The First Year has been on particularly harmonious form this week, with boys participating in two different concerts. On Tuesday, talented musicians from all Year groups joined pupils from The Lady Eleanor Holles School and local state schools for a day of rehearsals, culminating in an evening performance at LEH as part of the Independent-State School Partnership. The standard reached after just a few hours’ practice together was fantastic, and well done to James Bantick, Dylen Singah, Thomas Wykes, Edward Finnett, Jai Saha, Ben Francis and Arthur Hopley for their contributions. On Thursday, two of our most talented pianists performed at the keyboard concert – further congratulations to Dylen, and also to Rohan Raj.

The cricket season got off to a frigid start on Saturday with fixtures against RGS Guildford. The U12A team were involved in a very close match, falling an agonising one run short in their run chase. Good bowling from Sandy Mitchell restricted RGS to 106, and a productive partnership between Arjun Bhat and Zak Dyer, both of whom scored in the 30s, looked to have given us a good chance, but RGS rallied well for a nail-biting win. The U12B team had a comfortable win – strong batting from Patrick Helm and Thomas Ketel saw us post an imposing total, and three wickets for Olly Coles helped seal the victory. Theo Wedge starred with the ball, and Thomas Simm with the bat, in a win for the U12Cs.
I was delighted to hear of the sterling contribution of First Years to the Environment Committee. Mr Talman, who runs the group, tells me that Bayley Burridge, Joel Arulpragasam and James Wiley have been pitching ideas to improve our local environment, and have received funding to put some of their ideas into practice. It’s fantastic to see the youngest members of our community showing such high levels of social and environmental responsibility – we are clearly in safe hands!

We have a handful of merit certificates to celebrate this week – very well done to Max Braszkowski and George Sanders (20 merits), Rohan Raj and Luke Jansen (30 merits), Luke Michels (60 merits) and Oliver Pulfrey Baker (70 merits).
Wishing all the First Years and their families an enjoyable Bank Holiday weekend.

Mr J. Partridge