Ten pairs of paddlers represented the Royal Hospital School in the Devizes to Westminster Canoe Marathon over the Easter Weekend; three C2 Canadian craft and seven racing kayaks or K2s. Seven teams entered the Junior Class and three the Endeavour category. The Devizes to Westminster Canoe Marathon is an endurance race that starts in Devizes in Wiltshire and finishes just downstream of Westminster Bridge, opposite the Houses of Parliament and it has been held annually over the Easter Weekend... Read More

Netball Report week 11

RHS V Debenham Monday 14 March U14A VII v Debenham: W 31-12 The U14A team had a well-deserved win to end the netball season on Monday at Ipswich High School. RHS started well in the first quarter, with Morgan Thomas holding her space well under the post and putting up some great shots alongside Rebecca Sweeney, making the score 9-2 after the first quarter. In defence, Charlotte Stenning and Freya Guckian marked very well throughout the match to deny... Read More

Netball Report week 10

RHS V Debenham Monday 14 March U14A VII v Debenham: W 30-15 RHS had a strong start to their match against Debenham on Monday afternoon and won the first quarter of the match an impressive 9-1. Charlotte Stenning did very well to turn over many high balls going into Debenhams tall shooters throughout. Meanwhile, at the other end of the court Rebecca Sweeney had some great movement in RHS shooting circle to leave her free under the post on numerous... Read More
A large crowd gathered on Friday evening to witness the long awaited staff v senior girls netball match in aid of Sport Relief. There was an exciting atmosphere before the match with neither teams nor spectators able to predict whose favour the match would go in. Both teams started strong in what was a very fast paced match, however at the end of the first quarter the staff team were already 8-2 up thanks to shooting from Mr Nutton and... Read More
Congratulations to the RHS Equestrian Team who were out competing at the Interschools One Day Event at Poplar Park over the weekend. Emma Warhurst won the Junior Hunter Trial which was judged on style and time around a cross country course. Eliza Tribe took second place in theOne Day Event (ODE) 90cm class with a very good dressage score and two clear round in show jumping and cross country. Charlotte Butler also had a great dressage score and clear cross... Read More
Sunday 20 March saw the first Divisions of 2016 go off without a hitch. This first Divisions was followed by the Confirmation Service and the Inspecting Officer was Surgeon Commander (D) B Smith BDS MGDS RCS Ed MSc RN SO1 Dent Pol & OCM. Surgeon Commander (D) Smith is currently based at Navy Command in Portsmouth as the Career Manager for RNDS. Having qualified as a dentist at the University of Dundee in 1985 he gained experience in Community Dentistry and General Dental Practice... Read More
The senior squad travelled to London with high expectations given some positive performances at the highly competitive Reigate tournament. The weather, for once, seemed to be onside and the conditions were perfect for running rugby. First up RHS faced Birkdale School. The side streaked into an early lead through well taken tries from exploiting gaps created in the midfield. With a strong first half performance and the job done the changes made at half time as the bench came on... Read More
Following the great success of the visit to Holbrook of the organist of Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris in 2015, the Royal Hospital School is pleased to be promoting the 2nd East of England Organ Day on Saturday 7 May 2016. This years event explores the long and diverse history of the King of Instruments, and is titled ORGAN PLUS. The schools three organists will be joined by guests to present a programme of concerts, lectures and master classes from 10.00am until 5.00pm. Tickets... Read More
Four Year 10 Royal Hospital School pupils took part in the regional Maths Feast at Kesgrave School in Ipswich this week and brought home the winning title. The competition, organised by the Further Mathematics Support Programme, tests mathematical, communication and teamwork skills and over 70 events are held across England in February and March. The RHS team of Anson Wong, Cillian Rew, Thomas Ralph and Boden Simpson-Maher tested their skills against sixteen other East Anglian schools over five rounds. Their outstanding performance,... Read More
RHS U16 VII headed to Rosslyn Park on the Tuesday of the Rosslyn Park National School Sevens festival with high hopes of getting through to the next day. Entering the Colts competition for the first time as a school following a successful 15-a-side season, RHS were in high spirits. The squad faced Uffculme School first and struggled to get going leading to two tries apiece in the first half. A quick reality check team talk and the pistons began to... Read More
On Wednesday 16 March, eight pupils travelled to St Marys School, Cambridge to compete in the Cambridge Classical Association Junior Latin & Greek Reading Competition. This is a prestigious annual event which tests pupils ability to read Latin and Greek aloud accurately and with feeling. In the first category of Greek prose, Hector Everard and Rupert Todd (both Year 9) read, accurately and confidently, Aesops fable of the lion and the stag. In the Latin prose competition, Maddy Fitch and Bethney Civil (both... Read More
The U13s travelled to Rosslyn Park 7s in good spirit having reached a final at the Suffolk 7s and winning the Brentwood 7s tournament. However, Rosslyn Park is now the biggest schools tournament in the world and is always a tough test for any squad of players with 128 teams entering! RHS were placed in a competitive group that contained Eltham College, Thomass School and Hymers College. After a rushed warm up Eltham College were the first test and it... Read More
On Friday 11 March eleven RHS pupils travelled to the Olympic Park to compete in The Bath Cup. Over a hundred schools attended and the competition involved both girls' and boys' freestyle and medley relay events. The girls started the event with the women's freestyle relay, showing great promise and spirit. All swam well and made a determined effort against some strong national swimmers. Overall they achieved a good positions in the freestyle and medley at 21st and 26th, but not... Read More
The inaugural Todd Declamation was won by Head of School, Issy Williams, with her talk on ‘The secrets of Kim Jong-un and North Korea”. This is an individual public speaking competition open to sixth form with the aim of encouraging and developing high quality public speaking. There were 14 entries to the competition and, after a preliminary sitting, seven finalists were selected and spoke on the following topics: Ben Banks, Year 12 St Vincent – There's still hope for dope Billy Douglas-Hamilton, Year 12 St Vin... Read More
Today we say ‘abschied' to our German friends from The Kepler Gymnasium who have spent the last five days at the Royal Hospital School. Twenty five boys and girls, in the equivalent of our Years 10 and 11, partnered RHS pupils staying in the boarding houses or at the homes of day pupils. It was a packed itinerary for the German visitors with lessons, sport, CCF, an MUM mock debate, a cycle ride around Alton Water, adventure activities with Anglia Adventures and tr... Read More
Over the weekend Ellie Hewes, Year 8, competed at the U15s English Technifibre Squash Championships at Egbaston, Birmingham. This was Ellie's first national squash competition in the U15s category and she did fantastically placing 10th in a field of 32 of the top players in the country. Huge congratulations to Ellie for such a fantastic achievement. Read More

Hockey Report week 9

RHS vs Framlingham College 1st XI vs Framlingham College (Lost 3-2) A tough week of fixtures saw RHS first team lose two close fixtures against excellent teams. RHS didn't play well against Framlingham but still managed to be drawing 2-2 going into the last phase of the game. Unfortunately RHS conceded a flick in the very last second. 2nd XI vs Framlingham College (Lost 5-0) This was a disappointing performance from the 2nd XI, after failing to capitalise on some... Read More

Netball Report week 9

RHS V Norwich High Monday 7 March U14A VII v Norwich High: L 16-19 On Monday the U14As travelled away to Norwich High in what was a closely contested and fast paced match. RHS and Norwich High were drawing up until half time when the weather took a turn for the worse. Fortunately, Mollie Entwistle kept the team calm and controlled and put in a great performance at centre, keeping RHS in touch. Ruby Parker, Izzy Butler and Yasmin... Read More
The Royal Hospital School's annual Gala Concert, supported by the East Anglian Daily Times, was on Saturday 5 March in the Chapel. All proceeds raised went to St Elizabeth Hospice, Cancer Research UK and several other worthwhile causes. “Having performed in three Gala Concerts at the Royal Hospital School, I have to admit that this years was the best! Featuring the Schools finest musical groups, it was a night full of talent, passion and dedication. The Concert started off with a dy... Read More
On Sunday 13 March Xavy Bull, Oli Leggett, Will and Sam Christmas played for the U16s Suffolk Squad at the East Regional U16s Hockey tournament. The Suffolk squad went on to win the tournament for the fourth consecutive year, having not lost a single game for four years! They beat Norfolk, Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire and Essex. Congratulations to the whole team and to the RHS boys for being selected to play. Read More
Charlie Falconer, a local ceramicist who studied at Loughborough University and the Royal College of Art, spent the day in the Ceramics studio of the RHS Art department making three sculptural vessels in clay using varying techniques in hand building. At the beginning of lesson one he prepared coils, rolled square slabs of clay, and prepared bases and plaster moulds for building. Year 11 3-d pupils were present to see his three projects in this first stage of building and were... Read More
With pitches at Colchester Rugby Club waterlogged, the Royal Hospital School stepped in to provide a venue for the Northampton Saints U-15 Girls’ 7-a-side Rugby tournament, sponsored by Elite Insurance on Friday 11th March.In glorious spring sunshine the girls enjoyed an afternoon of some fiercely contested rugby. The Royal Hospital School team, ably captained by Josie Ruffles, played their most outstanding rugby of the season, raising their game in all areas in the face of well-drilled and more experienced op... Read More
The Geography Club, Eco Committee and catering team joined up to promote International Fairtrade Fortnight, as well as contribute towards the Schools efforts to achieve the Carbon Charter Gold Award. Fairtrade Fortnight is an annual promotional campaign, co-ordinated by the Fairtrade Foundation, when everyone from commercial partners to schoolchildren, producers to politicians, come together to talk about and raise awareness of Fairtrade. Fairtrade Fortnight has been going since 1997 and this year it ran from 29 February to 13 March. The Fairtrade Foundation... Read More
On Thursday 25 February, RHS hosted an EAL spelling bee, pitting our finest overseas spellers against those from Kings Ely, Greshams and Framlingham. The pupils were divided into three categories; beginner, intermediate and advanced, with three representatives from each school. The competition began after lunch following a chance for our visitors to experience the most authentic RHS experience divisions drill under the watchful eye of Mr Griffiths and Mr Weaver. After just half an hour, they looked like a slick squad.... Read More
Visiting artist, Charlie Falconer, who specialises in large hand-built ceramic vessels, is spending today in the ceramics studio working with RHS pupils. He will demonstrate his craft through a combination of techniques: coiling, throwing, slab building, surface manipulation and decoration. A select group of art scholars and GCSE and A level pupils are also taking part in Charlie's lunchtime Master Class. Read More
RHS is delighted to announce a new relationship with Elevate Education to help them get top marks in their forthcoming public examinations. Working with Years 11 to 13, Elevate Education will be supporting our study skills program by offering two dedicated seminars entitled ‘Ace Your Exams' and ‘Memory & Mnemonics'. ‘Ace Your Exams' outlines the critical exam skills that will allow pupils to excel in the exam room, whilst also demonstrating that exams are not just about the exam room – the preparation is where th... Read More
Carrick Telford, Year 8, has won 25 worth of Amazon vouchers for a photo he took with a pinhole camera as part of his summer physics project. Carrick entered his ‘Everyday Life' pin hole camera photo into a competition run by BP and this week has been informed that he has been awarded first place in October-Februarys competition. The competition is run by BP Educational Service (BPES) who are committed to increasing young peoples understanding and enjoyment of Science, Technology, Engineering and Ma... Read More
The Royal Hospital School is hosting the RYA Eastern Regional Instructors Training Day on Sunday 13 March. Some 80 sailing instructors will be attending the full day event and sessions include talks by Amanda Van Santen, RYA Chief Instructor Dinghy and Windsurfing Schemes and Simon Rowell, Meteorologist for the British Sailing Team, discussion groups and practical workshops at Alton Water including coaching skills, team racing, performance sailing and power boat development. Andy Nutton, Director of Sailing at the Royal Hospital School, said “We... Read More
Many of our Devizes to Westminster paddlers are not only taking on a gruelling personal challenge but they are also raising money for worthwhile causes. Rosy Trewin Marshall, Year 13, is fundraising for Parkinson's UK; a cause close to her heart as her uncle was recently diagnosed with debilitating disease. For more information http://www.parkinsons.org.uk/ Devizes to Westminster Canoe Marathon is an endurance race that starts in Devizes in Wiltshire and finishes just downstream of Westminster Bridge, opposite... Read More
The Royal Hospital School paddlers recently took part in their last big race from Pewsey to Newbury and a final qualifier on the Chelmer before they all leap into the Thames at Easter to take part in the 125 mile Devizes to Westminster Canoe Marathon. This endurance race starts in Devizes in Wiltshire and finishes just downstream of Westminster Bridge, opposite the Houses of Parliament and it has been held annually over the Easter Weekend since 1948. The 125 mile-long route is peppered... Read More
The Senior 7s squad travelled to Reigate, in what has become one of the toughest and highest quality 7s tournaments in the country. With many of the South East power house schools competing in a field of 32 teams, there is simply not one easy group. RHS were placed in a group in which many had named a group of death, against Harrow, Hampton and Sutton Vallence. First up were Harrow in what proved to be a wake up call for... Read More
Congratulations to both Toby Buckland and Francois Rossouw for playing in the annual National Lambs XV vs Northampton Saints Academy at Northampton Old Boys Club. Toby (pink) played at fly half for the National Lambs XV whilst Francois played at hooker for Northampton Saints Academy. Both contributed in a terrific game in which Saints came out on top. Last year RHS were represented on both sides in the same game, which seems to have become a regular fixture! Read More
Congratulations to Zac Puckey, Year 11, for being chosen to represent Northampton Saints Academy on Sunday. Zac played in three games against Leicester Tigers, twice, and Wasps at Lutterworth RFC on Sunday 6 March. He played an important role in all games and made a great impression playing in both the back row and at hooker. With a handful of training sessions and one more game to be played before the Wellington Festival, Zac is hopeful of being included. Good luck for... Read More

Netball Report week 8

RHS V Debenham Wednesday 24 February U13A VII v Langley: W 9-2 RHS started the game off very strong and were dominant throughout the court; Frankie Stenning and Gracie Arulampalam were controlled down the court, which allowed for a smooth transition of play to the shooting circle. Shannon Wiltshire shot well under pressure and used the space around the circle with Freya Horseman Sewell to produce a great rotational unit. Defensively, RHS were very strong and gained several turnovers in... Read More
Suffolk 7s @ St Josephs College The U13s travelled to St Joes for their first tournament of the Lent term. The Suffolk tournament is a great tournament to start and also provides the team an opportunity to play against some of the local schools before they head off on their travels around the South East. First up was Hartismere. RHS ran out comfortable winners but took until the end of the game to really start playing 7s. All the signs... Read More
The Senior Inter-House Football final was a highly competitive end to end match with neither side managing to gain any sort of control over the game. St Vincent took the lead with an excellent individual goal from Matthew Saxby. However, the lead didn't last long as Collingwood turned defence into attack with a fine team goal to make things all square again before half time. Both keepers made some fine saves in the second half and not even extra time... Read More
Alex Rayment, Year 13 St Vincent, has been offered a one-year professional contract by Premiership giants Northampton Saints as part of their recruitment programme within the Eastern Counties region. He will join the Northampton first-team set up in pre-season this summer. Alex is a hooker and as well as being playing a pivotal role in the Royal Hospital School 1st XV he is also a member of Bury St Edmunds RUFC. Alex said I joined Saints at the end of year... Read More
To celebrate World Book Day, the Royal Hospital School welcomed author and journalist, Vanessa Altin, to talk to Years 8 and 9 about her experiences as a journalist and the inspiration for her book, The Pomegranate Tree. The Pomegranate Tree is a book for young adults on a controversial subject that shocks in places but will leave the reader uplifted and full of hope. In the summer of 2014 a black plague swept across Syria a killer cult spreading misery and murder. Sitting... Read More
On Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 February the RHS 1st VI travelled to Grafham Water SC to compete in the Cam Cup; the most competitive team racing regatta at this level, outside of the British Universities Sailing Association (BUSA) Finals. RHS was the only school team entered competing against eight university teams and West Kirby who came 3rd at this year's World Championships. Racing was hard for the first few races but this was followed by a six race winning steak including... Read More
The RHS XI finished the football season in style on Tuesday 1 March with a 4-3 win away at Ipswich School. RHS conceded first but bounced back admirably through a brace of goals from Andre McKenzie-Dubois and one from Joseph Craggs-Ward to lead 3-1 at half time. The second half began in disappointing fashion as RHS shipped two early goals, allowing Ipswich to draw level with half an hour remaining. However, the boys were not to be denied and Ben Harrison... Read More
This weekend Ellie Hewes, Year 8, passed up playing Eaton fives to take part in the David Pearson squash tournament. Ellie played at U17 level and the choice paid off as she secured the title and won the U17 category. Congratulations Ellie! Read More

Netball Report week 7

RHS V Debenham Wednesday 24 February U13A VII v Debenham: W 35-7 The U13As had a fantastic game against Debenham on Wednesday and showed positivity, sportsmanship and true determination throughout. RHS were quick off the mark showing dominance on court from the very beginning, there was some great defensive pressure from Olivia Mayers and Frankie Stenning which saw a flurry of turnovers in the first quarter giving RHS a firm lead of 9-2. Shannon Wiltshire and Freya Horseman-Sewell worked... Read More

Hockey Report week 7

RHS v Norwich School Junior 1st vs Norwich School (Drew 1-1) The junior first team travelled to Norwich for their first, and only, eleven aside fixture of the season. Norwich were a lot quicker getting used to the larger pitch, and amount of space there now was, and took the lead after a soft transfer through the RHS defence was pounced upon. However, as the game went on, the boys grew to the task in hand. In the second half... Read More
On Saturday 5 March more than 150 pupils from the Royal Hospital School will be taking to the stage for the annual Gala Concert in aid of St Elizabeth Hospice, Cancer Research UK, Avenues Group, Mencap and Riding for the Disabled (RDA). The evening is one of the calendar highlights and showcases the wealth of talent, musical diversity and incredibly high standards which are synonymous with the music at the School. From the serenity of sacred choral music to the shimmering strings... Read More