I start off this week with two pupils to congratulate, for very different reasons. Firstly, Lucy Perkins has had even more success in her Fencing. Lucy competed recently in the Hampshire Foil Championships, having to move up to Under 14 group this time. After the early stages, Lucy was top seed as the final rounds began. She managed to maintain her form, winning the overall Championships in style. Well done Lucy.
The second sporting success is more unusual: Clara Stannah has been selected as a member of the English Schools’ Ski Association Primary Squad, as a result of her performances in ESSA championship races. Clara will now go to a training camp during the Easter holidays, looking for selection to the World Schools’ Championships. What a great honour for Clara. Well done.
I must apologise for confusion in my reporting of IAPS competitions last week. Just to set the record straight: Football - the 1st VI boys came third in their IAPS regional football final at Moulsford and went through to the Nationals last Sunday, at Kings College winning two (including Millfield!) drawing two and losing two. Final placing of 9th. 14 schools are represented in the national final in two groups of 7. Hockey - the U13 girls’ hockey team qualified for the national finals and played this Tuesday. They didn’t fare as well as in the qualifiers, and failed to proceed to the final rounds. The U11s lost in the semi-finals of their regional final and so did not make the national. U12 hockey: by virtue of just 34 schools in the country entering at U12 level, all schools have been invited to play in a national final with no need to qualify through a regional event.
It has been difficult to miss the fact that this has been Anti-Bullying Week. We had a great Assembly on Monday morning planned and presented by Livy Chaplin-Rogers, Tommy Finney, Ruby Lee and Ned Wolfe. Pupils all then embarked on creating a jigsaw of thoughts and statements about bullying, that has been turned into a giant mosaic posted on the wall of the Sports Hall. Friday has been an ‘odd socks day’, with children and adults wearing odd socks to signify that we are all different but all part of the same community. Also today, we have had wonderful beat-boxing poetry experiences in each year group, run by Ollie Heath again.
Over the past year a small group has been hatching quite a grand plan: to mount a big event in London to mark the centenary of the death of Hubert Parry, composer of ‘Jerusalem’, ‘I was glad’, and many other important musical pieces. Having been a pupil at Twyford, Hubert Parry then went on to Eton, then Oxford. He was appointed Professor of the Royal College of Music in 1883, becoming the head of the RCM in 1895. In discussion with Eton and the Royal College of Music, we have planned a joint concert in the Concert Hall of the Royal College of Music on the last Sunday of half term in the Autumn Term 2018 (Sunday 28th October). This will involve the Orchestra and Choir of the Royal College of Music, the Choir of Eton College, and the Senior Choir of Twyford School. This a very exciting project, that has taken quite a lot of effort at the Twyford end, but I am sure it will be a great event.