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Headmaster's Latest Newsletter 16th June 2017

As I write this the Year 8 boys are receiving their Common Entrance Results. It is safe to say that they have done fantastically well and full details of their tremendous achievements will follow shortly.

Last week ended with a wonderful Shrewsbury House Association Five a Side Football festival. The boys should be congratulated for the spirit and endeavour that they showed and overall it was great fun. Congratulations to ‘Play rugby’ on winning the best socks competition (the junior competition) and to ‘Anyone up for some rugby’ for gaining the accolade of the best kit (the senior competition). I would also like to express my gratitude to the members of the SHA and the staff, particularly Mr Foster and Mrs Mackintosh for organising the event. Finally on the subject of football, many congratulations to the parents’ team on their victory in the Staff vs Parents match, an historic feat!

Over the weekend Shrewsbury House boys were engaged in a number of other sporting endeavours, most notably the IAPS National Triathlon event at Dulwich Prep School. Shrewsbury House entered teams in the Year 5, 6 and 7 competitions and all the boys performed with great aplomb.  In  total 440 children from 67 schools took part and particular mention must go to George Turner, who finished in 6th place overall in the Year 6 boys race, a remarkable achievement. Mr Davison’s report can be read at:

Our golfers also took in the IAPS Golf Championship at Macdonald Hill Valley Golf Club this week. The SHS boys played well and we are anticipating receiving the final standings from the event shortly.

On Wednesday our Under 11A Cricketers performed extremely well to win the Tonbridge 6-a-side tournament and we have also received news that Ben Clarke and Josh Sinfield have been selected to play for Surrey against Middlesex on Sunday, in the first U11 County fixture of the year. Congratulations to the U11A team and the very best of luck to Ben and Josh this weekend. No doubt the boys were inspired to victory by the rousing music assembly that we had on Wednesday morning. The ‘staff band’ of Mr Jani, Mr Cottrell, Mr Lennon, Mr Morris and Mrs Lugosch, played a number of jazz numbers. You can watch part of their performance on our twitter feed @shrewsburyhouse

This week we have enjoyed the House Swimming Galas. After last year’s downpours where it was debatable as to whether the boys in the pool or the parents spectating got wetter, we have been fortunate to have had some wonderful weather for these. The full results will be published next week.

Yesterday we had our Year 2 Taster Day with the boys, who will be joining us in Year 3 in September. It is always fantastic to see the boys’ enthusiasm and excitement as they begin their first steps in their Shrewsbury House careers. The boys took part in a range of activities including sports and art as well as spending time with Mrs Harding and the Year 3 tutor team. However the most gratifying part of their time with us was the enthusiasm and pride shown by our current Year 3 boys, who gave them a tour of the school.

Many congratulations to this week’s Artist of the Week, Lucas Deverill  7M. He has been looking at cell structures in science, and has created his own 3D mixed media collage.

Very well done also to the following Year 3 boys, who have completed the Reading Trail and have earned a HOY commendation: Alex Briggs, Sam Cuff, Digby Heilpern, Kameron Litten, Caspar Maxwell Randeria, Ben Stone and Max Thorburn.

Very well done also to Ariyan Hormoz.  Ariyan has been working on developing computer games as an outside school activity and his game, Doodle Warz, is one of the nominees for BAFTA YGD, GAME MAKING AWARD 2017, 10-14 years old. This means that the game he has developed is one of the top ten in the whole country in the competition for young game developers. Having only just celebrated his 10th birthday, Ariyan is one of the youngest in the competition. A tremendous achievement!

Congratulations must also go to Eddie Jones in Year 8. Sometime ago I reported that we were delighted to hear he had progressed through to the semi-finals of the UK Teen Star competition. The starting auditions saw thousands of young hopefuls enter the competition and Eddie was one of only 30 applicants who reached these semi-finals which also included dancers, musical singers, mime acts as well as modern singers.   He won on stage that day, one of only 5 showcase prizes to present to the industry but was unfortunately not to be one of only 5 selected for the UK Grand Final in July. Nonetheless this is a tremendous achievement and you can watch Eddie’s performance by following the link below:

Mrs Thorowgood has also organised a Pug competition following the visit of children’s author Laura James before half term.  I, along with Mrs Milsom had great fun selectin the winners. Congratulations to Year 3’s Hugo Hemming, Philip Ellinghorst, Riley Osborne and Ethan Koller and Iestyn Rowe in Year 4. You can read more about the competition here:

On Monday the whole school enjoyed Problem Solving Day organised by Mr Chessum. The Maths puzzles varied in difficulty nature but undoubtedly the boys all further developed their problem solving skills and their abilities to work as part of a team.

Many thanks to Mrs McKinlay, Ms Wulfsohn and Mrs Jones for speaking to Years 7 & 8 this morning as part of our Careers morning. This was an important opportunity to consider their futures, in terms of subject choices at senior school and life beyond school, as they heard about careers as varied as marketing, legal work in support of corporate finance and garden design.

Congratulations to the following boys on receiving their merit badges:

Year 3

William Baker, Heath Bowcott, Daniel Casebourne, Theodore Cheng, Lucas Cornelsen, Sam Cuff, Luther Dent, Christian Dickinson, Zachary Elliott, Freddie Fox, Joshua Hall, Digby Heilpern, Hugo Hemming, Ernie Hill, Oscar Iannotti, Josh Jacobs, Luke Jeffrey, Saahir Kapoor, Adham Karsou-Mubarak, Conrad Lai, Oliver Leader, Kameron Litten, Connor Lloyd, Edward Lyons, Floyd Maclean, Caspar Maxwell Randeria, Fabio Memon, Charlie Moffatt, Alex Morawitz, Luke Morris, Tom Noble, Barnaby Norris, Riley Osborne, Aarav Patel, Oliver Rees, Robert Richards, Leo Ridge, Nilay Sagoo, Max Stuttard, Max Thorburn, Frederik Von Danwitz

Year 4

Rafael Aram, Jasper Boulanger, Charles Bulman, Billy Burke, Jack Cassar-Smith, Eric Chen, Ben Clarke, Jasper Cole, Alex Collins, Noah Crook, George Day, Louis Deverill, Ronny Dogra, Yacine El Bachir, Charles Hammond, Alexander Harley, Johnny Hart, Luke Higginson, Henry Hulme, Krish Jain, Ethan Koller, Digby Lane, Kit Lockard, Mohammad Malikov, Sam McIlroy  , Azooz Memon, Ralph Moggs, Jin-Soo Pak, Lewis Ridley-Smith, Iestyn Rowe, Tom Simpson , Charlie Slatter, Max Turner, Freddie Wolff

Year 5

William Ashworth, Charlie Babb, Arran Blevins, Rafe Buxton, Oliver Casebourne, Charlie Craig, William Cutler, Nicholas Draper, Harry Ebbans, Paul Ellinghorst, Harry Gregor , Finn Haldane, Thomas Hatcher, George Hennessy, Noah Horne, Saahan Kapoor, Phoenix Kellah-Nash, Michael Le Roux, Victor Lyashenko, Reuben Malet De Carteret, Kyle McTurk, Ben Moffatt, Arthur Pearce-Higgins, Leo Saarinen, Kiran Sagoo, Lucas Starling, Hari Stewart, Eric Taylor, Ruairi Taylor, Henry Turnbull, Rufus White, Joshy Wight, Tommy Wight, Jack Williams

Year 6

Jamie Abbate, Matthew Aris, Oliver Bamford, William Bennet, Jay Bhatia, Kazuya Boehringer, Thomas Brooks, Joshua Cheong, Ben Clarke, Alexander Collie, Sam Collins, Henry Daubeney, Stefano di Rico, Miles Dickens, Cameron Elliott, Zach Gibbon, Oscar Harley, Max Hyatt, William Hyatt, William Jarrett, Thomas Koshy, Owen Law, William Malet De Carteret, Joe Noble, Tian Patel, Nihal Patel, Alex Pattullo,Niall Radcliff, Jonathan Richards, Finlay Sanders, Charlie Simpson , Wilf Stokhuyzen, Jean Van Der Spuy, Nicholas Webber, Jeremy West

Year 7

Alexander Adair, Joseph Akhurst, Joshua Bellamy, Alexander Beverton-Smith, Thomas Butter, Jamie Chedumbrum, Freddie Cheng, Henry Collins, Otto Dent, Jack Derrick, Chand Dodhia, Archie Dowdeswell, Jack Gregor, William Harris, Nathan Horne, Ben Ingham, Kai Lam-Denham, Edward Marriott, Cameron Marshall, Louis McClean, Matthew Moffatt, Max Nickless, George Potter, Samuel Radcliff, Kasper Skrumsager, Matthew Stanislas, Zachary ten Have, Hugh Wason, Luka Woods

Year 8

Yousef Ajeena, Nicco Bargioni, Sami Berendji, Ethan Berman, Fraser Cory, Bertie Dunster-Ross, Oliver Hall, Will Hewes, Eddie Jones, Morgan Jones, William Kendall, Avi Kochhar, Joshua Law, Jack Mattimore, Max McKinlay, Eddie McMillan, Michael McNally, Samuel Murphy, Ollie Ognall, Rhys Parfitt, Kailan Patel, Arthur Ponsonby, Charlie Pughe, Oliver Saarinen, Ben Simms, Freddie Simpson, Nikolaj Skrumsager, William Smith, Thomas Stephens, Hector Stokhuyzen, Philippe Van Der Spuy, Aidan Weymouth, Charlie Whipple, Ben Yiannakou

Congratulations to the following boys who have received their third plus prizes:

Drake: Jack Gregor, Max McKinlay, Charlie Pughe, Aidan Weymouth

Grenville: Chand Dodhia

Nelson: Matthew Stanislas

Raleigh: Jamie Chedumbrum, Otto Dent, Archie Dowdeswell

Congratulations to the following boys who have received their second plus prizes:

Drake: Thomas Jones, March Turnbull

Grenville: Eddie Jones, Jimmy Sinclair, Louis Wilson

House Scores:        

Raleigh:   45.86        Grenville:   43.75          Nelson:   43.70         Drake:   43.54

Tomorrow evening we look forward to a ‘Shrewsbury House first,’ with our inaugural sold out ‘Dads and Lads’ camping event at Almshouse Lane. There will be a variety of games and a barbeque on what promises to be a memorable and extremely enjoyable evening for all.

Next week is especially busy with a Year 5 trip to Verulamium, Year 6 visiting the Mahir Hindu Temple in Neasden and the Year 7 play on Wednesday and Thursday evenings. We also have two SHA events to look forward to: the SHA Tennis Day at Westside Tennis Club and the Parent and Son Golf event at Claremont Park Golf Club.

Have a fantastic weekend.

Kevin Doble





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