Our disappointment at Land Rover BAR being knocked out of the America's Cup is soothed by the knowledge that RHS sailors are still battling it out for Britain on Bermuda waters. 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, charities and environmental projects surrounding the events. The junior regatta will be held during the halftime show this weekend and will be included in...
 
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Graham Napier Cricket AcademySummer Cricket Course 2017 Graham Napier formerly of Essex CCC along with Ben Stephens of PiriPiri Cricket will deliver coaching courses at the Royal Hospital School. These will cover an introduction to cricket through to more advanced technical skills. Course 1: Introduction to Cricket £30School Years 1 & 2: Monday 10 July 09:30–12:00This is an introduction to cricket that will include fielding, batting and bowling skills plus lots of fun games. You will need to bring appropriate sports clothing including indoor footwear. Course 2: Int...
 
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This weekend 35 pupils across the age groups from Year 7 to 13 will take to the water in the Great East Swim at neighbouring Alton Water reservoir. This annual event attracts around 3,000 swimmers and involves either a 1/2 mile, 1 mile, 2 mile or 5km open water swim. It is part of the Great Swim Series which has five events across England and Scotland attracting in the region of 22,000 participants. Swimming Coach, Ali Pugh, said "The pupils have been training hard in the build up...
 
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A Merlin Mk 2 helicopter from 820 Naval Air Squadron touched down last month at RHS, flown in by former pupil Lt Timothy Wills (RN). Tim was greeted by his former housemasters from his time in Hawke and Nelson House; Mr Clive Rennison and Lt Col Marc Godfrey respectively. Tim was a skilled musician at school and organ scholar, he also enjoyed sailing and served in the school HM Coastguard unit. On leaving RHS he went on to study medicine at Imperial...
 
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The Royal Hospital School will be at stand 800 on Flower Show Avenue at the Suffolk Show on Wednesday 31 May and Thursday 1 June. Come and have a go at our bowling challenge with the Graham Napier Cricket Academy and meet the Headmaster between 12noon and 2pm on both days #SuffolkShow2017
 
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On Saturday 29 April, the RHS minibus headed down to the home of rugby; Twickenham to the 100th Babcock Trophy Army vs Navy rugby match. Former RHS pupils young and old enjoyed pre and post-match drinks and reunions hosted by Lucy Pembroke and Monty Callow. The event now in its third year, is now a firm fixture in the RHSA calendar proving itself very popular with the School’s 150 ticket allocation which sold out in four hours! They joined a sell-out cr...
 
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We are delighted to have been accredited as an Apple Regional Training Centre for the second year as part of a hand-picked community of centres across the UK and Ireland who collaborate, share practice and develop digital learning. We facilitate training opportunities for teachers across the region to embed the use of Apple technology in the classroom. The objectives of all the RTCs are to: - To provide a focus on pedagogy, for sharing best practice and gaining skills- To...
 
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Saturday 29 April saw the first ROYMUN conference held at RHS, organised and run by Thomas Heley (Secretary-General) with support from Billy Douglas-Hamilton (Secretary-General) and the ROYMUN Secretariat. We were pleased to welcome over 50 delegates from Woodbridge School, St. Joseph’s College, Thomas Gainsborough School, Cobham Hall and Felsted Prep as well as our own 60 delegates, representing countries ranging from the USA to China. The day began with an opening ceremony at which Mrs Routledge and Mr Lockyer welcomed the delegates an...
 
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On Saturday six teams travelled to Bough Beech Sailing Club, for the annual Hoad Shield Team Racing Regatta, an inter-school event second only to the Nationals in terms of standard and prestige. There were two events taking place, the U16s sailing in Fevas and the seniors competing in Fireflys, with RHS fielding three teams in each age group. The U16 event took the format of a full round robin as Stage 1, before splitting into Gold and Silver Leagues for...
 
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Medals for Ski Team

Congratulations to the 18 pupils who took part in the ERSA Schools Championship Event at the Norfolk Snowsports Club on Sunday 30 April 2017. The RHS Ski Team performed with great spirit and determination in a strong field of over 200 competitors from 46 schools. Some highlights of the day included gold medals for the U14 Mixed Team, featuring Emily King, Mia Maguire, Oli Conway and Amelia Vicos. Following some great skiing from his teammates, Oli Conway held his nerve and put in a steady...
 
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The Royal Hospital School Shooting teams have achieved a historic victory at the ELEY Cadet Country Life Shooting Competition triumphantly winning 1st and 3rd place, a feat that hasn’t been accomplished by the school for over 50 years. Competition records stretch back to 1912 and the last time RHS lifted the trophy was is 1963. Over 100 schools across the country prepare every year by vigorously training for this varied and tough event and honing their skills on the service issued .22 rifles. There ar...
 
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On Sunday, Royal Hospital School will mark Founders’ Day with Divisions and by welcoming Dame Anne Owers DBE as guest speaker at the Chapel service. Dame Anne Owers read history at Girton College, Cambridge. After graduating, she spent three years in Zambia teaching and conducting research into African history. While taking time out to bring up her three children, she continued to undertake research and voluntary advice and race relations work. In 1981, she joined the Joint Council for the Welfare of...
 
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On Saturday 13 May 2017, the Royal Hospital School will be hosting the 3rd East of England Organ Day, which will feature an Americana theme. The king of instruments has a long a varied history - from Roman hydraulics to progressive rock. The East of England Organ Day 2017 will explore the organ’s many musical guises. At the heart of the day will be the school’s monumental and well-loved 1933 Hill, Norman and Beard organ. Grammy award winner, Nathan Laube, is one of t...
 
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The RHS Band on parade On Saturday 6 May, the concert band of the Royal Hospital School will be taking to the stage for an evening of what promises to be unforgettable music and pageantry. The band is one of the flagship musical ensembles at RHS, and enjoys a wonderful reputation both at home and abroad. The fifty-piece band will be performing a wide selection of music, ranging from the raucous overture from the opera, Orpheus in the Underworld, to music...
 
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Parade in front of Old College, Royal Military Academy Sandhurst The Royal Hospital School’s naval heritage and links with military families has always meant that we have had a long history of pupils wishing to pursue a career in the Armed Forces. The Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in Surrey is where all officers in the British Army are trained to take on the responsibilities of leading the soldiers under their command. Recently we have had a large number of ou...
 
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Over the Easter break two boys’ teams and a girls’ team, each of four, took part in a expedition to Scotland to help earn or train for their Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award. The weather was mostly kind to them, a few strong winds and only half a day of heavy rain didn’t dampen spirits with all the participants successfully demonstrating their skills for the assessment and training. There are three levels to the award and to achieve Gold partic...
 
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Pupils Rochelle Gordon-Scott and Gracie Arulampalam were selected to play for the Suffolk County Hockey U14s squad in the Regional Championship finals on Sunday. Despite strong opposition from Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire and Norfolk county teams, Suffolk’s strong performance throughout the tournament paid off, coming first overall and winning the Regional Championship Shield.
 
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"This is the best of me...this, if anything of mine, is worth your memory." Elgar This classical masterpiece will combine hundreds of musicians in what is widely regarded as Elgar's finest choral work. Featuring:Holbrook Choral Society | Phoenix Singers, Framlingham | Royal Hospital School Chamber Choir | Reade Orchestra | National Youth Choir of Great Britain Fellows | Richard Edgar-Wilson, Tenor | William Saunders, Conductor Saturday 17 June 19:00Pre-concert drinks from 18:30Chapel, Royal Hospital School, Holbrook, Ipswich, IP9 2RX Tickets: £10 | Concessions: £7 | U18: FREE Tickets are av...
 
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In what seems to be an unstoppable show jumping season RHS riders will represent England in the NSEA Nations Cup later in the year after a successful weekend at the National Show Jumping Championships held at Bury Farm in Buckinghamshire. Teams jumping at 80cm, 90cm and 1m competed over three days against 32 teams from schools from all over the country battling for their place on the national side. Having already been crowned county champions just a few months ago, our...
 
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Our paddlers took to the water over the Easter weekend to test their physical and mental stamina in the 125 mile Devizes to Westminster Canoe Marathon on the River Thames. 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 with 77 portages when paddlers need to lift their boats (and themselves) out of the water,...
 
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SOURCE: Independent Education Today Graham Napier, Director of Cricket at the Royal Hospital School, explains his plans for the Graham Napier Cricket Academy. Most professional sportspeople wish their careers could last forever; that they could exist like Peter Pan, be the exemption from the rule and play the sport they love forever. However, at some point reality kicks in and the thought of, ‘what next?’ can’t be ignored for any longer. A year ago the answer came knocking on my doo...
 
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This year’s theme for the Jubilee Poetry Competition was ‘Transformation’. Well done to Olivia Gowland who was winner of the junior category and Ella Finch for her winning entry in the senior category. Special mention must also go to Emily Jane King and Izzy Durrant who were runners-up. We would also like to thank alumnus Mr Richard Bedwell who generously sponsored the competition and Mr Gould for shortlisting the entries.
 
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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
 
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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.
 
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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...
 
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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...
 
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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.
 
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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...
 
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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...
 
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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
 
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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...
 
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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...
 
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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...
 
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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...
 
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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...
 
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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....
 
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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...
 
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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...
 
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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...
 
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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...
 
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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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