Over 1800 runners arrived at the Royal Hospital School on Thursday 15 October with an army of supporters for the opening round of the Suffolk Schools Cross Country Championships. It was an action-packed day with competitors from schools across north and west Suffolk testing their fitness and speed over the fast RHS courses. Some 40 RHS pupils took part with some excellent early-season performances notably from the Inter Girls – Bella Keeley and Alice Cox came in 4th and 5th respectively, Tilly Arulampalam was 14th... Read More
Former RHS pupil, Molly Brown is part of a team of five women attempting to make a new world record for the fastest row across the North Atlantic from New York to Falmouth in a purpose-built ocean rowing boat, covering a distance of around 3000 nautical miles, in June of next year. The crew will be the first all-female team to attempt this crossing. By completing the row Molly will also be the youngest woman to row the Atlantic. The row... Read More
Six RHS girls have been selected for the Suffolk Netball Academies. Those who have made it through to the representative county groups will now be part of the England Netball programme focusing on developing their individual potential. They will also have individual home training programmes to complete on a weekly basis. Well done to all of them. County Academy Rochelle Gordon-Scott Year 8 Francesca Stenning Year 8 Charlotte Stenning Year 9 Talent Academy Mollie Entwistle Year 9 Libby Parker Year 10 Satellite Academy Rebecca Sweeney... Read More

Shamwari Eco Expedition

On the 18 October five Royal Hospital School pupils and Mr Eales departed for the Shamwari Game Reserve in the Eastern Cape of South Africa. Now halfway through the tour, the group have had seven fun filled, action packed days. During the first 4 days the pupils were involved exclusively in work on the Reserve from rock packing and road building to elephant monitoring. They also got involved in constructing a new nursery which will provide vegetables for the people of Paterson,... Read More
Seven members of the Corps of Drums and the new bandmaster, former Royal Marines Director of Music Richard Harvey, will perform in the prestigious Mountbatten Room of the Royal Marines Museum in Eastney on Wednesday 28 October from 7.30pm. It will include a performance of Mr Harveys own composition, Am Sailing to Westward, a musical setting of the fateful tale of HMS Trinidad. The Royal Marines Association (RMA) Director of Music, Major Tony Smallwood, said: Each year the RMA Band performs... Read More
As a result of the continued and generous support of the Annual National Service for Seafarers (ANSS) by the Gosling Foundation, the ANSS Trustees established the annual Gosling Music Bursaries in 2008. The bursaries aim to support the musical education of young people from schools who contribute to the musical richness of this event. This year Royal Hospital School pupil, Taylor Godfrey, was awarded this prestigious Bursary after the Annual National Service for Seafarers at St Pauls Cathedral on 14 October. As... Read More
Former RHS Head Boy, Oliver Gerard-Pearse, cycled from John O’Groats to Lands End over the summer with five others on a triplet, tandem and single to raise money for the Army Benevolent Fund. Oliver said, “We pedalled a total of 1022 miles in 13 days and, despite many mechanical failures along the way, great fun was had by all. My favourite leg was going over Glencoe from Fort William, then down past Loch Lomond to Helensburgh. We have raised over 2,300 pounds so f... Read More
Days 1, 2 and 3 Despite the early wake up the touring party were excited from the start but even more excited once they stepped onto our luxury coach. With the novelty of almost fully reclined seats, they were set for a comfortable passage to our resting place for the next week, Cheau Du Molay in Normandy. brought some rough weather in the morning but that didn’t stop the squad getting out onto the training pitch and running off some energy whilst wo... Read More

Rugby Report week 5

2nd XV vs Kings Ely Won 37-19 RHS 2nds had a tough encounter ahead on Tuesday as they prepared for the Kings Elys 1st team. From the kick-off it was clear that this was not going to be a walkover. Uncontested scrums took away a bit of our enthusiasm as we pride ourselves with winning even the opposition scrums. Kings Ely managed to put us under pressure straight away, but the defence held and we managed to break free after... Read More

Hockey Report week 5

Junior 1st VII vs South Lee (Drew 1-1) The girls started very well against the South Lee side, with many counter attacks and chances in front of goal. However an unfortunate break away for the opposition, South Lee secured a goal and went 1-0 up. The RHS girls continued to fight back with excellent link play from the midfield to the forwards and with 29 seconds to go Katie Cuddihy scored an equaliser. Junior 1st VII vs Barnardiston (Lost 4-2) The... Read More
This years NSSA Topper Team Racing Regatta was held at Hunt Sailing Club just north of Cambridge and 36 teams from around the country took part in what is always an enjoyable, but competitive, two days’ racing. The RHS teams consisted of Archie Hainsworth, William Taylor and Freddie Wotton as the 1sts and James Oakley, Tristan Richardson and Jack Berry the 2nds. After day one, the 1st team were in the top eight with 4 wins and 2 losses and the 2nds finished wi... Read More
Anna Noakes is professor of flute at Trinity College London and has worked with many of the top orchestras namely the English Chamber Orchestra, English National Opera and the Academy of St Martin in the Fields. She has also featured on numerous film soundtracks including James Bond, Shrek and The Lord of The Rings. On the evening of Thursday 8 October the Royal Hospital School welcomed Anna to the Burns Recital Hall for a flute masterclass. After an enlightening demonstration on... Read More
Old-style RHS uniform has travelled all the way to Uganda through the Ipswich Rotary Club and the Kira Farm boys and girls were delighted with the T-shirts, coats and jumpers they received. Every year 40 promising young people join the innovative training centre that is Kira Farm. All of them have grown up in poverty, many have been affected by war and HIV. At Kira Farm they receive vocational training, learn conservation farming and acquire holistic life skills – ensuring their lives wi... Read More

Hockey Report week 4

U14A vs New Hall (Lost 2-1) The U14As experienced a very disappointing 2-1 loss against New Hall at home on Monday. The team failed to show the high skill and ability they have previously displayed this season, however there were some moments when play worked well. A quick break and combined effort from the attack led to a goal eventually coming from Alex Jackson. Esme Peters played well by attempting to keep some structure in the defensive unit.... Read More

Rugby Report week 4

1st XV vs The Perse (Won 52-15) The build up to Englands crunch match with Australia at Twickenham had everyone on the edge of their seats over in Cambridgeshire. RHS and The Perse both set up a fine curtain raiser in which the Perse were able to keep RHS quiet in the opening 20 minutes of the game. However, with Toby Buckland steering the ship from fly half, RHS were standing strong and never looked back once the floodgates had opened.... Read More
The U12A rugby team travelled to Finborough on to take part in the annual 12-a-side tournament. Hopes were high as the team were unbeaten going into the competition. Even before the first match kicked-off, things were looking rosy as Mrs Gradwick-Light erected a tent and promptly filled it with a cornucopia of delicious food and drink to sustain the boys (and parents and staff) through the day. She also fitted out the boys and staff with RHS bandanas, which... Read More
The Sir Steuart Pringle Trophy Competition for Royal Marines CCF Contingents took place over the weekend of 3 and 4 October at the Commando Training Centre Royal Marines at Lympstone. The 10 ‘stances’ or events on the were manned by staff and current students from CTCRM under the direction of Capt Ric Moat RM. The RHS team travelled down on Friday evening for a briefing at 8pm and were up at 5am for a 6.45am foggy start on Woodbury Common. Team captain, Will Matt... Read More
On 27 September the Royal Hospital School hosted the Suffolk Youth Sevens tournament. There were 38 sides from 11 clubs spread across two competitions at four age groups. More than 400 boys enjoyed a competitive day of rugby in the warm sunshine and spectacular school setting.ResultsIn the Under 13 competition, run as 2 discrete pools, in the Trophy, Colchester A were undefeated, beating their closest opponents, Bury A by 19-7. Hadleigh, also undefeated, won the Club competition. U13s TROPHY P Points U13s CLUB... Read More
Well done to RHS U12s who won the Finborough School Under 12’s Tournament on 4 October. The boys were unbeaten and only conceded one try all day! Mr Clark, Finborough School, said “An incredible day of Rugby at our under 12s tournament. Outstanding play from hundreds of spirited young men, who all battled hard in every game.” Read More
Jamie Eaden and Isabelle Williams are this years Heads of School at the Royal Hospital School, Holbrook. Jamie joined RHS in Year 7 from Kersey Primary School and has been supported by the schools charity, Greenwich Hospital, as a boarder since he was 11 years old. Isabelle, who lives in East Bergholt, is a day pupil and has also been RHS for seven years. She has been joined by her sister, Victoria, 14 and, more recently, by her brother, Angus, 11. At their first... Read More
Admiral Lord West of Spithead On 4 October Admiral Lord West of Spithead GCB DSC PC officially re-opened the Royal Hospital School Dining Hall. Lord West, was First Sea Lord and Chief of the Naval Staff from 2002 to 2006 and from June 2007 to May 2010 he was a Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the British Home Office with responsibility for security and a security advisor to Prime Minister Gordon Brown. Recently, Lord West has kindly agreed to head up the School’s Honorary Ad... Read More
Jasmine Skingle, Year 7, graced the catwalk at The Dorchester in her very own designed and made collection for The Future of Fashion showcase at London Fashion Week. The Future of Fashion showcased a group of creative childrens talents and it was the first time ever that under 18s have had their creations showcased at LFW; at just 11 years old, Jasmine is a talent in the making! Jasmine said It was so exciting to be part of LFW. The hair and... Read More
James Hawthorn and Jack Oakley, Year 7, took part in Bart’s Bash at Alton Water on 20 September. Bart’s Bash is a global sailing event in which 62 countries took part in aid of the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation. Each sailor measures how far they have sailed and it adds to the global total. Organisers have reported that an excess of 1 million metres have been sailed around the world! The boys sailed in an RS Tera in only their second outing as a... Read More

Rugby Report week 3

U13A vs Woodbridge (W 40-10) RHS appeared to be firing on all cylinders from the go last Wednesday against Woodbridge. The new rules in force allowed the boys maximum time on the ball and they started to show real fluidity in their play. Excellent offloading skills from Noah Backhouse and Charlie Lewis Booth kept the game alive in a very fast paced and exciting fixture. Tries came quickly from Noah and Callum O’Connell and Charlie Lewis Booth made so... Read More

Hockey report week 3

1st X1 vs Felstead (L 3-1) The RHS first Xl travelled away to Felsted for a tough fixture. Despite a very positive start to the season, RHS were on the back foot. Felsted had the better of the opening exchanges and despite some excellent saves from player of the match, Natasha Scott, Felsted took a deserved lead. At the end of the first half a quick and incisive break resulted in an excellent opening for Vice-captain Charlie Baldwin-Cole but Felstead... Read More
This week’s lunchtime concert aka ‘Notes and Nibbles’ contained an extremely varied range of music and instruments ranging from Handel to Prokofiev and from oboe to the drum kit. What was also nice to see was the age ranges among performers having soloists from Year 8 up to Year 13. The concert was opened by Rion Shirayanagi playing the virtuosic piano piece ‘Montagues and Capulets’ from Romeo and Juliet and next came Boden Simpson-Maher playing ‘Sonata in B flat’ on the oboe with thre... Read More
Sailing Scholar, Archie Hainsworth, Year 10, was the winner of the fast fleet in his RS Aero 7 on in the Bart’s Bash in aid of the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation. He was also the overall winner of the competition and raised funds for the Foundation. The Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation was set up in 2013 to honour the life and legacy of Andrew Bart Simpson MBE, Olympic Gold and Silver medallist and Americas Cup Sailor by using sailing to transform the li... Read More