Assembly, 21 May 2012

May 21, 2012

We are now deeply ensconced in the exam season. Good luck to those of you who are taking GCSE biology, AS business studies, AS music and AS biology today, and to all of you for the other exams during the week.

All the fourth form are out of lesson today for the Bright Green Enterprise Challenge Day, which is taking place in the NBT and other parts of the school. I look forward to sharing the outcome of this with you all in more detail next Monday.

With forecast excellent weather, a full sports programme, activities and exams, this week will be one of the busiest of the school year. Ensure that you pace yourselves effectively during the week – and this is as much a plea for pupils as it is for staff.

I would like to congratulate all those who took part in the Ten Tors expedition. I will give recognition of their achievement at Parents’ Day when I award the medals. Needless to say that experience, opportunity and demonstration of leadership was extremely impressive, and I am grateful to all the pupils, and the staff, who made the event happen and ensured its success.

There are a number of sports reports that I want to share.

Firstly, the boy’s senior house golf competition was played on Saturday May 12, with some sterling performances. Hambro came fifth with 15 points, Athelstan 4th, Damer 3rd, Bancks 2 and Tregonwell
defended their title with great skill. The cup will be awarded on Parents’ Day.

The U14 Cricket match on Saturday 12 May was a superb success, as I mentioned last week, and won by 110 runs, with Ed Barrington scoring 90 not out.

The U16 and U18 swimming against Sherborne was a close performance, with five races being separated by less than a second. Bobby Sandeman scored the highest for the juions with 8 individual points, and Callum Batten for the seniors with 12 individual points. The final score was Sherborne 50 and Milton Abbey 37.

On Tuesday 8 May we competed at the North Dorset Athletics Championships held at Yeovil Athletics Track. Eight athletes secured entry to the next round – which is the Dorset Championships – held on the 16 June. This is a tremendous achievement.

They are: Emily Pope, 200 metres; Henry Leschallas, 200 metres (achieving a PB of 23.4 seconds) and Long jump; Charlie Homer 100 metres (achieving a PB of 11.5 seconds) and discus; Nnamdi Iwuajoku, Discus; Rory Edwards, 400 metres (achieving a season’s PB of 56.2 seconds); Danny Sala, 1500 metres; Adam Pett,
Discus; and Calum O’Neill, 1500 metres.

On Saturday 12 May we competed against seven other school at the Bryanston fixture. There were excellent performances from Henry Leschallas, Danny Sala and Calym O’Neill, who achieved a PB of 6 minutes and 6 seconds in the 1500 metres.

The girls’ tennis against Clayesmore on Thursdy 17 May was a close match played by Phoebe Unwin, Charlie Southey, Charlotte Cripps, Hattie Middleton-Frith, Alice Cheater and Izzy Wintour. We beat Clayesmore 5 matches to 4, and won 42 games, losing 33. The girls’ tennis is doing superbly this term, and we look forward to the results of the Sherborne match this Thursday.

On Tuesday 15 May the U15’s entertained Canford in the first match of the season. In a 25 overs match, Milton Abbey scored 113 for 5, with Archie Leschallas scoring 54c not out. Canford were 9 for 1 after seven overs when a mixture of rain and hail forces the match to be abandoned.  On Thursday 17 May the U15’s beat Clayesmore in a 20/20 match, with Clayesmore bowled out for 59, and Hector Barrett and Tom Chappell taking two wickets apiece, and Hector Raw three wickets. The performance bodes well for this week’s Dorset Cup competition.

Milton Abbey enjoyed a number of successes at the Canford Athletics fixture on Saturday. Facing stiff opposition from Dauntseys, Clayesmore, Kings Bruton and Canford in the U19 and U17 age groups, Milton Abbey athletes achieved a number of 1st and 2nd placings.

The Captain, Henry Leschallas, achieved 2nd place in the 100 metres, 2nd in the 200 metres, and 2nd in Long Jump. Charlie Homer also did well coming 2nd in his 100 metres race, whilst the Relay team consisting of Rory Edwards, Gus Rouse , Charlie Homer and Henry Leschallas beat their season’s best taking 48.5 seconds to successfully bring the baton home, however, due to one poor changeover we missed out on the opportunity to
win the event.

In the Intermediate Boys Danny Sala Vila came 2nd in both the 800 metres and 1500 metres beating seasons bests.  Hamish Gardiner achieved a creditable 3rd in the 800 metres just behind. Namdi Iwuajoko came 1st
in the shot putt with a throw of 11 metres and 1st in the Discus with an impressive 30 metre throw. Calum
O’Neill achieved a personal best in the 1500 metres with 5 minutes 45 seconds, beating the 6 minutes and 6 seconds he achieved last Saturday. Charlie Williams had a busy afternoon competing in the 100 metres, where he achieved a PB, Sprint Hurdles, Long Jump and the Relay.

On Saturday, the 1st XI match against Downside was played on a perfect Milton Abbey summer afternoon. Downside struggled at 88 for 4 with only ten overs of their innings to go. Chris Wells, Blake Carter and Angus Moreton bowled superbly, but an undisciplined last ten overs from Milton Abbey allowed Downside to go on ahead and score 160 by the close of the innings. Milton Abbey started positively in reply, but could not keep up the required run-rate and were bowled out 57 runs short. Special mention as man of the match must go to
Chris Wells.

The tennis against Warminster on Saturday was extremely successful. The juniors lost 2, but won 7 of their games. Alex Ferguson and Will Blair won all their games. Tom Ellis and Chap played some excellent tennis, and Gonzalo and Garcia played as a pair for the first time, showing great potential. The seniors won 5 and lost 4 of their games, with Ed Windsor-Clive and Charlie Barron playing extremely well indeed. Milo Stopford and Max Thornton came back from 5-1 down to win 7 – 5, which shows superb spirit indeed.

I have used an analogy of a candle to help us pray before, and will do so again. Numerous churches use candles as a sign of prayer, and so as we pray this morning, I ask you to light a candle in your mind, and let it burn throughout the day.

Let us pray.

We light a candle for those taking exams today; may they be inspired to achieve great things.

We light a candle for the staff at Milton Abbey; may they be supported in their care for us.

We light a candle for the person who we pick on or to whom we are unpleasant; may we be guided to move away from unpleasant temptation, and to respect others as we would like to be respected.

We light a candle for the cooks, cleaners, groundsman, porters, maintenance staff and the administration staff that ensure Milton Abbey works so efficiently; may we be supported in respecting their roles, and recognising all that they do.

Finally, we light a candle for our families, for those we love, and for those whom we love but for whom we also mourn and see no more; may light perpetual shine upon them.