News archive March 2004

Gold medal in Chemistry Olympiad for Robert

25 March 2004

An Upper Sixth student at Haileybury, Robert Millar, has won a gold medal in the Chemistry Olympiad, making him one of the top 46 Chemistry students in his age group in the UK. The Chemistry Olympiad, organised by the Royal Society of Chemistry, is an academic competition designed to stretch the most able Upper Sixth pupils. Out of this year's 854 entries, only 46 were awarded gold, one of whom was Robert. This is the second time this term a Haileybury pupil has achieved a Science accolade. Seventeen-year-old Barney Sleep was recently named  > more

Haileybury pupil Corrie wins 16&U tennis Masters

23 March 2004

Haileybury's Ed Corrie took the boys' 16&U title in the third of the four season-ending Ariel Masters Winter National Grand Prix tennis tournament at the Redbridge Sports Centre in Barkingside last week. He held off a challenge by Middlesex's Harry Skinner, the table points leader coming into the final play-offs. Ed's 7-6(2), 6-2 victory was sweet revenge for his loss to Skinner in last year's 15&U Nationals, but his 6-4, 2-6, 6-3 semi-final win over Scott Dickson, he acknowledged was even sweeter. "When I won the semi  > more

Strong acting and direction for Wilde play

22 March 2004

House drama is going from strength to strength at Haileybury, and the production of Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest by Lawrence and Albans has given the renaissance further impetus. The play is a demanding one for any actor, and so it is a tribute to the cast that they performed it with such verve and humour. Rupert Savage's Algernon had a suitably mischievous intelligence and subtly conveyed an unflustered attitude to all the seemingly dangerous developments in the action - this was a mature performance in such a pivotal  > more

1st lacrosse team get to semis of national event

22 March 2004

By Persephone Bridgman-Baker On Saturday the 1st XII Lacrosse squad travelled to St Mary's Wantage, Oxfordshire, to compete in the Small Schools' National Finals. The team had qualified for this before half term, having stormed through their regional tournament and emerged as winners of that by some margin. We arrived at the tournament on Saturday to be faced by a tough draw. Our first match was against Marlborough, repeat National Champions, and indeed the team to which the 1st XII lost out on the title of National Champions two years  > more

1st and 2nd XII win against Walthamstow Hall

22 March 2004

For the final game of the season, Haileybury Lacrosse faced off against Walthamstow Hall. Last season's match up weighed heavily on the minds of the 1st squad as it had been a strong 6-3 showing for the Hall. Were the 1st XII going to be denied in their final game on the home pitch? We say no! The opening whistle drew a forceful possession for Isobel Baugh who distributed it beautifully. After that decisive start, possession never solidified for the visiting team as pass after pass caught them watching. Goals were racked up by the regulars,  > more

Battlefields trip opens pupils' eyes to war

18 March 2004

The annual Battlefields trip took place from 6-8 March. This report was written by Removes pupil, Christopher Allen. We left Haileybury for a long drive to our youth hostel in Belgium and arrived at about 10.30pm. Early the following morning, we set off for Vimy Ridge. As we drove we noticed that the ground around us was incredibly bumpy. We were told that this was from shellfire. This was when we realised the scary scale of things that men not much older than us had faced. After spending the morning in the artificial trenches, looking in awe  > more

Little Shop of Horrors showcases Haileybury talent

18 March 2004

LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS Director: Miss Ali Fryer Musical Director: Mr Derek Longman It is rare in the history of Haileybury theatre that students should have the opportunity to work on-stage alongside a performer who has clocked up over 1,000 productions. When they find that they are gracing the boards with three such professionals, they are indeed very fortunate. Audrey II.1, II.2 and II.3* are seasoned tendrils in the theatre and have been much in demand since they turned professional just over 20 years ago with their debut performances  > more

Boys' hockey XI still unbeaten

15 March 2004

The 1st XI boy's hockey team remain unbeaten after a good win over Bancrofts on Saturday. Bancrofts recently won the East of England section of the National Cup. Star players in the team include Stuart Pilgrim (Th), who plays National Premier League Hockey for St Albans. He broke his hand in the victory over Forest and consequently missed the games against Mill Hill and King's. In his absence Gareth George (BFr) captained the team. It's Gareth's 3rd year in the 1st XI and he is an outstanding goalkeeper, according to coach, Chris Jones.  > more

1st XII lacrosse win against Princess Helena

4 March 2004

Despite the bone-chilling temperatures, Haileybury lacrosse faced off against Princess Helena College last weekend. We made the short trip out to Hitchin in high spirits and kept up the enthusiasm on both teams despite short spells of snow and freezing rain. The 1st XII enjoyed the rare luxury of two goalies, despite the fact that our long injured list left us a player down on the field. The team made a strong start and Haileybury dominated the 4 quarter match. Tala El Ajou and Lauren Smith both had 2 goals and one assist each and Danni Chambers  > more

Tony Harrison inspires with his poetry

1 March 2004

For many, the prospect of Tony Harrison reading at Haileybury was the cultural highlight of the year. Harrison is, without doubt, one of the finest, most influential, and probably most technically accomplished writers working in English today. He is also one of the most controversial. Few poets can be said to have been discussed in the House of Commons; few can have been pursued and vehemently attacked by The Daily Mail, The Sun and other tabloids. But in the mid-1980s this is precisely what happened to Harrison when his astonishing poem,  > more

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