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The highlight this week must have been our Choir’s performance at the Annual National Service for Seafarers at St Paul’s Cathedral on Wednesday 10 October. They sang magnificently and our Director of Music, Peter Crompton, was in excellent form as the conductor. The Princess Royal was in attendance and our flag party were commented upon by the very ‘top brass’ of the Navy as being outstanding.

National Seafarers Service St Pauls Cathedral

National Seafarers Service St Pauls Cathedral

Earlier in the week, there was a first rate lunchtime music concert held in the Burns Recital Hall on Monday and on Wednesday I was fortunate enough to hear an inspiring scholars’ talk given by Dr Allday about the science in Science Fiction.  I was firmly put in my place over the difference between Science Fiction and Space Opera; so I guess there will be no more quotes from the Jedi Master Yoda in future assemblies!

Over the course of last weekend there were two Model United Nations conferences at Christ’s Hospital and Reigate, and representatives of our Royal Marine’s section travelled to Lympston for the annual Pringle trophy. More about both of those activities will be on the blog very soon.

On Saturday 6 October we held a hugely successful open morning when the school welcomed in excess of 80 families, well above our target of 60.  My thanks to the Year 9 guides who did a magnificent job; to the Heads of School who presented so confidently; and to all those members of staff and pupils whose efforts ensured the success of this important event.  It really is most encouraging to have attracted so many prospective pupils and their families and I look forward to an equally successful open morning in November.

On Saturday evening, I attended an excellent organ recital by our new Head of Academic Music, Mr William Saunders. Congratulations to him on his debut performance as a fully-fledged member of the Royal Hospital School.

On Sunday we saw the first set of Divisions of the academic year. The Inspecting officer, Captain Tulloch, was hugely complimentary over the School’s turnout  – we have set the bar very high. I was particularly impressed by the quality of the junior house squad’s marching.  Well done to the Junior House Prefects for marshalling their squads so well and well done to all our new pupils on making this first set of Divisions such an impressive parade.

New Year 7 Recruits

New Year 7 Recruits

Afterwards, the Chapel was bursting to capacity for our Harvest Thanksgiving Service and it was wonderful to see so many friends and family participating in our first Sunday morning service of the year.

The Royal Hospital School is a coeducational boarding and day school for 11 to 18 years olds set in 200 acres of Suffolk countryside overlooking the River Stour. http://www.royalhospitalschool.org