Battersea Park to the Sydney Opera House

November 07, 2011

The Independent Schools Show

We had a very successful two days at the Independent Schools Show in Battersea Park, London on Saturday and Sunday - we met a huge number of people who were interested in sending their children to Milton Abbey, alongside some friends from other schools. It was definitely worth going to, and we'll be back again next year.


I am pleased to say that Movember is coming along nicely - my deputy is beginning to look like a victorian poet, and two of my housemasters are attempting a similar look. The pupils who are taking part (for some reason it is taking them a bit longer to grow their soup strainers!) will be taking sponsor forms home over exeat. We'll also be having a charity mufti day to raise funds for this superb charity.

Assembly: Louisa Thompson

Assembly today featured Louisa Thompson. Louisa, who is our superb Theatre Technician, gave a precis of how she came into her line of work. Apart from working on some of the most amazing West End shows, she also had experience of a year in the Sydney Opera House. Her talents, and experiences, were shared with the school and once again it was demonstrated how lucky we are at Milton Abbey to have such a diverse and passionate staff body who have a wide range of extraordinary life experiences. Standing up and sharing these with pupils can often be the spark for a lifetime of interest in a specific area, and I'm grateful to all members of staff, but in particular Louisa, for taking the time to deliver such an interesting and heartfelt talk.

There have been so many things to report on that some areas of school life in assemblies over the last few weekes have not been celebrated. To that end, I ensured that the football results from the end of September were chronicled, and I felt lucky to mention lots of pupils who have been involved in school sport. I list them, and other areas of achievement, below.

The Duke of Edinburgh's Award

Firstly, I awarded a copy of the certificate of the Silver Duke of Edinburgh Award to pupils who had completed this. They were Anthony Bentley-Buckle, Edward Fane Trefusis, Oliver Gilchrist, Alex Harris, Josh Parry, George Shaw, Jacopo Tonelli, Tom Walker and Toby Young.

Sports Results

29th September: Football Club  V  Canford

Despite a valiant effort we lost this game 5 – 0. Most of the first half was even but M.A didn’t convert their chances. Once again, superb work rate from Ewan Wright who never gave up. Canford maintained better possession and we were beaten by a better side on the day.

6th October: Football Club  V  Sherborne International School

This was a mixed team to match up with the visitors’ U16 side. The first half was dominated by a free flowing Sherborne side who were 4 -0 up. M.A had the better of the second half with a spirited performance, which brought them close to equalising the game, albeit thwarted by some last ditch defending by the opposition. Goals came from Jonathan Ellis and Angus Moreton. Man of the Match: Angus Moreton

13th October: Football Club  V  Stanbridge Earls

A very close battle saw M.A win this game 1-0. Anthony Bentley Buckle scored the only goal of the game mid way through the first half as he latched on to a through ball and beat the advancing keeper. Stanbridge pressed hard for an equalizer and it has to be said, played the more attractive football. However, a determined and well disciplined defence kept the visitors at bay. Men of the Match: Anthony Bentley Buckle, Josh Parry and Ewan Wright

Saturday 15 October: Rugby vs. St. John’s Portsmouth

1st match was a closely fought battle 15 – 10, with Evy Martin Smith being the outstanding man of the match. The U15’s won their game, which was a much needed morale boosting victory, whilst the U16 match here at the school was given a second start which subsequently resulted in a 7 – 5 scoreline, with impressive play from Danny Sala, Charlie Williams, Alex Macauley and Ed Fulford, to captained the side impressively. It was a great match. The U14 team lost, although the highlight of the match was the strength of our srum. Ben Warburton won man of the match.

The swimming team travelled to Marlborough on Thursday 13 October and swam well. Although we were beaten, notable performances came from Will Young in the junior 50m freestyle who came second with a PB of 30.83 seconds, Calum Batten came second in the senior 50m breaststroke with 38.7 seconds, and Tom Everard managed second place in the junior 50m backstroke.

Since half term, I’ve received the following reports.

Firstly, the football match against Stanbridge Earls on 3 November resulted in a 1 – 1 draw. MA conceded in the first two minutes, but MA held on, with Jean-Philippe and Anthony Bentley-Buckle linking well. Josh Parry and Juan Jose were rock solid, with Anthony Bentley-Buckley scoring the equaliser. Juan Jose was voted man of the match.

Secondly the Golf Team played against Canford on the 3 November, playing six single matches. MA lost by only 2 ½ to 3 ½ points. Special mention should go to Will Blair and Sergio for winning their matches, and also to Will Stogdale who halved his match. It was even more impressive that the team hadn’t played on the course before.

Thirdly, with a depleted team due to injury and illness, the football team arrived on Saturday at Canford and produced some superb play from the first whistle. The final score of 1 -1 was a well-deserved result and – according to Mr Giles – a pleasure to watch. Special mention must go to Alick Petit, who was man of the match, Pepe, for scoring his first goal of the season, and Charlie Williams for stepping in at the last minute to ensure that there was a full team.

Finally, the 1st XV played against Hampshire Collegiate on Saturday. Although the team lost 14 – 11, there were some great passages of play, particularly in the second half with the consistent kicking of George Cotterell. Special mention must go to Oscar Evans, Charlie Homer and Evy Martin-Smith. However, on this occasion, according to the opposition coach, Man of the Match was awarded to Orlando Bevan.