Cricket Report Week 6


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The U13s lost their regional 3rd round ‘Jet Cup’ game at New Hall, Chelmsford, by just 16 runs. In a tight affair the Junior 1st XI started well with Cameron Jordan taking out two Essex batsmen. The ‘spin-twins’, Josh Frame and Fergus Atkins, continued the good work before New Hall accelerated to finish on 109 all out their 20 overs with part-time seamer Alex Oxley claiming a super 5 wicket haul. In reply our batsman started well before the run-out of Frame and New Hall’s bowlers started to apply pressure. Atkins batted steadily for 36 before he was bowled in the 16th over with still 30 needed. The U13s tried hard to get there but were restricted by some good New Hall straight bowling.

In the block fixtures against Woodbridge the U12s lost an important toss and were made to bat on a sticky wicket and slow outfield. Hamish Comonte and Harvey Crallen repaired the early damage with a 3rd wicket partnership of 41. Comonte eventually top scored with 24 in his team’s total of 76 all out against some good Woodbridge bowling. Despite a great start by our bowlers which resulted in the opposition being 20 for 3, our support bowlers were not strong enough to force a victory so they lost by 5 wickets.

The U13s defeated Woodbridge by 5 wkts with Josh Frame undefeated on 43 whilst Fergus Atkins made 45. Earlier having won the important toss, our bowlers put Woodbridge under pressure with some impressive bowling although the fielding was not as dynamic as usual.

The U14As also beat Woodbridge by 84 runs with Ben Arulampalam making 67. Arulampalam and Nick Paddon put on an impressive opening partnership especially as we lost the toss and had to bat. Paddon finally fell on 47 as the RHS posted 162 for 3 off their 25 overs. With the bowling shared around the U14s won convincingly by 82 runs.

The U14Bs thumped Woodbridge by 9 wickets at home. We bowled them out for 65 with the wickets shared between Elliott Rayment, Toby Ruffles, Toby Lee, Scott Taylor, Ollie Leggett and Jack Wheeler Brand. Whilst we lost Xavier Bull early for nought, Rayment and Ruffles positively set about chasing down 66. This victory was achieved in just 8 overs.

The U15s enjoyed a great victory over Woodbridge on Lord’s with Michael Cowdrey and Toby Allday splendidly putting on 169 for the first Wicket. Cowdrey went on to score his first RHS century with an undefeated 115. The U15s bowled them out for 62 with William Parmenter Stratta taking 4/16 and RHS won by 107 runs.

Pupils lay a wreath at Menin Gate on behalf of the Royal Hospital School


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On Wednesday 11 June, Year 10 pupils made their annual pilgrimage to the Ypres and Somme battlefields. With over one hundred staff and pupils attending the trip, this is always a popular and memorable visit for the RHS community. Arriving on the Ypres Salient on Wednesday, three RHS pupils, Tom Heley, Toby Buckland and Anna Tindale, laid a wreath at the Menin Gate on behalf of the School at the Last Post Ceremony. This is always a moving event and the pupils drew many compliments on their drill, conduct and turnout at the ceremony.


Day 2 saw the trip visit the Somme region, touring the trench areas of Beaumont Hamel and the Sunken Road, as well as the mine craters at Hawthorn Ridge and Lochnagar. The opportunity to visit the Naval Division graves in Y Ravine cemetery reminded all pupils of the links RHS has to the Great War land battles. The museum at Albert provided a superb insight into the 1916 battle before the group ended the day at the imposing and thought-provoking Thiepval Memorial. Returning to the Ypres Salient on the final day, the pupils were given insights into gas warfare at Vancouver Corner, paid their respects at the German cemetery at Langemarck, toured the excellent Passchendaele Museum, and ended the tour with time for reflection at Tyne Cott cemetery.


Combined Cadet Force Army and Royal Marine sections meet Light Dragoons


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Two glorious days of sunshine provided the backdrop to the RHS CCF field days at the end of the summer term.

The Royal Navy section were afloat on the School’s fleet of four Cornish Shrimpers and they also visited Chatham Historic Dockyard and conducted training in the local area. The RAF section visited RAF Hendon museum and took part in range work, laser quest tactical exercises and command and leadership training.

The Royal Marines and Army sections deployed to Stanford Training Area near Thetford for some intensive tactical training involving an overnight ambush. The arrival of a troop of Light Dragoons from Swanton Morley, caused much excitement on the second day. They were taking a break from their current operational training and the RHS cadets were able to clamber over four of their Jackal armoured fighting vehicles and in one of their Panther Command and Liaison Vehicles. The Squadron Commander was pleased to give the pupils an insight into the role and capability of the Light Dragoons.

Light Dragoon


RHS Swimmers give some outstanding performances at the Great East Swim


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More that 35 pupils and staff took part in this year’s Great East Swim at Alton Water and the RHS swimmers gave some outstanding performances. Sean Burgess, Year 13, came 10th overall in the 1 mile swim with a time of 22.17 and Alexa Cox, Year 13, came 19th overall in the same category and her time put her 5th out of all female entries at 23.49. Charlie Tedora, Year 11 came 7th overall in the ½ mile swim with an excellent time of 11.14 and Harry Fosker, just 13 years old, came 19th overall with a time of 12.21.

NAME Distance Year House Time Comment
Harry Fosker ½ mile 8 Blake 12.21 19th overall
Emily Fretwell ½ mile 8 Blake 17.08
Harry Jones ½ mile 9 Hawke 13.19
Matilda Ager ½ mile 9 Hood 15.33
Henrietta Murrison ½ mile 9 Hood 17.30
Adam Clough ½ mile 10 Raleigh 12.56 21st overall
Tom Heley ½ mile 10 St Vincent 13.00
Jamie Fosker ½ mile 10 Raleigh 13.15
Ashley Fretwell ½ mile 10 Raleigh 14.12
Charlie Ewen ½ mile 10 Collingwood 14.41
Tom Joice ½ mile 10 Collingwood 14.48
Charlie Tedora ½ mile 11 Collingwood 11.14 7th overall
Will Falk ½ mile 11 Collingwood 14.33
Jack Smith ½ mile 11 Collingwood 16.22
Robert Ash ½ mile 11 St Vincent 16.24
Nathan Southerton ½ mile 12 Collingwood 15.01
Joe Curtis 1 mile 11 Hawke 27.35
Sarah Murrison 1 mile 11 Hood 27.40
Philippa Murrison 1 mile 11 Hood 31.27
Arabella Murrison 1 mile 12 Hood 26.53
Adonia Hirst 1 mile 12 Howe 30.44
Victoria Foreman 1 mile 12 Howe 31.18
Francesca Morelli 1 mile 12 Howe 35.59
Sean Burgess 1 mile 13 Nelson 22.17 10th overall
Alexa Cox 1 mile 13 Nelson 23.49 19th overall and 5th female swimmer
Emily Davidson Brett 1 mile 13 Nelson 29.30
Flo Hales 1 mile 13 Nelson 32.01


Enriching lecture programme for Year 12


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Year 12 were treated to an exciting enrichment programme following their AS examinations at the end of the summer term. This included a UCAS convention and a variety of fascinating lectures culminating in a talk on life lessons learnt whilst crossing the Gobi desert by Leon McCarron.

Former pupils Natasha Green and Kate Harmer, both of whom are currently on a placement year with IBM, spoke about wider options post-RHS with IBM’s Dare to be Different programme. Angela Findlay gave a powerful lecture on WW2 perspectives from the German side: her grandfather was a highly decorated General in the Wehrmacht fighting on the Eastern Front and Angela tied in her own family connections with reflections on the way Germans have coped with the legacy of the war since 1945.

And, Leon McCarron took the enthralled audience 3000 miles on foot across the Gobi desert from the Mongolian border down to Hong Kong on the Pacific coast, describing the highs and lows of the journey alongside the life lessons which inevitably accompany such a trek.

Leon McCarron



Junior MUN Conference at the Royal Hospital School


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Year 7 pupils from RHS and Thomas Gainsborough School at the RHS Junior MUN Conference

For the last two days of Enrichment Week, 150 junior pupils had their first experience of the School’s flagship Model United Nations project. The Royal Hospital School Year 7 were joined by Year 7 pupils from Thomas Gainsborough School, near Sudbury, for the School’s second annual Junior MUN Conference organised by Mr Christmas, Assistant Head (Academic), and Siana Douglas-Hamilton (Yr 12 Howe), one of the School’s two MUN Secretaries-General. Two former pupils who left last year – Jack Rennison (studying History at St Andrew’s University) and Michael Stokes (Digital Policy Advisor in the Cabinet Office as part of the Civil Service Fast Track Apprentice Scheme) came to help out with the conference sharing their considerable MUN knowledge with the new recruits.

MUN is a worldwide activity in which pupils take part in academic simulations of the United Nations. MUN educates participants in civics, world current affairs, effective communication, globalization and multi-lateral diplomacy. Participants research a country and, as delegates from that nation, investigate international issues, debate UN resolutions, deliberate, consult and then seek to develop solutions to world problems.

After learning about the UN, the Year 7 pupils were each assigned to one of 35 countries which they researched. They were then allocated a specific topic area which they further investigated. Each pupil worked in one of four UN committees: Political (nuclear weapon proliferation), Human Rights (use of torture in interrogation), Environment (prevention of climate change), as well as Economic and Social (issues surrounding HIV/AIDS) representing the views of their nominated country. In their research, the pupils were assisted by members of staff and senior pupils who guided and helped them with complex ideas. The second day saw pupils taught how to debate according to MUN rules and culminated in detailed and, at times, highly charged debates on the topic assigned to them.

The Conference was a huge success and greatly developed the pupils’ independent learning skills, as well as teaching them about the world outside Suffolk. Siana Douglas-Hamilton commented: “It has been hugely rewarding to see the enormous progress made by the younger pupils as they have learned about major political issues. The standard of debating has been extremely high.” Michael Stokes, the first RHS Secretary-General two years ago, stated “from very small beginnings with six Year 12 students in September 2011, MUN at RHS has become a major forum for independent learning in the School, as well as for teaching pupils about the outside world. It inspired me to apply for what I am doing now in my career and it is wonderful that RHS is now helping Thomas Gainsbrough School to develop its own MUN programme.”

Sports Day Results and Pictures 2014


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Junior winners – CHICHESTER

Senior Girls’ competition winners – HOOD

Hood Sports Day

Senior Boys’ competition winners – COLLINGWOOD

Collingwood House


 Catton Shield – Senior boys 100m winner – Toby Eaton (CD)

Addis Trophy – Senior boys 4 x100m (CD)

Warde Trophy – Senior boys 4x 400m (CD)

Bruce Cup – for outstanding effort on Sports Day – Lucy Watson (HD)



Four Days to go until Mr Coleman starts his walk to Birmingham


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It is only four days to go until Mr Coleman embarks on his walk from RHS to the Royal Centre for Defence Medicine in Birmingham and nearly everything is prepared:

I have all the maps ready, a blister repair kit (although none so far in training), two funky pairs of walking trousers, loads of T-shirts thanks to Doug Frame (modelled by my tutees who are joining me on the first leg), B&Bs booked, groovy new boots that I think I’ve managed to break in just in time, and, most importantly, some awfully uncomfortable, unattractive compression stockings to try to prevent my leg going a strange orangey-red colour due to some persistent blood clots.

Dan Coleman

I’m a bit nervous. My longest practice was a 26-mile walk from Stowmarket back to school in half-term via the Gipping. It’s a beautiful walk for anyone who fancies it, but mind out for the bull roaming the path near Needham Market. My shortest full day once I get underway will be about 32 miles, as I follow the Stour to the Haverhill area. In fact, the training has opened my eyes to what a gorgeous part of the world we live in. I’ve stumbled across paths on the peninsula and along the Orwell and Stour I’ve never seen before.

Huge thanks must go to everyone in the school community who has pledged money to the Patient Welfare Fund. Parents, staff, pupils, friends and family have been extremely generous, and we look set to break the £2,000 target at

Thanks too (or the blame) must go to Brigadier Beaton for being the inspiration behind it and a hugely supportive force since, and Clive Rennison, whose support and organisational skills have more than made up for my deficiencies in this area.


Mr Coleman plans to get to Birmingham on 4July at around 4pm but this is just a rough estimate. Follow this blog to find out how he is getting on. If you would like to make a donation to the RCMD Patient Welfare Fund, please go to






Year 8 boys raise more than £1300 for Cancer Research UK


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Tolly Young, Connor Davies, Tom Ponsonby, Ben (Cancer Research UK), Nick Sims, Zaccary Frankham and

Tolly Young, Connor Davies, Tom Ponsonby, Tom Bamford (Cancer Research UK), Nick Sims, Zaccary Frankham and Adam Warren

Back in January this year, Nick Sims and Tom Ponsonby, both in Year 8, decided to organise a sponsored run; they wanted to raise money for Cancer Research UK in memory of close members of their family, who they lost to cancer two years ago.

Four of their friends, all of whom know someone affected by the disease, wanted to support their friends in raising money for this good cause; so Conor Davies, Tolly Young, Zaccary Frankham and Adam Warren joined Tom and Nick making sponsor sheets, designing t-shirts and spreading news of their project throughout the school community.

On Wednesday 15January, the six boys set off on a 7.5km run in the School grounds, on a route they planned themselves. All completed the course in their allocated time and then set about collecting the money which had been pledged. The boys were particularly delighted to receive a cheque for £500 from Helping Hand, the BT Staff Charity Fund in Ipswich, who read about the event in the East Anglian Daily Times and wanted to contribute to this worthy cause.

A total of £1331 was raised; a huge achievement for the boys and a testament to their hard work and dedication. Mr Tom Bamford from the Cancer Research UK Fundraising Committee came to the Royal Hospital School this morning to receive the cheque from the boys.

Rounders Report week 7


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rounders ball

U13B v Orwell Park (Lost 17.5-20)
The team started well with a good innings of 10 rounders. Annie Paddon scored on every hit with superb left-handed shots that flummoxed the opposition. Beth Carnell also took great risks with her running which paid off to build up the score. RHS then fielded and, to begin with, kept the score down with composed fielding. Unfortunately, some mistakes then crept in allowing Orwell to capitalise. Annie Paddon bowled well and Morgan Thompson as backstop controlled the game well. With RHS leading 10-9 at half time it was all to play for. RHS batted again with Shennise Robertson scoring well this time and Lucy Wong sneaking half rounders when she could. However they only made a total of 17.5. Orwell were put under pressure to begin with and were kept at bay. There was some good fielding from the RHS team; Alice Killian on 2nd base was very secure and Nuria playing her final game for the School made an excellent catch. It was in the last 5 bowls that RHS let it slip and Orwell scored a total of 4.5 off 5 bowls taking them into the lead. An exciting finish to the game!

U12 v Orwell Park U13C (Won 18-11)
The U12s beat Orwell Park U13Cs in convincing fashion on Wednesday. Captained by Lucia Soler, the girls put in a solid first innings of batting, scoring 11 rounders, and the whole team got on the score sheet in some way or another. After some fantastic fielding and bowling the girls only conceded 2.5 rounders in the first half. By the end of the match, RHS had won 18-11 with standout all round performances from Lily Mason and Esme Peter, and some great fielding from Rosie George. Player of the match was Lucia Soler.

U13A v Orwell Park (Lost 39-16)
The U13A team played a game of ‘All Out Rounders’ as opposed to ‘Counted Balls Rounders’ at Orwell Park. The first innings was a close fought contest with both teams very focused and some excellent fielding from Millie Salter, Tilly Arulampalam and Libby Parker.  Tilly and Millie were the last 2 RHS players left in and they made it difficult for Orwell Park to get them out by excellent batting and speedy sprinting. The score after the first innings was 7—7.5 in favour of RHS. In the second innings, Orwell ran away with the match with 2 players left in for a long time and a cumulative score of 39 rounders. Millie Salter made two excellent catches, fielding at 2nd deep and RHS brought their score up to a credible 16 with George Nicholls, Holly Folkard Smith and Libby Parker being the last 3 players left in. The final score was 39-16 in a very different game compared to what the girls usually play. Player of the match was Millie Salter.

U15A v Langley (L 15.5- 16)
The U15A played against Langley School in rather slippery conditions. The RHS team made a number of fielding mistakes to allow Langley to score 9.5 in the first innings and they could only score 7 in their 1st innings. With 7 RHS players being put out during the innings through either hitting to the opposition or making the wrong decisions on running. The 2nd innings was much tighter. RHS fielded much better and restricted Langley to 6.5. Captain Charlene Tait made two very good catches. Going in to bat RHS were far more observant and positive with Cassia Peacock in particular scoring every hit by selectively placing the ball. However 5 players were put out in the last 10 bowls leaving Langley ahead by ½ rounder. Cassia was named player of the match.