News This Term - Week 3
Music ensemble back in action
How fortunate the residents of South Kensington are to have the Form 8 woodwind quartet to play them into the morning so tunefully once a week. Thank you to Lucas, Augustin, Fionn and Arthur for enlivening this correspondent’s first cup of coffee this Tuesday.
Meanwhile inside the classroom
Congratulations to those who have now completed scholarship papers and can focus on learning for the sake of learning, which is a noble endeavour. Elsewhere, the number and variety of Head Master’s Credits this week are assurance that from Art and Music to Mathematics and Science, there was plenty of industry inside the building.
51 not out
Congratulations to Oscar (Form 6) on his unbeaten half-century in the first St Philip’s fixture for over a year. A fifty is an exceptionally rare feat that requires patience, skill and mental toughness, and Oscar will receive a cricket bat – as is tradition at St Philip’s – to mark his achievement. What a great way to round off the week.
Congratulations to the following boys for collecting enough points to be awarded their house colours this week: Luke (Form 8) Gwyn, Giuseppe (Form 6) Southwell, Leopold (Form 5) Plunkett, Jasper (Form 4) Plunkett
Forms 3 and 4 to Celtic Harmony
On Monday, Form 3 and 4 visited Celtic Harmony Camp in Hertfordshire to enhance their knowledge of life in Britain prior to the invasion by the Romans. They practised many skills from that time, including the creation of flint arrowheads, the grinding of corn for the production of bread, the fashioning of clay pots, the trading of goods, and the construction of wattle fences.
It was lovely to see clubs back in action in person this week after a long old time online. The bubbling that is still in play made organisation trickier than usual and prevented the boys from mixing among the year groups. Typically, the boys made the most of the situation, as they have all year, and seemed to enjoy themselves regardless.
One of the highlights of the year is the first day of the Summer Term as the boys return to school with warm sunshine and blue skies to greet them.
They piled through the doors on Wednesday morning with many a cricket bag in tow, generally pleased to be back among things.
They certainly seemed ready to get down to some work without much fuss and Head Boy James even swapped his basket pong ball for a pen briefly during the first three days.
Straight down to business
After form assemblies, the boys were straight to work by 9.00am on Wednesday and were hard at it quickly with scholarship papers beginning without delay.
Barn Elms back in business
The well-tended acres of Barn Elms looked a verdant picture this week as the boys spent two afternoons at St Philip’s Sport HQ and reacquainted themselves with the thinking man’s game again. Practice was restricted to the artificial strips as the grass wickets were kept in good nick for the fixtures that lie ahead as the term unfolds.
Here we have Form 7’s Aliosha taking guard as Rafe lobs a grenade.