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Exonian 2015 Contents The Exeter School Magazine
P2-7 Foreword, New and Leaving Staff P8-10 Commemorative Days P12-16 Nice, Sicily, Battleﬁelds and Alpe D’Huez
Editorial Team Frederika Park, Clara Finnigan, Sam Ward, Aalishya Power, Imogen Gibb, Becky Horn, Millie Gibbins, Arthur Prideaux, Hugo Craft-Stanley and Francesca Aczel. Supported by Julia Daybell.
P20-25 Alumni Links and OE Visiting Speakers P26-31 Sixth Form events and activities P32-35 World Book Day and Visiting Author P36-38 English Events and Creative Writing
Staff Assistance Photography Karen Brookes-Ferrari, John Davidson, Richard Fryer, Susan Chamberlain and Will Daws. I.T. William Lines.
P18-19 Ten Tors and Mock General Election
P40-47 Drama, Theatre Trips and School plays P48-52 Art and DT P54- 58 Science and Maths P60-62 CCF events P63-67 Music
P68-71 Summer Music Tour and Saas Grund trip
Magazine design Guy Rayment.
Printed by Maslands of Tiverton.
P76-92 Sport Junior Exonian – Turn It Over!
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Foreword Welcome to the 2014-15 edition of Exeter School’s Exonian magazine. As usual, the academic year at Exeter School has been packed full of varied, fulﬁlling and thought-provoking events and activities. Some of these engaged the whole nation’s attention, such as the General Election or the centenary events to commemorate the First World War, whereas others were unique to Exeter School such as the enormously successful Charity Day organised entirely by Sixth Form pupils in aid of Devon Air Ambulance. As always, pupils relished the opportunity to learn outside of the school classroom – from local trips such as a Biology residential to Nettlecombe to far-ﬂung locations such as the four week summer expedition to Vietnam. To help capture the rich tapestry of the school year and give you a taste of this year’s edition of the magazine, members of the Sixth Form Exonian team have selected their personal highlights below: One thing I particularly enjoyed this year was the Sixth Form Girls’ Charity Football Match, which took place just before the Christmas holidays. As a member of the Lower Sixth team, I was very pleased with our victory after a close match. However, we did receive a few hostile glances from the Upper Sixth for the following few days! Find out more about this match on page 29. Becky Horn
pupil Fionn Connolly. It was lovely to hear us develop as a choir, progressing bit by bit towards our ﬁnal polished sound. I’m already looking forward to next year! For more on this exciting event, see pages 66-77. Hugo Craft-Stanley The fondest memory of this year would have to be performing my GCSE devised drama piece. We came up with a performance based around the theme of shadows, explored in depth through the use of physical theatre. We focused on the unsettling idea that, whilst your shadow never leaves you, it is perhaps not always a positive companion. Read more about the Drama Department’s examination work on pages 40-41. Maia Thomas One of the most enjoyable and memorable moments of the year for me was taking part in the GCSE Art trip to St Ives to ﬁnd inspiration for one of our GCSE units through a series of workshops with one of the local artists. One of these workshops included building sand sculptures near the shoreline, and waiting for them to wash away to consider the effect of time. Discover more about the St Ives art trip on page 49. Daisy Game The highlight of my year was being a part of the Young Enterprise company, Olde Timers and winning ‘Best Company in Devon’ at the County Finals. Young Enterprise has developed my leadership and teamwork skills as well as providing me with many opportunities, including presenting in front of a panel of judges and a large audience about our company at the South West Finals in which we won ‘Best Production’. Turn to page 27 for more on Young Enterprise success. Millie Gibbins
There are a huge number of school trips every year, and one of the highlights for me this year was certainly the Music Tour around Europe. The opportunity to explore the cultural delights of Salzburg and Budapest, and the outstanding landscapes of the Slovenian mountains was a wonderful experience, and it was a real privilege to be able to perform for a variety of audiences in some renowned venues in these places. Read more about this epic musical journey on pages 68-69. Hannah Francis I really enjoyed the Choral Society event this year. We had an exciting, eclectic selection of pieces to sing – Bernstein’s wacky jazz Mass contrasted brilliantly with both the classic Handel coronation anthems and Ring on Ring, a beautiful setting of a Sylvia Plath poem composed by Upper Sixth 2
Foreword / New Staff Interviews
New Staff Interviews Name: Rev. Tom Carson. Job Title: Chaplain. What is your favourite novel and why? David Copperﬁeld by Charles Dickens because I love Betsy Trotwood and wish she was a real person. What irritates you the most? Having to listen to my children's choice of music in the car.
Where were you this time last year? Probably having a cup of tea with someone in Mortlake (South West London), where I was working as a parish priest.
What music is currently on your iPod? Bear's Den, Mumford and Sons, The Paper Kites, Nick Mulvey, The Staves, Of Monsters and Men, Noah and the Whale, The Head and the Heart, Kings of Convenience, Iron and Wine, Isbells, Sufjan Stevens, The Fleet Foxes, Ben Folds, John Mayer, Nick Drake, James Taylor and Steely Dan. What is your favourite holiday destination? Can I have two?! Polruan, Cornwall and Essaouira, Morocco.
What do you enjoy doing in your spare time? Listening to music, cooking curries and tagines, walking on coastal paths, running half marathons, having fun days out with my wife and children. What is your signature dish? Chicken tagine with lemon and olives. Where in the world would you most like to live? Right now it's deﬁnitely Exeter! If you were on a desert island what would be the three luxury items you would take with you? iPad, Sonos speakers and a Spotify premium subscription though there'd better be pretty good WiFi on that island!
Name: Mr Richard Evans. Job Title: English teacher. What is your favourite novel and why? As I walked out one Midsummer Morning by Laurie Lee. I think it captures the feel of a changing world superbly and manages to illustrate the beliefs and doubts of a young man who is coming of age tremendously well. The story itself is incredibly atmospheric and stands up to frequent re-reading. What irritates you the most? TV impressionists who lapse into impressions when giving interviews/people who leave trolleys in supermarket parking spaces.
Where were you this time last year? A secondary school in West London. www.exeterschool.org.uk
What music is currently on your iPod? Tomorrow the Green Grass by The Jayhawks/Let Your Dim Light Shine by Soul Asylum.
What is your favourite holiday destination? France. What do you enjoy doing in your spare time? Spending time with my wife and two children, reading, travelling and listening to music. What is your signature dish? Chicken Madras. Where in the world would you most like to live? The Swiss Alps. If you were on a desert island what would be the three luxury items you would take with you? A guitar, a fully-loaded Kindle and a family photo album. The Exeter School Magazine
Name: Mrs Renata Alborough. Job Title: Spanish and French teacher. Where were you this time last year? This time last year I was working in Malaysia, looking forward to the summer holiday and my wedding in the UK. What is your favourite novel and why? My favourite novel is El otro árbol de Guernica, as it is the ﬁrst book that I ever read in Spanish and it holds happy memories of my Sixth Form studies.
What is your favourite holiday destination? Bali, Indonesia. What do you enjoy doing in your spare time? Jogging, yoga and gardening. What is your signature dish? Homemade pizza.
What irritates you the most? Mosquitoes.
Where in the world would you most like to live? Northern Spain.
What music is currently on your iPod? I always have Classic FM on in the background.
If you were on a desert island what would be the three luxury items you would take with you? Sun cream, iPhone and snorkel.
Name: Mr Phil Hyde. Job Title: Geography teacher. What is your favourite novel and why? Lord of the Rings was a childhood favourite, more of a non-ﬁction reader these days. Recently read Mondo Enduro – a diary of seven amateur bikers’ 40,000 mile adventure around the world!
What do you enjoy doing in your spare time? Cycling, reading, travel, watching sport, motorbikes, walking, getting into a good boxset. What is your signature dish? Seared scallops with prosciutto
What irritates you the most? Anything unﬁnished or incomplete – a mild OCD streak. What music is currently on your iPod? Ben Howard, Frank Turner, Daft Punk, Jungle Where were you this time last year? Teaching at Hereford Cathedral School – more speciﬁcally frantically chasing up Sixth Formers for passport numbers for a Pyrenees expedition. 4
What is your favourite holiday destination? I’m going to Hong Kong and Indonesia this summer so I’ll tell you in September!
tagliatelle in a creamy white wine sauce or jerk chicken with coconut rice and peas. Where in the world would you most like to live? My new home in Devon, of course! If you were on a desert island what would be the three luxury items you would take with you? Sat Phone, GPS and a Rubix Cube. @ExeterSchoolUK
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Name: Miss Hannah Rhodes. Job Title: PE and Games teacher. What is your favourite novel and why? The Harry Potter collection because the books came out in my childhood and I believe it is the most magical and wonderful story ever written, capable of taking you away to another world. What irritates you the most? Bugs of any kind, in particular those cursed with ﬂying abilities!
Where were you this time last year? On safari in South Africa for a Netball and Rugby Sports Tour with KES Bath it was incredible!
What music is currently on your iPod? I'm a keen Spotify user so there's many a playlist depending on my mood. Right now I'm in Vietnam so anything from Miss Saigon the Musical!
What is your favourite holiday destination? Dubai - my family goes during most Christmas holidays! What do you enjoy doing in your spare time? Playing hockey and any sport, shopping, watching ﬁlms and visiting my other triplet sisters. What is your signature dish? Fajitas, with the help of Old El Paso! Where in the world would you most like to live? Somewhere in America, New York probably! If you were on a desert island what would be the three luxury items you would take with you? My iPhone, a ball and dry shampoo!
Name: Mr Gary Robb. Job Title: Physics teacher. Where were you this time last year? Recovering from sleepless nights after the birth of our second child. What is your favourite novel and why? The Age of Miracles: makes you think about how society would react if the earth stopped turning What irritates you the most? Tailgaters
What do you enjoy doing in your spare time? Open water swimming and relaxing with friends and family. What is your signature dish? Spaghetti carbonara. Where in the world would you most like to live? Devon hence the move.
What music is currently on your iPod? Bruce Springstein and Florence and the Machine What is your favourite holiday destination? The coast of north western Scotland www.exeterschool.org.uk
If you were on a desert island what would be the three luxury items you would take with you? Hammock, supply of The i Newspaper and a selection of cheese. The Exeter School Magazine
Leaving Staff churches across the country and beyond, becoming a recognised expert in the ﬁeld and regular contributor to ‘Youthwork’ magazine.
Mr John Allan After 13 years spent serving Exeter School as part-time chaplain, John Allan retired at the end of the summer term 2015. John has been in Exeter since 1987 when, with wife Anthea and daughters Catherine, Sandy and Laura, he arrived from Swindon to become Belmont Chapel’s youth worker and evangelist. Christian youth work has been John’s vocation ever since he set aside an Oxford University PhD programme to become a schools’ worker. Since then he has been constantly involved with young people in classrooms and
Mr John Hatton John brought a great deal of subject knowledge and traditional didacticism to the department, including in his ﬁrst year teaching all 3 languages available in Senior School. He came into his own taking talented pupils to grammatical heights, particularly when there was an opportunity to illustrate a particular point through the medium of trains (preferably steam engines). As with a good sherry, the dryness of his wit was appreciated as his pupils matured, and he made a lasting impression on those he led to public examinations. 6
From his arrival in Exeter, John was a guest speaker at Exeter School assemblies, chapel services and RS lessons, and the sustained quality of his input led to his appointment as Chaplain in 2002. From the start his contribution to school life greatly exceeded his parttime remit. In addition to his Chapel duties he taught RE (for a brief period English GCSE), supported Sixth Formers with their AS Level Extended Projects, launched a school internet radio station, accompanied pupils on numerous trips and residentials, awakened the school’s environmental conscience by founding the ‘Green Team’ and ran Christian union groups for pupils across the Senior School. One of the events all Upper Fifth remember is the lunchtime post-GCSE teaching barbeque he instituted and mostly singlehandedly ran to mark the end of their GCSE course and wish them well in their examinations. He will, however, be best-remembered for the quality and creativity of his chapel services and assemblies. Rarely is so strong an intellect combined with such compelling oratory, and for well over a
decade Exeter School has been fortunate with weekly input from one of the UK’s foremost Christian communicators. Thousands of young people have heard the Christian faith explained with intellectual rigour and personal passion. Alongside this public ministry John’s tireless pastoral work with both pupils and staff will be also gratefully remembered by many. This summer John also retired from the Belmont Chapel staff, although he continues to volunteer there in numerous roles. His international speaking commitments may now increase as his diary open up; he lectures for the International Fellowship of Torchbearer Bible Schools at their centres in Austria, Spain, Sweden, Germany and the UK, and that list may now lengthen. He also plans to commit more time to writing; it may not be widely known in school that he has authored several books including The Evangelicals, Built on Jelly and Christianity is Ridiculous. Exeter School has been privileged to beneﬁt from John Allan’s extravagant gifts and the generous and selﬂess way in which he has used them. We wish him a very happy retirement. Mr Porter
John volunteered to staff the 3rd form Normandy trip, and was present for the Great Grenadine Event in the château dining room in 2014. His placid approach to tense moments was very much appreciated, as it was backstage at Middle School plays and in school sports matches, and he also stood out for taking travelling light to its logical conclusion, being the only colleague I can remember going on a school trip with zero hand baggage. He moves onto greater things after 2 years in the Modern Languages department, and I wish him every possible success. Mr Latimer @ExeterSchoolUK
Miss Juliette Horsford Juliette Horsford joined us in 2014, from St Bartholomew’s in Newbury, and in the short time she was here she made a signiﬁcant impact on the life of Exeter School. Before embarking on a teaching career she had spent two years as crew and instructor on tall ships, crossing the Atlantic twice and spending extended periods of time at sea. She used these experiences, together with her superb photographs of the many countries she had visited, to bring Geography alive for her pupils. She also helped to run
Mrs Janice Krafft Janice Krafft joined the library staff as Library Assistant ﬁve years ago and soon became a valued colleague, both in helping to keep the library running smoothly and, more recently, through her additional role as Study Supervisor,
Rachel Mitchell left us in December, 2014 after 12 years as a major contributor to the musical life of the school. She has taught piano lessons and curricular music, and has enjoyed great success in leading the music making of the Junior School. Her approach with both the Middle School Choir and Junior Orchestra has been memorable and joyful. We all particularly remember her leading the Junior School in the two,
At Easter we bade a fond farewell to our Registrar, Mrs Wendy Drake, who retired after 18 most productive years. She did a great deal to enable the modern school to be as successful as it is, by enabling generations of pupils and their parents to select the school and then join us. As the ﬁrst point of contact for many families she was calm, kind and helpful in all her dealings. Around the school she was a www.exeterschool.org.uk
She was a wonderful rôle model, unﬂappable and positive. Perhaps we shall miss most of all the sense of calm that she brought to all she did, together with her memorable warm smile. She will be much missed. We wish her all possible luck in her new post as Head of Geography and Geology at the Falklands Islands Community School. Mrs Sail
in ensuring that Sixth Form library users experienced a pleasant and supportive learning environment. She will be particularly missed for her creative book display work. Her most impressive World War I Trench display was a talking point in school for many weeks! Janice left to return to her homeland of Norfolk at the end of the Summer Term. Mrs Taylor
Mrs Rachel Mitchell
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overseas Geography ﬁeld trips to Sicily and Saas Grund, and her common sense approach was invaluable. In her CCF rôle she showed leadership and cheerful enthusiasm for everything that she undertook, from climbing to bivouacking.
annual full school, concerts, with 200 happy faces singing under her charismatic lead. Each spring she has trained one of the four voice sections of the Choral Society and she created the distinctive, stylish girls’ a cappella group, Belles Canto, who have delighted audiences inside school and around the county. Perhaps her ﬁnest hour was as Musical Director for the memorable Pirates of Penzance in 2011. She has made a terriﬁc impact and she will be much missed; we wish her every success in her exciting new business venture. Mr Tamblyn
strong team player and an excellent administrator, with a keen eye for marketing and the knack of getting our key recruitment messages right in our co-educational era. Her musical expertise and support of the school’s extra-curricular life were much appreciated and she thoroughly enjoyed singing with the Choral Society. We thank her for her hard work and friendship; Wendy is now a proud and busy grandmother and we wish her and Robin a long and happy retirement with their family. Mr Griffin The Exeter School Magazine
Remembrance Day This year’s Remembrance Service was dedicated to all those who fought in The First World War, but particularly the 73 pupils and staff members who lost their lives in the conflict, at a time when the school had about 100 pupils. In spite of the destruction of most of the school archives during the Exeter Blitz in 1942, we still have some touching fragments of the lives of those who didn’t make it home. We learned about Arthur Brearley, a charismatic science teacher, founder of the Science Club, who used to get pupils to give presentations on new science like X Rays and aeroplanes; Charles Hannah, who left the school in 1913 to work at the National Bank of India before joining the Army; and Charles Nosworthy, a relation of William Nosworthy, the ﬁrst Headmaster of Exeter School in 1633. “One remembers him always trying hard and playing for the side and not for himself. One remembers too his cheery laugh,” wrote a friend of former Exeter School pupil Harry Pennell in his memoriam for the 1916 edition of the Exonian. This centennial memory was read aloud in a hushed assembly hall by members of the school’s Combined Cadet Force. We learnt of Harry Pennell’s enrolment in the Navy after leaving the school to pursue his love of sailing. His achievements are those which many of our current pupils dream of: he commanded a sailing ship called the S.S. Terra Nova, which took Captain Scott and the rest of his team to the wilderness of Antarctica on their last expedition in 1912, hoping to contribute to scientiﬁc observations, while mapping previously uncharted areas. Exeter School Football XV 1907 W I Partridge front row second from right
Harry frequently revisited the school when he was in Devon, giving talks about his expeditions, presenting pupils with prizes, and encouraging them to use knowledge learned at the school to pursue their individual ambitions. Harry’s legacy to the world is the stretch of glacial landscape that bears his name, the Pennell Coast in the Antarctic, dominated by expansive mountain ranges, with a hinterland that stretches beyond the immensity of glaciers and the cerulean glass of the Southern Ocean. Pennell died on board the battlecruiser HMS Queen Mary during the Battle of Jutland in 1916. Also on board also was another Old Exonian, Sub-Lieutenant Clifford Rider, who along with Commander Harry Pennell, has his name etched into the Royal Navy memorial in Portsmouth, while their bodies lie with the remains of HMS Queen Mary in the North Sea, along with six thousand fellow sailors. “He was one of the jolliest and happiest boys who ever lived, a born soldier and leader of men,’ reads an excerpt from the school magazine in a tribute to former pupil Robert Paramore. A top cadet with full colours in every sport he played at Exeter School, Robert joined the Army upon ﬁnishing his education. After being wounded by a hand grenade and then returning to the front, he was killed in July 1916 in the Battle of the Somme at the age of 19. His body was never found, and so his name is inscribed on the Memorial at Thiepval. His Commanding Officer wrote: “He showed great gallantry. All the men of his company say his behaviour was magniﬁcent. After he was hit, he continued to lead them in the attack till he fell. Though he was only with the battalion for a short time, he will never be forgotten.” Mentioned in Despatches for bravery was Wilfred Partridge, a prefect and avid hockey and rugby player on the school ﬁelds. This scholarship winner was 25 when his Commanding Officer informed his parents of their son’s death: “He was a gallant officer and true gentleman. No one was more liked and respected than your son.” Like many Old Exonians, Wilfred wore the Devonshire cap badge that our Army Section still wears today. He was killed leading his men in a night attack in April 1917, and is buried in France.
Remembrance Day / Speech Day
Former pupil Andrea Angel left the school in 1896 to read Natural Sciences at Christ Church, Oxford. He specialized in Chemistry, obtained a First Class degree and earned exceptional praise for his research work. He became a tutor and lecturer in Chemistry at Oxford University, and on the outbreak of war, he was asked to work at the biggest ammunition
factory in London, developing and testing new types of explosives. One night in January 1917, the factory caught ﬁre. He was informed of what was happening, rushed to the site, and in spite of knowing it was only a matter of time before the whole building exploded, he rushed inside to carry injured people to safety. When it came, the explosion was the largest London had ever known and everyone still inside was killed, including Andrea. He was awarded the Edward Medal, 1st Class, at that time the highest medal for bravery a civilian could receive. The words of the school magazine on the event a hundred years ago seem appropriate as an accolade for every soldier, in any conﬂict:
Exeter School Hockey Club 1913 R E Paramore top row on left
“To act as Andrea Angel did – to walk into the doomed factory to try and save others, with the certain knowledge his great abilities gave him of his inevitable fate, demanded courage of rare degree, such as can never be excelled.” Francesca Aczel
Speech Day Professor Susan Smith is the 19th Mistress of Girton College Cambridge and an esteemed Geographer.
The school was extremely appreciative of her guest appearance and speech. The talk was a well-crafted and inspiring one - it focused on the unbelievable truths of how much universities have changed in recent years and particularly the women’s struggle for equal education in the mid to late 19th century. For many years women at Cambridge were denied the right to graduate and obtain a degree even when they were permitted to study at the university. Professor Smith had www.exeterschool.org.uk
admiration for the many women that pursued the struggle for education and ultimately prevailed; proving education is its own reward. Girton was speciﬁcally set up by Emily Davies in 1869 to form “a college like a man’s”. The idea of a special education system for women was eradicated and by 1893 the college had expanded so much that it had to move to new purpose built buildings to accommodate women looking for an equal education to men. The idea of women being marginalised within a university setting and denied the same educational opportunities seemed almost inconceivable to many pupils listening. However, Professor Smith successfully empathised with these women and provoked everyone’s thoughts, pointing out how lucky we are to receive an education. She gave sound advice about useful and enjoyable
degrees and she cut through the stigmatism of ‘following your heart’, almost preaching that doing what you love, whatever it may be, is sometimes better than doing something considered more ‘useful’ or vocational. Professor Susan Smith’s talk was based on one key factor: the future. She avoided the predictability of a prestigious university professor by not constantly voicing her admiration for universities. No, quite the opposite, she even advocated the role of not going to university. What she did also advocate was success and to reach this in any way you see ﬁt, with the grounding of a good education. The ﬁrst step of this was deﬁnitely rewarded at Speech Day with pupils winning many awards. Her talk, I am sure, will inﬂuence many to realise how education and success should not be taken for granted. Sam Ward The Exeter School Magazine
Founders’ Day The annual Founders’ Day event is an opportunity to explore the rich history of Exeter School. Looking back to 1633, the year that the ﬁrst incarnation of Exeter School was founded, it’s amazing to think just how many people have been a part of the institution – thousands of pupils and teachers, each with their own unique story. What was it like to be a pupil in the 17th century Exeter Free Grammar school, from which our school traces its origins? Imagine how different the school was in the 19th century, as an all-male boarding school in an era where corporal punishment and learning by rote was commonplace. It’s fascinating to think that the School has moved through so many different eras, and Founders’ Day is a good time to reﬂect on how we all have a connection to this past. This year’s Founder’s Day service featured a lively gospel number by Andrew Daldorph, sung by pupils from both the Senior and Junior schools. This was enjoyed greatly by all and helped to create an exciting, celebratory atmosphere. Many thanks to the Revd. Hilary Dawson, Guest Speaker for this year’s service. Hugo Craft-Stanley
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Nice Riviera Revision During the half-term of October 2014, a group of Upper Fifth pupils studying French spent a week in Nice in order to enhance our French-speaking ability, whilst enjoying all of the delights of the French Riviera at the same time. Having woken early on a fresh autumn’s morning in England, the wave of heat which greeted us on arrival at Nice Airport was an exotic welcome to the continent. Then it was time to divide into pairs and to meet our hosts for the week; all of whom were kind and generous residents of Nice. To be left to our own devices in daily life was the best way for us to improve our French. However a thought must be spared for Mr Bone, who, with his limited French ability, bravely spent the week with his hostess by himself. Each morning we would go along to alpha-b, a language school on the streets of Nice, and be taught in two sets by two local teachers. An interesting change from our lessons back at school, the lessons broadened our knowledge of French; consolidating and adding to things which we had covered at Exeter, while also teaching us a few words and phrases which we perhaps wouldn’t be using in our next GCSE controlled assessments! We were all better French speakers by the end of the week and extremely grateful to the superb Boris and Isabelle, with whom we developed good relationships throughout the week. One day, our teachers had devised an activity to stretch our French speaking skills, by sending us out into the town with the aim of completing a questionnaire based on the issues faced by Nice residents. Of course, we had to ask the locals to help us complete the task, which required a certain amount of conﬁdence and ability in asking the question
and in translating the response. However, we picked up some useful phrases and the exercise was certainly beneﬁcial in developing our French speaking and comprehension skills. The French lessons with our excellent teachers were certainly a highlight of the trip for everyone, but the excursions we went on every day contributed to the week being incredibly enjoyable whilst simultaneously productive. These trips ranged from a visit to a Perfumery in the beautiful nearby village of Èze, a tour around the old area of Nice under cover of darkness, and a chance to go to the beach in Antibes. Perhaps the best of which included a short train journey to Monaco, where we were greeted by an incredibly pristine train station, then visited the harbour, the Palace, and the famous Casino (although many were more impressed by the number of swanky cars on show). There was a short stop to go inside the beautiful cathedral in Monaco, then we travelled back to our various houses in Nice, where we struggled to describe the features of the amazing day we’d had. Many of those who went on the trip will agree that it was a fantastic way to develop our ability, and to spend time with friends. However, none of it would have been possible without the careful organisation of Mrs Francis with the help of Mrs Masters and Mr Bone, who sacriﬁced their time to make the trip as enjoyable as possible for everyone. To them, we must say: merci beaucoup! Harry Dyer and Bertie Broomﬁeld
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Sicily Erupting with Knowledge
The highlights of the Sicily trip included travelling up to Mt Etna across the landscape of fresh lava rubble and when reaching the top we walked around a crater in gale force winds, but luckily the cold temperatures were avoided, as we were able to use the heated ground from the lava below to warm up our hands. The landscape of Mt Etna itself was an astonishing piece of
geographic gold, and it was extremely satisfying to put our earlier studies of the volcano into perspective. Whilst many of us focused on photographing the volcano, Mr Davidson focussed on collecting as many lava rocks as he could, and even when we left the site he found more pyroclastic rocks to collect from previous eruptions.
the view of the sea and Mt.Etna behind. In order to get a sense of how the theatre is used we rehearsed a small section of the Greek play Antigone causing a large group of tourists to gather and applaud us. This was followed by Myshka, Annabelle, Megan and Hattie reluctantly singing a chorus of Give me Oil in my Lamp a classic primary school song in a smaller theatre. On the last day we went to a small bay, allegedly where the Cyclops Polyphemus threw the rocks at Odysseus, where a group swam in the crystal clear waters and climbed on these famous rocks before heading home. Megan Bellis and Emma Askew
Towards the end of the trip, we visited the Alcantara Gorge, toward the northeast of Mt Etna, and we swam amongst the landform walls of a breathtaking 65 metres in the almost cyan blue waters. However, only the brave attempted a full body swim as the waters were ice cold, and disappointingly the teachers did not attempt this swimming challenge. We also went to many old towns, a favourite being Taormina, an old Roman town with a spectacular theatre. Fortunately the back wall of this theatre that held the set is falling down meaning you are able to enjoy The Exeter School Magazine
Battleﬁelds In October, the Lower Fifth went on their annual Battlefields trip visiting the World War I memorials in Belgium and Northern France. When they returned they took part in a competition to create collages in the style of Kurt Schwitters as a response to what they felt and saw. Juliette Bundy, winner of the competition, describes her collage: “I designed my Kurt Schwitters collage to include medals, ﬂags, gravestone emblems and symbols of the regiments that I had observed during the battleﬁelds trip. My ﬁrst layer consisted of newspaper articles from the war years, which often omitted the more grisly details of the ﬁghting and deaths. After that I added my medals and symbols with a poppy wreath in the centre, which had the moving words, “they shall live forever more” written in silver in the middle. My ﬁnal layer was a transparent overlay sheet, complete with personal messages written by loved ones, inspired by the glass wall of names found in the Belgium war museum.”
Kurt Schwitters (1887 –1948) was a German artist who was born in Hanover, Germany. He worked in several genres and media, including Dada, Constructivism, Surrealism, poetry, sound, painting, sculpture, graphic design, typography, and what came to be known as installation art. He is most famous for his collages, called Merz Pictures. Schwitters was forced to ﬂee Germany during World War Two when his work was condemned as ‘degenerate’ by Germany’s Nazi government. Schwitters’ escape from Germany took him ﬁrst to Norway, where he boarded the last ship to leave the country before Nazi occupation. On arrival at
the Scottish port of Leith, he was detained as an enemy alien. He was one of many German exiles, including a signiﬁcant number of artists, who were interned on the Isle of Man during World War Two. In the camp he participated in group exhibitions and gave poetry performances. On release in 1941 he became involved with the London art scene, engaging with British artists and critics such as Ben Nicholson and Herbert Read. The latter described him as ‘the supreme master of the collage’.
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Easter ski trip: Alpe D’Huez This Easter 49 keen skiers (42 pupils from the Fourth Form to Middle Fifth Form and seven staff) travelled for 23 hours by coach to reach their destination – Alpe D’Huez in the French Alpes. On arrival they were not only welcomed by the staff of the Beausoleil Hotel, which is positioned in a prime spot just by the main lift system, but also by steady snowfall. Overnight at least 20cm of snow fell allowing the group to enjoy excellent conditions on their ﬁrst day of skiing. The sun shone for the rest of the week and all members of the group progressed in ﬁne fashion to enjoy the multitude of runs that Alpe D’Huez offers for beginners and experts alike. Après ski ranged from karaoke to race night to our traditional party night and all pupils dressed up in colourful fashion to follow this year’s theme – Zombies! It was a great week with no injury or mishap but lots of young, happy and adventurous pupils making the most out of what was an excellent opportunity to enjoy a week’s residential in the mountains.
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Ten Tors: A Survivor’s Guide to Dartmoor Harriet Milner was part of this year’s Ten Tor expedition on Dartmoor. After completing the 35 mile walk across the moor she has given us her top tips on getting to the finish line in one piece. Don’t skimp on your equipment, or rather, don’t let your dad who did Ten Tors 35 years ago fob you off with his vintage rucksack and waterproof trousers, when the seams start to split on day one you’ll regret not having more Goretex than you can shake a stick at. Tent companions: the smaller the better as the tents are quite cramped, a Hobbit would be ideal, but make sure you choose one without bad breath and who doesn’t snore or wriggle. For some reason they have taken away all of the sign posts on Dartmoor, like in the Second World War so you need
to know how to navigate, or better still have someone in your team who does; at the start of the day you’re full of energy and your pack feels light, but by the end of a hard day’s tramping over tussocks you’ll love the navigator if they haven’t got you lost. Bringing the right food is essential: when you’re cold tired and hungry what you really want is a long hot bath, steak and chips with a tub of Ben and Jerry’s all to yourself. However, a Pot Noodle can taste like heaven when you’re desperate. And ﬁnally, once every thousand years, the sun comes out and it actually stops
raining – incredibly, some suntan lotion is very useful. But bizarrely, despite the blisters, lack of sleep and aching legs you might even think about doing it again the next year. Harriet Milner
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Leaders’ Debates Mock General Election
In the lead up to the Mock General Election three leaders’ debates were staged, each time to a packed audience of Exeter School pupils and staff. Each debate covered a different policy area: Social Affairs, Foreign Policy and ﬁnally the Economy. The topics discussed at each were farranging and included the housing crisis, the privatisation of the NHS, the
impact of immigration, public transport, Trident, intervention in the Middle East, the global aid budget and managing the deﬁcit. All of the main political parties were represented in the debates as well as an Independent candidate. The candidates were articulate, convincing and highly wellinformed regarding their respective party policies with accurate statistics
and manifesto pledges to hand. The debates were chaired expertly and impartiality chaired by a variety of competent chairs, namely Seb Wright, Zoe Baxter-Sibley and Alasdair Stroud. A post debate straw poll indicated that Matt Hills, representing the Labour Party was the audience's chosen winner of the debate on Social Affairs, Guy Gillard who stood at the Socialist Party leader won the debate on Foreign Policy and Roddy Kohn, representative for UKIP, was the victor of the debate on the Economy. The Mock General Election was held on 1st May 2015 and was expertly run by members of the Sixth Form who acted as registrars. Dissimilar to the erroneous predictions of many pollsters, the outcome of the Exeter School Mock General election actually foretold the result of the UK General Election with a win for the Conservative Party. Miss Dunn
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Alumni Links Exonians return to school to assist with talks and careers Over the last year, Exeter School has welcomed back many past pupils to help with careers and the Upper Sixth Interview Scheme, and also to give a variety of talks to school clubs and societies, building on links developed with past pupils by the Alumni Office. Speciﬁc help with careers and interviews have been provided by our alumni who have shared their experience from the workplace at events throughout the year. Barrister Sarah Hornblower (née Butler) , solicitor Susannah Goff and entrepreneur Jasper Westaway gave presentations in the School’s Careers Week in March, and several Exonians ran stands at the November Careers Convention including IT Specialist Kris Sum, and Land and Development Agent Dan
Wilkinson. On two Saturdays in October, Exonians including Professor Jonathan Githens-Mazer led practice interviews in the Upper Sixth Form Interview Scheme, while other past pupils were able to provide work experience placements for the Upper Fifth in their post GCSE period. As part of the curriculum, our alumni have also given guest lectures and joined lessons to provide insights and advice drawing on their experience at University or in their day
jobs. University engineering students Kirsten Berggren and Fiona Mabin attended Design Technology practical lessons, and then talked to the newly formed Engineering Society after school. Holly Griffin inspired A Level Geographers with her guest lecture on the sustainability of the world’s ﬁshing industry, Dan Armstrong presented a lecture on Magna Carta to Sixth Form historians, and later addressed the entire Third Form on the same subject, Ben Honey showed his fantastic underwater photographs of Mozambique’s threatened coral reefs to the geography and explorers club and Katy Petherick talked to the Medical Society on cancer research. A variety of other talks to various year groups and societies during the year included Rose Ridgway on her role in the successful project to sail a reed boat from Greece to Crete, Will Harnden on his charity work in mountainous Thailand with the Karen Hill Tribes, Sam Moreton on his pivotal leadership role in the Royal Marines 1664 challenge and Professor Richard Mitchell on sustainable cities. Other past pupils who have visited school are featured in articles elsewhere in this magazine. We really appreciate the time and support given by our alumni to help inform and inspire our current pupils, and we hope to welcome many more back in 2015-2016. Mr Davidson
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Exeter School Alumni 2014-2015 Over the last year, Exeter School’s Alumni Office has run a variety of events for past pupils. These have included four formal dinners at Clare College Cambridge, St Hugh’s College Oxford, and the Royal Thames Yacht Club in Knightsbridge and Le Café du Marche in the City of London. There was also a very well attended reunion for the Leavers of 2013 and 2014 in the school Pavilion, a buffet reception for those studying at Universities in South Wales held in Cardiff and a popular event at Artigiano in St Paul’s, Central London, attended by Exonians from the 1950s to recent leavers. The Exonians Wine Tasting evening at the Law Society, London run by OE Lucy Rutledge provided an opportunity to learn something about the world of wines through a fun quiz, while the Sunday Branch in Hammersmith overlooking the river Thames enabled past pupils to come to an event with their young children. The school has welcomed back many past pupils who have called in for a tour and a chat, many of whom have returned to see the school after an absence of several decades! Pupils have enjoyed hearing talks and presentations from past pupils and our alumni are playing an increasing role in the developing school careers programme. The Alumni Office has also supported the Old Exonian Club’s annual day and dinner in September, and the OE v School sports matches against the School. The 2014 OE Reunion Day included a Chapel Concert featuring a variety of songs, sung by Katie Furby, Clara Finnegan, Georgie Allen, Rebecca German and Richard Douglas, and instrumental solos from Dominic Gaywood and Ben Bliss.
The OE v school football in December saw an experienced OE team secure a narrow victory 1 – 0 after an exciting match with vigorous play by the young school team, which led to an interesting discussion of tactics during the postmatch buffet reception in the Andrews Hall. The cricket and tennis matches were played in June with overnight rain clearing just in time. The OE v school cricket match was a closely fought T20 game. The school batted ﬁrst and scored a competitive 138 for 8. The OEs replied, with the opening batsmen setting a strong foundation by reaching 72 before the ﬁrst wicket fell. However effective bowling and ﬁelding by the school team meant the OEs lost the game by 6 runs. This year the Joe Mullins trophy, awarded annually for school vs OE sports, was won by the School. Mr Davidson
OE Visiting Speakers: Mark Tyler On 25 November, journalist Mark Tyler visited Exeter School to give a talk about his career. Before the talk itself, we interviewed Mark to learn more about the ﬁeld. It was interesting to hear about Mark’s route into journalism: “Even though I didn’t have any A Levels or a degree, I managed to talk my way onto a radio journalism course at the London College of Printing because I had done some part-time work at a couple of radio stations… Saturday jobs, the usual thing. A lot of people make it into the world of journalism by knocking on some doors and helping out in an office, making teas and coffees, running around – probably for nothing, but at least you make some contacts who might be useful.”
Mark spoke about the enormous advances in technology in the course of his career: “Early in my radio career in the 1980s, we had these big reel-to-reel tape recorders – like, actual tape on a reel… you’d take it back to the studio and put it on the big reel machine and put your headphones on, and if you wanted to edit an ‘um’ or an ‘er’ out, you’d have to cut out that part of the tape and stick it back together with a piece of tape. It was a ﬁddly, time consuming process. But of course, these days you
can use software like Audacity to tidy up an interview in just a couple of minutes. Much easier. And another thing - you get good quality recordings on an iPhone, as good as I could get on a massive thing years ago. So, say you’re out and about and you want to do a spontaneous interview… When I started out it would have been impossible to actually record something like that. Phones are really handy.” Hugo Craft-Stanley
We discussed some of the differences between radio and TV journalism: “With radio, you’re painting a picture with words – you have be as descriptive as possible, so people know what you’re talking about. It’s a different style with TV, where you’re writing words with pictures. The skill is to add to what people can already see, rather than stating the obvious. Sometimes, for instance, the most irritating TV football commentators are the ones who just talk, talk and talk… and you think, yeah - he’s come through years of doing that on the radio. Actually, sometimes the best commentators are the ones who don’t talk for 15 seconds because the images are enough without words. Getting the balance right can be tough.” www.exeterschool.org.uk
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Katharine Lowrie A Race of Endurance: Old Exonian finishes epic 5000 mile run in South America Old Exonian Katharine Lowrie has inspired budding adventurers at Exeter School after becoming the ﬁrst woman to run across South America - much of it in bare feet. Katharine surpassed her dream of trekking the Amazon, when she and her husband David completed the record-breaking 6,504 mile run, entitled Running South America. Not only did they manage to run the equivalent of 250 marathons in just 15 months, but the married couple also encountered a range of extreme climates, from the bitter cold of a Patagonian winter to the broiling sun of the Venezuelan desert. The adventure began on July 28th 2013 when, as the sound of a starting pistol resonated through the streets of London, Katharine and David took their ﬁrst steps into what many would describe as the expedition of a lifetime; one of them pulling the 100kg trailer while the other hurried along beside. For Katharine, one of the most challenging aspects of the trip was the need for mental, as well as physical stamina. This is because the Amazon is often envisaged as a crimeridden, violent and dangerous area. Katharine described the panic evoked from visiting such areas: ‘Your heart’s beating, your eyes are straining, your feet won’t power quick enough, waiting for the moment….’ However, she went on to compliment the incredible atmosphere of warmth from local people, which she was completely overwhelmed by. Both keen ecologists, David and Katharine’s passion lies with the ‘natural world and wildlife.’ So, as well as breaking world records, they also aimed to inspire environmental action, raise money for a series of environmental charities and, through social media, connect people around the world to the South American communities and the
continent’s incredible diversity. They used specialist technology to attain a more developed and tangible understanding of the South American ecosystem. During the talk to pupils from the Sixth Form, they offered advice about key factors to consider when contemplating undertaking any expedition: What is the key to getting sponsored for a challenge like this? The key to getting the right sponsor is thinking from their perspective. Ask yourself: ‘If I were a sponsor why would I think that’s good for my brand?’ Decide whether you want to undertake the expedition as part of an organised event or independently. Whichever you choose, it is important to understand that sponsors appreciate publicity. Be warned: it can take a long time to apply for grants or ﬁnd a sponsor, sometimes up to a year, so start hunting as soon as possible. How did you manage the cost of this expedition? As soon as you step out of the door you start creating costs and the question is how you're going to cover such costs. Use a spreadsheet to help work out expenditure, such as food and drink, insurance, transport or kit. Work out your budget, and how much you need from sponsors. How did you train for this challenge? Training is vital for any expedition: we both decided to run in bare feet because we both had knee and leg injuries. We spent many hours training in bare feet in the months before the expedition so we were ready and prepared when the adventure began. What is the key to the success of an adventure like this? Good team-work is essential for any expedition. You have to get on, and make sure that team members have a range of skills and abilities. Whilst at Exeter School I took part in the gruelling Ten Tors challenge, and it was interesting to watch how the group evolved, with some friends providing motivation by chatting and keeping mates going, while others excelled at navigation or sorting the kit. Katharine and David broke a world-record on their amazing adventure, but Sixth Formers were left in no doubt that the overwhelming motivation for the trip was their passion for the natural world and wildlife. Since returning from their adventure, they've been promoting an inspirational message about the importance of taking care of the environment: "It's been a dream to run through some of the most biodiverse and climatically challenging areas on earth” Katharine said. Imogen Gibb
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Saving the rainforest, one village at a time Eight years ago, former pupil Matthew Owen was an investment banker, now he’s director of Cool Earth, a small charity that has protected more rainforest than any government or NGO. Kelsey Baxter-Sibley and Zachary Marsh interviewed Matthew at TedX Exeter: Why did you make such a dramatic career change from investment banker to environmentalist? I was working on both sides of the Atlantic with two daughters, working very long hours, and wanted to cut down on travel so I took a career break during which co-founder Johan Eliasch got in touch to ask if this new venture with MP Frank Field would be feasible. What made you choose Cool Earth? You helped found it, didn’t you? I did, yes. We have two very smart founding trustees – Frank Field, who’s an MP I used to work with, and Johan Eliasch who owns the Head sportswear company. Johan had the idea of closing down some logging concessions as a means of protecting the rainforest in Brazil. Frank got in contact and asked me to look into the feasibility of this, and it came from there. I’m interested in turning vulnerable communities into strong, self-determining ones. In your TedX talk, you talked about the concept of shielding and how it has been very effective. Do loggers ever get around that and just wipe out the entire forest? There’s always a danger that if you stop deforestation in one place, it will emerge somewhere else but by making sure we recruit community by www.exeterschool.org.uk
community then we hope that we reduce the risk of that. Where does the money come from to fund local villages? Is it all from donations? It is. We raise about £2 million a year from a huge variety of donors, from individuals to companies to foundations, and that’s spent amongst a whole range of needy partners throughout the world. What do you see as one of your major recent achievements with Cool Earth? Deﬁnitely getting started in Papua New Guinea; it is an extraordinary region that is incredibly diverse culturally. Six different languages are spoken on our project across four villages so it’s quite a challenging place to get agreement from large communities but we’ve managed to do it. What is a typical day for you, working at Cool Earth? I often travel to London to give presentations, attend fundraising events, see auditors and talk to past donors - about 6 or 7 meetings a day. In Falmouth, where we have our offices, I work with the team on how we’re communicating the message, monitoring the projects and how our funding’s looking. The two months of the year I spend overseas is generally spent talking to new communities, talking to existing ones about how things are going, and often talking to government officials and other NGOs about their work and ours.
Is there anything you particularly remember from Exeter School? I was the youngest of three brothers who went there and we all have very happy memories. I remember playing cricket and a huge amount of hockey on the all-weather pitch. I remember going to some fantastic concerts, playing on stage in some really awful bands, and also lots of art. How did what you studied at school help your present career area? It got me to Oxford and that, combined with the real groundswell of encouragement from the teachers, meant that I had far more choice in terms of careers. In terms of Cool Earth, how big are you now and how big do you think you want to become? I’m interested in developing our projects in as many places in the world as possible. Ultimately, we won’t save the rainforest ourselves, but what we can do is put in place some really interesting demonstration projects to show if you put your faith in indigenous communities, they can be the best defenders. Our biggest achievement to date is probably that the Peruvian government has used the Cool Earth model as their national forest policy now; if we were able to do that in the Congo, Tanzania, Brazil and Indonesia, then we would have achieved a great deal more. The Exeter School Magazine
Ethics Conference On the 9th February 2015, six AS Level Religious Studies students were accompanied by Mrs Gooddy to Exeter Corn Exchange for a Religious Studies and Ethics Conference. The day was led by Dr Peter Vardy and Charlotte Vardy with special guests Dr David Webster and Dr Robert King. The day consisted of many sessions. The ﬁrst session was based on ‘God and the Good’ which helped to set the scene by exploring the relationship between Religion and Ethics, asking “what are the advantages (and the possible problems) of seeing God as the source of morality?” The second session was ‘The End of Ethics?’ and this major session considered the central question in ethics: does the end justify the means? Further sessions included a debate on ‘Euthanasia and End of Life’ which L6th pupil Isobel Farnsworth participated in. The day ended in a session on ‘Evolution and Ethics’ where Dr Robert King helped to develop our understanding of human nature and the threat to ethics. Overall, the day helped all AS Level pupils to increase their understanding in the subject and we were
also fortunate enough to receive a copy of the book ‘Ethics Matters’ by Peter and Charlotte Vardy. Jess Hitt
Media Clash For the school’s Field Day in February the Exonian team, led by Mrs Daybell and Mr Davidson, visited the offices of Media Clash, a magazine publishing company in Bath. We spoke to many members of the Media Clash team who offered us useful insights into all aspects of journalism. The advice we received was invaluable as we heard from professionals about how to make ourselves employable and how to end up in a job we are passionate about. We also came away full of new ideas to develop the content of the school magazine as we had been motivated by many of the ideas we heard during the talks. I was inspired by hearing the many different routes into journalism and how to pursue our journalistic interests. Personally, I think the best advice we received while there was that if you want to pursue any job, perseverance is key. The Media Clash team were very welcoming and generous with their time and advice, which made it a very interesting and enjoyable trip. Becky Horn 26
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Young Enterprise – Olde Timers This year’s Young Enterprise company consisted of 16 budding entrepreneurs from the Lower Sixth led by Mr Mackintosh and our business advisor Ian McGregor. Our company was called Olde Timers selling clocks in a range of sizes made from up-cycled materials, such as cheese boxes and Vinyl records. After coming up with the idea in our weekly business meetings, we set to work quickly on developing, advertising and selling our products at school fayres and to local shops in Exeter, rousing an interest in our unique clocks. Over the Christmas period we worked to acquire a spot in the centre of Princesshay for three consecutive days, selling to Christmas shoppers. Here we sold alongside professional market stall holders which turned out to be a huge success generating the majority of our proﬁt as well as the team gaining skills and experience in selling in a retail environment. This came in useful at the Young Enterprise trade fair in Taunton where we worked against Young Enterprise companies from various schools around Devon. Here we were judged by a panel of judges, including the Mayor of Taunton and won ‘Best Trade Stand’ due to our inventive stall design, sales techniques and creative products.
interview about our company, a report written beforehand, our trade stand and a short presentation in front of an audience. After watching the other companies present about their unique products we deﬁnitely didn’t expect it, but we won’ Best Company in Devon’, sending us through to the next stage, the South West Finals. After scrapping our old stall and building a new one, polishing our presentation and rewriting our report we headed down to RNAS Culdrose in Cornwall for the South West Finals. We were competing against the winning companies of each county in the South West and the winners of this stage would then compete in the
National Finals in London. Although we didn’t proceed to the National Finals we won ‘Best Production’ and the judges commented on how we paid close attention to the product, from the ﬁrst concept through to quality control and customer services. Young Enterprise is a fantastic opportunity and has really developed our leadership and teamwork skills as well as giving us an insight into what running a business is like. Although Olde Timers isn’t going to progress in the competition we still want to continue it as a business and look forward to bringing out new products and developing it in the future. Millie Gibbins
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Bubbling With Success Having cycled from London to Paris in the summer of 2014 for PAPYRUS, raising over £11,000, I have experienced the very satisfying feeling of fundraising for charity. day was a great success and we raised over £3,000 for the Devon Air Ambulance Trust. Although stressful at times, organising the charity day has been an incredibly useful and enjoyable experience. It has allowed me see the great amount of work that goes behind events organisation and the teamwork that is needed to pull it all together! The number of people needed for a successful event to happen was beyond my expectation and it has also opened up my eyes to the opportunities of perhaps a career in the fundraising or events management sector.
It is very fulﬁlling to know that you are helping others whilst also pushing yourself outside of your comfort zone.
It would not have been possible without the help of many people: Mrs Marsh, the Bursar, Mr Stewart and the maintenance team, Senior Prefects, Mr and Mrs Brailey for the BBQ, Frobishers, Laser and all those who donated auction prizes (Crealy, Hoddinotts, Willsons, Staceys, Mr Chitnavis, Mrs Goswell, Mr Ashman for the Exeter City shirt and the Whelans). Emily Ackland
Mr Griffin set me the challenge of creating a charity day back in the summer of the Lower Sixth, and after the hype of the World Cup we decided we would have a Bubble Football World Cup Tournament! We decided to go with Devon Air Ambulance as many of the staff and pupils have personal connections with the charity and many know those who owe their lives to this great cause. As it is also a local charity who often use the school's facilities, the school has a connection with them also. On 28th September, 22 teams and many spectators and supporters turned out for the Bubble Football World Cup Tournament. There was a great atmosphere and everyone got involved with the football and the numerous stalls and activities. During the day, the Devon Air Ambulance landed on the ﬁeld which was an amazing opportunity to see a working air ambulance up close. The overall winners of the Bubble Football tournament were the Senior Prefects! The 28
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The Lower Sixth Grab the Upper hand. On a dreary, cold December day the Senior Girls’ Charity Football Match took place, with the Upper Sixth taking on the Lower Sixth. The ﬁrst half kicked off with both teams trying to ﬁnd their rhythm and so the Upper Sixth did and they rarely let go all game. Attacks on the Lower Sixth defence were relentless, one blitz after the other left the Lower Sixth struggling to fend off goals and half time could not come soon enough. The 0-0 result at half time did not reﬂect the dominance that the Upper Sixth side had asserted over the game. After a below par ﬁrst
inseparable. Then it all came down to one kick, the Upper Sixth needed to score to stay in the game… miss. The Lower Sixth had grabbed the most unlikely of victories. William Paull
half, substitutions were made to both sides during half time. Unfortunately for the Lower Sixth, the Upper Sixth’s momentum from the ﬁrst half did not dwindle and after several close shaves the score remained at 0-0, so it now came down to penalties. The ﬁrst one saved, the second one saved again, surely the Lower Sixth could not clutch this from the jaws of defeat? After seven penalties apiece the two teams were
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Lower Sixth Special Programme Tuesday The day started with a short presentation by Rob Hayes and we were then split into three groups and did different activities during the day with Rob Hayes and Judy Salmon. The ﬁrst session was on self-realisation, and how we could utilise our particular skill sets in order to ﬁrstly ﬁnd common ground with others like us, and secondly to be able to accommodate other people’s personalities and interact on their level. After a short break there was a speciﬁc class on making good ﬁrst impressions, which included body language, attitude and conversation topics. This was very useful as it highlighted the importance of an open mind when within an interview situation, and also demonstrated what not to do. The last session focussed on interview techniques, which built on the two previous sessions. We were able to assess each other and also work in pairs to see how we coped with difficult questions. The whole day served to instil a sense of perspective on what will come in the near future, and did a good job in ensuring that all the pupils that attended are thoroughly prepared for the next step. Guy Gillard
Monday To start the Lower Sixth ‘Special Week’ we were introduced to Paul Mattin and Doug Bell who were to run the activity ﬁlled morning. The morning consisted of inspirational talks on team work, leadership and how to prepare for an interview, as well as Paul informing us of his success walking to London and raising a jaw dropping £48,000 towards Nepal. As the morning progressed we built ﬂags, catapults and an assault course out of drain pipes; these proved challenging and deﬁnitely brought out a competitive streak in the Lower Sixth. After a well-earned lunch we were presented with two guest speakers, Adrian Ferraro and Will Harnden, an Old Exonian, who talked to us about gap years and Will spoke speciﬁcally about a volunteer programme in Karen, NorthWest Thailand. The programme is run by a gap year charity set up in memory of Richard Worsley who worked with the people of Karen, but was sadly killed in a car accident in 1999. The Karen people state 'Good men don't die, they stay in the stars to guide us.' Hence, why the charity was set up and lives on today. It was a great shame that not everyone was there from the year due to remaining AS Level exams. However, it was still a very successful day and we are all very grateful for the effort from the teachers for organising the day. Natasha Cook 30
Wednesday On Wednesday morning we were given a talk by the Provost and Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Exeter University, Janice Kay. Topics covered included why you want to go to university and the advantages that university can give you in employment. We then split into House groups to discuss, have guidance and start developing our personal statements. In the afternoon we took part in our own Olympic Games with each house representing a country. The Native Americans won (Acland) with Japan (Townsend) runners up. There were some great costumes and the best dressed prize went to Alasdair Stroud who became a Hawaiian Hula girl for the occasion. Zoe Baxter-Sibley
Thursday On Thursday morning the Lower Sixth had an ethics conference where they observed and asked questions on an ethics debate to do with religion. Our guests were James Grier who is a Christian priest at a local church, Keith Denby who is an atheist and Kelsang Chonyi who is a local Buddhist nun. The debate took place in the Andrews hall and each speaker was given 10 minutes to present their points of view. They each had views points which clearly @ExeterSchoolUK
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conﬂicted with each other such as Keith saying there was no material evidence for God and James arguing that God was real and that the principles of Christianity and the relationship between god and people was more important than material evidence. We then split up into 3 groups given opportunity’s to ask questions to each speaker. We had some very challenging questions for the speakers such as to James “how can you believe in God if there no material evidence?” and “what happens to people after they die who aren’t Christians?” Keith gave some extraordinary answers like “If Christianity and religion developed then we could have sent a man to the moon 200 years earlier we did” and that “religion was the cause of most wars in the world and widespread death and used as a political tool for power rather than the beneﬁt of the populace”. In the afternoon we were given a presentation by Simon Mills about apprenticeships and learnt many things including the different levels of apprenticeships with options ranging from agriculture to engineering and www.exeterschool.org.uk
law, interestingly it is more competitive to get an apprenticeship with Rolles Royce than getting into Oxford University. Finally that apprenticeships offer competitive salaries and that in terms of probability you are more likely to earn more money in an apprenticeship if you stay in that speciﬁc trade rather than go to university. Overall it was a very worthwhile day.
selling. On the ﬁnal day of our Special Programme week, we were given the opportunity to experience this world of business and consider the importance of both proﬁt-oriented enterprises and social enterprises. After being split into groups, we were assigned the task of planning and producing a winning board or phone game which Ms Salt, an imaginary entrepreneur, would want to back. Having developed a prototype game, we produced a trade stand to promote the game, along with a creative advert to market the product; it is safe to say that Group Four earned a well-deserved trophy for best ﬁlm with Sam Gaitley’s Oscarwinning performance as a modern-day Gladiator. Time was against us as we then organised a charity event for Newton St Cyres church aimed at raising funds for church repairs in the local village, presenting our ideas to a panel of stern but enthusiastic judges. In the end, it was a moonlight cinema and an abseiling adventure from the top of the church which rightfully won the main prize. Imogen Gibb
Friday The television programmes, Dragons’ Den and The Apprentice are arguably two of the most recent successful productions of our time, both centred on the world of business, creating and
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World Book Day Art Competition This year the library decided to launch a joint competition with the Art Department to celebrate World Book Day. redesigned pages from The Dragon’s Eye by Dugald A Steer so that dragons seemed to appear from them, whilst Lauren Gardner, 3D, used glitter, sequins and elaborate paper folding to create a beautiful, wintry scene. Sixth Formers, Robbie Bell, Chris Richardson and Toby de Mendonça chose to create an intriguing tableau to interpret a biblical scene. Sword 4D and Amelia Woolway 4D received a selection of art materials for the best group entry. They had created a magical scene of coracles and legendary monsters.
Pupils were challenged to create a work of ‘altered art’ from an old book. The remit was left completely open, to allow for both two and three dimensional creations to be submitted, depending on how people interpreted the task. The response from our pupils was fantastic! Each entry was entirely unique, with much thought and effort having gone in to the artwork, and we were delighted that there were entries from all age groups. In some cases the artwork linked closely to the content of the book, whilst in others the pages were used to create something visually stunning. For example, James Waddington, 3D, imaginatively
All competition entries are now on display in the library and we plan to repeat this competition next year as it proved so popular. It proved an effective and constructive way to recycle books, the altered art generating much interest amongst pupils, staff and visitors to the school. Mrs Taylor, Librarian and Miss Dyer, Head of Art
The judging panel consisted of Miss Dyer, Head of Art, and Prefects who assist in the library at lunchtimes. All agreed the standard of entries was very high and therefore the judging task was rather difficult! However, after much deliberation, book token prizes were awarded at a lunchtime ceremony in the library to Naomi Gill, 3A, for her wonderful interpretation of War Horse by Michael Morpurgo, and to Tabitha Macpherson-Jorgensen, 4A, for her beautiful vase of paper ﬂowers, cleverly entitled ‘Let Your Imagination Grow’. Phoebe Bridgwater 4C, Heather 32
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Author Visit: Kevin Brooks
“Kevin Brooks was a fascinating man with a brilliant insight into constructing novels. He explained to me about his methods of character development and plot construction. I found him to be a down to earth guy who had interesting memories of the school’s past. It was a great privilege to have him here at Exeter School and a fantastic opportunity for me to be able to show him round which I thoroughly enjoyed.” Tobias Ashdown, M5
On 26 June we were delighted and excited to welcome back Old Exonian and top author, Kevin Brooks.
“He was a no-nonsense, open and thoughtful guy. It was really interesting to listen to him talking about his past life at Exeter School.” Theo Bently-Curtin, M5
Kevin was a scholarship pupil here during the 1970s and has become very well known for his young adult novels, which are full of suspense. In 2014, after previously winning many other awards for his literature, he ﬁnally won the prestigious Carnegie Medal for his book The Bunker Diary in which six unrelated persons are imprisoned in an underground bunker by an unrevealed captor. He spent years honing this dramatic text before ﬁnally having the book accepted for publication but all his hard work certainly paid off and the book has proved an international hit and a real page turner for our pupils. Lower Fifth pupils attended a packed event in the Music Hall to hear Kevin Brooks speak about his early years at Exeter School and his writing career, whilst pupils from other year groups had the opportunity to meet the author at a smaller gathering in the library at lunchtime. Prior to the talks, pupils, Tobias Ashdown and Theo BentlyCurtin, in Middle Fifth were chosen to show the author around his old school. This is what they said:
Several pupils from Fourth Form to Middle Fifth were members of a working party formed to prepare for the visit. Some took on the task of creating a book trailer for The Bunker Diary. This was then shown in Assembly to promote the visit and again at the start of the talk in the Music Hall. The author seemed delighted that so much effort had gone in to creating this. “Making the trailer helped me see how hard ﬁlming is and the importance of getting everyone to work together. I thoroughly getting everyone’s ideas ﬁrst on paper, as a storyboard. It was a great experience to read a book and watch it develop into a great movie trailer. To put it mildly, we were all very excited when we heard that Kevin Brooks was coming to our school to see it!” Emily Judd, L5 “I was part of the team who made The Bunker Diary trailer which was time consuming but enticing! I spent my limited free time during the exam period pretending to bundle a friend in to the back of a van for the ﬁlm and then editing the trailer, but it deﬁnitely paid off on the day! I learned it takes a lot of time, self-discipline and teamwork to make a short ﬁlm.” James Harris, L5 Rosie Cromwell and Olivia Eden in Fourth Form were put in charge of organising the library displays for the visit. They had some great ideas, including making silhouettes of the characters. These were then featured on the library windows. Both were invited to have lunch with the author along with James Harris and Cosmo Coish, both in Lower Fifth. Rosie said “Meeting Kevin Brooks was an amazing experience that we really enjoyed. He had many stories about being a writer and what life was like at Exeter School. Having lunch with him was incredible as I felt I got to know him and we could see the nostalgia in his eyes as he talked about his time at Exeter School. He was somewhat in awe of the Prefects when he was here as they were allowed to discipline younger pupils and strictly supervised the tables at lunch!” “It’s not every day that you get a chance to meet and talk to one of your favourite authors but Kevin was by far the best author I have ever met. A brilliant person to meet and have a conversation with and very inspiring.” James Harris, L5
We invited Year 9 pupils from the following schools to join us at the event: Isca Academy, St James School, St Peter’s Church of England Aided School and St Luke’s Science and Sports College. This is what Isca Academy had to say about the event: “Thank you for the Kevin Brooks event last week. Everything went very smoothly, right down to the friendly and polite girls who met us on the ﬁeld and showed us the way to the event. Our students enjoyed hearing Kevin Brooks’ experiences and were really interested to see the school.” Kevin Brooks also gave a talk about his life and work in the Music Hall. Here Rebekah Wajed reveals some of his most salient points:
Personal History When Kevin was 15-16 he formed a punk band and fell in love with music, practising in the Sixth Form Common Room his academic work suffering somewhat as a result. When he ﬁnished school he went to London to try to become a rock star. When that failed he became a painter but that didn’t make any money and so he tried to publish a book. He spent 5-6 years writing before getting published but he has loved writing all his life.
Writing Career Kevin commented that writing novels requires patience, discipline and commitment. He said, “I didn’t have that when I was younger.” He had learned a lot from music and painting. He’s aware of rhythm because of music and he’s acutely aware of punctuation. He is fastidious about this. “I spend ages checking; it’s annoying when it comes back from publication and everything’s changed! He also commented that when you’re writing a novel you’re very isolated as you spend 95% of your time writing.” He commented that writing takes a lot of imagination and that you need to look through another’s eyes. He is able to write through a female perspective by taking this approach, such as in his love story, ‘Lucas’. He did not put his own life into his books but he took people he’s known and used some of their character traits. He also admitted, “You can’t help www.exeterschool.org.uk
having little pieces of yourself in your characters.” Rejection doesn’t bother him. “It’s not personal; it’s just part of the business”. If a manuscript is rejected his approach is to improve it. “When I write a book I make sure it’s the best possible book I’ll write. The best book ever. “When writing a book it can be hard but when you ﬁnd the voice it’s really easy and hard to stop. Trust that something inside you knows what it’s doing. Working on a novel is sometimes very boring but it’s a special moment when you have a bout of inspiration and it’s an even more special moment when you know what happens next”.
Conclusion I think Kevin was very truthful about his experiences and didn’t sugar coat it, just like his books really.
Quotes from Fourth and Lower Fifth Form who attended the events: “Kevin showed us the sort of books he was reading at our age. It was interesting to have an insight on what excellent authors like him were reading at the time. His life ambition was to be a rock star but later he moved on to become a writer. What inspired us was how he never stopped trying after publishers had turned him down many times. Once one of his books had won an award, however, many publishers wanted his magniﬁcent ﬁction for teenage readers. We were inﬂuenced by his thought-provoking message
that it is OK to be different from others and that each person is unique and that you shouldn’t be afraid to tread your own path in life.” Aaron Tucker, Nicholas Armstrong, Henry Coleman and Redmond Coleman, Fourth Form. “I was lucky enough to hear Kevin Brooks talk about his ‘journey’ through Exeter School and his adventurous life from a musician in a punk rock band to an artist in London, ﬁnally becoming a Carnegie Medal winning writer. At the end of his talk we were all given the chance to buy a book and get it signed so I made the most of my opportunity. I also asked, ‘In The Bunker Diary what caused the man in charge to do what he did and what were his intentions’, to which Kevin replied that he, as an author, never lets himself think about the crucial moments like this, not even when he has ﬁnished a book, in case he lets his thoughts slowly seep in and ruin the suspense and mystery of the story.” Phoebe Day, Lower Fifth Extract from a thank you letter to Liz Taylor from Kevin Brooks after the visit: “Thanks for a genuinely unforgettable day – it really was very special. It’s hard to explain the effect the visit has had on me, but it seems to have ﬁlled something inside me that was missing, but I didn’t realise was missing…if that makes any sense. And what made everything even better was that everyone was so nice to me. So, thank you so much and please pass on my heartfelt thanks to all the wonderful pupils, teachers and staff.” Mrs Taylor The Exeter School Magazine
Our Pastoral Escape On the 12th December, most of the A2 English pupils retreated from the urban world of toil, hierarchy and social constraint to Arcadia.
In other words, we went to Mrs Daybell’s room to meet guest speaker Daniel Starza-Smith, an Oxford English graduate and now British Academy post-doctoral fellow in the Faculty of English at Lincoln College. He has previously been admired for teaching at University College London
and the University of Reading; he has been awarded research fellowships by the Huntington Library, the Bibliographical Society of America and the Folger Shakespeare Library. On this occasion, he decided to focus on Shakespeare, and in particular, how his plays use the concept of the ‘pastoral’. The idea of ‘divided worlds’ – Mrs Daybell’s ‘thyme-scented’ classroom vs. the ‘zoo noises’ of the school playingﬁelds - is one of the key themes related to the ‘pastoral’, our A2 topic of study and one of the many that Daniel touched on. The pastoral is an idyllic portrayal of the life of shepherds or of the rural setting as a work of literature. Daniel focused on the pastoral elements of Shakespeare’s As You Like It, which included the idea of freedom in Arcadia and the lack of time within the Arcadian space. We looked at the conﬂicting roles of hierarchical ﬁgures within the court and conventional pastoral shepherds. He contrasted two characters in particular: Touchstone, the stock satirical court Jester, and Corin, the stock forest shepherd. Daniel suggested that for a modern theatre audience, the meeting of the two characters would carry resonance of a modern day class divide. He helped us to reﬁne points that have been raised in class and to develop and adapt them when referring to different essay titles. More than anything, though, it was really helpful to talk about the ‘pastoral’ generally, without exams and mark-schemes in mind and if Arcadia wasn’t intrinsically ephemeral, we would have loved to stay listening for longer. Many thanks to Mrs Daybell for inviting Daniel to visit the school and give us this interesting talk. Freddi Park and Sam Ward
Magic in his Words Anthony Gibson My fellow A Level English pupils and peers had the pleasure of meeting and hearing from Anthony Gibson, the author of With Magic In My Eyes: West Country Literary Landscapes, a book about the relationship between West Country writers and the landscapes that inspired them, a topic which he illustrated passionately to us. From the roaring hills of Dartmoor to the coasts of Cornwall, Mr Gibson took us on a rollicking journey through the landscapes of the South West which have inspired the most talented of 36
writers through the ages. From Samuel Coleridge’s childhood in Ottery St Mary inspiring many of his romantic poems and Richard Blackmore’s Lorna Doone being inspired by the moors of North Devon to the mysterious Burgh Island of Bigbury that inspired the great murder mystery of Agatha Christie, Mr Gibson’s extensive knowledge was most elucidating. Mr Gibson offered great insight into the lives and
inspirations of many writers, including Ted Hughes and Thomas Hardy, both writers my fellow pupils and I have enjoyed studying for our A Level. His talk has made me realise how lucky I am to live in such a beautiful and diverse landscape that has inﬂuenced so many iconic writers whom I greatly admire. Subsequently, I am inspired to follow Anthony Gibson’s advice and put on my walking boots to trek across
the extravagant variety of landscapes that deﬁne this corner of Britain, feeling the biting wind on my face, the sharp texture and vivid colour of the Dartmoor gorse and the sound of the crashing waves of Bigbury, purely to bask in the company of those whose imaginations were aroused by this scenery and perhaps to conjure some imaginative musings of my own. Clara Finnigan
Jekyll and Hyde While the telling of the story remained mostly true to the novel, despite the reduction in cast size, the innovative feature of the production was the unique setting in Exeter’s Poltimore House and the ways that this setting became a part of the narrative.
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Each scene was performed in a different room of the manor house, with the audience physically following the cast into the location. Guided by one of the cast, the butler Mr Poole, the audience gained an exclusive connection with the performance as our movement through the house in each scene mirrored the development of the story therefore creating a sense of interaction and inclusion with the performance. Although Stevenson innovated the conventional gothic genre in his novella by setting his story in contemporary London, the Four of Swords theatre company rather ironically performed the story in an old, decaying manor house; a classic gothic setting. Perhaps it can be seen as testament to Stevenson’s ability to retain powerful undertones of the genre as the notably gothic setting effectively complemented a number of scenes from the novella. Memorably, an inner courtyard of the house became one of the iconic streets of London’s east end, with the bare brick walls and dark windows recreating the grimy and decrepit nature of the borough, and a strategically www.exeterschool.org.uk
placed lone streetlight evoking an atmosphere of mystery and anticipation. The scene was completed by the ﬁrst appearance of the wicked Mr Hyde, whose character was distinguished from Dr Jekyll’s by the vivid body language of the actor. Despite the only noticeable costume change being the addition of a top hat; the actor’s stooped, cowering posture and erratic movements illustrated the primitive and disturbing nature of Mr Hyde, as is described throughout the novella. My only criticism of the production was that the skeleton cast meant that some roles were amalgamated which resulted in some inaccuracies in the plot and pointedly altered the personality of one of the main characters, Dr Lanyon. That said, the production was thoroughly enjoyable for the audience and provided the Upper Fifth pupils who attended with alternative interpretations of the novel, which could prove valuable in the coming English Literature GCSE examination. Ben Haigh
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Creative Writing Below are three introductory paragraphs (and one poem) from pupils’ creative writing in English, showcasing a variety of linguistic and narrative styles developed.
Fear cascaded through my veins making me run faster than ever before. The trees whined and moaned in the wind as they were eaten by the mist. I sprinted through the ferns towering over me in a freezing forest of misery. What would I do? Where would I go? My heart beat quicker than ever before. I jumped as a deafening crack of thunder sounded from above followed swiftly by a lightning bolt which lit the murky wood for a few seconds and then split the sky in two. I jumped over the rushing stream as it began to freeze into a nightmare. Ghostly shapes ﬂitted in front of me making my eyes water; my head burn and my heart race…I was lost. What could I do? I was LOST. A sense of bewilderment over powered my brain. I was LOST… and there was nothing I could do. Beth Ledger (Third Form)
And then I saw it, a shadow hunter Cowering nearby the safety of a rock, A coil of rope, with fangs the size of dictionaries, A knight, in shimmering, shiny armour, Sparkling emerald green in the dappled sunlight. Its jaws stretch, revealing A cave of swords, presented like an exhibition. A demon armed with the trident of Poseidon, It snarls, venom ready, a warrior and its spear, And recoils like a lasso. Oliver Bennett (Fourth Form)
The Mysterious Egg
A traveller in an antique land comes across a mysterious egg:
The atmosphere was oppressive. The mildly troubled tones of the sky gave no indication of the heat that embraced the city, surprising the inhabitants when they ventured into the open air and threatening to overwhelm them. Even Hoan Kiem Lake, known to be an oasis of cool in an otherwise urban hotspot, failed to give reprieve from the soaring temperature; no hint of a breeze rippled its murky and solid looking surface. As the humidity got stronger and the impending and inevitable storm drew closer, one might have expected the city dwellers to show signs of fractiousness or unrest. Yet almost without exception they appeared to remain calm and content, seemingly satisﬁed, wandering the overcrowded streets, squatting in passages to meet faces, new and old, to while away the hours with. Reassuringly, there were, as always, troops of locals zooming about on small mopeds like wasps swarming round a nest as they collected in groups around the lake. Others, like the diminutive octogenarians from the Hoang Mai district, were struggling around each other in the narrowest alleyways imaginable selling, buying, dealing, and bartering. Although their wiry bodies and wizened faces revealed their struggles all too clearly, this was normal life in Hanoi. Romi Keliher (Upper Fifth Form)
It was then that he saw it. An egg. A lone, yellow egg. Billy studied it for a while. Just as he was about to dismiss it, the egg quivered and cracked. A head popped out. This shocked him so much he stumbled over onto his back. Slowly, the creature inside clambered out of the shell. When Billy saw what had appeared, he had the fright of his life. There, in front of him, was a baby dinosaur. A wave of emotions ﬂooded through him. Panic, fear, confusion. Curiosity. The dinosaur had a scaly skin and stood proud on two legs, with a slightly arched back. Having no idea what to do, Billy gazed on in wonderment. It was only when the dinosaur let out a small yawn, which gave Billy a clear view of its sharp, menacing teeth, that he took action. He started waving his arms around frantically and shouting for it to go away, but the little creature didn't budge. Caspar Kelly (Fourth Form)
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GCSE Drama Practicals: Lurking in the Shadows The Upper Fifth group of ten was split into two groups of five to perform their GCSE Drama Devised Practicals on 23 February. Both groups were given the stimulus of shadows and thus decided to portray their performances using aspects of physical theatre, resulting in similar yet equally compelling pieces. One group based their performance on a traditional fairy-tale called The Shadow by Hans Christian Andersen. The main character, named Jerome, was a depressed writer who had no inspiration for his books. However, one night he was visited by minion shadows which gave him the inspiration he needed and warned him not to release his knowledge about their visit. But Jerome betrayed their wish and shortly became a successful writer. After meeting his actual shadow, named l’ombre, as punishment for Jerome revealing this secret, l’ombre swapped roles with Jerome. Added complications were when Jerome saw a past lover, named Christelle, who was then taken from him by l’ombre. Louis Reece portrayed Jerome’s nervous and confused tone by his excellent use of pace and voice, causing the audience to sympathise for Jerome in his downfall. Ellie Stewart’s evil portrayal of l’ombre was grasped from her brilliant use of facial expression and hate for Jerome in her superb use of vocals causing the audience to fear her. Oscar Raworth’s precision of his physical moves when copying Jerome were most interesting for the audience to watch, and when he was Jerome himself, he portrayed Jerome’s confusion and mental
state with his impressive depiction of how Jerome would be feeling at that moment in time. Daisy Game illustrated Death as a very deprived and sad character with her remarkable use of pace and pause in her speech. She also distinguished l’ombre’s intelligence and wit, with her patronising yet sly cast. Verity Stroud’s slow and chilling monologue captured the audience, creating a disturbing atmosphere in this dark piece. She also displayed Jerome’s anger and confusion in all situations with her impressive use of vocal volume and tone. The other group’s piece was called The Box, where their shadow at ﬁrst seemed friendly and only wanted to make friends with a character named Harry. However, the shadow hid Harry in a box in an attic after being locked in herself many years ago. The shadow then manipulated Harry’s friends to become her friends. Harry Dyer’s monologue captivated the audience with his sad past about the attic and his physical sequences were particularly exciting to watch. Eleanor Holmes’ eerie tone and movements gave a tense atmosphere on the stage as the shadow and caused the audience to feel particularly uncomfortable with her echoes of other’s lines. Emily Smith and Jim Shepherd performed excellently in their movement sequences and nailed the precision of each separate move. They both also caused a lot of tension when reciting the horror story. Maia Thomas depicted a courageous, trustworthy friend to Harry, which the audience sympathized with. She also expressed her loyalty to Harry with her aggressive angry tone. Thank you to Mr Brough, Mr Fryer and Mr Saunders for helping both groups to provide two successful evening performances. Verity Stroud
AS Drama Practicals Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night follows the entangled adventure of twins Viola and Sebastian after they wash up upon the ancient region of Illyria and enter a world of mixed identities and confused love. As part of our AS Drama, we performed a devised piece based upon one of the main themes of the play – love, using the stimulus to convey a dystopian society, in which love is synonymous with disease and a forbidden emotion. Entitled Dopamine, the devised piece examines a 40
number of topical issues including public perception of mental illness, as well as the fundamental necessity of love. The performance was based upon the work of Steven Berkoff whose physical, exaggerated style deﬁes the norms of
naturalistic theatre with the use of various techniques including exaggerated facial expressions, complex language choice and movement sequences. Imogen Gibb @ExeterSchoolUK
A2 Drama Practicals: Goodnight, Mr Saunders Anyone who has done Drama GCSE and beyond knows the struggle of constructing a devised piece of Drama, however working with Sam Ward to create Goodnight, Mr Saunders has been one of the most enjoyable pieces I’ve ever worked on. Adapted from the book Engleby by Sebastian Faulks we tell the story of Michael Saunders, a highly intelligent university student who becomes infatuated with fellow student Jennifer Graham. Discovered through the warped memories of Mike himself the audience eventually ﬁnd out that Mike has brutally murdered Jennifer in a ﬁt of rage over her total disinterest in him. We have tried to create a piece of
drama where the audience are unable to distinguish whether the scene is an accurate representation of events or a sick fantasy of Mike’s to make the penultimate scene revealing Jennifer’s death even more shocking. Playing Jennifer has been a challenge as being killed by one of your best friends has a slight ironic hilarity to it but it will be good to go out with a BANG, literally. Aalishya Power
A2 Drama Practicals: Cat Flap Our devised piece, Cat Flap is a farcical crime drama, featuring multi-rolling, singing and lots of laughter.
The piece was performed in a nonnaturalistic style with use of movement sequences, stock characters, placards and onstage costume changes. We aimed to combine the slapstick comedy of the policemen in Gilbert and Sullivan’s, Pirates of Penzance with the tongue-in-cheek humour of Brecht’s writing. The plot followed the ‘tragic’ murder of a much loved cat in the village of little Twickenham, where www.exeterschool.org.uk
local policemen Sergeant Ted, PC Fred, PC Ned and PC Ed do their very best to ﬁnd the person responsible. Unfortunately, their ‘very best’ involves much confusion, a lack of common sense and a pitiful display of total buffoonery. The policemen interview: Mrs Poppelwell, the elderly owner of the cat; Lily Dunnit, a six-year-old school girl and Augustine Laurelle, the local French chef before arriving at a
shocking conclusion. Who will be found at fault? Can anyone really be held at fault when the authoritative ﬁgures in their lives are such ignoramuses? We may “leap and pirouette, and make you laugh” (Dario Fo) but what we really aim to do is “make fun of those in power”. Georgina Allen The Exeter School Magazine
Dead Dog in a Suitcase (& other love songs) A strange combination of themes which all came together in order to form the chaotic, hilarious comedy that was Dead Dog in a Suitcase (& other love songs). As part of our A-level Theatre Studies course we are required to devise a stylised piece of drama and what better theatre company to get ideas from than Kneehigh who are well known for their original and highly comical, physical theatre shows that convey a serious message. Dead Dog in a Suitcase was a political satire set in a town full of assassins, gangsters and exotic dancers, where evil always triumphs over good and even the most innocent of creatures, namely a dog, can get
murdered in the name of political protest. The members of the town were fantastically & grotesquely characterised by the cast of Kneehigh, a favourite of mine being Mr Peachum (played by Martin Hyder) who had a recurring gag of reminding the police force of his bribery by his stereotypical ‘dad karaoke’ style rap song. Puppets were used throughout the play as a means of satirising the characters using the very familiar ‘Punch and Judy’ characters, once again distinguishing between good and evil and also used to portray various animals such as the dog who meets his end at the very beginning of the play only to return later, dead, as a guilty ﬁgment of Macheath’s conscience. The show was bursting with energy and excitement and I would strongly recommend any of Kneehigh’s productions. Aalishya Power
1984 Headlong Theatre astounded its audience with their thrilling adaptation of the dystopian novel, 1984. The classic, written by George Orwell tells the story of the inward ﬁght against the extremities of communism, and although it would seem difficult to translate to the stage, it was successfully and faithfully interpreted, leaving the audience mesmerised. A cast of ﬁfteen talented and impressively committed actors took to the bare and atmospheric set to lead the audience through a captivating and rhythmically tense performance. Visual effects played a key role in the success of this performance - the collaboration between light and sound created a whirlpool of intensity within the audience, combining strobe lighting, sudden blackouts and stinging high frequency buzzes sending shivers down the spine. The 42
play’s intensity rose to its climax within a matter of seconds as the audience were transported to the infamous “Room 101” as the stage was dramatically transformed to a dramatically unforgiving white cube of torture. This iconic scene was explicitly portrayed to an almost excruciatingly unbearable degree leaving the bold imagery of blood stained upon white on the minds of the audience. This performance was superbly executed leaving the audience chilled by the disturbing message of this classic novel. Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan’s adaptation was a moving experience deserving of its many ﬁve star reviews and I commend them for their talented direction. Theo Bently Curtin and Clara Finnigan @ExeterSchoolUK
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Othello To modernise Shakespeare is to take a risk. Scott Graham and Steven Hoggett of the Frantic Assembly theatre production company did not hold back, transposing the action from sixteenth century Venice to a decaying English pub. A pub being a place with its own distinct rules and maledominated social hierarchy, provided a ﬁtting, contemporary backdrop for the themes of prejudice, danger, love and jealousy. The distant thud of 90’s rave music and barking dogs really complemented this. “Decaying English pub” does not do the set justice. Its minimalistic use of large, key props – such as a pool table that doubled up as the marital bed and a slot machine – suited the ﬂuidity of scene changes, entrances and exits. The set walls were moveable and adjustable which heightened our understanding of how drunk or blown away in the sublime the characters www.exeterschool.org.uk
The mood of the landscape was encapsulated perfectly through the grandeur of the black, meandering staircase and the architectural embroidery of the set with the letter ‘R’ protruding in various sections of the stage, provided a constant reminder of
the haunting presence of Rebecca. The choreography delightfully complemented the company’s musical score while the cast of ﬁshermen and sailors, kitted appropriately in scuffed coats and yellow hats, conveyed a clear sense of the dominating presence of the sea. Overall, the performance was emotionally captive, vibrant and thought-provoking, with the ﬁnal image of burning torches leaving the audience feeling both stunned and excited. Imogen Gibb
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The very mention of Rebecca conjures images of the Cornish coast, a burning mansion and the turbulence of a windswept sea. Knee-high’s acclaimed director, Emma Rice, transposed these images to the grandeur of the stage in a successful attempt to re-introduce De Maurier’s timeless classic Rebecca to the industry of show business. The psychological thriller explores the mystifying and unexplained death of Maxim’s ﬁrst wife, Rebecca, after his return to the family mansion of Manderley with his new wife, the heroine of the story. The larger-thanlife, exuberant approach adopted by Lizzie Winkler and Andy Williams in their portrayal of Bea and Giles, relations of Maxim, contrasted tremendously to the brooding, revengeful Mrs Danvers, the strict housekeeper, creating a brilliant fusion between the opposing genres of comedy and tragedy. But it was the refreshing innocence and naivety of
the unnamed heroine which properly complemented the piece as Imogen Sage portrayed a struggling woman who lies in the jealous shadow of Rebecca, believing her new husband regrets his impetuous decision to remarry.
became. Iago (Steven Miller) literally sunk into the scenery which moved lithely at his touch. Peeling wallpaper, dingy lighting and a dirty mirror created a desolate setting which perfectly encompassed the tension and bitterness of the tragedy.
delivering the lines traditionally would have worked either, given the setting. Overall, the production was interesting, compelling and very original. Frederika Park
The choreography was spectacular. Dynamic and stylized movements brought life to the stage and allowed the actors to present incredibly intense emotions and relationships through physicality. It also helped tell the story to a modern audience, especially during ﬁght-scenes. The audience was stirred by the murder of Desdemona (Kirsty Oswald) who was seemingly suspended by the neck in Othello’s (Mark Ebulue) hands. This must have taken great strength on both parts and it created a shocking but strangely beautiful moment onstage.
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The northern accents slightly scraped the verse which was confusing at times. However, I am not sure that The Exeter School Magazine
A Grimm Experience Friday 6th and Saturday 7th of February were the two days that the school witnessed the fantastic production of Once Upon a Time. With six different directors, ﬁve different stories and over 70 pupils involved in various areas of the production, the play was a grand spectacle. The production opened with The Golden Goose; a funny tale about a young boy who’s rewarded for his kind actions. Cosmo Coish had perfect comic timing as Dummling the young son, whilst Ettejean Girvin narrated the tale with aplomb. This opener was a hit with the crowd and set the audience up for a fantastic evening of entertainment. The classic tale of Rumpelstiltskin followed but had been given a modern twist which included maﬁa bosses and mobile phones. Emily Sharpe as the farmer’s daughter gave a charismatic and thoughtful performance which perfectly ﬁtted with Rory Shirazi’s maverick and eccentric Rumpelstiltskin. A chilling and creepy production of Hansel and Gretel came next where John Dunlop as Hansel and Katie Russell as
Gretel gave powerful performances of two children abandoned by their cruel mother, menacingly played by Ellie James and their fragile father, perfectly executed by Zachary Marsh. Kieran Williams was the perfect casting to play the blind old witch, and entertained the crowd immensely with his cackling laugh and on-stage antics. A scary forest and human gingerbread house was skilfully created by the ensemble cast which moved smoothly between their different positions, creating a fully immersive atmosphere and setting for the audience. After a short interval a hilarious production of Little Red Cap followed where Meredith Marsh played a sweet faced and innocent Red Cap who blindly listened to the mischievous Wolf, played by Will Pearce. Next we were treated to a minimalist adaptation of one of the lesser known plays of the night The Musicians of Bremen. Matthew Francis, Ella Craft-Stanley, Sophie Gibbins
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and Charlie Killen provided the backbone to arguably one of the funniest plays of the night about a pack of roaming animals who form a band to escape their deaths at the hands of their owners. The night concluded with a fun ﬁlled, jam-packed version of Ashputtel.
Rebekah Wajed and Ruby Scott played the iconic roles of the selﬁsh and selfrightous elder and younger sister, while Jasmine Liu played the innocent Ashputtel. A special mention to the ensemble who spent as much time running on and off of the stage as they were on it, they faultlessly provided the
visual elements to each scene. A big thank you to everyone involved in making 2015's Middle School Play Once Upon a Time a success. Including Mrs Ridler-Murray, Mr Brough, Mrs Dunlop, Luke Malone, Jamie Walker and Mr Fryer. Jamie Walker and Luke Malone
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With hey, ho, the wind and the rain
A bold and energetic performance of Twelfth Night ushered in a new era of drama at Exeter School, as Mr Brough took his first bow as both Head of Drama and director of the school production. A conﬁdent cast supported him fully in tackling one of Shakespeare’s darkest and most psychologically complex comedies. The stark set and constant presence of a masked, blank-faced ensemble drew out the darkness at the core of the romp – perhaps reﬂecting the cruel suffering inﬂicted on Malvolio as a prank, a darker side to the festivity… In an uncanny portrayal of drunken revelry, Sam Ward as Sir Toby and Luke Malone as Sir Andrew stormed the stage with wild slapstick energy. The pair also captured the comradery of old friends, as well as the vulnerability and weaknesses beneath the braggadocio front. Olivia, played with brilliant maturity by Georgina Allen, was both an arch vamp and 46
lovesick maid. The unfortunate Malvolio, played wonderfully by Shakespearean rookie Theo Bently Curtin, metamorphosed from a stiff, dour servant into a powerful portrayal of injured humanity. Daisy Game as Viola and Amber Seaward as Sebastian were the uncannily similar siblings at the centre of the story, linking with Alasdair Stroud as the troubled noble Orsino to keep the plot turning expertly. Maria
the scheming maid, powerfully acted by Aalishya Power, was the mischievous yet malicious mind behind Malvolio’s cruel comeuppance. Meanwhile, Jessica Honey’s multitalented Feste was that deepest of Shakespearean archetypes: the fool who sees more clearly and more wisely than all the rest.
The supporting cast played their parts superbly, helping to create a tight, energetic performance that had the audience in tears one moment and pausing to reﬂect on human folly and
frailty the next: we saw pride, lust, drunkenness, pomposity, love and the rest… Suitably dramatic lighting, a bold modern soundtrack and clever staging contributed to a thoroughly entertaining but nuanced and thoughtprovoking evening’s entertainment. Laced with the essence of Quentin Tarantino and Made in Chelsea, this was a fresh take on Twelfth Night – a truly modern, exciting production. Bravo Mr Brough, a talented and exciting cast and professional backstage team. The bar for Exeter School drama remains set very high – and we look forward to many more innovative and stimulating productions. Hugo Craft-Stanley www.exeterschool.org.uk
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The Big Draw Junior School and Senior School pupils collaborate for ‘The Big Draw’ The 2014 Big Draw ran in October and November across the UK and in twenty other countries, with 280,000 people joining in over 1000 events. The Big Draw offers thousands of enjoyable, and mainly free, drawing activities which connect people of all ages with museums, outdoor spaces, artists, designers, illustrators - and each other. These events are for those who love to draw, as well as for those who think they can't! This year, Exeter School ran its own ‘Big Draw’. Pupils and staff of all ages were involved in drawing small sections of large photographs of the school site. The individual
drawings were then pieced together to create impressive montaged compositions. The activity encouraged the pupils to analyse the details, texture and colours in their small sections and by inviting individuals to work on a small part of a much larger composition, it helped to the dispel the notion of ‘I can’t draw’. The ﬁnal outcomes were the result of a superb collaborative effort and they offer us alternative perspectives on the views of the school we are used to seeing every day. Miss Dyer
Hidden Talents Revealed With the beautiful sounds of Christmas carols played on two exquisite harps and the taste of mince pies, the Exeter School staff art exhibition offered a wonderfully festive event.
photography of Miss Horsford. Last but not least of course, were my very talented Art teachers’ pieces who both expressed their personal artist styles eloquently, Mrs Smith with her architectural paintings and Miss Dyer with her landscape prints, both art works I would gladly hang on my wall… (Do I get some brownie points Miss?) I think that this exhibition was a wonderful and insightful event, not only for its guests but for the staff who presented such brilliant works of art. Clara Finnigan
Placed within Exeter School’s Art Department, staff, parents and pupils were invited to see a rather different side to the staff of this school, each creating their own personal work of art to donate to the exhibition. As an A Level Art student the prospect of viewing the inner creative world of my teachers was an exciting one, and I was thoroughly impressed. From sculpture, painting, print and textile art to ﬁgurative, conceptual and comic pieces the exhibition was an excellent showcase of the school’s artistic ability. I was amazed by the technical ability of both Mr Charnley and Mrs Whittall’s work, the charming creativity shown in Mrs Goswell’s `12 days of Christmas’ piece and the atmospheric 48
GCSE Trip to St Ives During the October half term break, Upper Fifth pupils studying GCSE Art and Design, visited St Ives for three days to gather first-hand contextual research for their coursework projects. They visited the Tate St Ives for the ‘Modern Lens’ exhibition, which looked at developments in international photography from the 1920s to the 1960s and the Barbara Hepworth Sculpture Museum and Garden. During the course of the weekend, the pupils worked on a series of practical workshops with professional artist, Greg Humphries, inspired by the historic artist colony in St Ives. They experimented with a wide range of media and technical approaches, including clay sculptures, charcoal drawings and mixed media montages. On the ﬁnal day, the pupils were given the opportunity to develop sand sculptures on Porthminster Beach which was great fun, in spite of the rain! The annual trip to St Ives provides fantastic stimulus for practical work and the pupils produced a wealth of work which they were be able to develop further on return to the classroom. The ﬁnal outcomes produced at the end of the unit in response to the trip were wide ranging, including embellished collagraphic prints, wooden sculptures and mixed media paintings. Miss Dyer
St. Ives – pupil perspective During the October half-term the residential trip to St. Ives was organised www.exeterschool.org.uk
by the art department for the U5th GCSE pupils. Under the guidance of Mrs Smith, Miss Dyer and Greg Humphries we spent two and a half days learning about the well-known artists of the area, as well as experimenting with different approaches to abstract art and observational drawings. On the ﬁrst day we were given a tour of the Tate Gallery with Greg Humphries during which we sketched blind drawings of the photographs on display and explored the boundary between ﬁgurative and abstract art. After this, we were given the task of sketching observational drawings of
natural landscape and man-made objects. We used these later during a workshop back at the hotel, when we created a large-scale composition, bringing together the ideas we had covered. One of the highlights of the trip was visiting the Barbara Hepworth Museum. In one of our sessions, we used a technique invented by Hepworth, which included using the landscape to form an abstract drawing and translating the 2D drawing into a 3D clay sculpture. This was a surprisingly challenging task and not many of our compositions ended up looking anything like a Hepworth sculpture! In another workshop, we continued the Hepworth theme by looking into the use of negative space. We started to put together a collage made up of different shapes. We then took the studies home and after making prints, cut into the image and imitated Hepworth’s wire technique by using cotton string to create illusion of space. We spent our last day on the sandy beach of St. Ives. First, we separated into groups, and were asked to ﬁnd and sketch a rock from three different angles. Using our observational drawings and photographs, we sculpted our chosen rock out of the sand. Once we had ﬁnished our sculptures, we carved grooves and holes in them, and with the help of the rain, they began to look as if they had been eroded. The whole trip was very worthwhile, providing us with a lot of material for our GCSE projects. We now have a much better idea of contemporary art and took away many useful new techniques thanks to the staff and the direction of Greg Humphries. The Exeter School Magazine
WESC Art Exhibition In June 2015, Exeter School Art Department was delighted to host the annual WESC Art exhibition in the Art Gallery.
The Private View took place on Monday 15th June and was attended by special guest, Barrie Goodfellow, a local visually impaired artist who had been working with the pupils this year. Irena Boobyer, WESC Foundation Art teacher, said: “This year, pupils and students helped to celebrate gaining the Artsmark by creating amazing mixed-media art artworks inspired by visiting artist Barrie Goodfellow. Mixing sand into paint to create texture was both messy and fun and the results are truly sensational. Congratulations for another great year of making art!” We are always very honoured to host the annual WESC exhibition and it was great to see the pupils being inspired to work in new and exciting ways by a local artist facing similar challenges. Miss Dyer
Summer Art Show This year’s Summer Art Show was held in the Art Department and showcased work from the Third Form through to the Upper Sixth.
a range of styles of work with a diverse use of materials. Natural landforms, such as Dartmoor’s water falls were explored by Ben Foulkes through a series of staggered acrylic paintings, whilst Jack Bedford and Juliette Buckley abstracted their subject matter to produce more contemporary compositions. The Third and Fourth Form wire and paper constructions also creatively captured birds in ﬂight and precariously perched on branches. In contrast, urbanisation was explored by those such as Toby de Mendonça with his matt cityscapes, and Miles Johal with his linear, heavily worked canvases based on Exeter Cathedral and Princesshay, one of which won ﬁrst prize in ‘The Exeter Art Show’ in July 2015. Unconventional media was used by a number of pupils, including Clara Finnigan with her toothpaste construction; Jennifer Herring with her stitched leaf collage and Molly Waring with her composition based on melted vinyl records.
The Private View was held on Tuesday 30th June and was well attended by many guests who were treated to musical accompaniment from the Senior School String Quartet. The exhibition highlighted the interdisciplinary nature of the Art Department and celebrated the creative achievements of Senior School pupils of all ages. Particular highlights included Clara Finnigan’s sculpture made from toothpaste, Lila Tristram’s mixed media outcome Inspired by her Maths phobia, Miles
Johal’s gestural skyline painting and James Millar’s underwater triptych. Collaborative work produced during the year was also on display, including collagraphic stained glass windows by the Fourth Form and cardboard constructions by the Middle Fifth. A catalogue was produced to accompany the exhibition which provided pupils and parents with a beautiful record of their individual and collective achievements in the subject. Miss Dyer
Here, pupils Toby de Mendonça and Amanda Herring offer their perspectives on the show: This year’s annual Art exhibition hosted www.exeterschool.org.uk
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DT Exhibition On Tuesday 5th May this year (after the annual stress fest and last minute panic week) the Annual Design Technology Exhibition was held in the Townsend building.
This exhibition is the culmination of a year’s works by pupils in the Upper Fifth, Lower Sixth and Upper Sixth years. As part of their course pupils are required to design and make a product and produce a record of their work from inception to completion. This process involves them in conducting interviews, looking at existing products, producing a range of design ideas for scrutiny, developing one of those ideas and producing working drawings and plans to manufacture the item and test and evaluate it.
more besides. Some of the highlights of the show were Meghan Horn’s love seat, Oliver Pike’s duck house and Billy Pollintine’s collapsible sledge. The work produced at A2 Level was excellent and Joe Broughton’s lighted wine rack was visually impressive. Within all these projects the range of materials and processes used is huge, depending on the material pupils may be required to master techniques such as welding, turning, milling, wood turning not to mention having to decide upon and justify the materials and processes used.
The range of projects chosen never ceases to astound: this year’s work at GCSE level ranged from love seats and garden storage through to drum music stands, outdoor ﬁre pits, tool storage, table tennis ball launchers and much
It is to the credit of all the pupils that the quality of ﬁnished products is high, many take great pride in the ﬁnal outcome and will not accept anything less than their best. All in all the exhibition was a great success with many parents and staff joining us to celebrate pupils’ work with a glass of wine and some nibbles. See you next year! Mr Moon
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Biology British Biology Olympiad and Biology Challenge Successes Both the Olympiad and Challenge are popular national competitions run by the Society of Biology and take the format of demanding on-line tests featuring many questions from beyond the A Level and GCSE syllabuses respectively. Olympiad success for the Upper Sixth included seven Bronze Awards and two Silver awards. Sam Burhouse, who was rather hesitant in signing up for the competition proved himself by achieving the best result in school! Out of the 75 Middle Fifth pupils who took part in the Biology Challenge, 12 achieved a Gold Award, there were 19 Silver certiﬁcates awarded and 20 pupils obtained a Bronze Award. Several of the remaining M5th who took part were Commended or Highly Commended. The ‘Men in White Coats’ trip to Exeter Medical School took place in March. A number of Lower Fifth pupils visited the University of Exeter Medical School for an afternoon of exciting, hands-on activities hosted by senior researchers at the University, clinicians from the hospital and a number of PhD students who provided the pupils with a great opportunity to receive teaching and ask questions. Pupils had the opportunities to use apparatus and learn about techniques that would not normally be possible in the school labs.
Daniel Wilcock (L5D) reported: "I enjoyed the trip a lot because it made me appreciate microbiology more. I found the molecular analysis most interesting." Bella Allan (L5E) said: ‘We got to do experiments with people who were studying for a PhD, so we could ask lots of questions about what they were doing, why they were doing it and how they got into research. It was fascinating going into the laboratories and being able to have a go ourselves!" The Explorer Dome took Fourth Form on a journey through the digestive system.... Pupils crawled inside an inﬂatable dome to learn about the fascinating and disgusting aspects of digestion. There were hands-on activities and demonstrations, all set amongst large projected images of the related tissues and organs. Pupils unravelled ‘small intestine’ tubing to see just how far this stretches. But, the highlight for most was the mixing of crushed biscuits, vinegar and water to simulate vomit! .....and the Lower Sixth on a journey inside the cell The presentation began by establishing the incredibly small scale of cellular biology-something that is easily forgotten, even when studying it in detail. It then went on to discuss the origin of life and pointed out how unicellular life forms ruled the earth for literally hundreds of millions of years before humans even existed. The talk culminated in a discussion about genetic engineering and raised some interesting questions about the ethical issues surrounding the technology. The enclosed space, with micrographs and illustrations projected on the ceiling of the dome granted a novel, exciting and very atmospheric environment in which to learn. Suraj Gandhi
Biology Residential at Nettlecombe We arrived at Nettlecombe Court on Friday and began our Ecological studies in a nearby field in the rain. Having played the “quadrat game” to compare different methods of sampling, we went inside for supper, before setting up some small mammal traps nearby. We then challenged another school to a tense football match in the evening.
sampled the freshwater invertebrates in both ripples and pools in the stream. On return we carried out some statistical tests to analyse our data. Later, we played an intense game of ultimate frisbee, and Exeter School were victorious again!
On Saturday, we checked our mammal traps that we had set up the night before, ﬁnding seven doormice and a vole. We then headed off to Embercombe on Exmoor where we
The following morning, we sampled the woodlice population in the woodlands at Nettlecombe and marked them with a non-toxic ﬂuid. Next, we headed off to Braunton
Burrows in the sun, enjoying the beautiful weather and investigating succession by measuring the changes in species abundance and diversity across the sand dunes. That evening we recounted the woodlice and performed a calculation to estimate their population size before making the most of the croquet lawn. On Monday, we packed our bags, said goodbye to our new friends from the two other schools that were staying at Nettlecombe with us, and went to Helwell Bay to sample seaweeds and measure limpets on the rocky shore. We returned to Exeter School more aware of the abundance and diversity of species in a variety of different environments and the different techniques used to study them and to analyse data. Frankie Trelawny
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Solar eclipse: grey skies part for lucky star-gazers Between 08.30 and 10.30am on Friday 20th March 2015, partial solar eclipse was visible from the UK.
and light levels around us. Pupils and staff alike were waiting and looking at some of the information on display about present and future solar eclipses as well as the data logging equipment that the Physics Department had set up. Then the clouds began to break up and, over the coming half an hour, virtually all members of Exeter School from 7 to 18 years of age and staff were able to view the partially obscured Sun using the variety of safe methods that were available.
Exeter School staff and pupils were primed, ready for the event. This meant that we were all ready and expecting an unusual solar display whilst, at the same time, being mindful of the dangers and understanding how to view the Sun safely through the many solar viewers that were available.
Although people in the Faroe Islands and Svalbard might have experienced a total eclipse, the Exeter School experience was one that will be remembered for many years to come.
Then … the maximum was approaching at 09.30 and it was still cloudy! More than 85% of the Sun was obscured by the Moon and we could all sense the decrease in temperature
For those of you keen to experience the full effect you will be glad to hear that there is an upcoming total solar eclipse in Devon…on 23rd September 2090! Dr Wilson
Life Saving During the Summer term, twenty pupils from the Middle Fifth and Lower Sixth and twenty-four staff passed their Lifesaving Awards. From the Middle Fifth, thirteen pupils worked very hard to achieve their Royal Lifesaving Society Silver Medallion Survive and Save Award, learning about personal survival strategies and water safety issues alongside a wide range of rescue skills in and out of water. During their assessments, they had to demonstrate their proﬁciency in resuscitation techniques and carry out simulated water based rescues in a variety of different scenarios. They all showed a good mastery of the skills and techniques required and will hopefully develop their rescue skills further in sixth form by doing a Lifeguard course. The seven sixth form pupils and twenty four teaching and support staff all passed their National Rescue Award for Swimming Teachers and Coaches (NRASTC). Many of the staff had to brave the cold conditions during their training and assessment in April and May while the sixth form enjoyed sunny after school sessions once their AS exams were complete. The NRASTC 56
course focuses on pool safety and management and the different approaches to a variety of water based emergency situations. These test the candidate’s knowledge of pool safety, rescue techniques and ﬁrst aid as well as the management of both swimmers and onlookers. Staff and pupils acting as casualties were able to demonstrate their acting skills in some very realistic incidents making it challenging for the life saver to ﬁgure out what exactly was going on and the best way to take appropriate action, but everyone showed their ability to effect successful rescues. This year’s training was run by Lifesaving Instructors John Davidson and Stephanie Shrubb, with the assistance of Fred Smith and invaluable support from sixth form pupil Katie Furby who was completing her Instructor Award. Exeter School was also awarded the prestigious Royal Navy Cup by the Royal Life Saving Society (RLSS) Devon Branch in May, the sixth time the school has won this cup since 2006 and the second year in succession. The cup is awarded for the number of lifesaving awards and the standard shown in simulated rescues. “We would like to thank all the staff involved for all the effort that went into training us! We know that these lifesaving skills will always be beneﬁcial to have!” Amanda Herring “We were learning vital skills it was also great fun! I would deﬁnitely recommend it to anyone interested in life saving.” Suraj Gandhi @ExeterSchoolUK
Eclipse / Life Saving / Code Breaking
Cracking Codes @ Exeter School As the country went Engima-mad with the release of The Imitation Game, code breaking was rife at Exeter School this year. Firstly the Exeter School Cryptography club took part in the annual Alawn Turing Cryptography competition. Teams from the Junior and Senior School had to download a new code to break and solve it in the fastest time. They against 993 other teams from all around the country to solve the codes in the quickest time possible. The quicker they solved the code the more points they gained. Our best performing cryptographers TeamExeterHacks made up of Fourth Formers Redmond and Henry Coleman, Leif Hafstad and Oliver Tucker ﬁnished the competition in an excellent 39th position. Behind them in 160th position were TeamExeterOmega comprising of Third Formers James Waddington and
Tom Harris-Deans. TeamExeterAlpha came in 289th position, including with team members from Upper Two, Maxi Harland, Otto Oldridge, Mark Pugh and Angus Stride. Teamexeteralpha came in 322nd position, comprising of Lower Two pupil William Waddington. Teamexeterlol came in 415th position, which included Lower Two Freddie Bennett and Third Formers Ollie Bennett, Charlie Kerr and Sam Allman. Code breaking fever also hit the school when 60 Year 5 pupils from local primary schools and Lower Twos from the Junior School attended the Cracking Codes Maths Enrichment morning at the Senior School. Before they knew it the pupils were set a challenge to solve a series of codes to help the Special Forces locate hidden
blue prints! Junior School Lower Two pupils William Waddington, Fred Croft, Ethan Hwang, Ben Barratt and Louis Sadeghi worked hard to crack the codes, with William ﬁnally piecing together the clues to ﬁnd the blue prints! Mrs James
Here is a code to crack: OW ZSNW ZSV S UJSUCAFY LAEW UJSUCAFY UGVWK SL WPWLWJ KUZGGD
Answer to code: We have had a cracking time cracking codes at Exeter School
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Maths Challenge Report 2014 – 2015 The Maths Challenges are national competitions which take place annually for three different age groups. These competitions provide an opportunity to win certiﬁcates and top performers win the right to participate in subsequent rounds, which ultimately are used to pick a national Mathematics Olympiad team. The school also competes in mathematics competitions across all age groups.
Sixth Form The Senior Maths Challenge was taken by 69 volunteers from the Upper and Lower Sixth and by Sets 1 and 2 in the Upper Fifth on Thursday 6th November. Out of these 116 pupils there were 9 Gold, 20 Silver and 40 Bronze certiﬁcate winners. Particularly ﬁne performances came from Kate Gilbert (U6), Chris Richardson (L6) and George Milner (U5) who achieved the best results in each year, as well as their Gold certiﬁcates. Also in November we took a team of four sixth form mathematicians to compete in the Senior Team Maths Challenge at the Exeter Maths School. This is a separate competition where problems are presented in a format which encourages team work and collaborative working, in the context of some demanding mathematics. The team of Ed Whelan, Lloyd Stait, Aidan Higgins and Chris Richardson clearly enjoyed the experience in spite of some initial trepidation. They ﬁnished a creditable 7th position out of the 25 schools who attended.
Lower School On Thursday 5 February it was the turn of the Lower Fifth, Middle Fifth and Upper Fifth to do the Intermediate Maths Challenge. In total nearly 250 pupils took part in the event and of these, 12 gained gold, 38 gained silver, and 51 gained bronze certiﬁcates. The pupils who were awarded gold certiﬁcates are: Amber Seaward, Lucas Orchard-Clark, George Milner, Ben Haigh, Louis Withers from the Upper Fifth, William Pearce, Charlie Austin, Thomas Doane, Ben Crocker, Clyde Milling, Archie Harris from the Middle Fifth and Hope Evans from the Lower Fifth. On the strength of these results 7 pupils were invited to participate in the follow on rounds where Merit 58
certiﬁcates were won by Amber and Louis in the Intermediate Olympiad papers and Lucas in the Intermediate Kangaroo. At the end of February Charlie Austin, Thomas Doane, Will Pearce and Louis Withers from the Middle Fifth represented the school in the local rounds of the Mathematics Feast at the Met Office organised by the Further Maths Support Programme. The event included an informative tour of the Met Office, and a competition with a range of curious rounds. One such round had the team building a tower out of interlinking Origami cubes. Out of the 11 schools that participated Exeter was initially awarded fourth place. However the team was quick to spot an arithmetic mistake in the scoring and as a result were upgraded to second place - a mere 2 points behind the leaders – and gained book prizes as a result. In March, Fourth Formers Joel Seaward and Josh Grier combined with Izzy Stylianides and Jamie Stephenson from the Lower Fifth to represent the school at the Team Maths Challenge at Exmouth Community College. They were a noticeably animated team, who had clearly taken on board the importance of working collaboratively, while other teams appeared to be more inclined to work as four individuals. Of the 42 local schools who attended Exeter school ﬁnished second, a fantastic achievement but unfortunately only the regional winners qualify for the next round. In the summer term it was the turn of the Third and Fourth Form pupils to take part in the Junior Maths Challenge. Exeter pupils were awarded a total of 8 Gold, 28 Silver and 35 Bronze certiﬁcates across the two year groups. The Gold certiﬁcate winners are shown here and Tom Harris-Deans, Heather Brown and Tom Kilmartin and from the Third Form, Charlie Pullen, Angus Harris, Joel Seaward, Josh Grier and Ed O’Connor from the Fourth Form. Josh, Joel and Tom Harris-Deans were invited to take part in the follow on rounds as a result of doing particularly well. All three pupils gained Merit certiﬁcates, Joel in the Junior Mathematics Olympiad and Joel and Tom in the Junior Kangaroo. Our congratulations go to all those who have taken part in the competitions over the year. Mr Malone-Lee @ExeterSchoolUK
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Adventure Training On the first day of the Easter holidays in the early hours of the morning, 24 Middle Fifth and Lower Sixth pupils gathered at school to set off on our journey to the Lake District. After a long journey, we arrived at the Great Tower Scout Activity Centre. The site consisted of 250 acres of woodland, which was great for exploring in. We used this particularly during evening activities such as night orienteering and capture the ﬂag. This caused some controversy between year groups due to the highly competitive Middle Fifth! Due to the unfortunate weather, we were unable to go ghyll scrambling as planned. However, the weather still permitted us to go caving in the morning session. This was a lot of fun, although particularly nerve racking for the claustrophobic among us! On this day we also went to a climbing centre involving bouldering and some challenging overhangs! The next day we went on our ﬁrst proper walk as a team. There were four teams each consisting of four Middle Fifth
and two Sixth Form leaders. On this day, we experienced winds of up to 60mph, which caused a lot of clinging on to each other in order to not be blown over! This walk gave us the opportunity to practice our navigating as well as climbing some difficult terrain. Again, due to the unfortunate weather and the forecast 90mph winds, our three day expedition was cancelled. However, the teachers planned an exciting team competition day involving navigation against the clock, orienteering and also escape and evasion. This became highly competitive as Mr Sharpe, Miss Hilton and her dog Benson were particularly good at spotting us! The next day, we were taken to the Lakeland climbing centre which contained the highest climbing wall in Europe. It also had multiple facilities such as bouldering rooms, an range of climbing walls for different abilities and a challenging stalactite. Congratulations to Amanda Herring (Lower Sixth) and Isaac Tudge (Middle Fifth) for achieving the best cadet of their year group award. And many thanks to Dr Chapman, Mr Smith, Miss Hilton and Mr Sharpe for taking us as well as the external instructors, Tony Finnis and Bob Loram. Elise Littlewood
Planes, planes and more planes! For this year’s camp we went to RAF Halton, a training base in Buckinghamshire. On arrival we were joined by cadets from three other schools; Bridlington School and Batley School in Yorkshire and Wellingborough School in Northamptonshire. With a total of 41 cadets on camp we were all able to make new friends from different parts of the country over the course of the week. We were also split into 3 ﬂights (teams), mixing the different schools, with a ﬂight competition that went on throughout the week. This consisted of various activities from shooting and drill to ten pin bowling and who could clear the staff’s plates ﬁrst. The competition made the week more exciting, wondering which ﬂight was going to come out victorious. After some initial ice breaker games (always great fun) on the Saturday, the ﬁrst full day of camp took us to an aviation museum which had hundreds of planes on show, from those used in WWII to those in service today. It was fascinating to see how big some of the planes were up close. After that, we went swimming on base for a few hours, playing a few games of water polo and racing, before having the chance to go to an indoor drill facility to learn how to march properly and
meet the standards of our camp’s Sergeant. Day 3 began with us being split into 2 groups; those who had passed a weapons handling test before and those who hadn’t. Those who’d passed the test spent the morning perfecting their marksmanship skills to prepare us for shooting later on in the week. After that we went on a ﬂight simulator to see how well we could ﬂy and land a Chipmunk. In the evening, we took part in NitEx, which I highly recommend to anyone who’s never taken part in one. This particular exercise involved crossing a ‘mine ﬁeld’, in our 3 ﬂights, before going into the forest and scanning for a ‘bomb’, all the while being hunted by the staff and having to frequently hide among the trees. All this whilst being covered in some questionable face paint. We were given the opportunity to ﬂy the next day, and for those who were able to go they had the chance to go up in the Grob tutor, a 2 person training plane, and even take control of the aircraft while in the air - a great experience and deﬁnitely one of the highlights of the week.
Another highlight of the week came the next day when we were able to shoot L-98s on a DCCT range (Dismounted Close Combat Trainer), which can most simply be explained as an extremely realistic version of COD (although we only shot at targets instead of people). It simulates shooting a real weapon and provides highly detailed feedback on how shooting technique. Those who weren’t able to ﬁre on this range were able to shoot the L-2s on a live range, also a great experience. We spent the next morning on a low ropes course, my favourite activity of the week. In our ﬂights we had to help each other from falling off, which not only improved our teamwork and communication but was also extremely fun. The day ended with our inter-ﬂight drill competition and inspection, a slightly nerve wracking albeit brilliant experience seeing how much we’d improved after only a few days marching together. For our last full day on camp we travelled to the Royal International Air Tatoo at RAF Fairford, one of the biggest air shows in Europe, and had a fantastic time. Meeting the Red Arrows, seeing the last ﬂying Avro Vulcan as well as a Typhoon and Spitﬁre ﬂy side by side were the highlights of a very exciting day. To top that off, we ended the day with a BBQ, disco and the traditional ‘Paper Plates’ awards. The icing on top of a great week away. It was an amazing camp packed with loads of fun things to do. If anyone is thinking of going on RAF camp next year I highly recommend it. Emily Smith
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CCF Royal Navy The Royal Navy Section has had another fun packed and busy year. Much of our time has been spent on the water with over 90 cadets improving their sailing and kayaking skills. Many cadets who have had no sailing experience at all were introduced to the sport of sailing at Haven Banks, those who have already had some sailing knowledge were given the chance to improve their sailing skills in the more challenging waters at the Exe Sailing Club. Cadets also had the chance to develop their kayaking skills. Friday afternoons through the year have blessed us with sunshine and a crisp breeze resulting in fantastic sailing and kayaking conditions. All the cadets have also spent time developing their knowledge of knots and working in teams to create rafts on the school outdoor pool. Off the water the cadets have developed their navigational and expedition expertise in order to complete their Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award expedition and a group of Lower Sixth are close to completing their Duke of Edinburgh Silver Award. Particular mention must go to Catherine Cull, Robyn Clifford and Hannah Francis who have achieved their Bronze award this year. Although they complete the expedition with the section these pupils have organised themselves to complete the remaining sections of the award including service, physical and skill. Field days have seen the section in a wide range of activities and enjoyed by all. The aforementioned Duke of Edinburgh award expeditions have taken place, as have trips to Go Ape and orienteering at Haldon Forest, Micro Navigation, Middle Fifth cooking competition, a trip to Dartrock, and a fun regatta day at the Exe Sailing Club.
This year we have been lucky to be given the chance to take 20 cadets to HMS Raleigh to experience the exciting DRUI. This is a real life simulation of a sinking ship where the cadets get to use chocks of wood to plug holes in a sinking ship. A realistic and exciting unique activity that we are very lucky to take our cadets on. In addition to mending sinking ships, the cadets also learnt how to ﬁre ﬁght and had actual hands on experience with the various ﬁre appliances. During the training sessions on a Friday afternoon the cadets have learnt about the Royal Navy, worked in basic sea skills and learnt RN drill and customs. This year all 25 Middle Fifth cadets passed their Emergency First Aid at Work award which is valid for 3 years. Cadets have had the chance to develop their urban awareness skills and spent time on the climbing wall. The annual competition with the RAF at Christmas is a tradition and the Royal Navy decided to graciously let the RAF win this year – enough said about that! The section has a large focus on leadership and teamwork. The Lower Sixth and Upper Sixth run all the sessions for the Middle Fifth and Upper Fifth. The Upper Sixth led by Coxswain Lloyd Stait and Bosuns Liv Young and Alec Gladstone had to prepare and teach the lectures to the younger cadets. It is fantastic to see the Sixth formers producing some excellent role models for the younger cadets, whilst developing their leadership skills. The Lower Sixth spent a few weeks completing their Leadership Cadre which has prepared them to lead the lower cadets and take over from the departing Upper Sixth. The new team of Coxswain Sam Gaitley, and Bosuns Elspeth Mabin and Toby Lee are more than ready for the challenges of leading the section in the new academic year!!! The ﬁnal highlight of the Royal Navy Section year is the annual Summer Camp at Roadford Lake. This year’s camp provided us with excellent sailing winds meaning all the cadets managed to achieve various RYA sailing awards. The evening entertainments varied from Masterchef style competitions and an exciting challenge led by the senior cadets. A superb way to round of another successful year in the Royal Navy Section. Mrs James
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The Sound of Music To me, there is no nostalgia quite as heartwarming as singing Once In Royal David’s City in Exeter Cathedral. Throughout my school years, every Christmas I have had the joy of singing in this beautiful and atmospheric cathedral. An abundance of fond memories resonate- annually comparing my height against the once vast twinkling Christmas trees, intently searching for my mother’s proud face as it bobbed out among the large crowd, never quite overcoming the fear that I might one year accidently plunge to my death from the choir’s incredibly high staging, the nervous excitement felt when performing a difficult piece for the ﬁrst time, and the wonderful echoing applause that followed, inspiring a joyful relief among my fellow choir members and I. So as my last Christmas Carol Concert in Exeter Cathedral, this year’s National Trust Concert was a particularly special event for me. With a packed audience, the inhabitants were treated to an array of vocal and instrumental talents of all ages. The young George Daldorph sang a beautiful solo verse of Once in Royal
David’s City, which brought back the fond memory of when I nervously did the same, at a time when I still tied my hair in bunches. My friend Rosie Vercoe, who is in her ﬁnal year, proudly led the symphony Orchestra with their delightful rendition of Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer and March by Arnold. The Senior Brass ensemble further immersed the audience into the festive spirit with an arrangement of Santa Baby and I Saw Three Ships, as did the Middle School Choir with their wonderfully cheerful performance of Sing Sing. My fellow Belles and I congregated to perform The Thrilling by Engelhardt which (thank goodness) went smoothly and was met with a warm applause. Chamber choir performed an array of impressive carol including the beautiful In the Bleak Midwinter and the powerful Oh Radiant Dawn. The brilliant Saxophone Quartet performed Lemon Meringue Pie, serving up a slice of perfection as always. The congregation joined in a rousing chorus of many festive carols throughout the concert, which I’m sure I’m not alone in saying is one of the most treasured joys of Christmas,
besides a good mince pie! Uniting in a mass of loud jumbled voices (always completely out of time with the orchestra) with an atmosphere of gaiety is to me what Christmas is all about. As I reach the close of my ﬁnal year of school, about to embark on the beginning of my adult life, I know that singing besides my friends to an appreciative audience of proud parents and the splendid stained glass window of Exeter Cathedral will be one of the most treasured memories of my time at school. Clara Finnigan
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Dreaming of a White Christmas... Exeter School’s Christmas Concert was a wonderfully diverse and talented event, ending a busy term on a festive high.
The Christmas Concert offers an exciting and valuable opportunity for pupils to perform and showcase their wide range of musical talents to the rest of the school, and what a showcase it was. With performances of Christmas classics such as I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas by Eka BarkerPrivalova and Isla Gebbie with their strong harmonies and warm rich vocal tones. The Junior School represented their budding musical talents in the form of Junior School Orchestra and the Junior African Drum Troupe. The newly formed Boys’ Barbershop choir gave a charmingly amusing Christmas rendition of My Evaline. A wide range of musical genres were presented in groups such as Fifth String, where
talented vocalist Verity Stroud and the rest of her band gave a fantastic rendition of John Newman’s Cheating. I had the pleasure of performing one of my favourite songs People Get Ready by Eva Cassidy with my fellow members of Swunkette, which was thoroughly enjoyable. For her last Christmas concert Mrs Mitchell entreated the audience to a fabulous vocal performance of Peggy Lee’s I Love Being Here With You along with the members of Swunk. A John Rutter Christmas carol classic of Jesus Child was merrily performed by Senior Choir, along with Pharrell Williams’ Happy, exciting the audience to come to their feet, singing and clapping along to one of the most loved songs of 2014. Middle School Choir performed the also well-loved tune of Sing Sing Sing, charming the audience with their fantastic jazz hands. My fellow Belles and I endeavoured to make Mrs Mitchell proud with a thrilling arrangement of Gaudete. The evening was rounded off with Rudolf’s (aka Mrs Turner) amusing hunt for two delectable carrots in the form of ‘onesied’ Mr Hughes and Miss Hilton, which was appropriately accompanied by the Middle School Orchestra’s Rudolf the Red Nose Reindeer conducted by Sixth Former Fionn Connolly. The evening, full of talent, festivity and great humour was one enjoyed by all. Clara Finnigan @ExeterSchoolUK
WaterAid For the 14th year, Exeter School’s musicians came together on 29th April to provide a memorable evening of entertainment, raising funds for the charity WaterAid. The connection between WaterAid and the school is prized by both organisations, with this year’s concert once again reminding the school community of the valuable work undertaken by WaterAid whilst enabling pupils to demonstrate their many talents for a good cause. Pupils from across the senior school were performing at the event in St. David’s Church, Exeter, with a programme which included everything from Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody to
Vaughan Williams’ Folk Songs from Somerset. As well as the three school orchestras, performing pieces including the whole of Holst’s St. Paul’s Suite and the famous In the Hall of the Mountain King, Jazz Band 1 and Senior Brass gave the audience a smooth combination of ballads, spirituals, blues and groove. The choral tradition is thriving at Exeter
School, with Chamber Choir and Vocal Ensemble programming a diverse range of pieces which fully demonstrated their beautiful blend of voices as well as spotlighting several talented soloists. Mrs Guthrie’s all-girl Belles Canto as ever delighted the audience, whilst the Barbershop Boys were a highlight of the evening with their Little Innocent Lamb. Further thanks must also go to WaterAid sponsors Pangaea TV, Interserve, South West Water, Bradleys Estate Agents and Ashfords Solicitors for their support of this very special annual event. Mr Tamblyn
Chamber Concert Despite taking place in the more intimate setting of the school chapel, the Chamber Concert provided several ensembles with the opportunity to showcase a wide variety of music to the evident delight of the audience. The huge number of quartets and smaller ensembles comprised more traditional string quartets and the less frequently heard cello and saxophone groups. In addition to the large number of classical ensembles, including both Junior and Senior Chamber Orchestras, the Senior Brass group played three lively dances, in contrast to soloist Lila Tristram’s expressive rendition of No Moon at All. The newly established Boys’ Barbershop group and the Sixth Form girls’ equivalent, Belles Canto, entertained with their animated and cheeky melodies. The clear acoustics of the chapel www.exeterschool.org.uk
provided the perfect conditions for the several haunting and resonant contemporary pieces that were performed by the Chamber Choir, including Lauridsen’s O Magnum Mysterium, that highlighted the choral expertise of the new Assistant Director of Music, Mr Brimelow.
respectively) was particularly memorable. We are sure to hear much of their musical careers in the future. Hannah Francis
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Choral Society This year’s Choral Society concert was unique in many ways. Roughly 130 pupils, parents, staff and friends of Exeter School performed three diverse but magnificent choral works, one of them written by an A Level pupil.
The ﬁrst piece of the concert was the innovative and rarely performed Bernstein Mass, a musical theatre work that had been adapted for a choir. It certainly felt a bit strange singing a secular mass in the Cathedral, and whilst not everyone warmed to it at ﬁrst, we soon learned to love the unusual, jazzy score and the thought-provoking lyrics. The mass started with an extraordinarily difficult and impressive solo from Exeter School alumna Lucy Bray who is currently studying at Trinity Laban Conservetoire of Music and Dance. Sixth Formers Fionn Connolly, Rebecca German, Clara Finnigan, Lila Tristram and Jessica Honey also sang a variety of solos and duets and two younger pupils, George Daldorph and Emily Moudiotis took on starring roles. The second piece performed was a short composition for choir and orchestra, Ring on Ring, based on the poem by Sylvia 66
Plath, by Upper Sixth pupil Fionn Connolly. Everyone who sang, played or listened to Fionn’s composition was hugely impressed by its maturity and beauty. It featured sensitive solos from cellist Alice Greenwood, violinist Hannah Connolly and vocal solos from Rebecca German and alumnus Jonathan Schranz, who is graduating from Cambridge University this year. The concert ended with the glorious choral classics Zadok the Priest and The King Shall Rejoice from Handel’s Coronation Anthems. The professional orchestra, conducted by Mr Tamblyn, played expertly, and the choir sang the joyful anthems with great exuberance. It was a wonderful experience to be involved in such a unique and talent-ﬁlled concert. Jess Honey @ExeterSchoolUK
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The Hills Are Alive... Just after the end of term 41 pupils and five very excited staff packed a coach, to the gunnels, full of orchestral instruments, clothes, music, sunscreen and music stands, to head off to the continent on the Music Department Three City Tour, 2015.
The lengthy bus journey (27 hours) was broken up by a swift and efficient ferry crossing and the obligatory sing-along of The Sound of Music on the coach, for we were on the way to Salzburg. It had been calculated that we could watch the entire ﬁlm six and a half times during the coach journey, and we were all saved from this by the coach drivers banning it after the ﬁrst performance. Which was a good call. Their ﬁrst of many. In Salzburg the choir and orchestra performed on a very hot afternoon in the shade of the Mirabelle Gardens. We had a fascinating guided tour around the city, visited Mozart’s 68
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temperatures in the high 30s, a number of tourists made their way to the water-side at Lake Bohinj, a few strolled through the trees along the Mostnica Gorge and up into the Voje Valley alp, and the most intrepid and brave took to the hills, and climbed 500m above Lake Bohinj to be rewarded with the most fantastic views. A concert in the packed town square of Kranjska Gora, accompanied by the church bells, rounded off our tour in great style. Mr Tamblyn
birthplace, and found ourselves in the receipt of an invitation to perform in the Cathedral, which we did the very next day, perhaps one of the real highlights of the tour.
thermal spring pools. We performed two slightly more formal concerts, one of which was in a very nice restaurant, and dinner was thrown in, which was a bonus.
A six-hour journey through Austria and the west of Hungary brought us to Budapest, and a rather nice hotel on Heroes Square. We were able to explore the quaint metro system, and the pedestrianised area of the old town of Pest, the Castle Hill just over the river in Buda, and spend half a day in the Gellert Baths, wallowing in the
A further six-hour journey took us to Slovenia, by way of a lunch stop at the thermal springs water park Terme 3000. The pupils and staff were properly spoiled be means of the nicest hotel many of us have ever staid in, with spectacular views up to peaks of the Julian Alps, 2km above us, best seen from the pool-side. One day, in
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Lower Fifth and Middle Fifth Geography Field Trip to Saas Grund The few days before we left there was a lot of stress as the Port of Calais had been shut due to strikes, and the entrance to the Channel Tunnel closed by burning tyres. We learnt from Twitter that many other schools had got as far as Calais only to have to abandon their trips and turn back. By some miracle we managed to catch another ferry departing from Newhaven, not massively affecting our timings, thanks to Mrs Sail’s incredible organisation skills! Even then our troubles were not over because, on the hottest day of the century the air conditioning on the coach broke down.
Although the journey was a struggle, when we arrived at the hotel it felt like heaven. Over the four nights we were fed amazingly with three course meals, in the evening and a huge choice for breakfast and packed lunch. The trip was full of breath-taking views, relaxing walks and culture packed activities. On our ﬁrst full day we took at cable car up the Eggishorn when we could view the Aletsch Glacier, at 26km it is the longest valley glacier in Europe. It has a backdrop of the Eiger, Jungfrau and Monch mountains and we walked on snow for the ﬁrst time. A highlight for the Rugby enthusiasts was meeting the Welsh Rugby team who were taking a break from high altitude training for the World Cup in the tiny resort of Bettmeralp. They were really friendly and Simon Priddle managed to get ‘selﬁes’ with several of the stars. Another day was spent in Zermatt where some of the more hardy members of the group swam in an Alpine lake. We saw the famous Matterhorn (Toblerone mountain) reﬂected in the lake. Our sense of triumph at coping with the icy water was short-lived as runners engaged in the Zermatt Mountain Marathon sprinted past on their way up to Gornergrat at 2585m. This year is the 150th anniversary of the climbing of the Matterhorn and we visited a museum which commemorated the event but also gave a history of climbing in the Alps. It was interesting
comparing our lightweight jackets, rucksacks and boots with the equipment that people used in the past. Zermatt is a car-free village and when we met up with the coach drivers at the end of the day there was great celebration because they had managed to ﬁnd a garage to repair the air conditioning. We went to the Stausse Mattmark reservoir and learnt about mountain hazards: there was a major disaster here in 1965 when a big chunk of the glacier fell off and crushed 85 people who were working on the building of the Dam. The cultural highlight of the trip was visiting Saas Fee on the day of a big
alpine parade. We had just descended from a cable car ride to the snowﬁeld at Felskinn and were enjoying rides on the Summer luge when we heard the sound of Alpine horns. The main street of the village was taken up with a long procession that included St Bernard dogs, people in national costume, yodelling choirs, people dressed as Alpine trolls and clog dancers. There were free samples of regional produce and sweets being handed out and nearly everyone managed to acquire a straw hat which had been donated by the local supermarket. I think that I can speak for the whole trip when saying that the trip was a great success and it advanced our learning hugely. We would like to thank Mr Davidson, Miss Horsford, Ms Roff, Alex Porter and especially Mrs Sail who has been planning this trip since last year, and keeping calm just before leaving with the problems of Calais. Rowan Leeder, Felix Leach and Thomas Burhop
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Vietnam From the dramatic rice terraces of the North, through the unique karsts of Ha Long Bay and the mighty caverns of Hang En Cave, to the bustle of the Ho Chi Minh City and the Mekong Delta, 36 pupils and staff experienced the diversity of Vietnam on this summer's four-week expedition. Split into two teams, the groups travelled the length of the country. In North, near the Chinese border, they explored the remote valleys populated by isolated farming communities. On the coast, they visited the modern natural wonder that is Ha Long Bay. In central Vietnam the teams trekked through the jungle to reach the epic Hang En Cave. And further south they visited the Mekong Delta for a community project breathing new life into a school to provide for the future education. And in between the teams stayed amongst the noise and traffic of Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh city, where they soon became adept at dodging hordes of mopeds as they worked around the city. Ho Chi Minh also provided a base from which to explore the famous Cu Chi tunnels, learning and getting a feel for what life must have been like living underground during the Vietnam War.
9 day remote tribal village trek We began our nine-day trek at Lào Cai, in the mountainous Northwest region of Vietnam, bordering China. Adjusting to the mountainous terrain and the hotter Northern climate (the temperature never reaching below 37˚C) whilst enduring the exhausting 5-8 hour walks per day, made for a difficult ﬁrst few days. However, we only had to look around and experience the beautiful scenery to lift our spirits. Patchy nights’ sleep were endured by all as we were woken every morning at 3am by the house’s cockerel or dogs barking. With minimal electricity and lighting (and certainly no Wi-Fi!), card games with head torches, reading and diary-writing were our main source of entertainment. We slept in sleeping bags on mat complete with mosquito nets and ate home-cooked, classic Vietnamese dishes prepared 72
by our own team of porters. It really was a simple existence, with a house on stilts, animals living below and one large room upstairs for living, eating, sleeping. The uniqueness of such a cultural immersion was brought home to us when families brought their sons to watch us because we were the ﬁrst western group to ever set foot in their homes, and sometimes their village. On the last morning we woke up feeling slightly odd… our days of walking and nights of homestays were behind us. We travelled to our hotel in Lung Phin and immediately took our much needed hot showers, watched the movie channel and enjoyed a celebratory team chocolate cake at a local restaurant before heading back to Hanoi for a well-deserved western meal of steak and chips. During our time trekking, we visited Then Van Village, Lung Cai, Hoang Nhi Pho and came across ethnic groups such as Phu La, Flower Hmong, Zao Ao Dai and many more! Nine days and 130km of never-ending rice paddies, breath-taking scenery, delicious food and challenging conditions made for an incredible experience and one that I’m sure we will never forget. Elise Littlewood
Halong Bay After a brief respite in Hanoi and a four-hour bus journey we ﬁnally arrived at the long awaited Halong Bay. Arriving at the bay we were greeted the view of our home for the next two nights; a junk boat looking slightly worse for wear. However, appearances can be deceiving and we were pleasantly surprised to be served fresh juice in an air-conditioned dining room with tasteful decor. That afternoon we explored an incredible limestone cave full of stalactite formations, and swim off a beach in the warm sea waters. The following day was spent kayaking around a small ﬂoating village, through caves and secret tunnels to beautiful hidden lagoons, which were often cut off by the tide. We also enjoyed the chance to swim amongst the stunning karsts. We arrived back onto solid ground feeling well fed, sunned and rested, looking forward to our upcoming trek to the Swallow Cave. Harry Hart www.exeterschool.org.uk
Mekong Delta Project The community project planned for us in Vietnam was pitched to us with cool composure: renovating the local primary school on one of the islands of the Mekong Delta. Easy right? Team B were the ﬁrst to get stuck into the task by repairing and refurbishing 2 out of the 3 classrooms and their corresponding classrooms. The learning curve was steep, and for some, acclimatising was tough in the extreme heat and humidity. Using only a few shovels, two dodgy wheel barrows and their own hands they removed the old ﬂoor; dug and laid the foundations; mixed up cement using nothing more than a shovel and some local guidance; and sanded and
painted the classroom and corridor walls with fresh paint. A great welcome for team A who were to follow on shortly to complete the project. The school itself was deﬁnitely in need of a lot work, although team B had already made big inroads - the paint on the walls was barely existent in the renovated half and the toilets were, unsurprisingly, grim. Work started bright and early the following day for team A and the old ﬂoor in the class room was swiftly removed by breaking up and removing old tiles along with digging up a lot of underlying sand to prepare the ﬂoor for the new foundations. Before we knew it, we had prepared the ﬂoor, began and ﬁnished painting the interior of the classroom and made a great start on the exterior: well ahead of schedule!
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With the ﬁrst day complete it was fair to say that everyone had really got stuck in and worked hard which, as a consequence, had left everyone absolutely shattered! However, getting to sleep was rather a different story as we were met at the homestay with a tremendous thunderstorm and a power cut. The volume of rain falling was so incredible that the locals commented on it being the heaviest in over a decade. Day two began again, with more manual labour and we sweated our way through sanding and painting the back wall of the school. In addition, we started on the toilet block - not a job for the faint hearted or those with a sensitive sense of smell. After another full-on day we journeyed back
to the homestay for a good night's rest which was tested once again by another thunderstorm, this time with additional ﬂooding of some rooms as opposed to power cuts. Our last day was one of accomplishment as it was due to our hard work that the planned four-day project had been reduced to three. A hard stint was put in to ﬁnish the remaining painting, bed and tile paths, clear the site and construct a large ﬂagpole foundation (based on the Exeter School logo!). Nam, our guide, managed to produce a few pots of brightly coloured paint with which a mural was created depicting the word's "Exeter School Expedition Vietnam 2015" which we surrounded with our hand prints and our names. A ﬁnal touch was added with the mounting of a new school sign, funded entirely by Archie Gebbie’s personal fundraising (in addition to much useful kit for the school to function), and really completed the look of the school. Pupils were invited to see the work and receive the Exeter School bags and stationary we had brought over for them. An unveiling ceremony in which the Vietnamese ﬂag was raised accompanied by a band and all of the children and teachers singing their National Anthem followed. Martin, team leader of the day, exchanged speeches with the head teacher who offered his gratitude to both teams to which we replied it had been an honour to work with them. I think we can safely say it was well worth it! Amanda Herring
Trek to Hang En Cave A much anticipated part of the expedition was the trek to Hang En Cave. Located deep in the Phong NhaKe Bang National Park, it lies well off the beaten track, surrounded by jungle. We soon realised why so few people have ever visited this cave; steep slopes and swollen rivers made for tough terrain. After only a quick stop for a picnic lunch of dumplings, we set off again, determined to reach our destination while it was still light. Our hard work was rewarded when, two hours later, the impressive sight of the cave appeared before us. Excited to explore what is the third largest cave in the world, the group headed deep inside, where we were confronted with breath-taking rock formations and extensive sand dunes. The sheer scale of the cave, at over 2km long and 80m high, was breath-taking, proving to be well worth the arduous trek. There was even time for a dip in the natural spring before returning to our campsite. After dinner by candle light at the cave mouth - a great spread of traditional Vietnamese dishes, prepared by our team of local porters - we settled down for a night on the rocky ﬂoor; unsurprisingly, we didn’t get much sleep!
themselves and each other and were taken out of their comfort zones to be challenged in a world far from their own. In the end, the expeditioners' determination and resilience shined
through enabling all to enjoy a fantastic time in a wonderful country. Becky Richardson
A tropical downpour drastically raised river levels and turned the already slippery slopes into mudslides, making progress yet more challenging. However, the group ﬁnished the journey back in high spirits, proud of our achievement and grateful for such an incredible experience. All in, it was an incredible month. There were tough times and exciting times. The expeditioners grew in character, learnt more about
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Rugby 1st XV The rugby 1st XV has had a fantastic season with one of the highest win to loss ratios of the last few years. The domestic season started with a comprehensive win by a largely inexperienced side at Crediton who stamped their authority on the game and continued our winning streak against the Colts’ side. Our ﬁrst test came in the form of Taunton School, and our scoring started in spectacular style with Tom Counsell opening his impressive tally with a drop goal from behind the opponents’ 10-metre line, which our prop Harry 76
Collison then spent the next week trying to prove he could do it as well. Harry Skinner dazzled the opposition to score an amazing solo try from within his own 10-metre line. Our success carried on throughout the ﬁrst term with domestic wins over Shebbear, in which Sam Boddington racked up a record 4 tries, West Buckland and Wellington. The 1st XV had a bye in the ﬁrst round of the National Cup because of their success in last year’s National Cup. Our ﬁrst national cup match was against Downside School; the long journey took its toll but a close match was won none the less. Our next big test was against Plymouth College. The game was a tough prospect and we hoped to break the losing streak we had against them. However, some early defensive errors let them get ahead, and in a valiant ﬁght back we closed the deﬁcit to just a few points but eventually lost our ﬁrst game, one we really should have won. @ExeterSchoolUK
We swiftly got back to winning ways with a crushing victory of 50 - 7 against Claysmore School with Tim Miles racking up 5 tries, stealing the record from Sam Boddington. We then had our next National Cup game against the Blue School. This was a better game despite awful conditions with wind, rain and mud making any form of handling nay on impossible. However, we played through the conditions and despite some tough opposition we came away 24-3 victors, with a highlight being Harry Collison’s huge run from outside the 22 through and over 5 or 6 players to score a fantastic try. Also Harry Hart’s attempted kick-off catch which involved a very commanding call for the ball which he then managed to miss entirely! The half term came as a welcome break and our return game was Truro at home. This game was a tough prospect with lots of rain making the ground slick and muddy and handling the ball hard. We initially forged ahead but our intensity dropped off and we were only a few points in the lead at the break. An early score for Truro in the second half put them ahead, however the team rallied magniﬁcently and in two hard fought advances up the pitch, one of which involved over 20 back to back rucks, before the backs managed to spin the ball wide and claim us two tries that won the game. This was the start of a huge 5 game series for us which involved playing 3 of the toughest teams on our ﬁxture lists. Our next ﬁxture was against Torquay Boys’ Grammar in the quarter ﬁnals of the Devon Cup, and in a bizarre match we overcame appalling conditions to win a comprehensive victory 36-0. Our next game was one of our biggest tests of the season and was another game that deﬁned the strength and ability of our team. Despite missing our primary kicker our ﬁfth round match in the National Cup against Sherborne was tough. Our ﬁrst half was exceptional and with points being equally exchanged we came out just a few points ahead at the break. The second half was a real test of endurance as we battled against larger forwards and quick backs. However, when the ﬁnal whistle blew www.exeterschool.org.uk
we were only 2 points down against a side that regularly made the last 16 of the National Cup and were looking to go further this year. Of course this was not helped by Harry Collison feigning shoulder injury to miss much of the match! Glen Davidson came of age in this game and his side step worked well showing him to be a potent attacking option. This game deﬁned our season with great skill, strength and endurance being shown by every player not least by those brought into the side at short notice to replace the injuries we had sustained. Our next game was against King’s Taunton. We went down with 7 new players who had been drafted in because of injury. King’s Taunton outmatched us with their intensity and speed out wide, and although it was a valiant effort by the team, King’s Taunton came out victors, with this being one of the low points for the season. The ﬁnal game of the domestic season was against Queen’s Taunton at home and we were keen to maintain our no loss record despite our many injured players. The game was tough and physical with each side trading points. It turned out to be a fantastic performance from everyone which showed that the strength in depth the ﬁrst team has was rewarded by a missed conversion to give us the game 24-22.
Overall we came out of the season with a win ratio of 80%, one for the highest of recent times despite a large injury list by the end of the season. The senior players stamped their authority over the team and showed their experience and skill in many of the performances despite only 4-5 senior players making up the team by the end of the season. Also the younger players matured brilliantly and brought their unique skills and personalities to the team to make for some exciting times both on and off the pitch. Christian Edbrooke
2nd XV The season started on a beautiful, sunny day on 6 September with a hard fought game against Taunton School in which we won 22-10. This was a great way to start the season as last year we took a thumping at their hands. With the wind in our sails we then when on to win the next six games. Including an emphatic 66-0 win at Shebbear College with Tom Hart scoring over 20 points. Other strong wins came against QEH and Wellington. The season came to a close on 29 November at King’s College Taunton in which we lost rather convincingly, although it was a shame to ﬁnish the season on this note, this season could be said to have been one of the most The Exeter School Magazine
successful years for 2nd team rugby in Exeter School history, with 8 wins and 2 losses. This was only possible due to the keen participation of many of the Lower Sixth players and the steady hands of Tom Blackshaw and Max Brewer (and the rest of the Upper Sixth) to shape and guide the team’s determination and enthusiasm for the game, into the great season that it was. A special thanks also goes out to Mr Daws for his patience and ever constant presence. Max Brewer
U16 The U16 knew that with players being asked to play for the 1st XV and only 18 players in the squad, this season would be harder than previous seasons. However this didn’t stop the team from getting a convincing win in our ﬁrst match against Taunton School, giving us a conﬁdence boost from the off. From then on we had good wins against rivals Truro School, with incredible work from the forwards through strong ball carrying from Joe Boddington, Sam Berrisford and Tommy Russell and great running from Zac Maclellan and Tristan May in the backs. We had only one loss this season against our biggest rivals Wellington School; in another close encounter the teams separated by a single score and, after great team play we unfortunately lost in the dying minutes of the game. It was frustrating to be knocked out of the Devon Cup in the ﬁrst round at Sidmouth after an away draw was decided against us, which put us into the plate competition, although credit to the Sidmouth boys who played well. The plate quarter ﬁnal was won on the school’s 1st team pitch and after a convincing ﬁrst half from the U16, our intensity dropped in the second half after Tristan May sustained an injury and had to leave the ﬁeld, making the match closer than it possibly should have been. We ﬁnished our block ﬁxture matches on a high with very
good wins despite injuries beginning to spring up around the squad. Against a strong King’s Taunton side we found ourselves 12-0 down within 5 minutes but battled out a tough match to claim the victory; this was followed by a convincing win against Queen’s Taunton, with good tries from Eli Broughton, James Millar and Joe Boddington. This ﬁnal result in the last block ﬁxture match meant we only had one loss throughout the whole season and leaves the U16 team well prepared for the semi-ﬁnal of the plate and for playing in the 1st and 2nd XV next year. Thank you to Mr Trelawny for an excellent season and for preparing us for future seasons higher up in the school. Oscar Martin
U15A The U15 season got off to a ﬂying start with a convincing 43-0 win over Taunton School. Our ability to offload quickly, showed promise for the season ahead. A good home team performance in the opening round of the Natwest Cup against QE Crediton lead us to the next round against Tiverton. Where we won comfortably after some excellent vision, leading to tries out wide. Multiple friendlies were played throughout the season including an excellent forwards performance, led by packleader Robin Edbrooke, against Plymouth College and counter-attacking awareness against Claysmore School which was followed by a happy bus journey home. Unfortunately injury played a part in our season with the loss of Will Silver in a tight game against Blundell’s School in the Natwest Cup Competition. A poor start in bad conditions against Okehampton School in the Area Cup semi-ﬁnal lead us into half-time losing 7-5. An inspirational talk from coach, Mr Mason at half-time, powered the side into a 32-7 win. However, the highlight of the season was yet to come. An outstanding game against King’s College Taunton showed passion, determination and skill against a well coached side. Isaac Tudge having an immense game with powerful rucking ability which allowed the backs to receive a clean ball that was then capitalised. A 29-12 was well deserved. Reaching the ﬁnal of the Area Cup and a 80% win ratio emphasised the fact that the squad had a lot to offer for seasons to come. Colours were awarded to Robin Edbrooke and Tom Hubble. Tom Hubble
U15B This year's U15B team was both strong and experienced. The side consisted of many A team players, providing us with a ﬁrm and structured foundation. We won all but one of our matches, losing 17-28 in a disappointing game 78
against Clayesmore. Our strongest win was 74-0 against Taunton School. The highlight of the season was our win against Truro (31-12). We made a brilliant team effort, and really earned the result. All the backs tackled extremely well, especially Jonty Pitts and Billy Cockram, both of whom made several crucial (and crunching) tackles. Ben Crocker was also key to our success by keeping the ball alive at the breakdowns. Louis Chapman-Coombe, when not away on A team duties, led the forwards effectively, setting a good example to the others. Ben Hayes directed the backs, working the set moves to great effect and demonstrating a good awareness of the game. Ben also took on the kicking role, kicking exceptionally well. Congratulations to the team on a very successful season and I would like to thank Mr Tear for coaching us this term. Jake Kilmartin
U14A The U14 team had a great season with 10 wins from 12 games. We started off the season with a match against Taunton School, a team to whom we
had previously lost but we were able to overcome them courageously with a good score of 31-5. We then came across Shebbear College and again came back with a victory. Our next game was against West Buckland, our largest victory of the season, with us racking up 64 points to 5. We won our following four matches against Wellington, Plymouth, King’s Ottery (in the cup) and St Peter’s. After our winning streak, we had our hardest game yet of the season against Truro School. We lost to the formidable team 49-5 but that didn’t stop us in our tracks. We then beat Q.E, QEH and King’s College against whom we had never won but we came out with a victory, 26-10. Our last game of the season wasn’t one to ﬁnish on as we sadly lost to Queen’s College 12-19. There were many strong performances from Chris King, player of the season and Harry Hayter who was named tackler of the season. There was also good leadership and kicking from Tom Watkinson. In the cup the U14 team made a great start this year. We started by beating
King’s Ottery 45-0. Then the team travelled to play Queen’s Elizabeth Crediton, on a rainy day. We played well and ended up with a glorious 3417 win in extraordinary fashion. This meant we were in the area cup ﬁnal away at Uffculme School. The team performed well from the start, however Uffculme ran away in the middle of the game. Exeter did well and fought back but just a bit too late and lost. Overall out of three games we won two. There were some outstanding performances from a number of players throughout the season and we are now all set up ready for next season. Thank you to Mr Fawkes for coaching us this season. Tom Watkinson
U14B The U14 B team had a great season, winning all but one of our nine ﬁxtures. We had a few decisive victories and some challenging games helping to bring our team closer together. We started off on a winning streak with a win against Taunton School and a very close game against Shebbear College where the team were tested but stood fast against the strong attack. We came away with four wins before our ﬁrst and only defeat against St Luke’s A team. Despite this loss we came back and remained undefeated for the rest of the season. Our most notable match was against King’s College Taunton in which the
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forwards defended outstandingly and a conversion by Sam Sims gave us the win by two points.
and the amount of ﬁxtures that were soon to be played. Sadly, we ended up cancelling two key ﬁxtures due to heavy rain.
Two new additions to the game of rugby were Pete Quine and James Gibb. These two had some great breaks, helping our team to victory. Our second row Rob Stoyle captained the forwards well and Max Faulhaber worked exceptionally hard for the team and contributed greatly to the success of the season as did Jake Allman, Max Batson, James Gough and many others.
We played four games over the season, losing three and beating Exeter Cathedral School in an exciting 28-19 home win. This was perhaps our bravest performance and followed our 12-28 defeat at the hands of Shebbear College.
It was a thoroughly enjoyable season and I would like to thank Mr Boddington for all his help and support to the team. James Boddington
Before the match Mr Masters made it clear that we had to change our game and be a bit tougher in the tackle. From that day on, we trained harder than ever. Archie Tamblyn, Alex Foster and Jamie Horler deserve special mention for some excellent rugby over the season.
U13A The U13A rugby team had a positive start to the season by winning 5 of our ﬁrst 7 games. Especially pleasing was the victory over our old rivals West Buckland 62-7. We also came through the ﬁrst round of the county cup by beating Honiton 24-7. The toughest game of the season was against Plymouth College where we ﬁelded a mixture of A and B team and unfortunately lost 5-40. We met St Peter’s School, Lympstone in the second round of the cup and despite dominating in the pack and having most of the possession we were unable to convert this in to enough tries and lost 7-10. We had good victories against King’s Hall 22-17 and Queen’s Taunton 33-12 but lost narrowly to QEH Bristol 010 and Wellington School 24-29. It was a great season winning six and losing ﬁve matches. Everyone had an excellent season, improvements were made in every position. The forwards were immense, they were strong and hardly took a backward step! Charlie Pullen had some great kicks at goal and Harry Emmett had some amazing breaks. We had a great end to the season by eight of the team being selected for East Devon U13 Rugby. They are Andrew Donovan, Harry Emmett, Finley Johnson, Alex Peacock, Tom Peters, Casper Raworth and Oscar Stewart. A big thank you must go to Mr Brough who was brilliant; we learnt a great deal from him this season. I’d also like to thank the team for all their hard work, I’ve loved being Captain! Oscar Stewart
U13B Overall in the U13B season, I think the players gave their best, but most of the opponents were just slightly better than us. At the beginning of the rugby season, all of our players felt very conﬁdent and excited due to great September weather 80
We would like to thanks Mr Masters for his encouragement over the term. I would also like to thank Mr Mason for organising the ﬁxtures and Mr Brough for all his great advice in coaching sessions. Patrick Watson
U12 Although this was the ﬁrst time many of the lads had played together, we quickly stuck together as a team and enjoyed a great season. The pack was not massive but had some strong runners like Sam Plumer and Oscar Cobb breaking holes in the opposition. Fergus Jones and Finlay Scott were strong together in the front row. Our backs were always destroying their opposite numbers consisting of Tom Taylor and Tom Kilmartin. It was disappointing to lose against Bristol 12-17. My thanks to Mr Jones and Mr Hatton for a great season. I look forward to be playing next year. Robert Lorimer
Boys’ Hockey Boys’ hockey has had another fantastic year. There were some great moments early in the year with the indoor success of the Under 18 team, quickly followed up by some exciting moments in the cup competitions. All year groups fought hard in their block ﬁxtures and the club ﬁnished with another positive set of results. U18 National Indoor Runners Up U18 National Cup Runners Up U16 Devon Champions U13/12 Devon Champions @ExeterSchoolUK
authority on the match. Primarily, it was Hurst who broke the dead lock with a cool ﬁnish in the D after a good display of hockey to break down the Exeter defence. After a slightly lacklustre performance from Exeter in the ﬁrst half, in which our goalkeeper Paddy Poustie pulled off some acrobatic saves to keep us in the match, we knew something had to change and after we had collected our thoughts we ran back out onto the pitch ready to contest for 35 hard minutes for the opportunity to play in the ﬁnal.
National Hockey Finals The ﬁrst XI spent two fantastic days playing on the surface of the Olympians at the new national hockey centre in April 2015. On Tuesday 21 April, the squad departed for London to play in the U18 National Hockey Finals. After a long journey we eventually arrived at our hotel in Stratford at around 10pm and after a meal we got to bed to prepare for the big day ahead. The alarm rang at 8am and we all bustled down to breakfast with anticipation of the day ahead. After a team meeting in which tactics and strategies were discussed the tension began to build and as we approached the Olympic hockey stadium the sense of occasion grew even more. Our semi-ﬁnal clash against Hurtspierpoint was at 2.30pm but we arrived at around 11.15am in order to have our team photos done and to get a second meal on board before the game. We had time to spare so as we grew accustomed to our surroundings we www.exeterschool.org.uk
walked around; taking in the atmosphere and watching other various games being played; the standard was clearly of a high standard. At 12pm we had lunch and at 1.30pm we engaged in a high intensity, dynamic warm up led by Mr Jones in which we suddenly realised the difficulty in exercising in the searing 25 degree central London heat. As the temperature rose so did our nerves and as the time before our pitch warm up decreased the greater the sense of occasion became. At 2pm we went onto the Olympic pitch to get used to the conditions and prepare physically and mentally for the game. At 2.20pm we returned to our changing rooms to get changed into our match kit while Mr Skinner and Mr Jones inspired us with some ﬁnal words. At 2.30pm we jogged out onto the pitch amidst an uproar of home and opposition support. With Hurst in white and Exeter in blue the umpire blew his whistle and the game was underway; the semi-ﬁnals of the National Cup which would decide who progressed to the ﬁnal. The ﬁrst half was ﬁercely contested as both teams came strong out of the blocks, both desperate to assert their
Exeter played the second as if it were a different team and for the large part of the half we dominated the game and were camped in the opposition half probing persistently for that vital breakthrough. Finally, after a period of high pressure Tom Edgington found the net after a scramble in the D. We were right back in the game with a renewed sense of purpose. The score was 1-1. We continued probing Hurst with allusive running and skill from the likes of Luke Crocker and Harry Skinner, and tenacious work from the Marsh brothers helped us to dominate in the mid ﬁeld and supply the forwards. We scored once again after a second scramble in the D which was eventually tucked in by Matt Marsh. We could see the light at the end of the tunnel and with only 5 minutes remaining of the game we began to relax and succumb to the feeling of victory. But, we were not prepared for a late surge from Hurstpierpoint who completely against the run of play scored in the dying moments of the game to make the score 2-2. Our hearts sunk as we realised it would go down to penalty ﬂicks and the tension had ﬁnally reached an unsurmountable climax. Our captain Nick Fennell, Harry Skinner, Luke Crocker, Will Marsh and Chris Richardson all stepped up to the mark to take a ﬂick from six yards. We were on target with all ﬁve scoring while Paddy Poustie pulled off two acrobatic saves to mean that we won the semiﬁnal and were through to the ﬁnal to play a strong Repton side. The Exeter School Magazine
As what we had just accomplished dawned on us, we enjoyed a pleasant return to our hotel and after a team warm down, recovery session, we went to bed early in preparation for the next day. The match was to be played at 4.30pm and after waking up, having breakfast and making our way to the Olympic Park for lunch at 12, we had plenty of time to kill before our pre match warm up. We spent a while looking around the impressive Olympic park, including the velodrome, but after a few team photos it was time to prepare. Mr Jones once again led the warm up and at 4pm we were allowed onto the pitch to acclimatise once again and properly prepare for the upcoming clash. At 4.20pm we returned to the changing rooms to change into our white playing tops and collect our thoughts while Mr Skinner and Mr Jones riled us up and prepared us mentally for the biggest game of the season. The clock came to 4.30pm and the match began. A large crowd had gathered in the stands from all other teams and travelling supporters. We battled valiantly but after a tough ﬁrst half where Exeter were put under high pressure we went into the changing rooms 3-0 down, although this was not hugely representative of the game. We came back out of changing rooms ready to give it all for our ﬁnal half of the season. We started the second half much more conﬁdently and our efforts were rewarded with a goal after some great build up play from Harry Skinner and Luke Crocker where Luke ﬁnally got the last touch to ﬂick it into the goal. Unfortunately, after a brave and inspiring effort we ended up losing the match 5-1 against an arguably better Repton on the day. We ﬁnished second in the country and this in itself is an astounding achievement for any team. Thanks to Mr Skinner and Mr Jones for coaching us and to all supporters who made the journey to watch and cheer us on. Arthur Prideaux
1st XI Boys’ Hockey On the back of an excellent season last year, expectations in 2015 were again high for a strong 1st XI.
Having already claimed the West of England title before Christmas, the National Indoor Finals in January proved an excellent stage for the team to demonstrate their fastpaced attacking style against some of the top schools nationwide. A hard earned silver medal was the reward for the tenacious displays throughout the tournament. The outdoor season saw some excellent displays against local rivals in the block ﬁxtures. The U18 National Cup saw Exeter beat several strong sides on their way to a place in the semi-ﬁnals, played at the Olympic Park. A tense and ﬁercely competitive game against Hurstpierpoint ended in an Exeter victory on penalty strokes. Unfortunately the team was beaten by an efficient Repton side in the ﬁnal, leaving Exeter second in the country again, but this amazing experience will live long in the memories of those involved. Thanks must go to Mr Skinner and Mr Jones for their tireless hard work and enthusiasm through another stellar season. Nick Fennell
U16 The U16 boys battled through snow, hail and driving rain to be crowned Devon U16 Hockey Champions! The conditions favoured the brave as many hands went numb and bodies went into hibernation mode during the Championship. The team started the day slowly, just managing to grind out a 1 - 0 victory over Mount Kelly, then continued to stutter along as they drew 0 - 0 with South Dartmoor. They began to ﬁnd the back of the net with a 6 - 0 win over King’s Ottery and a resounding 8 - 0 win after an injury blighted West Buckland. This meant that anything other than a loss in the ﬁnal game against Blundell’s would see them through to the West Preliminary round. After a bit of stalemate as the players decided to reserve their energy, the ﬁnal whistle blew with the game at 0 - 0, meaning Exeter School won the tournament with a healthy +15 goal difference. Mr Jones
U14 The U14 team had an incredibly tough season and only managed to pick up a few wins on a very different [difficult?] card. The early part of the year was very difficult for the team as they made the step up from 7-a-side to the full 11. Mr Charters was keen to develop some quick passing and the boys soon started to develop their style. Despite being on the losing side for the majority of matches, all of the boys played with great passion, heart and desire. By the end of the year, they had begun to put things together, moving the ball well and beginning to ﬁnd the back of the net – perhaps after a few more months of playing, they could have racked up a few more wins! Mr Jones
U12A The U12A team had a mixed season this year, performing well in 7 a side but lacking any creativity in our 11 a side play. We did well in the 7 a side Devon tournament, ﬁnishing runners up thanks to an excellent short corner strike from our top scorer Harry Emmett against Blundell’s. It was good to see many players turning up to after school training. A special thanks goes out to Mr Malone-Lee for being an excellent coach and motivational speaker. Hopefully next season, now that we are a bit more used to 11 a side, we can perform better on the big pitch. Joel Seaward
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unfortunately fell just short of a top three ﬁnish. The U12 group has the best attendance at after school training and many players, more than any year previously, were given a chance to represent the school in competitive ﬁxtures. The group has some superb goalkeepers and some players have gone from the non-competitive sport all the way to the A team. Everyone in the squads has a desire to train hard and ﬁght for a place in the teams. Mr Jones
Football 1st XI Football It was a season of rebuilding for the 1st XI football team, as many experienced players from the previous season had left for university, although the likes of Amrik Arshi and Josh Richards remained. The ﬁrst match of the season saw us meet Colyton, where despite being 20 down at halftime, an inﬂuential team talk from Mr Ashman saw a strong second half performance in which we came back to win 4-2.
The last game of the term was the annual ﬁxture against the Old Exonians. This was another very close game where the 1st XI was very unfortunate to come out 1-0 losers, despite excellent performances allround, notably from youngster Jack Thomas. The second term saw us lose inﬂuential players such as Chris Richardson and Luke Crocker (who scored 6 goals in 6 games) to hockey, while Benji Staniforth and Matt Twomey were brought in from rugby to solidify the defence alongside Sam Ward. The warm-up matches before the Isca League included a win against Shebbear College, followed by a rematch against Colyton. This time we were 4-0 down at half time and could have been more if it wasn’t for some good goalkeeping by Tom Stokes, and despite a much improved second half, were unable to come away from the game with a result. It was now time for the Isca League, which we knew would be extremely tough. This was proven as we recorded 3 losses and a draw against Blundell’s, where a second half goal from Jacob Towl put Exeter into a good position to win the game, but we were unlucky to come away with only one point, despite a great team performance.
The ﬁrst term ﬁxtures continued with a disappointing defeat to Clyst Vale, which was then followed by an excellent performance against Teignmouth where a huge 15-0 scoreline was recorded with 6 different scorers, and a clean sheet for keeper Robin Parr.
Top scorer of the season was shared between Jacob Towl and Luke Crocker on 6 goals, and as always, thanks must go to Mr Ashman for his positive attitude towards the team, despite some heavy defeats. Jacob Towl 1st XI Captain
The following ﬁxture was against Okehampton College which was the ﬁrst time the two sides had ever met, and Exeter School put in perhaps the best performance of the season winning the match 3-1.
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against Taunton School can be described in one word, ‘travesty’, and unfortunately our season started with a defeat. Next up was a trip to Blundell’s, a school with a reputation for its sporting ability; we were deﬁnitely the underdogs. As a result, this made our victory that much sweeter and we ended up winning valiantly, a last minute winner from Guy Gillard making it 2-1 to Exeter. Some say we dominated the game, but personally, I believe it was no coincidence that our ﬁrst win coincided with the signing of free agent striker Alec Gladstone! A game away at King’s came next and an unfortunate defeat ended all hopes of winning the title, yet the team remained conﬁdent, as the week after, we travelled to Shebbear for a friendly, where we dismantled their 1st XI 6-0, and in all honesty it could have been more, but one striker forgot how to score and preferred the exercise of running into the next ﬁeld to collect the ball on numerous occasions, after missing the target! The ﬁnal league game of the season saw us play a Wellington side on their home ground; we went on to win 2-0, much to the dismay of Umar and his team! We ended up in a healthy fourth position, although there were only ﬁve teams! The ‘Golden Boot’ was a close-run competition between Tom Packer, Sam Boddington and Guy Gillard and ‘manager of the season’ goes to Mr R ‘Gaffer’ Charters, whose relaxed leadership provided the opportunity for everyone to enjoy themselves. Tom Packer 2nd XI Captain
Cricket 1st XI Exeter School 1st XI cricket team had a fantastic season on the back of last year’s tough tour out in Sri Lanka, winning the majority of matches played against some of the top schools in the West. The boys had clearly gained valuable lessons from their experiences, after the matches played out in South Asia last year. This year saw the end of an era with long standing captain Marcus Hoddinott playing in his last season for the school. He has served the team well and will be deeply missed both on and off the cricket ﬁeld. The 1st XI started all 16 of its scheduled matches thanks to some clear weather and covers for the wicket which the groundsmen have used to good effect. During these matches there have been some resounding wins with many runs being scored.
spare thanks to 82 from Marcus Hoddinott and 51 from George Hoult. Another highlight of the season was beating King’s Taunton by 73 runs, scoring 280 in the process; this was after being bowled out for 107 last year. The outstanding performances came from Ben Green with the ball, as he ﬁnished with ﬁgures of 5-24, and George Hoult (108) and Marcus Hoddinott (97) with the bat. This year was the ﬁrst in many years that Exeter School defeated the MCC in their annual game. The visitors batted ﬁrst and scored 233, with Jim Shepherd taking 4-39 with the ball. With Exeter having approximately 40 overs to get the runs, they replied in positive fashion with Ben Green scoring 47. After his wicket, Harry Collison contributed with a knock of 40, and Exeter eventually managed to score the winning runs in a nail biting ﬁnale with only one wicket to spare. During the season we welcomed Crawford College, a touring side from South Africa, to play against the 1st XI. In a tight ﬁnish to the game Exeter won the match by 3 wickets thanks to a late 52 not out from Max Brewer. This was a wonderful occasion for both sets of players and the celebrations went on after the match with a barbeque and games of football and rugby. The season ended on a high by winning the annual T20 festival at Plymouth College. The highlights of the tournament were two ﬁne batting displays from Matt Marsh with 68 and 63 runs against Clayesmore School and Plymouth College respectively. The day also saw a hat trick for Max Brewer against Clayesmore, as he ﬁnished with ﬁgures of 4-7. Special congratulations must go to George Hoult for topping the batting averages with 55.33 and Ben Hayes with a bowling average of 15.41. The team is well set up for the 2016 season, with a number of ﬁne cricketers establishing themselves in the 1st XI and I am conﬁdent they will meet the challenges head on and accomplish greater heights. Mr Fawkes
The season began on a high with an 8 wicket win over local rivals Wellington School. After restricting the opposition to 191 from 40 overs, Exeter scored the runs with 5 overs to 84
U13 We started the season against Wellington, batting well but not posting a high enough score with Tom Peters leading from the front with the ﬁrst 50 of the season. We bowled well attacking the stumps but couldn’t ﬁnd the crucial wicket. They ended up winning by 8 wickets; the result sounds worse than we played. Further on in the season we played against West Buckland and James Horler scored a brilliant 102 not out, off only 28 overs. Then we played Plymouth College and batted ﬁrst again; Tom Peters and Sam Read got off to a good start but then Sam Read got a horror LBW decision and was forced to depart for 11. Tom Peters continued to score at a good rate and scored another 54 off 70 balls. We travelled to Queen’s in Taunton and played on a terrible wicket, the ball was jumping up off a length. Andrew Donovan battled his way through however and scored a determined 43
not out. Then we bowled well and kept the runs down with Hamish Dow and Joel Seaward bowling well again. Joel took 4 wickets and Hamish took 1. We went on to win the game by 45 runs. Later on we played a T20 game against the Downs School, a touring side from Bath. We batted ﬁrst and scored 132 for 3 off our 20 overs. Tom Peters and Sam Read put on 71 when Tom went for 30 and James Horler came in. James and Sam put on a further 61 before Sam Read was out in the last over for 62. Then we bowled very well at the start keeping the runs down and after 10 overs the Downs were 52 for 4. Joel Seaward came on and took 2 wickets in the over and at one stage was on a hat trick ball, which missed the off stump by a whisper. Our last game of the year was against Truro School. After having to walk for about 2 miles we ﬁnally arrived at the ground. They won the toss and put us into bat where we got off to a great start with James Horler and Sam Read putting on a 100+ partnership off about 15 overs. Eventually James went for 58 and Sam for 45. Andrew
Donovan and Tom Peters continued to accelerate and we ended up with 220 for 2 of our 30 overs. Tom Peters had 51 not out and Andrew Donovan 35 not out. We then came out aggressively and attacked the stumps; Hamish Dow led the attack and took 4 wickets. Our ‘Man of the Match’ however went to Dom Reay for putting his body on the line in the ﬁeld and taking 2 wickets on debut. We just want to say a huge thanks to Mr Mason and Mr Fawkes for taking us this season; we had some highs and lows but overall we improved as a team and towards the end of the season we got on a bit of a winning streak. Sam Read
U12 The U12 team enjoyed a highly successful season winning all our block ﬁxtures except one which we drew. The highlight of the season was deﬁnitely the ﬁrst game against Wellington in which we set an
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impressive 246 off 25 overs. A very good knock from George Hobbs (55 retired) earned him the ﬁrst ﬁfty of the season. This was backed up by ﬁne innings from Tom Taylor (48), Sam Moudiotis (32) and Gus Harvey (31) and a good spell of bowling from Alex Maunder which saw him getting 4 wickets at a cost of only 11 runs from three overs. This summed up an excellent start to the season. The next match was against a strong Queen’s College side. The game ended in a draw but Tom Kilmartin (C) scored a ﬁne 42. There then followed a good win against a strong Torquay Boys’ Grammar School. We then played West Buckland, Plymouth College and Blundell’s, winning all three quite comfortably. The stand out performances were Tom Kilmartin’s 49 (not out) against West Buckland, Oscar Cobb’s 3 maiden overs against Plymouth College, Charlie Creber’s 3 for 18 and Louis Hayman’s 2 wickets against Blundell’s. Neither of our wicket keepers could play in these games and so Bobby Heard stepped up with the gloves and kept extremely well. Our last two matches were against Beechen Cliff and Truro. Against Beechen Cliff, a touring side, Tom Taylor hit a match winning 52 runs to save the innings and the game, which we won by 4 runs. Against Truro, Tom Kilmartin hit 50 and Gus Harvey 21; George Hobbs got 3 wickets and Max Cockram bowled a consistent line and length for which he was rewarded with a wicket. We played, and beat, Blundell’s and Uffculme in the cup; the standout moments of which were Alex Maunder’s 3-wicket haul and Sam Hayes’ amazing catch. Unfortunately, we lost to the eventual winners of the cup, South Dartmoor, in the semi-ﬁnals; their opening batsmen were just too good. A special thanks must also go to Adam Wajed, Jamie Towers, Robbie Lorimer and Sam Burhop - all of whom contributed a huge amount to the team’s success throughout the season. Thank you Mr Baker for the excellent season and for being a great coach. Well done to everyone! Tom Kilmartin
Girls’ Hockey 1st XI This season the girls’ 1st team has been very successful, playing 20 games and only losing to one team. Our ﬁrst game of the season, winning 7-1 against West Buckland, was a chance to show what our new side was capable of. 86
The win gave us conﬁdence and proved we were a talented side ready for the rest of our games this season. The following ﬁve matches were all won against some tough opposition, including Blundell’s and Millﬁeld. This set us up well for the National Schools competition held on 8 October. We arrived conﬁdently knowing we had previously beaten many of the teams there, however not underestimating the challenge it would be to get through to the West round. We won all our games, scoring 22 goals and only conceding 1 throughout the whole day. This made us Devon Champions and took us through to play in the West Finals on Thursday 6 November. The West Finals was a step up in level and ability of hockey, playing the winners and runners up from all the counties in the West of England. We met some very hard opposition in the ﬁrst round but remained undefeated taking us through to the quarterﬁnals. Here we met Queen’s College Taunton who played at a different level to what we had previously seen. Drawing 11 at half time, we felt conﬁdent we were capable to win the game. However, due to factors out of our hands Queen’s managed to win the game 3-1 and our hopes of reaching National Finals were gone. However, it was an impressive performance from all players and we are proud of our achievement of reaching the level we did. The last three games we played ended the season on a high, beating Kelly College, Colyton and The Maynard 7-0, 2-0, 6-0 respectively. This season we have had an incredible selection of players. Our attackers, Megan King, Emma Willson, Katie King, Emma Scott and Maisie Pritchard all played dominantly throughout the season, scoring and stepping up to attack. Charlotte Stacey, Sophie Jefferson, Abby Pelling and Annabelle Clay all played impressively in mid-ﬁeld and controlled the game. The solid defence of Becky Richardson, Amy Swiggs, Sophie Brooks, Elspeth Mabin and Emily Ackland prevented numerous goal scoring opportunities for our opposition. In total this season we have scored 73 goals and only conceded 15. This would not have been possible without the training and coaching from Mr Skinner and Mrs Marsh. Without their commitment of time and effort to the team this season our achievements would not have been what they were. A massive thank you to everyone who supported us this season. Emily Ackland
2nd XI We have had another successful season for the girls’ 2nd team. Due to the way the teams worked out, we kept the main body of last year’s team, which meant we started the season as a team straight away as a result. We all knew how each other played making it easy to slip back into our old pattern of play. We were however lucky to be joined by new players, yet in no time, it felt like they had been with us all along. @ExeterSchoolUK
We had a solid defence consisting of many variations between, Briony Allen, Rosie Vercoe, Ellen McArthur, Katie Olding, Frankie Trelawny and Lucy Palk. Our midﬁeld was held strong by inﬂuential players such as Hattie Pike, Sarah Langworthy, Ayesha White, Tasha Cook, Holly Davidson. Up front we had our goal scorers, Rebecca Horn, Ellie Stroud, Jess Wilcock, Jess Albutt, Harriet Cummings and Daisy Waggett. Although we ended the season with equal wins and losses, we still played an amazing season as a team and had a great time. Everybody played their part in the team meaning throughout the season things happened smoothly. We had some impressive games such as our 10-0 win, where we played our team in reverse, with defenders as attackers and vice versa. From all the girls, thank you to Mrs Marsh for training us, taking us to all our matches and being a part of our team. Briony Allen
Romi Keliher. Mollie Tettenborn made some incredible saves as goal keeper throughout the season. Thank you to Mrs Marsh, Mr Skinner and Mrs Culley for all their hard work this season.
U15B The Under 15 B team have had a mixed season of ﬁxtures, with some wins and losses. We had a tight win against Uffculme 1-0 and successfully beat Kingsley 3-0. We believe our technique and skills have really improved throughout the season and some players improved signiﬁcantly enough during the season to progress to playing for the A team. Together we have worked as a great team, have enjoyed competing in matches, training together in lessons and at hockey club after school. We all look forward to playing hockey again next season! Fran Matthews
U14 U15A The U15 girls got off to a great start this season winning their ﬁrst game against West Buckland 4-2. They then went on to win another 3 games against Plymouth College, Colyton Grammar and The Maynard School. The team had a strong forward line which included Tilly Thomas, Olivia Emmett, Anna Johannson and Holly Hancock. Backing them up was a dynamic midﬁeld consisting of Harriet Milner, Olivia Ziegler-Evans, and Sophie Walker. Finally the team had an effective defence which included Bryony Sharma, Zoe Legg, Lauren Sampson, Amy Dixie, Megan Stride and www.exeterschool.org.uk
We had a great start to the season, with strong wins against Colyton Grammar School, and The Maynard School. We played very well as a team with Tegan Murphy playing excellently in goal. Fran Edgington, Martha Jones, Beth Pittman and Amy Toms were very strong in defence and Hope Evans, Daisy Hawkins, Demelza May, Emily Moudiotis and Anna Starling worked hard in midﬁeld, linking the defence with the attacking play. Maddie Baker, Tabi Evans, Sophie Pollintine and Annoushka Sljivic were great forwards, scoring lots of impressive goals. On 3 November, we travelled to
Blundell’s where we played some tough games against The Maynard and Blundell’s, but qualiﬁed for the Devon Round of the National Schools Competition. On 7 November, we then went to Exeter University, where we qualiﬁed from our pool without losing a match, beating St Peter’s Lympstone, South Dartmoor, and Sidmouth. We then progressed to the semi- ﬁnals, playing in a very tense game against Colyton Grammar School which led to penalty ﬂicks. After winning the penalty ﬂicks, we went through to the ﬁnal against Blundell’s, but unfortunately lost 1-0. That aside, we qualiﬁed as runners up to represent Devon at the West Round at Millﬁeld on Wednesday 12 November. Unfortunately, we narrowly lost 2 games and drew 2 so didn’t progress any further, but fought very hard throughout the tournament and played some excellent hockey all round. Daisy Hawkins was awarded the ‘most improved player’ of the season, and Hope Evans ‘player of the season’. Thank you very much to Miss Vaggers and Mr Skinner for coaching us and making it such an enjoyable season. Daisy Hawkins, Maddie Baker and Hope Evans
U13A 2014 was a year of growth and development for the team. It was a tough and enjoyable season with new players joining the squad and other players establishing their positions and all of us improving our skills. We ﬁnished the season with a total of 4 wins and 7 losses but also with a The Exeter School Magazine
strong team that will be ready to improve next season. Izzy Bland was ‘Player of the Season’ and Daisy Smith was ‘Most Improved Player’ and they were both new to the team at the start of the year along with Beth Gribble. In goal we had Codie Finch who saved many tough shots, Martha Halse and Sophia Turner played as our strong defenders, Ruby Scott as centre mid and Ellie Murphy, Emily Tudge, Izzy Bland, Daisy Smith and Beth Gribble all swapped around playing unstoppable forwards. The team’s best performance was against Plymouth College when we won 7-2. Our last match of the season was against Exeter Cathedral School which we won 1-0. The whole team gave their best effort throughout the season and we would like to give a big thanks to Mr Mason, Mr Skinner, Miss Booth and Mrs Marsh for all their hard work and encouragement to us all. Emily Tudge and Ellie Murphy
U13B The U13B hockey season was incredibly enjoyable and rewarding. We won 7 matches and lost 5, but as far as I can see our play didn't reﬂect those losses. Three joined our ranks and Daisy Smith and Beth Gribble jumped between the A team and B team with ease.
early in the season due to injury. However, we still had a strong army of defenders. Lily Ridehalgh, Katie Pitts, Tabi Macpherson-Jorgensen and Amelia Woolway continually swapped to make up the formidable pairs who made it a tough job for the opposition to reach Fran Giannachi-Kaye, who always defended our goal without hesitation. Our most impressive matches were against Plymouth College (won 6-0), West Buckland (won 3-2) and The Maynard (4-2) who had similar abilities to ourselves. The attackers included twins Lorna and Tess Gebbie and Katie Cole. Brilliant teamwork and practised skills carried us up the pitch and to the goal where any deﬂected hits out wide were quickly snatched by the wingers Lizzie Sanders and me (who?) before being whacked (hard) back into the D where all 5 of us would attack the goal with so much ferocity I was glad the goalie had armour! One of the biggest things I am proud of is the fact that over half the team have only been playing hockey for 2 years and we have come so far from our ﬁrst hockey lesson. I would like to thank Miss Booth for leading us to victory and I am certain that next term when we play 11-a-side, the more experienced of our team will be boosted to the A team. Thank you for an awesome season!
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U12A The U12A hockey season has been very successful. We started with a win at the Millﬁeld Tournament where we were presented with our medals by Chris Robshaw. We won matches against West Buckland 3-2, Plymouth College 6-1, King’s Hall 4-1 and Colyton Grammar School 6-2. We only lost four matches over the term against Wellington school, Blundell’s, Queen’s College and The Maynard. The tour to Bristol was also very fun and enjoyable, coming back with a draw against Badminton School and loss against Wellington. Overall everybody played their best and made good progress with their skills the term. Sorrel Mitchell and Sarah Price
have had a successful year of netball. The senior squad has played a combined total of 22 matches, winning 15 and only losing 7. They have scored a grand total of 341 goals. The U18A team won the Exeter and District end of season tournament, ﬁnishing off an enjoyable and competitive year. My thanks go to the squad for their commitment and dedication in training. The U16 team have had an unbeaten season. They represented Devon, as County Champions, in the regional round of the National Schools Netball Tournament, which was a fantastic achievement. They also won the Exeter and District Tournament. Thank you to Mrs Stewart and Mrs Marsh for their involvement in coaching the teams. Miss Carter
U12B The U12B team have had a great hockey season. We played 9 matches, 6 games at home and 3 games away, overall we scored 21 goals and the opposition scored 14. The schools we have played are West Buckland (twice), Stover School, Wellington School, Blundell’s, Queen’s College Taunton, The Maynard, Uffculme School and ﬁnally Colyton Grammar School. The team of Naomi Gill, Isla Murphy, Lizzie Rees Stephan, Alice Bailey, Naomi Reynolds, Evie Clarke, Rose Sail, Gemma Knowles and Xanthe Healy has played extremely well. We would like to thank Miss Carter, Mrs Smith, Mrs Marsh and Miss Booth for organising all the hockey matches, games lessons and hockey club; they have been excellent coaches. Isla Murphy and Naomi Gill
exceedingly high level of play. We learnt a lot and are hugely grateful for the experience. We believe this prepared and set us up for the competitive netball season ahead of us. As a team, we were thrilled that Amy Dixie and Harriet Milner were accepted into the U16 Devon Academy. It is a wonderful achievement of which they both should be exceptionally proud. The spring term brought a phenomenal set of satisfying results. We played 7 matches, of which we won 6 and drew 1, meaning that we were completely unbeaten with a win ratio of 93%. Altogether, 157 goals were scored and a mere 69 were conceded. Our most memorable game was when we played against Plymouth, where we had a spectacular win of 42-24.
Before the netball season actually commenced, Bryony Sharma, Harriet Milner, Amy Dixie and Lauren Sampson had the opportunity to play in the U16 National Schools’ Tournament with members of the year above.
For a team to be successful, there needs to be a strong, secure defence and Bryony Sharma, Amy Dixie, Phoebe Campbell and Megan Stride provided just that. Their ability to intercept and mark tightly proved to be awfully valuable to the team.
We won both the area and county round and progressed through to the Regionals. The Regionals proved to be rather challenging because of the
Olivia Ziegler-Evans, Olivia Emmett and Tara McKenna were agile, athletic centre-court players, successfully controlling the game down the court
Netball Seniors Congratulations to all the girls that have played in senior netball this year. This year the seniors have been training and playing matches regularly in the sports hall, which has helped raise the proﬁle of the sport. It has also allowed training to continue all year round and to a high standard. The girls www.exeterschool.org.uk
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Credit is also due to our strong defence made up of Jess Flanagan, Romi Keliher and Fran Matthews. Finally I would like to say a big thank you to Mrs Culley for coaching us well and making it a fantastic season. Megan Stride
U14A We have had a successful season for netball this term. We have had some very convincing wins, especially against Mount Kelly with a score of 40-3. Demelza May and Beth Pittman played extremely well in centre court alongside Iona Campbell and Mia Mattocks who showed their tremendous shooting skills, scoring a total of 40 goals! from defence to attack. Anna Johannson, Harriet Milner, Tilly Thomas and Lauren Sampson were accurate, reliable shooters, ensuring that we got the highest number of goals possible. By having such a large squad, it allowed us to learn and demonstrate how versatile we are on court. We also participated in the Exeter area end of season tournament, winning both matches in our pool. Tilly Thomas and Megan Stride, who moved up to join the team, proved to be marvellous additions to the squad, contributing successfully to both wins. Unfortunately, before we could play the semi-ﬁnals, the tournament was abandoned due to poor weather conditions. This season has been a delightful accomplishment for the girls and the coaches. We wouldn’t have been able to achieve this level of success without the much appreciated time, advice and encouragement of Mrs Marsh, Mrs Culley, Miss Carter and Mrs Stewart. We would like to thank them all for helping us to strengthen our weaknesses and by teaching us how to improve our playing ability. We were not only able to enhance our general ball play individually, but as a team, were enabled to come together as a ﬁerce, sturdy group of promising players. Next year, as we move into the senior section of the school, we will continue to play our upmost and contribute to the best of our abilities. It’s been a fabulous season for us all! Lauren Sampson
U15B The U15B netball team had a successful season with numerous wins and only one loss. They dominated from the defence and the forwards improved with each match. Tilly Thomas and Holly Hancock formed an efficient shooting duo backed up well by Sophie Gibbins, Beth Foster, Megan Stride, Hattie Harris, before she got injured and Tara McKenna. 90
Anna Starling also played well in defence keeping the ball away from our oppositions’ attacking third. We would like to thank Mr Fawkes and Miss Carter for giving up their Friday evenings to train us and take us to matches. Martha Jones
U14B It has been a very successful netball season for the U14 B team. With an amazing 21-6 win over Kingsley, a convincing victory against Wellington and a very close loss to Maynard School 13-10. We’ve had great shooting from Jess Wright and Leiney Frankpitt and a very strong centre-court with Tabi Evans, Sophie Pollintine and Demelza May. Well played, girls and thank you to our coach Mrs Francis. Sophie Pollintine
U13 The U13 team have had an excellent season, with some outstanding results winning ﬁve matches out of eight. We had very committed and strong players that have played throughout the season. This team has included many players with all abilities at netball and they have been given thier chance to shine in the team. The A team Captains are Emily Tudge, (WA) and Ellie Murphy (C). We had a good start to the season; with the A team winning against West Buckland 28-23. One of our best matches would have been the match against Plymouth college, winning 40-8 against a very competitive and skilled team. The team consisted of Caitlin and Martha as very reliable shooters and versatile player Ruby Scott who played a handful of positions; such as defender and shooter. Our defenders Sophia Turner and Ianthe Bell have done an excellent job keeping the ball out of the defensive circle. Our thanks go to Miss Dunn for her coaching this term. @ExeterSchoolUK
U13B Throughout the netball season the U13B team has put an enormous amount of effort and had fantastic team spirit. One of our best wins was against Maynard School with a score of 16 – 6! It has been a terriﬁc season with us winning 7 of the 9 games we played and a total of 99 goals being scored by Lexie Di-Vincenzo and Lorna Gebbie. We also had a huge amount of effort from Beth Gribble, there has been some great work from the defensive part of the team who are Lily Matthews (player of the season), Tabi Macpherson-Jorgensen and Lily Ridehalgh (most improved). Lily Alford and Daisy Smith have also contributed massively to the team; Daisy was a really strong and powerful attacker and Lily really worked hard to intercept the ball and was deservedly awarded ‘most improved player’. The two centre court players Tess Gebbie and Izzy Bland played well all season. The team are really looking forward to next season and hope to be undefeated! Lexie Di-Vincenzo
U12A In our team we have: Isla Murphy (GS) Sorrel Mitchel (GA) Lilymay Girvin (C) Sarah Price (WA) Florence Wilson (WD) Harriet Brimacombe/Rachel Hammond (GD) Naomi Gill/Rachel Hammond (GK) This season has been a very strong one with four wins, three losses and second in a tournament. On Saturday 10 January 2015, we played West Buckland and lost 1-19. On Saturday 24 January 2015, we played Wellington School and won 1710. On Tuesday 3 February 2015, we played St Peter’s Exeter and won 13-5. On Saturday 7 February 2015 we played Mount Kelly and won 19-2. www.exeterschool.org.uk
On Tuesday 24 February 2015 we played Uffculme School and won 10-5. On Wednesday 4 March 2015 we played Blundell’s School and lost 8-11. On Tuesday 10 March 2015 we played the Maynard School for girls and lost 6-31. Our last netball game/s of the season was when we came second (to The Maynard), in the Exeter Area Competition at St Luke’s. Overall we had a very enjoyable season and would love to say a massive thank you to our coaches: Miss Carter and Miss Marshall. Thank you! Lilymay Girvin
U12B This term the B team had a good set of results. The pupils in our team were: Evie Clarke, Charlotte Askew, Isobel Tremlett, Katie Russell, Lizzie ReesStephan, Alessandria Sljivic, Harriet Venn, Jess Mason and Heather Brown. Our ﬁrst match was against West Buckland School, which sadly we lost 3-8. The best match of the season by far was against St Peter’s School which we won 13-0. Our last match of the season was against the Maynard School which we drew 7-7. This result made us happy because we didn’t ﬁnish a great season with a loss. Thanks go to our coach Mrs Whittall. Isobel Tremlett
Squash It has been an exciting year for the school’s squash programme, with lots of fantastic achievements to report. After a successful run through the regional and knockout stages, the boys U15 squash team travelled to Manchester in March to compete in the National Schools Finals at the National Squash Centre. Tom Lammonby, Simon Priddle, Ben Ford, Rohan White and Tom Watkinson played their matches with competitive spirit and integrity. They were unfortunate not to have come second or third, following a close match that could have gone either way in the ﬁrst
round with the eventual ﬁnalists. In their other two matches, the boys played with the same spirit and comfortably beat Harrow and Ecclesbourne. It was a great achievement to reach this stage of the National competition, and be recognised as the ﬁfth best U15 school team in the country! Meanwhile, the U19 team had some successes nationally, reaching the knockout round and only just missing out on the semi-ﬁnals. The number of pupils playing squash this year has increased hugely with nearly 50 players on the books, thanks to the dedicated coaching of George Aplin. Many have been involved in different regional ﬁxtures and have represented the school well. There has been a great deal of change on the school’s squash ladders for senior and lower school pupils and for staff, with regular ﬁxtures taking place at lunchtimes or during Games. Out of school, in January, Middle Fifth pupils Simon Priddle, Tom Lammonby and Rohan White were part of the Devon U15 squash team which won the National Finals. Max and William Cockram both attended the Devon Junior Squash Championships on Saturday 17 September, at Fort Stamford. Middle Fifth pupil William won the U15 Plate competition and Third Former Max won the U13 Plate competition. We look forward to our pupils’ continued success in the sport and encourage more to get involved – there are coaching sessions for all abilities: beginners, intermediates and prospective team players.
Rounders This season was a success with only one loss. The main players were: Isobel Tremlett, Lottie Buckley, Evie Clarke, Charlotte Askew, Lilymay Girvin, Florence Wilson, Sarah Price, Naomi Gill, Isla Murphy, Rachel Hammond, Jess Mason and Lizzie Rees Stephan. The Exeter School Magazine
We would like to thank our teachers: Mrs Whittall, Mrs Marsh, Miss Marshall and Miss Carter. The schools we played include: West Buckland (lost 12-8) Maynard (won 24-16) Exeter Cathedral School (won 17.5-10.5) Blundell’s (won 17-12.5) St Peter’s (won 13.5-7.5)
Tennis The tennis season was also successful and we won all of the matches we played. The doubles partners consisted of 1=Katie Russell and Lottie Buckley 2=Rachel Hammond and Florence Wilson 3=Flora Grey and Lucy Bedford We played: Blundell’s (won 5-4) West Buckland (won 6-3) Written by Evie Clarke and Charlotte Buckley. U13 rounders report The Under 13A team have played very well this season, losing and winning by very close scores but still showing the variety of skills that the Under 13s have. Star players included Izzy Bland as backstop, Katie Cole and Martha Halse as bowlers and Ellie Murphy and Beth Gribble as amazing ﬁelders and hitters. This season, the under 13B team have played many matches, one which included a win of an amazing 15 rounders to 6.5 rounders! Star players included Lily Alford as backstop, Lorna Gebbie as a good ﬁelder and hitter, Tabitha Macpherson-Jorgensen and Sophia Turner as quick catchers and great team players and many more skilful people that were a credit to the team.
U13 Tennis The U13 tennis squad played well in the ﬁrst two rounds of the Team Tennis Schools Competition and beat Exmouth Community College and King’s School Ottery to progress to the ﬁnals of the league. Well done to Katie Russell, Issy Bland, Martha Halse and Ruby Scott who played in the team. Lizzie Sanders
U14 Rounders The rounders team (U14) have played exceptionally well this season. As well as holding up a victoriously unbeaten season, we've also overcome various setbacks, such as having a small amount of players available for various matches. For one match, we borrowed an Upper two-for 92
another, we used some of the players from the other team. And still, we won. Hope Evans bowled quickly and accurately, as did Becky Trelawny who accompanied her in the bowling box. Jessica Wright did an exceptional job as backstop, many times catching people's backward hits and throwing evenly to ﬁrst, where it was received by Anna Starling. Anna has played for the international team this season, and managed to get people out with more pace than anyone else on the team, by stumping the posts with a leftward swipe, leaving the player unable to reach it. Demelza May joined me in deep ﬁelding, in which she threw distances well and always thought tactfully in the ﬁeld. Martha Jones often stood on second, and never missed a catch, as well as always remembering to back up the other posts. Beth Pittman batted excellently and was a wonderful arm in the ﬁeld. Litty Bagwell has improved enormously this season, and although she played for the B's mostly, she was a useful asset when she played for the A's. Over all, an excellent season, as evident in the unbeaten title. Great play! Thanks go to Mrs Francis for her coaching and umpiring.
U14 Tennis This term the U14 tennis pairs have consisted of; Iona Campbell and Emily Judd, Esme Broughton and Phoebe Day, Eleanor Loughlin and Daniella Monger. The team had a great season with a strong win against Mount Kelly and a narrow lose to Maynard being some of the highlights. Well done to Iona, Emily and Daniella who played up an age group in the U15 Team Tennis Schools Competition. Thanks go to John the tennis coach from the University for his help during games sessions and after school practices. Emily Sharpe
U15 Rounders & Tennis The U15 rounders team has played well this season. Harriet Harris, Amy Dixie, Jess and Tara McKenna have all performed well and been regular members of the team. They started the season with an impressive victory over Honiton Community College and went on to beat St Peter’s High school. The last match of the season was against Maynard and was a close battle. Unfortunately we narrowly lost by half a rounder. Well done to all that played over the season. The U15 tennis team consisted of Harriet Milner, Olivia Z-E, Sophie Gibbins and Tara McKenna. Well done to all that played. Harriet Milner (played one match) and Sophie Gibbins also played in the Team Tennis Schools Competition. The team did very well and were narrowly knocked out of the competition by Blundell’s. Miss Carter @ExeterSchoolUK