Headmaster’s Blog 10th June 2018

What a great and busy school this is!

Dear parents

Up and down the country Division VIII children will have been doing Common Entrance examinations this week and of course we were no different: although I hope others matched our children’s spirit.

In addition, however, we had 14 children and two members of staff visiting York and Hadrian‘s Wall, we launched our new alternative magazine, we organised, and in some cases played in, our ninth Annual Golf Day, we held our Old Aquilian cricket and rounders matches yesterday, some of us were up at 6am to run our regular car boot sale, the Eagle Performers singing and dancing group were in the Hall this morning at 10am rehearsing for the Princess Theatre show and this afternoon Tony Meek and his team will be at Thornham Village Hall to prepare for the children’s ball this evening.

And then we’ll all be in tomorrow morning as the oldest children go off on their sports tours and academic work continues for the rest with interludes for Nursery Music, cycling races, Sports Day for Pre-Prep and later for the Prep before on Friday 20 children plus staff go for outdoor pursuits on Friday and over the weekend in the Lake District!


Last week in more detail


Sports' Matches


U13 Girls' kwik cricket v Gresham's away, Wednesday, 6th June

In a break from exams the U13 girls’ cricket team travelled to Gresham’s to play a Kwik cricket match with Mr Whitehill umpiring our team. I won the toss and chose to field first. On my first bowl Ellie fielded the ball and tried to throw it back to me but hit the Gresham’s umpire instead, apologies! We started well with Elise bowling two people out. Then just after that Alice took two wickets, one of them with the help of a great catch by Daisy. We kept their score down even further when Ruby ran someone out and also bowled a batsman out. Ellie then took another wicket. We took seven wickets in all and managed to restrict them to 279 runs.

After a very encouraging team talk by Mr Whitehill we went into bat. We all batted well with Ruby, Daisy and me scoring boundaries. Daisy also hit a huge six. It all went down to the last pair. Alice and Elise kept their concentration and we managed to win by 10 runs. At the end of the match the final score was 289 to Glebe and 279 to Gresham’s. Well played to all the team, but my man of the match is Daisy for her all round great play. She conceded the fewest runs when bowling and batted and fielded very well. Thank you to Mr Whitehill for taking us.

Maude Poulter (Captain)


U11 rounders v Fairstead House at home, Wednesday 6th June

I won the toss and chose to field first. Fairstead House started out strongly in their first batting innings, scoring 5 whole rounders and 6 halves, giving them a total of 8. Sydney and Gracie-Mae caught two people out.

In our first batting innings, Sydney scored a whole rounder and there were 13 halves from Emelia (with 3), Eden (1), Sydney (4), Lily (1) Annabel (2) and myself (2). This gave us a total of 7½ rounders. Sadly Maddie got caught out on her first go.

In their second batting innings, Fairstead House scored 3 rounders and 4 halves. Our fielding was good because Annabel took a great catch at full stretch whilst running, and Gracie-Mae stumped two people out at third post. We kept their second innings total down to just 5 rounders.

In our second batting innings, Mabel and I both got a rounder. There were lots of halves with 3 from Annabel, 2 from Mabel, 2 from Eden and 1 from me. This was also when Sydney got hit in the back of the head, but continued to play on! We scored 8 rounders in this innings.

The grand total was 13 to Fairstead House and 15½ to us. Well played everyone. My girls of the game were Annabel and Sydney for fielding well and batting with determination.

Well done team.

Ruby Turner-Smith (Captain)


Picture of the Week

This week’s award goes to Elise Barber for her lovely exotic Papier Mache Bird Head. Well done Elise!


9th GHS Annual Golf Day

Once again the Friday after Common Entrance exams was the signal for our 9th Golf Competition, kindly hosted by Heacham Manor. Thanks are due to the Searle family and all the staff at the course and hotel with Edd Howes sorting out the tee times and scoring as well as a series of other logistics. I am also very grateful to Sarah Minney for her calm administration on behalf of the school.

The teams all seemed to enjoy themselves and it was good to have a number of old boys playing as well as three Division VIIIs.

The winners for the second successive year were Grant’s Restaurant : John Bolderstone, Paul Bishopp, Mark Reeve & Mick Futter (left to right in the photograph with Sarah Minney) with the 4T5 GC team of Andrew Searle, Michael Jackson, Joe Bates and Neil Wells in second place and new comers to the competition, Bespoke Norfolk, Ben Day, Stuart Deadman, Eric Snaith and Anton Neal in 3rd place.

The longest drive winners were Anton Neal (men), Vicky Searle (ladies) and Piers Henderson (juniors) and the ‘nearest the pin’ winners were Mick Futter (men) and Calin Roser (juniors).


Old Aquilian Cricket and Rounders

On Saturday afternoon a large number of Old Aquilians, parents and children gathered for the OA matches.

The event was well organised by Jon and Charlotte Turner and those attending enjoyed both the sport and the refreshment.

For the record, the Old Aquilians were successful in both the rounders (beating the currents mothers by 19.5 to 7) and in the cricket (beating the Headmaster’s XI by 33 runs).


More next week

We look forward to a full account and photographs of both the Division lV trip and this evening’s Children’s Ball and I hope to see many of you at the various events this week.

Don’t forget to let us know about your requirements for the Ball (and pay for tickets already ordered). Time is running out!!

Best wishes

John Crofts

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