In the last training session before the 125 mile Devizes to Westminster Canoe Marathon, all crews were working hard to be ready for the gruelling Easter weekend race. Following their qualifying 34 mile paddle last Tuesday, it wasn’t easy for the teams to get back on the water; however all the boats dedicated themselves to put a good time in on the “short” 18km sprint. Gallery photos courtesy of Peter French at flyingtigers.co.uk Read More
Last year our Combined Cadet Force (CCF) diligently raised money throughout the year to donate to the Help for Heroes charity who support those with injuries and illnesses sustained while serving in the British Armed Forces. Last week they were able to proudly present a cheque of £500 to Mrs Sue Morgan, the charity’s local representative. Read More
A Year 8 team consisting of Jaz Skingle, Grace Rothwell, Emma Watling, Savannah Collis, Ben Warren, Matilda Gladwell and Archie Simpson travelled to Parkside Community College to compete in the Cambridge Classical Association Junior Latin Reading Competition on Thursday 16 March. This is an annual competition that encourages younger pupils to perform Latin aloud, either in a dramatic reading or as a part of a group performing a short dramatic scene. After the seniors won two prizes at the Senior Latin Reading... Read More
On Saturday 4 March 2017, over 150 pupils took to the stage for the annual Gala Concert in aid of the Suffolk Community Foundation, Bikeactive, Mencap, The Woolverstone Project and the Riding for the Disabled Association. As the buzz of the packed chapel audience gradually died down, the evening’s entertainment got under way with Andrew Cantrill-Fenwick’s beautiful new arrangement of Thomas Tallis’ sixteenth century Canon. The cavernous acoustic and ethereal atmosphere was enhanced by the use of hand bells as the school... Read More
Well done to Elliot Chilvers who has been selected to represent Northampton Saints in the BMW Wellington U16 Festival. This competition attracts the country’s best players from 14 RFU Regional Academies all aiming to be selected for the national side. This is a huge accomplishment for Elliot, who follows in the footsteps of former pupil Ben Kelland, who went on the represent England at U16 level and we wish him the best of luck. Read More

RHS Equestrian Team

RHS riders participated in the 21st Annual Inter-Schools One Day Event at Poplar on Sunday in dressage, cross country and show jumping. They produced some strong results with Charlotte Butler placing 6th in the intermediate 90cm class and Eliza Tribe and Millie Ainsworth 2nd and 3rd in the open 1m class. All members of the team performed well in their dressage tests and were double clear in the show jumping and cross country phases which were demanding and up to... Read More

Brass for Africa

Former pupil Dom Torrington spent three months in Kampala last year working with Brass for Africa, a charity that works with disadvantaged children in Uganda and Liberia through the form of music. They provide weekly brass lessons to hundreds of children across 17 different outreach sites including orphanages, slum areas and juvenile homes. Dom was directly involved in teaching music and organising a concert, “I met many amazing and inspirational people whose lives have been transformed by Brass for Africa through gi... Read More

CCF Easter Camps and Courses

The deadline is fast approaching but there are still some vacancies on a range of excellent courses at Cadet Centre for Adventurous Training over Easter. These include; mountaineering, rock climbing, open canoeing, sea kayaking, mountain scrambling, caving, and mountain biking. You also would gain nationally recognised qualifications such as British Canoeing Union grades up to 3 star, and all courses cost only £40 for the week. Further details and application forms are available from Staff Sergeant Ryan - pryan@royalhospitalschool.org Read More

Swim squad compete at Olympic Park

A team of eight RHS swimmers took part in the prestigious Bath Cup at the London Aquatics Centre, Olympic park, last week. This event has run for the last 95 years, with the exception of the war years, and girls' events were included from 1995. The boys' team of Tom Heley, Toby Allday, Adam Clough and Jamie Fosker were up against some very strong swimmers from 80 other schools and the girls team of Hannah Dixon, Tilly Ager, Kyla Conway and Ami Jewell... Read More
On Thursday 9 March the University of Essex Human Performance Unit visited RHS to work with A Level PE pupils on some practical assessments followed by an analysis of results. Toby Ruffles, Year 12, wore a Gas Analyser worth a princely £5000 to determine his V02 or maximum volume of oxygen consumed during exercise and some of the other twenty five pupils who took part wore heart rate monitors to track their levels of intensity. Sam Hindley, Year 13, was the top performer scoring h... Read More
The U13s were at Caldicott at a midweek sevens tournament last week and following a successful Suffolk 7s tournament, were full of optimism. They won against Abingdon 25-0, drew to Millfield and lost against St Pauls. As a result they qualified for the Plate competition, facing Northcote Lodge to win 20-0 and St Benedicts, Ealing with a 20-10 result. The final was against Dulwich in which they drew 20-20 but as a result of three bonus points, the RHS... Read More
All eight crews in the Devizes to Westminster squad gave superb performances in the 18 mile kayaking sprint, Thameside 2, last weekend in challenging conditions with high water flows and torrential rain.Unfortunately, Natasha Scott and Hannah Dixon were involved in a collision with another crew on the penultimate portage causing them to miss the RHS girls' record by a few minutes and Cedric Hoskyns-Abrahall and Tom Joice missed the Open Canadian Canoe record by 4 minutes after being swamped by big waves... Read More
On Saturday 25 March, 200 vocalists will be taking to the stage in the annual School Choirs’ Concert at the Royal Hospital School. When 700 pupils and a further 100 teachers sing together each morning in Chapel, it is often referred to as the ‘Holbrook Sound’. This concert will once again see the combined vocal forces of the Chapel Choir, Chamber Choirs and Holbrook Choral Society assembled in the Chapel for this celebration of sacred and secular choral music. Accompanied by Mr Cantrill-Fenwick on the sc... Read More
On Monday 6 March in recognition of World Book Day and International Women’s Day the School welcomed Sufiya Ahmed, author of ‘Secrets of the Henna Girl’, who spoke to Year 7 and 8 pupils about her childhood dream to be a writer, her career as parliamentary researcher and her journey to becoming a full time author. Sufiya Ahmed was born in India and arrived in the UK as a baby. She lived in Bolton, Lancashire, before moving to London where she still lives.... Read More
We sent our best international spellers to this year's Spelling Bee at King's Ely to compete against pupils at King's Ely, Framlingham, Ipswich, Felsted and Greshams in the Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced categories. After a quick quiz, there was a singing lesson in the Lady Chapel of Ely Cathedral and a treasure hunt around the cathedral. After lunch, the main competition began as each pupil was given a minute to spell as many words as possible correctly. The top 6 spellers... Read More
It’s raining ribbons for the equestrian team who continue their strong season by qualifying for The Royal Windsor Horse Show after some great jumping at The Jays at the end of last month. Fliss Gozzett, Eliza Tribe and Aoife Rew competed against nineteen schools from all over the county battling for one of the top two places that meant qualification. Looking like it was neck and neck for much of the day they were pipped to the post for fi... Read More
On Saturday 4 March 2017, over 150 pupils from the Royal Hospital School will be taking to the stage for the annual Gala Concert in aid of the Suffolk Community Foundation, Bikeactive, Mencap, The Wolverstone Project the Riding for the Disabled Association. The evening is one of the school’s musical highlights of the year and showcases the wealth of talent, musical diversity and incredibly high standards that are synonymous with RHS. From the serenity of sacred choral music to the shimmering strings of... Read More
Since 2014 the Boarding Schools’ Association (BSA) Golden Jubilee Boarding Orchard has been steadily growing across the country. It’s branches have now spread to coastal Suffolk, to the Royal Hospital School; a co-educational boarding school for 750 11 to 18 year olds set in 200 acres overlooking the Stour Estuary. Boarding schools up and down the nation have planted trees in their grounds to create what is hoped will be the largest orchard by distance in the UK. The trees symbolise the ‘tree of knowle... Read More