News archive January 2004

Poet Simon Armitage impresses all

26 January 2004

The Haileybury Literary Society last Friday welcomed Simon Armitage, one of the most popular poets writing in English today, to the school. His reading to about 50 Haileybury Sixth Formers was one of the most popular Literary Society events ever. Each poem was prefaced with a brief explanation; sometimes Simon would embellish this with an anecdote about how the poem came to be written. And then, on one occasion, he simply started reading a long, currently unpublished poem. Ugly Beautiful touched many in the audience for both its surprising  > more

Lacrosse teams come out tops against Uppingham

26 January 2004

The 1st XII lacrosse team came up against Uppingham last weekend, coming away with a fabulous win. Having lost their first match against this formidable squad, the players were somewhat nervous in training. Their nerves were not put at ease when their regular goalie, Helen Mallinson, was unable to play. Luckily, Lizzie Stock volunteered to play, but she saw very little action once the defence settled. Our attack pulled out to an early lead and continued to pile on the goals through coordinated plays and one-man drives. The final score  > more

Good defence leads to win over King's

21 January 2004

This weekend the 1st lacrosse team squared off against King's. The opening whistles saw the King's team win a strong draw. Within the first minute of the game their fluid passing around goal had produced a frightening double attempt on our goal. Our faithful goalie, Helen, was not letting them get away with anything though, as she worked hard to block the shots while our defence settled. That was to be the only steak we let the King's side have. The sharp wake-up call had our offensive forwards looking to make their mark. Goal after goal was  > more

Haileybury hosts lively local politics discussion

21 January 2004

Last week, pupils at Haileybury had the opportunity to meet their public representatives at an event organised by the Political Society. In attendance were County Councillor for Ware South, Nigel Copping (who also doubles as the current Chairman of the East Hertfordshire District Council), and Hertford and Stortford MP, Mark Prisk. Mr Copping detailed examples of how he has helped out the local community over the many years of his involvement, ranging from planning applications to the extraction of gravel pits. He said his primary  > more

Stephanie and David light up the tennis world

19 January 2004

Haileybury's top tennis players have been performing tremendously on the national and international circuit recently, with two young players doing well in America in December. Stephanie Cornish recently played in the under-12 Girls Orange Bowl in Miami, Florida, a tournament which is generally considered to be the World Junior Championships. She qualified by getting to the last 8 of a 128-person qualifying draw. In the main draw she beat a seed in the first round and eventually lost in the quarter finals to a Californian who went on  > more

Barney in top 50 for physics

15 January 2004

Upper Sixth pupil, Barney Sleep (K), has won a gold medal in this year's British Physics Olympiad, putting him in the top 50 physicists for his age group in the country. His achievement also gets him through to the first selection round for the British team for the 2004 International Physics Olympiad. Barney, whose ambition is to be an Automotive Design Engineer, will be coached by post until March when he will sit his second paper. "This paper is of a higher standard, and pupils taking it are only expected to answer a few questions -  > more

Simon Armitage to visit Haileybury

13 January 2004

Simon Armitage, one of the most popular poets writing in English today, will visit Haileybury as a guest of the English department on Friday 23 January. Head of English, Dr David James, says Armitage can cut it with stand-up performance poets, is good on pop radio chat shows and has a laddish persona that the urban young instinctively recognise as one of their own. "However, he is also a subtle stylist and an ambitious, serious artist," Dr James says. Armitage has published nine volumes of poetry; he writes for radio, television  > more

1st lacrosse team shows its mettle

12 January 2004

The Easter lacrosse season got off to a great start on Saturday, with the Parents and Staff match against the 1st XII. This is an account of the match from Paula Bridgman Baker (the mother of Sephie). A few intrepid parents answered Coach Hernadnez's call to form the backbone of a team to play the 1st XII last Saturday. Some were ex-players, some novices, but all were anxious to enter the fray … provided they didn't have to run too much. The numbers were more than made up by enthusiastic, and much fitter, staff volunteers. In all, about  > more

Chamber Choir named in top three in the UK

8 January 2004

The Haileybury Chamber Choir, drawn from the ranks of the school's Chapel Choir, has been selected as one of three secondary school finalists in "Celebrate!", the Songs of Praise annual school choirs contest. The pupils from Haileybury will compete for the title of 'BBC Songs of Praise Senior School Choir of the Year' against St Aidan's Church of England High School, Harrogate and Methodist College, Belfast. Former choirboy and current Songs of Praise presenter, Aled Jones, will host the competition from the Symphony  > more

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