Second Year Blog

Welcome to the final Second Year Bulletin of the academic year!

The action has not slowed down in the final week of term. Let’s take a look at what Second Year students have been up to over the last week.

MERIT MILESTONE

Well done to Henry Donaldson for reaching 40 merits.

LOWER SCHOOL EVENING

Always a fantastic way to round off the year and a chance to celebrate with all the boys who have won prizes. Toby Gwynne reports:

“On Tuesday, many of the pupils from First and Second Year gathered in The Hammond Theatre with Mr Knibbs and other members of staff for the annual Lower School Evening. This event started with speeches from Mr Hill and Mrs Owen about the Lower School achievements from this School year. Next, there were some performances, including a piano piece, a poem dramatised by boys from 2H and a rendition of This Little Light of Mine by the Boys Choir. After this, many prizes were given out to pupils for their achievements in certain aspects of School life. The evening ended with some refreshments in the cloisters and then most of us managed to get home in time for the very tense penalty shootout, sending England to the World Cup Quarter-Finals!”

It was very thoughtful of England to allow the game to go to extra-time.

A full list of this year’s prizes can be found here:

Lower School Prizes

SPORT

There have been some fantastic achievements outside of School by Second Year pupils. Jacob I led a team of three to win the Surrey County U14 Team Foil Championship last Sunday. What a great achievement, well done Jacob!

Here is Marcus Taylor celebrating an astounding performance in Dublin last week.

Let’s hear about the experience from him:

“Over the weekend, I travelled to Ireland to compete in the Irish National Championships Gymnastics Competition. It was a long day but I did really well and managed to come away as the Irish U14 rings and p-bar champion as well as picking up a Silver on pommel and two Bronzes on floor and vault”.

That is quite the medal haul!

Of course, this was the final week of school sports fixtures, which came just in time for Nicholas Allen to make his school cricket debut:

“On Saturday, the 13Cs brought a smaller, yet talented squad to play the RGS Guildford team. We batted first, and an excellent innings from Charlie M and Jimmy B gave us a total of 146 runs. It was then our turn to bowl. Some excellent pace bowling and some deceptive spin from Alex C and Arjan led to RGS struggling. In the end, we won comfortably. A big thank you to Mr Thomson for coaching and umpiring”.

***HOT OFF THE PRESS***

It has been a fabulous sunny day down at Hampton Pool and a great way to end the year. The results are just in from this morning’s swimming gala!

The winners on the day were 2H – congratulations boys, you made quite a splash.

With all the results now in, this means that the overall champions and winners of the Inter Form Cup 2017/18 are…

2J

Of course a very big well done to the winners but also, to every single one of you. We hope you have enjoyed the wide range of competitions on offer, savoured the victories and built character from the losses. The events have been conducted in excellent spirits.

TRIVIA & JOKES

Well done to everyone who knew that the 37th game of this tournament saw the first goalless draw. Time for one last World Cup trivia question? Well… how about this: Who is going to win the World Cup 2018? England?

JOKE OF THE YEAR

Thank you for all of the jokes throughout the year – this is the area of the blog that has provoked easily the most submissions! After a vote, Ben Fryer’s effort has been crowned as our favourite joke of the year 2017/18.

SOME LAST WORDS

Finally, I would just like to say what a privilege it has been to hear about so many of your experiences and achievements. These blogs are entirely what you make them, so I am profoundly grateful for all the submissions I have received over the past ten months. Please make sure you keep sending in your contributions to the Third Year Blog when September comes. During Tuesday’s Founders’ Day address, the speaker challenged us to “GROW UP” in the right way. May you all do so as you progress through the School.

Have a great summer!