Comic Potential Indeed!


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A talented troupe of pupils from the Royal Hospital School took to the stage in Comic Potential, an intriguing play based around the sci-fi concept of robots performing on television as “android actors”.

Alan Ayckbourn’s robo-centric comedy first appeared on stage in Scarborough in 1998. This weekend, is was re-created by a cast of Royal Hospital School pupils led by Rosy Trewin Marshall, who stars as Jacie, an ‘actoid’ caught between her programming and her wholly more human talents.

Jacie’s existence as a supporting actress in the torrid soap of washed-up director Chandler Tate is turned upside down when she unwittingly draws the affections of the naive Adam Trainsmith, the nephew of the television station’s owner. Adam impulsively decides to run away with Jacie, a decision which pits Tate and his technical crew against villainous station controller Carla Pepperbloom in the race to track down Jacie.

Will Falk (Adam), Matt Adams (Tate), Katie Tilney-Basset (Pepperbloom) and George Rennison (Marmion Cedilla) also give excellent performances as the leads of a cast who display great collective ability. The actors and actresses are supported by ambitious set design and enchanting costumes – you can’t conceive of a colour which doesn’t appear at some point in this production.

Head of Drama, Damon Kerr, said “The Royal Hospital School is proud of the focus it places on drama and the progression of several of its pupils into amateur theatrics and professional employment. This performance of Comic Potential blended seasoned performers with several starlets making their first appearance in a senior production, and displayed a wealth of talent to enjoy now and in the future”.

RHS artwork commended at Anna Airy Award Exhibition


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The annual Ipswich Art Society ‘Anna Airy Award’ exhibition is currently on show in the foyer at UCS in Ipswich. Lots of RHS work is on show including some highly commended by the hanging committee.

Lizzy Blackett received a Certificate of Commendation for her superb expressive portrait painting in oil (below) and Megan Langford for her three textural handbags based on wood grain in black and white.


The exhibition is open 10am to 9pm daily until Sunday November 30th. Entry is free.

X-Co Success at Bawdsey Manor


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On Saturday 22 November eight RHS pupils travelled to a new Cross Country fixture in preparation for the County Qualifiers at Alde Valley on Saturday 6 December.

The event was at Alexander’s College at Bawdsey Manor. Whilst it was not hugely attended in terms of numbers, it was a lovely venue, with a beautiful course and a well-run event.

  • Senior Boys– Matt Brown 1st
  • Senior Girls– Marie Opielok 2nd
  • Inter Boys– Cameron McGready 1st and Arthur Brown 3rd
  • Inter Girls– Hellie Carter 3rd, Ruth Brown 4th
  • Junior Girls– Bella Keeley 1st


Senior dramatists show Comic Potential


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If actors became too expensive to employ and the nation’s demand for low quality daytime TV was met by shows using android actors, or ‘actoids’, what would happen if an actoid laughed of its own volition, without being programmed to do so?

This year’s Senior play is a comedy by Britain’s most prolific and successful living playwright, Alan Ayckbourn. The play developed from Ayckbourn’s idea that humans appear to be the only creatures with a sense of humour and who fall in love for reasons other than procreation. From an objective viewpoint, both ideas are illogical, yet Alan was intrigued whether they define humanity and shape us. What would happen if a robot developed the ability to laugh and love? Would it be construed as a malfunction?

The show runs from Thursday 27 to Saturday 29 November, playing primarily to pupils on Thursday and Friday with the third night being reserved for parents and friends. However, if you are unable to come on Saturday, please book tickets on another night that suits you best! The show starts at 7pm and lasts approximately 2.5 hours.

To reserve your tickets, please email, using ‘Comic Potential’ in the subject line, and let us know how many tickets you would like for Saturday’s performance, or an alternative night if Saturday is not possible.

Rugby Report week 8


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RHS rugby

1st XV vs Ipswich School (D 18-18)
A midweek fixture on a blustery day vs local rivals, Ipswich School, was always going to be a tough game with injuries mounting for the home side. In the end, it took a gutsy performance from RHS to claw back a draw against an enthusiastic and combative Ipswich side. In a below par performance, RHS struggled to maintain possession and hold field position. However they went in at half time with the lead after a fine try from Josh Allday. The second half proved difficult for RHS with Ipswich not allowing RHS to build any meaningful possession. In the end the away side were able to reduce the deficit and go ahead. Eventually after some sustained pressure from Tom Miller, RHS was able pull 3 points back and draw the scores level. A fair reflection in the end and congratulations must go to Ipswich for a strong performance.

1st XV vs The Leys (L 28-24)
The final home game for a number of the upper sixth meant this fixture held particular importance for RHS. Especially as the side went into the game unbeaten at home this season. However, The Leys came into the match showing real intent and went ahead early on after a fine break from the fly-half. A constant thorn in RHS’ side. It eventually took two moments of magic from Toby Eaton to really set the game alight after two long range individual tries. This meant RHS went in at half time 17-10 up. In a yo-yo second half RHS scored a free flowing try finished by Jessie Vogel after working their way out of the 22 with a number of backs and forwards combining. However, this was to be one a handful of visits to The Leys 22 as RHS struggled to get out of their own half with the opposition using conditions to their advantage. In the end the pressure told and a deserved try and late penalty put the game out of reach. Congratulations must go to the The Leys for a superb display.

2nd XV vs Ipswich School (D 17-17)
A ding-dong encounter in which RHS will feel they should have taken in the end. In a game that struggled to flow, RHS weren’t able to maintain possession and in the end capitalise on good possession. A lesson to be learnt here for a growing RHS side.

2nd XV vs The Ley’s (L 7-28)
A larger side beat the determined 2nd XV. Despite periods of possession and territory, a lack of cutting edge has led to points being hard to come by. Will Falk and Michael Edwards were tireless on the flank, whilst Josh Mellors and Anush Rana continued to make progress in a tough fixture.

3rd XV vs The Leys (W 38-5)
The 3rd XV continued their unbeaten run, taking them to 2nd in the country for 3rd XV performances thus far. The 3rds had an almost brand new line up, with some remaining faces ensuring the champagne rugby ethos is retained. RHS scored first through Matt Brown, dancing over the line, and continued to impart pressure on their opponents. Congratulations to Will Hassall who scored a first try despite not training all season with the 3rd XV.

U16As vs Ipswich School (W 42-10)
The U16s had a slow start against Ipswich School with some decision making not being as clinical as usual. Francois Roussow scored a hat trick of tries to take the scoreline away from Ipswich School, whilst allowing the squad to rotate and give some fringe players an opportunity to make an appearance.

U16As vs The Leys (W 17-12)
In a highly physical encounter the Leys picked and drove efficiently in the first half and took a narrow lead 7-5 to half time. The conditions were greasy and not conducive to effective handling but, that said, we had a number of clear chances to run in some tries but failed to execute the final pass. If we had taken these the result would have been more comfortable. The boys gathered focus at half time and set about nullifying the opposition’s only weapon; their forward pack. The RHS forwards must be commended on the way they stepped up and put the opposition back helping us to gain the ascendancy in the match. This gave the team chances to score and ultimately a 17-12 win.

16Bs vs The Leys (L 17-29)
RHS found themselves losing 12-0 early on having never got out of their own half. We then established a position from the kick-off and a forward drive led by Drew Florence resulted in him scoring by the posts. Saxby converted. Two tries, one by Saxby, were then shared to make the half time score 17-12. Straight from the kick-off Adam Clough fielded the ball, made some yards, before off-loading to Madison Claridge. Madison ran 60 metres breaking tackles and out-sprinting the cover defence to score in the corner. At 17-17 the game hit a stalemate as neither side managed to break defences. An interception gave Leys their first real chance of the half and they duly converted to lead 24-17. A desperate effort to get back into the game followed and despite many breaks from Saxby and Oliver the final defence was not breached. We then lost the ball mid-field in the last minutes, a scrum 5 for the Leys saw their number 8 score in the corner to make the score unrepresentative of the game. A diminutive back-row of Alfie Anderson, Gregor Campbell and Tom Heley (first game since yr 8!) showed that this had been an exceptional effort to be so close throughout.

U15As vs The Leys (W 36-22)
A good win for the U15As against a competent Leys side. The boys played some very good rugby, producing fast ball from the ruck and keeping the ball alive at the breakdown. However failure to be clinical kept the Leys in the match with the boys gifting them 15 points. The final score was 36-22 with man of the match going to Zach Puckey who had an excellent game both in attack and defence.

U15Bs vs The Leys (W 33-10)
The U15Bs faced their toughest opponents to date away to a competent Leys side. RHS took a battering in the first 5 minutes and found themselves uncharacteristically trailing 0-5. The willingness to come back from a losing position set them apart from their opposition. RHS immediately set off in pursuit of a score to level things up, and converted to take the lead. The see-saw nature of the fixture saw The Leys score a fantastic chip over the top of the back line and chased the ball to the try line to score. Once again, RHS didn’t let them have the lead for long, and we scored very quickly after to nullify any possible momentum. Eventually, the match swung in our favour, excellent defence, coupled with attacking prowess allowed RHS to stretch the lead out to 33-10 and take the win at the end of the game. Pietro Vendettelli was the Man of the Match in an excellent performance on the wing.

U13A vs South Lee (W 57-0)
A promising victory here for RHS against a young South Lee side; who are sure to develop. However, in the end RHS were too much for the opposition who battled throughout but power, pace and skill told as RHS notched up a convincing score. More pleasing, however, was the defence and work rate shown by RHS and to see some new faces get a run out for the A side having performed well in the Bs in recent weeks.

U12A vs South Lee (W 72-10)
A fine team performance by the U12As led to an emphatic win over South Lee. Eddie Le Roy was clinical over the whitewash, with 4 scores, whilst individual brilliance from Oletunde Mkparu and Theo Cripps in the act of scoring were highlights. All in all, a good win, down to a solid team performance where structure in an expansive game paid dividends, coupled with selflessness throughout.

Junior Intra-House Tournament
A good showing for the junior boys in their annual intra-house rugby 10s competition. All 4 groups competed well and demonstrated some pleasing technical skills combined with a great deal of passion. Notable performances were from the Corcoran brothers Finn and Conall, Seb Palmer, Winston Squires and Josh Waylett. Team spirit won the day. However results based on scores saw a powerful Chichester team run out comfortable winners.



Tickets on Sale for Barbados Cricket Tour Dinner 27 February


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All are welcome at the Royal Hospital School Barbados Cricket Tour Dinner on Friday 27 February, 7.30pm.

Barbados Tour Dinner (3)

This promises to be a hugely enjoyable evening hosted by the Former England and Kent Captain, Chris Cowdrey.

To purchase tickets or reserve a table please contact as soon as possible as we are limited to 150 people.

Mr Wynn speaks during Anti-Bullying Week: Then they came for me – and there was no one left to speak for me


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I want to start today by linking some of the experiences that you’ve had in chapel and around school over the last week and a half. Recently we have been remembering those who have given their lives so that we may live in a safe and free democratic society. Nine days ago we had a most memorable Remembrance Day Parade followed by a fantastic service of Remembrance. Last Tuesday we all stood outside on Armistice Day and observed two minutes silence. And then Yesterday, Mrs Godfrey spoke to you about Anti-Bullying Week.

Coincidence or not, Anti-Bullying follows on from those so poignant events. You can interpret the act of remembrance in many ways drawing many valuable and hugely important lessons from the sacrifices made by others. What much of it boils down to though is that good men and women stood up to a bully and weren’t prepared to allow that bully to have their own way. You see, a bully only gets away with what they’re doing if no one does anything about it. If you and I stand around, doing nothing, waiting for someone else to act then the bully will simply continue, growing in personal stature, eventually believing in their own spin, convincing themselves that they are right and there is nothing wrong with what they are doing. Very soon they must be right – because it’s what they’ve always done and no one’s said or done anything about it before. And anyway, it’s what happened to them so why shouldn’t they do it to someone else.

Well that’s not what happens in a civilised society. A civilised society looks after the weak and vulnerable, it nurtures them and integrates them fully. It treasures all its members for what they have to offer and understands that they all have something to offer. My message to you today is simply that we all have a duty to stand up for those who are being bullied, not to stand around and watch, not to wait for someone else to intervene. It doesn’t matter what form the bullying takes, verbal, physical, cyber, psychological or whatever, we all have a duty as part of this community to stand up and protect others.

I want to tell you today about a man called Friederich Niemoller who was born in 1892 and died 1984. Niemoller was a German anti-communist, Lutheran pastor and theologian, a strong Christian who initially supported Adolf Hitler’s rise to power. Indeed Niemoller had even had a meeting with Hitler where Hitler had promised no anti-church laws and also, whilst there would be restrictions against the Jews, there would be no ghettos or camps. You see, there’s another thing, bullies are also liars.


Friederich Niemoller 1892-1984

However, as we all know, Hitler systematically set about dismantling any opposition and many groups within German society were either disbanded or made illegal. When the inevitable happened and Hitler insisted on the supremacy of the state over religion Niemoller eventually became disillusioned. He became the leader of a group of German clergymen who opposed Hitler. As we all know from our History lessons, Adolf Hitler was not a great fan of opponents and on 1st July 1937 Friederich Niemoller was arrested and imprisoned awaiting trial. His trial didn’t take place until March 1938. Initially his sentence was less than the time he’d already spent in prison and so with a fine to pay Niemoller was released from jail. He was though immediately re-arrested and incarcerated in a concentration camp. First Saschsenhausen and then Dachau where he remained until the Allies released him in 1945.

Eight years in a concentration camp is one thing but Niemoller spent much of this time questioning his own conscience. Many say that he was wracked by guilt having stood by as other groups were victimised by the Nazis. Niemoller was determined to take his message to the people of the world. After the war he gave numerous speeches, effectively on the subject of Christian ethics and morals but more pointedly on how a truly civilised society should look after its own. He was determined to spread the message that had become clear to him whilst incarcerated in the concentration camps. He felt that, in effect, he had stood by and watched whilst Hitler had been allowed to get on with eliminating his opposition. Without any text to fall back on, the exact words of Niemoller’s speeches are not known, however the most famous comes in the form of a short poem:

First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out – because I was not a socialist.

Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out – because I was not a Trade Unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out – because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me – and there was no one left to speak for me.

Well my message is simple, you can speak out and there many ways in which you can speak out. As you heard yesterday, there are many people in this community that you can talk to. You don’t have to be being bullied to speak to these people, if you know of anyone who is having a hard time, whatever form it may take, speak out, let someone know and play your part in our community.

Then they came for me – and there was no one left to speak for me.

Once in a lifetime opportunity for RHS pupils at the Volvo Ocean Race


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Two recent leavers were given the once in a life-time opportunity to be involved in this year’s Volvo Ocean Race. As a result of a kind introduction by current parent, John Hawthorn of Central Oceans, Felicity Slatter and Freddie Chiddicks travelled to Alicante at the beginning of October as Race Academy Volunteers.

In their support roles, the first few days were filled with organising umpire briefings, sorting out equipment for stop overs in Cape Town, Abu Dhabi, Aukland, Newport and Lisbon and preparing instructions for sailors and coaches. On Thursday and Friday they helped to run an Academy Team Racing event for young sailors.


Saturday was the highlight of the week when they met the Volvo Ocean Race crews and even got pontoon passes to board the boats. For start of the Race, Felicity and Freddie were given a place on an official boat which followed the fleet for the first hour and half of the race with an amazing view of the action.


Click here to view VOR



Sailors have some fun on a trip to Messini


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Greece Trip 7In the first week of half term 30 RHS sailors and four staff travelled to Messini in Greece. They made the very most of the water sports and activities on offer; from sailing and windsurfing to mountain biking, tennis and beach volley ball. There was an excellent range of high performance dinghies to enjoy including the popular RS800. Unfortunately, the weather took a turn for the worse mid-week and storms bringing lightning and heavy winds stopped sailing for a couple of days. However, on the positive, the resulting large swell caused by the storm allowed the pupils to try kayak surfing and take part in the hilarious Beach Olympic Games. The trip was very successful and enjoyed by all. A big thanks goes to all the staff who were involved with the trip.

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