Canford History Society Dinner & Debate


On Monday, March 20, the History Society Dinner celebration of all things historical was held for those pupils studying History in the Sixth Form. This year, before the dinner, we were treated to the inaugural Canford School Great Historical Debate. Members of the Lower Sixth were invited to prepare a paper on the question of whether revolutions owe more to the masses than they do the individual. We listened to three exceptional speeches from Ned Vessey, Javier Monroy-Jepez and Will Butt.  All three young men spoke with intelligence and offered three original and differing perspectives on the question. They fielded the audience’s questions well, and a lively floor debate ensued. After much deliberation, the Upper Sixth judging panel, Louis James, Naomi Green and Gemma Daubeney, agreed Will Butt was a very well-deserved winner.



Chafyn Grove 1st VII at IAPS National Hockey Finals


On Monday, March 20, Chafyn Grove 1st VII went to the National hockey finals at Millfield.

A quarter final against an extremely talented Cranleigh team was our reward. Despite a few scares, we held on for a fabulous victory. The semi-final was against Clifton College, and we lost the game in the first two minutes. Clifton played well and deserved their victory.

National U13 semi-finalists is a great achievement. Seven of the 10 squad members were part of the 2015 U11 National Champions winning side too.


And the Academy Award goes to…


… An Old Clayesmorian! Yes, here is a photo of Nina Williams, who attended both Prep and Senior Schools at Clayesmore, between 2000 and 2009, holding the Oscar for Best Visual Effects, won this year by the company she works for, MPC, for its work on The Jungle Book.


After leaving Clayesmore, Nina read Computer Science and Maths at Oxford Brookes and then went on to do a Masters in Advanced Computing with Creative Technology at Bristol University. She has since been working as a software developer for MPC (Moving Picture Company), in London, and has been involved with various projects, including Ghostbusters and the latest Pirates of the Caribbean film, as well as the Oscar-winning remake of the famous Rudyard Kipling story.


Farleigh School’s Sporting Success


It has been a term of firsts and a term of records for Farleigh School. As well as the U13A netball team winning silver medals at the IAPS National Finals last week – unprecedented at Farleigh – they also won the Bryanston Netball Tournament, the first time Farleigh has won the trophy here since 2009. The U12A netball team had a fantastic season too and, like the U13A girls, won the Regional Tournament at Port Regis to qualify for the National Finals. At the Nationals, they won four out of six matches and narrowly missed qualification for the semi-finals. Highlight for the boys is the U12A team’s unbeaten run over four years; this means 45 wins out of 45 matches – an outstanding achievement since they started playing together in Year 4. The Colts A (U11) rugby team won the Plate Competition at the Portsmouth Grammar School Sevens Tournament, coming 5th out of 16 teams.


Hampshire Collegiate School 1st XI Cricket Tour to South Africa


An amazing week of cricket, charity work, culture and camaraderie, was enjoyed by a 13-man squad of cricketers chosen from Years 10 to 13, accompanied by Mr Stuart and Mr Schofield.  Within 24 hours of landing, the tour party had visited Langa, a nearby township, where the boys experienced life on the streets and lunch in a lively African restaurant, La Lupa.



King Edward VI School


Congratulations to all those involved in March 30’s sponsored triathlon raising money for this year’s Summer Camp.  A substantial amount was raised from the event and 562 kilometres were covered during the day.


Dahl Delights At Leehurst Swan


Senior Pupils from Leehurst Swan delighted a packed audience to an ‘Evening of Roald Dahl’.   Entertaining performances of extracts from ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ ‘The BFG’, ‘The Witches’ and ‘Matilda’ were delivered by Senior Pupils.  It was a thoroughly enjoyable evening.



New Headmaster at Norman Court School

Andrew Hammond is the new Headmaster at Norman Court School and Montessori Day Nursery in West Tytherley, near Salisbury. “When I first arrived at Norman Court, I was elated to find such a spacious environment in which children’s hidden development can prosper. On the day of my interview, I recall gazing through a giant window, into the far distance, where a group of little ones were running excitedly across a vast field, swept up like leaves in the wind. The sky was vast and the children were so small, but they were brave and spirited and orientated to the natural environment that cradled them. They were alive, “ said Mr Hammond.


A Personal Best for Prince’s Mead!


A record number of pupils winning a symphony of scholarships and awards, from music to maths, is giving a Hampshire prep school plenty to blow its trumpet about this year. An exemplary 38% of Year 6 pupils at Prince’s Mead Prep School have been honoured with both academic awards and scholarships from across the curriculum in academic studies, art, sport, music and drama. Achieving special awards in such a variety of disciplines reflects the school’s ethos of educating the whole child, giving its pupils the opportunity to excel in all areas of school life. Headmistress Penelope Kirk said: “We are immensely proud of all our Year 6 children who have been offered places across 11 different schools.”


Rookwood’s Geography Trip to Iceland A Success


Rookwood pupils visited Iceland. Perlan, where Reykjavik’s geothermally-heated water is stored, was the first stop. They visited three spectacular and different waterfalls, Skogafoss Seljalandsfoss and Gulfoss, followed by a visit to the active volcano, Eyjafjallajokull and Geysir, the origin of the term geyser. The final stages were Thingvellir National Park and then Reykjavik. The pupils immersed themselves in some spectacular Geography and concluded the trip was ‘awesome’.


Sexey’s School Celebrate Duke of Edinburgh Awards


Sexey’s students celebrated their achievements in the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme at an awards ceremony at the Octagon Yeovil in March. The Bronze, Silver and Gold awards were presented by ocean rower James Ketchell to students across the South West, including 38 from Sexey’s School.


St Mary’s ‘Born to Write’ Competition Reaches Finale


Earlier this year St Mary’s school librarian Min Edmonds launched a writing competition for young people in North Dorset and South Somerset. More than 60 entries from students aged 11 to 16, at nine different schools, were submitted before the February deadline. Min was assisted by former Booker Prize judge Fay Weldon who had the difficult task of making the final decisions. Overall winner was Delphi Donald from Knighton House with her wry tale of the planets in our solar system. Penelope Aggett from St Mary’s won the younger age category, with a moving story of a WWI soldier, and Bryanston’s Saskia Lyne won the older category with a story about a son’s quest for his father. St Mary’s are looking forward to making the Born to Write competition an annual event.



Stroud School’s Beach School


Stroud School, in Romsey, has been running Beach School as part of their key stage 1 curriculum, an exciting new concept that is a natural follow-on to their Forest School. The student-led learning ethos is still the same; it is just the surroundings that are different. Imagine learning in the fresh air, in an environment bursting with resources and opportunities, where all your senses are stimulated and your imagination can run wild. This is Beach School! The Year 1s have had an amazing time building dens this week in Beach School. They were supplied with only a tarpaulin, some string, and whatever else they could find on the beach, to work independently or as part of teams to build shelters.



Grandparents Celebrated At Warminster School


Grandparents play such an important role in the lives of their grandchildren, and earlier this week, we celebrated this unique relationship by inviting them to join us to experience life at Warminster Prep.  We welcomed more than 60 grandparents into our community and marked the occasion with a performance showcasing the extensive opportunities available to their talented grandchildren. Every child performed to an enamoured audience, riveted by the wide-ranging talents on display.  From brass band to fencing, dance to choral singing – the pure enjoyment of the participating children was reflected in the pleasure that shone from their grandparents faces.

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