News This Term - Week 11
We took advantage of the clement weather and gathered as a whole school in the garden this morning to hold Prize Giving in person for the first time in over a year. The boys were positioned in their bubbles at a sensible distance from one another, and they were able to thank their teachers for a term of uninterrupted learning and congratulate the various prize winners with warm applause.
At the conclusion of the awards, a presentation was made to Mr Walters in recognition of his passing of an exceptional milestone; this morning marked the conclusion of his 100th term at St Philip’s. Head Boy James presented Mr Walters with a magnum of Frances’s finest and a cricket bat sporting three stars, the school colours, and the signatures of every boy in the School
Plunkett – House Cup winners
Congratulations to Plunkett, the winning house for Lent 2021. House Captain Edoardo collected the House Cup at the close of term on behalf of the House. Prep diaries for all boys will be green next term to mark the victory.
Rewards for effort and achievement
Sharing good news with pupils is the best part of a Headmaster’s remit, but distributing awards for effort and achievement is probably up there too. With this in mind, it was lovely to have given gold stars and house colours to several enthusiastic troopers again this week, including Nicholas, Sacha and Eddie (Form 7) as well as Jasper and Bobbi (Form 4).
ABRSM music success
Arthur (Form 8) led the charge for St Philip’s with a Distinction in his recent Grade 1 ABRSM saxophone examination. Pictured are Lucas, Captain of Music, (Grade 5 flute), Alex (Grade 5 singing), Arthur (Grade 1 saxophone), Fionn (Grade 2 clarinet) and Augustin (Grade 2 clarinet).
Form 5 brainpower
On Thursday, the Form 5 boys represented St Philip's in the area heat of the annual Quiz Club general knowledge competition. Answering questions remotely against children from over forty other schools, our two teams impressed across a wide range of subject matter. Although they were not quite able to progress to the finals, the boys learned a lot and had fun!
Congratulations to Inigo (Form 3) with his third gold star, James and William (Form 3) with their house colours, and Nicolas and Leonardo (Form 4) with their house colours. Well done, boys.
Form 8 mocks
Form 8 hit the ground running upon their return this week and jumped head-first into a round of mock examinations and a dry-run of papers similar to those that they will face in June. Parents will have the opportunity to catch up with their son’s teachers in a parents’ evening next week.
Back to the classroom
No time was wasted in settling back into routine from Monday morning with the boys down to work without by 9.00am with Form 3 in English, Form 4 on their tables tests, Form 5 in History, Form 6 in Latin and Form 7 in French while Form 8 put the finishing touches to revision before their CE mock exams.
Congratulations to James and Paul (Form 8) on their recent scholarship success. Both James and Paul were awarded academic scholarships to Ampleforth College, and placed first and second in the cohort, scoring top marks across the board.
In any normal year, we would have become accustomed to them both standing on the Front Door greeting their brethren each morning, but in such an unusual year their service has been out of the limelight. It is with that in mind that we are particularly pleased to be able to congratulate them and show them front and centre at last. Well done!
The seasons are changing and the days are brightening
Several boys were out sampling the Spring air this week…quite right, too.
Form 8 success at Dulwich College
Congratulations to Daniel, Alessandro, Alex and Edoardo in Form 8, all of whom have won places at Dulwich College for September 2021. The boys went through a tough examination and interview process in the first half of term and emerged strongly at the top of a competitive field. Well done to all four of them – they have worked patiently and diligently, and maintained their nerve throughout.
Art - Daniel B (Form 8), Giuseppe V (Form 6) and Leone B-M (Form 5)
Jigsaws – Garrett R (Form 6) and Emanuele N (Form 6)
Lego – Giuseppe V (Form 6) and Olle vA (Form 6)
MUSIC SCHOLARSHIP FOR SOUTHWELL CAPTAIN
Congratulations to Lucas, St Philip’s Captain of Southwell, who has won a music scholarship to City of London School. Lucas impressed with piano and flute recitals and will now take a leading role in the musical life of one of the top schools in the country when he takes up his place there in September.
Thank you to Mr Whittock and Mr Bullard for organising the piano competition which concluded this week with judgements in the senior and junior categories. Mr Bullard complied a video of the entries from which he chose as winners, Lucas D (Form 8) in the senior category and Benjo S (Form 5) in the junior category.
There were presentations on asteroids from James C (Form 3) as well as Paul M and Daniel B (Form 8) this week. Although interrupted by aliens lagging his computer, James spoke about destroying asteroids that threatened Earth while Paul and Daniel explained how we might exploit them.
The boys marked Candlemas today at Assembly with readings of the highest quality from Emanuele N (Form 6) and Alec M (Form 8).
Lucas, our Captain of Music, played the piano with his usual composure before Mr Tanna spoke to the boys on the movement of the liturgical calendar from Christmas towards Easter. On a sunny morning, the importance of light at Candlemas was particularly powerful.
Mr Bullard is delighted with the 22 entries received for the piano competition that ran this week. Every class was represented. He will listen to them all and draw up his round of finalists who will be invited to perform in an assembly around half – term.
In the week of the piano competition, the boys were captured making music at home this week. Busy chaps…
ASTRONOMY CLUB COLLABORATION
This week saw the collaboration of Eddie B (Form 7) and Nicholas K and Garrett R (both in Form 6) building on the work they had previously done to create a presentation on the birth of magnetic stars, having chosen the topic themselves. They co-edited in real-time a shared PowerPoint presentation and divvied up the presentation roles before presenting to the group on Tuesday. Well done and thank you, boys!
Friday marked the Feast of St Thomas Aquinas – patron Saint of teachers and students – whose contributions to theology and education were celebrated by Mr Tanna in his talk to the boys following prayers. The readings were delivered by Daniel B and Arthur M, both of Form 8 and the Guild of St Philip.
Lucas D played ‘For All the Saints’. It was an encouraging end to the week.
FORMS 5 & 7 PARENTS’ AFTERNOOON TEA
Thank you to all those who were able to drop in for a chat on Thursday afternoon from various countries. The general theme appears to be that the boys are coping much better this time around and that Mr Tanna has been spotted around town on his bicycle!
Young Art Competition Winners
Many congratulations to the seven boys who won prizes in the Royal College’ of Art’s Young Art Competition. The virtual exhibition will be on 1st March 2021 and you can view the gallery of pictures at www.young-art.org.uk.
Friday Morning Assembly
Thanks you to Lucas for opening Friday morning’s Assembly with his piano recital. Augustin from Form 8 – Captain of Gwyn – read from the Gospel very clearly and Mr Tanna spoke to the boys on the concept of patience and respect, managing to weave in a boyhood memory of him landing his first fish.
Keeping Aactive During Lockdown
Clubs up and Running
It is great to see that the boys can still take part in a few clubs after school. Here is Jasper who got down to some Lego on the kitchen table, having dialled in for a chat with the other budding builders and Mr Esteve, who dusted off his own Lego and rolled back the years!
Thank you to all those parents who dropped in for a cup o'tea on Thursday afternoon.
It was very interesting to hear how things are going at home. Each household has its struggles whether it be children out-numbering sane adults (we know the feeling), spatial issue, tech issues or just plain old job and school juggling. I hope it was reassuring to know that we are not alone and there is safety in numbers.
Relaxing at home once the books are put away
What have the boys been learning at home this week?
Friday Morning Assembly
It was uplifting to see the boys appearing in assembly on Friday morning, class by class, as they were dismissed from their virtual form rooms and asked to report to the Chapel.
Thank you to the Head Boy James for reading from the Gospel so clearly and to Captain of Southwell Lucas (above) for playing the piano, both dialling in seamlessly from home.
Mr Tanna spoke eloquently on the concept of perseverance, which was a focus in the first week of term for the whole school.
Happy and focused faces