KING’S Ely Junior’s sweet-sounding Chamber Choir wowed audiences during their action-packed tour to Cologne

 The 30-strong choir, made up of boys and girls from Years 5 to 8, enjoyed a hugely successful tour of the Western German city, where they performed three services and two concerts in just five days.

 On the Saturday, the choir sang vespers, mass and a concert at St ApostelnChurchin Central Cologne. On the Sunday,theythentravelled to AltenbergCathedral, just 25km north-east of Cologne, to sing morning mass. At 4pmthat day,theythen gave a concert in St PantaleonChurch beforearguably the highlight of the tour –singing vespersin Cologne Cathedral– a truly memorableoccasion for everyone involved as the service was televised live not just locally, but worldwide on the internet.

 Of course there was also plentyof sightseeing and free time too, including a visit to Cologne Zoo, where the pupils got to see baby Meerkats, shopping in the city centre and a trip to Phantasialandtheme park where there were rollercoasters and water rides galore.

 Director of Music at King’s Ely Junior, Neil Porter-Thaw, said: “The Cologne touris up there as one of the best tours I have taken over the last 20 years. I really have no idea how many prep school choirs can say they have sung a live broadcasted Choral Vespersfrom Cologne Cathedral! The Chamber Choir were a credit to the school andperformed very professionally. I am so gratefulfor all their hard work this year.”


National Sports Conference for Girls – Bolton School

Bolton School will host the prestigious Girls Go Gold Conference on Thursday 13 September, an annual event organised in conjunction with the Girls’ School Association (GSA), which attracts hundreds of elite sportswomen in Years 10-13 who represent their county or country in their chosen sport, as well as those girls studying GCSE and A Level PE in GSA schools.

In what promises to be a motivating and thought-provoking day, there will be two keynote speakers: Sam Quek MBE, England hockey Gold medallist at the 2016 Rio Olympics, will be joined by 3000m and 5000m Olympic athlete, Eilish McColgan.

The overarching theme for the day will be “Where Sport Can Take You” and a variety of speakers and workshops will illustrate the many career paths in sport. There will be four practical sessions run by University staff on sports and biomechanics testing, sports intervention, sports rehabilitation and physiotherapy; there will also be a netball masterclass led by Manchester Thunder youth coaches Phil Owen and Suzanne Bass and a podiatry session led by Dr Lindsay Hill. Victoria Screaton, BBC Sport Producer will talk about tv sports production and John Watson, BBC sports presenter, will lecture on sports journalism and tv presenting. A large number of Sports Departments from Universities will be in attendance, including Loughborough, Liverpool John Moores, Chester, Bolton, UCLAN, Liverpool Hope and Edge Hill. Girls will also have the opportunity to learn about overseas sports placements as an alternative pathway to develop both academic and sports scholarship opportunities in the USA through Sporting Chance USA. It is one of two such conferences; the other will be hosted by Tudor Hall in Oxfordshire.

Headmistress of the Girls’ Division at Bolton School, Miss Sue Hincks, said: “We are very excited to host, once again, the renowned Girls Go Gold Conference. We look forward to welcoming a wide range of speakers who will inspire the young elite sportswomen from across the region. The aim of the day will be to motivate girls to believe that anything is possible with lots of hard work and the right mental attitude to develop their talent.”

Demand to attend is expected to be high so numbers will be restricted to a maximum of 15 students and two adults per school. Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis. To register your interest in attending the day contact Mrs Kathryn Heatherington, Head of PE at the following email address:

Bolton is just North of Manchester and is easily accessible by motorway and rail links. Birmingham is 97 miles away via the M6, Leeds is 47 miles away and Sheffield is 57 miles. The School is on a main route, only 5 minutes off from the motorway.

Dauntsey’s Enjoys Stunning Athletics Season

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Dauntsey’s has enjoyed another stunning athletics season with the senior girls’ team being unbeaten for the second season in a row.
The senior boys’ team has also had a fantastic season, the highlight being winning the Lutra Shield at the Yeovil Arena, beating Sherborne, Bryanston, Wellington, Taunton, Blundells, Kingswood and Millfield.
More than 50 pupils competed in the recent Kennet Area trials with many of them going on to be selected to represent the area in the County Championships.
Marcus Olsen, Director of Sport, Dauntsey’s said:
“This has been another superb athletics season for both our boys and girls.  The teams have performed brilliantly at each fixture, against some very tough competition.   The strength of Dauntsey’s athletics continues to exceed all expectations and this coincides perfectly with the start of a new running track being built in the next few weeks.
“For 2019, we will have an eight-lane, all-weather track on the Mercers Fields, allowing our athletes to train throughout the year. The future of Dauntsey’s athletics looks very bright indeed!”

Further success for King’s Ely Golf Academy

Golf Sunningdale 2018THE King’s ElyGolf Academy has qualified for the Independent Schools Golf Association (ISGA) National Plate Finals.

 King’s Ely Senior students Thomas Stiff and David Harris, and King’s Ely Junior pupil Paul Collington, competed in the finals of the Regional Knockout at Elton Furze Golf Club, near Peterborough, on May 24th.

 The team beat Oakham School at the event, meaning they qualified for the ISGA National Plate Finals being heldat CollingtreePark Golf Club in Northampton on June 25th.

 On May 21st, Paul and fellow King’s Ely Junior pupil Ben Collier also competed at the ISGA Junior Stableford, heldat SunningdaleHeath Golf Club. Ben won the individual Net Prize on the day and the pair camesecond overall.

 Theselatest golfing achievements come just weeks after Paul won theprestigious Wellington College Silver Salver Team Nett Prize. Ben won the Nett Division on the day andfellow Golf Academy member,Thomas Jackson, claimed second in the Individual Division.

 Golf is a popular choice of sport at King’s Ely, and as a school we firmly believe that students of all abilities should enjoy a wide a range of sporting experiences, whilst at the same time making the most of every opportunity to excel.



Farlington School is holding a spectacular Fashion Show on Thursday 14thJuneat 6.30pm. The event will showcase the latest collectionsfrom local fashion retailersand Farlington’s Textile Design students. It is a whole school event with students and staff modellingthe outfits on the catwalk.

 We are delighted that local fashion boutiqueswill be taking part includingLa Vida Boutique, RetroEsque, Doodie Stark, Xclusiv, Vestimenta and C & H Fabrics from Horsham, One Forty and Mann’s from Cranleigh and Willow in Billinghurst. We are particularly looking forward to welcoming back Molly Coddle Childrenswear,who took part in the fashion show held in 2015. Warnham Blooms are also supporting the show, as are TonicsHair and Boots No 7. The show, which will have a Hollywood theme, will also feature designs and creations from girls in the Prep School.

 There will be a chance to shop at the pop-up boutiques before and after the show whilst enjoying Prosecco and canapés. Firebird Brewery will also be on hand with their mobile bar. This event is open to the local community, not just Farlington parents.

 The Fashion Show is one of the highlights of Farlington’s Arts Week which features a spectacular ‘Song and Dance!’ compilation of favourites from musical theatreon Monday evening and a Comedy Evening from Barnstormers Comedyon the Tuesday,which isalsoopen to all.The Comedy Evening will be compered by Dan Evans and feature Ben Norris and Mark Simmons, top acts from the London circuit

 As part of Arts Week, the studentswill have the opportunity to either perform in or watch the Drama, Dance and Music Festivalsthat are taking place. These are competitions open to all students in Year 5 to Upper Sixth, judged by an external adjudicator. Different arts-based workshops will also be taking placeincluding Working with Green Screens, Making Movies in Classics, Stage Lighting Workshopand Creating Wounds

 It promises to be a stimulating week at Farlington, celebrating the visual and performing arts. In addition, Farlington will be Venue 3 on the Horsham Artists Open Studios Trail on the weekends of 9/10thand 16/17thJune where visitors will have the chance to meet local artists and designersand see their work.

 Tickets for the Fashion Show and the Comedy Evening are available onFarlington’s Facebook page and on the Farlington Websiteunder Summer Events.

Milton Abbey pupil wins 2018 Wessex Area Championship

Milton Abbey School is delighted that pupil Aly (Alexandra) Geldard has won the 2018 Wessex Area Championship in the Pony Racing class for ponies up to 148 cm. The race was held at Little Windsor on 7th May.

Aly already had wins in the 138cm class at Godstone and Wincanton under her belt and was named Most Improved Rider (Pony Racing Authority) in the South East in 2015. A boarder at Milton Abbey School, she rides out for Mark Gillard Racing in Hilton, Dorset before school every day and wants to be a professional flat jockey.

In December 2017 Aly teamed up with Shotgun Minnie, a 147.7 cm thoroughbred mare with whom she has gone from strength to strength. Aly and Minnie will be running in the National Pony Racing Championship at Bratton Down on 3rd June.



At Little Windsor Aly rode an excellent race, holding onto Shotgun Minnie until she saw an opening in the field. Aly and Minnie delivered a nail-biting finish, beating the runner-up by half a length. Aly is currently ranked 8th out of more than 250 children competing in Pony Racing in 2018.

Mark Gillard of Mark Gillard Racing said, “Aly has phenomenal determination and personal drive for someone soyoung and it is a joy to see her succeeding in the way that she is. We at Mark Gillard Racing are proud to have been apart of her journey.”



Aly’s mother Justine Elmendorff said, “I am very grateful to Magnus Bashaarat and his staff at Milton Abbey Schoolfor the support they have given Aly over the past three years, helping her pursue a career goal so far removed from the usual GCSE curriculum. No other school I know of would have allowed Aly out of school before lessons to work on a racing yard six mornings a week!”

Farlington’s High Flying Year 11s

Lottie Suckling RFU

Farlington School’s Year 11 has produced some amazing achievements recently. Juliet has become a published author, Sarahais a finalist in a national arts competition and Lottie is a national rugby champion.

 Juliet Webber, fifteen, has written and published her first novel. She started writing her book, ‘Demon Slayer’, when she was twelve-years-old, having been inspired by the ‘Chronicles of Ancient Darkness’ by Michelle Paver, as well as Tolkein’sworks. Two years and 92,000 words later, it can now be bought from the website:

 Sahara Coles has been chosen as a finalist of the Discover ARTiculationChallenge competition. She was one of 5 entries submitted to Leeds University, who judged all the entries from across the country. The students had to choose, research and ‘articulate’ for 2-3 minutes on any piece of artwork, e.g. a painting, sculpture or a building. Each of our students spent time with Mrs Huntsman, Head of Art History, discussing their proposed artworks; their final entries were filmed and uploaded, and the girls delivered their presentations to the School in a special assembly. Their proud parents were also invited in to school.

 The adjudicators were wonderfully impressed by the time, effort and engagement shown by all of the participants. Sahara has been invited to speak during the ARTiculatingArt and Culture Day for KS4 students on 11th July at the University of Leeds. She has to give an extended version of her original presentation – Ai WeiweiDropping a Han Dynasty Urn (1995), to last 5-7 minutes and will be one of only 8 finalists from the whole country. We wish her the very best of luck. During the day, she will also be able to attend activities and workshops led by staff and students from the University’s School of Fine Art, History of Art & Cultural Studies.

Congratulations to Lottie Suckling in Year 11, who is a national champion. She has recently won the National U18’s RFU final with her team, Pulborough. After an unbeaten season, the team won 36-7 against Newark at the Ealing Trailfindersstadium.

Lottie started playing rugby at the age of 10 and trains every Thursday evening with her club. She enjoys the physicality, team spirt and social aspects of the sport and is looking forward to further wins with her club.

The Year 11s are now on study leave and celebrated on Friday by coming in fancy dress, taking the first letter of their name as inspiration for their character. We wish them the best of luck for their exams!

Hundreds attend  King’s  Ely  Senior Prizegiving at Ely Cathedral

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STUDENTS, staff, parents and friends of King’s Ely came together in Ely Cathedral for one of the highlights of the school calendar.

 Hundreds of people packed inside the magnificent cathedral on May 4th for King’s Ely Senior’s Prizegivingceremony – an annual celebration of students’ academic achievements and outstanding successes in everyday school life, such as music, art, drama and sport.

 Academic Prizes are awarded to several students in each year group; there are awards for Most Improved Students and those who have provided an Outstanding Contribution to School Life. There are also King’s Scholar and Queen’s Scholar Prizes, Prefect Awards, King’s Ely International Scholar Prizes and PotticaryMedals for the Heads of School; which went to Oliver Hutchinson and Paige Grey this year.

 Long-standing awards and medals which celebrate historical achievements at King’s Ely, such as the Bennett Prize, Dimmock Reading Prize, Shepherd Cup and Winkfield Cup, to name just a few, are also presented at Prizegiving, which is followed by a service of thanksgiving. King’s Ely’s all-boys a cappella group, the King’s Barbers, who were crowned UK Youth a Cappella Champions last month, also performed at the service.

 Guest of Honour at this year’s ceremony wasLieutenant General Philip Jones CBE. Serving in the British Armyfor 36 years, Phil departed the service as a Lieutenant General. With over 15 international deployments, including three secondments to the UN and two to NATO in leadership roles, he gained operational experience in most of the major military campaigns of the past 30 years. This included over three and a half years in Afghanistan. Positions included Brigade Commander in Northern Ireland, Military Attaché in Washington D.C., the first Chief of Staff to the new UK Joint Forces Command within the Ministry of Defence, Military Advisor to the UN in Afghanistan, and Chief of Staff for NATO’s Allied Command for Transformation, NATO’s strategic military command. He was awarded CB and CBE for his service.

Kate’s Determination Shines Through – Brentwood School

Brentwood School pupil and keen orienteer, Kate Bowie-Britton, has been presented with a prestigious award recognisingher determination and triumph over adversity.

 Thirteen-year-old Kate, who suffers from a joint disorder,received her Jack PetcheyFoundation Achievement Awardat a glittering ceremony in Colchester’s Mercury Theatre.

 Kate, who is a member of both the Brentwood School Orienteering Team and Essex Stragglers Orienteering Society, has Hypermobility Syndrome with tibialtorsion and femoral anteversion, which means that her legs do not point forwards. This means Kate often suffers from falls and has several problems with her muscles.

 Due to her condition, Kate is not a fast walker, however, she has found her niche in orienteering which requires competitorsto also be quick thinkers. Over the years, Kate has greatly developed both her map reading skills and muscle strength and recently won the 2017 East Anglia Schools’Orienteering Championships for her age group.

 Kate was nominated for the award by her sister Emma, who also attends Brentwood School. Big sister Emma said: “Kate is a very dedicated and determined person who wants to succeed at whatever she does despite the limitations of her body.”

 Kate has decided to spend her £250 Jack PetcheyAchievement Award grant on a trip to the Essex Outdoors Centre in Danbury for her and her fellow orienteers.

 In total,78 young people from schools/clubs were invited to the presentation evening which honouredAchievement Award winners aged 11-25 who received medallions to go with their framed certificate and £250 cheque.

 Mayor of Colchester, Cllr Gerard Oxford said: “Tonight we have experienced the full breadth of talent and achievement from all sectors. All the young people and their parents should be very proud. Their families should be excited about their future potentials.”

 District Commander, Chief Inspector Shaun Kane said: “Tonight has been inspiring, motivating and humbling. It has been a privilege to be part of this celebration of young people’s achievement and success.”

 Sir Jack PetcheyCBE founded the Jack PetcheyFoundation in 1999 to recognisethe positive contributions young people make to society and to support them in achieving their potential. Since then it has provided support to a wide range of 2,000 initiatives supporting young people across London and Essex and has invested over £118m.

Sir Jack, aged 92, said “I am passionate about our awards scheme which enables young people to be recognised, valued and rewarded for their achievements and positive contributions to society.”

Muddle Puddle Walk – Stover Prep

On Friday 27th April, Stover School Nursery and Reception pupils took part in an appropriately wet Peppa Pigs Muddy Puddle Walk in aid of ‘Save the Children’. It was a well looked forward to event and the children were excited to go for a muddy walk in the woods. It was a soggy start, however, the children had a wonderful time splashing and jumping in the puddles and even stopped off in the Forest for a quick sing-song in our woodland den.
Our Foundation Unit raised £416 for save the children. Thank you also to the parents who came along to help and for all everyone for their kind donations for this worthy cause.