Dear Parents and Guardians,
As autumn finally gets a hold on the weather, Week 6 has proved to be another action packed five days. The Headmaster sends his regards and warm wishes from Lagos and returns to the UK on Monday.
Some of the highlights for me this week have included the special news of a small number of our Prep School children being selected for the Prep Schools’ South East (PUMAs) football squad. My congratulations go to, Anton Moos (6), Joe Fairclough (5) and Beatrice Lockyer (5). We are also awaiting news of selection for Zac Deekes (P6) and fingers crossed for him.
Our Under 11s football team excelled in the Prep Schools’ invitational tournament at Ashford School and deserve special mention for winning the Plate competition, beating St Faith’s in the final seconds of a hotly contested final.
A select group of English A-Level pupils visited the Marlowe Theatre during the week to see Dracula and on Friday our Lower Sixth are all off timetable, visiting London for a universities information day. Friday Prep School Chapel also saw a lovely presentation on Fair Trade by Prep 2 class and well done to all the readers!
Saturday sees our boarding community actively engaged with a trip to Chessington World of Adventures in Surrey, or spending their time in academic clinics for Maths, ISC and Learning Support. Any Senior School day pupils wishing to attend are free to do so! The College is also hosting Kent Girls’ cricket presentation evening, with catering and hospitality provided by our wonderful catering team.
Next week we welcome Mr Moboluwaji Ojo from Nigeria who visits us as a Housemaster in his School, looking to share best practice with our staff.
I hope you enjoy this week’s View from The Closeand have a fabulous weekend!
Wednesday 2nd October
A young squad of Priory boys travelled to Wellesley House to compete in the Shapira Cup, where we had won the Plate the year before. Some excellent performances, not least in the first match against eventual winners New Beacon, were evident throughout the day as we reached the Plate semi-finals, playing five matches in a very short space of time. With only four Remove boys involved in the squad, the future is very bright for this category.
The 1stXI righted wrongs from last year against Battle Abbey as we ran out convincing winners at Farthingloe. The 2ndXI, with many Fourth Form boys included, found it hard going against a more powerful outfit and went down in a heavy loss.
U14 Football to Belgium
Early on Friday morning, 14 U14 boys departed to Antwerp to play three matches in two days, and experience living with a host family overnight on Friday. Very wet weather greeted us on Friday as we arrived to play our hosts Antwerp International School. A tough first quarter was perhaps the result of heavy bus legs after the journey but the boys soon recovered to run out convincing winners with some excellent counter-attacking football. On Friday night the boys were billeted out in pairs with AIS host families and so on Saturday morning there were lots of exciting stories of late pizza and movie nights, ideal preparation for two back to back matches on Saturday morning! Our first game against the British School of Brussels started well as we continued in the same vein as Friday, winning 4-2 with some really good team goals thrown in to the mix. The final game against St George’s Duisberg, from Germany, was a chance to build on previous performances and the boys duly did that, with all tourists contributing to a wonderful performance as we finished tour in style, unbeaten with three wins from three.
On our return to Calais we ensured the College plaque in St George’s Memorial church in Ypres was polished and shining brightly and all were treated to a celebratory sportsman’s lunch of chips and chocolate. A superb two days and my thanks go to Mr Payne and Mr Breeze for all their efforts in making in a success.
European Cuisine Evening
Fantastic evening of European cuisine in Leamington last Saturday. The Borscht (prepared by Aleks, 4th and Nikolay, L6) was delicious, the Schnitzel and Kaisserschmarrn (prepared by Vincent, L6, Gustav, L6, and Bekas, U6) was superb, the Carbonara (prepared by Stefano, L6 and his team of sous-chefs) was amazing and the Tarte Tartine (prepared by Léo, L6 and Jack, U6) looked out of this world but was a complete and utter disaster!!!
As you can see from the last photo of Finn (L6), the food was very well appreciated!
The boys use the kitchen in Leamington most evenings and especially at the weekend and there are enticing smells coming out from the kitchen!
Despite the weather cooling slightly, a warm wetsuit, buoyancy aid and a few more layers means sailing stays being fun for those who participate. Priory sailors on Monday and Senior sailors on Tuesday are now at the point where they can rig their own boats with minimal assistance from the teachers. Not only is this is a fantastic achievement in itself, but will help towards the pupils achieving their RYA Stage 1. As well as this, the groups have improved on launching and landing. Understandably, we only get to practice one launch and one landing each week so it is still somewhat still a challenge, especially when there is a swell or the tide is out. The good news is that if the tide is out one week, with the change in tide times each day, we can expect it to be in a lot more the next week (phew!). Shingle, beach berms and low tides have proven to be more of a challenge to the groups than the actual sailing, which most people are grasping well. Regarding the sailing, we have moved onto upwind sailing. The new triangular course we have been practicing, not only forces the sailors to sail close-hauled (beat) against the wind, but the course also has a “gybe” manoeuver to do.
This means a fast turn. It is extremely important to duck the head for a gybe. Balance is also crucial to avoid a capsize. There have been a few accidental capsizes. Now everyone is quite competent at this drill, the boats are being righted easily and the sailors get in and sail on merrily.
Ballet with a bite
Part of the A Level English Literature course requires students to respond to a comparative and contextual study of The Gothic.To support our students when dealing with this a visit to The Northern Ballet’s Draculaat The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury took place on Thursday.
Based on the iconic Bram Stoker novel, Dracula showed the famous vampire travel to England after becoming transfixed on a vision of the innocent Mina. Unable to curb his dangerous desires, Dracula terrorised a town, and as Mina realised she was powerless to resist Dracula’s lure, the pair succumbed to their mysterious lust, before the hunter became the hunted.
Students fell under the eternal count’s captivating spell and were left thirsty for more!