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North Hereford Hunt Meet

Saturday 7th February 2015

The North Hereford Hunt met at St Richard's on Saturday 7th February.  After a hearty full English Breakfast the field moved off, jumping the rails down in to Lower Woods.

North Hereford Hunt Meet | Saturday 7th February 2015

Tiggy, Georgia and Sebastian were excused from lessons to join in.  Old St Richard's girl, & eventer, Alice Pearson was Field Master for the day.
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The St Richard's grounds & surrounding beautiful Herefordshire countryside the perfect setting for a superb day for them all with some serious hedge hopping thrown in for an extra thrill.

North Hereford Hunt Meet | Saturday 7th February 2015

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St Dix Can Dance

Friday 30th January 2015

St Dix Can Dance | Friday 30th January 2015
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Student Power ruled the afternoon’s entertainments on Friday 30th January.  They organised the music, told their own jokes, played their own songs and they danced….oh boy, did they dance!  Hip hop, pop, breakdancing, and even a little ballet kept the audience entertained; all under the fabulous banner produced in the Art Department.

St Dix Can Dance | Friday 30th January 2015
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Flashing lights, smoke and bubbles hurled onto the stage, courtesy of Boz, altogether resulting in a spectacular spectacle for all to see.  The school band played as the votes were cast and, as the audience sang along to the "new school anthem," the scores were tallied.

St Dix Can Dance | Friday 30th January 2015
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The ten strong dance troop “The Real St Richard’s Girls” from Form Five proved the overall champions, but it was the individual stories of blooming confidence and radiant smiles that warmed the hearts of the numerous staff perching at the back of the hall.  The over-riding conclusion was that St Dix certainly Can Dance! Close
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Film Sunday

Saturday 31st January 2015

The children enjoyed a brilliant weekend recreating some of the fight scenes from the Three Musketeers. After an intensive coaching session on Saturday evening on how to compose a safe but exciting-looking sword fight, Sunday was spent being filmed from every possible angle and in every possible place, from the Art Room to the Front Hall Stairs a series of professional-looking combat scenes are now being edited into a film.

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Cake Sale

Friday 23rd January 2015

Parents and children alike left for Exeat weekend having purchased a delicious array of cakes, cookies and biscuits at the cake sale organised by Lucy Hawkins and her team of bakers.

Cake Sale | Friday 23rd January 2015
Many thanks to them and all parents who donated and who stocked up for the weekend!

We raised £200 for the Pre-Prep Garden.

We are looking forward to the Easter Cake and delicious goodies sale prior to the Music Concert on Saturday 21st March.

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King, Queen, Jack

Michaelmas Half-Term 2014

King, Queen, Jack | Michaelmas End of Term 2014

Congratulations to our King (Imogen), Queen (Tatiana) and Jack (India) for the first half of term.

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The Fruit of Our Labour!

November 2014

We proudly present
our first apple
grown on the apple tree
bought with Morrison Vouchers.

The First Apple | November 2014
Thank you parents of St Richard’s!

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The Opening Meet
of The North Herefordshire Foxhounds

Saturday 1st November 2014

St Richard's have traditionally held the Opening Meet of The North Herefordshire Foxhounds.  This year was no exception.

The sun shone and it was exceptionally warm, to say the least!  The punch and mince pies were absolutely delicious, thanks to Richard and Dicky Coghlan and Liz Foster and their band of of helpers including Janice and Caroline from St Richard’s.

The Opening Meet of the North Herefordshire Foxhounds | Saturday 1st November 2014
Tiggy Cowan Taylor on Chester and Georgia Barrett on Jason held the fort for St Richard's while I escorted them on Dave, the chestnut Welsh Sec. D who belongs to St Richard's old girl Natalya Wolloshin.  We collectively said "Good Morning" to The Masters, Mrs Ellie Bulmer and Mr Robert Parsons.  Another St Richard's Old Girl, Alice Pearson was Field Master for the day.

Always a good spectacle for the foot followers and supporters is the witnessing ......... and secretly hoping for the odd tumble...... of the mounted field jumping the log in the park, the paddock palisade and rails out of the paddock on to David and Jane Jones' Manor Farm where their acres of old turf are hugely appreciated with more galloping and jumping.

A most unusual occurrence happened during the first ten minutes.  While hounds were "looking" for the laid trail down by the Jones' lake, a big dark fox suddenly jumped up and proceeded to run quite fast, straight up the hill into the St Richard's grounds.  An exciting sight!

Hounds followed the laid trail area and the mounted field followed on negotiating many rails and hedges along the way.  Neighbouring farmer Alan Pitt had spent some time manicuring some hedges and enjoyed watching the field fly over them, after negotiating John Pearson's very steep descent, in order to cross the River Frome.  Time passed quickly, as it always does when you're enjoying yourself and it wasn't long before we were bidding "Goodnight" to The Masters.

The Opening Meet of the North Herefordshire Foxhounds | Saturday 1st November 2014
The Opening Meet of the North Herefordshire Foxhounds | Saturday 1st November 2014
Tiggy and Georgia had a marvellous day.  They jumped most of the fences and were very helpful at many of the gates during the day.

It was a privilege to be part of The Opening Meet and one we shall remember for many years to come.

Sally Pearson

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Mounted Games
with the Irish Pony Club
at The Curragh, Ireland

October 2014

Georgia and her North Hereford Pony Club team members competed in Ireland at the weekend.

Mounted Games with the Irish Pony Club at The Curragh, Ireland | October 2014
The North Hereford were invited by the Irish Pony Club to a mounted games competition at The Curragh and it seemed like an adventure not to be missed.  Some of the parents took the ponies over by ferry last Thursday to give them time to settle in before the action packed weekend, with the jockeys joining us on Friday evening.

We competed against sixteen other teams which included the North Shropshire and the Flint & Denby clubs from our country. There was also the exciting Windsor International to watch.  England won, beating Ireland, Scotland and Wales.  We were very fortunate to borrow a lovely Scottish International to join our team when one of our girls was injured; and to get some training from the English Team trainer as our trainer was ill and sadly had to miss the trip.

We met the most charming people and had such fun but one of our funniest moments was when we asked the organiser if we would still be eligible in the competition if Merrin, the Scottish girl, joined our team and his reply was 'You've travelled the water, you can do whatever you want to be sure!' Mounted Games with the Irish Pony Club at The Curragh, Ireland | October 2014

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Meet the Author: Caroline Lawrence

Wednesday 8th October 2014

St Richard's was delighted to host a visit from the well- known author, Caroline Lawrence, whose best-selling series for children, 'The Roman Mysteries', has been published in many different languages worldwide and won her a collection of prestigious awards.

Meet the Author: Caroline Lawrence | Wednesday 8th October 2014

We were joined by guests from Bredenbury Primary School and Bedstone College, all of whom were welcomed into the Front Hall where they had the opportunity to purchase one of Caroline's books, with the promise of having it signed by the author.

The train from London to Worcester was delayed, so Boz, the authentically dressed Roman centurion, set the scene with much chat on about Roman times which was greeted with much enthusiasm.

Upon her arrival, our special guest was ushered in to be greeted by our expectant faces; the lights were dimmed and we were treated to an inspiring and highly informative audio-visual presentation. Caroline Lawrence's passion for her subject was infectious and we soon felt excited and eager to discover the mysteries that lurked round the corners of Ostia Antica and along Pompeii pathways.  We were told many fascinating facts about the Ancient Romans and Greeks, the unanimous favourite being their use of a ‘poo stick'.  Our speaker enthusiastically produced a replica stick from her travel-bag and brandished it above her head to the enormous delight and dismay of the audience.  Graphic verbal details of its use followed, much to the joy of the children.  All this before lunch as well!

Meet the Author: Caroline Lawrence | Wednesday 8th October 2014

In the afternoon, each child was invited to meet Caroline and ask questions as she continued to share her enthusiasm for her subject and sign copies of her books.

Our day of 'Meet the Author' proved to be an enormous success and I would particularly like to thank Caroline for sharing with us her inspirational and very accessible writing method: The Seven Steps of Writing or Seven Plot Beats.  These may be found on her website under the title of 'Writing Tips'.

written by Mrs Ros

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Form I, II, III Visit to Croft Castle

October 2014

Forms I, II & III Visit to Croft Castle | October 2014
Forms I, II and III had the most fantastic day at Croft Castle.  They were able to experience different old fashioned games including 'tidley winks’ (as it was spelt in the early 1900s), shove hapenny, bagatelle, tap football and skittles.

Forms I, II & III Visit to Croft Castle | October 2014 Forms I, II & III Visit to Croft Castle | October 2014
They also visited the WW1 room and dressed up in costume – and all looked superb!
Forms I, II & III Visit to Croft Castle | October 2014 Forms I, II & III Visit to Croft Castle | October 2014


Forms I, II & III Visit to Croft Castle | October 2014
There followed a trail around the grounds, a story under the Jubilee Chestnut and each child had a quiz sheet to crack a code with.  The adventure playground ended a very successful, interesting and happy day.
Forms I, II & III Visit to Croft Castle | October 2014

Forms I, II & III Visit to Croft Castle | October 2014


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Wrekin College U11 Netball Tournament

October 2014

It was an afternoon of nerves and nail-biting suspense for both children and parents alike at Wrekin College last Sunday with a cross-country match and an U11 netball tournament being held consecutively.  Parents with children in both events were seen rushing frantically from the netball pitch to the playing field and back again desperate not to miss out any action!

Wrekin College U11 Netball Tournament | October 2014

While the feet were pounding the turf in the Cross Country, the U11 girls were fighting to gain a place in the semi final of the netball tournament.  Split into two groups with 4 teams apiece, they played 3 games, winning group B overall (much to their surprise) on goal points after some brilliant teamwork and fine goals from Kinvara and Georgie P.  This put them in the semis against the runner-up of Team A.  Unfortunately, the pressure started to tell and they were not quite able to secure a place in the final.

Wrekin College U11 Netball Tournament | October 2014

However, there was still one more game and a very important 3rd position to play for against Prestfelde (who had beaten them in their first game of the tournament!).

And what a match … and what support!  With the cross-country finished, most of the remaining St.Richard’s children and parents came to watch and cheer.

Although, St Richard’s had much of the play they were unable to score and in the final few minutes Prestfelde netted their first goal.  The collective groan from the St.Dix crowd could be heard across the pitch!  Determined to go down fighting, the ball went straight back to Centre and was passed swiftly by the girls to Kinvara who popped in a fantastic goal from the far side of the D.  It was 1-1 at the end of extra time too and they now resorted to the ‘Golden Goal’… next goal would win the match!  Parents and children could barely watch but the girls held their nerve, passed beautifully and after a few minutes the ‘Golden Goal’ was theirs!  A hard-fought and well-deserved 3rd place… and how St Dix cheered!

Wrekin College U11 Netball Tournament | October 2014


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Boarding Weekends | Lent 2015
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Entrance Exam Results 2015


Congratulations to members of Form 6 (Year 8) who are collecting an impressive array of entrance awards.

So far they have achieved:

Sports Exhibition, Malvern College
2 x Drama Scholarship, Malvern College
Headmistress’ Award, MSJ for Sport & Drama
Headmistress’ Award, MSJ for English & Music
Music Scholarship, Malvern College
Academic Scholarship, Kings Worcester
2 x Music Scholarship, Kings Worcester
All-Rounder Exhibition to Christ College, Brecon
Sports Exhibition to Christ College, Brecon
Hereford Cathedral School
Headmaster's Academic award to Dean Close, Cheltenham

Please click here for more detailed information of the
Leavers' Results for 2015 (password protected)
and here for the
Leavers' Destinations in previous years.

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Future Schools Evening

Thursday 29th January 2015

Future Schools Evening | Thursday 29th January 2015
We were honoured to welcome heads and representatives from Ampleforth, Malvern, Malvern St James, Rugby School and Uppingham who came to talk to the parents over a glass of wine last Thursday evening.

Each one of them gave an impassioned and enlightening speech about a range of aspects of their schools including IB, the use of social networking, how the importance of pastoral care informs so much of what goes on at each school.

It was lovely to hear St Richard’s described as ‘a gem amongst prep schools’ and the recognition of the values we have and how much this, and the nurturing our pupils on a small scale, sets them up so well for their senior schools. Future Schools Evening | Thursday 29th January 2015
Future Schools Evening | Thursday 29th January 2015


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The Great War Remembered

Michaelmas 2014

Last term we remembered the First World War with a dedicated day on Monday 10th November.  As part of our homage we asked each pupil to investigate their own family history during the period 1914-1918.

Here are the abridged versions of three pupils' work:
Jamie Joshua Caitlin

World War One (BBC remix!) | Year 8, Summer 2014
World War One (BBC remix!)

A video made by Year 8 in Summer 2014.
A Day of Remembrance | 10th November 2014
A Day of Remembrance
Please click here for the news item, here for a collage or here for the full photo gallery of the event.
Commemoration of the Great War The picture shown here was made by pupils in Form VI (Year 8) during the Summer Term 2014.  They drew the picture, then moulded the figures using plasticine, built it up with paper and graphite and then highlighted the raised areas.
World War One Trench | Created by the Art Department | Michaelmas 2014 World War One Trench, created by the Art Department
during the Michaelmas Term 2014
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World War One
Day of Remembrance

Monday 10th November 2014

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World War One | Day of Remembrance | Monday 10th November 2014
On Monday 10th November the school commemorated the Anniversary of the outbreak of World War One in 1914.  The whole school participated in a programme of cross-curricular events which began with form topic work about the history of the Great War.

World War One | Day of Remembrance | Monday 10th November 2014
At 11:00 the school processed into the Chapel through a realistic reproduction of a trench, complete with smoke and sound effects devised by the Art Department.

World War One | Day of Remembrance | Monday 10th November 2014
There then followed a service of Remembrance with readings and prayers led by senior pupils.  The Chapel Choir sang Crossing the Bar by Sir Hubert Parry and the Chamber Choir performed We Will Remember Them by John Madden.  The service concluded with a procession to the Garden of Remembrance, which after its dedication by Father Aidan, was planted with wooden crosses in memory of relatives of pupils who served in the Great War.

World War One | Day of Remembrance | Monday 10th November 2014
Following this, the Nursery, Pre-Prep and Junior Forms sowed wild poppy seeds in a trench as a mark of respect and remembrance for the many sacrificies made.  The morning ended with the presentation of the pupils’ war history projects intermingled with the whole school singing songs of the period and ending with a rousing rendiditon of Keep the Home Fires Burning.

The lunch menu was based on trench food of 1914.  The school kitchen reproduced Moconochie’s Stew with pieces of chocoloate for pudding and tea to drink.  Activities during the afternoon included: a poignant re-enactment of the 1914 Christmas Truce in the Hirons performed by Hardy’s ROC Group, a film and talk given by Mrs Pearson about the role of the horse during the Great War and readings of senior poetry written earlier in the term.

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Ballet Exam for PP2

October 2014

Ballet Exam | October 2014
Four of the girls in Pre-Prep 2, (Anna, Eleanor, Cassia and Rosie) took their very first ballet exam (Cecchetti ISTD Primary) at the Courtyard Theatre on the first Sunday of half-term.  They have been working very hard for the exam over the past months and had been attending extra classes.

Ms Brown gave the girls their certificates yesterday and they all had achieved a Merit each.

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Classic Mudrunner Junior
Eastnor Castle

19th October 2014

The Classic Mudrunner Junior on 19th October was run over 5km of Eastnor Castle's grounds with 954 runners aged 5-16.

Classic Mudrunner Junior | Eastnor Castle | Sunday 19th October 2014

Josh won the U9 race in a time of 00:24:59 and Ollie won the U7 race in 00:27:57.

Classic Mudrunner Junior | Eastnor Castle | Sunday 19th October 2014
Classic Mudrunner Junior | Eastnor Castle | Sunday 19th October 2014

Both had a superb muddy time!

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Boz Passes a 40 Year Landmark

October 2014

We saw the first half of term off with a flourish yesterday as we celebrated Boz’s amazing achievement of having dedicated more than 40 years to St Richard’s as a teacher, a sage, a sportsman, technician, scientist, polymath, dramatist, coach, climber, thespian… The list goes on and was ably highlighted in a wonderfully warm speech by Hardy, before being cemented in with some choice memories of the alumni who had gathered so cheerily last week in London, brought together in an incomparable film, courtesy of Katie Cook.

Boz Passes a 40 Year Landmark | October 2014

The occasion was marked, as all significant occasions are, by not one but three splendid and delicious cakes made by Becky Harris, so it was a fabulous all-round effort by the St Richard’s community. Such efforts are more than earned and justified by the amazing impact Boz has had on so many generations of St Richard’s children and some horses - if you watch the 13 minute film Sketches of Boz you will hear the immortal line: “I’ll never forget the time you set my pony homework”.

One of the chief delights of the day was that everyone had managed to keep the preparations for the assembly entirely secret from Boz, so it was the surprise we'd intended. Thank you everyone; may we see many more years of such richness, inspiration and preparation for the life ahead of our pupils, your children.

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Shrewsbury Hunt Cross Country

Sunday 12th October 2014

St Richard’s retain U11 girls’ trophy and gain an U13 trophy too!

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Great performances all round showed the true stamina and determination of our five teams of St Richard’s children who competed at the Shrewsbury 4th Annual Prep Schools Hunt on October 12th.  With over 200 runners in total and schools from as far afield as Oxfordshire, Northamptonshire and Derbyshire, the competition was stiff.

To add to the excitement, all medals were presented by former Kenyan Olympic gold medalist, John Ngugi (1988 Seoul Olympics, 5000m)!

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The U11 girls and boys ran a 1.5 mile course following ‘the hare’ (a Huntsmen from the Shrewsbury Hunt, the world’s oldest established cross country club), who blew a horn to start the race.  Both teams ran well but the girls, in particular, showed that their success at Wrekin the previous week was no fluke.  Laura (1st), Tatiana (2nd) Lucy (10th) and Morgan (12th) secured the A team the overall U11 trophy for the second year running (just 1 point ahead of Maidwell Hall School from Northamptonshire).   The U11 B team also acquitted themselves well trying to chase down the A team!

The U11 boys put in a valiant effort with Alex P, Daniel, Bill and Archie showing they are made of strong stuff but unfortunately this was not quite enough to gain them a place in the top three teams.

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Not to be outdone, the U13 boys and girls set off bravely on an extended course of just over 2 miles.

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The U13 girls upped their game, showing exceptional grit and determination to take the team trophy in the age category for the first time.

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Fine runs from Mary (3rd) Cecilia (5th), India (8th), Imogen (16th), Jess K-S (17th) and Molly (19th) secured this victory.

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The U13 boys also showed they were in good form battling against some outstanding competition from Maidwell Hall.  Thomas battled for a well-deserved 8th place with his team members: Patrick, Alex W, Thomas G, George and Carlos bringing the team home to a well-earned 4th place.

Parents and staff supported brilliantly and the ‘family atmosphere’ of the St.Richard’s group was commented on by other parents.   Well done to everyone involved.


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National Schools Equestrian Association's 'Jumping with Style'

October 2014

St Richard's entered a team at the National Schools Equestrian Association's 'Jumping with Style' event at the prestigious Hartpury College's Equestrian Centre.

National Schools Equestrian Association's 'Jumping with Style' | October 2014
The team of four were Jess on Smokey Joe, Tiggy on Chester, Molly on Timmy and Georgia on Jason with Mrs P as Team manager.

It was the girls' first competition of this kind where they were judged on their style as well as any penalties for faults incurred with an optimum time to think about too.  So Mrs P's experience and guidance was very much needed and appreciated (by the Mums too!).

National Schools Equestrian Association's 'Jumping with Style' | October 2014

The first half of the course were show jumps, then they had to change to a cross-country position to ride the remaining jumps which were rustic and quite challenging.

National Schools Equestrian Association's 'Jumping with Style' | October 2014
We were so proud of them to come 6th out of eighteen teams.  It was a huge achievement and a great day out was had by all.  Beautiful rosettes to take home and very happy memories of camaraderie and a delicious picnic!

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CAFOD
Harvest Family Fast Day

Friday 3rd October 2014

War, Evacuation and Refugee experience
raises £320 for CAFOD’s Syrian refugees
(see article below)

and visit War Comes to Local School!
to read it as reported by the Hereford Times.

CAFOD Harvest Family Fast Day | Friday 3rd October 2014

The children had an unusual experience at the end of their Friday assembly last week when they suddenly heard sounds of battle and it was reported that their dining room had been destroyed!  Smoke billowed into the Assembly Hall and their Fire Officer ordered an immediate evacuation of the school.

CAFOD Harvest Family Fast Day | Friday 3rd October 2014
Pupils were escorted to the safety of a UNHCR refugee camp and feeding centre in their external Games Hall...

...where a camp had been erected...
CAFOD Harvest Family Fast Day | Friday 3rd October 2014
CAFOD Harvest Family Fast Day | Friday 3rd October 2014

...and soup and lunch was served by a group of strangers (volunteers from St.Joseph’s Parish, Bromyard). CAFOD Harvest Family Fast Day | Friday 3rd October 2014

The children ate in stunned silence on mats on the floor.
CAFOD Harvest Family Fast Day | Friday 3rd October 2014

The shock exercise organised by Hardy and Mr Barrett was to highlight the work that CAFOD is doing helping Syrian refugees who have fled to Turkey.  The surprise element of the experience was to help the children understand the suddenness and uncertainty of life in a warzone and refugee camp.

Children also had a competition for the ‘Best Silly Vegetable’ to illustrate the ‘silly’ ways in which we waste food because it doesn’t look perfect! This was won by Bill and his amazing carrot.
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Thank you to all the pupils and families who contributed.

Please click here to find out more about CAFOD.


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Wrekin College Cross-Country

October 2014

It was an afternoon of nerves and nail-biting suspense for both children and parents alike at Wrekin College last Sunday with a cross-country match and an U11 netball tournament being held consecutively.  Parents with children in both events were seen rushing frantically from the netball pitch to the playing field and back again desperate not to miss out any action!

Wrekin College Cross-Country | October 2014
Wrekin College Cross-Country | October 2014
Wrekin College Cross-Country | October 2014
The U11 girls set the bar high in the first race, running their way to a resounding team victory with their first four counters taking one of the top 5 places!  Laura ran strongly to take 1st place, closely followed by Tatiana in 2nd. Jessica's running debut gained her a 4th place, with Sophie hot on her heels in 5th.

Wrekin College Cross-Country | October 2014
Wrekin College Cross-Country | October 2014
Following this fine example, the U13 girls were not to disappoint.  Mary fought hard to claim 1st place, followed by Ceci in 3rd, India in 5th and Imogen in 7th.  Jessica and Georgia were also not far behind.  This secured a second team victory for the U13 girls.

Wrekin College Cross-Country | October 2014
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The boys showed some good performances too – especially Thomas who gained a worthy 2nd place in the U13 races.  In addition, many of the U11 teams had U9 Form I & II pupils running for the first time, showing some great future potential!

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(what they wrote about us...)


Hold on to your hats: 'Mr Fab, has landed.  It was a great coup for St Richard's to land Fred de Falbe as its new head, fresh from Knightsbridge School, where he was deputy head - a giant step from chichi SW1 to leafy Bromyard, but a very successful one.  'Herefordshire school to teach Chinese,' reported the local paper incredulously - but introducing Mandarin is just the start of it.  Boarding numbers are up, buoyed by ambitious trips for full-boarders and the introduction of riding weekends.  Lots of whizzy IT stuff too, including new ipads.  The sports teams are, says Fred, in 'flourishing form' - particular credit to the cross-country girls.  Some 78 per cent of last year's leavers won scholarships.  Underpinning all this is the school's Catholic ethos, 'delivered in an unpushy way', we're told. Local rivals need to watch out: the new, improved St Richard's is ab fab.

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