Week 6 assembly
October 11, 2011
We welcome Chester to the school, our woofability dog for this coming week. He will be around the houses in the evening, and the school during the week. If pupils are passing by my study, then they’ve been invited to pop in and take him out for a walk. I was delighted that the mufti day last week raise nearly £300 for woofability, and we hope to raise more through the year.
Full reports of matches can be found on the sports section of the website. However, I’d like to highlight the 2nd’s match against Sherborne on the 27 September, where we won 17-10 with great trys from Ned Chattey, Gus Rouse and Hugo Cordle. Man of the match was awarded to Will Ferreira for his relentless tackling. I think that the matches from the weekend show immense ability. The U16 match against Bryanston was an incredibly physical game. We managed to capitalise on mistakes made by the opposition, with Hamish Gardner scoring the first try and Charlie Williams, invigorated by Wales moving to the semi-finals of the world cup, scoring the second. Ed Fulford then converted a crucial two points. We had a superb victory – and man of the match was Ben Doggrell for being at the bottom of every ruck and turning over an enormous amount of ball. Finally, the firsts had a superb match where Milton Abbey especially piled on the pressure in the second half. We had a simple line out, good back move quick ball on two occasions, which resulted in a penalty to Milton Abbey which George Cottrell skilfully slotted. A 3-0 victory was a great result, with man of the match being awarded to Oscar Evans.
I will reflect on the football results, and the U14 and U15 match reports in next week’s assembly.
We had a wonderful victory against Sherborne playing golf on Tuesday 4 October, where Will Stogdale played some inspiring golf, with crucial support from Rupert Turnball and our B team of the Balesteros-esque Gonzalo and Sergio. We recorded our first win over Sherborne in 10 years, which was a tremendous achievement. In Sailing, we had a match against Sherborne, which was a close fought event where we lost by only two points. Otto Alwood captained superbly. The girls have done well in their two matches. The first, against Sherborne, saw a 2 – 2 tie with goals scored by Emily Pope and Phoebe Unwin. Player of the match goes to Fran Barron. The match against Bryanston was not so successful, with us losing 8 – 2, although Izzy Wintour demonstrated real potential and was awarded player of the match.
The Consultative Assembly last week encouraged some extremely positive observations from different year groups. I am pleased to say that the new Rewards and Sanctions policy, drawn up in consultation with sixth formers and the Deputy Head, will be presented to School Council on Tuesday 18 October to become school policy from after half term. Mr Staley will go through it in further depth during assembly on Monday 31st October.
The builders will be moving into Milton Abbey this coming Monday to set up the site for the new boarding houses. The first day of the build will be Monday 24 October. We will place a map in reception that will show the boundaries for the build which can be shared with pupils and parents.
We are approaching Movember. After discussions with the School Council last term, I have fully agreed to the idea that any sixth former may grow a moustache to raise awareness of testicular cancer, and money to fight it. I ask that you try and raise sponsorship money for this over the half term break. All boys Housemasters will be given a sign-up sheet for those sixth formers taking part. I ask that this is completed by Friday evening, so we can arrange the sponsorship packs to be handed out. On Monday 31st October there will be a photograph of all those who are taking part, and on Tuesday 30 November there will be another one, with everyone in the same places, to demonstrate the amount of upper lip growth! All parents are invited to take part in this worthy cause, too.