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Viva Valencia!

Over the half term week, thirteen boys enjoyed a trip to the stunning city of Valencia, which lies on Spain’s southeastern coast. Mr Huxford, Señor Sánchez and Señora Caro accompanied the boys and taught them Spanish lessons in the mornings. The boys then took part in a range of activities in the afternoons and stayed with local families in the evenings to gain extra language practice and immerse themselves in Spanish culture. 

The boys are now experts on the local festival – ‘The Fallas’ (pronounced ‘fa-yas’), which takes place next month. They also enjoyed the Oceanographic Centre and saw everything from jelly fish to a dolphin show.  Another highlight was playing football on Valencia’s impressive beach.

The boys were well behaved, excellent company and a credit to the school. 



Happy Chinese New Year

Our Chinese Society welcomed in the year of the dog in traditional Chinese style with delicious culinary treats, hand-painted calligraphy and festive flute music.

The boys ate Chinese New Year cakes; sweet cakes in the shape of fish, and radish savoury cakes. The fish cakes included both the head and tail of the fish as Chinese people believe that it’s important that the whole fish is eaten, as the word ‘fish’ in Chinese mean ‘surplus’ and therefore they must eat a ‘surplus’ at the end of the year. The theory being that if they manage to have something leftover at the year end, then more can be made in the new year.  

The word ‘cake’ in Chinese sounds like ‘doing better in a new year’ or ‘implying promotions or prosperity year after year.’ For this reason, cake is a popular gift during the festive period.  

The boys handed red envelopes out to each other. The colour red symbolises good luck and wards of evil spirits. Red envelopes are usually given out by married couples to unmarried couples.

The boys also enjoyed Chinese calligraphy, which is a fun and festive activity usually undertaken at this time and is an important part of the New Year decorations. A brush is used to write ‘happiness’ or ‘spring comes’ on red paper and then these are stuck on doors and walls.


ARTiculation Success for Christian

Upper Sixth Former Christian Noble was this year’s school representative at the regional final of ‘ARTiculation’ on Tuesday 6 February which took place at the Sainsbury Centre in Norwich. This national public speaking competition, invites sixth form students to give a short presentation on a work of art, artefact or architecture of their choice.

Christian’s presentation was about the fashion designer Rei Kawakubo in which he talked eloquently about her work for the fashion label ‘Comme Des Garcons’. With seven very impressive presentations to choose from, judge Lady Sorell OBE, co-founder of the Saturday Club Trust, awarded Christian second place – an impressive achievement. 

Pictured in the photo is Christian on the left, with the judge and other contestants.


Rugby Season Round-Up 2017

This year, the 2nd game teams set the standard with their impressive win ratio.  The U14 C and D teams led the way with unbeaten records, a clear demonstration of the positive culture and commitment throughout the Rugby Club.  Pleasingly, with the strength in depth of the U14 teams this year, there were enough boys to continue an U14 E team after the October half term.  They had three more fixtures and were highly competitive against the big boarding schools who can boast more than five teams.  They only lost to Harrow and that was by an agonising two points.

The 1st XV had a mixed campaign, although still had more victories than losses.  Highlights were the performances against Dulwich College where fast flowing and expansive rugby put the XV out of sight in the 1st half and Abingdon in the final game of the season, where all their hard work came together to treat those watching with scintillating attacking rugby and a committed defensive effort.  Throughout the season, the XV continued to play a highly entertaining brand of rugby as recognised by many OBs who returned to show their support of the school. A true testament to the culture of the Rugby Club was evidenced by George Seward’s actions post injury where gave up his time to help coach the U14 A side. The time and effort he put into it made a genuine impact on the side’s development and showed he has the makings of an impressive coach. 

The U15 A and B teams demonstrated a 23% improvement in win ratio from the previous season.  Indication of genuine development in a tough campaign; an exciting future lies ahead for this group of players.  In fact, the entire U15 group had an impressive season with the U15 C and D teams only losing 5 games between them.  All teams exhibited tremendous resilience, often against the odds.

A demonstration of the inclusiveness of the Rugby Club is no more apparent than with the U16 teams.  A number of boys new to the school and to rugby were selected each week for the U16 D team.  It was a challenging season for them but a great experience none-the-less as the boys played with full commitment and real progress was made.  The U16 A team faced uncharacteristically strong opposition across the board but still produced quite brilliant expansive rugby to beat the much-fancied Uppingham and Warwick teams.

Summary of results, per cent win 1st XV – 64%. 2nd XV – 30%. 3rd XV – 56%. 4th XV – 30%. 5th XV – 14%.  U16A – 33%.  U16B –  67%. U16C – 70%.  U16D – 0%. U15A – 56%.  U15B – 80%.  U15C – 80%.  U15D – 88%.  U14A – 80%. U14B – 36%.  U14C – 88%.  U14D – 100%.  U14E – 66.7%.  Overall: Played, 169, Won 99, Drawn 2, Lost 68, Win = 59%

Team photos  



Prep Guild ‘Mad Hatters’ Ball

What a night!  The Prep Guild would like to thank all those who came and enjoyed the Mad Hatters Themed Ball in the Great Hall on Saturday 17th June.  

The room was transformed with crazy colour, the cocktails were amazing and we danced the night away to a fantastic band.   We have had such wonderful feedback from those that were there. Thank you.

This is a great night in The Prep School Calendar, the next Prep School Ball will be in 2019 – don’t miss out on all the fun!