Approximately 800 primary school aged runners visited the Royal Hospital School today for the Peninsular Primary Schools and Ipswich Primary Schools’ Sports Association Cross Country Competitions. Children from more than 40 schools in the region came to take part in the event held in the School’s 200 acre grounds overlooking the River Stour.
Tuesday 18 March Senior Fixtures v New Hall
1st V11 v New Hall (L 32-27) The first quarter was a disaster for the RHS team as they let New Hall establish a comfortable easy rhythm without offering any opposition. RHS then turned the game around and became more competitive throughout, particularly with Sonia Lei dominating in the centre and Emily Davidson Brett marking her shooter out of the game. RHS won the second quarter 9 goals to 6 and then drew in the third quarter 5 goals each still however, leaving the score adrift 23-18. The final quarter saw New Hall return their GA to her dominating position, strengthening their attacking position. Despite drawing in goals again, RHS were unable to take any turn overs and could not make up the deficit from the first quarter. Players of the match were Sonia Lei and Arabella Murrison.
2nd V11 v New Hall (W 28-13) RHS had a strong start against New Hall and after the quarter were leading 6-1. This was due to accurate shooting from both Anna Wynn and Annabelle Sweeney. The second quarter saw New Hall step up their intensity and start to close the score line. RHS responded to this and dominated the second half. Defenders Charlotte Heley and Abi Sweeney worked hard to make interceptions for their team and the shooters rewarded this by scoring. The final quarter saw RHS pull ahead even further with great movement from the midcourt this made RHS’s job easier. Final score 28-13.
Wednesday 19 March Junior Fixtures v Norwich
U13A v Norwich (L 16-21) The U13A team had a well contested game against Norwich however did not remain consistent throughout. Despite a great effort in the defensive end from Annie Tavainavesi and Libby Parker it was not going to be RHS’s day. With moments of excellence followed by dips of poor passing RHS could not take the lead against a well drilled Norwich side. George Nicholls slotted into the attacking end nicely and showed great improvements throughout the game which is a positive sign on building a strong U13 squad. Player of the match was Libby Parker
U13B v Norwich (L 8-20) The team started the match strong and were only 2—1 down after the first quarter. Again in the second quarter, the score was 4—3, making the half time score 6—4 to Norwich. Molly Williamson stepped up to the mark as wing attack and played well during the first half, alongside Molly Irving as center. Shooter, Beth Carnell, soldiered on despite a sore finger but Norwich ran away with the game during the second half. The final score was 20—8. Player of the match was Shennise Robertson for her determination throughout the entire match.
U12A v Norwich (L 12-6) The team started slowly despite having home advantage and by the end of the first quarter Norwich were 6-1 ahead. RHS started to play their own game of netball in the second, dictating the play themselves instead of following Norwich. The defence worked very hard with Freya Guckian and Ruby Parker working a back line pass very well. The score at the end of this quarter was 8-2 to Norwich. Then the RHS attack improved with Charlotte Stenning making a number of good interceptions to turn the ball around. Mollie Entwistle and Rebecca Sweeney used the space sensibly to get the ball to the ‘D’. Eliza Tribe and Yasmin Gradwick- Light were then left to finish off the work of the ball being brought through the court. They kept level with Norwich so that the last 2 quarters were draws 2 goals apiece but it still left a deficit. Overall the team worked well but the percentage of shots on target needs to be higher and consistent and this only comes with practice.
U12B v Norwich (L 15-7) The game got off to a very competitive start with both teams making lots of interceptions. Some fantastic work between Lucia Soler at WA and Amelia Anderson at GA allowed RHS to score the first goal of the game. However, RHS struggled to intercept the ball against the tall Norwich shooters and so the score at quarter time was 5-2. The second quarter was better for RHS, Katy Bagnall at GK and Alice Clayton at GD made plenty of interceptions which allowed Morgan Thomas to score some very impressive mid-range shots, and the score at half time was 6-4 to Norwich. In the third quarter, RHS let their nerves get the better of them and they made lots of unforced errors which allowed Norwich to further their lead. However, in the last quarter RHS managed to compose themselves and Lily Mason made some fantastic interceptions at WD. Izzy Butler was patient with the ball and fed the shooting circle well but unfortunately RHS could not catch up with Norwich and the final score was 15-7. Player of the match was awarded to Lucia for her excellent work at WA.
U12C v Norwich (D 7-7) The U12C team played a good game despite their relative lack of match experience. Although the game was low scoring the centre court players had an extremely busy game. They drew 7-7 against a well matched opposition. Players of the match were Immy Pearson and Esmé Peters.
Thursday 20 March U15B & C v St Felix
U15B V Saint Felix (L 11-18) The U15Bs had a tough game against Saint Felix. In the first quarter, the girls found it hard to keep up in the defending end however in the second quarter the girls came back with a better result. Great play from Hannah Southerton and Olivia Jones helped a great deal in bringing the ball through court. Some great shooting from Sammi Chiu meant that RHS contested until the final whistle. Player of the match was Olivia Jones
U15C v St Felix B (L 13-8) A disappointing match for RHS who had opportunities to take control of the game but squandered them. Movement of the ball through the court was very erratic and there was no rhythm to the game which allowed St Felix to take their chances and convert the goals. Ellie Rowe had a good game in defence and was named player of the match
Saturday 22 March Fixtures v Bishops Stortford
1st V11 v Bishops Stortford (L 32-24) The first team had their penultimate match of the season at home against Bishops Stortford College. RHS had a slow start to the game, allowing the opposing team to pull away quickly in the first quarter. There were periods of good play when RHS looked as though they would pull back on the early deficit, but errors allowed the opposition to creep further ahead and win the quarter 12-6. The second quarter saw a much more determined RHS defence, with Hannah Garlick making several interceptions and Amy Arana-Wade tracking her player well through the centre court. RHS had some excellent periods of play in attack in this quarter and held Bishops Stortford to a 6 all draw. However, shooting opportunities were missed and too many errors were made by RHS when they lost composure bringing the ball through court. Half time saw some changes with Floz Vivian coming in to the GA position and Tash Jones coming on at WD. Tash made an impact in defence, restricting the play of the skilled Bishop Stortford WA and Hannah Garlick continued to turn the ball over, allowing RHS to draw this quarter seven goals apiece. Sadly the final quarter saw Bishops Stortford pull further ahead as RHS could not match them for shooting opportunities or accuracy. Despite the disappointing final score line of 34-24, RHS can be pleased with some good periods of play. Player of the Match was Hannah Garlick
2nd V11 V Bishops Stortford (L 17-22) The Seconds had a competitive match against a strong Bishops Stortford side and with an instant interception from Izzy Dixon, RHS took the lead. RHS dominated in the first quarter and won 7-5 but Bishops Stortford came out fighting and, with some quick movement in their circle, started to pull back. Despite some superb interceptions from Abi Sweeney, RHS could not convert the goals and at half time it was 11-11. Although RHS had some great play in their attacking end from Hattie Botwright, with some well-timed drives into space, RHS could not maintain their lead. A good performance from the team, but a lack in consistency led to a final score of 17-22. Hattie Botwright was player of the match.
3rd V11 v Bishops Stortford (L6-38) The 3rd team faced tough opposition with passing that continually kept RHS on the defensive. There were completely dominated by a much stronger Stortford team. Lucy Bradley at WA was player of the match for quick, agile movement and fast breaks from the centre passes.
U15A V11 v Bishops Stortford (L 37-18) The first quarter of this game was very competitive with both teams scoring early on. The attack applied great defensive pressure which enabled plenty of through court turnovers and, as a result, RHS went 4-1 up. Bishops Stortford had a very fast style of play which RHS defence struggled to control and so, unfortunately, at quarter time the score was 7-5 to Bishops Stortford. In the second and third quarters, RHS struggled to keep up with the fast and physical opposition. Despite some great shooting by Anna Khan and Millie Orr, along with some great attacking play by Sophie Rennison and Cass Peacock, RHS were down at three quarter time 28-11. The last quarter was much better with Charlene Tait at GK and Milly Ainsworth at GD taking many interceptions off the Bishops Stortford shooters which allowed RHS to score the first 3 goals of the quarter. Sophie Atkinson played well at WD but it was a case of ‘too little too late’ and the final score was 37-18. Player of the match was awarded to Anna Khan for her fantastic shooting and Millie Orr for her tireless work at GA.
U15B V11 v Bishops Stortford (L 34-3) Player of the match Hannah Southerton
U15C V11 v Bishops Stortford (L 24-4) Player of the match Hope Moonan
U14A V11 v Bishops Stortford (L 24-10) Players of the match Serena Brown and Amelia Keitley-Webb
U14B V11 v B. Stortford (L 25-13) Players of the match Auriol Symons and Tabitha Saunders
U14C V11 v B. Stortford (L 18-3) Players of the match Georgina Folkard–Smith and Georgina Abalone
On Sunday 23 March a small group of runners took part in the Anglian Prep School Cross Country Championships at Framlingham. They were up against a very strong field with over 22 prep schools from across the region represented.
The U13 girls were placed a commendable 3rd overall as a team with Libby Parker 15th, Millie Salter 8th and Tilly Arulampalam 7th individually. In a field of over 45 runners, Adam Warren finished 16th in the U13 boys and an incredible run from Tom Brown saw him charge away from the pack in the last 800m and power through the finish line hardly out of breath to take 1st place. Well done to them all!
U15A v Langley (W 2-1)
Midweek the RHS U15As played Langley with a fresh and re-vamped line-up. Langley started well and set RHS on their heels in the first half, scoring with their first attacking penalty corner. After half-time, utilising more teamwork in the midfield, RHS mounted a better attacking effort and Alex Finding and Toby Allday each scored a goal to seal the victory with a 2-1 final result.
1st v Langley (W 5-1)
The first team played Langley on Tuesday. Some good hockey resulted in five well worked goals in a very one-sided encounter. Unfortunately RHS couldn’t keep the score sheet clean and the game finished 5-1.
U14B v Ipswich (D 3-3)
The U14Bs finished off their season with a fine display against a strong Ipswich side. The hosts could not cope with the pace attack of Harry Pugh and Kev Tavainavesi who both scored breakaway goals. Ipswich pressed the game and also scored twice despite valiant saves from keeper Baillie Malyon. RHS then took the lead through a fine following move finished off by Will Jenner. Ipswich rallied in the last few minutes of the game to tie the match at 3-3.
U14A v Ipswich (L 2-0)
The U14As started relatively slowly giving the ball away under little pressure but they stayed in the game and, thanks to Charlie Miles, were showing promise. A well worked routine meant Ipswich scored the first goal and a scramble in our D resulted in the second. Despite the loss, the team can be very proud of their development this season. Player of the match was Charlie Miles.
2nd v Ipswich (D 2-2)
The 2nds played well in the first quarter and went deservedly ahead with a goal by Brendan Tait. Ipswich pressed after the interval and RHS conceded a goal, however they quickly responded with a good goal by Toby Eaton. Ipswich continued to apply the pressure but some outstanding defence, especially by goalkeeper Sam Connor, kept them out until the last 10 minutes. An excellent 2-2 draw against the best side on the circuit.
1st v Ipswich (L 9-1)
The first team came up against Ipswich in their final game of the season. Despite playing much some excellent hockey, they were undone on numerous occasions by a very strong and clinical Ipswich side. It wasn’t all doom and gloom for RHS though as Peter Crockett scored after a great Josh Allday run to ensure they didn’t finish goalless. The final score was 9-1 against a team bristling with high level performers.
Audiences at the 2014 House Drama Festival were treated to assortment of plays, both comic and serious, as abundant performers took to the stage.
The girls’ Houses were particularly ambitious scenically with painted cardboard backdrops – and painted faces. They also had in common a laudable desire to put a large number of performers on the stage, chiefly in versions of fairy tales or children’s stories. The boys’ Houses had a wider range of material offering: two adaptations of classic novels ‘Animal Farm’ and ‘Of Mice and Men’, John Godber’s physical comedies of working class life, ‘Bouncers’ and ‘Shakers’ and a reduced, but certainly physically committed, version of Alan Bennett’s ‘The History Boys’ staged in a way that the author probably did not envisage when he wrote it!
Head of Drama, Mr Damon Kerr, said “All the Directors deserve credit for bringing their chosen pieces from page to stage; no small accomplishment in a school that is so busy. Similarly, all the performers are to be congratulated on their work. However, the nature of the event is such that there are prizes for some and not for all. These were decided by our adjudicator, the Head of Drama at St John’s Leatherhead, Mr Mark Probert. In a witty and lucid summing up, he gave every House both directed praise and something to consider for next time, but his eventual decisions were as follows:
- An award for Best Handling of a Large Ensemble to Howe for their staging of ‘The Wizard of Oz’
- Best Use of Technical Elements to Hood and their lighting, scenery, costume and make up for ‘Alice in Wonderland’
- Best Actress to Emily Davidson-Brett who played the Queen of Hearts in ‘Alice in Wonderland’
- Best Actor to Oli Sellers, as the pig, Napoleon, in Collingwood’s staging of ‘Animal Farm’
- And Best Play to Collingwood, for a well constructed, fluid, efficient and assured production of ‘Animal Farm’
Congratulation to all of those involved for the hard work and effort put in to pull off such fantastic, high quality performances”.
The Junior Swimming Gala was held on Saturday 22 March and the team spirit and support from spectators was overwhelming.
Harry Fosker broke the school record for the Individual Medley (2.15.81) and was 0.45 seconds away breaking the Freestyle record as well. Beth Carnell was awarded overall winner of the girls Individual Medley. Libby Parker, Alice Clayton and Milly Salter all stood out in their races and came very close to breaking records. Cavan Fawcett and Dominic Curtis swam the last leg of the freestyle relay and gave everyone a really good opportunity to shout loudly in a very close finish; Cavan finishing first for MacArthur. Thomas Squires’ swim was excellent in the breaststroke and Giles Lennox was impressive in the backstroke.
4th Francis 47 points
3rd Shackleton 54 points
2nd Chichester 63 points
1st MacArthur 77 points
In preparation for Science Week 14-23 March, Year 7 pupils worked on projects for RHS’ inaugural Science Fair.
Working in groups of 2 to 4, the pupils produced projects on topics as diverse as: the effect of age on concentration; what sort of music animals like to listen to; food labelling; catapult design and the link between video games and violent behaviour. The work was completed in science lessons and in their own time.
The 11 and 12 year olds presented their projects to Science teachers and each other and were judged on the quality of their scientific explanations as well as their presentation style.
First prize was awarded to Alexandra Jackson, Charlotte Stenning and Emma Smith for their investigation into factors affecting the growth of mould, second place was awarded to Esme Forrester, Charlie Mann and Ilai Mate for their investigation into the effect of temperature on magnetic fields and third place was awarded to Paru Ramanathan, Fred Hitchen and Mattia Lau for their project on flight.
The Royal Hospital School Junior (U13s) and Senior (U18s) 7s rugby teams both gained places the quarter finals of the prestigious Rosslyn Park National Schools Sevens Tournament as a result of some outstanding performances.
The Rosslyn Park National Schools Sevens is the world’s largest school rugby tournament with some 7,000 boys and girls aged 13 – 18 competing annually. The Junior team competed with 128 schools from across the UK and abroad for a place amongst the last eight teams in the tournament and the Seniors amongst 130 schools in the Festival Tournament open to schools playing just one term of rugby.
Director of Sport, Paul Hardman, took a squad of 10 boys from Years 7 and 8 to Rosslyn Park in Wandsworth, London, on Monday 24 March, and recounted the day:
“The boys travelled with high hopes on the back of a successful run in the Suffolk Schools tournament run by Northampton Saints. They progressed through the group stages winning all their games against King Henry V111 Coventry, Hinchley Wood and Llangynnwyd. This success qualified them for the knockout stages; firstly playing stern opposition, Torquay Grammar, but resulting in a 40-7 win for RHS and the final game of the day against Bristol Grammar. A strong start and committed defence saw RHS power to victory 29-0 with Apakuki Daunakamakama, Toyo Ogunlesi and, Captain, Elliot Chilvers really coming to the fore scoring some wonderfully worked 7`s tries in the process.
This meant that the boys returned to Rosslyn Park on Tuesday 25 March to play on the Grandstand Pitch against a much-fancied Crypt Grammar School from Gloucester. In the end, Crypt ran out winners playing some very strong 7`s but for the RHS boys to achieve a quarter-final place in this prestigious national competition is a special achievement.”
Paul Hardman goes on to report on the Senior boys experience on Wednesday 26 March:
“The Senior Boys gave a fantastic team effort and hearty display to come joint top winners of the group, but on points difference they went through ahead of Bedford Modern to the knock out stage. Conditions deteriorated throughout the day in a group that could have gone three ways but RHS’ gutsy and tenacious defence never gave the other teams a chance to settle.
Highlights of the group stages were hard fought-games against The Kings School Worcester with a score of 35-22 and against Monmouth resulting in 21-7 as well as a comfortable win over St Edwards Oxford resulting in 33-0 to RHS.
A qualification knock-out phase followed against a physical Sir Joseph Williamson’s Mathematical School from Rochester. RHS’ harrying and hustling in defence and decisive in attack resulted in a 20-7 win. Standout performances were seen from, Captain, Dan Smith who was physical in both his attack and defence leading by example and scoring six tries which were matched by Toby Eaton. Other top performers were Alex Rayment, Matt Cantelo, George Butt and Dan Jones”.
Today the Senior boys return to Rosslyn Park as group winners with a place in the quarter finals with 15 other teams. They face stern opposition from Bedford School and Kingswood School.
The Royal Hospital School is hosting two major cross-country events on Thursday 27March.
- The Peninsular Primary Schools’ Cross Country, 11.45am
- The Ipswich Schools’ Sports Association Cross Country, 2.15pm
In the region of fifty Suffolk Primary Schools will be represented and around 800 children will run the course set in the grounds of the Royal Hospital Schools overlooking the River Stour. The Mayor and Mayoress of Ipswich will be in attendance from 2pm.
We welcome all our visitors and wish the runners the very best of luck!