Rugby Report Week 6


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A busy final week at RHS which saw all fixtures played midweek against various schools in and around the area. It has been a successful first half term for RHS across all age groups with a 72% success ratio. Hopefully all sides can maintain their momentum and look to finish the season on a high; however they face a number of strong schools after the half term break.

12A v Woodbridge W 22-12

An entertaining game which saw RHS battle against a stubborn Woodbridge side in the first half. However, the addition of Ed Chapman in the 9/10 slot helped to steady the ship and direct play into the spaces created by the industrious forwards. William Day worked hard all game whilst Felix Arps-Peterson and Charlie Lewis-Booth continue to forge a formidable second row partnership. In the end RHS ran out deserved winners.

12B v Woodbridge W 29-0

RHS started the stronger and more organised of the two sides. The backs were well organised by Rowland Kerr with devastating pace on both wings and a destructive Jason Sims in the centre. It was a matter of time before the Woodbridge defence gave way to a Kenneth Chu try under the posts. Jason Sims added a handful of scores before the break with RHS leading 17-0 at half time. They were asked to set themselves the target of not dropping the ball in the second half, a task not achieved by many top flight teams. Nonetheless, the 12Bs stuck to their promise valiantly, and reduced their error count in the second half. Brilliantly captained by Sims and led well by Ayush Thapa at flanker in the forwards. Kerr kicked brilliantly from the tee to confirm an overall score of 29-0 at the final whistle.

13A v Woodbridge W 50-0

A comfortable win for the U13A side over Woodbridge despite turning round at half time only 19-0 up. The visitors could not cope with the hard running from the impressive Seb Palmer who scored some excellent tries. RHS rang the changes with Charlie France making his debut at number 8 and Ed Fairley in the driving seat at fly half. RHS combined well channelling physicality and some skilful play. This win topping a successful half terms set of results.

13B v Woodbridge W 51-5

Another sound performance from a junior team against a competitive Woodbridge side. In the end RHS proved too powerful a side for Woodbridge and ran in a number of clinical tries. The side combined pace, power and skill in equal amounts to run out comfortable winners. Captain Tom Young and fly half Alistair Day were singled out by Coach, Mr Coleman, for their efforts and leadership. Well done.

14A v Culford W 53-0

A resounding victory for the U14As to finish a mixed half term of results and performances. In torrential rain and blowing winds, the side played some expansive rugby and ran tries in from all areas of the pitch. RHS set the tone by scoring in the first minutes of the game with a length-of-the-field-Toby-Okechukwu try. Further tries were added throughout the second half even though a number of players were played out of position. Ethan Donovan proved his worth throughout the game with his tireless work in all areas of the pitch whilst Toby Braybrooke helped to control the game from fullback and scrumhalf. Nishan Ale enjoyed his A team debut whilst Conor Ryan continues to improve week by week. Promising signs are beginning to be shown by a team full of individual talent but they must now start to work together to achieve a common goal.

14B v Hadleigh High School. Postponed.

15A v New Hall L 0-60

Not a good day for the 15As unfortunately. They had talked themselves out of any chance of winning this match the night before. By the time the team finally started to show some fight they were 40 points down and it was too late. New Hall are unbeaten in what is a strong year group. A lesson to be learnt about mental toughness and self-belief! A disappointing result clearly but RHS are no doubt a good side that had a particularly ‘tough day at the office’. A chance now to rest over half term and come back with renewed enthusiasm and make amends for this defeat.

15B v New Hall W 47-5

RHS U15Bs continue to show great promise and strength against well organised opposition with some big attacking threats. The scoresheet was spread out across 7 different try scorers, from both backs and forwards. Toby Ruffles kicked 6 from 7 to edge the total well towards 50 points. The game was a new challenge for RHS and a few injuries sustained to Callum Hensby and Kieran Farrer disrupted the flow of the game. However, Scott Taylor made it as seamless as possible and Harry Chavasse was devastating in the middle, committing defenders and offloading well in attack. We were a little slow in defence and lacked that aggression in the tackle but all in all, another victory, and another job done. Half term has come at an opportune moment to recharge before the long away trip up to Gresham’s.

16A v Felsted W 29-12

An impressive victory in the end for a confident U16A side who really should have scored more. Felsted are one of the stronger sides on the circuit but RHS put a well drilled side to the sword and showed great intensity and maturity with a number of the senior players coming to the fore. The lineout worked particularly well with Charlie Ewen and Sam LeRoy dominating in the air. Charlie Kerr continues to marshal his forwards well and is able the distribute the ball to a well-oiled backline. Special mention must go to Robbie Elms for a length of the pitch try! The result was made all the more pleasing in light of the long injury list the side is currently facing.

16B v Felsted L 32-29

An agonising defeat for the Bs in what was a real back and forth fixture. Due to a number of injuries the side called up a number of inexperienced players for their B team debuts. And as expected, all individuals stepped up to the mark in true RHS style. Alfie Anderson and Xavier Knox Johnson were but a few making their debut and got stuck right in. In the end RHS were knocking down the door on Felsted but unfortunately ran out of time. Well done to all involved.

2nd XV v Felsted L 7-36

A tough game for the RHS 2nd XV in which they failed to take control and capitalise on any meaningful chances. The side kicked away useful position and therefore never really built pressure on a beatable Felsted side.

1st XV v Felsted L 10-34

An unfortunate loss against Felsted ended the 1st XVs unbeaten run. It started so positively for RHS who imposed their style of play on Felsted to go ahead 10-0 although the opposition scored an interception try to go in at half-time just 10-7 behind. Felsted dominated possession in the second half and RHS began to lose composure and play off difficult ball. In the end, Felsted ran in some well-worked tries and RHS allowed three soft interception tries by trying to force play in unpressurised positions. A disappointing loss but a number of lessons were learnt from a growing side who now look forward to setting the record straight up against Greshams after half term.


Congratulations to two RHS boys on their selection into the ISRFC (Lambs) U13 East Midlands squad. Three boys attended the trial at Orwell Park last Sunday. Luke Clark-Smith and Hamish Comonte were both successful and now go on to represent the East Midlands at Bilton Grange at the end of half term. Hamish who captains RHS U13 said ” this is quite a step up ” as the final session began with the best players from prep schools in the age group from all over the East Midlands.

County Representation

Congratulations to Francois Rossouw who will play Eastern Counties U16 vs Herfordshire, Lyam Thorpe who represents Eastern Counties U18 vs Kent and George Butt who will play Essex U18 vs Hertfordshire.

Over one third of RHS runners qualify for next round of Suffolk Cross Country.


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In the last week of this half of term the Royal Hospital School hosted the initial stage of the Suffolk Area Schools Cross Country Trials. This was a huge event with more than 1500 runners.

Of the 90 RHS pupils who took part across the age groups and categories, an impressive 35 qualified for the next round. Special mention must go to Sean Cuddihy and Sam Hindley who finished 8th in their respective races, Conor Ryan who came 6th and Bella Keeley who came 4th in fields of between 125 and 230 runners.


The next round is on Saturday 6th December at Alde Valley School.

The Swingle Singers are coming to the Royal Hospital School


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The Swingle Singers along with the Chamber and Show choirs of the Royal Hospital School will be thrilling the audience as they push the boundaries of what he human voice can achieve.

SS PosterTo book tickets please visit the Ipswich Regent Box Office or email


Florence cut off her long hair for childrens cancer charity raising £2347


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Over the summer Florence Horrigan, Year 11, took some drastic steps in support of young cancer patients by cutting off her beautiful long hair.

Forence before

Florence Before

Earlier this year, her mother’s close friend was diagnosed with cancer and, as a result of her treatment, began to lose her hair. This upset Florence, 15, who lives in Felixstowe, and she felt she wanted to help people who suffer from hair loss, particularly those of a similar in age to herself. Through some research, she found a charity called “Little Princess Trust” that provides real-hair wigs to boys and girls across the UK and Ireland that have sadly lost their own hair through cancer treatment.

On the 15 July Florence called upon her sister, Emily, for help as she is a trained hairdresser. In order for Florence’s long tresses to be preserved for making into a wig, it was necessary to put her hair into lots of tiny ponytails before cutting.

Florence after

Florence After

Florence, said, “It was an emotional ordeal and my sister actually cried before cutting the first pony tail. Lots of friends came to witness which gave me the support I needed to go through with it. Once the deed was done I used social media – Instagram and Facebook – to help publicise what I had done and a Just Giving site to raise £2347.89 for the Little Princess Trust. Although, it was a bit of shock at the time, particularly for my friends when I went back to school after the summer holidays, I have got used to having short hair and I don’t think I will grow it long again.”


An impressive performance by the Royal Marine CCF cadets at the 2014 Pringle Trophy


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The 9-strong Royal Marines CCF Cadets “Pringle Team” spent the weekend at the Commando Training Centre at Lympstone, competing with 17 other teams for the “Pringle Trophy”.

Pringle Trophy
Led by Cameron Fairrie, the RHS team produced the best all round team performance for many years. Although RHS did not finish in the top 3 at the end of the competition – teamwork, leadership and sheer determination saw them win one ‘Stand’ outright (Camouflage & Concealment); joint top in another (Tyrolean Traverse) and placed second in two more (Observation and the Battle Exercise).

The finale on Sunday was a run through the mud of the Royal Marines Endurance Course on Woodbury Common. This started with a freezing plunge through the infamous water tunnel, known as the “Sheep Dip”, and this test of courage was followed by an all-out team run through mud, gorse and heather, which included crawling through tunnels and wading deep ponds.

In the spluttered gasped words of one of the team at the finish “… that was the hardest thing I have ever done!”

All members of the team may feel justifiably proud of their performance.

Cdt CSgt     Cameron Fairrie (Team Leader)
Cdt CSgt     Matt Brown
Cdt Sgt       Liam Crismani
Cdt Sgt       Sean Cuddihy
Cdt Cpl       Matt Khan
Cdt Cpl       Toby Eaton
Cdt Cpl       Anush Rana
Cdt LCpl     Jamie Eaden
Cdt LCpl     Will Hassall

Two year 8 boys selected for ISRFC East Midlands


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Congratulations to two Royal Hospital boys on their selection into the Independent Schools RFC or Lambs U13 East Midlands squad.

The boys, Luke Clark-Smith and Hamish Comonte, were successful in the trials held at Orwell Park and now both go on to represent the East Midlands at Bilton Grange at the end of half term.

Hamish, who captains the RHS U13s, commented “This is quite a step up ” as the final session began with the best players from prep schools from all over the East Midlands.

Hockey Report week 5


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1st XI vs New Hall (L 1-2)
RHS were left feeling deflated after letting their lead slip and narrowly losing to New Hall in a mid-week clash. Despite some excellent passages of play and cohesive build-up work, RHS could not extend the lead created through some great individual skill from Charlie Baldwin-Cole up front. New Hall came back strongly in the second half to take the game 2-1.

U16 at the County Cup
The U16 girls returned from the county cup with mixed emotions. They started with a 2-1 defeat against a strong Framingham side. RHS didn’t play their best hockey, but still created some good chances and managed a goal from a short corner, scored by Millie Orr. In the second game the girls raised their game and played some controlled hockey to come away with a 3-1 win against St Joseph’s, goals coming from Millie Orr and a double from Sophie Rennison. In the final match against Ipswich School, RHS defended with grit and determination to reach half time at 0-0. In the second half the team played some of their best hockey of the night but, unfortunately, so did their opponents and the game finished a 2-0 loss.

U15A vs New Hall (W 3-2)
Looking to build on their strong performance last week, RHS travelled to New Hall wanting to set the tone right from the first whistle. Having not taken their chances in the first half, the first 5 minutes of the second half saw RHS go down 1-0 to a breakaway goal. However, the girls continued with their strong play and did not panic. Without changing their game plan RHS ran out 3-2 winners in a great game, where both New Hall and RHS played quality hockey with purpose.

U14A vs New Hall (L 0-1)
The U14A team suffered their first defeat outside of the county cup on Monday as they lost 0-1 to New Hall. The girls were guilty of trying to force the play at times which meant that despite dominating, very few chances were created. New Hall scored just into the second half and unfortunately the RHS team could not find the break through.

U13A vs Brandeston Hall (L 0-2) and Old Buckenham Hall (W 1-0)
The U13A team travelled to OBH for a triangular set of games against OBH and Brandeston. The girls played Brandeston first and despite improving throughout the match, finished on the wrong end of a 2-0 score line. Despite the monsoon like conditions at times, the game against OBH saw RHS continue to grow into the afternoon’s hockey. In the second half, Mollie Entwistle finally broke the teams scoring duck for the season and put the girls into a 1-0 lead, which they held on to in order to gain their first win of the year.

U13B vs Brandeston Hall (L 0-2) and Old Buckenham Hall (D 1-1)
The U13Bs lost 0-1 against Brandeston Hall in the first game of the tri tournament held at OBH. The girls started well using the space and moving the ball out wide. They were attacking well, putting pressure on the oppositions defence, but unfortunately succumbed to a break-away goal from Brandeston Hall. In the second game, OBH looked strong from the start forcing Lena Clark to make some incredible saves in the first half. The rain came down harder for the start of the second half but the girls took this in their stride and continued with determination. OBH got an early second half goal but RHS managed to score from a short corner in the last play of the game to make it a 1-1 draw.

U12A vs Orwell Park (L 0-4)
The U12A team played some good hockey against Orwell Park and the final score did not reflect the game. The girls played well as a team, moving the ball up and down the pitch with ease, but just lacked that finish in the circle.

U12B vs Orwell Park (0-0)
In tough conditions the U12B team performed admirably and created some good goal scoring opportunities which they failed to convert. When called upon, the defence stood firm and the game ended 0-0.

Well done to all those awarded Headmaster’s distinctions this week


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Achievement in Art Textiles

Arden Ridge Year 10 Anson

Achievement in Biology

 Charles Hawthorn Year 8 Drake
 Sophie Atkinson Year 11 Anson
 Elisabeth Brown Year 11 Howe
 Guy Cranfield Year 11 Hawke
 Elfreda Kenneison Year 11 Raleigh
 Brittany Shrestha Year 11 Raleigh

Achievement in Business Studies

Callum Hensby Year 10 Raleigh
Charlotte Jordan Year 10 Howe

Academic Scholar’s Badge

 Joseph Curtis Year 12 Hawke


Rugby Report week 5


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The penultimate week of fixtures in a busy first half term at RHS. With CCF taking precedent this weekend all fixtures were played midweek around East Anglia.


U12B v Barnardiston Junior 2nd XV (W 22-12)
A pleasing performance in a second outing for this newly formed team. There were a number of standout performances but special mentions must go to captain Ed Chapman who helped direct his team. Alan Anso and Arthur Hitchen also caught the eye in a 22-12 victory.

U13A v Barnardiston Junior 1st XV (W 14-0)
This turned out to be a highly competitive game although RHS made hard work of a 14-0 victory. They failed to secure and retain their own ball and didn’t adapt to the wet conditions which resulted in a number of handling errors. In the end it took two second half tries to secure the win. Mentions must go to Year 7 pupils Callum O’Connell, Noah Backhouse and Tom Humphries for their debuts.

U15A v Culford (W 33-7)
The U15A team won with a pleasing team performance which lead to some memorable moments for this accomplished side. Playing well were Elliot Rayment and Tom Cornock.

U15B v St Felix (W73-10)
The team romped home with a 73-10 win against St Felix. Unfortunately, due to unavailability, St Felix could only field 11 players thus giving RHS the chance to rotate a strong bench. However, RHS played some barbarian style rugby with Jack Harman running in a number of tries and Richie Hill and Mark Johnson rampaging up the midfield. A good performance but they will be tested next week against a competitive Hadleigh HS side.

U16A v New Hall (L17-14)
It was a painful loss in the end for RHS having been in the lead at half time. With the wind blowing a gale against them in the second half and some individual errors RHS allowed a powerful New Hall side back into the game. A great spectacle with two sides holding nothing back. Unfortunately RHS were on the wrong side of a 17-14 score line but the side can take great heart from the result as they pushed a strong New Hall side all the way having lost to them convincingly last season.

U16B v New Hall (W 38-27)
They had a great win against a strong New Hall age group. The team showed real character to overturn a 27-12 deficit to win 38-27 through a dominant second half performance. Mr Wood put it down to his sides change of attitude in the 2nd half and, in particular, the tackling display which put New Hall on the back foot and allowed the side to play some entertaining rugby.

2nd XV v Colchester Academy (L 24-0)
They played a tough fixture under lights at Colchester Rugby Club against the academy development side. This was always going to be a tough game for the 2nd team as Colchester have such large strength in depth. In the end the side went down 24-0. The team learnt that giving an opposition such as Colchester time and space to play makes life difficult and struggled to take control. They should take heart from the effort and endeavour shown but must learn to retain possession in key areas of the pitch.

1st XV v Colchester Academy (W 8-5)
The 1st team played the Colchester Academy side in a new fixture for RHS against a very strong club side in what turned out to be real contest between two sides not prepared to give an inch. In the end RHS were victorious thanks to a last minute try by Francois Rossouw. RHS stood strong against a physical side and the combination of Lyam Thorpe and Alex Rayment consistently turned over valuable ball for the visiting side. In the end an 8-5 win was a fair reflection on what was a fascinating encounter under lights.

Attention now turns to what promises to be tasty test against Felsted who are also unbeaten thus far in 5 games. RHS travel away with four teams on Tuesday for 2.30pm Kick Off.


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