Second Year Blog
The boys have very much been enjoying the post-exam atmosphere. The celebrations started with the slightly delayed Inter-Form Athletics competition. It was a wonderful afternoon with some impressive performances in all disciplines. The overall winners were 2J (I type this with a heavy-heart) who beat 2W by just one point. Well done to all involved, especially those trying events for the first time.
We have two U13A team cricket matches to update you on, with quite different results. Sandy reports:
“We had a great three wicket win over Whitgift at the start of half term, winning in a tense last over, with a very good all-round team performance by both bowlers and batsman. Unfortunately, we could not emulate the performance as we lost to a very good Trinity team. Clearly exhausted after our efforts in exam week, we were disappointed to lose. With three matches left in the season, we hope for a strong finish.” – Sandy Mitchell (2J)
While some boys turned to sport to let off steam, others turned to construction; Joshua Ross (2L) built a life-size trebuchet in the back garden, helped by his uncle. He has been flinging tennis balls around the garden ever since.
This week the Second Year met to discuss proposals for the School Council. Rohan Vasudev and Lucas Carbajal (2B) will represent the year group at the Whole School Council meeting, taking forward the two most popular proposals; the installation of air conditioning or fans in the canteen and around school and a school revision week.
Elsewhere Jake and Xavier have been entertaining a very important guest:
“Tuesday 13th June was an exciting day for the choir (and everyone else) at Hampton Court Palace. It was the day of the Companions of Honour centenary service of Choral Evensong. Many well-known guests arrived including: Professor Peter Higgs, John Major, Judy Dench, Sir David Attenborough, Ian McKellen (a.k.a. Gandalf) and George Osborne (unfortunately Stephen Hawking was not there). Some of the music we sang was a Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis by Charles Villers Stanford, and “Let us now praise famous men” (this is known as the ‘anthem’ and one is sung at each service) by Gerald Finzi. We even had trumpeters accompanying the national anthem. They also played a fanfare when the Queen entered and left. Xavier Murtagh (2P) and I led the choir in and out of the chapel. As the service ended and the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh processed out of the chapel, the Queen commented “Gosh, they are good”! After the service we had snacks in the Privy Kitchen. Following this we were presented to the Queen (shown left) as she left the palace, and our Head Chorister, Angus Whitworth, presented Her Majesty with “a posy of flowers”. The whole choir greatly enjoyed the day, and I am sure we will all remember it, for a very long time!” Jake Costen (2P)
Let’s round off by saying congratulations to those boys who have received new merit certificates: Ben Bird and Ben Wharton (30 merits), Shane Bowden and Sohan Sodhi (70 merits), William Fryer (80 merits) and Nayaaz Hashim (120 merits). Boys can continue to get their merits signed off by Mrs Owen during Wednesday break times.