At lunchtime today, 43 RHS pupils took part in the Churchill 2015 commemoration in London. Lt Cdr Nigel Griffiths, Head of Ceremonial, said: It was a beautiful sunny morning as the Royal Hospital School Guard and Band marched from the Tower of London to HMS President with a wreath representing Sir Winston Churchills coffin. The route was lined with spectators 10 or 12 deep but the pupils kept their composure and the Guard Commanders carried their swords in reverse in a mark of respect,... Read More
Peter Crompton Former Director of Music and Organist Emeritus, Peter Crompton, will be putting the mighty chapel organ through its paces this 1 February at 17.15. His programme includes Bach’s Fantasia In G Minor, and Widor’s Marche Pontificale – both highly dramatic and entertaining pieces. No-one knows the Hill, Norman & Beard organ like Peter, and the concert promises to be a real tour de force. Tea and cake served afterwards in the Music School. Read More

Headmaster's Assembly

Later this morning, the Heads of School and I will be attending the annual Admiral Arthur Phillip Commemoration Service at St Mary-le-Bow Church in London. As many of you know, Admiral Phillip is the Schools most famous former pupil; and was described by the former British Prime Minister, Sir Anthony Eden, as one of the most eminent men of the eighteenth century. Phillip was in command of the first group of settlers at Botany Bay and is regarded as the... Read More

Hockey Report week 3

Junior Fixtures vs Woodbridge Four junior teams played Woodbridge School on Wednesday as the boys looked to take the next step in their hockey development. The junior first team lost 1-0 in a tight game, but one where a lack of hockey knowledge cost the team rather than their actual ability. The seconds fell to a 4-0 defeat, but the score line flattered the Woodbridge team, who simply took their chances much more efficiently than the RHS boys. The thirds... Read More
Eliza Tribe, Aoife Rew and Catie Bennett On the RHS Equestrian Team has a successful day at the NSEA Inter-School Showjumping at The Jays. Emma Warhurst, Year 7 Blake, came 4th in the 50cm and Aoife Rew, Year 7 Blake, came 3rd in the 70cm. The Team all went clear in the 80cm and were placed 2nd overall. They were beaten by Kings Ely, with Culford in 3rd, Saffron Waldon in 4th, Ipswich High in 5th and Langley 6th. Catie Bennett, Year 9... Read More

Competitive Lively Debates

Cameron Fairrie, Debating Captain Over the last two weeks, four debates have taken place in School advancing the inter-House competition to the semi-final stage. In the Middle School competition, Round 4 saw Sam and Will Christmas of Raleigh beat Guy Cranfield and Gregor Campbell of Hawke in a close debate about putting the protection of the public before civil liberties. During the first semi-final, Sam Cantelo and PC Du Toit of Collingwood went up against David Head and Jamie Fosker of... Read More

Netball Report week 2

1st VII v Langley (W 59-15) The first VII had a fantastic game against Langley, beating them by an impressive goal difference of forty-four. A strong start allowed the girls to set the pace for the rest of the match, where some tight defence left Langley unable to grab hold of the RHS lead. Some excellent shooting from Annabelle Gardiner, Anna Wynn and Josie Falk helped secure a larger lead from RHS going into the second half. The squad were... Read More
On 31 January the Royal Hospital School welcomes the Portsmouth-based Royal Marines School of Music Training Band, who last year celebrated 350 years since the formation of the Royal Marines Corps. Over 30 members of the Band will hold a morning workshop and rehearsal for young musicians followed by a public performance of classical and modern music, from Rule Britannia to Love Changes Everything. Led by former Royal Hospital School pupil, WO1 Bandmaster Simon Tripp RM, this world famous military band will entertain... Read More
Toby Eaton in his Royal Hospital School socks and shorts. Following his selection to play for the Independent Schools Lambs RFC U18 Northern Squad vs the Southern Lambs on 18 January Toby Eaton, Year 13, has now been selected for the National Squad and has his first fixture this weekend vs the RFC Midlands Division at Moseley RFC. Richard Chadwick, Head of Rugby at the Royal Hospital School, said Toby has done really well. This is a huge honour with only the... Read More
On 30 January 1965, a worldwide television audience estimated at 350 million watched as the coffin of Sir Winston Churchill was carried along the River Thames to his State Funeral. At lunchtime on Friday 30 January, as part of the Churchill 2015 commemorations, the restored Port of London Authority vessel Havengore will retrace that journey with pupils from the Royal Hospital School playing an important part in the proceedings. The Guard of the Royal Hospital School will march from the Tower of London to HMS... Read More
The National Youth Chamber Choir of Great Britain is planning a weekend of musical events at RHS between the 20th -22nd February in preparation for their tour of America. There are 24 singers, all in their twenties, who will be hosting a Come and Sing day on 22nd February followed by a concert in the evening at 5pm. For more information contact music@royalhospitalschool.org Read More

Netball Report Week 1

1st VII v Felsted (L 16-19) The first team narrowly missed out on a win in their match against Felsted. The team got off to a great start with brilliant movement down the court from Bella Murrison and Chloe Tribe helping RHS to win the first half of the match. Some great interceptions throughout by Simone Rossouw helped to secure a win going into the last quarter of the game. Despite some brilliant shooting across the board, especially from Annabel... Read More
Paul Jordan, father of Cameron in Year 9, is taking part in the Arctic Rugby Challenge this spring; a pioneering expedition to the Magnetic North Pole. He is joining a squad of rugby fans and former players to take part in a seven-a-side rugby match in a bid to set a Guinness World Record for the most northerly rugby match in history. He hopes to raise more than 50,000 for Wooden Spoon, and to raise awareness and support for rugbys grant-making childrens... Read More

Hockey Report Week 2

Junior 1st vs Old Buckenham Hall (L 0-3) The junior 1st team had their first match of the season against OBH on Wednesday. Having never played together as a team before, it took the boys time to settle into their game and OBH took full advantage as they scored the opening goal. However, afterwards RHS really upped their game. Some excellent drives from deep by Josh Waylett constantly threatened the OBH defence. Another slow start in the second half saw... Read More
24 RHS runners took part in the Suffolk County B Cross Country Race at Culford School today with 10 finishing in the top 16 of their age group to qualify for the Anglian Championships at the beginning of February. Year 7 Girls – Rochelle Gordon-Scott 12th Year 9 Girls – Bella Keeley 8th, Alice Cox 13th Senior Girls – Georgie Watson 10th, Laetitia Corbett 15th Year 9 Boys – Conor Ryan 6th Year 11 Boys – Sam Hindley 10th Senior Boys – Sean Cuddihy 7th, Rob Cowper-Coles 11th, Matthew Brown 14th Read More
Many people get feminism and female supremacy mixed up, creating a false theory of what feminism truly is. The definition of female supremacy is an “ideology advocating a matriarchy, a female-dominated society. However, feminism by definition is The belief that men and women should have equal rights and opportunities. It is the theory of the political, economic and social equality of the sexes. A feminists main goal is to end gender inequality, whereas the main goal for a female supremacist is... Read More
Sally Watson, Dan Waterman, Tom Brown, George Rennison and Taylor Godfrey The Royal Hospital School now has five current pupils in the prestigious National Youth Choirs of Great Britain. Sally Watson (Year 11) gained a place in the National Youth Training Choir of Great Britain joining George Rennison (Year 13), Taylor Godfrey (Year 10), Dan Waterman (Year 10) and Tom Brown (Year 9). William Saunders, Director of Music at the Royal Hospital School, said “This is a staggering achievement the choir equivalent of an Olympic te... Read More
On over 130 boys and girls took part in the Junior Cross-Country Championships in tough conditions. High winds placed the sea wall out of bounds and the wet ground meant that it was very muddy underfoot. All rose to the challenge and the top positions were as follows: Boys 1st – Josh Waylett (15.50) 2nd – Giles Lennox 3rd – Finn Corcoran Girls 1st – Rochelle Gordon-Scott (16.51) 2nd – Alex Jackson 3rd – Katie Cuddihy Read More

Hockey Report week 1

1st/2nd XI Pre-Season Over the weekend of the 3-4 January, a total of 23 senior boys returned for the pre-season hockey weekend to prepare themselves for the season ahead. On Saturday, the boys concentrated on regaining their touch and worked hard on boosting their fitness levels. In the evening, a team meal out ensured a chance for the squad to gel and become the cohesive unit that will be needed throughout the coming weeks. On Sunday, the programme continued despite... Read More
Alex Rayment representing RHS 1st XV Alex Rayment, Year 12, played for Northampton Saints U18 academy side on vs Newcastle contributing to a well-deserved 12-3 victory. This means the side remains unbeaten and top of the Premiership Rugby U18 Northern Conference League. Read More
Year 13 pupil, Toby Eaton, has been selected to play for the Independent Schools Lambs RFC U18 Northern Squad. Toby, who has been playing for the Lambs Midlands for the last year along with RHS 1st XV captain George Butt, is one of only two players selected from East Anglia after the Midland v North Lambs game on 4 January. Toby will now play for the Northern Lambs against Yorkshire Carnegie this weekend before playing in the Northern Lambs v Southern Lambs... Read More
Peter Crockett Siana Douglas Hamilton Good Morning School, When Siana and I were honoured with being appointed Deputy Heads of school, we realised there would be an opportunity to address the school at the start of the Lent term. So, after listening to many other people speak before us and realising we couldnt match Seans wit, Dr Alldays intellect nor Mr Christmas enthusiasm we felt we could talk on something we both feel very strongly about, gratitude. This allows us... Read More
On 3 January 32 girls in Years 7 to 9 attended pre-season netball training. The day provided invaluable time for the girls to practice skills which will lead them to success over the term. A superb level of netball was displayed, with high hopes and ambitions for the coming season. An outstanding performance from Eliza Tribe led to her receiving the most impressive player of the day. On 4 January 16 senior girls took part in their pre-season where they were able to start to bond... Read More