First Year Blog

1st Year Blog

I can’t believe that 5 weeks have already whizzed by and we are about to embark on the May Half-Term break.  Whilst we have had a relatively short half-term I am still staggered by all the fantastic things that the First Year have fitted in.

Dr Hills and I were lucky enough to have the pleasure of having lunch with fourteen First Years yesterday, where they showed us their fabulous PROJECT EXPLORE entries.  We were both incredibly impressed with all their efforts and would like to Congratulate; Jaspar Rankin, Aidan Painting, Theo Mantel-Cooper, Xavier Miklichansky-Maddocks, Joseph Treacy, Nicholas Murray, Saim Navid, Krishna Wijayasingham, Timmy Lee, Nick Allen, Tom Banks, Seb Lear, Jamie Reger and Alexander Cresswell.  All of the entries were brilliant and Dr Hills struggled to come to a result, but he was most impressed with Seb Lear’s painting of Marble House. Jamie Reger and Alexander Cresswell were excellent runners up. Jamie produced a fantastic artistic representation of Kew Gardens with an accompanying poem and Alexander did a very informative project on the Tower of London. Seb will formally receive his prize at Lower School Evening at the beginning of July.

I am very excited about kicking off my holiday with a Musical extravaganza and looking forward to attending The Rare Beast Concert tonight, which will see four First Years; Theo Joy-Page, Eric Rodrigues, Oliver Rochard and Owain Humphrey perform on not only unusual instruments but also instruments which they have been learning for less than a year.

It has been a very promising week on the First Year Sporting front.  We must congratulate our tennis stars who are playing in the Surrey League Championships where they won their group and are now through to the quarter-finals. Congratulations to the following boys: Henri Beauvilain, Ollie Drew, Dominik Hagmann, Theo Mantel-Cooper, Nizar Al-Milli and William Heyes.  Equally the U12 B Cricket Team also performed well on Saturday against RGS Guildford- I will hand over to Will Aust who will provide all the exciting details.

“On Saturday, the U12 B Cricket Team played a close game against RGS Guilford. After losing the toss, we were put in to bat. We got off to a slow start, losing some wickets and not scoring many runs, but this soon changed when Aidan came in. He batted alongside many of our team, his best partnership coming with Praveen. Those two finished our innings, giving us a respectable total of 118. Now it was our turn to bowl. Again we didn’t start off so well, as their first batsmen hit multiple fours. However, we eventually ran him out, thanks to a great piece of fielding from Dhruv. As the innings went on we claimed many wickets and it came down to RGS needing around 20 runs off only four overs. It looked like it was a defeat for us. Despite the odds not being in our favour, a good over from Aidan and some great fielding helped us claim two wickets, bowling them all out. Overall, it was a new challenge for us, as we had never batted first before, but it was a great team effort overall and we were relieved to claim a hard fought victory in the end.”

I would like to conclude this bulletin by wishing all the First Years a happy and relaxing half term holiday, and I hope that you achieve the right balance between revision and relaxation.  Good luck to our intrepid coasteerers as they set off for Dorset this evening – I’m sure you’ll have a great time and I look forward to hearing all about it.

Mrs Peattie