I hope you have enjoyed the Christmas and New Year celebrations and feel refreshed and rested. Before looking ahead to the Spring Term, I will reflect for a moment on some of the school events that took place in the last four weeks of the Autumn Term.
Mind Over Manor Quiz
A splendid Mind Over Manor Quiz Competition ended in November, with Balmoral defeating Stirling by 13 points to 10 in the final. Congratulations to the victorious Balmoral team – Vassilis Papavassilopoulos, Alvaro de Calonje, Ethan Lim, Seb Clarke and Charlie Allison (captain).
“Julius Caesar” : Senior Play
The major drama event of the term has been the senior boys getting involved in the Shakespeare Project to celebrate the 450th birthday of William Shakespeare. Hundreds of schools took part from all over the UK and the boys had the opportunity to perform an abridged version of €œJulius Caesar€ at the Albany Theatre in Deptford on 18th November. There were some terrific performances from the cast who showed great commitment throughout the term. The Drama Cup was awarded to Jasper Sodha who played Mark Antony with real panache, but it was a super team effort. Many congratulations to the boys and to the directors, Mr Rixham and Miss Jacklin, for all their hard work. Bravo to all involved – it was a huge success.
Our Christmas music concert took place on 1st December in the theatre. There was a wonderfully diverse selection of pieces from the boys, with all age groups represented, and there was a suitably festive atmosphere at the end when our band performed Maria Carey’s €œAll I Want for Christmas is You€ under the lights of our new glitter ball! I know the boys loved playing to a full house, so thank you for your support and excellent participation. Many congratulations to all the performers and Mr and Mrs Freer.
Primary Maths Challenge
All the boys in Years 5 and 6 sat the Primary Maths Challenge in October and we were delighted to learn that 27 boys qualified for a gold, silver or bronze certificate. We offer particular congratulations to Charlie Grimstone and Oliver Hector who have been invited to the Primary Maths Olympiad and the other gold certificate winners: Jamie Grimstone, Ben Morrison, Rory More O’Ferrall and Louis Clarke.
The 1st XI chalked up three famous victories during the term – against Thomas’s Clapham, Harrodian and Westminster Under. The 2nd XI players were particularly pleased with their handsome wins over Sussex House and Alleyn’s. There were great performances from all age groups, but special mention has to be made of the Year 5 €œA€ team which has now gone through two years of inter-school fixtures at EHTM undefeated – a remarkable achievement. Many congratulations to all boys who have represented the school over the last term and to Mr Russell and all the coaches.
The following boys were awarded cups in Final Assembly:
|Junior Footballer of the Year :||Alex Smellie|
|Golden Boot (top goal-scorer) :||Nico Dykes|
|Senior Footballer of the Year :||Magnus Ellingsen|
|Footballing Excellence Cup :||Pedro Azagra|
The whole school attended our Carol Service at Holy Trinity Church on 10th December and it was a delightful occasion, with the Year Group choirs, Vocal Ensemble and all the readers performing brilliantly. Tom Klafkowski started the evening in style, delivering the opening verse of €œOnce in Royal David’s City€ quite beautifully and Edward Smellie deserves a special mention for his brilliant oboe playing during the School Carol. I warmly thank Mrs Freer, ably assisted by Mr Freer, for her tremendous work in masterminding proceedings so wonderfully.
Thanks to your generosity, we have raised significant funds for our various charities this term:
|Jeans for Genes||£1188|
|Ace of Clubs (Harvest Festival)||Food donations made|
|Friends of Clapham Common (Eco Day)||£652|
|Water Aid (Year 4 Cake Sale)||£333|
|Trinity Hospice (Carol Service)||£620|
|Holy Trinity Church (Carol Service)||£620|
At Final Assembly prizes were awarded to the following boys :
|4RH :||Milo Darley||Benjamin Emerton|
|4JL :||Vincent Muirhead||Talan Overton-Edwards|
|4TD :||Alexander Tonkin||Filipe Vaz de Almada|
|5NP :||Oliver Tidbury||Henry Shippey|
|5KF :||Caspar Fraser||Jamie Grimstone|
|5LM :||Charles Calzia||Thonas Foster|
|6FF :||Ollie Trill||Sam Trimboli|
|6CS :||Alexander Snook||George Potter|
|6AJ :||William Hunt||Lucas Jones|
|7AS :||Tobi Adesanoye||Ben Hopley|
|7AGS :||Oscar Muirhead||Jonathan Moeller-Schwartz|
|8FL :||Alexander Tsang||Gulliver Woods|
|8AW :||Oliver Gorden-Brown||Harry Buchan|
|Year 4 Industry Cup :||Harry Waight|
|Year 5 Quaich :||Oscar Turpin|
|Year 6 Discipulo Egrecio :||Michael Richmond|
|Year 7 Deputy Headmaster Cup :||George Wrather|
|Year 8 Headmaster’s Cup :||James Lawrence|
|Individual House Points Cup :||Addison King|
|Good Show Cup :||Jasper Sodha|
|House Points Cup :||Windsor|
We offer congratulations to all the boys listed above.
Year 8 Examinations in January
The examinations went very well at the end of November and, for the boys in Year 8 only, there are more practice CE papers to sit next week. The boys should already have their timetable, but you may find a copy on the Intranet.
New Staff for the Spring Term
We welcome Mr Alistair, a former pupil of EHTM, as our Gap Student and Mr Morrissey as Mrs Morgan’s assistant for this term. We also welcome back a familiar face, Mr Huggett, as our rugby coach.
We are delighted to announce that we have a new contract with a recycling firm, First Mile Waste Company, and that every classroom has been equipped with two new bins which will ensure that all of our waste paper, glass etc will be recycled and that none of it will go to landfill. A really exciting development that will be supported by the boys, I am sure.
Spring Term Calendar
I hope your son remembers to bring home the new Spring Term calendar and that he is excited by the many events planned for this term. Over the next eleven weeks the boys will be able to enjoy many competitions at lunchtime or after school, including Public Speaking, Bake-Off, General Knowledge, Chess, Music and Maths – it promises to be an action-packed start to the New Year!
I hope the boys have a successful term and I wish you all a Happy New Year.