews were killed under Hitler’s reign with individual families’ stories being told and numerous videos depicting the appalling conditions in the various concentration camps across Europe.

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On the third final day of our trip we visited Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp which is about 35km away from Berlin. This was a camp that was originally used for political prisoners such as communists and members of the Soviet state but over time was used as a camp for Jewish people. Sachsenhausen was not meant to be an extermination camp, it was meant to be a place where people would work as demonstrated by the sign at the main entrance saying “arbeit macht frei” which translates to ‘work makes [you] free’. This idea was certainly put into action as the prisoners were forced to walk 40km a day, up and down, to test soles of shoes, and were used to make aircraft parts. The prisoners at Sachsenhausen were also used for cruel medical experiments from which many died, and in 1942 a “Station Z” was added where 92 Jews were shot execution style as an opening ceremony which many high ranking Nazi officials attended. A year later a gas chamber was added and was used until the end of the war. After the war many people tried to defend their actions by saying that were just doing as they were told. Milgram decided to test this obedience to authority in 1963 by telling participants they were taking part in an experiment about memory in which they would be the “teacher” and would administer electric shocks of increasing voltage if the “learner” got the word pair wrong. There was also an “experimenter” who was a confederate dressed in a lab coat who would give four phrases

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of encouragement if the participant asked if they should continue or if the “learner” was okay. These were: please continue, the experiment requires that you continue, it is absolutely essential that you continue and you have no other choice, you must go on. These phrases were used in the same order each time. When the study was recreated, psychologists found that the participants only continued if they thought they were doing it for the benefit of science and that when they were simply told they had to do it they refused. This shows that they believed what they were doing was right and this same idea can be used for the guards in control of the concentration camps. This is also shown by the fact that at Sachsenhausen there was a community building for the guards right next to the camp where millions of people were being held in appalling conditions which indicates that the guards sincerely believed what they were doing was the right thing and therefore felt no remorse. Our trip to Berlin was extremely beneficial to our studies - we learnt about the hold Hitler held over many and how he achieved such great levels of power. His dictatorship has clearly had a lasting effect on many, including not only the people but the city of Berlin. These past events triggered a huge amount of research in psychology and the trip allowed us to explore the possible reasons behind this atrocity. Abigail Charles


Sabah is the second largest Malaysian state. It occupies the northern portion of Borneo Island, which is the third largest island in the world. For the locals, the state is affectionately known as the ‘Land below the Wind’ due to its location just south of the typhoon-prone region around the Philippines. The capital of Sabah is Kota Kinabalu (colloquially known as “KK”), formerly known as Jesselton. This Malaysian State fits the description of the nation as Malaysia Truly Asia perfectly. In addition to the three major races namely Malay, Chinese and Indian, the State is also home to 32 legitimately recognized ethnic groups, with the Kadazan Dusun being the largest indigenous ethnic group, followed by the Bajau and the Murut, the latter would be visited during both team’s Community Service Phase. This all makes Sabah an amazingly diverse, vivid state with each of the ethnic groups possessing its own distinct and enthralling cultural, linguistic, religious and behavioural traits. So, on July 18th the stunningly diverse local community perhaps barely noticed the arrival of two groups of Fenlanders … until Dr Miller’s rucksack went missing (Hawaii was apparently the place for a bored rucksack to holiday that summer) and KK’s airport air conditioning was given a real test.

After that, the next three weeks went incredibly smoothly; both teams had a couple of days sightseeing in KK and acclimatising to the heat, humidity and the absolutely foul smell of Durian fruit! With buses booked, money changed and sun cream liberally applied, both teams headed off on their separate itineraries.

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The 13 pupils and three members of staff for Wisbech’s “Team 2”waited nervously around the luggage carousel, watching it go round and round. Eventually we all had to come to terms with the disaster - Dr Miller had lost his expedition kit. One rucksack short, we made our way to Hotel Suang Hee; a small air conditioned haven that we would return to on multiple occasions over the three weeks we were in Borneo. For the first phase of the expedition we remained in Kota Kinabalu (KK) in order to acclimatise and purchase group kit such as an in-country mobile. It was on the first day we got a taste of the Bornean climate - torrential rain kept the group in a small cafe for around two hours before we decided that the storm was not giving in. In these few days we explored the city via foot and tried as much Malaysian cuisine as we could get our hands on! Thankfully no one was scared of trying new dishes; instead Frankie and Lydia became terrified of the cats that roamed the floors of restaurants looking for food. For our last night in KK Dr Miller, Mr Jarvis and Jen (our expedition leader), decided to surprise us with renting a football pitch for the evening. The group was divided in two, trying as much as possible to evenly distribute the pros among us. Despite this, James Hodgkinson and Emerson dominated the ruthless game and quite frankly put us all to shame. However, spirits were lifted that evening when Suren’s parents kindly took our group out for dinner at an amazing restaurant where we all tried squid, chicken and vegetable dishes.

“It seemed fitting that we planned our trip in this order as it was George’s birthday and he was, putting it simply, in love with the orangutans” The second phase of our expedition was a hugely anticipated trip to the Sepilock Orangutan Sanctuary. Our first encounter with Bornean transport provide to be a memorable one - the whole team were awoken from sleep when the coach screeched to a halt after an extremely loud bang! With our initial thoughts being all our rucksacks had flown out the back of the coach we were slightly relieved to find it was simply a burst tyre. With no AA Team to call, the replacement of the tyre set us back two hours. The destination was completely worth the disrupted journey as the next day we went to the Sanctuary. It seemed fitting that we planned our trip in this order as it was George’s birthday and he was, putting it simply, in love with the orangutans. The sanctuary was completely open - not a fence or barrier in sight. A series of wooden board walks guided us through their habitat, allowing us to get within arms’ reach of them. Mr Jarvis proved to be an expert at capturing amazing images of the orangutans and we were all surprised

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the sanctuary didn't offer him a full time job! The group then travelled to Tenom - a small Christian village where we would work for the next four days to construct a concrete pathway to their local church. Mixing concrete by hand with shovels in 40 degree heat was physically exhausting, but mentally we were all in high spirits. We can put our levels of high productivity completely down to the amazing food provided by the locals: sweet coffee, donuts, noodles, banana fritters and cakes, just to mention a few. The evenings at Tenom were filled with football and volley ball games with the local teenagers. Needless to say they were superior and came out on top in every match. Aside from sports we spent a huge amount of time with the children during our project. They taught us songs which they had learnt at school and we swapped knowledge of tennis ball games. Hannah was a natural among the kids and became a mother figure, inducing fears that our group was about to increase in number! Our time at Tenom ended with a fantastic celebration in the church where we were shown how to perform a traditional dance, which few from our group actually mastered… We left Tenom disappointed that our time was over but looking forward to what lay ahead. A trek through the jungle to get to our ‘Jungle Camp’ where we would spend time learning about the traps the locals use to catch animals and the amazingly skilled ways in which bamboo can be used to make. almost anything! Everyone in the group used a machete to carve a mug out of bamboo - a health and safety nightmare. Thankfully we all managed to keep all ten of our fingers. Other once in a life time experiences included washing in the large streams that ran all the way through the jungle and embarking on night treks to see the vast array of wildlife - this was largely made up of exotic coloured frogs and insects. Our stay in the jungle camp was followed by the heritage trek; a three day hike through the jungle, resting overnight at different villages. The terrain was demanding. Crossing rivers and small waterfalls, interspersed with thin and crumbling paths on the side of enormous hills blanketed with trees. Our hard work was rewarded with the beautiful scenery that surrounded us. The final phase of our expedition was dedicated to rest and relaxation on the Tar Islands. White sand and light blue seas met our tired but content group who were happy to have some time sunbathing, swimming and snorkeling. Of course our time on the island couldn't pass without event - in the evening while everyone was sitting round the campfire Mr Jarvis spotted a wild boar the size of a pony rummaging through our food supplies. Eventually, it decided on a bag of rice and wandered off into the jungle beyond the shoreline. The whole team would like to thank Dr Miller, Mr Jarvis and Jen from Outlook expeditions for this amazing opportunity to have a truly unique experience. Isabelle Hall


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London and Food Innovation Three food trips have been carried out during the Trinity Term this year. Several pupils have travelled to London to explore the gastronomic delights of the capital. London, over the last few years has really grown in the types of food it has on offer. Some cite it as the restaurant capital of the world. There has been a huge growth in street food, in restaurants and hotels, in food markets, in food events such as lectures and festivals and in pop up food ventures. Social media has really helped show off the innovative, exciting and creative ideas happening in food in the capital. Through Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and You tube food has become a fascinating and really exciting trend, always on the move, always changing. Food passion around the capital is infectious. The business of food is fascinating. The first trip was undertaken by the Sixth Form Food and Nutrition pupils who travelled accompanied by Mrs Sloan and Mrs Tooke. Leaving on Friday evening the group travelled to the Travelodge in the Docklands ready for an early start the next day. Five Thirty to be exact. The group arrived at Billingsgate Fish Market at 6.15am for a tour of this lively, noisy, and (in the opinion of some of the group) smelly market. Fish from all over the world is flown in (or more locally) driven in ready for restaurant owners and locals to pick up the catch of the day. The pupils perused live lobsters, wriggling eels and grinning barracudas to name just a few. More shapes, sizes and colours could not be imagined in the variety of fish available. The fishmongers were their usual brilliant selves, fun, informative and with a fabulous sense of humour. By now the group had worked up an appetite. Breakfast was calling. A tube ride to the city took the group to the Heron Tower. On the fortieth floor, via a glass elevator on the outside of the building, The

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“From tea to chorizo, from meringues to muffins every type of food you can imagine is cosily crammed into a tiny space” Duck and Waffle was reached. Described by one travel journalist as “The Biggest Game Changer of Recent Years” this sky high 24/7 restaurant is run by TV chef and author Dan Docherty. It gets booked up months in advance so the group were lucky to have secured a table. Breakfast included a Full English, Banana Brulee Waffles (housemade hazelnut & chocolate spread, vanilla ice cream, peanut crunch) and Columbian Eggs (eggs, toast, avocado, smoked salmon). Washed down with tea, fruit juice and a stunning panoramic view of London beneath. Feeling rather full the group’s

next stop was Borough Market, a real food tourist hotspot, where stall upon stall showed off the diversity of ingredients available to the world. From tea to chorizo, from meringues to muffins every type of food you can imagine is cosily crammed into a tiny space. Sheltering under the railway arches just off the South Bank and in the shadow of the Shard this market is like entering a Diagon Alley of magical ingredients and food inspiration. In need of a rest the group made their way along the Southbank and stopped for a rest overlooking the Thames. Now feeling in need of more sustenance, and after a quick study of the food displays the group “tubed it” to the Theatre Café, via Harry Potter and the Cursed Child for photographs. In the Theatre Café, surrounded by memorabilia from musicals and singing along to the songs, the group enjoyed fruit juice or hot chocolate. Not to be outdone yet a quick walk, via the Balthazar Boulangerie to drool over the beautiful display of artisan breads and homemade pastries,


The third trip saw fourteen Fourth Formers, Mrs Sloan and Dr Jarvis travel down to London, firstly to explore Borough Market and enjoy all the food already described. The additional bonus on this trip was a talk and tasting in the Neals Yard Cheese Shop. The group tasted a variety of delicious goats cheeses, some Lincolnshire Poacher and an array of blue cheeses. It is one of the most fabulous cheese shops in the country. However the real reason for the trip was at the very kind invitation of Andrew Bennett MBE, Director of Food and Beverages at the Park Lane Hotel, Piccadilly. William Sinfield (in the Fourth Form) and his family had very

kindly set up this link and the group were very lucky to be hosted for the day by Andrew and several staff. A tour of the hotel was undertaken. The hotel has been under renovation for two years but it still maintains its link to the Art Deco era. The lounge areas and bedrooms all contain Art Deco features, with the rooms also containing figurines of dalmations. The film 101 Dalmations was filmed in Green Park fifty five years ago, which the hotel overlooks. Having learnt about room rates and attracting clientele the group were taken to the famous 11000 square foot ballroom. With a separate dedicated entrance, this grade 2 listed ballroom is one of London's finest examples of Art Deco architecture, and includes the Silver Gallery, balcony and ballroom foyer spread over three floors. Up to 500 guests can be accommodated for dinner and dancing, or 1,200 for a cocktail reception. The Golden Compass and the Night Manager are just two examples of filming that has taken place at the hotel. Feeling in awe of catering for 500 in such a beautiful room the group then toured the kitchens. With the most up to date technology in

cookers it was fascinating to hear how 500 main courses can be plated up identically and remain hot before being served within minutes, and how several hundred souffles can be put in front of guests before collapsing (the souffles that is not the guests!). The group were then treated to a cookery demonstration. The Pastry Sous Chef made fourteen delicious chocolate fondant desserts with sauce and decorations for the pupils to devour. After a tour of the restaurants and a visit to the staff area where a buffet lunch was laid on the group made their way through Mayfair to Selfridges. The food displays were examined in order to see current food fashions and presentation styles. With just enough time to play table tennis at the BBC Media CafĂŠ and a well earned cup of tea the group made their way to St Pancras where a little retail therapy was undertaken by the girls before returning home. A huge thank you has been sent to Andrew and his staff for giving up so much of their time to host the group. It is a beautiful hotel, and if you are stuck for a gift, their afternoon tea served in Palm Court looked fabulous.

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the Primrose Bakery was reached. Everyone was full but decided to buy a cake to take home for their Mum. Red Velvet, Mocha, Cookie Dough, Strawberry Cheesecake were all ordered. The group made their way back to Kings Cross and caught the train home. Several of the cupcakes however did not make it home to Mum, they were in fact demolished on the train as some of the group found they could in fact eat just a little more. Sorry Mums!

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Castle Rising On Thursday 30 June 2016, the History department organised a 1st Form trip to visit Castle Rising Castle in Norfolk. The trip departed early and was blessed with warm weather and glorious sunshine. After a short coach journey pupils began their exploration of the Historic site. Castle Rising Castle has one of the finest Norman keeps in England which formed the focus of the visit. Pupils engaged in a tour of the castle site and then undertook research activities which helped to develop an understanding of the castle design and its defensive features. This visit complemented classwork on castles in the Middle Ages and provided an enjoyable end to the summer term.

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We all arrived at Manor Adventure and knew there would be lots of challenges and difficulties! The location was stunning; there were massive hills and good lakes for kayaking, canoeing and rafts. Manor Adventure was set out nicely, they had the manor for eating in and a couple of dorms in it, there were also lots of other dorms spread all over the land. Our dorms were nice; we even had chickens as company. Our activities were really good, we did stuff like: abseiling, the underground maze,, rock climbing, archery, rifles, film making, raft building, canoeing, kayaking, I.E. (initiative exercises) and lots more. They were all amazing. The staff were all great and helped a lot, they showed us how to do the activities well. Some meals were nice. My favourite day was the third day, it was awesome! Breakfast was bacon and sausages! Our first activity was the confidence course where it would get us confident for the high ropes. It was hard at the start then it got easy.

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Next was survival where we had to make an S.O.S sign that stands out, we also had to make a good shelter. After lunch (which was soup) was the obstacle course where you got very muddy! It was awesome! Next was crate-stacking which I did really well, our team won! I got 13 levels which was really hard. Soon after that it was supper which was a delicious Chicken Kiev. Finally we had I.E. which was lots of problem solving activities! I think it was the best trip I have ever been on. I hardly knew anyone in school and now I most mostly all of them; I made lots of friend! I found rock climbing most challenging because I was in a competition that was very close but I managed to get the quickest! I leant that working as a team is much better than by yourself. Altogether, the trip was awesome! Archie Hickling

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Marking

musical milestones Friday 1 July (Trinity Term) Grade 6

Demelza Mason

Recorder (Distinction)

Grade 3

Alan Taylor

Saxophone (Merit)

Edward Phillips

Violin (Merit)

Georgina Avery

Flute (Merit)

Samuel Fairbrother

Clarinet (Distinction)

Sophie Farr

Flute (Distinction)

Keshav Vyas

Violin (Merit)

Archanaa Baheerathan

Violin (Merit)

Alexander Burford

Violin (Distinction)

Grade 1

Initial

Monday 7 December (Michaelmas Term) Grade 1

Kirsten Barker

Singing (Distinction)

Alice Collie

Violin (Distinction)

Isobel Peukert

Singing (Merit)

Grade 2

Charley Kirby

Cello (Pass)

Esme McIntyre

Clarinet (Distinction)

Grade 3

Charley Kirby

Singing (Distinction)

Grade 4

Archanaa Baheerathan

Singing (Merit)

Cloudia Edinburgh

Singing (Merit)

Ursula France

Oboe (Merit)

Sophie Mosedale

Singing (Distinction)

Grade 5

Grade 6

Grade7

Isobel Fear

Singing (Pass)

James Fear

Tuba (Merit)

Demelza Mason

Recorder (Distinction)

Megan Pledger

Singing (Distinction)

Susannah Garner

Singing (Merit)

James Greenhalgh

Trumpet (Merit)

Anna Kober

Clarinet (Merit)

Catherine Missin

Violin (Distinction)

Genevieve Tibbett

Singing (Merit)

Edward Page

Trumpet (Merit)

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Grade 8

Georgia White

Recorder (Distinction)

Anna Dubois

Singing (Merit)

Edward O’Connor

Singing (Distinction)

James Horsburgh

Saxophone (Merit)

Charlotte White

Singing (Pass)

Catherine Missin

Flute (Merit)

Victoria Murphy

Singing (Merit)

Maxwell Eales

Saxophone (Merit)

Heather Newport

Singing (Merit)

Helena Parkinson

Singing (Pass)

Faye Thompsett

Singing (Merit)

Grade 5

Charlotte Tunnard

Flute (Pass)

Grade 4

Emily Thomas

Singing (Merit)

Grade 7

Grade 6

Grade 2

Sarah May Fraser

Recorder (Merit)

Sophie Farr

Singing (Merit)

Sharon Muhia

Clarinet (Distinction)

Imogen Suiter

Violin (Merit)

Eva Miller

Clarinet (Distinction)

Josie Suiter

Clarinet (Distinction)

Grade I

Amelia Mitchell

Violin (Distinction)

Initial

Emma Markillie

Violin (Distinction)

Grade 1

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Unicef Fashion for

A fabulous entertaining evening organised by Wisbech Grammar School Lower Sixth Form pupil, Maddie Booth (Wisbech) raises in excess of £1700 for Unicef The event, held on Friday 04 March, promised glitz, glamour, fashion, musical performances and fund raising, and it certainly delivered. During the evening local businesses Robert Goddard and Fancy Frox donated clothes modelled on the catwalk by the School’s pupils and ably compered by Sixth Form pupil, Jack Maile (King’s Lynn). The School’s textile department also showcased many of the pupils’ own fashion creations. The evening included an auction of prizes donated by local businesses, musical entertainment from teacher Mrs Stonham’s Choir and an energising dance act from pupil Emily Davis (King’s Lynn) and Co.

“I was thoroughly delighted at the wonderful response and generosity of so many people who participated and supported the event, including pupils, staff and the School’s Friends Committee”

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At the event, pupil and organiser Maddie Booth, spoke passionately about her support for the charity Unicef and said, "I was thoroughly delighted at the wonderful response and generosity of so many people who participated and supported the event, including pupils, staff and the School’s Friends Committee. I am so grateful for the energy and enthusiasm of all those involved in making the evening such a success and the overall support of the School itself. Completing this process has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life." Headmaster, Chris Staley, at the close of the event paid tribute to high-flying pupil Maddie Booth and described her as, “a force of nature who inspires those around her and is destined to succeed in whichever path she chooses after completing her A-level studies at Wisbech Grammar School.”


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Clocking up miles for

mental health

On Tuesday 26 April the Senior Prefects embarked on a bike ride relay, from 8:30am to 4:00pm. The challenge, which was devised in order to raise money for Mind – a charity which provides help and support to people with mental health issues – was organised entirely by the Senior Prefect body. They felt that Mind was a worthy cause given that mental health issues have an impact on such a large proportion of individuals in the UK; one in four people is diagnosed with a mental health issue at some point in their lifetime. Two stationary bikes were placed in the Skelton Hall, with the Prefects cycling in pairs. Throughout the course of the day they received many kind donations from members of the School community. The aim was to cycle 200 miles, but they demolished this target, cycling a total of 360 miles between the 12 of them. They ended up raising a grand total of £632.53, and would like to thank everyone for their generous donations and support.

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Everyone in the Senior Prefect team took part: Ellen Bunker, Ollie Short, Emily Wood, Elliot Collingwood-Smith, Aiden Skeels, Charlie Pindar, Edd Page, Jasmine Clench, Jo Slipper, Laura Temple, Rosie Sutton, Tom Culshaw. When she congratulated them in assembly, Miss Noxon, Senior Deputy Head, said that the School was extremely proud of their achievement.

“When she congratulated them

in assembly, Miss Noxon, Senior Deputy Head, said that the School was extremely proud of their achievement”


£4300 for ShelterBox

Members of the Priory Rotary Club of King’s Lynn and ShelterBox volunteers attended Wisbech Grammar School today to receive the School’s outstanding donation of £4300. The inaugural Michaelmas Charity Ball hosted by parent committee, Friends of Wisbech Grammar School, took place on Saturday 14 November and proved a great success. The School’s new multi-million pound refectory, Skelton Hall, took on a winter wonderland feel as guests enjoyed champagne and live music from the band ‘Red, Hot and Blue’. A delicious four course dinner, catered by the School’s kitchen, was served by Sixth Form pupils. Chair of the Friends Committee, Louise O’Connor said, “The evening would not have been possible without the support of a whole range of people within and outside

School, our sponsors and the hard working committee. A magnificent sum of £4,500 was raised for the charity ShelterBox enabling them to provide vulnerable families with the emergency shelter and vital equipment they need to survive in disaster zones across the world.”

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The ShelterBox team consists of the four members of Priory Rotary Club of King's Lynn one of which is our current President, Dr Peter Tasker. The other members are Keith Blythe, Alan Haines and myself. ShelterBox provide emergency shelter and vital supplies to support communities overwhelmed by disaster and humanitarian crisis around the world.

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Charity dash for cash Despite wet and soggy conditions 234 staff, parents, pupils and friends turned out in high spirits for Wisbech Grammar School’s Race At Your Place event, raising an amazing £3000 for Cancer Research UK. Crowds were delighted to see the five-kilometre race started by teacher Matthew McChlery who was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma cancer in May this year. The pupils of Magdalene House, the Prep School at Wisbech Grammar, ran a shorter race of just over 1.6k. The winner and first boy was Oliver Taylor in 6 minutes 58 seconds, and the first girl was Jemima Mitchell who finished in 8 minutes 44 seconds. The winner of the 5k race was Sixth Former Jacob Kelman who finished in an impressive 19 minutes 49 seconds, with the first lady and past pupil Antonia Fan finishing in 24minutes 55 seconds. The first teacher through the finishing line was Mr Tim Chapman in 20 minutes 44 seconds, in third position and first parent was Nick Osborn who came eighth in 24 minutes 18 seconds. Headmaster, Mr Chris Staley, finished in a respectable tenth position in 24 minutes 49 seconds. Teacher Mr Geoff Howes, who organised the event with the School’s Friends Committee said, “Well done to all the runners and walkers who all finished with a smile despite the saturated

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turf and strong wind. The Steel Band played non-stop and created a wonderful summer atmosphere and the Friends of Wisbech Grammar School provided hot dogs and burgers to all runners and spectators, with strawberries and cream to round the evening off. Thank you to everybody who participated or helped including Tesco Extra in Wisbech who kindly donated all the water”. Headmaster, Mr Chris Staley said, “This is the fourth time the School has organised this event which has gained popularity and each year raises more money for Cancer Research UK. Well done to all those involved in making it happen and those who participated and donated to such an important and heart felt cause.”

“This was a fantastic effort by the pupils, parents, teachers and other staff at the school to raise £3000 for Cancer Research UK”


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A Feast of Italian Cuisine for

Macmillan Cancer Support A group of Fifth Form Food and Nutrition pupils ran a pop-up Italian Trattoria in the School’s Skelton Hall. Parents, Staff and Pupils were invited to dine in the restaurant with all proceeds being donated to Macmillan Cancer Support. The Kitchen Team consisted of Henry Lankfer (Wisbech), Harry Beresford-Peirse (King’s Lynn), Cameron Brown (Whittlesey), Harriet Munson (Spalding) and Faye Edwards (Wisbech) managing the pass. The Front of House team was Jennifer Ross (King’s Lynn), Anna Kober (King’s Lynn), Helena Parkinson (Wisbech), Isobel Flint (Wisbech) and Susannah Garner (Wisbech). The bar was run by Ben Trundley (King’s Lynn) and Will Sloan (Wisbech) with arrival music played by Max Eales (Downham Market).

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Mrs Sloan, Head of Food and Nutrition, said, "It was a wonderful evening, the food was outstanding and atmosphere really lovely. Thank you to everyone for coming and helping us to raise in excess of £700 for Macmillan Cancer Support. We are making this donation in memory of Mrs Nicholas, Mum to Natasha, who sadly passed away in December. Mrs Nicholas was a friend of many of the pupils who ran the restaurant and it is in her honour that the group set up the restaurant.”


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A fresh lick of paint for

Fenland Homeless Facility

The Night Shelter at Luminus Ferry Project, an award-winning charity that serves homeless people in Fenland, was given a “fresh lick of paint” by pupils from Wisbech Grammar School, who volunteered during half term to redecorate the facility. The redecoration was arranged by Wisbech Grammar School pupil, Maddie Booth, who is the Lions’ Young Ambassador for the East of England. During their half term, six pupils came each morning for three days to repaint the walls at the night shelter at Octavia View, a fourteen-bed facility for the homeless in Fenland. The pupils, along with help from teachers, cleaned and painted the rooms where the residents stay. They also had the chance to learn about how the night shelter works and the benefits it brings to the community. Maddie Booth, a Lower Sixth pupil, was awarded a £500 bursary at the Young Ambassador of the Year District Final. She used some of this money to buy paint and redecorating materials for the team to use at the night shelter; the remaining money will be donated to the night shelter later this month. Maddie commented: “Projects like this are a necessity in helping the night shelter to provide accommodation for those most in need.” The redecoration came at an important time as the number of homeless people is on the rise. Since Christmas, the night shelter has been at almost full capacity, and there have even been emergency cases where it has to fit in as many people as possible for a night. For example,

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one recent evening, under the Severe Weather Emergency Provision organised by central government, 22 occupants had to be hosted at the shelter. The facilities are regularly cleaned and carefully managed, but over time the paint work had deteriorated. Luminus Ferry Project Director, Keith Smith, said: “Luminus Ferry Project relies on funding in order to keep this vital service open, and so when the generous offer to repaint the shelter came, it was gladly welcomed. As a result of the work very kindly done by the Wisbech Grammar School pupils, the shelter is now a much nicer place to sleep in. This is important as many homeless people already have low self-esteem and confidence due to being homeless. If the shelter is grubby and poorly decorated it sends the signal that we do not care. A nicely decorated area instead sends the message that people do care and they are not in this alone. This helps our clients feel more supported.” The night shelter is open for clients from 9.30pm to 8am, 365 days a year. Clients are provided with supper and breakfast, use of shower facilities and toiletries, washing facilities for clothing, hot drinks, a clean bed and bedding, warmth, security and support. Originally serving 7-8 people a night in its first four years of operation, the night shelter’s usage has now increased to 12 a night.


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Sparks We started the year in a determined fashion. The previous year, whilst enjoyable, had not bought us the success we had been used to. Every ‘Sparkie’ was urged to apply the spirt that had in the past led to success, that ‘I’ll have a go’ attitude. With that ringing in the ears following the early House meetings the activities of the Michaelmas term were approached with eagerness. Our Intermediate Rugby team, swept all aside as they powered to first place, while the juniors finished a respectable third, following a tight competition. Our girls Hockey teams almost matched the efforts of the Rugby team, with the juniors finish first and the intermediates not being quite so successful. Our intellect was up for scrutiny next and following a tight Third Form/ Fourth Form playoff between ourselves and Peckover, we could not be separated and so a draw was agreed.

“During the House Event, yet again the ‘Sparkie Spirit’ shone through. All those who took part should be congratulated for the effort and energy with which they approached each activity” House Music dominated the Lent Term, following numerous renditions in the weeks leading up to the event of ‘The Lion Sleeps Tonight’ we were well prepared. Our soloists took to the stage first; all performing admirably, special mention should go to Isobel Fear, who stepped in at the eleventh hour to perform. Our ensemble under the leadership of Max Eales included members from all sections of the school. Then finally the masses of the house performed their piece in the House song, all showing that ‘Sparkie Spirit’ mentioned earlier. The result, a respectable second, left a sense of satisfaction from both pupils and staff.

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The second half of the Lent term included the debate, under the guidance of Dr Miller. Our three plucky representatives: Thomas Clabon, Jennifer Robinson and Sam Birch, put forward a fine argument and must be congratulated for their efforts. The Netball and Boys Hockey competitions followed the same pattern as per the Michaelmas term. School Athletics was the standout event of the Trinity term. Our junior section swept the board finishing first, our intermediate teams applied an excellent level of effort but unfortunately were not rewarded for their performances, while the senior section finished second. Special mention must go to our standout performers during the Athletics Championship: Lewis Shipley and Isabella Pope won the Victor and Victrix Ladorum in the Junior section, while Oliver Mann was the Victor Ladorum in the senior section. The term finished with the House Event, which sees the house strands move around a circus of activities, aimed at encouraging teamwork. Yet again the ‘Sparkie Spirit’ shone through. All those who took part should be congratulated for the effort and energy with which they approached each activity, Sparks being crown the overall winners. Throughout the year members of the house have always been willing to ‘put themselves out’ to represent the House, a characteristic for which I am both grateful and proud. Perhaps things have not quite gone our way in some events this year, but we can take great pride in the fact that we have given our best on most occasions. Our day will come; we must maintain the ‘Sparkie Spirit’.


Holmes There have been mixed fortunes for Holmes over the past year, but the House has had a sense of purpose and been determined to participate and enjoy life in Holmes. Under the leadership of the House Captains, Hettie West and Ollie Short, the House made a very good start in the Michaelmas Term with wins for the Juniors at Rugby and second places for both the Intermediates and Juniors at Hockey. All members of the House busily prepared for a very successful Harvest Fair and were committed to raising as much money as possible for charity. Each member of the House worked well as a team to work in strands when running the stall and this was a fantastic opportunity for the younger pupils to get to know the older pupils. The term ended well for Holmes with a win in the Christmas Quiz.

“Each member of the House worked well as a team and the term ended well for Holmes with a win in the Christmas Quiz” The Lent Term was a little more disappointing in terms of results, but the House still pulled together and were committed to participating in events and competitions. Although there were no wins there was a second place brought by the Intermediates at Netball. The House Music Competition brought the entire House together and once again showcased the depth and range of musical ability across all the Houses at Wisbech Grammar School. The Intermediate solo saw a break with tradition and there was a joint first place awarded to both Faye Thompsett of Holmes and Ursula France of Peckover. The senior solo was won by Charlie Pindar of Holmes who played the drums; he was also awarded the prize for the most promising musician of the evening. Finally who can forget the dance moves of the T-birds and Pink Ladies

as the House sang a song from the musical Grease! Holmes were awarded second place overall.

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The fortunes of the House picked up a little in the Trinity Term with the Archery team drawing with Clarkson. There were also some wonderful performances in the House Athletics Championships with pupils stepping in to compete at events even though they were exhausted; but they were ready to ‘do it for the House’. The seniors secured a first place. At the end of term the House cup was awarded and Holmes came a respectable second. This term has started well with a second place awarded at the Tug-Of-War and a first place awarded overall for the European Day of Languages Quiz. So what is there left to say? Well, a huge thank you to all the members of the House, both pupils and staff, who have supported Holmes in many different ways and a huge welcome also to the new members of Holmes. We need to continue to have fun, participate and believe we can win! I am looking forward to a productive year with our new House officials who I know are striving for an excellent all round performance from Holmes: Heather Newport and Kevin Gunasekara (House Captains), Henry Oldershaw-Ellis (Vice House Captains), Isabelle Hall and James Hodgkinson (Sports Captains) and Maddie Booth and Ben York (Music Captains).

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It has been a busy year for Clarkson with all pupils putting in a tremendous amount of effort. Clarkson set the tempo throughout the year performing strongly in the House Debate and House Quiz, and securing an impressive victory at the Intermediate Athletic Championship. Other valuable wins were in the Archery, Intermediate Netball and Junior Hockey, although there were many competitions where the teams recorded a super second. All the points count. Most impressive, was the display of talent at the much anticipated House Music Competition. Musicians performed spectacularly in the Solo, Ensemble and Choir categories, securing a win for the House for the third year in a row. We all thought ‘Mack the Knife’ was magnificently smooth. Truly Clarkson’s

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‘finest hour’! This academic year is off to a strong start with the House prising victory from the hands of other well-built Houses in the esteemed Tug of War event, a hugely promising sign of more success. The leadership teams have worked consistently well together and results speak for themselves. Clarkson was crowned with the coveted House Cup for yet another yearlong may it continue!

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The mighty Blues of Peckover started the year with an outstanding summer of 2015 behind them. Having won the senior Athletics Championship, they came together to achieve victory in the House event. Each strand showed their artistic flair, musical expertise and ability to recycle old ‘trash’ into catwalk fashion pieces, earning the most points overall on the day. This meant we went into the new school year with renewed vigour and motivation to continue our winning ways. Ably lead by House captains Emily Wood, Joanna Slipper, Daniel Robb and James Greenhalgh, we started with the Harvest fair. Each strand worked as a team to run a stall selling a variety of delicious goods (helped once again by Mrs Sloan and Mrs Tooke, both of Peckover) and activities like welly-wanging. Together with all the Houses we raised a large sum for charity and enjoyed getting to know each other, from pupils in the First Form, right up to the Upper 6th. The first real competition came in the form of the House quiz. After losing the first round, Peckover pitted their general knowledge against Sparks in the Third/Fourth place quizoff. On the final buzzer, both Mrs Goodier and Mr Garfoot were only too happy to call the competition a tie, sharing the points. During the Michaelmas term, the boys of Peckover in the lower school managed second place in the Interhouse Rugby and the Girls earned third place in the Hockey. However, it was the Lent term that Peckover were looking forward to most. House Music was the big one. We had achieved second place in the preceding two years and we felt this time, the top spot could be ours. Kevin Huang played the Trumpet in his solo for the lower school, Ursula France played clarinet, accompanied by Richeldis France on the piano and Charlotte Brenchley sang and played piano in the senior section. Ursula was declared joint winner of her category and then

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went on to wow the audience with her beautiful voice in the ensemble piece. She was joined by Richeldis France, Joanna Slipper, Thomas Cork, Matthew Everall, Amy Everall and Roderick France. Together they performed a haunting version of ‘Lacrymosa’ by Evanescence. Richeldis had organised the ensemble and arranged the piece by herself and Peckover were worthy winners of this category. The big finale came as the Peckover choir of over 60 voices, more than any other year, came

“Ursula was declared joint winner of her category and then went on to wow the audience with her beautiful voice in the ensemble piece ” together to perform ‘I’m a believer’ from the musical Shrek. Emily Wood and Jack Maile even dressed up as the two main characters to inspire their House. Despite finishing fourth in the whole event, which we were disappointed and a little perplexed by, this was a great effort by the entire House and special thanks go to Richeldis and Joanna for all their hard work. But Richeldis went on to prove that her talents were more than just musical when she stepped in at the last minute to take Holmes to task during the House debate. She and Amy Everall argued confidently and convincingly in both the semi final and final of the competition, taking the top spot for Peckover. The year was rounded off in the usual way with the House Athletics Championships. The seniors secured second place and the Intermediates third place, with our own Mollie Allen taking the Vitrix Lodorum trophy again. Thank you to all of those in Peckover who have sung, played, debated, buzzed, supported and believed. Onwards and upwards next year. Come on you Blues!

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House Event 2015 “Tra Tra Tra Trashion!” If only David Bowie had recorded a slightly different song back in the 1980s, we could have had the perfect soundtrack for the WGS House Event 2015. Instead, pupils salvaged the situation by making their own music from recycled materials. They also designed and made all the clothes for a “trashion” show, painted huge murals for it and created tree—hanging mobiles to display for guests as they arrived to watch it. Each of these four activities took place in one day and culminated in a ten minute runway spectacular at the end! Each Strand in each House competed to make the best items for the Trashion Show that they could using recycled materials. So, for example, “Sparks and Spencer” of Sparks House got the highest score for the clothes they made (scoring 98 / 100) which was a very striking pleated skirt from folded magazines. Their model, Emily Davis, set this off with matching head band made from paper while also sporting a bin—liner bodice. Similarly, Victoria Garner for Peckover House’s Strand “Blue Suede Shoes” dressed in a tightly folded ruff and hat to score 92 / 100. The work of Mrs Cooper and Mrs Feaviour, in helping to produce so many items from crisp packets and bottle tops into real clothes, was just amazing!

“out—of—date beans inside cans (for rattles) and even a rescued supermarket trolley so as to build rhythms and melodies” The House mural was a joint effort by all eight Strands in each House. Organised by Mr Harrison, this activity relied on each Strand painting one eighth of a picture of the Headmaster’s Lawn and the old school building. The colour scheme was confined to shades of each House’s colour – shades of red for Clarkson, or of yellow for Holmes – and, as far as possible, using old tins of paint. The eight panels were then assembled into one giant picture, like a jigsaw, and carefully transported to the Sports Hall to hang. The soundtrack for the models on the runway was devised, performed and recorded by each

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House too. Once more, the materials used were recycled rubbish. Pupils used empty tins and tubs for drums, bottles to create tunes (very musical when hit or blown!), out—of— date beans inside cans (for rattles) and even a rescued supermarket trolley so as to build rhythms and melodies. Mr Fitzsimmons used Music Department’s rather more hi—tech computer equipment to record and produce each Strand’s composition (while also finding time to judge its aesthetic value!). Finishing touches for the event were provided by Mr Howes and the Maths Department who made perfectly balanced mobiles with geometric shapes, which were then hung from the branches of trees in the school grounds, near to the entrance of the Sports Hall. Thanks must go to Sam Birch who machined the Perspex hangers (from spare materials, of course) in good time so that every single Strand had all the materials they needed. The end result was a fashion show like no other. Eight models from each House dressed quickly in their outfits – the whacky with the whimsical, the slick alongside the sassy – to then parade along a runway in front of the entire school. As they did this, the best soundtrack from their House was played and, as they climbed the stage, they posed in front of the huge mural their House had produced. The cheers were deafening. The laughter and enjoyment was overwhelming. The sense of fun, drawn from the pupils’ inventiveness and creativity, filled the hall. This was one House Event that no one could say was rubbish.

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House Event 2016 The annual House event has gone from strength to strength over the past three years. We have seen Clarkson, Holmes, Peckover and Sparks take each other on in Dance-offs, ‘Trashion’, giant art, music making and rocket launching, amongst many other activities. And this year proved to be just as successful and enjoyable, as the four Houses competed in four new team based tasks. The idea of the day is to step outside the classroom and experience new things; to encounter new challenges and push both individuals and teams outside their comfort zone. It requires the pupils to work closely together in their strands, where Sixth Formers through to First Formers are part of the same team. The four activities facing the Houses this year were based around the theme of the 2016 Rio Olympics and Paralympics. In the sports hall, Mr Harrison led the pupils in a newspaper modelling competition. Their brief was to create a model showing the emotions of sport, either from the view of a supporter or performer. Each House had to produce eight models, one per strand. But they also had to ensure they covered a spectrum of emotions and thought about how they could support each structure. By the end of the day there was a collection of 32 newspaper people, illustrating happiness, shock, despair, joy, sadness and disappointment. The best model chosen by Mr Harrison was made by strand five from Holmes, which depicted the feeling of elation in a wheel chair basketball player. Across in the drama studio, Dr Jarvis tasked the pupils to devise a short dramatic piece, based on the ‘essence’ of an Olympic sport. They were given such sports as Javelin, Marathon running, Diving, Gymnastics and Dressage and had to include a number of dramatic techniques in their group work. They could not simply mime the sport, instead having to think about how they could convey the ideas of it in another way. It was a daunting task for many as it required a great deal of confidence to perform in front of others. However, everyone rose to the challenge and some comical and more serious dramatic pieces were created and performed. Some of Dr Jarvis’s highlights included Suren Chander’s (Peckover) concept of ‘diving’ into his subconscious and Tyler Goates group (Clarkson) showing the ‘marathon’ via the making of a soufflé! As usual, Mrs Sloan was extremely busy in the F&N room. Her challenge to test pupils’ team work and creativity was to create a pizza flag. Half of each strand had to design the flag of

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an Olympic nation, suggesting the foods and colours that the chefs could use. The more imagination used, the better the result. They then had to communicate this to the chefs, who in the meantime had been making the pizza dough bases. However, they could only use their design and not the actual flag, meaning they had to clearly communicate what they wanted. They also had to choose the ingredients they wanted to use wisely. Mrs Fear was the guardian of the ingredients table, keeping a close eye on waste. It was a hot and steamy hour and ten minutes for all four Houses, as at times, every pupil in the House was gathered around their work station. The photos show some extremely colourful and creative pizzas, some delicious, some maybe not quite so tasty. Teams were also marked on their hygiene, manipulation, presentation and cleanliness. There were a number of points docked for dirty work surfaces and washing up not done. It was Sparks who came out as the best pizza chefs and their level of creativity and imagination was superb. They scored 700 out of a possible 800 points available and proved they were a force to be reckoned with in the kitchen. The final activity was the brainchild of Mr Nunnerley and Miss Cook, self-proclaimed ‘Geo-caching’ fanatics. For those of you who are not aware of this world-wide phenomenon, Geo-caching is like a giant treasure hunt. In the days leading up to the House event, 80 coordinates were located and recorded and then pots containing clues were hidden at each of these locations. Pupils were given the coordinates and had to use an App on their phone to get to the exact spot. Once there, they had to search for the treasure pot containing a picture clue that they needed to gain points. The final four clues revealed a Google map image of the school grounds,


The climax of the day was the final presentation in the sports hall. The

newspaper model crowd was revealed to all, as were the results. This years’ House event champions with a total of 2478 points were Sparks, followed by Clarkson (2320), Peckover (2150) and Holmes (1978). Congratulations go to the winners and thanks to all of those who worked so hard to make the day run so smoothly. The Sixth Form leaders across all four Houses were excellent; helping to guide the younger pupils to success and the House staff motivated their strands and instilled healthy competition. We look forward to next year’s set of challenges.

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where the whole House had to meet to take a ‘sporting selfie’. It is fair to say that each House had varying amounts of success. Peckover struggled to find their clues in the time, but the discovery of the final clue luckily revealed the spot for the photo. Sparks on the other hand finished with twenty minutes to spare and were able to compose an outstanding selfie of the House creating the Olympic rings made out of their bodies. What it did prove was that things don’t always jump out at you when you are looking for them. It may take a little time to search but you should never give up.

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Robotics This year, a team from WGS once again entered the Student Robotics Competition run by the University of Southampton. Every year, a different scenario is produced and published, allowing teams to design and programme their robots in the months leading up to the event. The challenge was, this year, to design a robot that could find, move towards, pick up and even rotate boxes to score points, the box having to be rotated so a certain coloured face pointed upwards, or returned to the team’s corner, to score points. With the scenario outlined, it was time for the team to start designing and building the successor to, “Acrylatron”, our previous years’ robot, so named for its primarily plastic structure. After many weeks of deliberation and discussion on design, from scissor lifts to suction cups, traction of wheels, to torque of servos, the team realised time was running out, with the completion deadline, fast approaching. Using the 3D modelling program, “Google Sketch up”, Nick Rayns produced a model of the final design that was used as a blueprint in the subsequent building stage, allowing for different members of the team to work on different components, safe in the knowledge that everything would go together during the assembly, at least in theory. However, once again, the competition deadline crept up on the team members William Davis, Charles Pindar, Tom Culshaw, Nick Rayns and Premal Karavadara, and a furious period of construction just allowed for the assembly of the robot, christened, “Plyborg” owing to the mainly plywood construction, before the competition started. Also many thanks to Oliver Osborn for helping us in our hour of need! Completing the robot’s body was just the start however, as many lines of code needed to be written allowing the machine to process

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information from a webcam, sensing markers on the boxes, and converting this information into movement commands as once in the arena, the robot needs to be fully autonomous. It took much trial and error on the competition day, we had not been able to test code on the robot before due to it not being fully assembled, with chief programmer, Premal Karavadara working around the clock, much of what was learnt on the first day being incorporated into the robot overnight. Sadly, despite cracking some difficult movement problems, the team was not able to get the robot to fulfil its full job of rotating a box, although we did make it through to the quarter final of the competition which was a great achievement. The atmosphere of the competition was great and a lot of fun was had by all, the event also teaching many lessons and giving ideas for next year’s task, which we will find out in October. Thanks must go to Mr Cole and Dr Miller for organising the trip to a fantastic two-day competition. Also thanks to Mr Frost for letting us use the workshop to build the robot. All are definitely looking forward to next year’s competition. Ben York


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Archery Club The 2015-2016 season for Wisbech Grammar School Archery Club has been very successful with medals ranging from bronze to gold. Medals were gained individually as well as a team. The first competition, which took place in September, was the Cambridgeshire County Season Handicap Tournament. All our archers walked away with medals. A special mention should be made of our captain at the time, Nicholas Rayns, who successfully beat all of his competition in the same group. In December, we entered the King’s Lynn Field Archers End of Season Shoot. A field shoot lets archers move around a course in groups of three. The archers move around a wooded area while shooting at 3D foam targets which are animal shaped. The targets are in a variety of places with some of them being very difficult to see, let alone hit! Mr Garfoot and Mr Harrison accompanied us on this shoot as well as Mr Fox – of course. In February the Cambridgeshire County Championships took place in St Ives. Since it was Valentine’s Day we could all express our love for archery. We took five archers from the team and accepted the challenge of this difficult competition. There were three sessions held during the day since there were so many archers which meant we didn’t know how our competition had or were going to do. However, Sanket Goni won 1st place n the U18 Compound division making him U18 County Champion for Compound. Ella Beckett won first place in the U18 Barebow division making her U18 County Champion for barebow. It was only later we discovered that she had also set a new county record of 358. The medals continued with Felicity Sheard coming second in the Compound division and Cameron Lewis overcame his nerves to come second in the Compound Division. To continue

adding to the haul of medals Sanket Goni and Cameron Lewis received a bronze medal for the U18 Compound Team (Portsmouth round) and Felicity Sheard and Ella Beckett recieved a Broze medal for the U18 barebow division. Wisbech Grammar School Archery Team did so well that the Archery GB judge in charge commented to all there that they needed congratulating and that they were obviously taught very well.

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Finally, in May, it was the Fakenham Bowmen’s May Day Shoot. The weather could not have been much worse with strong winds and the threat of rain all day. On this shoot team members taking part were Thomas Fox (from Magdalene House), Cameron Lewis, Laura Wright (still on crutches), Ella Beckett (team captain), Amelia Oram, Felicity Sheard, Nicholas Rayns (Vice captain), and Premal Karavadara. Overall the team came third in the tournament which was pleasing since we were up against some very experienced adult archers. However, individuals also gained bronze, silver and gold medals for individual performance. It has been a very successful two years for the Wisbech Grammar School Archery Club since we became an Archery GB affiliated Club. We are excited to be entering more competitions in the future and are hoping to organise some trips to other clubs and even perhaps to Agincourt. We would all like to give a special thank you to Mr Fox; all of this achievement wouldn’t have been possible without him. Ella Beckett

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Chess Club Chess Club has run on Thursday lunchtimes throughout this year. The club has had many members this year including some new members from the First Form. Chess is a logical game and we have also played exciting variations of chess such as “Suicide Chess” and our own multi-board multi-player version! Chess Club is also a good way to complete the skills section of your Duke of Edinburgh's award. Once again, we took part in the Delancey UK Schools Chess Challenge this year with several players gaining enough points to qualify for the Megafinal in Cambridge. Sam Martin, Shravan Sharma and George Dady all represented the School at the Megafinal and we thoroughly enjoyed our time there. Unfortunately, Mr Davies is leaving the school this year, having run the club for the past three years. He was an excellent leader for the club and will be greatly missed by us members. I encourage you to give chess a go, even if you have never played before, as it is straightforward to learn how to play and it can be a rewarding experience. Sam Martin, 4C

Grow, Cook, Eat Club

Baking Club

Every Thursday Grow, Cook, Eat Club meets in the F and N room. Groups are given a variety of random ingredients and a ready steady cook style meeting happens. We all discuss ideas for recipes using the mixture of ingredients we have and select the dish we are going to cook.

Baking Club happened during Friday lunchtimes throughout the year. The Club has always had many participants all from different year groups.

We can be as creative as we like within the theme set. We have invented savoury flapjacks, pasta soups, spicy risottos, fruity biscuits and meaty pies to name just a few. The favourite week is always Pancake Day. We make pancakes, carry out pancake races and then eat pancakes with various different toppings. Sometimes we carry out tastings to compare different varieties of, for example, potatoes with different vinegars. We also get involved in helping at events so for example we made savoury pastries, scones and cakes for the afternoon tea event and made food themed into the sketches for the foods revue. We have grown our own rhubarb, and had a broad bean project where we grew then used broad beans in pate, risotto and soups. Grow, Cook, Eat club means we can explore food types, be really imaginative and eat delicious food too!

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Often pupils who are doing their Duke of Edinburgh Award attend as it is a good way to complete their skills section. Each week we create mouth-watering dishes ranging some simple cakes to more complicated sweet and savoury pies. Pupils show commitment and fantastic organisational skills by turning up each week with their ingredients and then taking their efforts home with them. We prepare, cook, and bake to laughter and music, the perfect lunch hour! Cooking is without a doubt one of the most important life skills a person can ever learn and share. Once you have that skill you are set for life….


D of E This has been an extremely busy and rewarding year for all those involved with the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme. Nine of our pupils have achieved their Gold Award, the culmination of a great deal of effort, tenacity and commitment. This is the highest number of Gold Awards our pupils have achieved in one academic year. We are incredibly proud of their achievement and look forward to hearing how the D of E Gold Award has helped them in their life after School. We are also proud to note that pupils have achieved 35 Silver Awards and 39 Bronze Awards this past year. This is a considerable improvement on last year’s figures (14 Silver, 33 Bronze). Those pupils are to be congratulated for their achievements; I hope that they will continue to commit themselves and achieve the higher Awards, which remain an incredibly valuable qualification, highly regarded by employers and universities alike. We are pleased to announce that the School is now a Directly Licensed Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Centre, which will enable the School to operate with greater efficiency, allowing us to manage and regulate ourselves, rather than under the umbrella Cambridgeshire County Council. It is important to realise that the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is far more that the carrying of a rucksack, donning waterproofs and sleeping under canvas on expedition. The wide variety of activities and skills that those participating in the scheme experience, and are required to demonstrate, is staggering. There are four other compulsory sections of the awards scheme: Volunteering, Physical, Skill and Residential (gold award only that pupils are required to complete. Many pupils choose to attend some of the wide range of extracurricular activities on offer here at School. Our participants also make a valuable contribution to the wider community, volunteering - helping in charity shops, animal rescue centres, retirement homes and local sports clubs. We cannot underestimate the commitment our pupils (and parents) show during the completion of the various awards. The Trinity Term is the busiest in the DofE calendar, as several Qualifying (assessed) expeditions depart to various parts of the UK and Europe: During the 2016 expedition season, 150 of our pupils have undertaken at least one of seven expeditions, numerous assessor comments have been uploaded and we expect to be approving several awards as a result.

Our Bronze group, consisting of 41 members of the Third Form and four members of the Fourth Form have planned and undertaken two two-day expeditions, at Grafham Water and Thetford. Perhaps the group’s biggest challenge was navigation, the complexity of translating what is on a map to what is on the ground proved difficult, for both pupils and those staff trying to locate them. However, lessons were learned and during the Qualifying expedition very few navigational errors were evident. All pupils passed the expedition section, which was, for many, the final part of their Bronze award.

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Our Silver group (consisting of 26 members of the Fourth Form and 12 Fifth Formers) completed their Qualifying expedition section in the final week of June, undertaking a second three-day expedition in the Peak District. They experienced some mixed weather - a wet first day, but with conditions improving on days two and three, enabling the pupils to enjoy the scenery of The Edale Valley. All groups coped well with navigation and camp craft, meaning the whole expedition was enjoyable for participants, and a little less fraught for staff! Once again, this will be the final section to complete for many of the Silver Group. The time and commitment needed for the Gold awards is, unsurprisingly much higher, with the award requiring upwards of a year to complete. The 27 members of the current Gold group have been working hard to complete the five sections, including a week long residential section. The majority undertook their practice expedition in the Yorkshire Dales over the Easter holidays, and will depart on one of two expeditions planned for Summer 2016, heading for either the Julian Alps of Slovenia or the rolling green peaks of the Lake District. I would like to thank all the participants who undertake the various levels of the award, the majority of whom put a great deal of effort and time into their awards, making the whole experience a rewarding one. Also, special thanks must go to those staff who braved the full spectrum of weather conditions on expedition, or who completed numerous assessor comments. Without their time and assistance the Scheme would not function, and our pupils would not receive recognition for their talents and commitment.

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Roll of Honour - July 2015 to July 2016 Bronze Rana Abdel Gadir Dina Aldrich Charlie Bailey Hetty Beckett Thomas Collie Emerson Collingwood-Smith Amy Everall James Fear Alex Florance Alexandra Ford Susannah Garner Lianne Goates Hannah Greenhalgh James Horsburgh Lauren Ingman Charles Kerman-Staley Jade Kimpton Anna Kober William Lankfer Zachariah Lee Thomas Lishman Florence Mai Gabriel Parslew Eleanor Payne-English Toby Phillips Forbes Plumb Jennifer Robinson Jennifer Ross Arran Shipley Robert Sidgwick Jack Sidgwick Harry Sidgwick William Sinfield Rajveer Sira Jake Slender Matilda Suiter Jack Trundley Charlotte White Chloe Wright

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Silver Waleed Asif Harry Beresford-Peirse Alex Bly Cameron Brown Ellen Bunker Abigail Charles Alex Clabon Eden Cooper Thomas Cork William Davis Max Eales Johanna Featherstone Megan Fey Sophie Freeman Kevin Gunasekara Hannah Guze Faris Khan Amber Jones Zara Jutsum Henry Lankfer Miles MacLachlan Ollie Mann Cameron Mauremootoo Harriet McDonald Harriet Munson Heather Newport Henry Oldershaw-Ellis Helena Parkinson Callum Smith Laura Temple Megan Tolliday Ryan Wilson Asena Yendley Elliot Young Dominic Young

Gold Victoria Murphy Maddie Booth Mollie Allen James Greenhalgh Ethan Jutsum Jordie Reeve Ed Page Ben Trundley Charley Brown


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Expeditions Summary of Duke of Edinburgh expeditions Summer 2015: July 4 – 10

Lake District Gold Assessed Expedition 1-6 Aug

The highlight of the 2015 Duke of Edinburgh expedition season was undoubtedly the Gold assessed expedition to Chamonix in July. 14 pupils accompanied by two staff and two professional Alpine guides, completed a challenging four-day self-sufficient expedition following the Tour du Mont Blanc, against the breathtakingly spectacular backdrop of Mont Blanc and the many snowcapped peaks that together form the Mont Blanc Massif.

Whilst not quite so grand in terms of height and geographical features as Chamonix, the six girls who undertook their Gold assessed expedition to the Lake District in August faced their own set of personal and physical challenges. The scenery of the area is arguably some of the most picturesque in the British Isles; However, the challenging peaks and valleys, combined with some very inclement weather conditions certainly tested the girls’ abilities and endurance. The sense of achievement and relief experienced by the group as they reached Pooley Bridge at the tip of Lake Ullswater to complete their expedition was quite evident. The group impressed their external assessor who duly signed off the expedition section of their gold awards, commenting on their perseverance, tenacity and ability to co-operate and work together as a group.

The high temperatures, often in excess of 30 degrees, proved incredibly demanding for the group, requiring early starts to avoid trekking during the hottest parts of the day to prevent exhaustion and dehydration. In spite of the sweltering heat, spirits remained high throughout the week however, boosted by the beautiful scenery and unrivalled views of the Chamonix region. The highest point reached was an impressive 2,500m (Ben Nevis is 1,344m to put this in perspective!) with the group wild camping at 2,200m on this stretch of the expedition.

All gold participants now have to work hard to complete the remaining four sections of the scheme in order to secure their coveted gold award.

The overwhelming sense of achievement and pride was palpable as the 14 weary pupils, returned to our base in Chamonix. The final day involved a relaxed wander around Chamonix and a celebratory meal before catching our fight and returning to the UK, one step closer to their gold award they have worked so hard for.

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Slovenia - July 7th -14th 2016 Waking up on top of a mountain surrounded by clouds is not something that most people can say they’ve experienced, nor is walking up and down mountains for four days carrying all of your food, clothes and equipment in your backpack, with the sun bearing down on you for hours on end, perhaps that is what make a Duke of Edinburgh’s expedition memorable, particularly if it takes place in the Slovenian Alps. Following a nice and early flight, two groups of intrepid expeditioners arrived in Slovenia ready for an adventure. Bordering Italy, Austria, Hungary and Croatia, Slovenia is a small but beautiful country, similar in size and population to Wales, but is a destination none of us had ever been to before, perhaps that added something to the experience. With all of the mountains and lakes we had seen from the flight, we were just itching to get out there and see it all close up. The short minibus journey from the airport at Ljubljana to our base in the small ski resort of Kranjska Gora, was quiet, most were taking in their first glimpses of the alpine scenery, with the lush vegetation and small scale agriculture of the valley floor and the rugged peaks towering above. However, before our expedition could begin we had one hurdle to overcome; the acclimatisation day. We didn’t think a day long walk with only our day sacks would pose too much of a challenge, but we would promptly be proven wrong. A combination of searing heat, steep climbs and a relative lack of fitness, a short walk quickly turned into a gruelling test of endurance for most of us, but we realised that we really did need to acclimatise. The following day we started our expedition from Bovec in the Triglav National Park, our route required us to gain height quite quickly, and so the early parts were steep, but once height had been gained we were able to appreciate the stunning scenery, walking through patches of snow, which, given the temperatures was a little puzzling, past remote now ruined German camps used during World War II, and all the time catching sights of imposing peaks and endless valleys, many containing vivid blue glacial melt water lakes and streams. We were moving from Alpine hut to Alpine hut; known as “Doms”, these huts were perched on is what seemed to be some very precarious positions, all provided breath taking views over the peaks and valleys of the Triglav region. We had been given special dispensation by the Duke of Edinburgh’s Scheme to use mountain hut rather than tents given the altitude and rugged nature of the terrain for most of the expedition. We were still self-sufficient in term of cooking, but the ‘Doms’ provided rest and refreshments in the

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middle and at the end of the day and were a welcome sight following the gruelling day across some challenging terrain. The dorms and bunk beds within the huts were very basic, as were the toilet facilities, which provided much amusement throughout the expedition, but offered more comfort than sleeping in a tent, however it did mean that on one night we had to sleep in the same room as several other trekkers who happened to wake up a lot earlier than us. There was a debate as to who had the worst deal, us sharing a dorm with early risers or the other trekkers sharing with eighteen sweaty DofEer’s and staff. Our final night was spent in Dom Planika, which at 2401m was the highest point of our expedition, built on a small plateau just below the summit of Triglav, in the evening we were treated to stunning views across the valley, but come morning those views had disappeared as we were immersed in thick cloud, a fact that bothered us very little as were all highly motivated to complete the final day. Whether it was the beautiful views or the altitude, all of us had our breath taken away while on expedition, and the amazing conditions kept our spirits high, allowing us to approach new challenges, such as scrabbling across rocks with our hands and feet or walking across ice on the side of a mountain, with enthusiasm. The sense of relief, achievement and satisfaction every member of the group felt, while waiting for a well-deserved shower once we reached our accommodation in Kranjska Gora was evident. The expedition had drained much of our energy, even the highly strategic game of Uno, which at times throughout the trip had been cut throat, was played with a little less vigour. Following our expedition we spent our remaining day experiencing some of the flatter parts of Slovenia. During the morning we went White water rafting down The River Sava, this proved to be more strenuous that imagined, but nevertheless proved to be an experience most will remember. Later that day we took in some Slovenian culture in the resort town of Bled, with its church perched on an island in the middle of the lake and the castle looming overhead on a small rocky outcrop. A

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little downtime here allowed us to savour the world famous Bled Cream Cake as well as relaxing in the warm Slovenian sun, before returning to our accommodation and heading out for a welldeserved celebratory meal in a local restaurant. A big thank you goes to Mr Garfoot and Miss Kemp, and we definitely encourage other pupils to take

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part in the DofE scheme. DofE expeditions are no walk in the park (unless your name is Henry Lankfer), but it would be hard to argue that they’re not memorable and well worth the effort. Kevin Gunasekara


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Joanna Hutler climbs

Mt Kilimanjaro

Former Wisbech Grammar School pupil, Joanna Hutler from Friday Bridge recently climbed Mt Kilimanjaro to raise money for the charity Dig Deep. Dig Deep works with rural communities in Kenya to access water and sanitation. They implement training and appropriate technologies to improve health and education and enable people to break the cycle of poverty and transform their lives. Magdalene House pupils supported Joanna by raising in excess of £100 for Dig Deep. Each child donated money to enter a competition organised by Joanna, they were asked to come up with a T-shirt design relating to clean water. Winners were picked from each of the year groups and one overall winner was selected to have their design printed on a T-shirt which Joanna would wear when she made the 5,895m climb. The winning design was created by Prep 1 pupil Harvey Franklin from Spalding who won a book voucher. The winners for each age category were Alice Blundy-Gent (Spalding) in Reception, Harvey Franklin (Spalding) in Prep 1, Ruby Marriott (Friday Bridge) in Prep 2, Hannah Banister (Wisbech) in Prep 3, Daniel Simpson (Wisbech) in Prep 4, Sourish Sharma (King’s Lynn) and Amelia Mitchell (Wisbech) in Prep 5 and Abigail Tucker (Wisbech) in Prep 6.

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Joanna, who started at Magdalene House in Prep 3 said, “I am so happy with the amount of entries and the childrens’ enthusiasm to support the charity. It was extremely hard to pick a winner due to the amount of effort the children put in to their designs. Harvey’s design which was a drawing of myself climbing Kilimanjaro, won over my vote as it put a very big smile on my face and it was a very happy picture. I’d like to say a massive thank you to Magdalene House for helping me make this event as successful as it was and for their continuing to support Dig Deep throughout the term.”


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Day 1 After our last sleep in a bed for the next five nights, we woke up in Moshi ready to start off our first day climbing Kilimanjaro. We arrived at the gates of the national park around lunch time. While our porters got everything ready for the long week ahead, we tucked into some lunch. We had 97 porters accompany us up the mountain, ten of which were guides and would walk with us all the way to the top. The others were in charge of carrying the tents, chairs and food for us. Once we set off, we had a full 6 hours of walking through the rain forest, which was all up hill. This was a pretty intense first day for us all as we were getting used to a lot of walking and carrying over 4kg each. After six hours we made it to our first camp and were greeted by our team who sang us welcome songs and danced. This became a tradition throughout the trip and by the end we all knew the songs off by heart.

Day 2 We set off at 7am in the morning after our first sleep on the mountain. And this time we were walking above the clouds already. The views were incredible considering it was only day two. We had a lot of breaks as it was beginning to become very challenging. A few people were already suffering from altitude sickness as we were now walking over 3000m. For the whole trip we had to walk single file so that the porters could get passed us without us getting in the way. We finally got to our second camp around 2pm which meant lunch! The cooks had made us soup followed by chicken and chips. We were soon to discover that soup and chicken was basically our diet for the next five days, not only for lunch but for dinner also. Because we arrived so early we were able to have a nap for a few hours before we were woken up for our dinner.

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Day three was altitude day. This was the day we were ‘eased’ into high altitude as we were walking to just under 5000m to a point called Lava Tower. A lot of people had begun to struggle and suffer some symptoms of altitude sickness, two people from the group had to be diverted another route meaning they missed lunch at Lava Tower. Once we reached Lava Tower we had lunch all ready for us; of course it was soup and chicken. By this point we were all very tired and myself and another member of the group fell asleep at the table. But our day wasn’t over yet, after walking six hours to get to Lava Tower we had another six hours to walk to our third camp, but this was all downhill as we were going back down to 3000m. Walking downhill proved a challenge for me as there was a lot of pressure added to my knees for six hours, but I finally made it to camp after having lots of breaks, falling over and having a few teary moments! This was my favourite camp as the view when we arrived at 6pm was incredible. We truly were above the clouds now.

We woke up at 5am ready for one of our longest days, knowing we would summit Kilimanjaro the next day. This day was one of the toughest but also the most exciting days as for about five/six hours we were actually climbing the side of a mountain and pulling ourselves over the rocks. This was very challenging as it was incredibly steep and although it was around -5 degrees we were all getting incredibly hot. Once we made it to the top of the rock face we had been climbing, we were greeted by the most incredible view. Of course we stopped here for a good 30 minutes as we were all taken back by the view and all wanted to take pictures. After we had our break we set off again but this time we were able to walk and use our pole. It took us around three hours to get to camp where lunch was waiting for us. After we had lunch we set off to reach base camp. This was the longest walk of the trip, base camp seemed to take weeks to get to, everyone was so tired and the day was closing in on us quicker than we expected. We didn’t reach base camp until 7pm despite setting off at 6am in the morning. I was lucky enough not to experience altitude sickness, but I did struggle to breath sometimes. It was very easy to forget how high up you were when walking to the toilets, which were just little holes in the ground. Walking 100m at a normal pace really does make you lose your breath. It felt like I had just run the 15000m on sports day. After everyone retreated to base camp we had dinner at 8.30pm, this was followed by our leader Geoffrey informing us we had to be up at 1am ready to set off for the summit….

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From walking 13 hours on day four, and only having three hours sleep we were all ready to set off for the summit at 1am. I don’t really remember much from this morning other than that is was incredibly cold, I couldn’t feel my hands or feet and I was constantly praying for the sunrise. This day was by far the hardest day. Your body is physically drained and everything was a mental challenge, telling yourself to not stop and to keep on pushing. For the next five hours all you could see were head torches, and everyone falling asleep as they walked. I can’t explain it, or tell you how it’s possible, but I must have fallen asleep whilst walking around 15 times. But it soon became 6am, and this meant the sun was rising. By this time there was no going back, the sun was rising and it was the most beautiful thing I had ever seen, I was going to make it to the summit. The sun was out and we no longer needed our head torches, my body was warming up and I was no longer falling asleep. Our next destination was Stella Point. The group had begun to split and I was with the leading team. This was a very emotional day as our bodies were so tired and everything was ‘’Pole, Pole’’ which means ‘’slowly, slowly’’ in Swahili. It took almost ten hours for us to reach Stella Point but once we were there everyone was just so happy. I could see Uhuru Peak which was the highest point of 5895m. It must have been only 400m away, but it was going to be the hardest 400m I was to ever walk. Some members of the group didn’t want to carry on as their bodies had endured enough and they just physically couldn’t go. But I wasn’t turning around now, so a group of us set off for our final summit walk. Again this was to be done very ‘’pole, pole’’ and it seemed like a pathway that never was going to end. After an hour we still hadn’t reached the top, but it was in sight. We were getting closer and closer, the emotions were high. We had finally made it to the ‘rooftop of Africa’ and boy, was it worth it. Suddenly we all had energy and couldn’t believe that we had made it to the top by 11.45am! We weren’t allowed to stay there for very long due to the lack of oxygen so after about 20 minutes we started our walk back down the mountain. Walking down was a real struggle, our bodies had completely shut down. A small group of us set off back down the mountain. We had lots of breaks as everyone was exhausted. However, I fell asleep on a rock which meant I had to be taken down separately by a porter. I didn’t mind this as it meant I would get to the bottom quicker, which meant sleep! The porter held onto my arm and took my rucksack and assisted me down, making sure I didn’t fall over. As soon as I got back to base camp at 3pm I went straight into my tent and slept. But sadly, not for long, as I was woken up at 5pm because lunch was ready. After lunch we had to wait for the rest of the group to come down and then we had to get ready to set off to go to our final camp. We weren’t allowed to sleep at basecamp due to the high altitude and we needed to get much lower. This wasn’t going to be a pleasant walk. We set off around 6pm for another three hour walk and everyone was beginning to feel the effects of the altitude. Our last camp seemed to take hours to get to, all anyone wanted to do was sleep and relax. Once we finally got there at 9pm we signed in at camp and went straight to our tents. Only five people out of 29 made it to dinner, the rest of us went straight to sleep!

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Day 6 We were allowed a lie in on our last day on the mountain. We woke up at 9am, had breakfast and set off around 11am. The walk was all downhill and we were going back through the rain forest. As we were walking down all we could think about was getting to the bottom and enjoying lunch and sitting down on a bus. As we were walking through the rain forest we saw monkeys in the trees which made the walk seem a lot better. As soon as the pathway got wider everyone spilt off and rushed the rest of the way. You could hear people cheering as they saw the gate at the bottom of the park. As soon as I saw it, I ran down it to people shouting, ‘’there’s proper toilets’’ which filled me with so much joy. We were welcomed by the porters singing to us for one last time, followed by the biggest plate of chips and chicken I had ever seen. Climbing Kilimanjaro was the best experience of my life. It may have been the hardest thing I have ever undertaken, but it was worth it.

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Past-pupil of Wisbech Grammar School, Alistair Price, has signed a professional contract with Glasgow Warriors, to keep him with the club for a further two years. Alistair, from King’s Lynn, left the school in 2011 and is the latest Stage Three player to graduate from the Scottish Rugby academy system. Alistair has made nine appearances for the Warriors since Christmas, playing in their Heineken Cup win against Racing 92 and the renowned New Zealand Rugby Union player, Dan Carter. The Scotland under-20 scrumhalf was also part of the GUINNESS PRO12

title-winning squad last season and in the Glasgow squad which won the Melrose 7s earlier this year. He previously played for Bedford Blues and was part of the Saracens Storm 'A' league set-up, playing for them in the Premiership Sevens Series Head of Sport, Mr Phil Webb said, “We are delighted for Alistair and wish him every success for the future"

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Hannah Flint ‘leading light’ for Modern Slavery A former pupil of Wisbech Grammar School, Hannah Flint (nee Butcher), has been awarded a Chief Constable’s Commendation from the Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police. Following in the footsteps of Thomas Clarkson, Hannah is working to combat slavery. She is the Modern Slavery Network Co-ordinator for the charity Stop the Traffik, and is part of a multiagency team based with Greater Manchester Police. The whole team were recognised as “a leading light on the issue of modern slavery in the UK”.

Elliot Young wins CREST Award A former pupil, Elliot Young had his CREST research project published in January. It was also judged to have been one of the best nationally and he was invited to London to present his research in the form of a poster. Elliot follows in the footsteps of his older sister (also a former pupil at Wisbech Grammar School and now in her third year at Cambridge studying Medicine) who similarly carried out a microbiology investigation at the school and both had it published and gave a poster presentation.

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Joe Henry travels 28,968 km by cycle In June, ex-pupil Joe Henry, returned from an around the world trip by bicycle, which took him 12 months and saw him clock up some 18,000 miles (28,968km) as he cycled his way through almost 30 countries. Along the way, he dodged chaotic traffic in India, crossed the desert in central Asia and passed some of the globe’s most famous landmarks. His route took him through Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand as well as coast-to-coast across North America. Joe, who paced his ride to take exactly 365 days, averaged 90km per day through cooler climates, and around 60km a day in more humid locations. Speaking of his trip, Joe said, “By cycling, I’ve seen parts of the world that many other travellers never explore. To me, the most fascinating countries were in Central Asia: Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan. I was diving completely into the unknown and I knew very little about their culture or customs.” The 30 year old also used the opportunity to raise funds for Nelson’s Journey, the Norfolk-based bereavement charity for children. A spokesman for the charity said, “Joe is an inspiration and we are thrilled to have been supported by him in this way”

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Remembering a Friend - Sir Harry Kroto Pupils and staff at Wisbech Grammar School were saddened to learn of the death of Nobel Prize winning chemist, Sir Harry Kroto. Sir Harry, who was born in Wisbech in 1939, returned to his home town in June 2013 to visit Wisbech Grammar School where he talked to pupils and staff, and officially opened one of the newly refurbished Chemistry laboratories which is now named after him. Sir Harry was awarded the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 1996 for his part in the discovery of a new form of carbon. He named this buckminsterfullerene, after the creator of geodesic domes, reflecting Sir Harry’s own interest in architecture and design. The discovery of these “buckyballs” led to further research by other scientists and these molecules are now used in fields as diverse as medicine and the manufacture of tennis rackets. Sir Harry was passionate about communicating science to the general public and science education for all. Wisbech Grammar School is proud to be associated with him; our thoughts and prayers are with his wife and family at this time.

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Wisbech Grammar School in the Nineties and Noughties: Leading Personalities

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When I joined WGS as Head in September 1988 I was given four targets: put into effect a major building programme; bring the arts side of the School up to the standard of science and maths; achieve membership of HMC; ensure the future financial security of the School. Fortunately I was immediately able to draw on the dedication and experience of two superbly able and professional colleagues; Laurie Fuller, Deputy Head and Daphne Clarke, Bursar. For the new buildings the governors allowed me to use the team of professionals I had employed at the previous school where I had been Head and, with their complete redesign of the plans. I found when I arrived at WGS, building work commenced in September 1990. The programme of 19 classrooms, four laboratories, assembly hall, sports hall and library was finished within the year, completely transforming the nature of the School and stimulating demand for places. In order to revamp the arts side new blood was going to be needed. The first to arrive was Tim Gartside as Head of History quickly followed by Anthony Clemit, Head of English and Mike Wager, Head of French. Within a very short period these colleagues virtually doubled the number studying their subject in the Sixth Form and gave the School a much more balanced appeal. A further boost came with the arrival of Russ Baum as Head of Physics. His expertise in IT accelerated the School’s progress in this vital area and he single handedly produced one of the first school websites in the country, gaining national press recognition in the process. Not surprisingly these teachers all went on to senior positions at other schools, including two headships. Wisbech Grammar School was far from ready for HMC entry in September 1988. As well as inadequate buildings, (a third of classrooms were temporary mobiles), Sixth Form numbers were well below the required minimum and the stay-on rate from the Fifth Form was only about 50%. Additionally in sport against HMC schools we were often playing our first teams against their seconds and therefore were not considered up to standard in an area very visible to parents. Due to a huge collective effort by every member of staff, teaching and non-teaching, all these issues were successfully addressed in just three years and the School gained membership, unusually at the first attempt, following a three day inspection and a dinner hosted by my late wife Heather together with Chairman Neil Russell and myself. With the governors’ permission I had a long standing agreement with St Audrey’s Convent School in Wisbech that, should they ever decide to close, we would provide education for pupils aged four to eleven. In April 1997 I received notice that St. Audrey’s would shut in July of that year. Following a close inspection of their facilities we decided to incorporate juniors and infants onto the main school site. Many alterations to buildings were required over the summer holiday but the real credit must go to Kate Cranwell (a superb first Head of this new section of the School), Gill Stapleton and Romayne Brown. They

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gave up the whole of their summer holiday to ensure that The Wisbech Grammar School Junior and Infant department was ready for its 83 new pupils in September 1997. A special celebration took place in September 2004 when this department had grown to 200 boys and girls.

With the arrival of Sara Harris in September 1990, girls’ sport received a massive boost and it wasn’t long before their teams were winning county and regional competitions. The outstanding achievement for boys was a rugby 1st XV which enjoyed a run of 18 consecutive victories against other school first teams in 2006/7, leading to recognition by the Daily Telegraph as one of the two best teams in the East of England. This exceptional achievement came through the coaching and dedication of Phil Webb and Trevor Claydon. No school Head can function without the backing of a dedicated governing body and no-one could have enjoyed more support, knowledge and wisdom than I received from William Neil Russell, Chairman from 1979 until his untimely death in 1995. He was a truly outstanding governor and colleague in every respect and the School owes him a great deal. Alan Salmon, vice-chairman for many years, was another dedicated Grammarian who raised considerable funds for the School and was a great supporter of the Junior School project. Young Enterprise was a hugely successful scheme with our lower Sixth Formers winning a hat full of competitions. This project was driven forward relentlessly by John Warren who also gave great service as a governor. Finally His Honour Judge Colin Kolbert, a great friend to me personally, who brought his vast experience of independent school governorship to Wisbech and whose advice was often sought, readily given and always valued. When Daphne Clarke retired as Bursar in July 1998 she was replaced by another outstanding professional, Elizabeth Thuburn. Thus the management of the non-teaching side of the School continued to run smoothly and with great efficiency. Other staff who deserve recognition include Brian Ferguson and Richard Bedford (maintenance and grounds) and Gill Donnelly who became known as the ‘go to’ person because of the vast knowledge of the School she had acquired during 23 years service. Finally I should like to thank all who helped to make my 20 years at WGS stimulating and enjoyable; pupils, all staff, parents and governors. Long may this ancient foundation prosper.

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New Staff Wisbech Grammar School is pleased to welcome the appointment of 14 new members of staff over the academic year 2015-2016. Natalie Miller

Bursar

Tim McConnell-Wood

Head of Middle School and Teacher of Economics and Business

Paul Logan

Deputy Head Operations

Keryn Neaves

Deputy Head - Magdalene House

Jo-Ann Garner

Chemistry Teacher

Jacquelene Burnham

Cleaner

Nicola Boothby

Cleaner

Monica Maxwell

Admissions and Marketing Assistant

Lee Roger

DT Technician

Michelle Larkin

Singing Peripatetic Teacher

Christian Ayling

Classroom Assistants

Ashleigh Lawrence

Classroom Assistants

Freddie Whatling

Classroom Assistants

Julie Anne Summersgill

Cleaner

Natalie Miller, Bursar Natalie Miller joined Wisbech Grammar School as the Bursar from the start of the academic year. An experienced senior leader and change professional with experience in both private and not for profit sectors she brings a combination of technical skills and strong interpersonal attributes, united by a personal commitment to the future of the school. Academic success was achieved as an Oxford scholar (Fitzwilliam exhibition awarded whilst studying Philosophy, Politics and Economics) and as a CIMA qualified accountant (achieving the highest mark in two exam papers taken across the globe). As her career has evolved from management accountancy to business leadership she has added further qualifications in business analysis, project and programme management. Natalie’s daughter will be starting at the school in September, and it was this connection that led her to consider the role of Bursar. In the end, the opportunity to extend her own personal commitment to the school from parent to a driving force for improvement was one that could

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not be resisted. It is a great next step given her proven ability of leading and managing large diverse teams whilst championing and delivering significant change that results in increased customer satisfaction and improved financial performance. Natalie will be working alongside the Headmaster, the senior team and a very supportive Governing Body to formulate the strategy to turn the Headmaster’s vision into reality over the coming years. The delivery of this task will be facilitated and supported by the team that has been developed and refocused by Mr Wheeler in recent months, a team that she is looking forward to working with.


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In many ways, I feel my whole career has been guiding me to this point. The school I attended in the North East too many years ago was an independent day school much like Wisbech Grammar School. Whilst there, I aimed to do exactly what we are asking our pupils to do today – to get stuck in – to academics, to activities and clubs, to discussion groups and to sport, all with the aim of making us a better, more well-rounded person. Adding in a strong sense of service that runs through the school which chimes closely with my personal mantra of “do unto others as you would have them do unto you”, I really feel that I have come home. My journey has been through a few byways, some ten years in the Army where I was a Captain in the Gurkhas taught me much about the human spirit, about growing up in adversity, the power of perseverance, friendship and resourcefulness.

It also gave me a sense of perspective; being able to see the big picture and what is important in life. 20 years working in schools, firstly as an Assistant Bursar and then in teaching, or should I say school - mastering, has cemented the love of helping develop young people to achieve of their best.

Leavers & Joiners

It has been a whirlwind 15 months since my arrival at Wisbech Grammar School and I am thoroughly enjoying settling into the new role of Senior Deputy Head.

I believe this has given me a great connection to the whole community, staff (both teaching and support) and, most importantly, the pupils who constantly amaze me with their ingenuity, spirit and joie de vivre. Our staff too are truly inspirational and they give of their time willingly to support the pupils in so many areas of life. It is the combination of these that makes WGS so special.

Keryn Neaves, Deputy Head - Magdalene House I began working at Magdalene House in January 2016. We moved to the area after my appointment and my son, Finlay, also joined the school in Prep 1. He absolutely loves it and is thriving under the guidance of the dedicated staff! Prior to working at Magdalene House I was Head of Prep School at Stoke College in Suffolk for four years and before that, Head of Prep School at Gosfield

Independent School in Essex. I moved to the UK to work and travel after four years of teaching in New Zealand. I have now been here for over 15 years and thoroughly enjoying being a part of such a vibrant school.

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Like any new boy, it seems a good idea to review progress and achievement at the end of my first half term at Wisbech Grammar School. Unlike the new pupils, my interviews and assessments took place in February 2015. That seems an awfully long time ago now as I gradually become part of the furniture on the North Brink.

and above all rooms to get used to was Having been at indeed a challenge. My Grade Card would Uppingham as A talented rugby player School has not include subjects but responsibilities Headat ofWisbech Maths forGrammar taken a hat-trick in eight his first appearance for the Bedford such as cover, reviewing policies and their years a move Blues Academy. compliance with regulations, overview of was a big step but training I Ryan immediately liked Wisbech Grammar scrum half.and induction, the co-curricular Hutler (17), from Friday Bridge, has been in training provision, planning events such as the School and was struck the welcoming, with the under-19 Bedford sideby since selection in the He then signed and played for the full Bedford summer, and he made his appearance for theand team in Remembrance Christmas Services positive approach offirst both the pupils Blues team from forand a two-year spell in the an away match against Ealing Trailfinder Academy. Championship Division before and the Calendar. It hasrepresenting been fascinating staff I met during those days in February. Scotland in thethe under-20 Six Nations Coming on from note the bench the 30th he found to see how School worksTournament, and how Of particular wasin one of minute the Prefects playing against England, Wales, Ireland, Italy and the team losing by 17 points to 22 at the end of the first the systems affect people and vice versa. who told me that teachers ‘wanted him Junior half, but his hat-trick after the interval helped spur the side France and going on to compete in the under-20 I Rugby look forward learning more as time to happy’ when asked what their World Cup to in Nantes. to be a famous 48-22 victory – and his pivotal contribution was branded a ‘dream debut’ onnot the academy’s website. progresses my contribution to priorities were. This was the answer I Ryan said: “My and team making mates were proud of me and really enhancing processes. I also hope ittowas make was expecting and really the School pleased because it was my debut. I thought a great A member of the Leicester Tigers’sold elite player experience and to get three tries it even better.” development group pupils for the last four years, Ryan plays for some innovations such asmade introducing a to me. I believe achieve best when the school’s 1st XV. He has represented Norfolk county Wisbech Grammar School Diploma. they are set high expectations but, above Wisbech Grammar School’s head of rugby, Mr Alex and eastern counties at under-14 and under-16 level and Laybourne, said: “We are proud of Ryan’s achievements. all, need to be nurtured and encouraged. he is currently in trials for the eastern counties under-17 has developed well this season andfirst it is good I He have had a really enjoyable yearto see squad. him perform on a bigger stage.” at the School and if I am sent to the Finally September came and with it the At the Bedford Blues Academy he is following in the Meanwhile, Alistair Price, who signed Card, with Glasgow Headmaster with my Grade I hope I excitement and challenge faced by anyone footsteps of past pupil Alistair Price, who was the Warriors in 2013, had nine months out of action because winning captain of the school. Bedford Blues under-18 will find him smiling. starting at a new TheAcademy plethora of of injury and is now occasionally being subbed to play for side in the East acronyms, Midlands Rugby Union National Colts new names, responsibilities Stirling County on a regular basis to give him game time. Competition final in May 2011, playing at number nine

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Alasdair Baker, Teacher of German, 1 year Alasdair Baker stepped in at short notice to teach German and French at our school for nearly a year. Apart from being a great colleague, Alasdair certainly impressed us with his many talents…. His knowledge of the German language was immense and during the ‘Cold War’ era (before Germany’s Re-Unification) Mr Baker even studied in Moscow. It was here where he acquired an amazing insight in to everyday life in Russia, and listening to his many ‘insider’ stories in the Staff Room and in lessons was simply incredible and a real eye-opener! Mr Baker would often be greeted by one of our Russian pupils in her native language whilst walking along the corridors and it was always fascinating to hear them engage in a conversation, held entirely in Russian! Another area where Mr Baker stood out was his ability to paint. He often brought in samples of his great collection on a range of topics, or yet another work of art he produced over the weekend to show to the Art Department who inspired him even further with their tips and knowledge. Mr Baker also painted all the staff in the Languages Department as a group picture, and even though not quite finished by the

time we broke up for the summer, I am certain he will be adding the finishing touches to our ‘claim to fame – picture’ as this goes to press! Last, but not least, Mr Baker’s singing and acting talents must be mentioned. On his arrival, Mr Baker’s voice was soon to be heard in Assemblies, either singing hymns, during our Congo-Sessions or whilst practising with one of the Houses for the allimportant ‘House-Shout’.

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As for his acting skills, we saw snippets of his auditions and filming which were simply great. We hope he is now proving his talent with the London company that was extremely interested in signing him up when he left us in the summer. Watch this space…. We may spot Mr Baker’s name on the credits of a film in the very near future! Sadly the time came to say our farewells after almost a year of working together, and pupils and staff wished him all the very best for the future and for the acting career upon which he now hoped to embark.

Christine Hale, Learning Support Assistant, 1 year Chris Hale joined WGS in January 2015 having had a successful career as a SENCo and Head of RS at Terrington High School. Chris decided to come out of retirement to join the Learning Support Department in order to work with specific pupils who had moved into the school. Her expertise in the area of Learning Support has not only benefited her pupils but also the staff who were fortunate to have her working in their classrooms. Chris could spot a floundering or anxious pupil at ten yards and calm them in a flash. With her sympathetic, yet no-nonsense approach, she could help them re-focus and regain confidence. Chris is an expert on ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) and staff were fortunate in receiving training from her. Her presentation was truly enlightening and she was thereafter always on hand to offer advice and practical help. Chris will be greatly missed by us all. We know that her partner, friends, church, village, and beloved Pomeranian will be very glad to have her back for her second retirement.

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her you have a firm idea of what you want to do in the future, or if you wish to continue studying a d range of subjects in order to keep all doors open for the future, here at Wisbech Grammar School, McEllroy, Head ofInDigital Learning, ave theDoug right subject combination for you. this booklet you will find 1 anyear overview of each subject urther information will leaves be provided by Heads of interests Department andworld A-Level pupils during the Doug McEllroy us to pursue other in the of Digital n Evening. If by the end of the evening, or when you go home you still have any unanswered quesLearning. , please do not hesitate to contact us.

In his short time at Wisbech Grammar School he has led many successful training sessions, introducing colleagues to apps such as Tack, pioneering y of the the aspects life in the Sixth Form aim toimplementing echo life at University. With more independence, use ofofTwitter in the classroom and the school-wide of Firefly. Last but not are least, he has taught Computing toaddition pupils to Personal Development ance is use provided to ensure pupils successful in their studies. In the School,visiting instilling in them an interest in this abstract Generalacross Studies lessons, speakers andabiding trips are regularly arranged in order to enrich the subject. He will be greatly missed.

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s in the Sixth Form are given the opportunity to supplement their A Level studies with the Extended ct Qualification (EPQ), this is much valued by universities and allows pupils Rugby, to select and specialise Anna Dunnett, Head of Girls’ 2 years opic area which particularly interests them. In addition, skills learnt through extended research and an ex-pupil, returned to at Wisbech in September 2014 and has been ng will be of great benefit whenAnna, completing dissertation units university. with us for two years. She previously worked at Woodhouse Grove and Ampleforth College teaching PE and Sport.

an active Sixth Form Council, pupils are given a much valued voice within the school community and herthe short time6th with she hasof been enthusiasticrecently member of munity Service placements areDuring made in Upper in ausnumber localaninstitutions, the Physical Education Department, where she has contributed to many s have worked at the Macmillan Centre,ofPeckover Primary and Edina Court. aspects the sporting life ofSchool the School, coaching theOnce Girls again Rugbythis team, lops roles of responsibility and taking is valued by all parties. on the newly formed Girls 1st X1 Cricket team and coaching Netball

in the middle and Lower School. Anna will be missed by many pupils and we wish as play she starts her married and travels theto world with es is offered once a week and many of her our well pupils for school teams, life often taking time coach her wife, Sophie.

ger pupils and acting as role models within the wider school community.

e is certainly much on offer both academically and pastorally and Louise Kemp, Head of Sixth Form, 2 will years rmly believe that the Sixth Form at Wisbech Grammar School r and develop the potential all students in Williams our community. Appointed in 2014 toofreplace Deiniol as Head of Sixth Form,

Louise through herself whole heartedly into the role and in just two short years gavewill theleave 6th Form muchForm morewith of athe unique two years pupils the Sixth skillsidentity. needed ce the challenges which ahead. Social Events sawlay much popcorn eaten, movies watched and, of course, a famous karaoke event that evolved into a Sixth Form Congo a rousing renditiontoofwelcoming Jerusalem you presumably designed to wake re very with much looking forward next year. the neighbours. Of course what the Sixth Form most wanted was to play Manhunt (essentially, a “grown-up” version of Hide-and-Seek) but nevertheless, copious quantities of pizza and popcorn were eaten under the dutiful eye of Louise; massive fun was in fact had by one and all.

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Louise was also very keen to raise the importance of Community Service and the number of Sixth Formers volunteering to help with a range of local charities doubled. Louise also rolled up her sleeves and got “stuck in”; she helped Maddie Booth (and a small team of volunteers) clean Louise Kemp BA (Hons) and decorate rooms for the Ferry Project and serve tea at the annual Elderly Community Tea Head of Sixth Form Party. Louise’s compassion and empathy with her charges was always evident in her work; quiet conversations, numerous phone calls and a box of tissues prominently on her desk. The School’s use of Unifrog to support the Sixth Form when they come to make decisions about Higher Education came in part from her firm belief that we should be offering much more help for those pupils who elect to look for apprenticeships rather than a university place; every pupil mattered. Firm when she had to be, Louise was a popular teacher and respected by her Sixth Formers and English pupils. Engaging in the classroom and in conversation with members of the Common Room, Louise’s decision to more to Stamford to take up a post as Head of English was not made without some considerable soul-searching. As good a pastoral leader as an academic 19/09/2014 Head of Department, sadly the lure of a very short (12 minutes) commute to work won the day; she will be much missed.

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Maths Department on Marc’s last day...

Marc Davies, Teacher of Maths, 3 years Marc is leaving the Maths Dept after three years, which is a disappointment because he was rapidly learning the art of Mathematics teaching!

As a colleague I could always judge his popularity by the number of pupils asking questions five minutes after the bell had gone. These pupils were asking for extra questions, challenging questions or advice. As a teacher who had entered the profession after eight years in banking, Mark was in a good position to offer advice regarding careers, especially careers in finance and he did a great job as a Sixth Form tutor advising Sixth formers. He also spent much time writing university references to support their applications. Mark is returning to the world of finance and banking, we wish him well in his future career and we wish him many more net-bulging goals playing football in the Peterborough league!

Matt Sansom, Teacher of Business Studies, 3 years I have never felt that Business Studies was incomprehensible – as I often say to my classes, there are lots of not very clever very successful businessman and women out there. He has been a great Head of Department to work for, laid back but efficient, and hugely personable. Matt has been visible around school too, working on the summer camps last year and running Cricket teams. Perhaps his most well-known extra-curricular activity has been working with the Young Enterprise group where he has galvanised some fairly discombobulated pupils into organising themselves to produce innovative goods and services and some excellent presentations at local and regional level.

However there have been times this year with our business studies sets when perhaps we would have used stronger language than indifferent. As to the last part, then this is clearly not true in the case with Matt Sansom as he is dedicated and supportive to his pupils and has worked tirelessly to support them in the run up to the exam sessions.

He is well-beloved as a Sixth Form tutor - all of whom adore him and are sorry to see him go. With Oliver, Elliot, Harriet and wife Sonia who has already relocated south, he is taking up a position at his former school. We wish him all the very best of good luck for the coming years and thank him for all he has done here at Wisbech.

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Carolyn Fear, Teacher of English, 5 years Mrs Fear’s reception in the School assembly when staff were said ‘goodbye’ to made clear the affection with which she is held. The loudest section of the cheering came from 2F, her Form, who clearly think a great deal of her and will miss her both as a Form tutor and as an English and Drama teacher. I have had the privilege of watching her teach and have seen her hold a class in the palm of her hand as she challenged them to learn and make the most of their potential. After five years at Wisbech Grammar School we wish her, and of course Isobel and James, well in her new School at Oakham.

Santosh Ghosh, Teacher of German, 4 years Santosh Victor Ghosh, or Tosh as he prefers to be known, was born in 1966 in Liverpool at a time when Liverpool were English Champions and England were World Champions. Some would say if you cut Mr Ghosh anywhere, the word “Liverpool” would appear at the core. Young Tosh went to a Catholic school in Liverpool, but didn’t actually start learning foreign languages until he arrived at Worcester College for the Blind at the age of fourteen. His teachers at the time saw it as a damage limitation exercise just to get him through French O Level - it never occurred to any of them that he would end up studying German and French at Cambridge University! Mr Ghosh started teaching at a Sixth Form college in Pontefract, West Yorkshire, in 1992 and didn’t leave there until 2011 when he moved on to Wisbech Grammar School. He had nearly five great years at WGS, meeting some brilliant staff and pupils along the way. As well as the German and French teaching, he particularly enjoyed the singing, trips to Germany and some memorable productions, such as ‘We Will Rock You’, in which he played in a band. We will miss Mr Ghosh, his unfaltering enthusiasm for football, Sparks, singing in assemblies, dry sense of humour and genuine good nature which made him a very popular member of staff with both pupils and colleagues.

Marie Cunningham, Director of Music Magdalene House, 3 years During her three years here, Marie injected a huge amount of positive energy into all that she did and inspired pupils to get really involved with music. Directing the Magdalene House Choir through the amazing opportunity to sing alongside hundreds of other children at the ‘Young Voices’ event at London’s O2. In addition there were more local gigs, including carol singing at Tescos, local residential care homes and John Lewis in Peterborough. Marie’s vigour as a conductor and choral animateur gave the pupils the courage to sing with courage and conviction. The annual nativity show and carol services

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required many weeks of preparation and rehearsal, and Marie’s generosity with her time in doing so was remarkable. Marie’s collaborated with the Senior School on a variety of ventures including some wonderful musical numbers for Mr Ghosh’s German Cultural Evenings and assisting Dr Jarvis with the Food Revue, creating an evening of drama and music. It was, however, perhaps the Lent Term whole school extravaganzas that Miss Cunningham wrote, produced and musically directed for which she will be remembered the most.


From her original show “M is for….” to reworkings of “Alice in Wonderland” and “Peter Pan” audiences were treated to non-stop

energy, fun and music of a standard way beyond what might be expected from such a young cast. In the final assembly Head Girl in waiting, Amelia Mitchell, said that Miss Cunningham had left big shoes for someone else to fill – as she so touchingly put it, “big, crazy shoes!”

Emma Farr, Teacher of English, 7 years Emma Farr joined Wisbech Grammar School seven years ago and is a popular and well-respected member of the English department. As a class teacher and Sixth Form Tutor, it is evident that the time and care Emma places in each individual pupil has been hugely appreciated by all. Just how much Emma will be missed has been clear from the reaction of the pupils who have been eager to wish her the very best in her new school.

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A testament to her all round creativity, the annual Magdalene House productions were pure entertainment from start to finish.

She will certainly be remembered for her professionalism, dedication and the splash of glamour and colour she brings to WGS each and every day. Emma will be joining Prior’s Field School in Surrey as Second in Department and our loss is certainly their gain. Both Emma and Sophie deserve happiness and will achieve much success on their new, exciting adventure. The very best of luck to you both.

Rob Morgan, Head of Chemistry Mr Rob Morgan left the School at the end of the Lent term. Rob moved back to his beloved Wales for a richly deserved promotion as both Chemistry teacher and Deputy Head at Cardiff Sixth Form College. Thank you to Rob for everything you have done in the Chemistry Department during your time at Wisbech Grammar School. The opportunity to return to your homeland was clearly one you could not refuse and Cardiff are gaining a top class member of staff.

Gabriel Fitzsimmons, Head of Music, 15 years Gabriel brought boundless energy and enthusiasm with him to school

every day during the 15 years he was the Director of Music at Wisbech Grammar. His enthusiasm for teaching and music making in all its forms has motivated and sparked the musical interests of many pupils over the years. In particular Gabriel’s passion for music technology saw him building a room full of computers equipped with state of the art software available for pupils to develop their compositional ideas.

Another of his particular interests has been for music from the Caribbean and the steel bands have become a firm favourite with pupils and parents alike, bringing some much needed sunshine to events such as Race at your Place. His sense of humour and genuine interest in developing the musical skills of the pupils he has taught have left them with many happy memories of music making at school. Gabriel is a superbly talented musician, although his modesty prevents him from putting himself in the limelight, saving that for the pupils. He plays an impressive range of instruments, all to a high standard – amongst them the piano, trumpet, French horn, flute, trombone, tuba, guitar, drums and organ. His energy, enthusiasm and musicianship will be greatly missed.

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Chris Moxon, Headmaster, Magdalene House, 7 years and Alison Moxon, Prep 4 Teacher, 5 years The first time I met Mr and Mrs Moxon was in 2011. I went back to school after the holidays to find out that there were two new members of staff at Magdalene House. Little did I know that they would have such a massive impact on my School life. During Mr Moxon’s first assembly he told us all about a cat named Arthur, who lived next door to a Railway Station and frequented the train! We all found this very amusing and must have had quite an impact on us, as when we left assembly to go to our classrooms, everyone was discussing the new Headmaster. As we made it upstairs to our new Prep 4 classroom we were met by our new form tutor - Mrs Moxon. By lunchtime we had already decided that she was the most kind and caring teacher we had ever met! Moving into Prep 5, Mrs Moxon was no longer my Form Tutor, but she still taught us Sport and spent ridiculous amounts of hours coaching us for hockey, netball and rounders. We are so thankful for all that you have done for us during our time at Magdalene House and beyond. I hope you enjoy your next chapter and your new school and I hope you wont forget us, because we will certainly not forget you. Annie Bennett

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Sara Harris, Head of Academic PE, 25 years Sara Harris joined Wisbech Grammar School in September 1991 as Head of Girls’ Games, having previously taught for nine years at Merchant Taylors’ School in Liverpool. Initially Sara worked alongside Joan Jarvis, Juliet Sandall, Jane Littlechild and Mary Barrington, before being joined by Jane Reavell in September 1999. Under Sara’s leadership the Department went from strength to strength. An early highlight for Sara was reaching the England National Hockey Finals with the U16s in Blackpool in March 1994. The astroturf was frozen and had to be de-iced by the fire brigade. The Finals were a round robin tournament, in which our girls did not lose any of their games, but they were nudged into second place by just one point by Millfield School. Sara is proud to have coached two England players, Vicky Sandall, who was in the Fifth Form when Sara joined WGS, and Gemma Darrington, who joined Magdalene House in September 1997 and who went on to play in defence for England.

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When the Junior Department, now Magdalene House, opened in September 1997, Sara enthusiastically embraced the challenge of teaching the pupils in Reception to J6. She worked very hard to get the Department up to speed quickly and effectively and led the introduction and development of the new skills and techniques now needed for teaching these young pupils. In 2005 Sara introduced Academic PE, starting off that year with a group of eight pupils, one of whom was a certain Joanne Gomm, who was later to return to WGS as a member of staff. Sara always rose to the challenge of dealing with pupils who opted for what they thought were the less academically testing subjects or those who, in her words, were “on the edge”. Sara had very high expectations of all her pupils, whether on the sports field or in the classroom, and she was totally dedicated to getting the very best from them, fitting in as many extra sessions as possible to make sure that they were up to scratch and a credit to WGS. For over 20 years Sara organised and led the popular Year 5 Day and with a team of enthusiastic pupils made sure that the visiting children thoroughly enjoyed their day sampling a range of exciting activities. More recently, with the retirement of Mrs Angela Townsend, our Librarian, Sara oversaw the smooth running of the Library. Sara’s excellent organisational skills benefitted staff and pupils alike when she took on the Internal Exam Timetable; her meticulous care and eye for detail meant that everything ran smoothly and efficiently. She was a superb EVC, and her dedication and thoroughness left nothing to chance and staff organising trips were always well supported by Sara’s expertise. Sara is moving on to new challenges, and, without the journey from Barnack, near Stamford, to Wisbech and back every day, she will have more time for her interests – gardening, bridge, travelling and skiing. We thank her warmly for all she has contributed to WGS during her 25 years at the School, congratulate her on her many wide-ranging successes and wish her well for the future.

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Christine Noxon, Senior Deputy Headmistress, 19 years Senior Deputy Headmistress, Miss Christine Noxon, addressed pupils and staff for the final time this morning in a moving and inspiring speech. She talked about her reflections of the past 19 years at the School and imparted her advice to the pupils she will leave behind ahead of her retirement in July. Miss Noxon spoke about her own senior school years and her early career before entering into teaching. She reflected on the similarities and differences in her time at school and recalled that back then boys were still addressed by their surname! Having tried a few jobs out in her early career it was her love of modern foreign languages that brought her into teaching in April 1982 at Stamford High School. She joined Wisbech Grammar School in September 1997 as Deputy Headmistress and so began her 19 years at the School. Miss Noxon recalled teaching some of the School’s past pupils who have since returned to teach at the School: Miss Gomm, Miss Cook, Dr Shillings, Miss Dunnet and Mr Williams. Of her time at the School, Miss Noxon said, “I have been doing a job I love and which has brought new challenges every day. I have thoroughly enjoyed sharing my love of languages. Another highlight has been working with the Senior Prefect Team. I have also enjoyed having the best room in the School with a lovely view over the grounds! However, the most important thing has been the pupils: you are the heart of everything we do at Wisbech Grammar School”. Miss Noxon also spoke about her plans for retirement which will, unsurprisingly be busy and varied. She described how she will, rather than be a teacher, become a learner again with plans to take up Finnish and the Flute. She also has plans to travel, but a priority for her will be the voluntary work she plans to do with the elderly. Miss Noxon finished her speech imparting the following words of advice for the pupils of the School: • Use your time wisely, and make every minute count. Life is short. My 19 years at WGS have gone much more quickly than I would have thought possible. 114 I Riverline 2015/2016

• Take opportunities when they come along. You might not get a second chance, so you must, at times, be impulsive, take a few chances and be prepared to move out of your comfort zone. Should things go badly, you will learn from the experience. • Travel as widely as you can. Try to experience other countries, their history, geography, culture and, of course, their language. Explore the natural world and take time to enjoy its diversity and amazing beauty. • Be prepared to be flexible. You might need to change trains unexpectedly! Over your lifetime you will probably experience a number of different jobs and careers – some of which haven’t yet been invented or which we don’t yet know we will need. Your careers are likely to be very different to mine. • Lastly, set your sights high. Don’t be content with less than your best. When times are tough try to see problems as challenges rather than difficulties, and don’t let them derail you. You will emerge stronger for having dealt with things positively – even if you have had to make an unexpected diversion. There will be challenges ahead, but you have good support networks. Do make sure you maintain them and develop new ones. I’m sure the friendships made during your time at WGS will last for years and in some cases lifetimes. Mr Chris Staley, Headmaster, said, “Christine Noxon has been a superb Deputy Head and the School would not be the place it is without her ever present input. Her raison d’être has always been putting pupils first and her skills of diplomacy, tact, negotiation, dynamism, stamina plus a robust sense of humour are testament to her extraordinary professionalism”.


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A-Level Results Summer 2015 Subject

A* A

Art

B

2

Art: Graphics Biology

1

Business St. Chemistry

2

Computing

English

%A*-B

%A*-C

% pass

3

67%

67%

100%

100%

1

1

1

0%

0%

100%

100%

1

12

12

25%

75%

92%

100%

2

12

12

8%

42%

58%

100%

15

15

33%

80%

100%

100%

2

1

4

2

3

7

3

2

2

1

5

F&N

D

3

E

U

1

2

2

50%

50%

100%

100%

4

4

4

0%

0%

100%

100%

4

4

50%

100%

100%

100%

9

9

22%

78%

89%

100%

2

2

0%

100%

100%

100%

3

3

0%

0%

67%

100%

1

1

2

French Geography

%A*-A

3

6

1

1

C

2

D&T Economics

Entries Passes

1

2 2

3

German

3

1

12

12

42%

67%

100%

100%

1

4

1

1

0%

100%

100%

100%

3

3

67%

100%

100%

100%

6

6

17%

50%

100%

100%

Gov & Pol

2

1

History

1

2

3

7

6

2

1

20

20

55%

85%

95%

100%

2

1

1

6

6

33%

67%

83%

100%

1

1

0%

0%

100%

100%

1

2

2

0%

0%

0%

100%

Maths

4

Maths Further

2

Music

1

Music Tech

1

PE

2

Physics

1

Psychology

2 4

Spanish Textiles

2

1

OVERALL

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1

5

5

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40%

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9

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62%

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AS Results Summer 2015 A

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B

D

E

U

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Art:Graphics Biology

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Business St.

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1

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1

1

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2

6

14

8

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36%

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1

1

7

1

6

16

10

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13%

63%

5

2

1

3

2

16

14

19%

50%

63%

88%

2

2

50%

50%

100%

100%

7

7

14%

29%

57%

100%

11

7

9%

27%

55%

64%

Chemistry

3

Computing

1

D&T

1

1

2

2

Economics

1

2

3

1

English

2

6

6

6

1

21

21

10%

38%

67%

100%

F&N

1

1

2

2

3

9

9

11%

22%

44%

100%

French

2

1

1

5

4

40%

40%

60%

80%

Geography

4

4

1

German

1

3 1

1 4

1 3

1

16

15

25%

44%

69%

94%

2

1

4

3

0%

25%

25%

75%

Gov & Pol

1

3

3

2

1

10

9

10%

40%

70%

90%

History

1

5

3

1

1

11

10

9%

55%

82%

91%

Maths

10

1

6

20

14

50%

55%

55%

70%

1

1

0%

100%

100%

100%

Maths Further Music

3

1 1

1

Music Tech

1

1

2

2

50%

100%

100%

100%

2

2

0%

0%

50%

100%

PE

2

2

1

2

3

3

13

10

15%

31%

38%

77%

Physics

1

2

2

1

2

4

12

8

8%

25%

42%

67%

Psychology

1

2

6

5

7

21

14

5%

14%

43%

67%

Spanish

1

1

2

1

5

5

20%

40%

80%

100%

8

8

75%

100%

100%

100%

186

19%

37%

55%

81%

Textiles

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2

OVERALL

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63%

53%

50%

63%

58%

58%

42%

51%

48%

49%

37%

% pass A-C by entry

77%

78%

76%

71%

77%

81%

75%

63%

72%

69%

74%

55%

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A*

A

B

C

D

Art

2

1

3

3

1

Biology

5

13

9

17

7

Chemistry

13

3

11

8

8

DT

4

7

7

3

English

4

9

22

15

12

English Lit

6

17

22

12

4

3

5

7

2

6

5

10

F&N French Geography

14

10

8

6

4

2

3

12

12

6

Graphics

1

History

5

13

17

11

19

9

22

12

Music

1

3

3

2

PE

2

6

6

1

F

2

6

German

Maths

E

3

%A*A

%A*-B

%A*-C

30%

60%

90%

51

44

35%

53%

86%

45

35

36%

60%

78%

21

21

52%

86%

100%

62

50

21%

56%

81%

62

57

37%

73%

92%

15

15

20%

53%

100%

1

33

23

24%

39%

70%

1

1

38

57%

76%

90%

29

14%

47%

81%

1

1

100%

100%

100%

49

46

37%

71%

94%

62

62

45%

81%

100%

9

9

44%

78%

100%

16

15

50%

88%

94%

Physics

7

7

8

9

5

43

31

33%

51%

72%

2

4

5

4

2

17

15

35%

65%

88%

Spanish

3

2

2

1

8

7

63%

63%

88%

Textiles

6

1

3

10

10

70%

100%

100%

OVERALL

98

117

168

5

587

517

37%

65%

88%

59

11

3

42 36

Psychology

134

4

A*-C 9

1

1

2

Entries 10

2004

2005

2006

2007

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

% A*-C by entry

96%

96%

96%

95%

97%

96%

95%

94%

91%

93%

91%

88%

% A*A by entry

50%

45%

49%

53%

51%

56%

56%

53%

42%

50%

40%

37%

Av. passes per pupil

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8.6

8.7

8.6

8.7

8.6

8.5

9.2

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More than 120 pupils, parents and staff gathered on the Headmaster’s lawn for cocktails and canapés as Wisbech Grammar School bid farewell to it’s departing members of the Upper Sixth Form. Before the evening’s celebrations commenced, a service was held for leavers at the Church of St Peter and St Paul, followed by a black tie dinner in the School’s Skelton Hall. Headmaster, Mr Chris Staley said: “This was a wonderful occasion to mark the end of the pupils’ careers at Wisbech Grammar School. I would like to wish them all the very best as they continue their educational journey.”

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Word from the Senior Deputy Head Magdalene House Welcome to ‘Junior Riverline’, the Prep School section of our annual publication. I am delighted and honoured to have ‘taken up the reins’ from Mr Moxon since his departure in August 2016. As many of you will know, his main focus was on the pupils and seeing them flourish into well rounded individuals during their time at Magdalene House and that is certainly reflected as we look back at the successes of the past year. Chris and Alison will be sorely missed at the Prep School and we wish them all the very best as they journey on to pastures new at Moreton Hall in Suffolk. There is a space left to be filled and I am looking forward to the challenge of leading Magdalene House onwards and taking it from strength to strength. At Magdalene House we are proud to provide an environment where children can reach their true potential through extended opportunities to learn, build confidence and succeed. Our dedicated staff focus on our pupils as individuals, learn their strengths and weaknesses then prepare them to move on to our Senior School as intellectual, confident and effective learners.

“We celebrate the many successes and achievements of the children in and outside of school, as you will hear about in the pages that follow ”

We celebrate the many successes and achievements of the children in and outside of school, as you will hear about in the pages that follow. We also help children deal with their failures so they are prepared for the next challenge with a sense of ‘I can do this’. Magdalene House is a friendly, caring community that appreciates the support of our parents in working towards a common goal which is to ensure our children reach their full potential and become well-rounded members of the community that we can all be proud of.

And looking forward to the year ahead, we have introduced a new reading programme to build on the already strong reading abilities of our pupils and ensure that they are well equipped to access the whole curriculum and become intellectual, confident and effective learners. I believe parents are a vital part of helping teachers achieve the best from their children so we are also inviting parents in more regularly to sit down with their child and allow them to show off the brilliant work they have accomplished both inside and outside the classroom. Thank you parents, for your enduring support and thank you all teachers, classroom assistants and support staff at Magdalene House for all your hard work, dedication and support in helping our pupils grow and develop into wonderful young people.

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Bad Hair Day! On Friday 12 February Magdalene House prep school pupils dressed up in non-uniform and created some stunning and wacky hair styles. This was in support of Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) as part of their nationwide fundraising activities on “Bad Hair Day”. We also held a “best bad hair-do” competition and chose two winners from Key Stage 1 and two from Key Stage 2. The competition winners were; Dominic Orfeo, Prep 6 Gabriella Aistrup, Prep 4 Jacob Philpot, Prep 2 Ava McIntyre, Prep 1

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Pudsey visits Magdalene House for Children in Need Fundraising efforts raise in excess of £400 to support disadvantaged children and young people here in the UK On Friday 13 November, a very special visitor came to Magdalene House. More than £400 was raised by pupils during their superhero dress-up day with many challenging Pudsey for the best costume! The pupils were very excited to see Pudsey 'for real' and many took the opportunity to sneak a quick cuddle! Headmaster, Mr Chris Moxon said, “I’m

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overwhelmed with the response we had to Magdalene House School’s dress up fund-raiser and would like to say a huge thank you to all those who supported our pupils! It is great fun supporting BBC Children in Need and knowing our pupils have raised in excess of £400 for this important cause is a fantastic feeling.”


Magdalene House, treated audiences to a magical infant nativity performance and the children also enjoyed a special visit from Father Christmas (otherwise known as Chairman of Wisbech Grammar School Governing Body, Dr Dennis Barter!).

Pupils from Reception, Year One and Year Two delighted audiences with their Nativity play, ‘Tinsel and Teatowels’. Tinsel and Teatowels is a true-tolife and genuinely funny musical. It gives a behindthe-scenes look at what really happens when children in schools up and down the country ‘do’ the nativity. Magdalene House pupils sang, danced and acted their way through the story which is based in a school under inspection – just as they are preparing for their Nativity performance!

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Hearts melted and the tissues really came out as the Reception class gathered for a nativity tableau. Music and drama teacher Miss Cunningham said, “My thanks to all the staff involved for invoking such energy and good humour. There were lots of laughs and some show stopping songs. Well done to all the children!”

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Poppy Line Prep 2’s visit on the Poppy Line started off gloriously with a beautiful sunny day. The children were given the opportunity to see how a steam engine worked and spoke to both the driver and technician. Some of the boys were offered a job but turned it down to see what else the day held for them. We were transported back in time by Sir Robert and were ushered upon his steam train, travelling from Sheringham to Holt.

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The children experienced true Victorian classroom life, paying the teacher a penny to attend a mixed lesson in handwriting, arithmetic and a study in the signs of spring. The poacher explained to us what life was like for the poor in these times and revealed some of his methods for hunting in secret. One of Sir Robert’s servants then kindly showed us her humble cottage. The children learnt skills needed to serve, practising their polishing, cleaning, laundry and food preparation skills. Lastly the train line repairmen showed the children some of his equipment and gave us turns at fixing parts of the broken track. After a light lunch in the garden we were then treated to a wonderful Punch and Judy show. Sadly after this it was time to leave and Sir Robert transported us back to 2016.

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Greek day Prep 4 enjoyed a super ‘Ancient Greek Day’ as part of their History curriculum. The children took part in an ‘Ancient Greek Olympic Games’ with a twist. The day began with banner making for their team and an oath ceremony to swear they had trained hard in preparation! Competitors then took part in a range of ‘Olympic events’ including blowing a Lego piece with a straw as a test of strength and a running race dressed in hats, scarves and bibs to imitate the hoplite race where soldiers ran in full armour! The Games were concluded with an award ceremony for the winning team and a feast of Greek foods such as olives, dates and feta cheese.

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Both Prep 5 classes went on a trip to Coldham Wind Farm with Cambridgeshire Environmental Education Service yesterday to learn about renewable and non-renewable energy.

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The children had fun measuring the wind speed with anemometers and windicator sticks using the Beaufort Scale; completed a field sketch of the wind farm and measured sound levels and dimensions of the turbine. In the afternoon, back in the warmth of the on-site classroom an experiment into how many blades a turbine should have was conducted with the aid of turbine models. Solar energy was also investigated. The trip was very informative and enjoyed by the pupils.

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Thomas Fox, one of youngest in the country to earn a falconry award Magdalene House pupil Thomas Fox, from Downham Market, achieved the 'Beginning Falconry Award', a nationally recognised qualification in falconry. The gruelling assessment took 5 and a half hours and included both oral and practical work. The Prep 6 pupil is one of the youngest candidates to ever reach this standard, which is usually undertaken by adults. Despite this, Thomas really impressed his assessor, Mr Derek Hartsthorne, who said: “It has been my pleasure to work with Thomas on this Award, he has excelled in all aspects of his performance. As part of the assessment process, Thomas has

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produced an excellent and extensive portfolio of evidence, and been subjected to several tests of his handling skills; which he passed with ease.� Thomas has already been putting his qualification into practice having recently attended the East Anglia Game Fair where he assisted in a falconry demonstration. Thomas is currently in the process of building his own aviary as he awaits the arrival of his own bird - a large Asian Wood Owl.


As soon as we arrived we were greeted warmly by our instructor Neil. The first activity we did was ‘Tudor Explorers’. We got dressed up as Tudors and ran around exploring different lands. Other activities included: • • • • •

Geocaching Pond dipping Bug hotels Bat walk Photo mapping

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One of my favourite activities was the Tudor Banquet. We all got dressed up as Tudors (including the teachers!) and I was Lady Farr of Emneth Manor. I wore a lovely red satin dress with beads embroidered on to it. The food was delicious and the ‘ale’ (apple juice) put our thirst to an end! The food was: chicken, grape, bread, carrots, potatoes, custard cream tart and scones. We stayed in the cabins. There were three boys’ cabins and one girls’ cabin. There was also a cabin for the teachers. The landscape was amazing with thick woodland all around. I hope next year’s Prep 5 have just as much fun as we did. Sophie Farr

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Pupils dazzle audiences with their annual production, Peter Pan Pupils at Magdalene House, dazzled audiences with their annual whole school production of Peter Pan. Every child from the Reception Class to Year 6 participated in the show which stayed true to the original Barrie story. It was a wonderful celebration of all things magical and included songs and dances from Charleston to good old fashioned music hall numbers. As usual there were a few modern twists along the way! Director of Music, Miss Marie Cunningham said, “The children have worked exceptionally hard, not only in preparing for our production, but also in raising for Great Ormond Street Hospital, with Treasure Hunts and Bad Hair Days! The show was

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a huge success for pupils at Magdalene House and delighted audiences at the three performances”. Headmaster, Chris Moxon, said, “Once again the pupils of Magdalene House have produced a fantastic show featuring every pupil in the school from the smallest child in Reception to the oldest one in Prep 6. Our Director of Music Miss Marie Cunningham rightly takes the credit but it really has been a team effort from all our pupils and their teachers. Well Done, Everybody!”


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Bouncing to Success! Prep 6 Pupil, Alana Pritchard (Wisbech) won the 2016 Independent Association of Preparatory Schools (IAPS) U11 individual trampoline contest. There were 16 Schools from across the UK and over 200 competitors taking part in this year’s competition and Alana was competing against a staggering 61 pupils in the Under 11 Girls age group. The pupils were judged on the complexity and execution of their routines. The compulsory routine included: Front Drop; To Feet; Straddle jump; Twist Jump; Seat Drop; Twist to Seat Drop; Twist to Feet; Tuck Jump; Pike Jump; Full Twist Jump. Headmaster, Mr Chris Moxon, said, “This is a fantastic achievement against some much larger Prep Schools. Thanks go to coach Adele. Well done Alana: a proud day for Magdalene House!”

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Teddy bears’ picnic Magdalene House, invited their new Reception Class children joining in September 2016, to a teddy bears’ picnic in the School’s lovely 34 acre site – a perfect place for a bear hunt! The children enjoyed fun activities, a picnic lunch and got to know their new class teacher – Mrs Oram while parents were treated to coffee in the School’s Refectory. Deputy Head of the Prep School, Mrs Neaves, said, “This was a lovely morning and an opportunity for both the parents and the children to become part of the School community. That big first day in September can seem quite daunting but with more opportunities to return to School in the coming weeks the children become very at ease and excited about their first day at school with us”.

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The 1st XI cricket side had a much improved season in the Trinity Term 2016. With a strong fixture list, starting with the MCC and XL Club, the team started well, producing some high batting scores with a solid opening line-up and strong batting throughout the order. The two all-day games ended in tight draws which could have been wins, a good way to start the season in the longer version of the game which also saw a win over Wymondham College (40-overs), with the final 40-over game lost to rain at Bedford Modern. The 20/20 season started slower, although still saw high scores with the bat, including consistent performances from captain Oliver Short and vicecaptain Henry Thornton. A loss to CAARS Grammar was followed by two high scoring games that both came down to the last over against Culford and King's Ely, the latter a game in which Ryan Hutler hit 56 off 22 balls. Both were lost, but the performances were promising. The season ended

with wins against the Old Boys XI, before beating Hill's Road 6th Form College, Oliver Short again leading from the front with 40 not out, and Ryan Hutler sealing 'top bowler' with his ninth wicket of the season. Top Batting performances (season):

Oliver Short - 259 (eight appearances) Henry Thornton - 204 (nine appearances) Arran Shipley - 124 (eight appearances) Top Bowling performances (season):

Ryan Hutler - 9 wickets for 209 (nine appearances) Arran Shipley - 8 wickets for 186 (eight appearances)

Under 15 Despite what has proven to be a frustrating season due to a number of fixtures being lost to the weather, the U15 team have shown excellent teamwork throughout, coupled with each individual member of the team showing improvement in all areas of their play. Adaptability has been the key for the team in terms of reacting to the challenges put forward by the opposition and the ever-changing playing conditions. First up was a T20 game against Spalding Grammar, whom they had suffered a narrow loss to the previous year at U14 level. Having won the toss WGS elected to put Spalding into bat, hoping that by offering some aggressive bowling, coupled with good fielding, they could limit the number of runs scored. Two early breakthroughs with wickets from George Lemon and Jack Trundley got the team off to a good start, before the Spalding batsman started to find the boundaries, seeing their total move to a respectable 100 runs after 14 over’s play. Despite William Lankfer taking two further wickets, Spalding finished their allotted over’s on 142 for four wickets.

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Time for the WGS batman to get stuck in. After a solid start from Fraser Brown and William Lankfer, seeing 50 runs from the first seven overs, WGS suffered from some poor shot selection and good bowling, seeing their top four batsman fall in the next six overs. Spalding were in the ascendancy, for which despite Murray Christison and Thomas Brown working the ball nicely around the field, With the runs to play with the opposition bowled out their allotted overs to seal the win by 48 runs. A disappointing loss, considering we started so well.


“George and Jack saw the team through with overs to spare well deserved win, born from a solid team performance with both bat and ball” After some team discussions and some work on both the team’s bowling and batting techniques in the nets, we travelled across to Wymondham College for the team’s next match. With Wymondham electing to bat the challenge for the WGS team was to limit the number of runs gained; a challenge they appeared ready to accept. Some excellent opening bowling from Fraser, George and Jack restricted the opening batsman from gaining the upper hand, whilst the all the players in the field did their bit to limit the number of runs scored. Frustrated with the lack of runs the Wymondham batsman started to hit out, which presented the WGS team with opportunities to take some wickets, which they duly did, limiting the opposition to 87 for seven wickets off their allotted 20 overs. So with the hard work done in the field it was now the turn of the batsman to get to work, as the team looked for their first win of the season. Both Fraser and William provided a solid base in the WGS innings, (prior to losing their wickets) before George and Jack saw the team through with over’s to spare. A well-deserved win, borne from a solid team performance with both bat and ball.

score with six overs to spare. Following on from winning both the previous games, the team (albeit minus players who were promoted to the 1st XI) travelled to Culford for what had historically proven to be a very tough fixture. This time proved to be no different, with Culford setting a formidable total of 199 for three off their 20 overs, a challenging target we all agreed. Always one for a challenge, the opening batsman took to the field ready to take on the bowlers, only to see them both walk back by the end of the second over. Whilst our batsman did offer some resistance, with George hitting a respectable 31 and Murray batting for his 21, the Culford bowling was just too good. Sometimes you have to admit that the opposition are just better and this was one such occasion. Credit to the team though as they maintained their concentration throughout the match.

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Gresham’s were the next team we entertained. They proved to be a strong, well organised opposition. After putting them into bat, the opposition gained a respectable 160 for five wickets, with William Lankfer being the stand out bowler for the WGS team. A solid start from Fraser and William saw the WGS get to 45 with no loss of wickets. Unfortunately, after losing one wicket, the flood-gates opened and, despite some resistance from Jack and George, again the opposition bowlers did the damage with some quality bowling. A difficult loss considering we were chasing a ‘very gettable target’ and we started so well.

After losing the next two games to the weather, Bedford Modern were the next opposition to take to the WGS fields. In what proved to be a rather frustrating day in terms of the weather, the WGS team worked well with the ball to restrict Bedford to 126 runs, a more than attainable target of just over six runs per over was required. The opposition bowlers made inroads from the start, dismissing our opening batsman in the first over, before regularly taking wickets in the proceeding overs. Jack stepped up to the challenge to steady the team scoring a creditable 53 runs not out in a controlled and patient innings. With both teams striving for the win, WGS after a further 29 runs and Bedford looking for two wickets, the heavens opened, so with no chance of any further play the match was abandoned.

With the next game against Thomas Deacon Academy cancelled, King’s Ely were the next visitors, in what proved to be a very well contested game. With King’s Ely winning the toss and electing to bat, they built a respectable 133 for four wickets in their 20 overs with both Fraser and Jack being the pick of the bowlers for WGS. After losing both opening batsman in the first three overs with only 25 runs in the board the opposition had the upper hand. In stepped both Jack and George to steady the ship. After a slow start they displayed a full range of batting strokes to see the team through to the required

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Under 14 “Special mentions for Charlie brown who took three wickets against King’s Ely and bowled really well for the rest of the season also Jake Chilton bowled very well and got a crucial wicket in that game”

The U14 cricket team had a mixed season largely distracted by the weather which stood in the way of keeping the teams momentum. Our first game was against Spalding grammar school whose bowling attack was quite impressive and our batters found it hard to score quick runs. On a high note though, our bowling was impressive, not giving away many extras. We just needed more runs on the board. However, (this was) something to learn from for our upcoming games.

The pick of our games over the whole season was when we played King’s Ely, it was a 30 over a side game which we hadn’t played before so we really had to stand up as a team. We batted first and set a great target of 168. As a team we had confidence in keeping them below that target and our bowlers really stood up. Special mentions for Charlie Brown who took three wickets against King’s and bowled really well for the rest of the season. Jake Chilton bowled very well and got a crucial wicket in that game. Overall it was a great effort by the team keeping them below our target. Unfortunately we couldn’t carry on our great form and did struggle for the rest of the season failing to get another win although there were some pleasing individual performances. Geoff Kirby’s bowling took wickets and Dylan King showed how he could bat in the last game of the season. Overall it has been a tricky season for us, but we know what to work on for next year.

Under 13 The season started with a feeling of optimism, following a long and productive winter nets programme. We visited Spalding for our opening fixture of the season, there was very little to choose between the two teams. However, in the final few overs of the game Spalding gained an advantage and went on to win a very close encounter by six runs. Taverham were a strong team, containing several Norfolk county players, their strength in depth proved too much and the game was lost by a respectable 30 runs.

“Notable performances have come from Sam Phillips, who scored 78 runs against Beeston Hall. The bowling attack, led by skipper Josh Porter, who was ably supported by Yusuf Ahmad and William Gilbert”

The run of tight games continued against Wymondham, who were able to inflict a one run defeat onto Wisbech. The resolve of the team remained strong and finally in the second half of the season the hard work and application of the players began to bear fruit.

Impressive wins against King’s Ely U14B, Beeston Hall Preparatory and Akeley Wood School were recorded. Unfortunately with the confidence now high and the players reaching peak performance, the weather turned against us with the final four games of the season falling foul of the weather. Throughout the season the application and performance of all members of the squad has improved, notable performances with the bat have come from Sam Phillips, who scored runs throughout the season, the highlight a score of 78 against Beeston Hall. The bowling attack, led by skipper Josh Porter, who was ably supported by Yusuf Ahmad and William Gilbert, has become more accurate and they were able to apply constant pressure on the opposition. As the term progressed the quality of the concentration and application in the field developed, providing strong support to the bowling attack. The whole squad can be congratulated for a fine season in which they have developed as a team and as individuals.

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The Wisbech Grammar U12 Cricket team got their season off to a flying start this year, with an opening away fixture against Spalding Grammar which they won. This fine form continued throughout the next couple of fixtures, which saw some fine bowling performances and attacking batting comfortably seeing off both Taverham Preparatory and Wymondham College. A lack of focus combined with the absence of several key players resulted in the team’s first and only loss, a home fixture against Witham Hall. This loss however spurred the team on to continue improving the consistency of their performance, and credit to the boys as the team has not lost a game since. George Gowler has captained the side throughout the cricket season and lead from the front with consistently strong bowling and batting performances during each game. He summarised the cricket this term by stating; “Our batting has been top quality, particularly from our top batsmen. The new boys coming into the Cricket squad have been very successful in training and have been able to put that into matches. The bowling has been worked on a lot in the nets and most of our bowlers have been successful, taking several wickets for the team. Our overall performance has been great, winning every match except one.”

Charlie Osbourne-Smith and Matthew Everall have developed a good opening batting partnership that compliments each other’s style well. Lewis Shipley, as well as Charlie, have both scored half centuries for the team, with Josh Sandall’s hard work in training resulting in him to rise swiftly up the batting order. Most recently Josh Bell and Felix Young combined well to execute an impressive batting performance against Akeley Wood. There have also been some brilliant bowling performances from Oliver Coles, George Kerr and Shen-Wei Lim often taking several wickets or completing the over with a bowling maiden. The boys have continued to work hard on the consistency of their bowling in more recent weeks when matches have unfortunately been cancelled due to poor weather. However they have used the extra training time well and showed some progressive performances to compete well in the most recent house matches.

Under 13 / 12B The fixtures this season were badly affected by the weather. However the one fixture that survived the weather against Wymondham College produced a good win for our team. We defeated Wymondham by 50 runs. After setting a total of 97, we bowled them out for 47 runs. Congratulations to all who played for the team this season. Squad: Thomas Dhillon(Captain), Joseph Kooreman, Spencer Brett, Jacob Mann, Laurence Alecock,

William Hamilton, Jinwoo Hill, Oliver Sansom, Rhys Rayner, Charles Edinburgh, William Smithee, Oliver McClean, Oliver Williams

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As with any sport it is vital to get off to the best possible start. After some good pre-season training sessions, the team were in a confident mood leading up to their first game of 2016. With a number of new players selected there were challenges for all in terms of improving their tactical and technical understanding, whilst being able to cope with the faster paced and more aggressive games seen at this level. First up were Gresham’s School. After taking the win the previous year the WGS team were ready to do battle again, in what had historically prove to be very well contested games. From the off, both teams were pressing the opposition into making mistakes and Gresham’s were achieving the greater success as they played a more aggressive game in midfield. Two quick goals for Gresham’s midway through the first half put the WGS team on the back foot. With a tactical change made, giving us improved numbers in the central area, we settled better in the second half, enabling us to play a more expansive game, which resulted in us pulling a goal back from a series of penalty corners through Emerson. With us now pushing for a second goal the game became more stretched and after a couple of mistakes in defence, Gresham’s managed to score a further four goals. A heavy defeat, but one that demonstrated the fine lines between winning and losing in terms of taking your chances. Next up were Ratcliffe College whom we had beaten the previous year. Having worked to improve our defensive tactical understanding

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during the week’s training sessions, the WGS team offered controlled but aggressive play seeing them take a well deserved lead into half-time with a goal from Henry. We continued to control the game through the second half, until a series of penalty corners led to Ratcliffe taking a 2-1 lead going into the last five minutes. Despite pushing for the second goal, WGS were unable to score, with Ratcliffe scoring a third goal. A disappointing result, but one that showed the players had made significant improvements from the previous game. Having had time to reflect on the previous two games, the team were ready for the Stamford game, looking to continue with their aggressive style of play, whilst limiting the number of mistakes made. From the off the WGS team worked well as a unit, seeing Henry and Chris score two early goals in the opening five minutes of the game. Playing some excellent possession hockey, they continued to dominate the game, during which time we managed to score a further three goals from James, Henry and Emerson. To their credit the team


The Kimbolton fixture had always proved to be a tough match and this one was no different, with it being made harder for the WGS team due to us losing a couple of key players to injury. In what proved to be a game with few goal scoring chances, it turned into a midfield battle, with neither side willing to give ground in the first half. A tactical change from Kimbolton turned the table in their favour and they scored a scrappy goal midway through the second half to take the lead. This seemed to spur them on and with the WGS team struggling with the poor playing conditions, the opposition scored two late goals from penalty corners. A tough defeat to take, knowing that WGS team had given their all.

“All of the 1st XI players can take credit for the way they have bounced back to produce some excellent winning performances during the season” Whilst the stats were showing only one win out of four games, the team were showing improvements in terms of their mental strength and tactical understanding. This would prove vital in what was to be a busy period with four games in two weeks. First up were Bedford Modern School, for whom we had over the years gained the upper hand in the majority of the matches against them. Working hard to keep the tempo high the WGS team started in the ascendency scoring inside the first ten minutes through Arran. To their credit the Bedford team offered some stout defence, seeing the game through to half-time with no further goals scored. Patience was the key for WGS in terms of drawing the Bedford defence out, before attacking quickly down the width, finishing with a powerful reverse stick shot from Tom, thus securing a 2-0 win for the team.

TDA managed to score two late goals from penalty corners to take the game into halftime. A scrappy second half saw few chances for both teams, until the last five minutes when the game seemed to spring into life. TDA scored an equalising goal which only seemed to spur them on to push for the winner. From a resulting save at a TDA penalty corner, the ball was quickly sent down the pitch for WGS to grab the winner through Henry seconds before the final whistle.

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continued to play some excellent hockey in the second half, seeing Thomas, Emerson and James score further goals, with the opposition grabbing a late consolation goal. A pleasing result especially considering five of the goals came from set plays.

We welcomed Langley School for our next fixture, which proved to be a tale of two halves. Playing with excellent tempo and aggression we took a three goal lead into half-time, showing control throughout the team, restricting Langley to only one shot on goal. Unfortunately the second half was all theirs, which resulted in them scoring five goals, resulting in our winning streak coming to an end. Our final two games saw us lose narrowly to a strong Oundle side, with the winning goal scored in the final minute of the game. Following this and despite the team working extremely hard throughout the game, we saw a heavy defeat against a strong Royal Hospital side. In a season of “what if” the team as a whole have shown improvement in all areas of their play, both individually and in their unit play. Yes we have suffered losses (some heavy), but the players can take credit for the way they have bounced back after those losses to produce some excellent winning performances during the season. Squad: Thomas Culshaw (Capt), Charles Pindar,

James Thompson, William Davis, Oliver Short, Oliver Osborn, Emerson CollingwoodSmith, Jordan Reeve, James Hodgkinson, Daniel Robb, Christopher Green, Henry Thornton, Jacob Chapman, Arran Shipley, Oliver Mann Coach: Mark Jarvis

A quick turnaround saw the team pitted against a strong Pelicans U18 side. This had proven to be a very entertaining high scoring game in previous years. This year was no different with both sides looking to play some free flowing and expansive hockey. With goals from Emerson, Daniel and Oliver, the game finished with a 3-2 win for the WGS side. The team were in confident mood going into the next fixture against Thomas Deacon Academy, whom we had struggled against over the previous years. In what was a very open game we started unbelievably well scoring three goals inside the first twenty minutes, through Emerson, Oliver and Arran. With us pushing for more goals

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Greyhounds XI Despite limited opportunities to play competitive matches, the Greyhounds team had a good season. They showed excellent teamwork, coupled with some bursts of individual brilliance in the matches played. As with the 1st XI squad, the Greyhounds team came up against a well-drilled Gresham’s side in their first match of the season. Despite showing excellent resilience in defence, with Waleed Asif marshalling his peers to restrict the number of clear goal scoring opportunities, the team suffered a heavy 6-1 loss. With both WGS sides reflecting on areas for improvement, the Greyhounds side worked to improve their understanding of their preferred team formation, in particular the need for all the players to carry out their individual responsibilities. This, coupled with improved attacking prowess, was key to the next match performance against Ratcliffe College. So we say that a previous loss helps to gel the team. Well, if that is the case, then this game was proof of that. From the off the opposition took the game to WGS with probing attacks down the width, followed by penetrating balls into the ‘D’. The WGS team coped with everything that was thrown at them, with superb defensive play from all the players. Patience was the key for WGS. Having soaked up a massive amount of pressure for the majority of the match, they were (with the opposition players tiring) able to launch their own attacks, leading to two goals being scored by Jake Slender and James Fear. Despite Ratcliffe scoring a last minute goal, WGS took the win.

persistent attacks were rewarded with two quick goals midway through the half. Undeterred the WGS team dug in, frustrating the opposition with some excellent defending. It was a save from Matthew Holden that the ball found its way to Jake on the wing. Having out-sprinted the Stamford defender he squared the ball for Joseph Mayes to slot home the equalising goal. Rich reward for the hard work put in by the team, in what was to be the last action of the game. Having watched the 1st XI lose to the Kimbolton 1st XI, the Greyhounds team took to the field knowing that they would have to replicate their performance from the previous week if they were to gain from this game. Having worked on some of the finer details of the game, namely their set pieces, WGS started the game very much in the ascendancy winning a series of penalty corners within the first ten minutes. A clean strike from Oliver Hayward gave the team the lead and despite Kimbolton creating a number of goal scoring opportunities, they never looked back. To finish off what was a very good team performance; Jake scored a second goal in the final minute of the game.

“The team had a good season overall, we have seen some excellent individual and team performances, with all the players enhancing both their resilience and understanding of the game, which bodes well for the future”

Next up was a Stamford U16A side, which again proved to be tough match, with both sides playing some aggressive hockey. Never ones to shy away from a tackle, the WGS side frustrated the more skilful Stamford team forcing them into making a number of unforced errors. It was from this pressure that Jake was given the opportunity to score from close range, which he duly did, seeing the team take a slender 1-0 lead into half-time. ‘More of the same’ was the call from Coach Bergh in terms of pressurising the opposition. With a couple of tactical changes Stamford were making more ground against a tiring WGS team. Their

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With a number of players missing, the Oundle game proved to be a very difficult affair. Despite those players in attendance giving their best the team eventually lost 5-0 to a very skilful team. The team was back to full strength for the visit of Royal Hospital School, with them looking to put in a good performance for the final game of the season. In what proved to be a very entertaining and competitive game, both sides took the opportunities presented to them in the first half, seeing the score at 2-2 going into the break. Despite their best efforts, neither team could find the winner, so the game ended in a draw. So, all in all a good season for the team, during which time we have seen some excellent individual and team performances, with all the players enhancing both their resilience and understanding of the game, which bodes well for the future.

Squad: Oliver Hayward (Capt), Waleed Asif, Charles

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Under 15 The squad started the season with an optimistic feeling, following a positive pre-season programme and a clear work ethic evident throughout. The matches in the early weeks of the season proved to be a little frustrating, losing to Ratcliffe College and Stamford U16 B by the odd goal. In both matches there were periods of play where the team combined well to produce patches of very positive hockey. As individuals became more accustomed to their roll within the system, there was a need to maintain procession and pace within our play. The overall feeling to the early part of the season was one of positive frustration, with the knowledge that with just a little more composure the complete performance was just around the corner. One feature that never wavered was the effort and work rate of the whole squad. There followed a couple of difficult fixtures against Kimbolton and Culford who were both able to field good talented sides. However, the Wisbech side rallied and bounced back putting together strong performances against Thomas Deacon Academy and Bedford Modern, winning both matches. Perhaps the most significant performance of the season came against Loughborough Endowed Schools, a team that had comfortably beaten us

the previous season. The early exchanges were tight with the scoring matching one another, the resolve of the Wisbech team never faulted, playing some free flowing attacking hockey, the type of performance we had been searching for all season. During the second half the pressure on the Loughborough goal was constant, with their goal keeper receiving a stern test, which he coped with admirably. It was not until late in the game that the constant pressure paid off, with three goals being scored in quick succession; the sense of satisfaction was palpable. This performance reflected the progress the team had made throughout the season, a display of fast flowing hockey built around a solid defence with quick ball movement going forward. The manner in which the boys worked and remained positive throughout is testament to their attitude, and a fact from which they should take a great deal of pride.

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Under 14

The under 14 boys have always shown a great dedication to the sport that they take part in each term. Their attendance and work ethic in training is fantastic throughout the year and they have shown development in a number of key areas on the pitch. The season started with a very tough fixture away to Ratcliffe College, where we knew it would be a very fast-paced and physical encounter.

In the next match, against Gresham’s we were more successful, playing fantastically and securing a 3-0 victory.

The game lived up to its expectation and Wisbech broke first with some excellent midfield play, playing the ball out to the wide channels and then a very good finish at the back post. James Kerry had a fantastic game in goal and kept Ratcliffe at bay for a majority of the game until Ratcliffe scored two quick goals giving them the lead.

Our last match of the season was against Loughborough Grammar School. We started off well, not conceding for the first ten minutes, but then we allowed in two in quite quick succession. We then scored a goal in the early stages of the second half, continuing to press for the equalising goal, but it was not be, with the opposition scoring in the last minute, leaving the score 1-3 in favour of the opposition.

However the boys didn’t give up and fought to the end and in the last moments of the game equalised. The boys showed a lot of fight through that game and deserved the equalising goal. This was a similar trend going in to the next match against Stamford, where the game was free flowing and end to end. This time the Under 14s were on the receiving end of a last minute equaliser, with the game ending 3-3. Over the season the boys showed the ability to play some exceptional hockey. The boys worked well in training on keeping to the very basic game plan of moving the ball wide and keep things simple. Again in parts of each game this was the case and the boys scored some outstanding team goals, however the opposition got tougher as the season went and made the game plan difficult to execute.

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What I can’t fault is the boys’ interest for training and for matches, the turnout was always impressive each week and with this passion they will continue to improve next year. Throughout the season despite the losses, we were able to take a number of positives from our performances. Our thanks go to Mr Claydon for his positive encouragement and support. Squad: James Kerry, Ross Clarke, Geoffrey Kirby,

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Under 13 Each year the Under 13 teams face a number of new challenges, in terms of being presented with the prospect of playing more XI aside matches, whilst still having to for fill a number of VII games within the prep school calendar. Whilst this has presented challenges in terms of some of the results, they have to their credit taken on board the advice given with all the players showing improvements to both their technical and tactical understanding. Both the A and B teams have had mixed results in the VII program, with both sides experiencing some heavy losses against some strong opposition, whilst gaining some notable wins. First up for both the teams was an away trip to Gresham’s. Whilst it proved to be tough start, it did give an indication to both the players and coaches of the areas each needed to work on, namely quick ball movement and passing strength. Both sides showed good marking and tackling skills, though both struggled to cope with the pace of the ball movement, which was the undoing of both sides. An improvement was needed and credit is due to the players for their commitment and concentration in training, the benefits of which were seen in their next match away at Taverham Hall. A much improved performance from both teams saw them play with more confidence and control, in terms of their pitch awareness. Despite losing, the main difference between the sides was that Taverham were able to put their chances away and we were not. With the ‘A’ team transferring to XI aside, the ‘B’ team continued to play VII aside. Whilst they suffered further losses against Bedford Modern and Witham Hall respectively, it gave the chance for some of the developing players to experience competitive hockey; some for the first time.

The final series of VII aside fixtures saw the teams come up against St Hugh’s and Thomas Deacon Academy respectively. During both these matches everything seemed to fall into place in terms of displaying some excellent defensive work, coupled with some very good attacking play, which led to both teams gaining high scoring wins in each of the matches. In essence a tough start against some strong opposition (who only play VII aside) finished with some very good winning performances. In the XI aside fixtures, whilst some of the stronger players had experienced the step up to full pitch hockey, many had not. Whilst at VII aside mistakes can be repaired pretty quickly in terms of defending players being close by, it is a different proposition on the bigger field of play. First up for the ‘A’ team were Ratcliffe College, who took to the field having played a full year of XI aside matches. With the opposition showing some controlled expansive play, the WGS side found it difficult to retain their structure, which afforded Ratcliffe a number of scoring opportunities in the first half, which they duly took to lead 6-0 at half-time. With the whiteboard in action, the WGS team were reminded of the team structure, alongside the need to stop chasing the ball. This seemed to have the desired effect, as the opposition found it harder to breakdown our defensive structure, regularly giving

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the ball away. This presented us with some scoring opportunities, seeing Samuel Phillips score the team’s first XI aside goal from a well worked open play move. This seemed to spur the WGS team on, for which whilst the opposition did score more goals, we continued to frustrate the opposition and create some more attacking opportunities.

“The U13 teams have shown significant improvements both in their tactical and technical understanding, which should stand them in good stead for their future matches at U14 level” With improved tactical knowledge the team approached their next fixture against Stamford knowing what they had to do, both in terms of their defensive and attacking play. In what proved to be a very competitive and enjoyable game, both teams worked hard to score a goal, the first of which was slotted home by Joshua Porter from a well crafted penalty corner routine. Whilst it was a slender lead, confidence in the team was high, knowing they had put in a vastly improved performance. Both sides continued to play open hockey, though neither managed to break down the respective defences. With five minutes to go a piece of individual brilliance from Samuel Phillips saw him ‘one on one’ with the Stamford goalkeeper, the result of which was never in doubt with the ball ending up in the back of the net. Relieved to have won their first game the team duly celebrated, though knew that the hard work had only just begun.

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The WGS team came up against a well drilled Kimbolton side, eventually losing 5-0, but not without showing that they had retained the knowledge gained in the previous fixtures, creating a number of scoring chances, but finding the Kimbolton keeper in inspired form. In a much closer affair, the team narrowly lost their next match to Witham Hall. It proved to be their best team performance of the season. From William Smithee in goal right through to Joshua Porter in attack every single player played their part in what was an excellent match, with the only difference between the sides being late goals for Witham Hall. Whilst the stats show differently with the team suffering some heavy losses, all of those players involved in the U13 teams have shown significant improvements, both in their tactical and technical understanding, which should stand them in good stead for their future matches at U14 level. A Team: Samuel Phillips (Capt), Harry Fox, William

Smithee, Shravan Sharma, Yusuf Ahmed, William Gilbert, William Hamilton, Jack Robb, Tanveer Sira, Bailey Slender, Toby Twite B Team: Laurence Alcock, Jacob Mann, Thomas

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“We finished the season with a 3-2 win against Loughborough Grammar, a fitting result that celebrated the progression the team had made during the season�

Under 12 With good attendance at pre-season training we started the season with a 7 a-side match against Gresham’s, it was an attacking game with a final score of 3-4.

Unfortunately we were not quite as successful against Teverham, Kimbolton and Thomas Deacon Academy, losing all games, unable to prevent their skilful and faced paced attacks.

Our next opposition was Ratcliffe College; this was our first 11 a-side match and the team showed their versatility performing on a full pitch, with the game finishing in a 2-2 draw. Our next two 7 a-side matches against Stamford and Bedford Modern saw our first two wins of the season, a crowd thrilling 13-3 and 3-1.

We finished the season however with a 3-2 win against Loughborough Grammar, a fitting result that celebrated the progression the team had made during the season. We look forward to seeing their success at U13 level.

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Rugby 1 XV st

After the loss of several key players and leaders last year, the 1st XV was filled with fresh faces and young players. With a wealth of experience leaving and, in places, inexperience taking its place pre- season was very much about learning and laying the foundations on which a strong season could be built. Hard work and commitment in gruelling pre-season sessions should have given rise to success in the annual pre season tour to Southampton to play in the HCS tournament, but efforts were blighted by the loss of several pivotal players as injury and illness struck the squad. Despite these setbacks the team showed fight and determination to put in a strong showing at the tournament despite not getting the desired results, gelling as a side and developing individually. On September 12 the 1st XV lined up against CAARS Grammar School. CAARS looked strong in the early stages but Wisbech put in a strong performance, combating CAARS’ offloading game with great effect to come away 27-7 victors. Wellingborough travelled to Wisbech the following week to contest the first home game of the seasonstill plagued by injury, a depleted side showed great heart. However, inexperience cost them as they lost 20-39. Local rivals King’s Ely and Spalding came next; with local bragging rights at stake both games were fiercely contested and agonisingly close. Both games could have gone either way until the

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final whistle and it was again a lack of experience and precision which cost Wisbech as they could not quite deliver, loosing 14 - 19 to Ely and 29-31 to Spalding despite being arguably the better side in both cases. Looking to bounce back Wisbech travelled to the heart of London to play the much anticipated annual fixture against Cardinal Vaughan Memorial School. After being overwhelmed by Wisbech’s territory based, kicking game plan the year before, Cardinal Vaughan used effective exit play to exploit an out of position Wisbech back three and release any pressure Wisbech built. Unable to maintain any attacking presence in the first half, Wisbech struggled as Cardinal Vaughan ran in 41 points. After this lethargic start Wisbech turned things around to win the second half 14-0 but their early defensive blunders cost them as they lost 41-14. As half term approached St Ivo travelled to Wisbech to play a midweek fixture. A much improved performance saw Wisbech run in multitude of points winning 47-7, taking some vital momentum into the ten day break. On November 7 the second half of the


season kicked off as Wisbech hosted Ratcliffe College. Despite losing 11-17 in agonising fashion the team’s performance in this game cannot be faulted. Every player in the squad, from 1 to 22, left everything on the pitch only to come up short. In vital need of a win as the season began to draw to a conclusion, the elements conspired against Wisbech as they travelled away to Wymondham College in what promised to be a physical, abrasive encounter. In driving rain and with a greasy ball in hand Wisbech put in an almost faultless display taking the game to Wymondham with direct, hard rugby. These efforts were rewarded with a 16-5 victory, sealed in the dying moment with an intercepted try, rounding off what will largely be remembered as the performance of the season. With only a handful of games left the team travelled away to Uppingham to face a senior XV, again conditions showed little sympathy making playing expansive rugby difficult. The team played powerful rugby against a larger Uppingham side but ultimately the game was decided by a handful of defensive errors, as they lost 24-3.

The fixture with Leicester Grammar School also promised to be a tough encounter. Wisbech played strong rugby and exploited Leicester’s weaknesses in defence during phase play. However, a lack of precision and poor execution coupled with some marginal calls going against them, Wisbech lost 34-19.

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“Wisbech put in an almost faultless display and were rewarded with a 16-5 victory, sealed in the dying moment with an intercepted try, rounding off what will largely be remembered as the performance of the season”

Akeley Wood were unable to raise a team and pulled out of the last scheduled game of the season, denying the team a final home fixture and for many of the team would have been an emotional departure from WGS rugby. Luckily a Leavers invitational XV vs. Returners select XV fixture was arranged. In a well-supported, closely-contested game, tensions were high as the leavers endeavoured to leave everything on the pitch for one last time and returners looked to do anything they could to prevent it with a great deal of pride at stake. A great game which showcased the vast array of talent in senior rugby at WGS ended in a 12-12 draw, a fitting result and send off for the boys who given so much to the school and the shirt over their tenure. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Rugby Department for everything they have done during my 11 years in a WGS rugby shirt, the parents for their continued and ever-appreciated support and the boys, with whom it has been an honour to represent the school. Oliver Short, 1st XV Captain

Greyhounds XV A disappointing World Cup suggested that English rugby has many problems, but the gravest is surely still that of the persistence of summer. So it was that a re-branded 2nd XV breathed a collective sigh of relief, waved goodbye to summer exams and cricket whites and eagerly got down to the murky business of rucking, mauling and scrummaging. A young Greyhounds squad faced a very tough list of fixtures with some particularly difficult fixtures towards the end. Home wins against Ratcliffe and Wellingborough, and away at Cardinal Vaughan highlighted the team’s talented and high scoring centre pairing of Jake Slender and Chris Green. However, tries have to be earned and the Greyhound’s forwards won their fair share of the ball thanks to powerful performances from Harry Beresford-Peirse, Henry Lankfer and Cameron “the missile” Mauremootoo. While not always operating within the letter of the law, Oliver Hayward’s ability to turn over the ball in both rucks and mauls became less of a luxury and more of a certainty as the season wore on.

Mr Garfoot’s line-out coaching and the safe hands of Cameron Brown and Raj Sira almost meant that a Greyhounds team could guarantee securing their own line-out ball. This sort of athletic pressure could cause a lesser man to buckle but not Tyler Goates. As Vice-Captain and very much the team’s “Mr Motivation”, Tyler demonstrated he could hit anybody at a line out with the ball; true, not necessarily in the hands, but a Greyhounds team demands far more important skills. James Hyland also weighed in with some impressive performances and with two Greyhound seasons under his belt like Tyler, he too is perhaps ready for a new challenge.

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It is not an easy job playing at scrum-half and fly-half even when play is predictable. Behind a Greyhounds scrummaging unit that repeatedly had to try and out-muscle some truly leviathan opponents, Harry Sidgwick's ability to both run backwards and still dig a ball out of a scrum was almost like watching Harry Houdini escape from padlocks. The support and protection provided by Henry Lankfer and his calm authority on a pitch were vital elements in what was, overall, a good Greyhounds season. As eye-catching as the stamina-sapping runs of Slender and Green were, they would certainly want me to acknowledge the outstanding performances that James Fear put in game after game. Linking well with the team's scrum-half, James passed accurately, kicked efficiently and made crucial line-breaks of his own when the team were under pressure. James' leadership towards the end of a hard season as the Greyhounds began to lose players through injury, is of particular note and his presence will be sorely missed next year. Thomas Lishman's consistent performances on the wing and the potential he has demonstrated with the ball in hands and his courage in the tackle promise much for the season to come and he must count himself unlucky not to have scored this season; his ability and bravery certainly warranted such. Mention must also be made of other members of the Greyhounds: Robert Sidgwick, Bradley Hutler, James Hodgkinson, Luke Morris, Ryan Ward, Eden Kruh-Atar, Krystofz Wiesniewski and Charles Bailey all represented the school this season and many, but for illness and injury, would

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have appeared regularly. Eden and Krystofz will be vital to the team next year; both carry the ball powerfully and will, I hope, give a new team next year some stability. Robert's crunching tackles against Leicester Grammar in our last game of the season did much to limit the damage that a huge leviathan set of players could do and I look forward to welcoming him back next season. Luke, James, Ryan and Charles all move to the 1st XV next year and I am sure both they and their coaches are looking forward to this. In the mere handful of games that Bradley managed to play for us, he demonstrated both his ability and his understanding of the game. Against Ratcliffe College, his focus and commitment played no small part in a much-sought win. No game is ever worth playing unless there are fans and I would particularly like to express my gratitude to all of the parents who loyally cheered the Greyhounds on. Those that made long journeys to Leicester, London and Wymondham may not have witnessed many tries but the effort demonstrated by the players and the manner in which they attempted to play were, I am sure, a suitable reward. Against Leicester in particular, the Greyhounds were given an almost impossible task and were unfortunate to have a rather inexperienced referee. Their brave performance and territorial possession was not reflected in the scoreline and was clearly fuelled by some suitably raucous support. My deepest thanks to all the boys who played and parents who shouted. Roll on September 2016!


Under 15 We started the season with a tournament at HCS in Hampshire. As most of the team had not played rugby for some time, we knew that the tournament would be tough. We played well in the first two games but injuries and tiredness meant that we did not play well towards the end but there were a number of positives to take into the season. The first couple of games took us some time to start playing as a team which meant a few early heavy defeats playing sides much physically larger than us. Even so we kept heart and continued to train hard and we started improving.

“As we approached half term, we played some good rugby with some excellent wins on the road to Robert Clack, Cardinal Vaughan and at home against King’s Ely” As we approached half term, we played some good rugby with some excellent wins on the road to Robert Clack (who had defeated us well in the HCS tournament) and Cardinal Vaughan and at home against King’s Ely. We took this spirit into the second half of the season with a very competitive game against

Radcliffe College which we lost by a close margin. Sadly due to injury, we lost form and suffered three consecutive defeats. However, with a return match against Robert Clack as the final game of the season, everyone was determined to win. Every player played to their best in a match which indicated how far we had come as a team. We overwhelmed the opposition by a huge score.

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Well done to everyone who played this season, throughout there has been an excellent team spirit and we have made great progress as a side. Squad: Jack Trundley (Captain), William, Lankfer

(Vice Captain), Jack Clingo, William Sinfield, Thomas Locke, Samuel Birch, Thomas He, Samuel Murphy, Benjamin Hamilton, Muhammed Ahmed, Henry Dyne, Gabriel Parslew, Murray Christison, Louis Jones, George Lemon, Thomas Collie, Frazer Brown, Thomas Brown, Charles KermanStaley, Toby Phillips, Kamen Baxter Jack Trundley

Under 14 The U14 squad have experienced a difficult season, with limited resources, facing many challenges throughout the season. Our aim prior to every match was to build on the previous performance and develop certain elements of our game. I am pleased to note that whilst results have not always gone our way, the performances the squad has produced have progressed in terms of organisation, defensive structure and commitment.

lines have become more secure with the ball in hand, while developing a better appreciation of space and the best methods by which to exploit opportunities.

The squad have undoubtedly developed a clearer understanding of the game and as the season progressed the hard work applied to the training pitch started to show and become second nature while in matches. There are areas where further developments are required, but the squad as a whole can draw a great deal of confidence from their progress this season.

It would be unfair to draw on any one player for specific mention, many have improved in their own specific manner, whether it be tackling, game appreciation or security with the ball in hand. It would also be fair to say that all players would fully understand their weaker points, which is important if they are to progress next season. Finally, I must thank the squad for their commitment and efforts during training and matches given the difficult season we have experienced.

The forward pack have worked hard on their decision making at contact, whilst developing their ball carrying skills in the tight exchanges. The back

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Under 13A

Challenges and progress are the main two words that summarises the U13A 2015 Rugby Season. From the warm days of the pre-season up to the cold and windy mornings of December, the boys have fought well and represented proudly the colours of Wisbech Grammar School. Yes, there have been some defeats. These defeats had nothing to do with the lack of technique since all players showed great skills on the pitch. Tackling has improved greatly throughout the season but what made the U13A a great team is their achievement in term of communication. They faced many teams which were larger both in number and size, but also much faster. Nevertheless, the U13A defended the WGS honour by winning against Spalding in early October but their most amazing fixture was against Wymondham College last November. It was a bitterly cold afternoon with very heavy episodes of rain. Both teams were teeth to teeth at half-time

and the U13A pushed themselves so hard to win this match that they won by 17-5. This shows how determined these boys are! Over the season, all players have made tremendous progress and none of them ever backed down in the face of adversity. I started this report by saying that challenge and progress were the two main words to summarise the U13A season but I do believe that cohesion is the best one to describe this team.

Under 12A The U12A team have had a successful first year of senior school Rugby. The aim of the season was to develop the team in to a strong unit, not relying on strong individual play, but to enhance our overall team performances. Having such a large influx of new players that have never touched a rugby ball before seemed a daunting challenge. However, due to their enthusiasm and desire to develop; their potential was clear from the outset. Through each performance, there is clear progression in a majority of the aspects of game play, whether it’s the forwards working harder at the breakdown or the back lines of running and spatial awareness. The most important development I have seen from all of the U12 players is their game knowledge and decision making. We have set a clear game plan and the boys have worked very hard in lessons, training, and matches to achieve this.

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When you look at the results we have overcome some tough opposition including Spalding Grammar school, Gresham’s and Ratcliffe College to name a few. The most encouraging thing is that even in the games we have lost the boys have never dropped their heads and continued to play their game and learn from these losses. Through their hard work and determination, they have built themselves a very good platform to develop further throughout the school.


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Under 12 / 13B Over the season the boys have slowly but surely progressed with their rugby ability. After a well supported pre season training, the players were soon ready to attempt their first match against tough opposition in Oundle school. After starting the game slowly we let Oundle take a commanding 15-0 lead early on. We managed to get some tries back but it would all be in vain leaving Oundle winning 50-20. After travelling up the M25 on a cold and dark morning we looked ahead to an exciting day of rugby. After arriving at Wasps training ground and getting ready to start, we were in high spirits ready to take on Cardinal Vaughan Memorial school. The game started slowly but Cardinal Vaughan soon jumped on a mistake near our own try line to gift them an easy first score. Again we continued to attack and defend strongly but without much luck in the first half. Going into the second half we continued to pile on the pressure. However, this left holes in our defence, giving Cardinal Vaughan another score. We did, however, manage to score some tries for ourselves, finishing the game 30-30. After another two tough games against Gresham’s and Robert Clack, (which we lost heavily,) we knew St Ivo was going to be a tough game. We started this game very strongly with two early scores and continued to attack very strongly. By half time we were 30-0 up against a very strong and well drilled St Ivo team. Starting the second half we scored quickly again. However, we did allow St Ivo two consolation scores but the game was never in doubt. The game ended with a very impressive 50-10 win to Wisbech.

Our next game was to be played against a good Ratcliffe side. We started very positively with an early score, but we then allowed Ratcliffe to score two tries quickly afterwards. We did, however, manage to get another score but this came too little too late as Ratcliffe won a close fought game 25-10. Our final game of the season would see us play Wymondham College. The pupils wanted to finish the season on a high with a good win. Also, they wanted to impress the A team coaches with aspirations of getting a call up. We again started very strongly with two quick scores and continued to flood Wymondham’s defence with attacking play. However, Wymondham staged a come back which led to a tight and very exciting last few minutes. However, we managed to get a score late on to secure a good win, 30-25. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Mrs Ogston for putting all of her efforts into helping us and trying to craft us into a better team, with her continuing help at training sessions and unending support on and off of the field. Alex Clabon (L6th), Assistant Coach

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Girls’ VII

The 1st VII developed a brand of Rugby 7s that drew praise amongst the circuit, with strong structures in place, and a game plan that suited the individuals in the team. In the two warm-up tournaments before the National Schools competition the 1st VII reached the shield semi-finals at Reeds School 7s, before going out to Eastbourne in the Bowl quarter finals at the Reigate Charity 7s. Despite a tough group at Rosslyn Park National Schools 7s the 1st VII produced performances and tries that they could be proud of, with Oliver Short and Jacob Chapman making consistently notable contributions through the season.

The Girl’s U18 VIIs took to the field in a triangular at Oundle School before taking part in the Reigate Charity VIIs, where they got knocked out in the semi-finals to the hosts.

Squad: J  acob Chapman, Oliver Short (captain), William Davis, Christopher Green, Kevin Gunasekara, James Hodgkinson, Matthew Holden, Henry Thornton, Benjamin York, Luke Morris, Oliver Mann

Squad: N  icole Rowell (Captain), Olivia Galley, Apryl Aylott, Helena Parkinson, Ran Tai, Eleanor Brewer, Alexandra Ford, Amber Jones

Their season finished with a home triangular against Oundle and King Henry School where the team grew in confidence and began to play some good rugby 7s, with some good scores by Ellie Brewer and Apryl Aylott.

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The U16 VIIs saw a core group of 4th form pupils take the field in a home VIIs tournament, before travelling to the National Schools VIIs. The National competition started strongly, with a win against Amman Valley, before two more tight games against Pocklington and Ysgol Gyfun. The day finished against a very good Eton College team as they got knocked out, but gained a year’s worth of valuable experience to take into next season. Squad: M  uhammad Ahmed, Murray Christison, Thomas Collie, Henry Dyne, William Lankfer, George Lemon, Gabriel Parslew, Jack Trundley (captain) , Henry Lankfer

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U13s VIIs The U13 VIIs team travelled to Packwood Hague early in the season, where they reached the cup quarter-finals after two strong wins against Moor Park and Adams Grammar, with Lewis Shipley putting in some eye-catching and match winning performances. Later in the season they produced some consistently good 7s in poor weather to win the Plate competition in the Wisbech Grammar School 7s, beating CAARS Grammar in the final – Captain Jack Robb was also named player of the tournament. This gave them some good momentum leading into the National Schools Competition. In the National competition Oakham topped the group, meaning the U13s missed out on going through to the knock-out stages, however they did finish the day with a ‘friendly’ against the National Dubai College U13 side in a high scoring game. Squad: B  ailey Slender, Tanveer Sira, Thomas Dhillon, Angus Flint, William Gilbert, William Hamilton, Jacob Mann, Charles Osborne-Smith, Lewis Shipley, Jack Robb (captain), Oliver Coles

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Girls’ Cricket Under 18 The U18 Girls Cricket team have had an enjoyable season, working hard to improve their technical knowledge of the game and making use of this in match play. Unfortunately due to the weather the majority of our matches were called off. However, commitment to training by Captain Joanne Slipper as well as Megan Fey and Amber Jones, meant an improvement in skill level and tactical knowledge. Pupils new to the game have enjoyed learning a new sport and we hope that they continue to show this enthusiasm for the sport next year.

Under 15 The under 15a cricket squad played some successful games this season and although we only came away with two wins, the results do not reflect the effort given by the team. Our first match saw us up against Stamford and we knew this was going to be a tough match; however, we worked hard to put together the skills we had learnt in training, resulting in only losing by a small amount of runs. The indoor tournament, which the team faced next, was a massive boost to the team’s confidence coming away with third after some excellent play from all the girls who attended. After the success of the tournament, the team went into the next match against Leicester Grammar with a lot of confidence resulting in a comfortable win after some excellent batting from every member of the team scoring many boundaries.

Finally, our last match of the season was against Felsted. Due to cancellations by other schools, and despite a little apprehension after hearing that their team had placed third in the country at nationals, we came away with yet another win. The success of our team would not have been possible without Mrs Goodier who has coached us this season and we all thank you very much. Squad: E  llie Payne-English (captain), Jade Sandy, Jennifer Robinson, Nancy Davis, Rachael White, Rana Abdel Gadir, Alice Newman and Catherine Missin

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Under 14 New to the sport, the under 14’s approached the season with enthusiasm and determination. Training was well attended and the skills of batting, bowling and fielding were quickly mastered. The season began with an indoor tournament; this was a good opportunity for the team to test their skills against a visiting opposition for the first time. We finished the tournament victorious which led to a boost in the team’s confidence.

“Well-practised skills and newly learnt tactics came together; we won the game by 121 runs”

Our next match was against Leicester Grammar School, Leicester had an established team comprising of county cricket players and it would be their last game before the Nationals. This game was very useful as the girls were able to test their batting skills against much faster, more experienced bowling.

Wisbech managed to take four wickets and only lost 248 to 241, an impressive result against strong opposition. On March 21 we travelled to Felsted. Like us, Felsted were new to girls’ cricket. The team’s competitiveness, well-practised skills and newly learnt tactics came together; we won the game by 121 runs. The success of the previous game continued when we played Perse School for Girls and won our third out of four matches. The accuracy and speed of our bowling had improved and we were starting to consider our shot selection more carefully. Unfortunately our home and away fixtures against King’s Ely had been cancelled, as they were unable to generate enough players and so our final game was against The Perse School. We knew this would be our toughest game as their under 14s comprised of numerous club and county players and although we narrowly lost, we gained valuable experience playing at that level. I would like to congratulate the girls on their successful season and their level of progression.

Under 13 Cricket has replaced Rounders as our main summer game and so this season has been a learning experience for all of us. We started the season nervously, particularly in our first tournament here at Wisbech Grammar but we have gradually built up our game knowledge by attending the practice sessions run by Mr. Williams and Mr. Hargrave, as well as our determination to improve. By our fourth game against Leicester Grammar we had become more accurate with our bowling and had stopped getting out so easily – every time this happened we lost five runs! This was our first win by 160 runs to 98, everyone played well, our fielding was sharp and our bowlers took some important wickets too. We continued our winning play against The Perse, although we were down by five runs after the first innings our team talk showed that with some tight fielding and accurate bowling we could pull this back. We achieved the win by 118 – 90 by taking wickets and some good catches to restrict their score.

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We have made really good progress through the season and should be encouraged for next year! Squad: L  ily Amps (Captain), Matilda KermanStaley, Charlotte Mair, Aimee Newman, Ellie Padmore, Isabella Pope, Jessica Reed-Else (Vice-Captain), Kasia Ringwood, Sophie Sayer, Beatrice Winder, Lydia Payne-English and Lakshana Baheerathan


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Under 12A This was our first year playing cricket and it has been a learning curve for all of us, but we faced the challenge well and enjoyed the sessions and have improved our skills and knowledge of the game. A highlight for many of us was to meet and be coached by England Captain Charlotte Edwards. We started the season nervously, playing two tournaments and in the second tournament we won our first matches. Unfortunately because of the weather we only managed to play two of our four other matches, where we were narrowly beaten by Perse and Stephen Perse Squad: T  ia Bideau (Captain), Zoe Allen, Isabel Gowler(Vice-Captain), Sophie Mosedale, Lucy Prior, Rhianna Regan, Hannah Smith, Megan Culley

Under 12 / 13B The season started with a couple of tournaments at WGS enabling the girls to develop their fielding and batting skills, and familiarise themselves with the rules and procedures of a cricket match. The girls have worked well as a team this term, learning to communicate clearly with each other to ensure effective play, backing their partner up when batting and fielding accurately.

due to inclement weather this season. The match against the Perse School for Girls was encouraging and the girls only lost by 26 runs. They demonstrated excellent knowledge of the game, employing some effective tactics to minimise the number of runs the Perse girls could achieve. All of the girls have thoroughly enjoyed learning the game of cricket and they are looking forward to next season.

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With a number of new fixtures, coupled with the influx of new Fifth Form players it was always going to be challenging year for the girls, and so it proved. With the games coming thick and fast for the squad, and despite the early losses, they found themselves becoming more resilient to pressure, especially in defence, making them more confident overall. Gaining a valuable win against Wellingborough helped show the squad what they could achieve with maximum effort and belief. Despite the losses seen over the next series of games against Gresham’s, Culford and Norwich School, the girls showed excellent levels of effort and endeavour throughout, with the only difference between the teams being their finishing prowess. A win in the final game of the season bought to a close a tough season for all the girls, though one that offered many opportunities for the girls to improve both their individual and team skills.

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Greyhounds XI After some good pre-season training the Greyhounds team, consisting of Fifth Form, L6th and U6th pupils, were ready to face the challenges that had been set for them in the shape of matches against some of the regular sides alongside some new fixtures. We started the season well with a well matched 0-0 draw against Bedford Modern School. Although we held most of the possession, our forwards Maddie Booth and Lydia Plumb were unable to find the goal. The following week saw us away at Ratcliffe College; a game we always knew would be tough. However with a number of illnesses in the team and pupils stepping in to help last minute, we were able to pull away from the opposition, comfortably winning the game 3-0. Our winning streak continued with a further two away fixtures against Wellingborough School, winning 4-0 and Culford School, winning 1-0. This was an extremely close match, with both teams battling for possession for the full 60 minutes. Some strong attacking play by Izzy Hall through the middle of the pitch resulted in us going 1-0 up, and we were able to maintain this lead until the final whistle. Confident in our own abilities we moved on to our next opponent, King’s Ely. We knew this was going

to be a tough match, and with some impressive saves made by keeper Emma Ran Tai we took a 1-0 lead into the second half. Unfortunately Ely came back harder than ever, equalising in the last five minutes to see the game finish in a 1-1 draw. Going into the second half of the season we knew we would be facing our hardest opposition to date. With many injuries within the team we took a depleted but confident squad away to Stamford High School, where a long standing rivalry meant it would be an extremely tense match. With strong defensive play by Asena Yendley and Harriet Munson we were able to keep the score low, narrowly losing 1-0 to a very skilful team. Another of our local rivals Gresham’s, were up next. Taking a 1-0 lead the girls were full of confidence and impressive skill work by Dina Aldrich and Mellissa Clench helped us maintain momentum. This was not to last though, and true to form

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Gresham’s came back fighting, equalising the score from a short corner and eventually taking the lead to win 2-1.

fought hard to keep possession, however they were unable to stop RHS finding the back of the goal, resulting in a 5-0 loss.

Undeterred by this loss, the Greyhounds kept focused, working hard to improve their attacking play. A blustery Saturday next saw us away at Norwich School, playing in extreme wintery conditions which consisted of high winds and hail. Working hard, the girls put everything into the game, however, they were unable to maintain their intensity in such conditions. The match was called before the end, with the girls disappointed with a 2-0 loss, however happy to get inside!

Knowing that this was going to be their last game as a team, the girls put everything they had into their final home fixture against Kimbolton School. Struggling to cope with the strong winds against them in the first half the girls were unable to develop any meaningful attacks, though to their credit they never gave up. Unfortunately due to a number of short corners, Kimbolton were able to take a 3-0 lead, a score the Greyhounds could not come back from.

“The girls have worked hard this term, showing improvements in all areas, both individually and as a team”

The girls have worked hard this term, showing improvements in all areas, both individually and as a team. What has impressed me this term is their support for each other, especially when the games do not go their way, a key attribute for any sporting player. Well done for the season and the best of luck for next year!

Approaching the last two fixtures of the term the girls were looking to get back on the winning trail. First up was a strong Royal Hospital School side. With tired legs and deteriorating weather conditions the girls took to the pitch. With a full squad the girls

Under 15 With a new captain in Genevieve Tibbett and a determination to play Hockey at a faster tempo, the U15’s approached their new season with confidence. The challenge was to improve individual skills and combine these into a cohesive team unit. Whilst not all results went our way, there were significant improvements on the previous year; with a goal difference of minus six in comparison to minus 20 the year before. Marking, communication and supporting the player on the ball lead to a more successful defence. The team worked hard to acquire some new skills, ready for their transition to the senior teams next year. Highlights of the season were the games against Perse School for Girls (3-0) and the last game of the season, Kimbolton. Winning 3-1 in this final game demonstrated the progress the girls had made and reflected their positive attitude and commitment.

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“Highlights of the season were the games against Perse School for Girls (3-0) and the last game of the season, Kimbolton. Winning 3-1 in this final game demonstrated the progress the girls had made and reflected their positive attitude and commitment”


Under 14

The U14 hockey team had an outstanding season, playing nine games, winning nine games and therefore finishing with a 100% record. Throughout the term, the girls were committed to training and faced each match with enthusiasm and competitiveness, always believing they could win. We went into each performance with the same mantra, we win as a team or we lose as a team, but we are always positive and constructive.

The first game was against Bedford Modern away and after a slow start, the team started to grow in confidence and get used to their positions and new formation. Our defence looked calm on the ball and made well-timed tackles. Once we started to release the ball earlier we made some quick attacks and won a number of penalty corners that were executed very well, with one eventually ending in a wellworked goal from Eliza and Isabella O-E. Elizabeth Allen also started her tally by scoring two goals. The next game was against Ratcliffe and was our first home match. We stepped onto the pitch knowing that we beat Ratcliffe last year and this gave us confidence but also meant we had set ourselves a high standard that we needed to surpass. From the first whistle, the whole team set out to do this, passing with strength and releasing the ball early to wider areas of the pitch. Our attacks down the right were fast and plentiful, with Eliza crossing the ball in for the forward line to attack and shoot. Within the first five minutes we had put a number of shots on target, unfortunately at the GK’s pads. However, this did not deter the forwards

and by half time, the score was 3-0. In the second half, we continued to dominate, with our defence stepping forward strongly to win the ball and distributing it both left and right. Three more goals followed and by the end of the game, the team were pleased to have bettered last year’s score.

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Against Culford, our success continued as we beat them 7-2, with Allen scoring two, Lemmon two and Lim and Griffiths one each. Against King’s Ely, Stamford and Stephen Perse, we continued to keep a clean sheet, with Bennett, Oldershaw-Ellis, Edinburgh, Fan, Lim, Fear and Beckett in goal showing strength, confidence and quick reactions. We also added another nine goals to our total over these matches. We knew our biggest test would be in the next two matches against Gresham’s School and Norwich School. With an unbeaten record to protect, we adapted our formation slightly to tighten our defence against

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what we knew would be a relentless Gresham's attack. However, we didn't go into the match believing the opposition were better than us. We knew we could win and that is what we set out to do. From the first whistle, it was clear that they were a strong side. Our defence dealt with anything that was thrown at them, demonstrating strong and well timed tackles and excellent channelling of the ball carrier into another of our defenders.

“The U14 hockey team had an outstanding season, winning 9 /9 games and scoring 43 goals with only 3 goals scored against us” Ella Beckett made some fantastic kicks away from goal and showed quick reactions as Gresham’s hit the ball hard at the target. In the second period of the game, Gresham’s were awarded a number of penalty corners, but once again, the defence dealt with it admirably and skilfully. Then a fantastic long ball along the right set Elizabeth Allen off on a storming run. She was one on one with their GK, with one defender trying to desperately catch up. The only thing they could do was foul. The team waited with baited breath as Lucy got into position to take the penalty flick. She stood up to the pressure and slotted the ball into the bottom right corner of the goal. We knew Gresham's would throw everything at us and that we would have to defend solidly. We did this but had to face more penalty corners. Unfortunately, a well worked

routine saw the opposition put the ball into the bottom left corner to make the score 1-1. Perhaps another team would have been happy with a draw, but that was not how the WGS U14 girls operated. With renewed passion to win, the push back was taken and Isobel Fear ran the ball up the pitch to the edge of their D, where she was given a free hit for a foot. A penalty corner followed and with the end of the game drawing close Hannah Lemmon injected it to Elizabeth, who with a powerful sweep sent the ball through the D, past defenders and into the goal. As the final whistle went, the girls were euphoric at their achievement and somewhat emotional. Our unbeaten record intact and a fantastic team performance, we made the journey back to WGS wet but extremely happy. This difficult game made our confidence soar and we finished the term with a 2-0 victory over Norwich and a 12-0 win over Kimbolton. The statistics demonstrated what an amazing season it had been for the U14s, with 43 goals scored and only three goals scored against us. Well done to the whole team for their skill, dedication and determination. Squad: H  annah Lemmon(Capt), Elizabeth Allen, Annie Bennett, Cloudia Edinburgh, Adriana Fan, Isobel Fear, Ophelia Griffiths, Isabella Oldershaw-Ellis, Liu Sim Lim, Lucy McInerney, Molly Sears, Elize-Jade Stephens-Foster, Ella Beckett, Eliza McDonald, Megan Pledger, Eve McInerney Coach: Sam Goodier

The Team celebrating their unbeaten season...

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Under 13A Whilst they are named A and B, many girls have moved between each team working hard in any position they are asked to play, this will give them valuable experience for next year. The Under 13A team have had an encouraging season; training has been supported well with 17 girls turning out to improve their skills and teamwork. Players have gained in confidence and this has been shown in performances on the pitch with some notable wins. The Stephen Perse fixture was particularly exciting to watch, with skilful play on both sides. However, excellent finishing from the Wisbech girls gave us a 5-3 victory. A similar performance against Witham Hall, also with a 5-3 victory, came from confident

passing of the ball coupled with moments of excellent individual skills. Even when results haven’t gone our way the work-rate has been encouraging from all. Jessica Read-Else has captained the team effectively and Isabella Pope has scored four hat-tricks this season, however everyone has contributed to the team performance, and as they move to playing 11 aside there are positive signs for future success.

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Well done girls, it has been an enjoyable season.

Under 13B The Under 13B team have worked hard throughout the season and whilst not all results have been positive, the enthusiasm of the girls and their determination to improve cannot be faulted. Nicole Saintauran has scored some vital goals against Ranby Hall and Kimbolton but has been supported well by Georgie Avery, Kasia Ringwood and Bea Winder who have all put in sound performances, Aimee Newman has shown her versatility in midfield and defence scoring a hat-trick against Stephen Perse. Silvi Rathod

has stepped in as goalkeeper and has grown in confidence throughout each game. Well done on your commitment and enthusiasm this season girls.

Under 12A The U12A team have had a very encouraging Hockey season, scoring 50 goals over the course of their 11 matches. Of these 11 matches, five were won, one was drawn and five were lost. The season began slowly, losing their first three matches to Bedford (2-5), Beeston (1-2) and King’s Ely (1-2). Throughout these games the girls worked hard and showed a steady improvement, putting in some of the skills and tactics we’d practised in training. During our next game against Stamford, the team ‘clicked’ together and strung together a series of passes to keep possession and communicated well. This resulted in a number of scoring opportunities, seven of which were converted into goals. This game made them realise what they could achieve

if they worked together as a team, and what happened if they put what they had practised in training into matches! The next two games continued in the same way. Some excellent attacking play, backed up by the defenders who pushed high up the pitch, allowed the team to score five goals against Witham Hall and 11 goals against Ranby House, in one afternoon. Emily Thomas, in goal, made some crucial saves throughout the last three games, enabling her to keep a clean sheet and the team to have a +23 goal difference over three consecutive matches.

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Having had a less pressurised game against Ranby, the girls went into the Stephen Perse match not ready for the high intensity that SPF played at. After the bus trip, then waiting whilst the U13s played, they lost the first half 0-2. But, after a half time talk, they drew the second half 1-1. A better performance but they didn’t put out the performance that they showed they were capable of against Stamford. The final four games saw the U12s play some fantastic hockey. They beat Norwich School 9-0 and played a tough game against Gresham’s, which they lost 2-3. This was followed by a 2-2 draw against Kimbolton, in which the girls adjusted to a different formation due to the absence of their usual CM. The season culminated with a 9-0 win over St Hugh’s.

Over the course of the season, the team put out some very pleasing performances; communicating better and linking attacking play. Some excellent goals were scored as a consequence. In defence, they learnt how to channel successfully and put the opposition under pressure, giving our midfield line time to get back and help. This team cannot be faulted for their work-rate; they gave their all in every match and should be proud of what they achieved. Squad: R  hianna Regan (Cpt), Lucy Prior, Zoe Allen, Amelia Garfoot, Abby Piccaver, Eva Miller, Emily Thomas, Lucy Ludlow, Sophie Mosedale.

Under 12B The U12B team had a tough season, with a number of faces in the squad who were new to the game but showed a lot of potential. Their first three matches against Bedford Modern, King’s Ely and Stamford High School all ended with a 0-1 loss. This was unlucky as they had a number of scoring opportunities in each game but could not convert them. Against Gresham’s and Stephen Perse they faced well-drilled teams who had plenty of match experience and some very skilful players. They fought hard but struggled with the constant pressure being applied on them. Their final game of the season, against Kimbolton, resulted in a well-deserved win of 6-0. The team played excellently together and started putting into practice everything we had worked on in training; playing the ball wide, moving onto the ball and fighting hard around the goal to make sure their shots were followed up with another. A very pleasing end to the season and a good foundation on which to build upon next year. Squad: Izzy Gowler, Hannah Smith, Emily Wright, Imogen Baines, Megan Culley, Lucy Pealling, Mary Naylor, Alana Pritchard

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attack and worked doggedly in defence, with the final score of 42-36 to Ratcliffe not being a true reflection of how well they played. The next game was against Stamford in extremely poor weather conditions. Despite improving their play as the game went on, they had left themselves too much to do and were defeated 29-14.


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They went into the match against Leicester Grammar School knowing they had to put right some of the mistakes made previously. It was a game where the team had to work extremely hard to make up a three goal deficit after the first quarter, which they did and, by the final period of the game, they took advantage of turnovers and went on to score some impressive long range shots. The final score was a well-deserved 29-24 victory and Hettie West was named player of the match by the opposition. The next match was against local rivals, King’s Ely. The team wanted to ensure they applied everything they had been working on in training to produce an improved result from last year. A slow start was followed by much improved play in the second quarter, with Megan Tolliday marking the opposition WA very effectively at centre passes. This made their job a lot more difficult and started to force them to make errors. Wisbech equally put right some of their mistakes and the score at half time was 22-18. The second half of the game saw some very good play from WGS, fighting for everything on the court and really contesting for the ball, which was excellent to see. A penalty shot in the dying seconds of the game made the score 36-30 to King’s Ely. This was a huge improvement on last year and the team had many moments of extremely good, flowing, creative netball. They worked hard to defend all over the court and

never gave up. Rosie stood up to the pressure as captain and dealt with an assertive GD very well. The remainder of the season saw the team beat Thomas Deacon Academy 32-18, lose to Stephen Perse Foundation 33-20, and host a triangular tournament against Gresham’s School and Oundle. They played some outstanding netball during both games and proved that Wisbech Grammar School could produce competitive and highly skilled performances. The 43-25 win against Langley School was a fitting end, not only to the term but to the U6th who have put so much hard work into netball throughout their time at WGS. Rosie Sutton has done an excellent job as captain and grown hugely in confidence. The link between her, Hettie West at WA and Laura Temple at GS has been a real strength of the team for three years now, both in the Wisbech Netball league and at school. Joanna Slipper has had a really positive impact in defence this year and has won the ball many times. A massive thank you to the whole team for working so hard and making the term so enjoyable. It is a relief that Megan Tolliday, Megan Fey, Amber Jones and Isabel Hall will be back next year and look forward to adding new members to the team. Squad: R  osie Sutton (Captain), Laura Temple, Hettie West, Joanna Slipper, Megan Tolliday, Megan Fey, Isabelle Hall, Amber Jones

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Greyhounds VII The Greyhounds Netball team had a successful season during the Lent Term 2016. A narrow defeat to Bedford Modern followed by a strong win and superb performance versus Ratcliffe College (13 – 12) gave the side confidence at the beginning of an intense season. Ably led by Emily Wood, the team began to develop an exciting brand of high tempo netball that put pressure on the sides we faced, using speed to beat size. With a formidable and ever improving attack, spearheaded by Eden Cooper, Hetty Beckett and Lydia Plumb, the Greyhounds brand of netball brought early season wins against tough opposition in Leicester Grammar (13 – 12) and Stamford (15 – 7), running Gresham’s school within a couple of scores. As the season wore on the teams defence became pivotal, with Lucy Beelam the cornerstone of a tough defensive unit that included Nicole Rowe, Beatrice Dimitrov and Emily Wood. This was evident in an outstanding win against Thomas Deacon Academy (32 – 1), with only one goal conceded, whilst also pushing Oundle School to the

last quarter. The final game of the season saw everything come together as the Greyhounds high tempo attacking game and solid defensive performances rolled into one, securing a 23 - 11 win over Langley School. Squad: E  mily Wood (captain), Beatrice Dimitrov, Nicole Rowe, Lydia Plumb, Lucy Beelam, Eden Cooper, Hetty Beckett, Harriett Munson, Emma Ran Tai, Harriet McDonald Coach: Mr A C Laybourne

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Our first game against Bedford Modern School resulted in a draw which was an improvement on last season and this characterised our play throughout. Whilst results did not always come our way, we improved in each game and achieved some excellent results through the season. We played a fast game as we lacked height as a Netball team and needed to time runs and work hard at losing defenders. We spent a good deal of training time working on these skills and there was a noticeable improvement in our basic skill level. Playing very close matches against Gresham’s and King’s Ely with hugely improved scores compared to last year, we developed our confidence and around the half term period secures three excellent wins. In our final fixture of the season we ran both Gresham’s and Oundle very close and played with spirit and determination.

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Well done to all who played for the team this season. There has been a wonderful team spirit and we have developed hugely as a group of players. We are very much looking forward to playing Senior Netball next year.

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Squad: C  harlotte Brett (Captain), Eleanor Payne-English, Catherine Missin, Jade Sandy, Rana Gadir, Genevieve Tibbett, Alice Newman, Jennifer Robinson, Claudia Naylor, Rachael White

Under 14A The U14A team kicked off their season with an encouraging win against Bedford Modern School. We were fresh into the season so our play was untidy at the beginning and a lack of control meant two goals were given away. However, as the game progressed, our play improved and defence turned many balls over and fed them down the court to attack allowing us to add to our tally. We walked away with a 10-2 win; pleased with our performance but not getting over confident as we knew we had a lot to work on before our upcoming match against Gresham’s. We approached our match against Gresham’s with a positive mind-set and we scored a goal within the first couple of minutes, with a Gresham’s goal following soon after. We knew it was going to be a tough match so we couldn’t let our game slip. Defence were doing a good job of man to man marking and gradually bringing the ball through the court. Hannah Lemmon and Isobel Fear were feeding excellent balls into the shooting circle. Ella Beckett scored some great goals, but unfortunately we could not compete on the rebound due to the height of our opposition! We walked away from this game with a 16-33 loss but not discouraged. Our match against Thomas Deacon Academy was a chance for us to right our wrongs. We improved our passing accuracy and controlled our game play and the result was a convincing 36-6 win to us. Despite the cold weather and our team carrying a couple of injuries, we knew we had to put out a good performance against Leicester Grammar School. It was an interesting game in which we learnt a lot, especially how to just get on with the game no matter what decisions were made. The score was close throughout and results in our first draw, at 9-9. This match saw Lucy Lim use her speed effectively and take many clean interceptions in the mid court. Our next fixture was at home against King’s Ely. Our first half saw us put an excellent performance, linking play down the court fluidly due to precise timing of movements. We pulled ahead down to good play by our shooters Adriana Fan and Ella Beckett. Our second half saw us maintain our lead and the game finished as a 20-11 win to us. Next up was Stephen Perse. We had a slow start due to the absence of our regular shooter and the combination of new players on court. At quarter time we were down by a number of goals, but after a change of positions

and a tactical team talk by Miss Cook we began with a revitalised spirit. We started pulling the goals back and grew in confidence. Our new tactics of double marking their 6ft goal shooter worked and the defensive team of Isabella Oldershaw-Ellis and Annie Bennett turned over many balls and released them out to Elizabeth Allen, who linked the defence and attacking end excellently. The final score was a 14-11 win to us. Our penultimate match of the season saw us take on King Edward Academy at home. This match gave us the opportunity to try to keep our game play fast and work on consistently good play. This was going to be vital for our final match. Due to the fact we pulled ahead quickly, we also worked on our versatility and changed positions throughout the game. We won 25-0. Oundle were our final match and we knew it would be difficult. We knew we had to put out four consistent quarters and put everything we had worked on over the season into action. After a hard fought game, we lost 1011 but were very proud of our performance and how we had grown as a team. All of the girls in the A team squad did a fantastic job in this year’s netball season. We made mistakes but learned from them, ensuring that we put them right for the next game. We worked hard as a team in training and in matches and showed pleasing progression. I am very proud of the team and how we developed, both with skills and tactical supportive play. Well done, girls! Squad: Adriana Fan (Captain), Elizabeth Allen, Ella Beckett, Annie Bennett, Isobel Fear, Hannah Lemmon, Lucy Lim, Isabella Oldershaw-Ellis, Elize-Jade Stephens-Foster Adriana Fan

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Under 14B The U14B team showed fantastic commitment and enjoyment in the netball season. They started their season well with an excellent win over Gresham’s, 27-11. The team played to a high standard, keeping their passing consistent and moving with purpose. The skill of these players enabled them to take many interceptions and convert them into goals. The next game of the season saw them take on Kimbolton. This game allowed them to show their versatility with all members of the squad trying to play multiple positions as the quarters passed. The final result was a 22-0 win to WGS. The final two matches of the season proved to be challenging but saw them continue to play to a standard of which they can be proud. Unfortunately the scores of these matches were losses, 6-11 against King’s Ely and 7-15 against Oundle. All of the U14s should be proud of what they have achieved this season. Their commitment,

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“The final two matches of the season proved to be challenging but saw them continue to play to a standard of which they can be proud” competitiveness and intensity paid off and resulted in a fantastic term of sport. I hope their enthusiasm continues next year; I am sure it will! Squad: C  atherine Tibbett (Captain), Gabrielle Ayling, Cloudia Edinburgh, Ophelia Griffiths, Eliza McDonald, Eve McInerney, Lucy McInerney, Molly Sears, Faye Thompsett, Mackenzie Whyatt


Under 13 What a good year it was for the U13. In a generally successful season we performed well against some outstanding opposition. Using our skills and teamwork we managed to win most of our matches. Our main focus this season was to reduce overhead passes, while improving our communication with each other, and by the end of the term we managed to achieve our goal. The A team played 11 matches and scored 172 goals. 111 goals were scored against us leaving a positive goal difference of 61. Thanks to all the coaches and staff that helped us improve as netball players. Special thanks goes to our fantastic coach, Miss Dunnett, for everything she has done for us. This was Miss Dunnett’s last coaching season for netball at WGS and she will be sorely missed. The U13B netball team lost the first three matches of the season however fought back with a draw against King Edward VII Academy. The next three matches we played we came back with comfortable wins against Beeston Hall, Langley, and Thomas Deacon Academy,

all of which challenged the team greatly. After a boost in confidence from the three previous matches, we played against Gresham’s Preparatory School. Knowing this would be a hard match we played our hardest, but unfortunately lost by 19-10. We then played Stamford, however came away with another loss. Not putting ourselves down, we played Taverham Hall Preparatory School and won 11-1. Unfortunately we lost our last match, but we enjoyed the season and look forward to next year’s matches.

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Unfortunately a number of the C team’s matches were cancelled; however, with some tough training both in lessons and after school, the team were all able to see improvements.

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Under 12 The Under 12 teams have had a mixed season in terms of results but all practices have been well-supported and the players have made progress with their skills and team-work. The A team have been a new combination of players from the previous season and while some matches have been difficult, there are signs that with continued practice these narrow losses could easily become wins next season. Our play in the games against Leicester Grammar (6-8 loss), Langley School (20-9 win) and Thomas Deacon Academy (33-0 win) showed fluency and determination and we need to keep this up all through the game. Despite some losses the determination of the players cannot be faulted and they have worked hard both during games and in practice. Squad: Z  oe Allen (Captain), Emily Thomas, Lucy Prior, Amelia Garfoot, Alice Strafford, Rhianna Regan, Megan Culley and Hannah Smith

Gresham’s Athletics Meeting On Friday 15 May eight schools competed at Gresham’s and Wisbech Grammar School/Magdalene House team came fourth overall following some very good individual performances. The First and Second Form athletes built upon their good performances at the Isle Championships and the Magdalene House pupils enjoyed their first outing of the season.

U10: Sam Ludlow won the Cricket Ball throw U11: Olly Taylor came fourth in the 800m and Alfie Hoyles came fourth in the 100m, both just missing the IAPS U12 qualifying times.

U12: Ashton Webb came second in the Discus in a New School Record of 20.72m, achieving the IAPS qualifying time.

U13: Lewis Shipley won the 800m and came second in the 100m both in AIPS qualifying times. U14: Jack Robb won the 800m and 300m, both in IAPS qualifying times and Tom Dhillon won the Shot in an IAPS qualifying time

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U12: Alice Collie – 100 and 200 metres

U14: Isabella Pope 100m and Long Jump

Alana Pritchard – Long Jump Ashton Webb – Shot and Discus Oliver Taylor – 1500 metres

U13: Abby Piccaver 200m and 800m

Lucy Prior 100m Tia Bideau Hurdles Lana Hayes High Jump Emily Thomas Shot Put Hannah Smith Discus Lewis Shipley 100m and 800m George Gowler 200m and Long Jump Oliver Coles 1500m Charles Osborne Smith Shot and Discus

Rosie Muspratt 800m Charlotte Mair Hurdles Lily Amps High Jump Aimee Newman Shot and Discus Isobel Peukert Javelin Spencer Brett 100m and Long Jump Bailey Slender 200m Jack Robb 300m and 800m Tanveer Sira Hurdles Tom Dhillon Shot and Javelin Maicjec Wisniewski Discus

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This has been a good term for Athletics at Wisbech Grammar School with School Record being broken early in the season. U19 Triple Jump U15 Hurdles U14 300m U13 800m

Hannah Greenhalgh 9.01m Haydn Buffham 12.8s Jack Robb 43.66s Lewis Shipley 2m 24s

U13 200m U13 800m U13 Shot U12 Discus

Abby Piccaver 30.12s Abby Piccaver 2m 51s Emily Thomas 7.81m Ashton Webb 20.77m

IAPS Regional Athletics Championships Magdalene House and Wisbech Grammar School took 26 Athletes to compete at the Regional Athletics Championships for U13, U12 and U11 Age Groups The 26 had to achieve regional qualifying standards in order to complete at the Regional Championships. The first two in each event at the Regional Competition are then selected to compete at the National Championships for the East Area. The team made a good account of themselves on the day with several pupils competing well and producing personal best performances. Lewis Shipley qualified for the National Athletics Championships for the second year running, but this time in the 100m as well as the 800m. He won both the U13 finals on the day, breaking his own School Record in the 800m final with a time of 2m19s Not to be outdone Abby Piccaver won her 200m heat and then went on to win the final in an U13 School Record of 29.8s They will now compete in the National Finals at the Alexandra Stadium Birmingham on Monday 4 July, where they will represent the East Area Team. Jack Robb came third in the 300m and 800m, came third in both events missing out on the National Championship Selection by a tenth of a second in both events Ashton Webb U11 Discus missed out on selection, coming third overall.

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Other PBs and final performances U12:

1500m Oliver Taylor a new pb of 5m34 100m and 200m Alice Collie new pbs

U13: In the 75m Girls Hurdles Tia Bideau was placed second in her heat in a pb of 13.5s. Tia went on to compete in the final coming fourth.

Emily Thomas produced a pb in the Shot Put final and came 5th

Lana Hayes produced a pb of 1.23m in the High Jump

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In the Long Jump Isabella Pope was placed fifth in the Long Jump

Cambridgeshire Athletics Championships 18 Athletes represented the Isle District Athletics team on Saturday 11 June Several Athletes produced personal bests: U17 800m:

Jack Trundley 2m14s,

U17 1500m:

Frazer Brown 4m 51s,

U17 High Jump: Sam Birch 1.55m, U13 100m:

Lewis Shipley 12.7s,

U15 800m:

Rosie Muspratt 2m 51s,

Lewis Shipley continued with his good performances winning the U13 800m and the 100m. Haydn Buffham won the U15 80m Hurdles in 13.1s Isabella Oldershaw-Ellis came second in the Discus with 20.18m Isabella Pope was second in the Long Jump with 4.40m William Lankfer was second in the Discus with 24.44m Haydn Buffham, Isabella Oldershaw-Ellis, Isabella Pope, William Lankfer, Hannah and James Greenhalgh have been selected to represent the County Athletics team at the Anglian County Championships in Norwich on Sunday 18 June

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Isabella Oldershaw Ellis competed well in the discus throwing a distance of 23.64m coming third and setting a new school record. Haydn Buffham took part in the hurdles with a time of 12.9s. Isabella Pope competed in the long jump achieving a personal best and a new school record with a jump of 4.55m. William Lankfer came fourth and was three metres short of the winner in the discus event.

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Hannah Greenhalgh competed in the 300m hurdles achieving a personal best and triple jump, jumping over nine metres. James Greenhalgh achieved two golds in hurdles and the long jump, jumping 6m40 which was a new personal best. Well done to all competitors.

Swimming It has been a busy term in the pool, with all children working hard to improve their strokes. Reception started swimming for the first time after October half term and they certainly have a lot of energy in the water! They have been working hard to develop their water confidence by using woggles and floats to develop their leg kick, as well as playing games such as ‘ring a ring a roses’, spaceship turnovers and relay racing. From Prep 1 upwards we have worked hard to develop our water skills. Picking up sinking objects, floating, diving, pushing and gliding, jumping and racing diving to name a few have been taught to the different year groups which are great for building confidence and challenging them further. Pupils have worked hard and responded to these challenges. On February 11th Madgalene House was proud to enter a swim team in the Qualifying Round for the IAPS National Swimming Championships 2016. Ten Prep 5 pupils and eight Prep 6 pupils competed in Individual Races – Front Crawl, Back Stroke, Breast stroke and Butterfly, Medley Relays and Freestyle Relays. Pupils worked really hard in lessons leading up to the gala and were so excited when the day arrived. All pupils competed to the best of their ability and should feel proud that they had the chance to represent the school in this Championship for the first time.

IAPS Swim Teams: U10 Boys Bradley Burton Miles Whittaker Christian Rance Ben Allen Alfie Hoyles

U10 Girls Amelia Mitchell Martha Hoyles Imogen Suiter Hetty Hoyles Sophie Farr

U11 Boys Neel Shekhar Mason Slender Ashton Webb Harrison Smith

U11 Girls Molly Hewitt Hannah Murphy Kirsten Barker Esme McIntyre

During the Lent term we also worked towards the Distance Awards and the School Swimming Certificates.

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Prep School Boys’ Cricket The U11A team greeted the Cricket season with optimism, knowing that they had a sound bowling attack and the ability to score runs in the middle order. They had worked during pre-season to improve their batting technique and the accuracy of their bowling. The first encounter was a friendly with the Cricket club where they were able to take wickets, before chasing down the total. However in their next match they were unable to take wickets and faced with a large total were bowled out. They then bounced back to win well against St Hugh’s and Beeston Hall. Unfortunately the season was then curtailed due to the weather, just like the rest of the School. The U11B fielding an inexperienced team fought well during the season and their batting and bowling technique improved, allowing them to run the opposing teams close in the final two games of the season. They will be ready to move on from pairs cricket next year.

The U9A managed to play four games, despite the rotten weather. They produced good wins against St Hugh’s and Beeston, where the accuracy of their bowling and good running between the wickets allowed them to restrict the oppositions score and build good partnerships. The U9B and C teams have worked well during training sessions under the tutelage of Mrs Moxon. They have worked hard on their bowling and improved their accuracy during the term. When batting the boys have been aggressive, but need to remember that to score runs they must not get out. The highlight of the Season was the match between the 9B and 9C where the B came out on top. However it must be said that all players and parents thoroughly enjoyed the post- match tea!

Prep School Girls’ Cricket This was our first Season of Girls Cricket in the Prep School and players were very nervous at the start of the term. However the fielding drills that we had taken part in during Rounders training proved to be very useful. won the next one. Unfortunately just as we were We all worked hard to learn how to bowl overarm getting going the weather decided to stop play and and we very soon mastered this. Batting was a our next four matches were all cancelled due to the different matter with the bat held vertically and rain. not horizontally. However we adapted to this and went to our first Tournament at Ely. We lost our first game, but were able to learn from this and

Prep School Girls’ Hockey Both the U11 and U9 Girls Hockey teams enjoyed a number of successes throughout the term, both in terms of the results seen, alongside introducing those younger players to competitive hockey for the first time. The U11A and B sides gained notable wins against King’s Ely, Gresham’s, Beeston and St Hugh’s, whilst putting in a sterling performance in the IAPS competition, only losing by a solitary goal to Town Close in the semi-final. Both these teams were ably supported by the C and D teams who in their own right gained excellent wins against Laxton, Kimbolton and Beeston respectively. The U9 sides, ably coached by Mrs Alison Moxon

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worked really hard to develop both their individual core skills and game understanding. A couple of early losses failed to dampen their enthusiasm, with them seeing some excellent wins against Gresham’s and St Hugh’s to finish off what had been a very good season for all the teams and players. Thanks must go to all the support from the parents, which are very much appreciated.


With good attendance at pre-season training we started the season with a 7 a-side match against Gresham’s, it was an attacking game with a final score of 3-4. Our next opposition was Ratcliffe College; this was our first 11 a-side match and the team showed their versatility performing on a full pitch, with the game finishing in a 2-2 draw. Our next two 7 a-side matches against Stamford and Bedford Modern saw our first two wins of the season, a crowd thrilling 13-3 and 3-1.

Unfortunately we were not quite as successful against Taverham, Kimbolton and Thomas Deacon Academy, unable to prevent their skilful and faced paced attacks. We finished the season however with a 3-2 win against Loughborough Grammar, a fitting result that celebrated the progression the team had made during the season. We look forward to seeing their success at U13 level.

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Under 11 Rugby It’s been a difficult season results wise for the U11s this term, with the majority of fixtures favouring the opposition side. However if we start to look at this term’s performances as opposed to results there have been plenty of positives to draw on. Our focuses throughout the term have been to improve our tackle technique, decision making in contact and around the breakdown, as well as our ability to identify and exploit space. At the start of this season we faced a strong and well organised King’s Ely side, which with a couple of fast and agile players were able to score a brace of well finished tries early on in the game. To our credit the pupils then rallied and were able to play themselves back into contention but it was too little too late at this point. The first game was a good wake up call for us as a side as to the areas in which we needed to concentrate on developing. Training that week was hard work for the players but their new found motivation towards training and playing was fantastic, resulting with us as a team being able to cover some crucial content

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Our team performance in the game against Gresham’s was a stand out, despite the result. This was a brilliant team performance from every player involved and it was pleasing to see the boy’s ability to incorporate our technical and tactical details into a match scenario. The best performance however was our end of season game against Witham Hall. With several variables such as a late arrival, small changing room and a change to their usual size of playing pitch that could’ve been easy excuses for a dip in performance, none

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of which seemed to hinder our players. They were physical yet technically brilliant with their contact skills both in the tackle as well as around the breakdown. In addition to this the boy’s ability to offload and consistently attack space resulted in several very well-worked tries. I have been very impressed with the progress of each individual player this season; they all have worked hard at training, which in return has resulted in their development of their ability to perform in rugby. Our focus of tackling and tackle technique has been present throughout the majority of our sessions and has resulted in the players now know the key tackle techniques. In addition to this our decision making at the

breakdown has greatly improved with the majority of players now looking to offload out of the contact therefore avoiding a breakdown in our attacking play. The team’s communication skills have improved in order to help our ability to firstly identify where space is within a game, but also how to exploit it by drawing defenders, changing running lines and executing accurate and well timed passes. Credit to the players this term and their approach to training and games has been positive and has enabled the best possible chance of their progression in rugby. Mr K Bergh

Under 10 Rugby In a tough season where all the boys have had to adapt to the new rules thrust upon us by the RFU, the U10A rugby team began slowly with a series of defeats to local opposition including King’s Ely, Gresham’s and Beeston Hall. Although we exhibited plenty of potential and some excellent game play with the ball in hand we did not show enough intensity in our defensive play and did not fully commit to our ‘tackles’ with any consistency. Our season really got underway however with the visit from the touring Salisbury Cathedral Boys School, which although we very narrowly lost, underlined the potential in the team to compete in all facets of the game. This momentum continued with a storming team performance and a win at St Hugh’s, where Alfie Hoyles made a spectacular comeback from injury producing a brace of very valuable tries in a fantastic away win. Regrettably our performance level dropped off for the visit of Taverham Hall where we came up against an impregnable defence and a team that attack with pace with ball in hand.

Our last two matches away to Laxton Junior and Witham Hall led to two more very narrow defeats with just one try separating the teams on both occasions! The boys all played with passion, intensity and true commitment, with some standout performances from both Harrison Smith and Alfie Hoyles. The team were robust in defence and dangerous on the break, scoring three tries in each of the last two matches. Indeed had a decision or two gone our way we could well have finished the season with a brace of victories. Mr D Hyland

Under 9 Rugby The U9A Rugby team have had a varied and testing season this year, having to work through numerous injuries and illnesses throughout the season. Never-the-less they have tried exceptionally hard, maintaining momentum in their performances right through to the very end. The season began with a strong 16-14 win over Beeston Hall, an excellent start to the term filling the boys with confidence. The following week, however saw the boys face some tough opposition in Gresham’s, narrowly losing 13-10. A win against Taverham Hall set the ball rolling again and increased the boys’ confidence, taking them into the second half of term. Unfortunately the boys then came face to face with their hardest match of the season against Witham Hall, and although they put in 100% effort they were unable to pull back on

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Witham’s lead, losing the game 13-6. Their final game came in the form of a rematch against Gresham’s. The boys knew this wouldn’t be an easy match, however gave it their all and were able to keep closely behind Gresham’s, with the final 9-4 result being an improvement on the previous game. The boys have had a tough season, but as they continue to grow and their knowledge of the game continues to improve. I hope they will continue to enjoy playing Rugby. Miss A Dunnett


This was the first time we had matches against other schools and both of them were away fixtures. A few weeks into the Michaelmas Term and we had learnt the basic skills and rules of Tag Rugby and were ready for our opponents. In our first match we surprised everyone, including ourselves, by keeping up with St. Hugh’s, we lost by two tries, but we were not disgraced, refusing to give up and making sure our defence was difficult to get through. Our final match of the season was against Taverham Hall. Having worked on our defence during training we were relentless during the

match and came away feeling proud of our achievements with the final result being a draw. Squad: L  Denham (Captain), O. Smithee, T.Tooke, B.Hunt, E.Newman, J.RobertsAnchor, F.Van Daalen, H.Gee

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Prep School Netball This year, every pupil in Prep 5 and 6 represented the school as part of the U11A,B,C or D netball teams. The U11A team had a difficult start against tough opposition in the form of Gresham’s Prep and King’s Ely Junior School. We learned valuable lessons from these matches and were able to produce a very good performance and convincing 15-0 win against St Hugh’s. Although we lost the next match against Bedford Modern, we went on to beat Beeston Hall 10-5 and lose only narrowly to Stamford Junior in a high scoring game (21-18) We achieved two more wins against Laxton Junior and Taverham Hall but lost the final match of the season to Kimbolton. As well as these games, the U11A team enjoyed the experience of the IAPS tournament at Uppingham school, where they got to compete against many other schools we had not met before. We won two of our games and gained a great deal of experience and enjoyed the day. The U11 B team also had a long fixture list. They played ten matches, winning three, drawing one and losing six. The team made great improvements throughout the season in terms of individual and team skills and started to understand the tactics they could use in attack and defence. They performed extremely well against Beeston Hall, Langley Prep and Taverham Hall, winning these matches convincingly. This team was comprised of many Prep 5 players, who will go on to play in the A team next year.

The U11D team their match against Stamford 8-3 and lost to Gresham’s Prep. For many of these players, it was their first experience of competitive netball and one they enjoyed. The U9A and B teams also enjoyed playing competitive matches and had a great deal to remember and learn about positions in the game of netball. They worked extremely hard in lessons to improve their footwork, passing and movement skills and were always enthusiastic on the court. The U9A team beat the Peterborough School 11-1, with an excellent display of shooting. They lost their other matches by a close margin and showed good improvements as the season went on. For many of the U9B team, this was their first experience of playing against other schools. Despite losing both of their matches, they gained a better understanding of how the game worked , which will stand them in good stead for next year.

The U11C team played six matches in total, winning two and losing four. They demonstrated some excellent shooting and worked hard to improve their skills in attack and defence. By the final match it was clear that their understanding of the game was much better and that they were working as a team.

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