Walking alongside it, there were no cars to be heard, only the heart- warming laughter of my fellow classmates and the ice cold wind biting our necks. To my right the gorgeous sapphire sky was split to the horizon by a never-ending gorge. Wow, this gave me the chills! I am not very fond of heights. Our teachers explained to us that Brunel died before seeing his work complete. Poor Brunel! We also found out the stunning fact that on 1st April 1979 a member of the Oxford University ’Dangerous sports Club’ bungee jumped from the bridge and a new sport was born around the world.
On Wednesday, 5th October, DY visited Bristol for a cultural enrichment and theatre trip. Here are a few of their combined impressions:
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Clifton Observatory After that we went to the Clifton Observatory. The view from it was spectacular: the whole Clifton Suspension Bridge, the river slowly flowing towards the city, and the little houses; a picture-postcard composition! SS Great Britain Brunel also built a majestic iron ship called the SS Great Britain. Launched in 1843, she was called ‘the greatest experiment since Creation.’ Brunel’s vision for the ship made her the great-great-grandmother for all modern ships and was the largest passenger liner in the world from 1845 to 1854. We saw her resting in a dry dock at a pier and we managed to get a good view of the outside. Ferry trip Our teachers had a boat ride planned for us, however until it came there was still time to spare. I had my eyes set on the nearest café. The slice of cake and hot chocolate I chose were splendid. Not long after, a small ferry came and we had a short river journey downtown. I didn’t really have an idea of what Bristol would look like and didn’t expect it to be so pretty. It seemed a mini version of Venice with its small canals winding through the streets, and the old fashioned houses gave it a homely feel.
Members of the Prep and Senior Schools’ Cross-country teams
“ The development of this sport at Wycliffe this year has seen 18 athletes qualify to represent the District team at the County Championships”
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In other team sports the Rugby 1st XV have reached the last 16 of the NatWest Bowl, where after beating St Brendan’s College 61-8 they now play Bridgewater College. The U14 Rugby team have had an excellent season so far losing just one fixture and reaching the District Cup final. Whilst this achievement is reward for their hard work, it is worth mentioning that 25 players have played in the A team during this term and nine of the squad are involved in the Gloucester Rugby Development Player Programme. In Netball the U14 and U16 teams both reached the semi-finals of their County tournament, and the U14s have also reached the District finals.
In the District trials, Tom Rowland won the Junior Boys race with Harvey Rowland in second, while Sophie Izon finished second in the Minor Girls and Evie Green third in the Junior Girls. The development of this sport at Wycliffe this year has seen 18 athletes qualify to represent the District team at the County Championships. This term has also seen unprecedented success from the school’s Squash squad who remain unbeaten in all four age groups for National School matches and hope to ensure that all teams reach the finals in March. Well done to all the pupils who have represented the school this term.
Olympic Coaching Sessions from Hollie Webb and Golden Opening of Newly Refurbished Astroturf
Wycliffe Politicos Head West
City walk and lunch We had two hours to walk through the city, first with our teachers through Queen’s Square and then across the foot bridge to Millennium Square. Given permission to discover Bristol by ourselves, we ate lunch and found out some extra information about the town. I noticed that Bristol can get really crowded in the middle of the day. Theatre Visit An hour later we regrouped. Our teachers had bought us tickets to see ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ at the Bristol Hippodrome. A theatre almost 100 years old, I stepped inside feeling like a noble enjoying the best kind of entertainment from those days. I had researched the plot beforehand; it was great, so my expectations were high! Luckily, it didn’t upset me; I thought the musical was brilliant. The story is about a Jewish milkman and his three daughters who wish to marry the men they love, even if the village’s traditions would not allow them. I could truly feel the enthusiasm of the actors. It is not easy to act, sing and dance at the same time!
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Overall This was really a great learning experience for all of us: historical British architecture, a famous British engineer and of course the great Anglo-American tradition, a musical; that’s why I’m studying in Britain! I thought this trip was great and I am looking forward to seeing what else England holds in store for us.
…Olympic Coaching Sessions continued
Designed by the famous British architect Brunel in 1864 Clifton Suspension Bridge is the result of a competition
Wycliffe Politicos headed across the Severn to the National Assembly of Wales in Cardiff recently. There, they had a quick tour of the rather lovely building before watching a fascinating session of First Minister’s questions. Conducted in both English and Welsh it was really interesting to see Welsh democracy in action with the leader of the governing Labour Party – Carwyn Jones – fielding questions on a whole range of issues from his reaction to the Trump victory in the US to the way Wales might adapt to life post Brexit. It was good to see one of our own – Andrew RT Davies (leader of the Welsh Tories and OW) – ask a series of questions probing him on GP funding in Wales. Afterwards, Andrew was kind enough to meet up with the Year 12 pupils for tea and biscuits and a lengthy discussion mainly focussing on his leadership of the ‘Leave’ campaign in Wales.
Clifton Suspension Bridge Our first destination was Clifton Suspension Bridge. Designed by the famous British architect Brunel in 1864 as a result of a competition, it is 101 metres high and 214.05 metres long. Beneath it flows the River Avon, which was an important thoroughfare for the slave and spice trade in the past. I was stunned by how much engineering work had been done to build it; with no structures built into the River Avon to support the bridge, it depends on cables which are connected to the towers on either side. A magnificent suspension bridge!
The start of the trip Ah, the feeling that Wednesday morning when I realised this would not be the usual seven periods of school, but an adventure! We were going out to Bristol to explore the different kinds of things England has to offer. A double-decker bus was already awaiting us, which was a great surprise as I’ve never been in one before. I even got a seat in the front row on the top deck! So the start to Bristol was really great...
The Autumn Term started with a visit from Olympian, Hollie Webb, and the golden opening of the school’s newly refurbished astroturf. The gold medal winner from Rio ran coaching sessions for pupils in the Prep and Senior School, before supporting the teams in fixtures against local schools...
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Achievements in Cross-country have also seen three teams of runners from the Prep and Senior schools reach the English Schools’ Athletics Association Cross-country Cup Regional finals. After a tough race in wet conditions the Boys U13 and Girls U15 teams both qualified for the National finals.
The experience has definitely inspired the Hockey girls to achieve their potential as this term saw many wonderful achievements. Notably, the U16 squad reached the West Region Finals for the first time. The team have played some outstanding Hockey and were competitive throughout the qualification rounds and during the finals. Not to be outdone, in the Prep School the U12 Hockey team reached the National IAPS Finals and produced some stunning play to finish fifth overall, while the U15 age group reached round three of the SMILE Independent Schools Cup, eventually losing 1-3 away to a strong Millfield team after a well-deserved win against Red Maids. In regular school Hockey fixtures the U14 Hockey team have only lost one out of their 13 matches this term, which bodes well for the future.
The Library invited pupils, staff and parents to enter the Wycliffe competition to celebrate National Poetry Day 2016.
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If I knew my brother, I know he’d be the best. He’d talk to me, He’d understand. He’d also make me feel much better. But I won’t sugar coat it, Siblings always fight. But maybe things would be different, Maybe I wouldn’t have my Raph, Maybe I wouldn’t have my Keira. Maybe no Jack. Maybe we would laugh and play, Maybe we would fight and shout. But maybe I know my brother, Maybe he is here, Maybe he’s in the trees, Maybe he’s in the grass. But I think he is in the wind Following us around, Flying, Dancing, Playing, Happy in the clouds.
This made one of the Librarians cry. She loved it!! Very perceptive about the possible gains from tragedy too. 1st Prize Estella Gwinnett
For the fifth year in succession, Steven Hubbard of the Art Department has had a print accepted into the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition - the prestigious London open entry exhibition which has taken place without interruption for 248 years.
Three winning poems were chosen 1st Prize – Estella Gwinnett 2nd Prize – Brendan Ind 3rd Prize – Millie Porter They won a poetry anthology and a bar of chocolate.
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Wycliffe’s First Futures Fair
Japanese Haiku Workshop
Wycliffe’s First Futures Fair
Sculptor Richard Wilson RA led this year’s selection committee. The Committee selected down from the original 12000 public submissions to hang about 950 pieces, along with work by academicians and many invited international artists, to create a varied and challenging exhibition. The show is in the Royal Academy’s Burlington House on Piccadilly and runs from 13th June until August 21st. Mr Hubbard attended the opening for artists, (Varnishing Day) in London during Half Term. This is held before the week of private views and press days leading up to 13th June. He was not only able to see his own print, but also happy to see his ex-student Oliver Marsden’s large painting, which had also been selected. This was Oliver’s first attempt at getting work into the exhibition (in fact he had been initially entered without his knowledge by his younger brother, Jack Marsden, also an ex-Wycliffian). Oliver was not able to be at the Varnishing Day as he was in New York, but was pleased to receive a photograph from Mr Hubbard of his work in situ. Those who attended the fascinating and stimulating exhibition of ex-students’ and staff art work in the Atrium during May, (‘Out of the Art Room’), will remember Oliver’s powerful and mesmeric paintings, and will not be surprised about his continued success.
UK universities Oxford Brookes SOAS Swansea University University of Birmingham University of Bournemouth University of Plymouth University of St. Andrews University of Surrey University of Westminster International universities Burnett Global Education (business management and hospitality courses in Switzerland, Spain, China, Australia, USA and London) Emily Carr University of Art and Design (Canada) Maastricht University (Netherlands) Nova Scotia College of Art & Design (Canada) OCAD University (Canada) Queen’s University (Canada) Ryerson University (Canada) Savannah College of Art and Design (USA) Seneca College of Applied Arts and Technology (Canada) Sewanee (USA) Study Options (New Zealand and Australia) University of British Columbia (Canada) University of Georgia (USA) University of Guelph (Canada) University of Toronto (Canada) College of William and Mary (USA) Apprenticeship providers Army BPE Solicitors Lloyds Bank Navy RAF Renishaw Rolls Royce South West Apprenticeship Company Other opportunities Ian Birbeck – Projects Abroad (gap year options), Rob Thomas – Sporting Elite USA (sporting scholarships in the US)
All the runners-up won a bar of chocolate: Ben Simmonds Lewis Livingstone Toby Collingridge Charlie Jones Jack Broomfield Freya Telford Jad Hallal Teacher runners-up: Mrs Tavner and Mrs Browne
The entries were to be ‘messages’ in the style of poems. The message could be about anything that the poet wanted. The pupils posted their ‘messages’ into the post boxes made up by Library staff and these were sent to other Gloucestershire schools to receive. Wycliffe received messages from others schools in the area too. We tweeted our poems with the #NPD2016messages
Fifth Royal Academy Summer Exhibition in a Row for Art Teacher, Steven Hubbard
A huge thanks to everyone who filled a shoebox for Operation Christmas Child! On Friday 18th November, Katie and I were lucky enough to visit the warehouse where the shoeboxes were stored and sorted and managed to help out ourselves. We both processed and built the boxes and then put them into storage ready for transportation. The boxes will be taken to children in countries who wouldn’t otherwise get any Christmas presents. Even if it only makes a small difference to a handful of children this Christmas, this process will have been worthwhile.
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Our very first Futures Event at Wycliffe took place on Wednesday 28th September. The day was devoted to giving all our pupils a chance to consider a range of options for when they leave compulsory education at the age of 18, with direct access to providers of further and higher education and apprenticeships. We have gathered representatives of top UK, US, European, Australian, New Zealand and Canadian universities, as well as significant employers. Visiting in year groups, each pupil had the chance to peruse the exhibits and also hear from them in short introductory talks throughout the day. A special session ran exclusively for Wycliffe parents and guardians, starting with five minute presentations covering each of UK universities, US universities and apprenticeships.
On Saturday 8th October, Year 9 pupils who are currently studying Japanese attended a Haiku workshop led by Mr Paul Conneally, whose Haiku name is “Little Onion”! He taught us the differences between Western Haiku and Japanese Haiku. We also learnt about the different interpretations of “Old pond” by Basho, a Haiku master. We read some of Little Onion’s Haikus, and we came up with a season for each Haiku. He then took us on a Ginko (a walk to get inspiration for creating Haiku) and we wrote our own Haiku, inspired by the nature around the school campus. He showed us that Haiku was about freedom, nature and creative expression, instead of just the 5/7/5 syllable count. We were free to create our own Haiku with any amount of syllables. The workshop was inspiring, and we learnt a lot about Haiku poems and the Haiku poets. It helped develop our understanding of Japanese culture, and was really insightful for all of us who learn Japanese!
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National Poetry Day
The Wycliffe Annual History Lecture 2016
The highlight of the Autumn Term for the Modern Languages Department was English is Not Enough, an event that brought together the whole of Year 9 to focus on the importance of studying a foreign language.
The morning started with a presentation and quiz about languages worldwide, featuring famous national and international stars who speak languages other than English. The emphasis was on using languages as a tool in a whole range of career areas, some less obvious that others. There were talks from Wycliffe staff and videos by former Wycliffe students who today use languages in their jobs that they first studied at school. The second half of the programme saw the students in small groups, attending presentations by representatives from GCHQ on signals intelligence, Airbus on aviation engineering, Inside Japan tour operator and Bath University Languages Department. For sixth form linguists GCHQ provided a taster lesson in Arabic, encouraging interest in a wider range of languages. The event raised awareness that languages are not only for teachers or interpreters, and the students all agreed that English is most definitely not enough!
The STEM day is the brainchild of Matthew Archer, Head of Sixth Form at Wycliffe. “When we first started three years ago we had about 150 children with fewer activities. This year we had 500 children engaged in all aspects of STEM,” said Mr Archer. “Its popularity shows that there is a real appetite for STEM subjects. If you can get children enthused about Science at an earlier age, then they are likely to pursue it longer in school and hopefully as a career. The chemical engineering industry provides more income to the UK than banking, it is imperative that the next generation of scientists and engineers are inspired at a younger age and it is critical that the number of female engineers grows.” Mr Archer concluded.
Youth Prom at Royal Albert Hall
On Monday 14th November, seven Wycliffe musicians (Seva Bilous, Jeremy Burne, Beth Hiatt, Fenella Purkess, Tillie Graham, Eloise Davies and Milly Wagstaff) travelled to London to perform in one of the Music for Youth Prom Concerts at the Royal Albert Hall. The students had a busy day of rehearsals culminating in a spectacular evening concert featuring some of the best musicians in the country. Our musicians collaborated with 600 other students from Gloucestershire, Somerset and South Gloucestershire to perform a newly commissioned piece honouring the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death. The concert concluded with a massed ensemble performance of ‘Land of Hope and Glory’. Performing at the Royal Albert Hall was a very special experience for our students and one they will remember for many years to come.
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Stem Day at Wycliffe
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Seven primary schools took part in Wycliffe’s annual STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) day. Almost 500 children enjoyed a range of workshops and lectures. Nearly 100 Wycliffe Sixth Formers acted as tutors and teachers showing the youngsters how to make slime, ice cream, explosions and bendy pens.
Hundreds of primary school children discovered the wonders of everything from slime to ice cream.
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Nine-year-old Grace Purnell from St Mary’s Tetbury, tried her hand at making balloon kebabs without bursting the balloon. “My favourite part of the day was making slime but I also loved the chemistry explosion too,” she said. The primary schools taking part were: St Mary’s, Tetbury, Croft Primary, Painswick, Harewood Juniors, Gloucester, King’s Stanley Primary, Sharpness Primary, St Joseph’s Nympsfield and Wycliffe Preparatory School. Companies and organisations supporting the day included Crocodile World, University of Bristol, University of Sheffield, Renishaw, Avantis, James Dyson Foundation, Mantra Learning, INDS and Severn Wye Energy.
Emeritus Professor Alan Forrest of York University was the invited guest to Wycliffe College chapel at the Senior School on Wednesday evening 9th November 2016 to deliver the Annual History Lecture. The subject of the lecture was Napoleon Bonaparte and his influence on the development of modern Europe. The date was chosen as it was the anniversary of the Coup of 18th Brumaire, when Napoleon seized power in 1799. Professor Forrest, a Napoleonic specialist, spoke for about 55 minutes and took questions from the mixed audience of sixth formers, parents and teachers, visitors from the local community and from local schools. The event was warmly received and thanks go to the Parents’ Association Senior School for their continued funding of this now established feature of Wycliffe life.
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We currently have eight students who represent Wycliffe in county-level music. This year, the Gloucestershire Youth Wind Orchestra and the Gloucestershire Youth Choir reached the final round of the Music for Youth Festival, which gained them a performance slot in the Music for Youth Proms.
Frances Friend successfully auditioned for the role of Co-principal of the Gloucestershire Youth Orchestra for their 2016-2017 season. This is a remarkable achievement – well done Frances!
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On Wednesday 8th December, friends and family of Wycliffe’s Lower Prep were invited to a delightful production of the Christmas Nativity. Wycliffe Nursery pupils joined Lower Prep on stage to sing a variety of Christmas songs and carols. A delightful time was had by all.
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This year Wycliffe Prep School supported the shoebox campaign run by Link to Hope. This charity focuses on supporting underprivileged families and elderly people in Romania, Bulgaria, Moldova and Ukraine by sending a shoebox filled with practical gifts. Due to the generosity of our parents and pupils we were able to collect 65 shoeboxes that will go to families in real need.
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On Friday 4th November, Year 7 History pupils re-enacted the Battle of Hastings, an event which took place just over 950 years ago. The pupils had a wonderful time ‘fighting’ each other which their homemade shields and cardboard swords. Led by King Harold (Mr Pender) and William of Normandy (Mr Arman), the pupils really got into the tactics of battle. The whole day’s events were supported by re-enactor Kevin Hicks of the History Squad who was able to brief the pupils and direct affairs. As a result, the pupils were able to consider through this role play how Harold may have won especially if he had employed different tactics on the day, but as usual William’s clever method of breaking the shield wall proved decisive. But more importantly, the pupils will long remember what happened on this important day in history because of the fun and excitement of playing a part in this mock battle.
Year 1 pupils spent a fantastic day at the world famous Arboretum at Westonbirt on Tuesday 24th May. The trip was linked to our Science topic of growing. The children spent time collecting different leaves, making bark rubbings, constructing a den out of natural materials for a teddy and designing natural art as well as learning about trees and plants along the way. We had a relaxed and enjoyable picnic under a huge oak and then set off to experience the new treetop walkway. Although tired by the end of the trip, everyone thought it had been a brilliant day out.
Battle of Hastings
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950 years on – King Harold makes a comeback!
The Battle of Hastings was fought on 14th October 1066 between the Norman-French army of William, the Duke of Normandy, and an English army under the Anglo-Saxon King Harold Godwinson, beginning the Norman conquest of England.
Last term Austin won our competition to compose a piece of music for the 90th birthday of HM Queen Elizabeth. We sent a copy of his piece to Buckingham Palace and today we received a reply! The Queen seems to have liked the piece: ‘The Queen was interested to hear of the activities you have taken part in to commemorate her special day and Her Majesty was very touched by your kind thought in sending her your CD which has given her much pleasure’.
The films are now available as a free-to-view resource that can be used by schools throughout the country to inspire more young people to dig deeper into history. Brendan, said he was surprised but delighted to win. “I really enjoyed working on the script. My friend Ben and I acted it out for the videos.” He wrote about former Wycliffe pupil Len Gammidge. “He was in the same house as I was at Wycliffe Prep and I found it amazing to write about his life. He died on September 25, 1915, the first time he went over the top,” said Brendan. Steve Arman, Head of History at Wycliffe Prep, said: “As a teacher, I wanted the pupils to research, interpret and write ‘the lost story’ of Old Wycliffians from our school, who fought in the World War One.
Brendan Ind has won a national competition to create a series of history videos.
Fun Science For Year 1 @ Bristol
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burnt very easily so wouldn’t be very safe so we decided the bricks would be the best material as they are strong and didn’t catch fire. We then tested materials for the roof, we had to make sure it was waterproof so we poured water on the different materials. The shingle tiles were the best waterproof materials.
Upper Prep pupils were shocked to find themselves even studying poetry in their Maths lessons, as they estimated the approximate age of a poem’s target audience by calculating the average word lengths in a poem – well done, Mr Gaunt! Year 8 studied War Poetry, as part of their cross-curricular work on WWI in English and History, and Charlie Hosking and Jasmine Smith were honored to read their own remembrance poems at the Prep School Remembrance Service on 10th November. The highlight of the week was a visit from the highly acclaimed performance poet, Paul Lyalls, who gave energetic performances to
The winning video, called ‘Two School Boys and the Great War’, will be released to mark Remembrance Day. Whilst at the Preparatory School, he was named the overall winner in the national history-based competition, called MY EPIC ERA, run by Squaducation. Over the summer, Brendan, now in the Senior College, and his classmate Ben Matthews worked with the 60 Second Histories team to write, direct and star in their own series of 60 second history films based on their entry.
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Year 2 had a brilliant time at Copsegrove Farm – going on a treasure hunt looking for objects in the wood; enjoying a mini hunt; making clay mini beasts; toasting marshmallows over the fire; making chocolate and marshmallow wraps grilled over the fire; and building small houses for either fairies or elves out of materials found in the woods. Wow what a busy day!
Year 1 had a great trip to @Bristol on Tuesday 8th November. First we had a workshop called ‘Build It’ where we explored the best materials to use for both the walls and roof of a house. We tested a paper wall which was windproof but it was still not strong enough as Will was able to punch straight through it! We also tested wood which
“Winning the competition has, without doubt, brought their stories completely to life. Making these ‘60 Second History’ films, will be a memory they will never forget and as a result will hopefully enthuse them to see the personal stories of people from the past, who have lived through a diverse set of historical events and social settings. “Following on from the pupils’ research into these soldiers’ lives and the writing of their stories, which was an undertaking in itself, the making of ‘60 Second History’ films has to be the best way to truly understand what these men went through.”
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Then we were able to explore the different exhibits where we learnt lots about science. There were lots of different things which we really enjoyed but we especially loved the big bubble maker and the construction area where we tested our overlapping brick-laying skills that we were taught in our workshop – this made sure the walls were really strong and wouldn’t fall down. We had a great day and really enjoyed ourselves!
Reception to Year 2, and Years 3 to 5 respectively, before leading an ambitious and hugely successful poetry workshop with Years 6 to 8. A record-breaking number of entries was also received by the library for their poetry week competition; to write a 20-word poem as a ‘message to the world’. The runners-up for the competition were Bella Williams and Livvie Rathbone, for their joint poem, and Alyssa Powell, who each received a certificate, and the winner was Clara Skelston, who won a beautiful book of poems. The winning poems are on display in the library.
Battle Field Wycliffe Soldier to mark Remembrance Day
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Prep School enjoyed another fun-packed poetry week, with pupils enjoying a range of poetic activities across all subjects.
Welcome to the New Wycliffian Society and Foundation Manager
The OWs can now check events and news at the new Facebook page and although in its infancy, it’s already gathering likes. Please share this page amongst your peers. You can send a message via Facebook, email or phone. Click/Tap the links below:
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OW Carol Service
Having been back to the OW carol service twice in 21 years, reconnecting with OW friends has been interesting and my perception of the school – how I remember it and what it has become has in fact been refreshing. It’s true, Wycliffe offers something unique; a diversity and warmth that is often forgotten or misinterpreted. The strap line ‘nurturing potential’ is clear and with an even broader range of subjects and extra-curricular activities than I was privy to, Wycliffe still delivers that ‘family feel’ whilst encouraging academic and cultural diversity. Many of us will remember the somewhat draconian styles and some of us will remember (thankfully) watching them fade! My mission and that of the society’s is to provide a service to pupils once they have left, that still encompasses the ethos but that seeks to deliver tangible benefits and our aim is to be supportive in whatever capacity that may be.
Wycliffe has a new ‘all singing all dancing’ website and you can find the link to The Wycliffian Society via the top of the page. If you are using a mobile look for this icon: Please note, the OW pages are work in progress and are currently being populated so do bear with us whilst we design, gather and type!
Harris Cup Golf
Pictured right is the winning team from the Harris Cup which was played in October last year. Other exciting news is that a Facebook group now exists for the golfers and hopefully it will make communications and fixtures easier to organise. Search Wycliffe College Golfers. Please join the group if you are interested – you’ll be able to see a member list too and if you know of any younger players who might be interested, please direct them to FB.
The biannual drinks were held at The Lansdowne Club this Autumn and had a good turnout with a varying age range. To name just a few; Jakob Hancock (91-93), Chris Dicken (90-92), Will Tovey (85-92), Ash Bodey (87-93), James Cowling (90–93), Ben Hughes (89-94) Greg Mason, (06-11) Kristina Zienko (99-03). The Wycliffian Society plan to hold drinks receptions in other areas as well as London, perhaps Manchester/Bristol. Please contact the office if you would like to make an area suggestion or host. And, we would love to see more ladies attending to socialise and network.
Sarah Indranie (née Bonnar) OW 1988 – 1995
We are cleaning the database, adding OWs occupations, a mentoring system is in the pipeline and the events (drinks and OW day) will change for the better. We need your input for this to work well; for example are you willing to hold a discussion/workshop or do a ‘talk’ to pupils? Do you own your own business, work at a university, in TV, the gaming industry, are you a scientist or famous sports person, in property or fashion maybe? Perhaps you need apprentices or offer internships? Whatever your profession or need, we’d like to hear from you so that we can start connecting people, we see it as a mini LinkedIn that’s a little more personal. I love change and I love challenges and hopefully you will join me and play a small part in the growth of The Wycliffian Society. Contact us via Facebook, email, phone, post.
6th April 2017 18:30 – 20:00 The Queen’s Club, Palliser Rd, London W14 9EQ Nearest Underground Station: Barons Court. (West Kensington District)
We are currently performing a huge data cleanse. We have found multiple names at one old address or names with multiple postal and e-mail addresses. The new website now has a personal information form (PIF) built into the page and we would be very grateful if you could complete it. We’d rather not post if you prefer e-mail and we’d be grateful if you could tell us how you want to be contacted. Don’t forget that the OW Facebook page will advertise events and news and is a handy way to receive updates. The form can be found here:
I’ve recently moved back to The Cotswolds after 20 years away to enjoy the countryside, be closer to my family and offer my children a similar upbringing to my own. Watching two season changes here has been magical and cements our big move.
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On 3rd December we welcomed guest reader Dame Janet Trotter (DBE) and as always it was a lovely start to the festive season with an astounding choir, led by Gemma Russell (Director of Music). The singing ‘raised the roof’ and the chapel was almost at capacity. The usual social gathering was held in the Sports Hall afterwards and was enjoyed by many regulars as well as some new faces. It’s always a pleasure to welcome OWs back and often the former and current staff attend. This year to name a few, we enjoyed the company of Mr Michael Squance, Pete Woolley, Debbie and Chris Tetley, Trevor Jones, Phil Hale, David Frith. Next year we’d love to see the chapel bursting at its seams and more of you enjoying the social scene afterwards!
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THE WYCLIFFIAN YEAR 2017
The Masked Ball which was held on the 19th November this year proved to be a huge success. We welcomed members of the public, OWs and Parents. The band stole the evening and the dance floor was alive! A raffle was held and all funds raised were in aid of the Prep School Sports Pavilion Fund.
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Since summer we have been building a brand new boarding house on campus. Opening in September 2017, Ward’s-Ivy Grove, our brand new multi-million pound boarding house, will cater for approximately 80 pupils with state-of-the art boarding facilities and the latest in security and safety systems. The photos on this page show various stages of construction, ranging from the very beginning to some beautiful drone shots captured from above.
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New Build Update
The 1st XV have also been rewarded for their efforts this term. A well-motivated and determined group of players has now reached the quarter finals of the NatWest Bowl competition after stringing together some fine performances. This included victories over Marling (18-17), Beaufort (43-12), St Brendan’s (61-8) and most recently Bridgewater (28-21). The 1st team have been well led by Captain, George Hartson who has been rewarded with selection to the South West Independent School Lambs. Next term sees the players turn to Rugby 7s, with U13, U14, U16 and U18 age groups playing in tournaments. The senior squad also has an exciting tour to Portugal at February Half Term to look forward to.
On Saturday 3rd December Wycliffe College Boat Club hosted the annual Small Boats Head race. 350 crews consisting of over 1000 rowers made the trip to Saul Junction. The results were as follows:
Small Boats Head
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The Squash Term
As ever, it has proved to be a successful transition and we have a squad that is really looking to progress and take their games to the next level. We have remained unbeaten in the National Schools competition, beating rivals Millfield without dropping a match at Junior and Senior Girls’ and Junior Boys. This has meant all three teams progressing to the knockout stages of the competition next term. At the Welsh Junior Open, on the first weekend back we had two winners with Celine Walser winning
It is always an interesting term for the squash squad, with lots of influential players leaving and plenty of new faces coming into the team.
Autumn Term saw Wycliffe becoming one of four host centres for the Gloucester Rugby U14 and U15 Development Player Programme (DPP). Wycliffe Prep School Head of Boys’ Games, Sam Wainwright, leads the coaching for young rugby players in the Stroud area, which includes 16 Year 9 and 10 pupils from Wycliffe. Hosting the DPP at the school has really helped focus the young players with the U14 age group in particular having a wonderful season, recording 13 wins in their 15 matches, including reaching the District Cup final. Nine players in this age group attend the DPP, but there is also an enthusiastic B team and throughout the term over 25 players have represented the A team.
Tiernan Purkess winning the Junior 16 and novice single events. Fenella Purkess and Saoirse Purkess winning the Women’s Junior 16 double event. Katy Porter, Iona Wasdell, Mary Evans and Saffron Weaver coming second in the Women’s Junior 16 quad event Brilliant effort by all who raced and represented the school, a huge thank you to all parents and volunteers for all of the help throughout the day and a fantastic cake sale!
Wycliffe is now one of four host centres for Gloucester Rugby U14 and U15 Development Player Programme
the Girls U19 event and Jared Carter winning his age category. Sam Osborne-Wylde became the British U13 Champion and Jared Carter finished runner-up in the U17 Boys. Ex Wycliffian Kyle Finch became the U19 National Champion and he thanked Wycliffe for all their help and support. We have just returned from our European trip to Switzerland. It was the girls who stole the show here with Celine finishing second in the U19 Girls and the Taylor-French sisters both finishing fourth in the Girls’ U17 and U15.
In the Boys’ race, Tom Rowland (8th) and Harvey Rowland (17th) set the pace with Jacques Taylor (19th) and Seb Clarke (26th) finishing in third and fourth places respectively for the team. Flynn Walton (29th) glided over the wet and mud to push on the Wycliffe runners, with Will Naish (30th) only one place behind. These results meant the Inter Boys team finished in a creditable fifth place overall, while the Inter Girls team finished in an amazing second place to qualify for the National Finals. They will also be joined in the finals by the Junior Boys team who finished in third place, ahead of fourth place by just one point. A fantastic achievement! Well done to them and all runners who represented the school so well.
Three Wycliffe Cross-country teams qualified for the regional finals of the English Schools Athletics Association schools cup.
was whether she was nervous whenshe took the penalty shot in the final which secured Great Britain gold. “It sounds odd but I wasn’t nervous. I didn’t let myself think about it. I stripped it back to what it was. It was just a penalty shot, just another game of hockey,” she said. “We had done our homework on their keeper, so we knew what she would do and responded accordingly. I knew what I was going to do.” Head of Wycliffe, Nick Gregory, said: “Girls’ sport at Wycliffe is about to enter an exceptional era, with some outstanding groups of talented sportswomen across several sports in a number of age groups. “Having Hollie with us today will have inspired many of our girls to believe that they too might emulate the amazing achievements of Hollie and her GB team-mates this Summer.”
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Wycliffe U16 Hockey girls were runners-up in the Gloucestershire county round of the Investec Schools Championships. This qualifies them for the Regional rounds, something Wycliffe have never achieved before. The team beat Cheltenham Ladies’ College 1-0 with Izzy Naish scoring, Pates 3-0 with Tillie Graham, Amy Cook and Victoria Bogchenkova scoring and Cheltenham College 2-1 with Tillie Graham and Katie Cruickshank scoring. They then drew 0-0 against Dean Close and Balcarras to finish as runners-up. Player of the tournament was Emma Livingstone. The team then played in the Regional Preliminary tournament at Clifton College. They played St John’s College, Marlborough, The Ladies’ College Gurnsey, Hereford Cathedral and Clifton College. The team were creative in attack and showed confidence in all matches winning 2-0 against St John’s, 1-0 against The Ladies’ College and 1-0 against Hereford.
Junior Boys (Year 7&8), Inter Boys (Year 9&10) and Inter Girls (Year 9&10) teams had a wet and muddy trip to Warrington. Each team consists of six runners with the first four home scoring for the team. All runners can be proud of their determined performances in poor conditions, especially the Junior Boys who exceeded all expectations with a great all-round performance. Charlie Hosking (7th) recovered from a face-first fall to be the first Wycliffe runner home. Freddie Searle (9th) and Sam Davenport (22nd) were the other scoring runners along with Edward Thompson (27th) who managed a great sprint finish to climb a number of places. Kiran Carter (49th) was Wycliffe’s fifth runner home. In the Girls’ race Millie Porter (3rd) and Evie Green (8th) were the first two to finish for the Wycliffe team, with Amy Cook (14th) and Holly Lovell (15th) in close pursuit as the other scoring runners. Maddie Palmer (26th) also ran a brilliant race, as did Rachel Hatherell (34th).
They were faced with a strong group, but the girls made qualifying look easy with great defence and making tips and interceptions throughout the court. The turnovers turned into goals and brilliant wins were secured against Pates (5-0), 7- 2 against Balcarras and KLB and finally 11-5 against Ribston. In the quarter finals the girls started slowly against a strong Tewkesbury team. At half time the team were trailing and had to come from behind with some excellent attacking play and plenty of accurate shooting by Francesca Lundie and Evie Green, to record an 11-8 win which took them through to the semi-finals where they faced Cheltenham Ladies’ College. Unfortunately this was one game too many for the U14s and slowly the game slipped away from them in the second half, eventually losing 4-8. On this occasion they didn’t make the final. But this young promising team will definitely be a force to be reckoned with in the future. Excellent effort and performance by all.
The 26-year-old Olympic champion was at the Stonehouse school to officially open its new Astro hockey pitch. She held a masterclass with girls, met parents and watched some matches. Pupils got the opportunity to look at the gold medal from Rio and Hollie signed countless hockey sticks. For 13-year-old Ruby Rose, who plays for Wycliffe’s U14 team, meeting Hollie has inspired her to up her game. “She’s just a normal person and she’s got to win a gold medal in hockey. If she can do it then anyone can.” Fellow Wycliffe player Ella Clements, aged 12, agrees. “Meeting Hollie has been inspiring. It makes you want to play better.” “The girls here at Wycliffe are really enthusiastic and really keen to learn. I’ve enjoyed it,” said Hollie. The question all the girls wanted to know from Hollie
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Goals were scored by Emma Livingstone, Iona Lundie and two from Izzy Naish. Clifton was their last game and despite a few lapses in concentration, which saw Clifton score two quick goals to beat them 2-0, the overall result was one of celebration. Wycliffe finished as one of the top two teams to qualify for the Regional Tournament. This is a fantastic result from a hugely dedicated team.
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