News This Term - Week 8
Form 6 Trip to Chelsea Physic Gardens and Fishbourne Palace
Form 6 took a walk to the Chelsea Physic Garden this week to enhance their studies of plants, having started the week at Fishbourne Palace, a Roman palace that houses some of the finest Roman mosaics in the country.
Form 8 Confirmation
The whole school gathered at the Oratory Church on Thursday to support the Form 8 boys in receiving the sacrament of Confirmation from the Rt. Revd. John Sherrington. Confirmation was followed by Pontifical Benediction. Thank you to those from the Schola who sang the motets and to those from Forms 5, 6 & 7 who served. Several servers were siblings of boys being confirmed.
First XI vs Parents’ XI cricket
The First XI took on the Parents’ XI down at Barn Elms on Wednesday afternoon. Kudos to the parents who put cosiness aside to catch, bowl and needle their own flesh and blood, and provided a delicious match tea.
Common Entrance 2021
The Common Entrance examinations passed off smoothly this week, and we await news of the boys’ successes over the next few days. The schools they are aiming for: Ampleforth, Aquinas Academy (USA), City of London, Dulwich, Eton, King’s Canterbury, London Oratory, St Edward’s, St Paul’s, Thomas’s Senior, and Wetherby Senior.
Back to lessons
The whole school sat examination papers this week before returning to normal lessons on Thursday afternoon. From Alexandre Dumas and The Three Musketeers followed by art in the garden for Form 3, to Nina Bawden and Carries’s War for Form 6.
St Philip’s Day
The whole school walked over to the Oratory Church on Thursday to celebrate St Philip’s Day. Customary social distancing measures were in place, but could not dampen the atmosphere as the sun shone through the windows and the school hymn rattled the organ pipes. At the conclusion of Mass, the boys came back to school to find that St Philip had teamed up with the PA to organise a visitation by an ice cream man.
Magna Carta presentation
Well done to all the Form 5 boys who took the time last weekend to put together such a good bunch of presentations on Runnymede after their trip their last week.
Form 7 Geography field trip to the Olympic Park
FForm 7 were at Stratford on Tuesday to investigate the sustainability of the Olympic Park. They were led by Mr John Widdowson – author of the Geography for Common Entrance textbook.
Form 5 History trip to Runnymede
Form 5 headed out to Runnymede and Windsor Castle this week as part of their studies on medieval England. They visited the birthplace of modern democracy at the location of the signing of Magna Carta at Runnymede, and then visited Windsor Castle.
Captain of cricket appointed
Congratulations to Alex M (Form 8) on his appointment as St Philip’s Captain of Cricket for 2021. His combination of tactical awareness, accomplished playing and enthusiastic sportsmanship made him a straight forward choice.
Form 4’s food chain diagrams
Form 4 impressed with their colourful work on food chains in their Science this week
Congratulations to Philip (Form 8) on winning a King’s Scholarship to Eton. He performed exceptionally well and earned a place in the highest of six outcome categories. He will take up residence in the scholars’ house at Eton in September. That makes it four scholarships so far this year from St Philip’s, we are very proud of all our boys.
Feast of the Ascension
On Thursday, Forms 7 and 8 attended Holy Mass at the Oratory Church for the Feast of the Ascension. Fr Rupert preached on the meaning of the ascension of Our Lord from Heaven, and the Schola sang from the Lady Altar with the support of Mr Payne.
Form 5 boys used koi fish as their subject matter to explore and experiment with watercolours this week. With a wee way to go to match Turner, the paintings were vivid and full of energy.
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.