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Half term begins on Friday 24th May at 16.15. Boys should return by 21.00 on Sunday 2nd June.
Please inform Mr Willis and Mrs Hebbert (firstname.lastname@example.org) of any travel arrangements and taxi requirements.
Summer Term 2013
Tuesday 7th May
Y10 Parents Evening
Monday 13th May
Friday 17th May
End of Exam BBQ @ SH
Wednesday 22nd May
Higher Ed Evening
Thursday 23rd May
Friday 24th May
Y9 Battlefields trip departs
Half term begins
Saturday 25th May
Sunday 26th May
Gold DoE departs
Our May birthdays are
Alex F, Chris C, Will (18th!), Rayan and Sam J - Happy Birthday!
For the summer term Book Club is replaced with whole house football or tennis or cricket or croquet - in fact almost any sport outside.
Our standard week for duty staff is:
Monday - Mr Alex Patton and Mr Andrew Day
Tuesday - Mr Sean Reid
Wednesday - Mr Manuel Capelo and Mr Gareth Willis
Thursday - Mr Andrew Day
Friday - Mr Gareth Willis
Weekends alternate between Mr Willis and Mr Day. Daytime duty cover is either Mrs Hebbert (Mon-Wed) or Mrs Willis (Thur-Sat).
Until the end of the Lent term 2014 our House Officials are:
Vice Captain (sports and social):
Hans Van Daele
Vice Captain (New Joiners):
For Service to the House:
Hand Van Daele
Vadim Ordovsky Tanaevsky
Housemaster: Mr Gareth Willis email@example.com
Exams are over for some but the Y11 have to keep slogging away for another month! Everyone else is looking forward to a sunny remainder of term with cricket and retaining the Boarders' Olympic Cup.
You should all have recieved an update on our staff changes for the coming academic year - Mrs Hebbert retires at the end of this year and Dr Findley replaces Mr Day as Assistant Housemaster. Past and present pupils are invited to a BBQ/party for Mrs Hebbert and Mr Day on Saturday 15th June 2013. We would be delighted if your son is able to join us.
Simon, Chris C and Russell joined forces with Lambardes and Sennocke to participate on a London Duck Tour. As you can see the 'Duck' below the rest needs no explanation except to draw your attention to a very happy Chris with some new friends! Thank you Mr K for taking the trip.
Simon, Chris and Russell with Lambardes and Sennocke
Spot Chris' smile!
Hiding the disappointment that their regular Thursday afternoon activity had finished for the year a trusty band of L6 (were) volunteered to help create an outdoor area at School House. They have worked very hard to clear and create a seating area under one of our beautiful chestnut trees although demolition is obviously a strength in their skill base.
We hope to put the area into use for our first BBQ of the term to celebrate the end of exams week - however the weather forecast is not looking good.
A great team effort from Hans, Paddy, Hans, George and Oscar plus assistance from Rahil, Alex and Year 9.
Paddy and Alex take on a managerial role.
Lent Term Break up supper saw our new House Officials appointed. We are all delighted that Chris Olley is our new House Captain, Connor is House Secretary plus Hans van Daele and Hans Lam acting as Vice Captains. They really will be a great team.
Oscar and Bernie were presented with House Colours for their outstanding contribution to School House life.
Chris and Oscar
Y9 organised and efficient!
With DoE Bronze expedition plans in tatters due to the weather Y10 braved the elements and made the best of it.
Remi, Ben, Freddie and Tanc take on the rain
Alex, Charles, Alex and Adrian head off for a kit inspection
School House Valentine's Dinner was a resounding success with Chris and Oscar making splendid chefs.
Another guest overjoyed by the sparkling company and well crafted food!
Spot Cinderella in the kitchen!
Middle School Kitchen Crew
Even the cold weather could not surpress the cheers for Chris O on Saturday - the School House L6 finished the Knole Run in 2nd place (time 34.40) after a gruelling 9km race in mud, sleet and freezing temperatures. The race attracts hundreds of runners from schools across the UK - the start of a good year for Chris! See http://www.sevenoaksschool.org/sevenoaks-school-students-placed-1st-and-2nd-in-knole-run for full report.
After the great honour of Tom Hughes being appointed School Captain I am delighted to add that Paddy and George Baron have been elected Senior Prefects with Bernie, Oscar and Rahil becoming members of the Sixth Form Committee. It gives us great pride to see the boys being recognised in the wider community - Well done!
Kent Cup Final: The Judd School 7-17 Sevenoaks School
Report by Alex Fan
After having the match twice cancelled due to a water logged pitch, Sevenoaks School under 15 As, the first team from Sevenoaks to reach the Kent Cup final for 10 years, put on a determined, resilient display to emerge victorious against The Judd School and turn the tables of fortune around.
The night was cold but all the supporters warm with anticipation as Sevenoaks School emerged from the dugouts and walked confidently onto the pitch. The sound of drums and chanting filled the night sky as the match begun in a frantic style, both teams playing conservatively to avoid making preventable mistakes. However, it was Sevenoaks School who made the first meaningful breakthrough as they constantly applied pressure on the Judd backs. And they were rewarded with a well-taken try as Rupert Moverly-Smith skipped over desperate tackles to put his side in front.
The match soon sizzled out into a battle in the centre of the pitch as neither side displayed enough confidence to gain ground in the opponents half.
The first half ended, almost to a relief to both teams for a much needed break and discussions of tactics, as the players from Sevenoaks School trudged back into the changing rooms, exhausted but spirited and elated at the score line.
And they started the second half as the brighter side, constantly pushing forward and threatening to kill the game off. Edward Harris, the full back for the night, was displaying a new air of determination, proceeding to beat man after man, and Ben Walker, the prop for Sevenoaks School, causing many problems for the Judd backs.
So it was no surprise that the School House Year 10 scored the next try as be pounced after sustained pressure on the Judd try line, to score under the posts and put Sevenoaks School into a commanding 12-0 lead.
However, Judd were not going to give up without a fight and a misplaced pass sent Judd’s prop through and he scored under the posts to reduce the deficit to 12-7.
Sevenoaks School then defended magnificently, especially the School House trio of Freddie Davies, Nick Bett and ex School House boarder James Affleck, making countless crucial tackles to keep Judd at bay.
And Judd’s fight back was effectively killed off as James Vernon sped down the left wing in a counterattack to score the vital try next to the corner flag.
As the final whistle sounded, swarms of supporters ran onto the pitch, congratulating the Sevenoaks School under 15 As rugby team as they ran out worthy winners to claim the long awaited trophy. Congratulations to all the players and staff involved in this magnificent achievement.
On Monday night we held the traditional School House Carols, organised and accompanied by Mr Patton (Thank you!). Our U6 descend the main stairs while introducing us to Once in Royal David's City before we all join in with gusto.
U6 with Marcus in control at the front
Everyone around our Christmas Tree
SH joining in for the last carol
After a resounding and enthusiastic, if not always tuneful, selection of carols there was a small feast of festive mince pies and brownies for all.
A motley crew of SH sixth formers assembled and headed into town for the Outside the Box Comedy Night. No-one at this stage had distanced themselves from Ed who was somewhat ill-advised in wearing a yellow and black jacket with a red baseball cap.
In the event Ed was safe from humiliation and all thoroughly enjoyed the four acts, including Sean Hughes and Dominic Holland, that we saw.
A quiet Friday night in ...and then there was Quiz Night.
Ably organised by Darsh, Ed and Beanz SH was split into teams across the year groups (to encourage some team building across the years) with an U6 member as team captain. Dr Martin (our ex-Y9 tutor) supplied the questions and they were augmented with Rahil's music questions and Mr Willis' tiebreakers. It was a hard fought battle with plenty of disinformation and accusations of underhand tactics but Team Finnis came out on top with contributions from Hans L, Rayan, Sam, Remi and Ollie himself.
SH Middle School were victorious, SH Upper were overpowered by the strength of IC and SH9 are best left to reflect on tactics for next year after defeat by Lambardes...
Y11 buoyant and optomistic
Y10 confident with Gabriel as manager and Freddie as coach
U6 happy to be released from work for an hour with Ed keen to have Newcastle to bring him luck
The picture looks idyllic and it was - a sunny early September evening on a peaceful lake surrounded by woodland (more photos below). Enter SH9 (Nick, Christopher, Russell, Oge, Ben, Adrian, Shoa, Rayan, Shiv, Charlie and Matt) plus Gabriel, Vadim, Tolly (where was Ed?), Beanz and Darsh wearing battle gear (life vests and red helmets) and armed with paddles. It was the battle of the rafts and one was built better than the other...
School House joined the rest of the boarding community on the first trip of the academic year to the London 2012 Olympic Park. After much re-shuffling of tickets and some bacon sandwiches we headed for the station and then up to Stratford. Everyone made it through security and into the stadium to see a morning session of athletics including javelin, discus and long jump finals plus heats for track events including 100, 1500 and 5000m. The stadium was at capacity and there was a great atmosphere supporting all the athletes although the GB medalists did get the loudest cheers.
We also had day passes into some of the other venues so most of the party also saw basketball, tennis and goalball. Everyone headed for home with lots of photos and souvenirs - back to SH for supper and to see the athletes again on TV. More photos in our gallery below.
SH Middle School also had the opportunity to attend the Paralympic evening events at the Excel Arena - table tennis, volleyball and boccia. The evening was rounded off with a trip on the Emirates cable car across the River Thames and a chance to see London and the Olympic Park lit up against the night sky.
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