Many congratulations go to five of our senior boys who have been awarded Scholarships to their respective senior schools. These awards are not given out lightly and there is always very stiff competition so it is a tremendous achievement for all of them. The first in was the announcement of a Music Scholarship to St Edward’s, Oxford and this was hotly followed by another, this time a Drama Scholarship to Milton Abbey. And then, just as we left for Half term, it was announced that a third had achieved an Outstanding Talent Award to Harrow, a fourth had gained a Sports’ Scholarship to Millfield and a fifth a Drama Exhibition to St Edward’s, Oxford. Well done indeed. It’s been quite a week!
It’s always good to put a name to a face. Some of our seniors did just that on their trip to London.
Once at the National Portrait Gallery face to face meetings were had with the likes of Henry VIII, Elizabeth I, Charles I and more. Then it was off to Westminster Abbey to take in the spirit of the place that has witnessed so many key events in our island’s story. The main focus of the trip was to extend the English curriculum and the boys thoroughly enjoyed being spooked by The Woman in Black at the Fortune Theatre.
Quiz and Curry
It’s not an obvious pairing; Quiz and Curry. It doesn’t quite trip off the tongue as readily as Bonnie and Clyde or Double Cheeseburger and Fries but it was a real winner nonetheless. This was our annual Quiz Night for parents and staff over supper in the dining room here at school. The competition was every bit as fierce as the spicy sauce being served out and brows were soon being furrowed and answers scribbled down.
It has been a week of high activity with our rugby teams in action as well as our squash players. Tackles were made, slinky runs were in abundance, lobs and smashes were recorded and honours came out just about even in both sports. In addition to this, we also had our regular evening climbers out and about scaling the dizzy indoor heights that only West Berkshire can give in Newbury and Reading.
Colour Music Competition
We’ve had Music Competitions before of course, but not one devoted to singing by Colours. This was a first and a very welcome one that provided us all with a fun and exciting end to this first half of term. With songs from Rule the World and The Scientist to Uptown Funk and Happy, this was a memorable occasion. Congratulations go to Red for a well-earned win and many thanks to our external adjudicator from St Edward’s, Oxford and to our band made up of our peripatetic music instrumentalists and friends.
And so to half term and a well-earned rest. Not so for our skiers. They were off to Italy for some fast-paced action on the slopes. We wish them a fabulous time both on the slopes and back in the hostel afterwards.