Rugby Report Week 3

This weekend saw RHS take on local rivals Colchester Royal Grammar School in a block fixture. Conditions could not have been more conducive for fast running rugby. Due to exeat the juniors played their fixtures midweek with the U12s playing Moreton Hall. U12 v Moreton Hall This was a tough game for a newly formed side that came up against a physically larger and more mature side. Moreton Hall were made up of a mixture of year 7 and 8 boys... Read More
One of the School’s top sailors, Zofia Moritz, Year 11, has had a very busy summer sailing around Europe in varying Laser competitions. July started with the Laser Europa Cup in Dziwn, Poland, on the Baltic sea. In very strong winds (up to 30 knots) and waves, Zofia was placed 2nd girl and 10th overall at the start. However, exhaustion took its toll and, together with some lighter winds on day 3, she dropped the ranks slightly to finish 8th girl, 6th U1... Read More
Today was the annual European Day of Languages and to celebrate the Modern Foreign Languages Department launched some new initiatives around the School to get both pupils and staff involved in language learning. Everyone was invited to enjoy a European-inspired menu in the Dining Hall and all were encouraged to try to speak a few words in a foreign language – from French to Klingon! There were competitions in the Library throughout the day and more events will follow over the ne... Read More

Hockey Report week 2

2nd XI vs King’s Ely (W 5-0) On Tuesday the 2nd XI put in a strong performance against a physical King’s Ely side. RHS took the lead early on with a good goal from Lucy Watson before she doubled her tally before half time. The second half started the same way as the first, and two goals from Olivia Jones put the game beyond doubt. Sally Watson rounded off the display with a 5th goal. U12A vs Ipsw... Read More
Callum Hensby, Raleigh Yr10, is Essex Golf Union Under 14 Order of Merit champion. The Order of Merit involved various golf competitions during the summer break and concluded in a final at Garon Park Golf Club with 48 competitors in a battle for trophies. On 28 August at Garon Park, Callum scored a fantastic 2 over par in difficult windy conditions which put him in the lead with only two other competitors coming close to his score. As well as winning the final day,... Read More
Thomas Laurance was at RHS in Hawke House from 1998 until 2005. He studied A levels in Design Technology, Art, Drama and Media and was a member of the Choir, Barbershop Quartet and Nelson Band. He also got involved in film making and the School plays. After School, Thomas took some time out to travel and then spent 3 years studying Direction and Screenwriting at the Northern Film School in Leeds. This was followed by a year at the FAMU Film and TV... Read More

Rugby Report week 2

Its been an impressive start to highly anticipated and busy season for all age groups at RHS. With a total of 19 fixtures played so far there have been 16 wins. However, more encouraging has been the way in which victories have come about. Teamwork, endeavour, skill and initiative are words that have been used by opposition. U12A v Coopers (W 19-7) The U12A side played their first competitive fixture vs Coopers this weekend where RHS came from behind to... Read More
The Royal Hospital School announces a new team of talented coaches to take girls netball to the next level. Miss Lucy Adams, a former Super League netball player, has taken over the key role as Head of Netball and she is supported by Miss Katie Chambers and Miss Jenny Monger who are delivering technical coaching sessions. The team is dedicated to developing individual ability within a cohesive team ethos, with the aim of establishing the Royal Hospital School as the... Read More
An Autumn Walk will take place on Friday 3 October in aid of the RDA. Starting from the Royal Hospital School Cricket Pavilion, it will follow a route with beautiful views of the River Stour and Alton Water. It will take approximately 1.5-2hours at an easy-going pace with coffee and biscuits before, and lunch afterwards. Dogs are very welcome but must be kept on leads while in the RHS grounds. Start 10.15am. Please fill in this Entry Form. Read More

Sailing Report

During the summer holidays, many RHS sailors were competing around the world. Tom Joice travelled to Denmark to take part in the Youth Laser Radial Championships and, after a week of racing, he finished 41st out of the top 80 Radial sailors in Europe. Toby and Josie Ruffles travelled a little further afield to this year’s RS Tera World Championships at Pine Lake Marina in South Africa. Toby produced some great results in the Sport Fleet to finish 7th and hi... Read More
Last weekend Daniel Patten and Arthur Brown took part in the RYA Transition Squad trials at Queen Mary Reservoir. The Transition Squad provides intensive coaching, development and support to sailors who have the longer term potential to represent the UK at an International level. There are only twelve National Transition Squad places available which are fiercely contested for. The competitors are coached and assessed over four gruelling weekends to compete for a place. The morning consisted of technical lectures and... Read More
The Royal Hospital School was proud to sponsor West Mersea Cadet Week for the third year running and it was great to see so many RHS pupils taking part at the event in the Summer holidays. Congratulations to Beth Sharpe (Yr 11 Anson) who crewed with Connor Way in an RS Feva XL. Not only did they win their class but they were overall winners of the Outside Fleet Slow Handicap. Well done also to Joshua Davies (Yr7), Jack Berry (Yr8)... Read More
Francesca Morelli, Head Scholar For those of you who are new to this, every year the Head Scholar gives a speech in assembly about something related to academic endeavour. Last year, for example, Ali Green talked about how being scholarly is not just for scholars and the importance of reading around your subjects. I dont want to stand here and tell you how important it is to work really hard and hand all your preps in on time. My point... Read More

Hockey Report week 1

1st XI vs The Perse (L 0-8) The 1st XI suffered a heavy defeat to The Perse on Saturday. Although RHS started brightly and Tash Scott played excellently in goal throughout, (deservedly earning her “Player of the Match” title) the opposition soon took their chances. It was a game that RHS can learn plenty from and use as a stepping stone for the rest of the season. 2nd XI vs The Perse (L 0-3) The 2nd XI had a testing star... Read More
On Tuesday 22 September 1914 three cruisers – HMS Cressy, HMS Aboukir and HMS Hogue – were on patrol off the Dutch coast, mainly crewed by reservists and trainees. Tragically, they were all sunk by a German U-boat with the loss of around 1,450 sailors. This was the first real engagement for the Royal Navy in WW1. A number of those who served on board these ships were ex pupils of the Royal Hospital School, Greenwich, and, as a result of some research and archive reco... Read More
Our next Open Mornings will be held on 4 October and 8 November. These are an excellent opportunity for prospective parents and pupils to view the School on a normal working Saturday. One of our current pupils will take you on a tour and answer any questions you might have about being a day pupil or boarder at the Royal Hospital School. Programme 9am Arrivals and refreshments Tours of the School including the Art and Design Department, Boarding and Day Houses, classrooms,... Read More
Good morning. My name is TJ and this is Sean, and we have the honour of serving this year as your Heads of School. TJ Sunuwar Sean Cuddihy The start of term has brought with it many changes and hundreds of new faces and names to learn; the first of many challenges that we will all face throughout the year. New pupils will probably still be preoccupied with the challenges of establishing firm friendships and learning all the ins and... Read More

Rugby Report Week 1

Rugby Captains 2014/15 U13A- Hamish Comonte U16A- Toby Buckland U14B- Tom Brown U16B- Robbie Elms U14A- Toyo Ogunlesi 3rd XV- Matt Brown & Alex Steeds U15A- Ben Arulampulam 2nd XV- Oliver Sellers U15B- Sam Christmas 1st XV- George Butt It was strong start to the season for RHS with some convincing wins. RHS amassing 400 points across all teams and conceding only 112. The first week back is always tough with teams having had a long lay... Read More
The long Summer holidays are an opportunity for us all to reflect on a year gone by, and to look forward at how we can attack the new academic year. The start of a new academic year should be a moment for optimism, and I do hope that you have all returned to school with a positive mind-set and a genuine desire to realise your full potential. Headmaster, James Lockwood As I outlined in my beginning of term Assembly, what... Read More
The Chapel Choir of the Royal Hospital School were proud to be invited to sing at the opening of the Invictus Games on Thursday 11 September. Over 400 competitors from 14 nations are taking part in the Invictus Games, an international sporting event for wounded, injured and sick Servicemen and women. Teams have come from the armed forces of nations that have served alongside each other. The Games will use the power of sport to inspire recovery, support rehabilitation, and generate a wider... Read More
On Tuesday 08 July, seven Royal Marine cadets from the Royal Hospital School CCF took part in the 350th Anniversary Parade in London for Her Majesty’s Royal Marine Cadets. The Parade consisted of some 350 cadets and 100 instructors who trained for the event at the Royal Navy Drill School (HMS Excellent) in Portsmouth for three days beforehand before taking up post in Horse Guards Parade in London. There they were met by the Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines and form... Read More
The Royal Hospital School Sailing Academy is looking forward to welcoming sailors from West Hill Park Prep School for a Team Racing Clinic. The Clinic involves a full day of training in a RS Fevas with the Royal Hospital School’s RYA accredited Sailing Academy instructors on neighbouring Alton Water Reservoir. This will include an afternoon of competitive fun as West Hill pupils race against the RHS junior squad. For more information on Team Racing Clinic opportunities contact sbraybrooke@royalhospitalschool.or... Read More
At the beginning of a new academic year, it is important to emphasise that the most important thing that happens in any school is learning. We must also be mindful of that fact that, at RHS, learning is never restricted by the walls of a classroom. Id like to develop this theme a little further and suggest that to you, our pupils, it is fundamental for you to be constantly asking yourselves this question regularly What am I learning? If... Read More
Former Royal Hospital School Music Scholar, Craig Saunders, was one of 21 marines, who have been studying for three years at the Portsmouth-based Royal Marines School of Music. This summer they completed their training and marked the occasion with a concert and Beating Retreat ceremony at Portsmouth’s Guildhall Square watched by hundreds. Sanders, 19, was presented with the prestigious Princes Badge by Vice-Admiral David Steel, the Second Sea Lord, marking him as the best all-rounder to complete training. He said: I wa... Read More
Sir Christopher Benson, Chairman of the Britain-Australia Education Trust, praised the RHS pupils who provided the Guard of Honour at Westminster Abbey over the summer at a memorial service for former pupil and founder of New South Wales, Admiral Arthur Phillip. It will not have escaped anyones notice that the only uniforms in Westminster Abbey on the 9th July were those of the Second Sea Lord Vice Admiral David Steel CBE and the Guard of Honour drawn from the Royal... Read More
On 30 August, having arrived back in School two days earlier to the newly revamped RHS 1st XV preseason training schedule, the squad had a thoroughly rewarding yet tiring day of rugby at the Kings School in Macclesfield 15 aside tournament. This was the first time RHS had been involved in the friendly tournament which celebrated its 25th anniversary and draws a number of the top rugby playing schools both in the north and nationally. The 20 man squad led by Captain George... Read More

Operation Turtle Dove

On the 100th anniversary of the extinction of North America’s Passenger Pigeon, the RSPB are giving a large push to Operation Turtle Dove. The campaign was launched in May 2012 and aims to provide the right conditions and habitats for the Turtle Dove population in the UK which is currently halving in number every six years. Mike Beard, Estates Manager at the Royal Hospital School said, “we are happy to be working in partnership with the RSPB to support Operation Turt... Read More

Pre-Season Hockey Report

This year’s Pre-Season Hockey programme began on Thursday 4 September with twenty eight girls returning to School to take part. Throughout the three-day programme the girls worked on their stick skills, team building and a lot of fitness! All of the girls worked very hard in all areas and showed they were keen to improve and impress; all aiming for the highly competitive 1st Team. While the programme did not include any fixtures, there will be a training match against Ip... Read More
On the 31 August a fleet of over 40 ships of many nations set sail from Falmouth to race to a finish line off the Isle of Wight. The ships, including full rigged, brigs, schooners and ketch, then made their way to Royal Greenwich arriving on the 4 and 5 September. As a result of the generous support of Greenwich Hospital, RHS was able to enter two crews of 12 boys and 12 girls through the Tall Ships Youth Trust, the world’s oldest and largest sa... Read More