News archive March 2003

Lower School awed by Rochester Castle

28 March 2003

Pupils in Lower School One had a successful outing in bright sunshine recently when they visited Rochester Castle and Cathedral. The first phase of the field trip was the Castle, with tours of the bailey and the keep. Rochester is a fantastic example of a Norman Castle with Romanesque arches and square towers on three corners of the keep. One corner was mined by King John in 1215 and was replaced by a rounded tower. The pupils had the opportunity to hear about the horrors of this siege in 1215 and visit other areas of the bailey that had been altered  > more

Captains present and future learn from the guru

28 March 2003

Sixteen members of Haileybury Cricket recently attended an inaugural "Captaincy Seminar" in The Long Room of The Pavilion. The group of willing and interested leaders sat glued to the speaker, Nick Gandon, as he gesticulated and spread the word of cricket with great enthusiasm and panache. Gandon, registrar at Haileybury until the end of March and now the Cricket Foundation's new Director, was himself Haileybury XI captain in 1974. With the help of the players, he laid down what between them they thought captaining a cricket  > more

MUN gathering produces thought provoking debates

27 March 2003

On Friday 21 March, schools from all around Europe began to descend upon us for the ninth Haileybury Model United Nations. After a busy night of last-minute organising for some, and relaxation before the main event for others, it was time for bed. On Saturday, opening speeches and committee loomed. Early on Saturday morning the remaining schools which had not arrived the previous night joined with the rest, to greet old friends and new, to start the strange, but very necessary period of lobbying. Lobbying is, effectively, a chance for  > more

Sailing team wins area championship

25 March 2003

The Haileybury CCF RN sailing team has again won the Area Championship, held in London's Docklands on Sunday, 23 March. The gathering consisted of separate 420 and Topper dinghy races. Although our team didn't win either the 420 or the Topper championship, we were nevertheless judged the best overall team by a significant margin. For each race, sailors are awarded points equal to their finishing position, explains teacher-in-charge, Pat Crook. At the end of all races (eight in this case), all the points are added up to find winners in  > more

A week in the life of the English Department

25 March 2003

The first week after Easter promises to be a hectic one for the English Department. On 24 April, the Literary Society welcomes world-renowned poet, Les Murray, who is touring the country to promote his New Selected Poems. This is a rare chance to listen to a poet who Blake Morrison claimed is "one of the superleague which includes Seamus Heaney, Derek Walcott and Joseph Brodsky". See for more information. The next day, 25 April, sees a return visit of David Davies, respected Chief Examiner for English Literature  > more

Spanish theatre group thrills Haileybury pupils

25 March 2003

Spanish came to life at Haileybury last week when Firewalk Theatre, a group of professional Spanish actors based in Zaragoza, visited the school to perform their production of Velada Espanola. The theatre company specialises in educational theatre for language students and undertakes an annual tour of schools all over Britain. The Haileybury event was attended by a number of other local schools. The story was based on a group of prisoners, who are also musicians, and are escorted from the prison in order to give a concert. They gave  > more

Lower School wins Rugby Sevens

21 March 2003

Lower School's Sevens rugby team was once again triumphant at the Heath Mount Rugby Sevens tournament, winning for the second year running. On their way to victory last Sunday, the team beat Edge Grove, Aldwickbury, Beechwood Park and Heath Mount - conceding only one try in all the games. They beat Edge Grove 19-0 in the final. Also enjoying success this season are the 1st XV, captained by William Grundy, who have recorded victories against Beechwood Park, Lockers Park, Aldwickbury, Sevenoaks, Lambrook Haileybury and Berkhampsted  > more

Removes lay wreath at Thiepval

18 March 2003

Students on last weekend's annual expedition to the trenches of Flanders and the Somme visited the well-preserved and very moving sites of Vimy Ridge, Delville Wood, Newfoundland Park, La Boiselle, Tynecot, Langemark, Sanctuary Wood and the Menin Gate. In addition to seeing the places where many Allied troops fought and died, the students were able to empathise with the horrors of the Western Front by exploring the damp trenches and tunnels at Sanctuary Wood. The Removes were able to gain an understanding of the magnitude of the sacrifice  > more

Oliver hits the high notes

12 March 2003

Oliver Lepage-Dean, a 15-year-old music pupil from Haileybury, recently had his debut compact disc released by the Naxos label. The CD, An Evening Hymn, is currently number 17 in the Classical Charts, having entered at number 31 in the week of its release, and number 1 on the Heffers of Cambridge chart. It has also been well received by both BBC Radio 3 and Classic fm. The CD, which has been hailed as a triumph, was recorded while Oliver was still a pupil at St John's College School, Cambridge. Oliver is described by Naxos as "one of the  > more

English gets active

12 March 2003

Lower School pupils enjoyed a visit to The Old Vic at the end of February to see Sir Derek Jacobi in the much-praised production of The Tempest. Some of the pupils give some thoughts on the play, and the production itself, below: "The music was lively and consisted of a viola, harp, flute and percussion. Most of the music sounded quite light and airy as it was trying to give a sense of magic to the audience because the island in the play is supposed to be magical and mysterious." - Miranda Hickman "The set was made out of wood, which  > more

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