Once again, pupils at Colston's have pulled out all the stops to support needy children in the Operation Christmas Child Shoebox Appeal. This year they contributed 240 boxes, our biggest ever total. That means 240 children in Eastern Europe with happy smiles on their faces this Christmas!
Bianca speeds towards her art A level
Two powerful rugby forwards at Colston’s School are making light work of helping a fellow artist Bianca Boulton-Major to speed towards an A level in art a year early.
All three are currently studying art at AS level stage. But whereas Bradley Horman (18), on the left, and James Phillips (17) are in the lower sixth, 16-year-old Bianca is a year below them.
The other difference is more obvious. Second row Bradley is 6ft 5in and 18 stone and No 8 James is 6ft 4in and 17 stone – but Bianca is just 5ft and 6 stone.
Bianca took her GCSE art one year early, gaining an A star grade last summer. Now in Year 11, she is regularly working with the lower sixth, including the rugby giants.
She discovered art from her grandmother who inspired her to paint. Her closest mentor is now Colston’s Head of Art Nick Yaxley.
“Bianca is very bright and imaginative,” said Mr Yaxley. “She loves working on a big scale. This term she’s working on a project studying the city of Bristol through its people and architecture.”
Bianca said: “My brother Luke left Colston’s last summer after doing GCSE and A level art, and he’s now doing an arts course at UWE. I obviously saw what he was doing and wanted to share the experience. I suppose we’re both very expressive.
"If all goes well I hope to do my A level in Year 12, leaving my upper sixth year free to pursue arts studies of my own choice.”
Audiences brave the Trolls as Peer Gynt draws full houses
The Trolls were in growling, menacing form at the Colston’s School theatre for the school’s spectacular and highly creative production of Henrik Ibsen’s Peer Gynt which played to full houses on November 24, 25 and 26.
This is the tale of a young man with great artistic potential, but constantly at odds with his physical desires.
The Year 11 production took us through his trials and tribulations, ending in a lunatic asylum.
Put together in just six weeks, the performance brought all sorts of surprises – including the Welshness of the Mountain King Anthony Jones who wrapped himself in his national flag for the part.
He was part of a company of more than 80 pupils including 50 performers and 30 crew.
James Milne was the younger Peer Gynt in Acts 1-3, and Peter Jewkes took over the role in Acts 4-5 as the hero grows older.
“By any standards Peer Gynt is a huge undertaking,” said Colston’s Head of Drama Stephen Pritchard, “and we’ve done it in six weeks. The whole GCSE drama year group is involved.
”It’s been hard work with a lot of growling, but fortunately most of that has happened on stage.”
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There were plenty of early drives from the Colston's forwards but they failed
to make an impact against a very well organised Blackrock XV
Colston's 1st XV suffered their second successive defeat (5-23) in an excellent game at home to Blackrock College on Saturday 27th November. In a fierce but good tempered game Blackrock took control with some oustanding goal kicking and made the most of their opportunities. A very well deserved win for Blackrock. The next round of the Daily Mail Cup (U18) will be played on Thursday 2nd December at 7.15 p.m. at Cleve RFC (click here for directions) against Truro College. The matches against Exeter College (Wed) and Whitgift (Sat) are now not taking place.
The Under 15s went out of the U15 Daily Mail Cup when they lost earlier in the week to St Peter's Gloucester.
Take a look at our latest advertising
It is most important that parents of pupils already at Colston’s and those who may be considering sending their sons and daughters to the school should have the information they need when making important family decisions about education.That is why we produce and publish a series of advertisements in local and specialist media.
These are in addition to the news coverage which we attract and the routine information which we disseminate to all pupils and parents as a matter of course.You may have noticed that the style and content of our display advertising has been evolving this year to reflect the school’s new corporate identity, and we thought visitors to the website might like to see these advertisements as they appear in the media.
Here are three of our latest:
We are coming up to Eleven Plus entrance examinations for the Upper School (January 15th 2005), and Junior entrance examinations for the Lower School (February 5th). This advertisement is booked in ‘Primary Times’ and ‘Folio Magazines’, and is also due to appear three times in both the Bristol Evening Post and Western Daily Press over the coming weeks. View advertisement
This is clearly for a different audience – it is specifically designed for the Bristol Evening Post ‘Baby of the Year’ supplement (November 22nd), and is a reminder to parents with babies or toddlers that the nursery at Colston’s Lower School is available for children aged from three years View advertisement
Never mind the marketing jargon - this is for a real audience at the Bristol Old Vic to see ‘Twelfth Night’ and ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’ during the coming weeks. It appears on the inside front cover of the Old Vic programme, and addresses the fact that drama is one of the great strengths of the varied extra-curricular life of the school. It also emphasises that all pupils derive significant benefits from having their own dedicated theatre on site at Colston’s View advertisement
PARENTS' SOCIETY CHRISTMAS BAZAAR
As in previous years we should be very grateful to receive your donations for the Bazaar for the following stalls:
Children’s books, cd’s and videos
Children’s toys and games
Collection bags are being sent home with your child today and Mrs Pullin in the Lower School office is ready to receive any donations you are able to make.
Please make sure everything, especially toys, games and books are in good condition as we are more likely to be able to sell good quality items.
Another letter regarding the cake stall will be sent out in a couple of weeks time.
Please do not forget to return your raffle tickets, many thanks to those of you who already have and please do not forget to look at the Christmas Cards now available.
MORE RUGBY SUCCESS
Recent Old Colstonians have been breaking into the top level of the game recently. From last year's 1st XV Warren Fury made his debut for London Wasps earlier in the season and more recently we were pleased to note that Jordan Crane made his debut for Leeds, Shane Geraghty for London Irish, Tom Vardell for Leicester and Ryan Davis on the 1st XV bench for Bath. From the previous season's 1st XV Kieron Lewitt scored on his debut for Bath. However, the biggest achievement is by Michael Pyke who. also from the 1st XV in 2002, has been capped by Canada. He made his debut against the USA and unfortunately misses out on playing against England at Twickenham this Saturday as he was injured playing for Canada against Italy last Saturday.
(Footnote: Tom Varndell scored a hat trick of tries for Leicester on Saturday and Mike Baxter (Colston's 1st XV 2001-3) made his debut for Bath)
Meanwhile, this year's XV continue to perform well with a solid performance in Dublin last Saturday, winning 8-0 against a tenacious Terenure College, and a fine win (25-7) in the Daily Mail Cup on Wednesday evening against local rivals Filton College.
The scene at Bristol Cathedral on November 10th was as close as we will ever get to the origins of Colston’s School nearly 300 years ago – with buns and ‘shillings’ being distributed to pupils.
It was the annual Charter Day Service of the Society of Merchant Venturers, commemorating the granting of a Royal Charter to the society by Charles 1 in 1639.
The school was established in the centre of Bristol in 1710 for 100 poor boys as a result of an endowment by Edward Colston who appointed the Merchant Venturers to act as trustees.
The society has managed and supported the school ever since, enabling it to move to its present home at Stapleton in 1861 and providing the foundation for its present success. This term the number of pupils has reached record levels with nearly 230 pupils in the Lower School (3-11 years) and over 600 in the Upper School (11-18 years).
The custom of handing out buns to pupils is believed to be derived from a similar tradition at Christ’s Hospital in London which Edward Colston probably attended. Each pupil was given a cake to take home to the family and a small bun, known as the ‘starver’, which could be eaten to stave off hunger.
The tradition is maintained with each pupil being given two buns – a large one which splits into segments, known in Bristol as the Colston bun, and the small ‘starver’.
At the same time each pupil is given two shillings (10p since decimalisation) to fulfil the wishes of two other early benefactors to the school, William Vaughan and Philip Jones.
The cathedral was packed with pupils from Colston’s School and Colston’s Girls’ School.
Some of the youngest pupils at Colston’s Lower had to be left behind because of lack of space. They took part in a special Charter Day Activity, related to the history of Edward Colston and the school, and their buns were then presented in the Lower School hall.
Two members of the CCF, Amber Thomas and Charlotte Mardle, being interviewed by a team from the BBC as part of a documentary on the Merchant Venturers due to be screened in January
In the finest sporting traditions of Colston’s School, conkers has been elevated to championship status – not banned.
All juniors (from 7 to 11) at Colston’s Lower were invited to enter a knock-out event, and a special wooden trophy was constructed by Deputy Head Martin Weavers and science teacher John Wilson-Smith.
There was nothing half-baked about the concept – in fact no baking or soaking was allowed.
Two Year 5 pupils Sam Miller (10) and Sara Procter (9) had to survive six rounds to reach the final.
Both finalists live in Stapleton, and it was discovered that their thoroughbred conkers had the same pedigree. They had fallen from the same tree.
At the official ‘weigh-in’, Sam’s conker tipped the scales at 10.4 grams and Sara’s at 10.3 grams. Both finalists rejected shoelaces for good old-fashioned string.
A year ago Sara had beaten Sam in the first round of the championship at Colston’s. This time Sam gained revenge after what Head of School Caroline Aspden describes as: “… a tense, hard-fought but thoroughly sporting final.
“It really could have gone either way, and in the end Sam’s conker was the last one in the championship to remain intact.”
Mrs Aspden added: “The conkers issue has become one of those seasonal chestnuts, and last year we decided to offer a clear lead. We wanted the children to enjoy the game, and to play it safely under supervision. Otherwise we felt we would just drive conkers underground – so to speak – and we think that’s plain bonkers.”
The competition was organised by two Year 5 pupils Myles Brock and Jon Roper who set up the draw, acted as referees and provided sweets as prizes.
Colston’s all-conkering champion Sam Miller (10) and runner-up Sara Procter (9)
Colston’s gifted musicians bid for early exam success
Six gifted musicians at Colston’s School in Bristol are bidding to gain early examination success in order to spend more time developing their skills in the sixth form.
Year 8 pupils Matthew Fowles (12) and Ding Yang (13) have already started their GCSE music, and plan to take their examination two years early at the end of Year 9 – in summer 2006. Matthew plays piano and violin and Ding Yang plays clarinet, piano and bass guitar.
Thirteen-year-old Milo Chen, already in Year 9, will take his GCSE next summer. As well as playing piano and violin, Milo is a composer. Earlier this year his composition for two pianos and timpani won first prize for his age group in a UK competition promoted by the European Piano Teachers’ Association.
Tom Carpenter (14) from Year 10 has started his AS music two years ahead of schedule. The plan is to spread the course over two years, taking the examination one year early in 2006
Two 15-year-olds in Year 11 have started their AS one year early. Jonathan Rawles (piano and organ) and Kimberley Martin (violin, piano and trumpet) will take their AS examinations next summer.
Jonathan’s elder brother Martin, an Old Colstonian who gained an organ scholarship at St Catharine’s College, Cambridge, is now organ scholar at Gloucester Cathedral.
The strategy is to enable all six of these pupils to take A level music in their Year 12,” explained Colston’s Director of Music Stephen Bryant. “I am very confident that they have the ability to do very well at that stage, and we can then devise Year 13 studies to suit their individual needs.
“It will depend on whether they want to study music at university and how serious they are about taking up a musical career. It’s a very competitive world, and that’s why we want them to take every advantage of our expanded music facilities while they are here.”
Jonathan Rowles (15) at the keyboard accompanying (left to right) Matt Fowles (12), Ding Yang (13), Milo Chen (13) and Kimberley Martin (15) in a music practice room at Colston’s School.
All set for an impromptu performance in the Chatterton Hall at Colston’s School – (left to right) Kimberley Martin (15), Matt Fowles (12), Jonathan Rowles (15), Milo Chen (13) and Ding Yang (13)
COLSTON’S RECORD-BREAKING CADET FORCE STAGES ITS BIGGEST PARADE
Colston’s School Combined Cadet Force, which currently has a record membership of 217 pupils, today (Oct 20) staged its biggest parade as part of a biennial inspection.
The Inspecting Officer, Air Vice-Marshal Richard Moore, met Army, Royal Navy and Royal Air Force cadets. They included 16-year-old Lower Sixth pupil Flt Sgt Nicky Clark who was last week installed as Lord Lieutenant’s Cadet for the coming year.
Air Vice-Marshall Moore toured a series of CCF displays and exhibits prepared for the occasion. He also inspected progress on a new headquarters building which is due to be completed by Christmas and available for use by cadets in January.
This term Colston’s CCF has 126 cadets in the Army section, 59 in the RAF section and 32 in the Royal Navy section.
Headmaster David Crawford said: “The school’s Combined Cadet Force has run continuously since 1915, but has grown at an unprecedented rate over the last eight years.
“This partly reflects the growth in numbers at the school, and also the emphasis placed on extra-curricular activities.
“All boys and girls are expected to attend at least one extra-curricular activity per week, and are encouraged by their tutors to widen their horizons and grasp new opportunities. I am pleased to say that the range of activities available through CCF is proving increasingly popular.
“Further growth is expected next year and our new CCF building will enable us to cater for a sustained expansion in numbers and activities.”
It did rain on Colston’s parade, and low cloud forced the cancellation of planned visits by helicopters from the Royal Air Force and Air Sea Rescue.
The only cadets not on parade were those learning to fly at RAF Colerne and to sail at Chew Valley Lake.
Colston's fail to retain cup at St Joseph's National Schools' Tournament
Colston's failed to retain the cup which they had won for the past three seasons. By winning their first 5 matches, they made a good attempt but were pipped by Millfield (11-5) in what was, to all intents and purposes, the semi-final. Having beaten Colston's Millfield easily beat Dulwich 38-10 in the final.
Ian Davey, pictured above, scored 6 tries over the two days, one of which won him a trophy for the try of the tournament.
Our Sixth Form Open Evening is this Thursday, October 14th, and whether you are currently in Year 11 at Colston’s or at a school elsewhere you will be most welcome.
The evening begins at 7 o’clock in the Harry Crook Theatre with an introductory session involving the Headmaster, David Crawford, and the Director of Sixth Form, Gerard Boyce, along with some current sixth-formers.
Thereafter you will be at liberty to speak to Heads of Departments and current students to find out about the courses Colston’s offers. Refreshments will be available in the Dining Hall.
We look forward to seeing you on Thursday
Faultless performance wins gold medal for Colston’s Lower School gymnast
Colston’s Lower School has its own gold medallist after a faultless performance by Kirby Malone in Sunday’s Bristol Gymnastics Championships.
The 10-year-old Year 6 pupil is following in the footsteps of Kayleigh Fletcher (15) who is in Year 10 at Colston’s.
Kayleigh has been ranked as high as sixth nationally, and is already coaching younger gymnasts at The Academy in Portishead.
Kirby won the overall gold medal for the 10-year age group at the Bristol Championships after faultless routines on four pieces of apparatus – the floor routine to music, vault, asymmetric bar and beam.
Kirby and Kayleigh were pictured together in the gym at Colston’s Lower School where Kirby showed off her trophy to fellow pupils.
Head of Lower School Caroline Aspden said: “Staff and pupils know how hard Kirby works at her gymnastics and we are all absolutely delighted for her.
“She is undoubtedly a brilliant performer with a real future in gymnastics, and at the same time manages to convey her enthusiasm to all her friends. Even at 10 she is a wonderful ambassador for her sport.”
1st XI Hockey- Thursday 7th October
Lost 4-0 to Dauntsey's. Players of the match: Lisa Yipp and Stacey-Jo Webster. All the girls put in a lot of effort but the goals were very unfortunate.
The Under 15 XV have won through to the next round of the Daily Mail Cup by beating Rednock School 27-21 on Tuesday 5th October. They play Castle School, Thornbury in the next round on Thursday 14th October at 4.15 p.m.
The 1st XV start their campaign to try to retain the Daily Mail Under 18 Cup on Wednesday 13th October at home to Hartpury College (2.30 p.m. kick off). The 1st XV have been having lots of injury problems, in particular in the front row. For safety reasons they had to conclude their match against Coleg Sir Gar (from Carmarthenshire) with uncontested scrums and were unable to fulfil their fixture with St Peter's Gloucester because of the number of front row players who were injured.
ARE YOU FLYING HIGH?
On Friday 1st October, small business owner and ex-Cardiff City football player Gareth Davis came to Colston’s to present a lecture on the advantages of running a business and thereby earning vast amounts of money. During the lecture, he discussed a range of topics, from the advantage of marrying a wealthy woman to using motivational techniques to achieve a better lifestyle.
He began by telling us an outline of his life story up to the age of 16. We learnt about his passion for football, and about how he spend every available second practising his favourite pastime. His lifetime goal was to play for Cardiff City FC at Ninian Park. After spending over a decade in pursuit of this dream he threw it all away during his teenage years. Later, after some waffle and a fancy diagram, he revealed all was not lost. He began to participate in Sunday League soccer, and began to move up the football ranks. Fate it seemed was on his side. After some lucky coincidences, he found himself being signed for Cardiff City. He had achieved his dream. However, Fate, it seemed, was about to score a cruel own goal, with Davis injuring his cruciate ligament beyond repair.
With his dream in tatters he now had to find a new way to motivate himself, and had to find new “goals”! After a business venture in the USA went well he started to become more interested in running his own business. He emphasised the point that he only had 3 O-Levels, and that his achievement in business was even more remarkable because of this. He proved a point that if you achieve poor academic results then it is not necessarily “game over”. After seeing a close personal friend make a success of a business, he decided to take the same path. He now owns three businesses himself.
Davis discussed at some length the importance of goals, and having something to aim for in life. He said that setting goals and achieving them makes people aim higher. This point in particular is relevant, because once in the sixth form both short and long term goals must be set in order to make the most of future prospects and careers.
The lecture was informative, interesting and inspiring. He used clear and detailed arguments to emphasise his case. He used his Welshness as a way of creating good humour, but sometimes used his accent as an excuse if he explained something badly! Despite the subject of his lecture being interesting, he gave the impression that if you are a successful businessman and earn vast sums of money then this will buy you unlimited amounts of happiness. This is quite a shallow outlook on life as he implied that only by owning a business could you achieve happiness. He used many references to personal satisfaction, but only with regards to earning a large salary. Despite these slight criticisms, he presented an interesting and relevant talk in this stage of our lives, which will potentially enable everyone to “fly high”. Leon Hubbard
Slide show of guides showing visitors around the school on Open Morning on Saturday 2nd October 2004
WHAT IS THE ESSENCE OF YOUR LIFE?
On Friday 24th September semi- pro rock climber and photographer Alistair Lee came to the school to present a lecture based on rock climbing. He introduced the sport and then went on to show three short videos of himself and others doing various climbs around the world.
Alistair opened up with a panoramic view of Castleton Valley in Utah. This led to a movie of his wife, his friend Dave and himself climbing the largest of the sandstone towers, an impressive 120 metres above the rest of the mountain. The daunting experience of climbing a vertical wall of this height supported only by a piece of rope was seemingly taken in his stride. He seemed almost too laid back in a ‘yeah, it was the biggest climb in Utah but I managed it’ attitude that came across as humorous and absorbing to the audience.
After a short series of photos and a brief biography of himself and where he lives (Burnley), he went on to introduce another aspect of the sport: bouldering. This is where you climb boulders no more than 20 feet high with hardly any handholds, and the aim is to get to the top in as little time as possible. He proceeded to show another film of himself trying to tackle the problem of a boulder in Burnley,‘The Worm’ It is graded 7a which is very difficult, he explained. After a whopping 260 attempts at the task he finally managed to crack it, to rapturous applause from the sixth form.
More photos followed in what appeared to be a short intermission before the grand finale. The photos were humorous to a teenage audience as they were of signs from around the world which were funny, bizarre or occasionally unintentionally rude.
His final film was about himself and his friends aiming to climb Mount Potatsi, the highest mountain in Bolivia at 6088 metres above sea level. In the style of ‘Vertical Limit’ or ‘Touching the Void,’ the film portrayed the lives of Lee and his friends as they set out to conquer the snow-capped mountain. The first attempt had to be called off, due to Lee’s wife getting frostbite and not being able to walk. However, perseverance paid off and the next year he managed to climb the mountain without mishap.
The lecture was interesting and awe-inspiring. Alistair’s witty remarks and descriptions of his travels were most compelling to the audience. The clear format and superbly filmed movies vividly showed diverse environments around the world. In his words, ‘Rock climbing is the essence of my life: what is the essence of yours?’ Harry Phillips
The Upper and Lower Schools will be open to everyone on Saturday morning (2nd October) starting at 9.30 a.m. The Headmaster will give two presentations in the Theatre at 10.10 a.m. and 11.30 a.m. Visitors will be able to visit all areas of the school and meet pupils and staff.
RECORD HITS IN SEPTEMBER FOR WEBSITE
The final number of hits for September was 613,404 -almost 50% more than any previous month. What do you like best? E-mail the webmaster and let him know.
NEW SECTIONS ON THE WEB
We are gradually developing new areas on our website. A section for Departments is already live and will have new links over the next few weeks. You might like to look at some of the AS and A2 Art work from the Art Department.
Last week the majority of Year 11 completed a series of Aptitude and Interest Tests designed to help them find out more about their natural abilities as an aid to thinking about careers.
Aptitudes tested included Verbal Reasoning, Numerical Reasoning, Spatial Reasoning (two and three-dimensional), Working Quickly and Accurately (a test of clerical skill), Arithmetic Calculation and Spelling. The results are statistically based and show how a young person compares with others of the same age group. The computer analyses the scores and provides an individual review. It emphasises the meaning and relevance of each aptitude score in turn and of its possible significance within appropriate careers fields.
The Interest Test provides a picture of the young person’s stronger occupational and academic interests, related abilities and personal qualities. In addition to identifying careers areas of high existing interest, it can also reveal a range of well-matched careers which may not have been considered previously.
The profile that these results show will provide useful additional information for the individual Careers Interviews which start just before half term.
FIRST AID FOR YEAR 7
All pupils in Year 7 have been receiving basic instruction in First Aid techniques from members of St John's Ambulance in the last few days.
CHINESE MID-AUTUMN FESTIVAL
The Hong Kong Chinese boarders celebrated the Mid-Autumn Festival on Tuesday 28th September in traditional style by eating moon-cakes under the full moon and thinking of their relatives and friends far from home. There are 16 boys and 3 girls from Hong Kong in the boarding community at Colston's. All the boarders shared a chinese meal with them on this special occasion.
COLSTON'S WEB SITE BREAKS NEW RECORDS
People seem to want to keep in touch with the school even when we are on holiday: the Colston's web site achieved a record number of hits (413,000) during the month of August. And even though the month of September is not yet over we have surpassed over half a million hits so far this month. You clearly like looking at our web site and regularly give feedback. Don't hesitate to send us news, articles and photos for inclusion. Email the webmaster Martin Tayler with any contributions.
CAMBRIDGE BLUE FOR OLD COLSTONIAN
It's always good to see Old Colstonians back in school. It was particularly good to see Paul Martin back watching his brother Richard playing for the Old Colstonians Rugby on Saturday. Paul, a prodigious tennis player at schoolboy level, gained a Blue for Cambridge this summer at the age of 28. He played no 1 for Cambridge and won his match. Paul turned down a place at Oxford when he left school to take up a tennis scholarship at the University of Texas. He is now working locally in telecommunications and playing National League tennis for the David Lloyd Club.
COLSTON’S NURSERY PUPILS INVITE THEIR GRANDPARENTS TO THANK THEM FOR ALL THEY DO
As part of National Grandparents’ Day celebrations, nursery pupils at Colston’s Lower School invited their grandmas and grandads to a special picnic on September 24th to thank them for all they do.
The children, from three years, made invitation cards as well as specially-baked cakes and gingerbread grandparents.
Overseeing the event were Colston’s nursery teacher Kirsten Glynne-Jones and her two classroom assistants Chris Bastin and Jane Hosegood.
Kirsten said: “We just wanted to say thank you to all the children’s grandparents, many of whom bring them, pick them up and look after the children during lunchtime.
“Grandparents are a big part of the children’s lives and we didn’t want them to be left out.”
Xenia Butler (3) was featured in the Bristol Evening Post with her grandma, Mrs Mary Butler, and her nanna, Mrs Anita Mason.
Mrs Mason said: “We’re having a fabulous time. I came here in the summer for sports day and the concert at the end of term, and thoroughly enjoyed both.
“My grand-daughter insisted we both came along today.”
NARROW VICTORY FOR 1st XV
The 1st XV beat Ivybridge Community College 12-6 on Tuesday 22nd September. More details and photos on the Rugby Web Pages.
1st XI Squad
The girls' 1st XI hockey had a 1-0 win over Chipping Sodbury School on Monday 21st September.
PARKING AT COLSTON'S
The Bristol Evening Post recently ran an article about the problems of parking outside Colston's School. The Headmaster, David Crawford, wrote a letter in reply. A copy of his letter can be viewed here.
The Parents’ Society AGM will be held next Thursday, 23rd September, at 7.30 p.m. in the Upper School Dining Room. After the official business of the meeting (which doesn’t take too long!) there will be cheese and wine and an opportunity to meet other parents. All parents are warmly invited to this event and new parents are especially encouraged to come since this is a good way to meet other people and to become actively involved in your child’s school. We hope to see parents there!
The 1st and 2nd XI both lost 2-0 to King Edward's Bath - the first matches of the season. Both teams are young and are new to playing with each other. There is lots to work on, but the girls are highly motivated and they can improve on this performance.
UNDER 15 DAILY MAIL CUP
The Under 15s won their first round game of the Daily Mail Cup against Ashton Park School 51-5 on Thursday 16 September.
KINGS' HOUSE PARENTS' EVENING
Mrs Currie held a social evening for parents with pupils in Kings' House on Wednesday 15th September giving parents the opportunity to socialize with each other and to meet the tutors, house captain and house prefects.
SIXTH FORM INDUCTION COURSE
93 Sixth Formers spent three days ‘in the field’ during Colston’s innovative Lower Sixth induction course.
Seven external assessors (two of whom were Old Colstonians) monitored the progress of the pupils in their teams. Most of the course took place at the dedicated army training camp at Caerwent.
When they arrived the pupils were split into teams and were given their kit and a sum of money. They then had to make their way to two ‘safe houses’ where they had to barter for their food and provisions. Once they had bought what they thought they would need for the next few days they went to a protected area where they were shown how to make shelters. They then had to prepare their food and cook it, following which they settled down for the night in their ‘bashers’
After getting up at 6.00 a.m. the next morning and cooking breakfast each team went round a circuit of seven command tasks which tested each person’s leadership, communication and team working skills.
Following a quick lunch the teams went on an orienteering exercise and then came back to prepare a barbeque for supper. Another night under the stars was followed by an early rise and a trip to an assault course where everyone completed the tasks set them.
Returning to school for lunch the pupils were allowed to go home and wash before coming in for normal lessons the next day. In the evening there was a formal banquet followed by a disco.
The value of this exercise cannot be over-estimated. The transition from Year 11 to the Lower Sixth is a big one, and this course helps underline the need for independent thought and the need to take responsibility for oneself. The ‘bonding’ that takes place is invaluable and helps cement relationships back at school, particularly when there were over 30 new members of the Lower Sixth who were joining an established group.
Tim Scarll and Sid Sinar are to be congratulated on the imaginative way in which they set up and administered this course, and of course grateful thanks go to the external assessors who gave so freely of their time.
Did everyone enjoy the course? No; it is not everybody’s cup of tea, but everyone can look back with pride and satisfaction at what they achieved, or perhaps reflect on what they could have achieved if they had gone about things differently.
A try by skipper Chris Brooker, left, and
3 penalties by Mike Provis secured an away
win for the 1st XV
There were mixed results for the boys' Rugby on the first Saturday of term: the 1st XV had a narrow 14-9 win away to Kirkham Grammar School in Lancashire and the 2nd XV won handsomely 51-7 at the same venue. Against St Peter's Gloucester the Under 13s lost 5-12 and the Under 15s lost 17-27 but the Under 14s won 38-19. More Rugby news can be found on the Rugby Website.
Colston's has said goodbye to Miss Shanker, who has become Mrs Davies and who is now teaching history at Haberdashers Askes School, and to Miss Butters, who is now Mrs Urqhart and who continues to teach biology at Colston's. They are pictured here on their wedding days in the summer holidays.
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Colston’s Lower School appoints new Deputy Head and Head of Pre-Prep
Back to school at Colston’s (Sept 6th) included a welcome to the Lower School for new Deputy Head Martin Weavers and new Head of Pre-Prep Rosie Wyles.
They are pictured being introduced by Head of Lower School Caroline Aspden (second right) to visiting parents Richard Solly and Praminda Caleb-Solly and their children Ben (6) and Rowan (4) at an informal parents’ meeting.
Martin joins Colston’s from The Downs School in Bristol where he was Director of Sport, and Rosie joins from Selling Church of England Primary School in Kent where she was Key Stage 1 Co-ordinator.
Their appointments follow the retirement of Deputy Head and Head of Pre-Prep Liz Coatsworth who left the school at the end of last term after 18 years of distinguished service.
“Expansion of the school in recent years has made it important to separate out the two roles of Deputy Head and Head of Pre-Prep,” Mrs Aspden explained. “This will give the new Head of Pre-Prep the time to focus solely on the needs of the children aged three to seven while at the same time strengthening our management structure.
“These two appointments are crucial as we plan for the next stage of our development.”
COLSTON'S WIN TYNEDALE CUP FOR FIFTH CONSECUTIVE YEAR
1st XV captain Chris Brooker lifts the cups at Tynedale
Colston's 1st XV started their new season by winning the Tynedale International Schools' Rugby Tournament for the fifth consecutive year. There were wins over RGS Newcastle, Edinburgh Academy and Yarm School in the opening group matches. In the quarter finals Colston's beat Filton College from Bristol, but then scrapped through on the toss of a coin in the semi-finals against Tynedale Schools after a 3-3 draw. Colston's saved their best to last in defeating Cistercian College from Rosscrea in Eire 17-0 in the final. More details and photos will appear soon on the Rugby pages.
Colston's celebrate their victory in the Tynedale International Schools' Tournament at the weekend
NEW SCHOOL YEAR
Lots of new boys and girls joined Colston's at the beginning of the new term on Monday 6th September. Featured below are all the new Year 7s. News of Year 7, and their photos in tutor groups, appear in their own Year 7 section.
Lower Sixth pupils are out of school until Wednesday afternoon on an Induction Programme in South Wales.
All the latest news from Summer Term 2004 (including news of Examination Results) has been archived and can be accessed by clicking on the "Archived News" button above.