The former South African President was remembered this month at the Royal Hospital School during a visit by Reverend Colin Chambers, a former prison chaplain on Robben Island. Reverend Chambers gave two talks on his unique experiences and insights, preaching in chapel during a Sunday service and presenting to Year 12 pupils, which was followed by a Q&A session. He described Nelson Mandela as ‘a man who could get on with anyone’ and talked on the themes of forgiveness, reconciliation and...
 
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Since the beginning of the year the Eco-Committee having been waging war on food waste. For the third stage of the Keen4Green competition they have been measuring how much food is thrown away from pupils’ plates after lunch in the Dining Hall. Armed with scrapers and aprons our diligent eco-warriors inspected the plates of leaving diners and collected any leftover food into individual house buckets to see what type of food was being left and encourage pupils to only ta...
 
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The Royal Hospital School has experienced a period of growing popularity over the last few years. We have become more focused and self-aware of what we are good at and the areas we want to improve; we are evolving and our reputation is changing.The School’s Mission is ‘to understand each young person’s strengths, to help them to make the right choices at the right time, navigating through their critical, formative years and ensuring their education becomes the founda...
 
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Morgan Thomas has competed in the National Deadlift Championships in Kings Lynn winning the Teenager 1 category and in the process set a National, European and World record with a final lift of 100kgs, almost double her bodyweight. Morgan only started weight lifting five months ago and is quickly becoming a rising star with a selection for Team GB now confirmed and an invitation to attend the World Championships in Antwerp in June 2017. Morgan is part of the Talent Performance Group (...
 
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Three pupils in Drake House are challenging themselves to stay off their smart phones, tablets, TVs and gadgets for a day to raise money for St Elizabeth Hospice. Lucie Jenkins, Lucy Gardner and Emma Colston, have locked away all their technology – meaning no Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram or Twitter for 24 hours. Read the full story on the Ipswich Star website to see what ideas they came up with to entertain themselves and how much they've raised already. If you wish to do...
 
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Photo by Gregg Brown The Royal Hospital School held their inaugural Blast Off! day on Monday 6 February, introducing over 150 local primary school children to the wonderful world of brass and percussion playing. Born out of concern that certain instruments are facing extinction, and building on the now well-established ‘Sing Up! Suffolk’ event, the day was designed to offer huge amounts of fun whilst delivering key educational opportunities such as improvisation and experimenting with different types of musical styles and genres. A re...
 
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​RYA Suzuki Dinghy Show

Come visit us on stand D16 at this year’s RYA Suzuki Dinghy Show held at Alexandra Palace, London 4-5 March 2017. This unique show is packed with all the latest gear from top sailing brands, training centres, clubs, class associations, boat builders, holiday companies plus hundreds of dinghies from timeless classics to the latest in high performance design. Don’t miss the exclusive talks and coaching sessions from the experts plus plenty of activities to entertain and inspire the whole fami...
 
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The RHS Amnesty Group hosted a thought-provoking talk on ‘Children the Invisible Victims of War’ by Dr Martin Parsons on 31 January. Dr Parsons is the leading international expert on the topic and has published a number of books about child evacuees and war children including I’ll Take That One and War Child. Children in Conflict. He also edits the Children in War journal and has contributed to a number of TV programmes including Britain at War in Colour. His curren...
 
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Congratulations to Natasha Males who has been offered a part time place at the St. Albans Regional Performance Netball Academy. Regional Performance Academies provide the ‘daily training environments’ needed for athletes aged U19 and operate year round delivering individualised training for athletes. Regional Performance Academies provide between 6 - 10 hours per week of coaching, forming about half of an athlete’s overall programme which usually consists of between 17-19 hours per week (including strength and conditioning, 3 levels of competition, observation and analys...
 
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Happy Child International is a charity based in Recife, one of the largest metropolitan regions of northern Brazil, that works to rescue, rehabilitate and reintegrate street and at risk children back into their families and communities. Tragically, 42% of the population of Recife lives on the poverty line earning only half of the minimum Brazilian wage and just 35% of people have access to basic sanitation. Year 9 pupils at the Royal Hospital School hand-made colourful t-shirts and tops for the girls aged...
 
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The Royal Hospital School Equestrian team proved themselves as show jumping county champions in an incredibly successful day of riding at The Jays, Bury St Edmunds. Our teams all won first place at their respective heights qualifying them for the national round that will be held at Bury Farm, Buckinghamshire on 22-23 April. 80cm – Emma Smith, Emma Warhurst, Genevieve Pringle and Izzy Butler 90cm & 1m - Fliss Gozzett, Catie Bennett, Eliza Tribe and Aoife Rew Individual commendations must go to Fl...
 
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Last weekend in their first competitive outing as a squad, the prospective Devizes to Westminster paddlers acquitted themselves very well, with no capsizes on a very bumpy river ride through the middle of Chelmsford and all 8 crews finishing strongly in the FRA Winter Series. The Flatwater Racing Association Winter Series is a series of six marathon canoe races held between November and March on the Chelmer, Lea, Stort, Cam and Roding. The races are often attended by some of the...
 
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Last year's music scholars pose for the camera after a very successful concert. On Friday 3 February 2017 the Royal Hospital School will once again be celebrating its young musical talent in the popular annual Scholars’ Concert. The group of 25 music scholars at RHS includes a wide range of talent and ability, from Year 7 violinists to Year 13 brass players, and everything in between. Several of the group have recently been offered places in the Duet Philharmonic Orchestra and the Suffolk Youth Orchestra, ad...
 
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Last week the Royal Hospital School held its inaugural Careers Fair for Years 10 to 13. The keynote speaker was Lord Stuart Rose and the event was organised by Mr Chris Graham, Head of Sixth Form and Careers, who explained that the aim of the fair was to help pupils to navigate their own paths and find interests and skills that will unlock a broad range of career opportunities. Mr Graham said: “Where will you be at 25? has become a familiar and re...
 
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Northampton Saints has announced that the Royal Hospital School will play host for a round of the 2017 Elite Insurance Schools Sevens Series. Almost 100 schools have already signed up to compete in the Series, which has become a fixture on the rugby calendar since its inception in 2013. As with the past two years there will be six regional tournaments for Under-13 boys teams held in Northamptonshire, Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Suffolk, Milton Keynes and Oxfordshire, with the winners and runners-up then heading to...
 
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The Massed Bands in action during last year’s concert in Portsmouth On Saturday 28 January 2017, the world famous Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines will be joining forces with the Band of the Royal Hospital School for their third annual joint concert. Starting at 19:00 in the school’s grand Assembly Hall, the concert will feature a wide range of music to suit all tastes, including music from the silver screen, solo items, a classical overture and a brand new compos...
 
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Rochelle Gordon-Scott took to the court for the first time on Sunday 22 January to play netball for the Ipswich Ladies regional team. To make this occasion even more unique she was named in the starting 7 alongside two of her teachers; Miss Adams, Head of Netball, and Mrs Stevens, Deputy Head Academic. Miss Adams said: "This was a fantastic day for Rochelle, she has been part of the regional training squad since the start of the season and has really proved...
 
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Congratulations to Toby Allday who started for the Lambs National XV against Irish Exiles at Aylesbury Rugby Club's new 3G pitch on Sunday. The opposing sides have always been closely matched, two years ago the Exiles won with a last play drop goal. Last year, it was the Lambs turn for victory with a last minute try and once again this year it came down to the wire. After the Lambs had led for most of the game the Exiles...
 
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On Wednesday 18 January pupils from RHS and schools in the surrounding area were treated to a university-level classics lecture by Dr Frisby of Kings College London. She spoke to the assembled crowd of classicists on the title 'Unpicking the Shroud: The Women of Epic and Weaving the Narrative'. It was a truly fascinating and challenging lecture stretching from the Homeric epic with Penelope and Helen to Catullus 64. Dr Frisby drew our focus to women, weaving and clothing gifts; a surprisingly...
 
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Judo Bronze for Jamal

Nelson’s Jamal Williams won bronze at the British Schools Regional Championships at Thetford in Norfolk last Sunday against the top 100 judo players in East Anglia. Judo is a competitive martial art the objective of which is to either throw or takedown an opponent to the ground, immobilise or subdue an opponent with a pin or force an opponent to submit with a joint lock or choke. Jamal had to fight several people in the senior male under 81kg category an...
 
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On Saturday 14 January, the RHS Cross Country runners competed at the annual Knole Run in Sevenoaks, one of the highlights of the race season. Attended by independent schools from all over England with highly competitive fields, this is a great opportunity for RHS pupils to race in a beautiful location and against quality opposition. The races this year were no different, save for a blanket of snow over the course which added to the challenge and spectacle. The highlight of...
 
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Mr Tom Bell, the Royal Hospital School's internationally acclaimed organ tutor. The Royal Hospital School in Holbrook is famous for its majestic Hill, Norman & Beard chapel organ, built in 1933 and currently listed as an instrument of national importance by the British Institute of Organ Studies. Hailed as a monument to the 1930s English grand organ style, the instrument is used daily by staff and pupils to accompany the glorious ‘Holbrook Sound’, which is created by the enthusiastic singing of over 750 pupi...
 
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On Sunday 8 January a rugby festival involving sides from the North, Midlands, South East and South West selected from many of the country’s leading independent schools took place. The school had five players involved; Charlie Ewen (CD), Cedric Hoskyns-Abrahall (CD), Toby Allday (CD), Ed Fletcher (SV) and Toby Buckland (HK). All boys performed outstandingly on the day and did themselves and the school proud. However, after a selection meeting it was Toby Allday, Cedric Hoskyns-Abrahall and Toby Buckland that we...
 
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Royal Hospital School old boy Simon Tripp resplendent in his ceremonial uniform. On Thursday 12 January 2017, Warrant Officer First Class Simon Tripp, the Corps Bandmaster of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines, will be returning to the Royal Hospital School in Holbrook to give a lecture on life as a military musician. Brought up in a Naval family, Simon attended the Royal Hospital School and left in 1987 after being awarded the prestigious ‘Silver Flute’ by the school band. He joined the Royal Marine...
 
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Equestrian Success

The RHS Equestrian Team were all smiles after a great day of jumping at The Jays Equestrian Centre, Bury St Edmunds at the beginning of December last year. The competition was Arena Eventing that comprises of a round of eight showjumps followed immediately by a further eight rustic style cross country fences including a water jump. The course is designed to be challenging and technical as you race against the clock with seconds being added for poles knocked down.In...
 
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A cheque for £4500 was presented today in assembly to Megan Johnson from local Ipswich charity St Elizabeth Hospice. These funds were raised from a variety of activities in the last academic year involving the whole school community including the Gala Concert, Charity Gig Night, Christmas card sales, civvy clothes days and donations collected in Chapel from our Leavers Service and Speech Day.
 
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The Land Rover BAR team lead by skipper Sir Ben Ainslie will challenge Team Oracle USA in Bermuda at the 35th match for the America’s Cup this summer. If they succeed they will lift the oldest trophy in international sport and bring the cup home to UK shores – a first for a British challenger. In the wake of this exciting sailing race, national support and interest in sailing has swelled bringing with it an increase in youth races, training, char...
 
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The Royal Hospital School are proud to be included for the first time in this year's edition of The Cricketer's magazine annual publication The Playing Fields Of England: An A-Z Guide To The Summer Game’s Top 100 Schools. More than 250 submissions were forensically examined against an exhaustive set of internal and external criteria with each of them in a myriad of ways meriting inclusion. The published entry can be found pictured below:
 
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Southwold Geography Trip

At the end of this term our Year 12 A Level geographers all piled into minibuses and trundled down to the Southwold coast for a field trip. The first part of their day was spent down on the beach, although getting down to the beach proved quite challenging with some achieving the feat more gracefully than others! Interestingly the steep ledge they were now required to jump down was a mere step a few weeks before when Miss Izod had visited,...
 
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A team of RHS mathematicians competed in the Senior Team Maths Challenge regional finals in November this year. Our team comprised of Polina Belkina and Ben Willis from the Lower Sixth, and Crystal Li and Sean Xuan from the Upper Sixth. The challenge was made up of three rounds: group questions, a crossnumber (as opposed to a crossword) and finally four sets of relay questions, where the answer for each question is used to solve the question following it. The...
 
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Keen4Green

The Eco Committee had a very productive term discussing how we can save energy and reduce our carbon footprint. Changing peoples’ behaviour so they live more sustainably is no mean feat, but their work is paying off and gradually our recycling is improving, lights are being turned off when people leave the room, and less heat is being wasted. In September the Keen4Green competition was launched. Each House strives to improve its energy saving and recycling quality compared to an...
 
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A Christmas Carol

Where do we begin? With the ‘covetous old sinner’ whom we all know to be Ebenezer Scrooge, of course. Scrooge was played most convincingly by Lily Lesh, with all of her “Bahs” and her “Humbugs” right on cue to stop the jubilant clerks (played by Alice Kilian, Hannah Farry, Esmé Forrester, Serena Brown, Sam Dixon, Oli Hurley and Sam Christmas) in their resplendent tracks. And how could the rhythmic incantations of those clerks whenever the clocks chimed go without special mentions? As...
 
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Last Thursday former RHS pupil Daniel Waterman passed out of Phase 1 training at the Commando Training Centre, in Lympstone, Devon. Daniel left RHS last July, and was one of the stalwarts of the school bands and choir, dedicating much of his free time to playing cornet and singing in the various ensembles. After a well-deserved summer break, Daniel took the daunting train journey down to Lympstone, where he joined thirty other recruits for a gruelling twelve-week military course. During this...
 
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On Monday 28 November pupils from across the language departments went to a conference lead by Queen Mary University's Professor of Linguistics and Films, Sue Harries. The focus of the conference was the analysis of contemporary French film Entre les mur/The Class - winner of several prestigious trophies such as Palm d'Or and Caesar which is the French equivalent of the Oscar. Professor Sue Harries beautifully and clearly drew the attention of the audience to the key features of the...
 
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Rugby Week 10 Results

Midweek Fixtures 12BRHS 30-15 East Bergholt Last week RHS had their best performance. They got off to a flying start with a penetrating run from Josh Okourwa weaving in and out of the East Bergholt defence to score the first try. The second try was scored with some sublime passing, finished off with a darting run on the right wing by Pablo-Fernando Navarro Sanchez giving RHS two early tries. The second half saw some great defence to maintain the lead,...
 
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“A hurricane has hit the Caribbean with the British Overseas Territory of Angel Island being the worst affected. There are urgently-needed food and medical supplies on Sand Island about 4.5 miles to the North West of Angel Island. However, the air strip at Sand Island has been damaged and there is no way of airlifting supplies to Angel Island. The water surrounding Sand Island is also littered with debris, therefore ships are not able to get into port. HMS ALBION is in...
 
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National Schools’ Kayaking and Canoeing Championships Whilst the rest of the school slumbered last Sunday morning, the RHS kayak squad were on the road at 06:30 battling through ‘Storm Angus’ to take part in the National Schools' Kayaking and Canoeing Championships on the River Thames at Reading. The event comprised of the 500m sprints, a knockout series of 200m sprints and a 20km marathon - a very tough day, with the best of the country's junior paddlers on the water. The RHS te...
 
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Training with the Suffolk U18 badminton team in Ipswich over the last few months has paid off for Zeco Ng, Year 10 St Vincent House, when he represented the county on Saturday. His performance in the fixtures against Kent resulted in him winning the singles matches as well as the mixed doubles. Paul Hardman, Director of Sport, said “ This is a great achievement for Zeco considering he is playing three years up”.
 
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On Friday 18 November Royal Hospital School was delighted to host Professor Jon Butterworth, Head of the Physics and Astronomy Department at UCL, who came to help judge the Year 8 Science Fair and give a masterclass on particle physics for Sixth Form physicists and some keen Year 11 pupils. The Science Fair took place in the afternoon when pupils presented the results of projects they had been working on in Science lessons over the previous few weeks. The assembly hall was packed...
 
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Freya Harris, who left the Royal Hospital School last summer, has been awarded this year’s highly prestigious Ipswich Art Society Award for one of her A level Art pieces. Head of Art, Garry Ravenhall, submitted her painting of a face with water running over it for its creative brilliance and technical virtuosity. He said “in over thirty years of teaching art I cannot recall a more technically accomplished student. Freya’s outstanding qualities have clearly been recognised by the awardi...
 
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The Royal Hospital School, Suffolk, has become an ever-accelerating production line of talent on the rugby field and it doesn’t look like that is going to change anytime soon. Head of Rugby, Richard Chadwick, said “The investment in time and resource right across the age groups has paid off with inter-school success and a pipeline of talent ready to fill the boots of outgoing players. There are currently five senior boys involved in U17 and U18 Eastern Counties and nine...
 
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Year 10 and 12 music students will be participating in a composition masterclass run by Ben Parry, Director of the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain (NYCGB) and the Fellowship Octet. This highly-prestigious event is being hosted by the RHS Music Department and culminates in an evening concert at 19:00 in the Burns Recital Hall of the Reade Music School. During the day, pupils will work with Ben Parry and the Fellows to develop and refine their compositional skills. In addition to the...
 
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On Tuesday the 8th of November, a team consisting of Cillian Rew, Oliver Hurley, Dominic Curtis, Thomas Ralph (Year 11) and Grace Holland (Year 12) represented the School at the Cambridge Latin Reading Competition. This is an annual event held at the Faculty of Classics of Cambridge University and requires entrants to perform a piece of unadapted Latin prose or verse. Entries are judged based on pronunciation, performance and attention to the meter of the piece if it is poetry. All of...
 
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The Studd Society has been this year launched for Years 10-13 to stretch and challenge our senior pupils in Years 10-13. The Studd Society is named after a former pupil of the Royal Hospital School who was in Cornwallis house from 1951 to 1957, Professor John Studd DSc MD FRCOG. Professor Studd is a world renowned consultant gynaecologist who pioneered the use of Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) and continues to be involved in developing menopausal treatments today. The first meeting of the...
 
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The whole-school community gathered together on Sunday to pay their respects to all those who have given their lives for the peace and freedom we enjoy today. The Queen’s Banner was paraded with pride and former pupils of the School formed the Royal Hospital School Association (RHSA) banner party for a powerful and poignant Divisions bringing together generations of families to reflect and give thanks. Poppies and medals were worn proudly by pupils, parents and alumni; symbols of sacrifice to...
 
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Sing Up! Suffolk

After the huge success of last year’s Sing Up! Suffolk choral workshop, we were today joined by almost 600 Year 5 and 6 primary school pupils for an energy-filled, fun-packed vocal day directed by the hugely charismatic and renowned conductor – Dominic Peckham. This again proved to be an explosive, high-energy and inspirational day of singing and vocal exploration a truly unforgettable experience for both pupils and staff. From Motown to Mozart, African street-songs to Chart Mash-Ups there was something for everyone. Director of M...
 
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750 pupils and 200 members of staff observed a two-minute silence at 11am for Armistice Day with the Last Post and Reveille called by two pupil buglers from the clock tower balcony and a gun salute.Why a two-minute silence? The Remembrance Day silence originates in Cape Town, South Africa where there was a daily three-minute silence known as the Three Minute Pause, initiated by the daily firing of the noon day gun on Signal Hill. This was instituted by the then...
 
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Heads of School at the Royal Hospital School are stepping up to the challenge as they enter the second half of their first term in post. The four; Tom Heley, Lucy Watson, Freddie Braybrooke and Natasha Scott, are all boarders and in their seventh year at RHS. The Headmaster, Simon Lockyer, said “Leadership is one of the 7 core values that underpin the Royal Hospital School’s foundation and a quality we look to develop through sports captains, peer mentors, House pref...
 
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Today Her Majesty the Queen was in Newmarket - the headquarters of British horseracing to officially unveil a statue of herself and open the new National Horse racing Museum. Crowds lined the High Street and flags were handed out by army and sea cadets, waving in the autumn sun as the excitement built. The Royal Hospital School Band was specially invited to entertain the crowds and were a hit with onlookers of all ages. As Her Majesty passed she undoubtedly...
 
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Hats off to our fundraisers!

The newly formed, pupil-led School Charity Committee has launched its plans to raise funds £15,000 for the Suffolk Community Foundation this academic year. The Suffolk Community Foundation is one of 48 Community Foundations in the UK which are collectively the fastest growing UK-wide funders of local charities and voluntary organisations. SCF provides the opportunity to give right to the heart the local community, address the widest possible range of issues and intervene in the hardest to reach communities. It does not compete w...
 
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Come and sing 'Oliver'!

Come and Sing 'Oliver'!Saturday 19 November 3-5pmReade Music School, Royal Hospital School Everyone of all ages and abilities is invited to join the NYCGB Director Ben Parry for a very special Come and Sing performance. This event is suitable for all the family, fancy dress is optional but there will be an exciting prize for the best costume. Tickets are £5 and available from experiencetickets.co.uk/rhsmusic or can be booked by phone on 01206 573 948.
 
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The Riddle Society – Spanish Murder Mystery ¿Quién mató al señor Croft? La víctima: el señor Croft. El lugar: la biblioteca. Los sospechosos: el señor Mears, la señorita Adams, la señora Stevens y el señor Wood. <span id="selection-marker-1" class="redactor-selection-marker" data-verified="redactor"&...
 
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Sailing's Summer Highlights

RHS Sailing Team 2016 - Suffolk Schools Champions fourth year in a row After the outstanding efforts of the school's sailors in winning 4 of the 6 fleets at the Suffolk Sailing Championships, many of our pupils headed off abroad to take part in European and World events over the summer. Archie Hainsworth, who stood as the national RS Aero 5 champion, had high hopes as he took to the waters of Travemunde, Germany to compete in the Aero Europeans. With a field of...
 
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We are delighted to announce that our new fitness suite and strength and conditioning room will be staffed by trained specialists from Sportsmed East who will instruct and supervise all school sessions under the title of Athletic Development Leaders. Over 60 pupils from years 8-13 from across all sports have been invited into a Talent Performance Group. The ADL will work closely with these pupils in the strength and conditioning room providing key learning techniques to enhance their personal training programmes....
 
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The swimming season started with some strong results in the first gala of the year against Ipswich High School and St Joseph's College. Teamwork was key to success in the Year 8 freestyle relay with the whole squad achieving good times for their lengths which contributed to a dramatic touch finish by Cole Scott bringing home the win. This was particularly impressive as two of the squad Grace Gardiner and Emily Colston are in Year 7, promising a bright future for swimming....
 
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Well, you may have been wondering for some time who is the real Dark Lord of the Sith at RHS? Is it the Headmaster? No. Is it Mr Dixon? Surprisingly, no. Could it be nice Mrs Godfrey, hiding behind Wellbeing Week? Unfortunately, no. I can confess that it is, in fact. . . not me, although wouldn’t it be great if it was? So why have I dressed up as Darth Vader this morning, apart from the fact that it gives me...
 
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Pudsey Bear visited the Royal Hospital School on Wednesday 28 September to cheer on Lloyds Bank East of England cyclists who were cycling from Cromer Pier to Southend Pier to raise funds for the Lloyds Banking Group’s charity of the year, BBC Children in Need. The 175 mile cycle through Suffolk, Norfolk and Essex visiting piers along the way at Cromer, Great Yarmouth, Lowestoft, Southwold, Clacton and Southend took three days with stops along the way. RHS was the perfect place fo...
 
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Jazz Night with Derek Nash

Derek Nash is a British multi award-winning jazz saxophonist, band leader and recording engineer. For over 30 years he has led Sax Appeal, which won the John Dankworth Award for Ensemble in the 1998 BT Jazz Awards, and subsequently the British Jazz Award for best small group in 2000. He also leads the funk/fusion band Protect the Beat. He has been a member of the Jools Holland Rhythm and Blues Orchestra since 2004 and is one of the busiest and most beloved musicians...
 
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The Studd Society is named after a former pupil of the Royal Hospital School, Professor John Studd. Professor Studd is a world renowned consultant gynaecologist who pioneered the use of Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) and continues to be involved in the forefront of menopausal treatments today. We will be welcoming Professor Studd to the School on Friday 11 November and our academic departments will host other meetings throughout the year. The first is on 'The Psychology of Behaviour' on Wednesday 12 October....
 
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The Riddle Society is named after two distinguished former Headmasters of the School at Greenwich. Edward Riddle was Headmaster in the 1840s and his son, John Riddle, succeeded him as Headmaster in 1851. Both were astronomers, mathematicians and teachers of navigation of world renown, as well as leading members and fellows of the Royal Astronomical Society. Edward Riddle published many academic papers, but his most famous work was a ‘Treatise on Navigation and Nautical Astronomy’ - a complete mathematical course for sail...
 
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Congratulations to the nineteen pupils who took LAMDA Speech and Drama examinations at the end of last term. Pupils from Year 7 through to Year 13 took acting examinations from grades 1 to 8 and everyone passed with either merit or distinction. Head of Drama, Mr Kerr, said, "Three pupils, Matt Adams, Rosy Trewin Marshall and Sophie Atkinson, all passed their Gold Medal examinations with distinction, which is a fantastic achievement and a testament to their talent and the expert teaching they have received...
 
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On Thursday 22 September Roger Wright, Chief Executive of Aldeburgh Music and former Controller of BBC Radio 3 and Director of the BBC Proms, will give a lecture entitled "A Life in Music". He will talk about careers in music illustrated by his own life experiences.Roger Wright, 57, began his professional life in 1978 at the British Music Information Centre and also worked as a freelance writer and broadcaster with a specialist knowledge of British 20th century music. He was then appointed Senior...
 
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On Monday 19 September Saskia Clark, GB Gold Medallist in the 470 Sailing at the Rio Olympics, opened the newly refurbished indoor sports facilities at the Royal Hospital School. Saskia, originally from Essex, is now based in Weymouth but continues to have strong links with her childhood sailing club on Mersea Island and is well-known to many of the Royal Hospital School parents and pupils who sail there. RHS was delighted to welcome the Olympic Gold Medallist to officially open the facilities...
 
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In the inaugural Sparkle Malawi 7’s held at Felsted School the RHS Old Boys arrived with a squad of 14 albeit with only 10 fit and able bodies! The U25 outfit, including Mr Wood, Housemaster of Cornwallis, were keen to leave their mark on a tournament that contained many of the South East ‘big hitters’. Within their group Tonbridge, Oakham and a Felsted select XV stood between them and the group stages. First up were Tonbridge in what proved to be the key ga...
 
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Rochelle Gordon-Scott, Year 9, has been selected for England Netball East Regional Academy, two years above her age group. The trials consisted of invasion games in the morning and short match play sessions in the afternoon playing alongside and against Regional Academy and Regional Performance Academy players. Rochelle trialled for the majority of the day at Goal Defence and Wing Defence but was also given the opportunity to play Centre. She excelled showing versatility across the different positions. Lucy Adams, Head...
 
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Exciting start for new RHS Ski Team

Amelia Vicos, Emily-Jane King and Mia Maguire, all Year 7, competed on behalf of the Royal Hospital School at the English Schools' Ski Association National Championships Area Qualifying Race at Brentwood Ski and Snowboard Centre on Sunday 18 September. The girls put in a solid performance beating Ipswich High School for Girls and Orwell Park but came up against some strong sides from New Hall and Surbiton. An exciting start for the new RHS Ski Team!
 
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Chartwells Independent, the contract caterers for the Royal Hospital School have been presented with a prestigious award in recognition of the wide variety of healthier food choices it offers to pupils and staff. The award was presented today to Debbie Bellamy, Catering and Hospitality Manager, Matt Wilby, Head Chef, and Peter Church, Bursar, by Cllr Frank Lawrenson, Babergh District Council Portfolio Holder for Environment and Emma Richbell Senior Food and Safety Officer for Babergh District Council. Chartwells Independent is the...
 
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The organ of the Royal Hospital School was built in 1933 by the East Anglian firm of Hill, Norman & Beard, and is a unique example of the company’s skill and artistry. It sits within our chapel of cathedral proportions, with a sumptuous seven second acoustic. Unsurprisingly, the organ is sought-after as a recital instrument, attracting the world’s best players. We are thrilled to be welcoming the new organist of St Eustache, Paris, Thomas Ospital, to play a concert on Satu...
 
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Six former Royal Hospital School pupils have raised £1,800 for Breast Cancer Now in the Three Peaks Challenge. The group, brothers Oliver and Harvey Sellers, Thomas Miller, Josie Falk and James Parker, with his twin brother Matt as driver, climbed Snowden, Scafell Pike and Ben Nevis in just 24 hours. To find out more or donate go to https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Josie-Falk1
 
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On 24 - 30 July Howard Head, Year13, took part in the Dart 18 2016 World Championships at the International Sailing Center at Medemblik, the Netherlands.Howard competed with his older brother James finishing as the highest placed youth team and best Rookie competitors. The competition began with over 230 teams all with varying ranges of experience in competing at this level.Howard will be competing in the Dart 18 Grand Prix in September and October and we wish him the best of luck.
 
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There have been some outstanding GCSE results at the Royal Hospital School and, at the top end, the number of A* and A grades achieved has increased for the fourth consecutive year. Headmaster, Simon Lockyer, said "I am delighted with the number of pupils for whom hard work and commitment has paid off. With the broad range of abilities accepted into the School, these results reflect how well we are able to realise the potential of every pupil”. Top Performances Be...
 
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Tia Jeremiah-Green joined the Royal Hospital School as a boarder in the sixth form from her maintained school in East London. With her success at A level she has secured a place to study International Relations and Politics at De Montfort University in September. Tia is the Royal Hospital School’s first ‘SpringBoard’ pupil. Her application was supported by Eastside Young Leader’s Academy (EYLA) which exists to nurture and develop leadership potential. The SpringBoard Bursary Foundation was established in 2012 to assis...
 
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With his success at A Level Connor Harvey-Ward from Woodbridge chose a different route; but an equally impressive one. He has secured a higher degree apprenticeship with Jaguar Land Rover. Connor was one of 20,000 applicants vying for this prestigious placement and one of only 240 to be invited to an assessment day. His excellent performance on the day led to the offer of a place on this highly sought after 6 year apprenticeship at the end of which he will have gained...
 
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With his outstanding grades of A*A*A*A, Head Scholar, Charlie Steptoe, has secured his place at Robinson College, Cambridge to read Natural Sciences next year. Charlie joined the Royal Hospital School as a boarder in Year 7 as both his parents are serving in the Army. Charlie said “Being part of a services family meant having to move from school to school with my Dad’s job but the chance to board at the Royal Hospital School meant that I av...
 
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Last year's Head of School, Isabelle Williams, is delighted with her straight As in History, German and Classical Civilisation and an A*in the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) in which she investigated The Impact of the Russian Revolution on the later Cold War. These results have confirmed her place at Bristol University to read History. Head of Sixth Form, Chris Graham, said “Throughout her seven years at the Royal Hospital School, Issy has shown the grit and determination to succeed. Sh...
 
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Simon Lockyer, Headmaster: “I am delighted to report that our 2016 A Level results reflect the continued benefit of the breadth in our curriculum that provides opportunities for all our pupils and opens pathways beyond RHS. This year considerably more RHS pupils have secured their first place choice of university including Cambridge, UCL, St Andrews, Durham, Birmingham, Exeter, York and Warwick and on courses as diverse as Medicine, History, Natural Sciences, Economics, English Literature, PPE, Engineering and Anthropology. We are also de...
 
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The Royal Hospital School entered a young but enthusiastic team into the Junior Leaders Field Gun Competition held at HMS Collingwood in Gosport, Portsmouth, on Friday 8 July. After a week of training and tough competition on the tracks, the boys and girls, aged 16 and 17 years, were part of a closely fought final against a team of Scottish-based Able Seaman trainee submariners. Lt Cdr (Retd) Nigel Griffiths QGM, Head of Ceremonial at the Royal Hospital School, first ran the Royal Navy...
 
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The Burns Recital Hall was filled by all of Years 7 and 8 and a large number of staff for the first annual Beaton Declamation: a competition where members of the Lower School have five minutes to present a point of view in front of all their peers whilst being judged by Brigadier Kevin Beaton OBE QHP. They are also only allowed one prompt card with no more than ten words which is extremely demanding! Kevin Beaton is a former RHS pupil,...
 
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Monday 20 and Tuesday 21 June saw the fourth annual Year 7 Model United Nations (MUN) Conference involving all of Year 7 from RHS and approximately 75 from Thomas Gainsborough School, Great Cornard, to kick off Enrichment Week. RHS has been developing its flagship MUN programme over the last five years. MUN is a worldwide activity in which pupils take part in academic simulations of the United Nations. MUN educates participants in civics, world current affairs, effective communication, globalisation and multi-lateral diplomacy. Participants research a...
 
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On Monday 20 June four RHS pupils laid a wreath at the Menin Gate Last Post Ceremony, Belgium. The Last Post Ceremony happens every day at 8pm in Ieper, Ypres in remembrance of the courage and self-sacrifice of those who fell in defence of their town. At 7.55pm the Buglars arrive and at exactly 8pm they sound the "Last Post". RHS pupils Abbie Sykes, Conor Davies, Henry Bexant and Emily Fretwell took part in an extended ceremony and laid a wreath...
 
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On Sunday 19 June RHS travelled to UEA, Norwich for the Anglian Athletics Championships. Special congratulations to Jessie Vogel, Year 13, for winning the Senior Discus and Triple Jump competitions; to Hamish Comonte, Year 9, for winning the Junior boys Triple Jump with a jump of 11.70m; and Emmanuel Ogunleye, Year 12, for winning the Senior 100m and 200m.
 
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Congratulations to the 33 swimmers from RHS who completed the Great East Swim at Alton Water on Saturday. The conditions were tough for the pupils, with a very strong current for the first half of the course and very cold waters of 18 degrees Celsius. All RHS pupils did extremely well, either competing in their first open water event or challenging themselves in these tough conditions to achieve a new personal best. Stand out performances were Tom Heley in the 2 mile event...
 
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GBR international swimmers, Tom Allen and Sophie Evans, visited the Royal Hospital School this afternoon ahead of tomorrow’s Great East Swim, to provide some last minute tips for the pupils taking part.Tom and Sophie, both from Swansea, are competing in the Elite Race of the Great East Swim at Alton Water on Saturday which forms part of the European Championships selection criteria. The race is held over 5km and features the best of British swimmers.This afternoon they pr...
 
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Having scored 100 against MCC for the RHS 1st XI last season, former pupil, Josh Allday was invited to Lords with two guests to be presented with a plaque. All schoolboys who score 100 or take 5 wickets are invited along.Josh enjoyed part of the game from the hallowed Long Room and was then presented on the outfield in front of the members by the president of MCC.Following the ceremony Josh was met by Don Topley, who took him on a...
 
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Over the half term break the ASA East Region held it's second annual Water Polo Development Camp at RHS. This camp offered players of all abilities, born between 2002 and 2004, the change to develop new skills and meet fellow players.This year there were 26 enrolled on the course along with 13 on the Level 1 Coaching Water Polo course. The three-day course ran smoothly with both on land and in the water activities to build skill sets and team work. They were joined...
 
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Pigs Gone Wild at RHS

This summer RHS Art Scholars are taking part in Suffolk's largest mass participation art event in aid of the school's charity, St. Elizabeth Hospice. 'Pigs Gone Wild' will be an interactive sculpture trail featuring more than 40 pigs across Ipswich and beyond. It will be open from Monday 27 June to Friday 2 September and everyone will be able to follow the trail and collect points with the Pigs Gone Wild app. The trail pigs will be joind by a sounder of junior...
 
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Country Life Shooting Results 2016

This year RHS sent two teams to compete at the Country Life Shooting. The competed in Class B against 94 other teams and achieved their best results since 1969:RHS 1st Team Came 5th Overall - Total Points - 408RHS 2nd Team Came 7th Overall - Total Points - 358RHS 1st Team:All 4 Team Members were in the Top 10 Firers out of 384 individuals who took part:Henry Nichols came joint 5th scoring 90 Points (winner scored 94)PC Du Toit came joint 5th scoring 90...
 
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Whilst we here is the East had a cloudy cold half term, Archie Hainsworth went to the Royal Torbay Yacht Club to compete in the National RS Areo champs. In Torquay it was hot and sunny, but sadly the wind gods did not come to play and one days racing was abandoned due to not enough wind. The RS Aero is a fast plaining single hander usually and comes with three rigs the 5m, 7m and 9m, so the championships...
 
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Congratulations to Charlie Butler, Year 7, and her pony Gulliver IV who placed second on Saturday in their race at the Championships Pony Racing Finals at Garthorpe. There were nine ponies in the race, all of which had qualified from around the country.
 
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Yasmin selected for Bury Tigers

Over the half term break, Yasmin Gradwick-Light was selected for the U16 JRPC (Junior Regional Performance Centre) Hockey team known as the Bury Tigers. The JRPCs provide all those selected with six full day sessions culminating on the weekend of the 3 and 4 September when the youngsters will hope to be selected for the Tier One Competition which takes place over two weekends on Sunday 18 and 25 September. These two day competitions will see the Bury Tigers, the Northwood Tigers and the...
 
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Over sixty pupils in Years 9 to 11 took part in the UK Mathematics Trust Intermediate Maths Challenge and six gained the highest Gold certificates - Sam Dixon, Anson Wong, Ben Willis, Giles Wilson, Basson Du Toit and Dominic Curtis. In addition, Basson, Ben, Anson and Sam went on to the next round - the Kangaroo Challenge - and all were awarded certificates of participation. Well done to Sam Dixon who was awarded 'Best in School'.
 
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On Saturday 21 May, Abe Allen and Joe Clarkson, both Year 10, organised a fantastic concert in aid of the School's chosen charity, St Elizabeth Hospice, and raised £448. This was a completely pupil-led event that was attended by staff, parents and pupils in the Burns Recital Hall. Highlights included renditions of Oasis' Wonderwall, Paloma Faith's Only Love Can Hurt Like This and Coldplay's Yellow, the Corps of Drums, Concept acapella, Private State, the Year 12 Band, the Flower Duet by the Watson twins, J...
 
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On the final weekend of last half of term, the RHS sailing squad travelled to Rutland Water for this year’s BSDRA Eastern Region Regatta. 16 teams from 10 schools, including Stamford, Oakham, Uppingham and Oundle, took to the water in blustery and shifty conditions. rd race was also tight with RHS holding a winning position until the last mark where Stamford produced an excellent mark trap to push the Greens back into 5th and 6th. Despite some excellent racing, RHS lost fi...
 
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On Tuesday 17 May the U13B Girls team took part in the Suffolk Schools League at Northgate. Despite being in a league with other 'A' teams the girls won and can be very pleased with their efforts. This was an opportunity for girls that do not normally represent the school in athletics to compete on the track at Northgate.The U14A and B teams also competed at Northgate in the Suffolk Schools league on Thursday 19 May. Some fantastic performances...
 
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RHS vs New HallU12A vs New Hall (lost by 76 runs)Bowling first, Charlie Gillam, Joe Entwistle and George Bennett all bowled well, and were backed up by a much improved display in the field. New Hall’s total of 136 was always going to be tough to chase down, and despite some patient batting from Benjamin Haywood and George Bennett, RHS were not able to get going in then run chase and came up 76 runs short. U12B vs New Ha...
 
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