This week those taking Winchester Entrance exams have been hidden away, industriously working their way through their senior school assessments. With Eton King's Scholarship papers also behind us, we now have a pause until the Common Entrance exams begin on our return from half term. Well done to all those who have been involved in the exams this term.
Congratulations are due to Lucy Perkins, who competed at the British National Fencing Championships in Sheffield recently. Her success in the regional competitions meant she had earned a place in the Nation Finals - along with 54 other girls. Lucy won all her Pool matches bar one, and went into the quarters. Overall, Lucy placed 17th in the final placings, which is an amazing achievement for someone introduced to Fencing through our Apprenticeships at Twyford! Well done Lucy.
This week has been very full with activity: Year 2 have been entranced by Sir Teachalot; children have completed their Lamda drama exams; and we have had a competitive Wednesday with series of sports matches against Stroud, Yateley Manor and Westbourne House. All of Year 5 pupils have had a great five days in the New Forest, at Ferny Crofts; mountain biking, orienteering, navigating and living under canvas. They are now back in school, and seem none the worse for wear. They pave the way for a flurry of expeditions next week, with Year 4 going for their residential at Calshot from Wednesday and Year 3 heading to Fairthorne Manor on Thursday. Year 7 will also be at Calshot for most of next week, for their Geography Field Work and outdoor activity residential. It may feel rather quiet here at school...
In addition to our regular sport, two cricket teams had successes in wider competitions. On Tuesday our U12 boys batted very well to overcome a very good Churchers College side, in the regional round of the English Schools' Cricket Association Bunbury Cup. Chasing a competitive 106 to win off 20 overs, Twyford replied with 106-3 from 18 overs. It was tighter than the scores might appear. The 1st team enjoyed their trip to the Isle of Wight on Wednesday, to play Christ the King College, Newport. Twyford were not stretched as far as in some of our normal matches, and needed to chase just 60 to win from 20 overs, which they managed for the loss of only one wicket.
We have the first of our Family Chapel Services tomorrow, Saturday, with coffee served in the Mulberry Pavilion from 8.00 am. The service begins at 8.30 am. We are welcoming back Rev Jonah Watts, our local priest from Twyford St Mary's Church. Sadly, this will be Jonah's last appearance in this guise, as he is retiring in the summer. I do hope you will come along if you can.