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• An ongoing array of sporting achievements (to be recorded and recognised in more detail in my end-of-term letter) notably by Year 9 pupils in both Rugby Sevens and Netball, by our Netball 1st VII and by our Squash teams. In Netball, in particular, our 1st VII, U15A and U14A teams have now won 21 of 29 matches so far this term in spite of a very tough fixture list. And on an individual level Zoe Davison (Y13, Collingwood) won an individual Bronze and a team Gold when competing for Great Britain in a Pentathlon youth international event only last weekend. • A very successful Open Morning with our pupil tour guides of all ages, perhaps the key aspect of the event with more families visiting us than at any similar event for many years. • A civilised and stylish Year 11 and Development Year Ball one Saturday evening and an enjoyable ‘Social’ one week later for Years 9 and 10. • Several academic enrichment trips intended to enhance the core curriculum including a GCSE and A Level Art visit to Oxford, an A2 Geography ‘field day’ to Margam, a Development Year trip to Oxford, a joint Business Studies and Design Technology visit to Jaguar Land Rover, Y12 Biologists attending ‘Biology Live’ and Y10 Science pupils attending ‘Science Live’ in Bristol, a Y12 English trip to see ‘Othello’, a Y13 English Conference on ‘The Great Gatsby’ and a Y13 Politics trip to London. • Yet another lovely Teatime Concert earlier this week preceded by no fewer than sixteen of our musicians taking part on Sunday in a ‘Music for Youth’ event at Cheltenham Town Hall. This latter event included our own ‘Vox’ vocal group being invited to perform as one of the discrete items. • Continued success for Kelly Fletcher (Y12, Lampeter) and Max Glynn (Y13, Robinson) in the English Speaking Union Mace Debating competition. The two of them won through as ‘West’ regional champions at a recent debate at RGS Worcester and now go on to compete at national level in the Finals event in London in late March. In addition, straight after half-term, the boys of Ward’s and the girls of Ivy Grove were taken around the site of the new building and were able to see just how quickly it is taking shape. They have also had the chance to influence some of the designs and colour schemes. Plans to move the academic departments of Government and Politics, Psychology and Religious Studies/Philosophy and Ethics into the space left behind in Ivy Grove ready for September are also now well underway. Year 10 exams are coming up soon, as is the Year 12 UCAS Convention and away from the classroom, Gig Night is scheduled for the penultimate day of term. Next Sunday sees a repeat of last year’s very successful ‘Flute and Strings Day’, the CCF Weekend Exercise to Nesscliffe is a fortnight away as I write, National Finals for Squash and large Sevens tournaments (including Rosslyn Park) for Rugby are around the corner and the Senior Hockey and Netball Tour to Sri Lanka is fewer than twenty days away – lucky girls! Others will head off at the start of the holidays to Andalucía for the Spanish trip, on a Duke of Edinburgh Gold expedition to the Brecon Beacons and/or on a CCF Expedition to Norway. And with all of this going on it is incumbent on me (and others) to remind our pupils regularly:
HRH Princess Anne visited Minchinhampton Church to see the development that was being undertaken on the church towards which she contributed funds.I escorted The County Lord Lieutenants, Dame Janet and opened the car doors for both Princess Anne and the Admiral and led them into the church after saluting them and having a quick chat. I got to meet the bodyguards of the princess who were very lovely! The event lasted around an hour and a half and there were speeches at the end. My next event was the 3rd of March where I accompanied Dame Janet at the Minchinhampton Rugby Club opening.
satisfaction of when you play something and you know you’ve done it right,” she said. She says her musical skill has developed a great deal since joining Wycliffe which has strong Music and Drama Departments. “When I listen to recordings of my playing in Year 11 and my playing now it’s like it isn’t the same person. Coming to Wycliffe has made a huge difference,” said Beth. Gemma Russell, Director of Music, said: “We are incredibly proud of Beth and all that she has achieved. “The South Cotswold Rotary Young Musician of the Year competition is a fantastic opportunity for young musicians to gain valuable experience, and Beth’s success in this competition is a testament to the dedication she shows to music on a daily basis.”
pupils that included an array of strong girls - many of them with individual star quality - this production allowed an opportunity for each to shine and bring their personality to their roles. In equal measure, the boys worked hard and performed naturally and with ease, embracing their characters and clearly enjoying every moment. The pupils on stage clearly did enjoy the production – there was not a trace of nerves or uncertainty in what they were doing. They radiated fun and a great sense of togetherness as well as a sense of pride in what they were achieving – a truly remarkable performance.
“Please remember that the most important thing is the rhythm and the routine of attending lessons, trying to give of your best in every single one, getting the work done conscientiously and to a high standard in between lessons and for prep etc. etc.”
Wycliffe College Sixth Form pupil Beth Hiatt is through to the Finals of the South Cotswold Rotary Young Musician of the Year, winning the Woodwind heat of the competition. The 17-year-old has been playing clarinet for 10 years. “I think I chose the clarinet because seven-year-old Beth thought it looked cool,” said Beth who is from Painswick. Beth joined Wycliffe College in September on a Music Scholarship. She has performed with the Gloucestershire Youth Wind Orchestra and London Youth Wind Band. During the half-term break she will take part in an intensive course with the National Youth Orchestra in London. Beth says she plays every day and that music is an important part of her life. “What I enjoy most about playing is that
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As I highlighted to the school in Chapel on the first day of the current half-term, it is often the hard work you do when no-one else is watching that can make the greatest difference in life.
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In January 2017, parents, pupils, staff and friends of Wycliffe College experienced the full spectrum of emotions as they watched this year’s school production of Made in Dagenham. Tears, laughter, suspense and a great deal of awe was felt by the audience in Sibly Hall, as the pupils performed to an incredibly high standard and with an understanding of their roles that was well beyond their years. Made in Dagenham was chosen by the Head of Drama, Andrew Golightly, who also directed the piece, and it was an inspired choice. With a cohort of senior
It never ceases to amaze me how much ‘stuff’ Wycliffe staff and pupils manage to cram into the days and weeks here. I write (on Friday 10th March) with fewer than three weeks completed since half-term and we have already seen: • A fantastic International Fair with large, proud stalls representing nations like Nigeria, Latvia, China, Spain, Hong Kong and Ukraine and smaller, but no less proud, stalls with just a single pupil representing Iran, Syria and Japan. • Two Parents’ Evenings and an informative evening talk for parents on self-esteem and mental health from Natasha Devon MBE.
South Cotswold Rotary Young Musician of the Year Competition
Daisy Bing Lord Lieutenant Cadet Function
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The 13 pupils are also in discussion with a family run farm shop at Gloucester Services where they have already successfully sold products and are hoping to secure a permanent deal. The teacher in charge of the programme, Graham Constable said: “The pupils are being very modest, the product they have created and what they have achieved is very impressive.” Russell Warner of Westend Office Suites and Andrew Pegg of Business Property Advantage have acted as business advisors but have left the major decisions up to the pupils. SIMBA currently has a very healthy profit of £239.13. To learn more about the company follow them on twitter @simbawyc.
The trio beat 10 other teams to be crowned the winners of Royal Society of Chemistry Western Analytical Division Schools’ Analyst Competition. It is the first time Wycliffe has won the competition for Year 12 pupils. Now Kelly Fletcher, Annie Rees and Seun Somoye will take part in the finals in June. They had to complete set analytical chemistry tasks and were judged on their
Young Dragons: The Real Business Challenge 2017
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Our team began meeting in September during Monday Activity Time and consisted of eight pupils from Year 9 to Year 11 and DY. We had to work on meeting the brief from Coca Cola to design a soft drink that promotes healthy living and supports the ‘Special Olympics’. We worked really hard until the submission day in December to create ‘Cherrified’, a healthy soft drink which is aimed at older teenagers and young adults. We submitted our presentation which outlined the target market, costs involved in production of our drink and the marketing strategy we would use to promote it, and were thrilled when we were chosen to attend the Regional Final of ‘The Real Business Challenge’ in Bristol on 31st January. The day in Bristol was very professional and blew all of our expectations. The venue was branded with the Coca-Cola logo, we all had professional lanyards waiting for us with our names on and we had a Coca Cola executive working with our team for the day. We were competing with 10 other schools from the South West, many of whom had travelled up from Devon and Cornwall. Over 1000 schools had taken part in this competition nationally, and there were over 100 school entries for the South West area alone, so we were thrilled to have got this far and down to the top 10 in the South West! As a team we had a new brief to work on for the day which included having to produce a radio advertisement, an infographic, a bus shelter poster, a charity event to make money, and a PowerPoint presentation to display. All of these tasks were to promote the ‘Special Olympics’ which is an event this year held in Sheffield for people with mental disabilities (not the Paralympics). We were determined to try and win. We split into two teams, one doing the creative element and one doing the economic side. I was in the creative team with Gleb, Wills and Maryna. Wills and I focused on the radio ad, whilst Gleb and Maryna worked on the bus poster and infographic. Wills and I drafted the script very well by using rhetorical questions to the audience. Once we had completed that by the very strict guidelines, we went to the studio to record it and then edit the finished version which would be played as part of our presentation later. Time was really tight and it was hard to meet the deadlines, and we had a huge sense of satisfaction when we finally handed in the final presentation. We decided that Dannil, Gleb and myself should do the presentation which was really nerve-racking as there were over one hundred people in the room. We were the final school to go up to present. We walked up to the stage as the presenter read out our school name and the music was playing in the background. The music dimmed down and we started. We did our best and gave it our best shot, but sadly we did not win this time. We learned a lot and now we know what to improve on when it comes to next year. Bring on Young Business Challenge 2018! Ben Bayliss, Year 9
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Young Enterprise Pupils from Wycliffe go for Glory at the Regional Trade Fair in Cheltenham!
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This is a national competition managed by Coca Cola Enterprises Limited and allows pupils in Years 9-11 to work together to practise a broad range of skills from teamwork and leadership through to communication, problem-solving and budget management, the aim being to help them develop skills for greater employability in a competitive job market.
A team of young chemists from Wycliffe have won through to the finals of a prestigious national competition
organisation, knowledge of chemistry, precision, enthusiasm and lab safety. Annie, who plans to go on and study medicine said: “This was a marvellous opportunity to use our lab skills and we had an enjoyable day. It was a real bonus to win and gain the chance to compete in the national final at Sussex University in June.” Seun hopes to become a chemical engineer and Kelly plans to study biochemistry. Dr Keith Rose, Head of Chemistry at Wycliffe said the three had done extraordinarily well. “The whole school was thrilled by their achievement. When they write their university applications this competition will help set them above other pupils,” said Dr Rose.
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13 pupils from Wycliffe have created their own company, SIMBA, as part of the Young Enterprise Scheme which enables pupils to start their own businesses to learn real world skills. They hope to win the prize for best product with their cotton body warmer which uses locally sourced materials. Pupils aim to impress the judges in ‘Dragons’ Den’ style where they sell their product and company to the panel. Managing director of SIMBA Hammond Ozakpalor was modest in his ambitions for the competition. He said: “We just want to do the best we can, we aren’t going into the competition expecting to win anything. We do think we have a really good product and we will see what the judges think.”
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Spring term is early in season for overnight ventures but for the new Bronze intake of 36 Year 9 pupils, this was the first opportunity to put classroom skills to the test on a day hike in the local area, navigating in teams, with a member of staff per group. Although the weather was abysmal, pupils seemed to take great relish in getting stuck into the muddy conditions, showing impressive spirits and enthusiasm! We look forward to their first expedition in April. The weekend also included a First Aid course as well as camp-craft skills training.
Seven pupils took on the cold and windy conditions, with low visibility as they walked the summit of Sugar Loaf Mountain. Great conditions, however, for developing outdoor skills!
For many of the new intake of 22 Silver level pupils (mostly from Years 11 and 12) this one-day hike in the Forest of Dean was their first experience of navigation, and for those international pupils, a chance to explore the English countryside. Although conditions were cold and a little wet there were periods of brilliant sunshine. Participants will now prepare for their first unaccompanied expedition in the same area and Wye Valley.
Bronze Training weekend 28th-29th January
Welcome to the new ‘edu-speak’;
The new grades reflect that GCSEs have changed. These ‘reformed’ GCSEs will be tougher, with more content at a deeper level and will have all the exams at the end of the course. Most will have less, or no coursework content. As they get harder, the government has also decided that the new ‘good’ pass will be a grade 5. This is an equivalent of a B under the old system. So, tougher courses with harder exams and higher thresholds await our pupils. Good teaching will be essential. School performance measures are changing too. The old method of counting GCSEs at grade C and above has gone and has been replaced by ‘Progress 8’ which calculates a pupil’s progress and ‘Attainment 8’ which measures average performance. At Wycliffe we aim to do the best for each child whatever their starting point. In this year’s Progress 8 calculations, Wycliffe scored 1.19 – that’s the third best score in all of England. We also monitor those who could have gone to grammar schools. At both GCSE and at A level, their performance at Wycliffe was better than that of the grammar schools they could have attended. A levels are being changed too. The old AS exams, worth half the final A level grade are being ‘de-coupled’ from the A level; that is they won’t count towards the final award and the same material will still be examined at the end of the two-year course. The reformed A levels are being introduced over three years, with the first this year and the last ‘new’ exams in 2019. Like GCSEs, the courses are getting tougher with harder exams but unlike GCSEs, the grading stays the same (A - E). For some pupils, they will have certificates showing grades of both reformed and unreformed subjects side-by-side. At Wycliffe, pupils will not have to take the uncoupled AS exams; instead we will use that time for more learning in Year 12. On the results statement, we will explain which subjects are under the reformed system and which under the ‘old’. As well as average grades at A level, the government will now publicise every school’s progress score (how much pupils progressed from age 16 to A level). In 2016, Wycliffe’s A level progress score put the school in the top 8% of all English schools. There are challenges ahead but Wycliffe will continue to keep parents informed at every stage so no nasty surprises lurk ahead.
Numbered grades, Progress 8, mixed grade economy and decoupled AS results... Deputy Head (Academic) Sean Dunne guides you through the labyrinth of exam reform and the government’s new performance measures and what it all means for Wycliffe’s pupils
Silver Training Day Walk, Forest of Dean 5th March
D of E Spring Term Round Up
When pupils open this year’s GCSE results, alongside the usual A-Gs, will be some grades shown as numbers. In English and Maths, 9 will be awarded to the (very few) top performers with 1 as the new lowest new grade. From summer 2018 most other GCSEs follow suit with Business Studies, Japanese and DT changing the year after.
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separately, the boys made candles from bees wax and the girls made lavender bags. The children learnt a lot about the way Victorians lived. Lots of children enjoyed being shown the ‘Articles of Correction’- punishment in schools. We had a fantastic day and when we got back I heard the children asking if we could pretend to be Victorians every day in school. A huge thank you to the Parents’ Association for funding this trip. Mrs Bish, Year 2 Teacher
The day’s first activity was led by Mr Stopforth (Head of Art), who tasked all pupils with creating their very own cat mask. The process involved using a template to draw and cut a mask, before the pupils put their own stamp on their creation through drawing a personalised design, and adding a mane and other features such as top hats, ribbons and whiskers. Little did they know that their masks would be used as a prop for the following activity. Upon completion of the masks, the pupils made their way to the Studio Theatre for the Drama and Music segment of the day. Undeterred by the challenge of putting on a performance in as little as a week, Mrs Askew (Head of Drama) and Mrs Taylor (Head of Music) attempted, and succeeded, in putting on the Prep School’s very first performance of CATS in just over an hour, with a cast of over 90 children. Set to the song of ‘Jellicle Cats’, again written by T S Eliot, the pupils were tasked with learning the lyrics, coupled with choreographed actions and dance. The end result was superb, in which the pupils’ attitude was simply PURRfect, showing great co-operation, teamwork and no shortage of enjoyment. The performance was then subsequently shared with the rest of the school during Monday’s morning assembly. For the final part of the day, the pupils were given the opportunity to opt-in to a selection of creative activities. There was further opportunity to explore art through Mrs Bloodworth’s ‘Maths Art’ and Mrs Ely’s ‘3D Art’. A DT option was available through Mr Mein & Mrs Gidman’s ‘Clay Cats’. Mr Wainwright put on a dance activity in the swimming pool, with the Prep School’s very first ‘synchronised swimming’ performance, whilst Mr Sinclair & Miss Lewis used a range of instruments to develop ‘Story Music’. The day was thoroughly enjoyed by all and finished in the Studio Theatre with the pupils showcasing their wonderful creative talents. Ross Irwin – Director of Studies and Learning
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Middle Prep Exploration Day
Year 2 Victorian Trip
Follow last term’s STEM related Exploration Day, in association with the UK Space Agency, this term’s focus had a more creative flavour. Linked in with poetry, which all Year groups have been looking at through the week, the theme of the day was developed from Year 5 English Set 3’s study of the poem Macavity, by T S Eliot. Taken from Eliot’s ‘Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats’, which is the basis for the musical CATS, the poem proved to be the CATalyst for the day’s feline theme.
Year 1 had an exciting visit from Peter’s father who is Vice Chairman of Innovative Design at Lego. He gave a talk, telling them about manufacture of the bricks and the way they build and think of ideas at the factory and offices in Denmark. Every child had a gift of Lego and a big box for the class too.
This term the History topic in Year 2 is ‘The Victorians’. The children have been learning about life in the Victorian time as a child in school and having to go to work from an early age. The whole class went to the Sevington Victorian school where the children had to dress up in Victorian clothes and play the part of a Victorian school girl or boy - even the adults dressed up too! During the day the children practised writing on slate boards and with ink pens in their copy books. The girls and boys did all activities
On 4th March, the gifted and talented maths pupils had a Challenge Morning. For the first half of the morning, we were put into teams of three and each team got a tin of baked beans (all different kinds). Our task was to find out which brand of beans was the best value for money; Branston, Sainsbury’s Own, Heinz or Basics. We had to do a number of different tasks, including working out what percentage of the tin was beans and what percentage was sauce, also the average cost per bean and many other tasks like that. Overall the result was that Branston was the best value for money! After this we also did a blind taste test to see which
On the 23rd April I will be running the London Marathon. I attained my place based on a previous marathon time therefore I am not expected to support a charity. However, when the school charity was announced to be Cancer Research – the very charity that kick-started my running addiction (Race for Life) I decided to support them once again. www.justgiving.com/fundraising/missboswell Helen Boswell Head of Girls’ Games, Prep School
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The winners were: Fred Lissenden, AKA Grandpa (from ‘Grandpa’s Great Escape’), Maddy Small, AKA Saucepan Man, Leon Hutchings, who was a very convincing Mad Hatter, and Amy Bond as a terrifying Demon Dentist! Lower Prep pupils and their teachers joined the whole school assembly at the end to give a wonderful fashion parade of their own. Pupils took part in a range of book-themed activities in their English lessons, from Year 3 pupils hunting the school grounds to find Wally, to Year 6 conducting a survey to do with the popularity of bedtime stories, and Year 7 pupils writing their own phonic based books for younger pupils to learn from on i-Pads. Meanwhile, a competition was launched in the main library, whereby pupils had to work out which books the contents of a set of shoeboxes represented; and a range of other book quizzes and activities were made available. Thanks are extended to all parents and members of staff who made the day such a huge success.
World Book Day
tasted the best… this was also Branston! This was surprising for all of us. For the second half of the morning we stayed in our teams of three and each of us got a challenge booklet. This was a booklet with various different problems we tried to work out; for each problem your team solved you got a point. There were problems such as: can you find the next number in the sequence? Can you go across all of these paths only once? Things like that. It was very challenging but very interesting and exciting at the same time. I found out a lot about baked beans and different problems! I hope we get to do something similar again some time. Frankie Perrill, Year 6
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Prep school staff and pupils enjoyed a fun-packed day in honour of World Book Day on Thursday 2nd March. All pupils from Reception to Year 8 were invited to come to school dressed as a favourite book character, which helped to raise money for the Prep School’s current charity: Cancer Research UK.
The best dressed pupils from each Year 3-8 tutor group gave a fashion parade during assembly, and a panel of judges chose two winners from Upper Prep and two from Middle Prep to receive prizes.
Helen for London Marathon
squad went to the Prior Park invitational full of confidence, but knowing this would be a tougher proposition. First match up was Millfield and a totally committed display saw Wycliffe win 10-0. Still delighted by this performance the team trailed 14-0 against Blundell’s after only a few minutes, but composed themselves quickly to level the score by half time and eventually win 28-14. There were then comfortable wins against Bristol QEH (43-10), Prior Park (50-0), Downside (45-5) and Bishop of Hereford (23-10) winning the group unbeaten in six matches. In an identical final to the girls’ netball, they faced Bromsgrove. This was a fast physical game that the team adjusted well to, but despite creating chances and defending well, they trailed 14-7 at half time. The second half was similar with both sides competing well. However, Bromsgrove managed to extend their lead to win 26-12. Despite the Rugby 7s players and Netballers finishing runners up in their respective tournaments, these were wonderful performances from both squads and thoroughly deserved achievements in tournaments with 14 other schools competing. All the U14 boys and girls involved can be proud of their achievements this term.
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In recent Netball and Rugby 7s tournaments, Year 9 pupils have had some amazing success against some big sports schools.
U14 Rugby 7s and Netball Success!
The U14 Netballers played in an invitational tournament at Bromsgrove. In a difficult group Wycliffe played confident and attacking netball, securing wins against Oakham (11-5), Stamford (12-2) Uppingham (15-8) and Malvern College (11-6). Still in the group stages Wycliffe had two tough matches left against the favourites in the group Cheltenham College and Rugby. In true fighting spirit Wycliffe battled with Cheltenham College until the final whistle stealing a 9-8 win. The last group game against Rugby was a dominant and easy win 9-3. With everything to play for Wycliffe faced Oundle School in the semi-finals. Drawing 4-4 at half time some creative attacking moves gave Wycliffe much needed possession to take Wycliffe to their 7th win of the day in a 9-7 victory. The final against Bromsgrove was always going to be tough, knowing they reached the regional finals for the Midlands. But the team’s efforts could not be faulted. Defensive turnovers and a change of positions at half time saw Wycliffe come right back into the game at 6-8. Unfortunately a couple of last minute goals and intense pressure from Bromsgrove saw Wycliffe’s first loss of the day 7-11. After winning the KLB Rugby 7s tournament before half-term beating the hosts (10-7), Crypt (61-0), Churchdown (51-0), Bishops of Hereford (26-0) the U14
Public Schools Fencing Medal Success
Training took place on the beach on the morning before our first tournament at Agronomia RFC. Unfortunately conditions there were not so good, with rain the previous week leaving a large amount of standing water and mud. The new white and purple 7s kit was definitely going to be ruined after this experience. The rugby was a good standard and despite the boggy conditions underfoot there were some wonderful runs from Sergey Zaprudin who twice broke away to score tries. The highlight of the evening was a try which started with a scrum on our own five metre line. The ball emerged and was passed by scrum half Harry Rapley, to fly half Jamie Ealey who was stood behind our own try line. His pass to center Joey Clabbon went behind the posts and Joey stepped outside his man and set off up the pitch. On reaching the half-way line the cover defense was closing in and Joey flung a speculative (or perfectly timed) pass over his shoulder to Tombe Boud. The pass was so good (or so lucky) that Tombe never broke stride and completed the second half of the pitch to score under the posts at the other end. A great effort!
In the girls senior epee. Zoe Davison was 8th from 35 fencers, while in the boys junior foil, Charlie Leach was 47th from 106 fencers, only losing 15-14 in the last 64. A huge congratulations to Ben on winning a bronze medal and to all Wycliffe fencers for representing the school so well.
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PORTUGAL RUGBY 7s TOUR FEBRUARY 2017
The day after this first tournament the group had surfing lessons. This was in the Atlantic in February and it was very cold. However, it was for some the highlight of the trip and certainly a very enjoyable experience. Not many other people were stupid enough to be in the water though, so they had the sea to themselves on this occasion. The second tournament was at the wonderful Cascais RFC. Their artificial pitch was in complete contrast to the previous night and it took the players a while to get used to the speed of these conditions. Again the quality of rugby was great and provided an excellent challenge with some even better hospitality afterwards. Alex Watson and Tom Stanley both performed well on the night and showed the improvement and confidence developing in the squad. The final day of tour consisted of a stadium visit to Benfica Football Stadium – a sin some may say on a Rugby Tour – but well worth the visit. This was followed by a guided tour around Lisbon. The final tour dinner in the evening was a chance to dress to impress, with everyone showing off their ‘shocking shirts’ and remembering some of the best moments of the last few days. The awards on tour went to Mark Zheng for his wonderful dummy run off George Hartson in the first tournament, Ryan Coombs and Harry Rapley for their identical matching outfits. Sergey Zaprudin was the tour’s top try scorer and Tom Stanley was the players’ player of the tour. Portugal will definitely be remembered for the stunning coastline, the delicious varied cuisine and the wonderful hospitality. Thanks to all staff that accompanied the trip and the players who throughout were a credit to themselves and the school.
At the Championships, Wycliffe was well represented by a team of seven fencers. There was medal success in the boys Mount-Haes foil (U14s). Ben Simmonds finished a brilliant 3rd from 105 fencers to win the bronze medal. He was also placed 18th in the epee event on Tuesday from a field of 98 fencers.
During February half-term, a group of 15 students and three staff went on a Rugby 7s Tour to Portugal. This was the second tour of its kind, having previously toured Italy in 2015 to help preparations for the forthcoming Rugby 7s season. The accommodation and location at Caparica in Portugal for our base on the tour was perfect. We were only a few minutes’ walk from the sea and a wonderful sandy beach. With the weather being a fair few degrees warmer than the UK, it couldn’t have been better. The rooms were air conditioned and the restaurant provided a brilliant buffet breakfast. Training took place on the beach on the morning before our first tournament at Agronomia RFC. Unfortunately conditions there were not so good, with rain the previous week leaving a large amount of standing water and mud. The new white and purple 7s kit was definitely going to be ruined after this experience. The rugby was a good standard and despite the boggy conditions underfoot there were some wonderful runs from Sergey Zaprudin who twice broke away to score tries. The highlight of the evening was a try which started with a scrum on our own five metre line. The ball emerged and was passed by scrum half Harry Rapley, to fly half Jamie Ealey who was stood behind our own try line. His pass to center Joey Clabbon went behind the posts and Joey stepped outside his man and set off up the pitch. On reaching the half-way line the cover defense was closing in and Joey flung a speculative (or perfectly timed) pass over his shoulder to Tombe Boud. The pass was so good (or so lucky) that Tombe never broke stride and completed the second half of the pitch to score under the posts at the other end. A great effort!
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Year 9 student Rachel Hatherell is the first Wycliffe student to be selected for the U15 England Hockey Performance Centre pathway which launched in January 2017. England Hockey have had a complete restructure and have developed this new player pathway which sees the best players in the County Academy being selected into Performance Centres which are run by the regions. They select the top 24 players in the County and provide increased contact time over an extended period. Performance Centres are run throughout the year with regular inter region competitions taking place before selections into the U16 Futures Cup team. This is an outstanding achievement for Rachel and we look forward to following her development within the Performance Centre. Good luck!
We are into the final stages of the National Schools competition, with both U19 teams reaching the finals day on the 22nd March in Manchester. This is the third year in a row this has happened and we are looking forward to defending both of our titles won on the previous two years. In the U15 event, the girls just missed out on a place in the finals after losing 3-2 to Wycombe High School. It was a fantastic effort though by Lotti Taylor-French, Jamie Randall, Daisy Hartson, Evie Evans and Evie Green as most of the team don’t have time to play squash as regularly as others. In the boys event we have
At the South West Cross Country Championships in Truro there were some outstanding performances in atrocious wet and windy conditions. Tom Bury finished 32nd in the U20s and 5th out of the Gloucestershire runners. Millie Porter produced Wycliffe’s performance of the day, finishing 10th in the South West and 3rd from the Gloucestershire runners. Evie Green was an excellent 19th overall and 4th in the County. Tom Rowland finished 28th in the U15 Boys, with Harvey Rowland two places behind in 30th which placed them 2nd and 3rd in the County. In the Girls U17 Amy Cook was 36th in the South West and 5th from Gloucestershire.
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Zoe Davison had another massively successful day representing Great Britain in Modern Pentathlon at an international competition on 4th March. The day started with the fencing discipline where Zoe topped the girls’ standings on 15 victories and 6 defeats. Behind the 18 year old Wycliffe pupil were a trio of athletes on 14 victories and 7 defeats – Hertfordshire’s Alexandra Bousfield, Germany’s Franziska Schamel and Croatia’s Anna Vuletic. The girls’ swim was dominated by the British athletes in the field with the 10 quickest times all coming from home athletes. Top of the pile was Genna Suddes with an impressive 2:10.29, just over 3 seconds ahead of Zoe (2:13.55) in 2nd and Georgina Mitchell just 0.06 seconds further back in 3rd. It meant there was a British 1-2-3 ahead of the laser-run with Wycliffe’s Zoe leading Alexandra and Olivia.
Bronze Medal for Zoe Davison in Modern Pentathlon International
a final match against Aylesbury Grammar School to get to the finals day, we will face very tough competition in this again this year with Ackworth School from Pontefract looking to defend their title they won from us last year. Individually, it has been a good few months with Sam Osborne-Wylde (Year 8) reaching the final of the U13 British Open and he has now been selected to represent England at the home international at the end of March. Campbell Wells and Celine Walser have also been selected to represent Switzerland over the coming months!
Despite a much better shoot Zoe was still over taken by team mate Olivia and a Portuguese athlete, but remained very pleased to make it to the podium, wining an individual Bronze medal. The team Gold medal for Great Britain was a great bonus. Following the previous selection events two weeks ago and this outstanding performance, Zoe has now been selected to compete in Switzerland. Not only will this be her first full Pentathlon at International level (U19 does not include the ride phase), but she will be competing as an adult. This is a wonderful achievement and testament to all Zoe’s hard work, effort and training in all the Modern Pentathlon disciplines over the previous years.
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