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Please visit www. Resumes must be submitted to Pastor Amos by June 5. We are hiring a new part-time pastor. Please be praying for the team responsible for going through applications. Carrick Camp opens for the season tonight at p. Be sure to check the poster in the foyer for the full line-up. Roots Up! Town Hall Vision Talk. Come and learn more about what Pastor Amos and Pastor Dave are planning for the fall.

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Wednesday, May 29 at p. Carrick Camp opens for the season on Sunday, June 2 at p. Stick around for some tasty treats! Thank you to everyone who brought along snacks to share. Stay tuned for more details next week. The job profile will be released at midnight on May 22, at which point, applications will be accepted. Watch Facebook for updates. The Young Married Couples group would like to thank all those who came out on Friday, May 10 for the Over 18 documentary screening.

They appreciate the support from those who came. Please pray for the family as they grieve. Please remember the family in your prayers during this difficult time. We are making small changes to help HMC be a little bit greener. We have purchased new dishes in an effort to reduce our constant use of paper and styrofoam. Join the team and help make this an easy transition! We need volunteers to help with the dishes during our Building Connection Sundays and other church family food events.

Please consider signing up to help! Events occur approximately once a month. Please consider popping down the kitchen to lend a hand after our Building Connections event following the service. The next Ladies Social will be on Tuesday, May 14 at p. Cindy King, a manager at Paramed Services will be sharing about what services are available through Paramed. Plan to come out for this informative evening. Men in Action , are you planning to be part of the work bee weekend at Camp Mishewah? There will be discussion regarding jobs, meals, and transportation.

Last chance to let Pastor Amos know if you or your youth are planning to attend. Work Bee — join in on Saturday, May 18 at a.

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Please let Ben Boogerman know if you are planning to be there. Bring along some pastries, finger sandwiches, fresh fruit, etc. Nelles will be in the foyer with a sign-up next week. What a fun conclusion to the service! Did you miss it? Be sure to check out the end of the sermon video from last Sunday for a little glimpse. Young at Heart will gather again on Thursday, May 9 at a. We are hosting a screening of Over 18 , on Friday, May 10 at p.

Over 18 is a documentary about pornography and its addictive effects on children and youth. Our hope in hosting this screening is to open up the conversation around pornography addiction in our community and families. We also want to equip people with tools and resources to both protect their kids from harmful sexual content online as well as help those struggling with pornography addiction themselves.

Please let Pastor Amos know if you or your youth are planning to attend. We are hosting a screening of Over 18, on Friday, May 10 at p. Please stop by the table in the foyer to purchase tickets. Come out on Wednesday, April 24 from for the Roots Up! Doors open at Meal will be served at pm. Please let Pastor Amos know if you or your youth and planning to attend before April Light refreshments will also be available for a free will donation. Men , are you willing to give a weekend to help out with some jobs at our EMC camp?

Mishewah needs your skills! We hope to send a crew for the weekend of June Learn about Camp Mishewah by visiting campwishewah. June 23, June 20, Like this: Like Loading I had a load of West Coast avant garde music on reel-to-reel tape. In his spare time at university, my son, Jack, is a drummer and song writer in his band Empire Safari. I am really proud of him, especially as he will be playing at Glastonbury this summer. I would choose one of his early songs Rush, especially with the string section on their demo CD. The set was a striking cross section with rooms above and the gaol below.

Unfortunately, as the second act began the curtain jammed. Finally, the problem was sorted out and the second act started again, giving me the pleasure of hearing the wonderful bassoon solo repeated. I would choose the recording by Otto Klemperer and Elizabeth Schwarzkopf.

I would choose an old version I have sung by Janet Baker, as I went to her final concert at the Royal Festival Hall where she sang it as an encore. I lived in hope that at some stage in a meeting she would burst into song. I bought Ellie the sheet music a year or so ago and so I get to hear the song live when she is home.

I spoke to the school two years ago about the power of music to help give us comfort and take us to our own special place of happy memories. This always takes me to memories of two places: early morning in a canoe with my father on the Helford River with the mist lifting or watching for badgers at evening at Wytham woods with my family.

Sophie had the lead role in another Handel opera that was produced as. Memory and the attempt to erase the past is the theme of one of my favourite films, The Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. It is a track that I always enjoy hearing and has happy memories of holidays in France and Italy with Mary and the children. I will have time to learn the tunes properly. At least no one will complain about the noise and they may come in handy signalling to passing ships.

However, they would put off anyone from rescuing me! I have struggled making my mind up about a book to take with me. His work is so rich and diverse: and he wrote almost as much in Latin and French as in English, so I would have my work cut out. Not only does he display complete mastery of the art of storytelling, but his flair for capturing human virtue, pomposity and depravity in his range of characters is extraordinary.

Andrew Trotman June In my view, he the School more attractive to maintained the liberal outlook a wider catchment, and has of the place. The impact rightly is set in favour of the is not just to the benefit of our individual pupil rather than pupils, it has also opened up new the institution.

It is an organisation good practice. The Common Mike Stanfield with a teaching body that Room is filled with talented Chairman of Governors willingly go that extra mile in individuals who are dedicated to an effort to allow pupils to fulfil the needs of children and highly their total potential. The school has a sense supportive of one another. There is a calm of humanity, putting, above all else, the care efficiency about the place that is in large of the individual; it is as we would wish part a reflection of the man. After all, he has It a mark of the man that he taught spent almost 20 years bearing all those every Shell pupil on entry to the School responsibilities of a headmaster.

The Under his stewardship, the Life Sciences step up the ladder to headship, even from building grew roots and flourished. It is a fine Senior Management, is enormous and fraught building, housing technological innovation with difficulties and generally speaking, and enthusiasm that has re-ignited interest Heads in Waiting have nowhere to go for in the sciences among many children at this comprehensive advice on the problems and School. You will see that one of the covers of pitfalls of being a Head Teacher.

The Martyrs Pavilion, made possible consultancy will fill this vacuum. Cambridge, Oxford, Ivy League Congratulations to the following who, following interviews and tests in December , have received offers to study at Cambridge and Oxford Universities:. CCF Once again, record numbers have stayed on in the CCF beyond the 4th Form this year and the calendar of events has continued to fill up with the usual field weekends, Remembrance Sunday parades, Air Experience Flights and shooting afternoons, as well as many new trips and events including many cadets and officers attending adventure training, personal development and leadership courses.

The first weekend in September comprised a day at Shotover Woods and a day canoeing along the River Thames from Newbridge back to the boathouse. The cadets, under the leadership of NCOs Max Narula, Greg Chilson and Robin Atkins, orienteered around the woods, learned how to build a basha, and the art of camouflage and concealment hiding themselves from the NCOs. They also learnt how to survive on a ration pack for 24 hours, especially enjoying the tubes of Marmite and Yorkie bars not for civvies.

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On the second day, they launched the open canoes at Newbridge, the site of the one of the oldest bridges across the Thames. After a little instruction, the cadets set off to paddle the 25 miles back to school, passing through. The second field trip in March took us up to the Waterside Lodge activity centre at Southport. The cadets learnt to sail and canoe on the lake and how to cook for each other in the evening, as the lodge was self-catering. On the way home we stopped off at Manchester to take part in a high ropes course. They were taught some unarmed combat skills, participated in command tasks and steered a powered RIB around the lake.

They also took part in a paintball battle and were given a talk and demonstration of some of the weapons currently being used in Afghanistan. The day ended with a superb display of unarmed combat given by the commandos themselves. The CCF Army Section has had an outstanding year with many successes, enjoyable experiences and lots of lessons learnt. As well as mountaineering, coasteering, kayaking, climbing and mountain biking we were introduced to military skills and given a taste of what the CCF is like.

In September , the Fourth Formers that chose to stay in the Army Section were allocated their platoons. We were hunted down in pitch darkness by NCOs and staff with rifles and torches. Once again, we engaged in a number of military activities throughout our stay. Being our first visit. In March we went to Longmoor for the 2nd major camp of the year and shot the cadet rifle on a 25 metre barrack range, as well as on a and metre ETR Electronic Target Range.

We also managed to successfully ambush the Fifth Form Cadre in the middle of the night. The summer camp this year, held at Wathgill Army training barracks in North Yorkshire, was a good end to our training year. Open to all, we managed to field a small but competitive and competent group of cadets from the Lower Sixth, Fifth and Fourth Form. In the evening, we set out into the training area for a 24 hour exercise, in which we acted as the opposing force against the much larger Ellesmere College CCF.

Our objective was to keep them from advancing North until reinforcements arrived. On our night patrol, we were ambushed; however we successfully withdrew with just Major Shindler and, sadly, Miss Rose as our only casualties. We then followed the enemy back towards the location of their harbour area. After deciding that their force was far too large to assault, we patrolled back to our harbour area and slept for the night under our bashas which are made by hanging small tarpaulins just off the ground in the trees.

In the morning, we patrolled in the direction of the enemy harbour area and set up an ambush in an ideally situated location, high on a hill, to destroy the enemy platoon. We waited, well-hidden for nearly two hours, and finally pulled off the ambush successfully, destroying a force three times our size after fighting back two counter-attacks on our position. On Tuesday, we went to a centre that had high ropes and a huge assault course the. This was in training for our activities on the range the next day. We were also the only Fourth Form students to shoot the Light Support Weapon, a fully automatic assault rifle.

The next day we learnt how to lead command tasks successfully and competed against Ellesmere on four tasks set up by Sheffield OTC. Members of the fourth form got to lead everyone else on these and brought our team to victory, four-nil. In the afternoon we did an orienteering course in the pouring rain and that Evening we went over the military obstacle course on camp which had much bigger and harder obstacles than ours at school.

On our last day, we went to a nearby water sports centre and took part in team building canoeing, kayaking and raft building activities as well as archery, climbing and volleyball. Overall, it was a fun week and a great way to end the year. It is our aim that during the year our cadets will visit an RAF Station at least once, opportunities to fly the Grob Tutor down at RAF Benson continue to be offered twice a term and our Field Weekends are designed to stimulate, to inform and to entertain.

The RAF Section left early on the Sunday morning for Hillingdon Outdoor Activity Centre HOAC where the four flights spent the day developing their teamwork skills; the range of tasks was designed to test both mind and body and included a nightline to be negotiated in blindfolds, a low ropes and caving course and the ever popular river crossing which never fails to entertain as a small number of cadets inevitably fall in. That evening two night exercises of code cracking and bomb disposal in the woods were interspersed with a barbecue before the overnight rain set in.

Here cadets were given an insight into the mechanics of trench warfare; it was at RAF Halton that the army were trained before heading out to the Western Front. For the final part of the Weekend cadets were given an opportunity to practise their orienteering skills in Black Park. Spring Field Weekend: March Flt Sgt Ing describes our second Field Weekend later in the year: To give our cadets some background to the history of the 20th century and of the RAF in particular, our second Field Weekend of the year was split between two locations. We where privileged enough to visit the C, which is a transporter aircraft and the Tristar which is a multirole passenger jet and air tanker.

Whilst on board these aircraft we not only met the pilots but also the load masters and ground crew. Another highlight for many was visiting the Dog Section. This was in a secluded part of the airfield, where they showed us various different types of dogs and their uses including sniffing for drugs. In the afternoon half of us then went to Air Traffic Control and the other half went to the Fire Section. As we soon discovered, ATC is both vital and extremely complicated!

At the Fire Section we were given the opportunity to use the various machines and fire-fighting equipment available to them. Overall, the trip was a fantastic experience and we gained a real insight into the day-to-day life of an active RAF station. Not only do they benefit from the opportunities to develop their own leadership skills but the experience of taking responsibility for a group of Fourth Form cadets is also invaluable. We thank them, in particular Alex Ing and Max Holder for their 4 years of service, and also the members of staff who willingly give up their time to support the cadets.

They had all worked extremely hard for the CCF and were well-deserving of praise! There were many memorable moments that took place during the expedition; these included some difficult times but also some funny ones too. One of the difficult times was when we found ourselves off the edge of the map. When this happened there were mixed emotions in the group: some people found this amusing, and others thought we would never reach the camp site!

But once the group found its way back on track after two hours we enjoyed the rest of our journey. We all agree that the best moments of the journey were the breaks when we sat down and enjoyed our energising snacks. All the groups made their way to the end of the route happily and I know for sure that I had a great time on Bronze D of E. Daisy Ditcham. Due to the recent dry conditions the team were fully anticipating having to complete a significant portion of the km journey on foot, with the added burden of having to tow their canoes through water less than a few centimetres deep.

Thankfully the team arrived in Glasbury the evening before the expedition to find that two days of heavy rain in the Welsh mountains had raised river levels and that the Wye was flowing at a considerable speed. This, coupled with 3 days of glorious sunshine, ensured that paddling was easy and the team were able to raft up and drift down the river for much of the journey whilst completing their aim of investigating wildlife. The staff on the trip were particularly impressed with the effective manner in which the group stowed their kit in camp making full use of nearby trees and with the efficient teamwork shown throughout the trip.

Starting in Cranham near Gloucester on the Friday night the group cycled back into Oxford on the Sunday. Friday saw plenty of camp-craft and torrential rain. The group were shown how to set up the bikes and basic repairs. Saturday saw the first of many hill climbs to head up towards Birdlip in the pouring rain. Soon the green lanes arrived and the sun came out. The group practised group cycling, navigation and emergency procedures.

They were shown how to tow each other which proved useful on the Sunday when they broke a chain. On Saturday they arrived at Bourton on the Water and the onset of more rain enhanced the camping experience. Nevertheless, the group worked well together and are all now ready for an assessment on Exmoor. Although the school has paddled sections of the Severn in the past, it was the first time the entire navigable length of the Severn and down to Stourport had been paddled, a route including the scenic gorge of Apley Forge.

Under the leadership of Alex Burns E , the team dealt skilfully with conditions which were not always favourable: some headwinds were experienced, there were some sudden, torrential downpours and the river was unusually shallow, exposing rocks in places not identified in any of the guidebooks. Beautifully written, it tells the story of the making of batik art, while gradually falling in love with a country and its people. It is both sad and beautiful.

But most of all, read about the power of friendship. As the eight hour flight to Delhi was drawing to a close and people were starting to wake up, the atmosphere was buzzing. Polly and I had got on the Air India plane at Heathrow at 9. The girls told us that they had not applied for the exchange.

They can accept or turn it down. In the car Arshi and Yagya asked us what came into our minds when we thought of India. That evening, the four of us sat together, talked and had yellow squashed rice, pulses and roti flat bread followed by long grain rice pudding with almonds and raisins. What I found interesting is the fact that Indians do not use knives at all. They use either spoons and forks or hands. We started today with spicy cauliflower pancakes and butter for breakfast and then drove to the Indian Embassy in Delhi to organise the visas for the Indian girls.

Mrs Chadha, Polly and I waited for around three hours for them but our jetlag meant that Polly and I kept falling asleep. The rest of the afternoon was spent going around markets and Mrs Chadha was a great haggler.

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She brought all the prices down with her steadfast look; the salesman had no chance! Having got some amazing deals we headed towards the India Gate which commemorates all those Indian soldiers who died in France, Flanders and even in Mesopotamia. In the centre of it, guarded by soldiers, there is an eternal flame that burns in a small beacon and truly exemplifies the respect India has for its fallen soldiers.

The family then took us to an incredible red and yellow Hindu Temple called Birla Mandir. Inside there was a huge amount of relief sculpture of all the gods and full-sized decorated statues, including one where an elephant was sitting on a mouse! This, I found out, is Ganesha, the God of success who rides on a mouse. Alarmingly, there were hundreds of Swastikas on the temple and incorporated into the decoration of the temple.

It turns out that Swastikas bring good fortune in Eastern countries and that it is a sign of perfection and power. Having ogled at that, we spent the rest of the evening making our way through colourful markets accompanied by incense and the smell of humanity. The lights and colours were dazzling. Supper was vegetable and rice pulses, roti, squashed pumpkin and eggplant.

The polychromy of the stone on the exterior is intricate and beautiful, and inside the Taj it was cool but still ornate. However, Polly and I found ourselves being stared at a lot and people were asking us to be in their photos as well as taking photos of us without us realising. We did the obvious tourist thing and had pictures taken of us pretending to hold the Taj with one hand.

Did you know that Agra is also famous for its leather? Over supper, consisting of rice, pulses, cabbage and orange syrup cakes, known as Temple treats, Mr Chadha told Polly and I about the Indian economy. If these people paid their taxes, India would be beyond rich, seeing as there are so many people in India! One thing I have noticed about living with the Chadhas is that every night there is a man who goes around from 10pm until the early hours of the morning blowing a whistle.

I later found out from Yagya that in the complex they live in, the night watchman reassures everyone that they are safe by keeping them up all night! As Mr and Mrs Chadha were out at work, we had a henna artist come to the house and cover our hands and wrists in the most incredible patterns including peacocks and checker boxes. The mixture is literally just ground up henna leaves and water which is then put into an icing type syringe. To let it fully sink into the skin, Polly and I sat for five hours solid not moving our hands at all. We also had to apply lemon sugar water onto the dried henna to ensure the result was even darker.

Once the five hours was up, the henna was like cement and we had to use mustard oil and a knife to scrape it off. We experienced our first proper power cut in a South Indian restaurant that evening where we had the most amazingly spicy vegetable pancakes and savoury donuts which we dipped in sauces, including one with coconut and mint. After a meal in a restaurant in the UK, we might be given mint imperials. In India, they are given very refreshing green aniseed seeds and little transparent sugar shards, which do actually give you very fresh breath.

Today was the India versus Pakistan cricket semi-final, so Mr Chadha was attached to the radio or TV, and when India thrashed Pakistan we had a mini street party with fireworks and huge sparklers. I have to say, today was one of the most enjoyable days out Polly and I have had yet. Mr Chadha took us to his office in the centre of Delhi where he is the Director at Apex Medical Systems which sells to such companies as Philips. In his office we met one of his colleagues who told us about Hinduism. There are individual gods and each area of India has thousands of local gods, meaning that overall India has billions of gods.

There is an emphasis on respecting nature as everything has a soul. There are four main gods: Brahma, the god of Creation, Vishnu, the god of liveliness with Shiva and Mahisha, the gods of completeness and death.

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In India, close family friends are called auntie and uncle by the children. Being an art student, I wanted to go to the Delhi Art Gallery. What struck me was how many beautiful oil paintings there were of large and middle aged English women staring out sternly and with obvious superiority and disgust. They stuck out like a sore thumb surrounded by the most incredibly gaudy and bright Indian paintings. From there, we walked around the Lotus Temple which is astonishing as it is a massive white building in the shape of a lotus flower that seems to be opening out into full bloom, its function being a meeting place for any religion.

I was not allowed to take photos inside, but when we did enter it was very tranquil and cool with curved benches making about 10 circles of seating. People were swimming in the 4 bright blue pools, which were on either side of the temple, to cool off, or sitting on the patches of luscious grass being enveloped by the colourful flowers.

It was blissful. However, people were staring at us rather unnervingly To continue reading the full diary go to www. Thursday 31st March Polly and I actually did some revision today. I read Jane Eyre while she read some History. Polly and I chose the ones we liked the look of most and then she helped us put them on; it takes a lot of patience and skill to put on a sari.

After that, Yagya, Arshi, Polly and I went to the shops on a rickshaw, which is one of the most uncomfortable things I have ever been on. The four of us were squished onto a tiny cab with the poor little man peddling on his bike as hard as he could! It caused a lot of hilarity, though.

The family took us food shopping in the early evening and I bought tea and spices for my family. We had chicken, poppadoms or pappad, as they call them , roti and carrots mixed with peas for supper. During our time in Moscow, it managed to reach a lowest temperature of degrees. On our first night in Moscow we visited Red Square where we would later see the body of Lenin. The first day in Russia we spent walking around the city, looking at various sites and getting to know our whereabouts.

We stopped at the Novodevichy Convent and Cemetery where we saw the inspiration for Swan Lake and the tower which once held a rebellious Tsarina. During our trip, we had several bad experiences with the food, so when we were given free time, we spent most of it in fast food restaurants or walking around small markets bargaining for souvenirs. On our second day we visited the Kremlin, which is one of the political centres of Russia and was home to past Communist leaders and Tsars of Russia. It had extraordinary buildings and the chapels inside were amazingly decorated with paintings and mosaics from floor to ceiling.

That night we moved on to St Petersburg on the night train. For our first experience of Russia, Moscow was a brilliant start. Our tour guide, Tatiana, was excellent at explaining the significance of the sites that we saw, and the importance of the events that took place there. We boarded the famous overnight express train to discover that our compartments built to accommodate two people were no bigger than a shoebox. This led to a memorable, yet rather sleepless, night! The first day was spent having a guided tour of the city by bus, getting on and off to take pictures of. We returned to our hotel feeling very weary, yet excited to find ourselves in another vibrant city.

On the second day, we visited the Winter Palace, one of the most spectacular buildings in the country. Now a museum, it boasts just under three million exhibits from around the world, including some impressive Ancient Egyptian artefacts and a fantastic collection of paintings. She not only fought in the highly publicised Russo-Japanese war, but played a crucial role in beginning the October Revolution in We were lucky enough to see the empty shell of the cannon, as well as the actual gun which fired the shot. The trip ended with a traditional Russian dance show, which was thoroughly enjoyed by all.

Megan Brittan and Ronnie Bulford. The camping was fun but we got woken up by rain. We did big treks up mountains and lots of water activities. The activity that stood out for me was coasteering. We jumped off sides of cliffs and watched the teachers jump off the biggest! It was a new experience and a good introduction to CCF. I think the whole Shell year enjoyed it! But at least it is now named in my honour. Personally I had a few problems with the cold and midges, but actually that was the whole point of the trip. It has also given me the opportunity and the thrill of climbing a mountain from the bottom to the top, which was magic!

Turning the pedals as fast as you can going uphill most of the time. Face down. Coasteering was one of the best moments. It was such an accomplishment because it was so long, steep and very hard. The best bits: appreciating beds after two nights in tents, downhill biking, coasteering, top of Tryfan. Snowdonia in a sentence. It was terrible, despite our best efforts. It was one of the worst experiences I have ever had in all my life. It was non-stop raining with strong breezes of ice cold wind. I actually thought I was going to catch hypothermia, yet although the weather got us all down we still managed to have a bearable time, and smile.

It has seen the arrival of a new Chaplain in the person of the Revd Tom Shaw who came from a Baptist Church in Bradford, and it has seen the installation and flourishing of six terrific Head Sacristans throughout the year, alongside the wonderful team of sacristans who do so much to help on a weekly basis. Our vision of Chapel worship and the Christian Faith throughout the year has been to create a place of encounter for the whole school: a place where individuals can encounter themselves, each other and a space where each person can encounter the living God. A chapel, however, is not a church, nor a chaplaincy a denomination.

It seems increasingly important to me that in trying to facilitate such encounters with self, others and God, we recognise the wonderful diversity of the church and the inspiring richness of expressions of faith which exist in our community and our world. It seems to me that a true appreciation of this not only allows space for encounters to take place for individuals, but it also expresses the truth that God is so much greater that any single attempt to define or acknowledge him.

God, by his very nature, defies easy classification. Our worship this year has hopefully expressed the breadth of approaches that can be adopted in worshipping our God, but also I hope the depth, beauty and mystery of the God we love. The new year began with its usual welcome services for all new pupils. This is such an important expression of the part faith plays in our school community. The Shells then have their night away at Youlberry just before the first Leave Weekend and a shared outdoor candlelit Compline takes place in the woods.

It is always. We have a weekly Compline at school here on a Thursday night; we sing ancient chants to Gregorian Plainsong and we regularly have between 10 and 20 attending. Some come for the space, some for the prayer and worship, some because they are struggling in some way or a relative is ill. It is always a holy space and a place of grace. We use it sometimes on a Sunday evening as the principle act of worship, as pupils return to school for the start of the week. I am always slightly surprised by the amount of positive feedback that such an ancient service generates.

Practically, though, there are not enough services for pupils to develop the rhythm of the service, so we began as our Lenten discipline to see if we could initiate a daily prayer every morning and evening of the week led by the pupils. This was a great success with small numbers of pupils meeting each day to lead prayer for themselves, the school and the world, following a simple liturgy from the Northumbrian Community.

It is my fervent hope and prayer that this rhythm of prayer may become even more deeply established as next year progresses. We had the first of our Confirmation services with 30 confirmands adopting their baptismal vows for themselves and our usual retreat at Charney Manor with Steve Warner, a youth worker from Luton. The Summer Term saw our second Confirmation Service, mostly for Shells and another twenty pupils stepped forward in an act of faith.

We also had our Chapel in the Quad or God in the Quad as it is now known! Sundays alternated between traditional high church Eucharist and a more informal low church communion, with the odd Evensong and Compline thrown in for good measure. The emphasis on depth which I have mentioned and the thirst for peace was all aptly summarised for me in the wonderful gift of a sculpture by Nicholas Mynheer. Do not doubt that they were very kind, and shared a lot of the same views on life as I did. True: I like baking cakes and I rarely swear — although the latter, as I explained to a friend recently, is more because I forget to or it never occurs to me, rather than because I have a moral issue with it!

I am strangely optimistic: I do love this earth, I love people. There are so many things in me that make me feel repelled by those neat-haired earnest knitwear girls. She always reminds us that she made two promises to herself when she was young — one of which was to never marry a man in the church and the other of which was to never marry a man with a beard:. The church is, and always will be, a massive part of my life. I will always feel safe with organised religion, always respect the Church for the amount that it does in every community all over the world.

In what other profession do you come across convicts and royalty alike? I like to think that, though religion is integral to my life, it does not define me or my family. I love those earnest girls not because they are like me but because sometimes I think I should be more like them. I am very happy. But it is not naivety or privilege, as some imagine: having hoards of very distressed people come to my door at home for help and having attended a rough comprehensive in London for most of my secondary education cured that.

No, I have always had people being helped and lives being transformed right on my doorstep. In the same way, I visited Africa this summer and met people who were so very poor and yet so full of joy — unlike us westerners, who so often have everything to live with and nothing to live for, they had nothing to live with but everything to live for because of their faith. The heart of religion for me is LOVE. That is a largely accurate stereotype. I hope you will forgive me for starting with something rather mundane and prosaic, but my wife and I have a problem which is causing us a great deal of stress.


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    My Father loved scouting as a young lad growing up in the Highlands of Scotland, and this love of the outdoors was something which he then passed on to me. Sadly, a few months ago I found that the moths had discovered this treasure and had devoured it greedily. Interestingly though, I have come to terms with this loss and have actually found it to be quite a positive experience.

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    Losing the material and physical object has helped me to realise that the real treasures are not the objects that have been lost themselves, but the stories my Father shared with me of growing up in the mountains and the passion he passed on to me. I imagine we are not alone in having a Loo Library, a selection of books of different genres which live in the WC. One of ours is the Sixty Minute Dad — everything you need to know about being a better Father. What really lasts?

    The letters on your exam certificates will quickly fade into insignificance, though they will of course have secured various future trajectories in life. What will be the real treasure, then? It might not be a specific memory at all; it might be just a feeling that you get. It might be a memory of shared silence and support in a candlelit Compline or the feeling of selfless love, warmth and encouragement you found in a member of staff. I wonder if you noticed as you entered the Chapel a new sculpture floating in the porch? It has been very kindly given to the school by Nicholas Mynheer, father of Reuben and Gabriel, in gratitude for all the school has given the two boys.

    One hand is raised to the shoulder in an intimate and reassuring touch; the other, palm open in the manner of welcome and invitation, is pointing to the ground — or so it would seem. On closer inspection, however, it becomes apparent that the angel is pointing to the Foundation stone of the Chapel laid in , almost years ago.

    But if you wish to find this treasure, this foundation to life, this foundation stone, you must get down on your hands and knees and poke around. God rarely raises his voice, he rarely shouts to be heard. He asks instead to be listened for. And know the place for the first time. Our beginnings so often augur our endings, and our endings are so often an echo of our beginnings. The reason your school career begins and ends in Chapel is to remind you that God is the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end of all.

    God is not just a stream from which we drink in life but the spring of all water. The Christian faith invites us to see God not as one aspect of life amongst many, not as another dish on the smorgasbord of life, but as the very foundation and source of all life, in all its splendour and wonder.

    The contention, the passion, the belief of all those who originally founded this school is that faith is the greatest treasure, the treasure which nothing can destroy, the foundation that will not crumble, and which will see you through every circumstance of life, whatever it might one day hurl at you.

    But the invitation of faith is an invitation to security and freedom, an invitation for each one of you to be found in the foundation stone of Christ. But God will not force you; you must search for these deep places for yourselves. As the value of the IB continues to be weighed by teachers and students, this project serves as an example of the breadth of study the IB can offer.

    The Independent Project is one major component of the Theatre Arts course. The project itself is seen as a culmination of the course and the brief is that they must create a performance that centres on a particular style of theatre, and that it can be on any subject. So where to start?

    I told the girls of my previous experience with a theatre company in the North of Thailand who use theatre-making as a means of conflict resolution between different ethnic groups and villages. I told them of my own experiences visiting and performing with the children of a displaced Burmese village.

    The IB girls were instantly fired by the subject. They were clear that the Burmese story would be the centre of their performance. The challenge was to find enough material around which to build their performance. The process provided a series of fascinating encounters. We discovered that we are uniquely placed in Oxford to meet some of the Burmese Diaspora. The research process, so integral to the IB course, was a fluid one: thanks to Mike Stanfield we were introduced to Vicky Bowman, a former British Ambassador to Burma, and her husband Htein Lin, a Burmese artist still living in exile who kindly agreed to meet the girls.

    The students interviewed the couple and gained a very real insight into life under the Burmese junta. His stories of using Art as a means of transcending his given circumstances were deeply moving. A remarkable character, he too was interviewed by the girls and added his experiences to their research material. Your inner freedom is very important. My art stopped me feeling down.

    Freedom is on the inside. Ben was such an impressive speaker that he was invited back to speak to the wider school community later in the year. His personal response and his strong beliefs about what is happening in Burma was really impressive and I felt that his passion really came through; his presentation inspired me to learn more about Burma and has really helped me understand their situation better. I want to get involved with his charity in the future as well as do something about it myself.

    He spoke with both directness and sophistication about incredible circumstances, and it was a humbling experience for all present. The process of research drew to a close and the girls were now in a position to create their work. They decided to create a mixed media presentation featuring different theatre practices, films and art installations and to make the work site specific to The North Wall. The event drew closer and the work, though idealistic, and with a real heart, appeared rather formless.

    The performance date arrived and the girls were still rehearsing ten minutes before the audience entered. This rather manic approach was in the end an ally and added a real intensity to the performance. The North Wall Arts Centre was transformed: the films and photography were projected in the exhibition space, and the first floor featured an installation inspired by the graphic accounts of. As the audience stepped over the broken bricks and glass, they were invited into the first part of the promenade performance.

    Staged in the Drama Studio it was a funny and touching performance that got the audience up to speed with the situation in Burma. The entire studio had been shrouded with white muslin sheets to stunning effect. It is worth remembering that her son, Kim Aris, was a former member of Field House, Claudia had taken different sections of the interviews and interwoven them together. The audio footage was played whilst the interviewees were imitated by the girls who lipsynced to their voices.

    It was a piece of expressive. It symbolised the character of Aung San Sui Kyi teaching her people an effortless, repetitive and dignified movement set against the turmoil of Burmese politics. Molly took inspiration from the movement of the boatmen of Inle Lake. It was a visceral and captivating sequence that seemed to make complete sense after the information-sharing that had preceded it.

    And so the performance finished. The audience were moved and hugely appreciative. The event was a fundraiser and a substantial amount of money was raised for the children of a displaced Burmese hill tribe. This, after all, is the usual method of measuring academic success. It might strike hard to discover that they receive no marks for their actual performances. Instead they are marked on the accompanying portfolio document that depicts the whole process from start to finish — a word essay. Well, the essays were more difficult to extract than the performances but have been written with real enthusiasm about a subject that is of importance to the student.

    They were driven to succeed by a collective responsibility, not just to their audience, but to their subject, to the real people with which their narrative was concerned. Simon Roche. The debate hotly zigzagged down the table; with the opening proposition speech from Master of Debating, Mr Jonathan Lambe, and my own closing speech for the opposition, touching on envy, fidelity, nudity, lust and even murder.

    Despite the two appointed Masters of Ceremony perhaps making an inaccurate final decision though half the guests are always bound to think that in these situations the evening continued in even greater cheer. Before the happy company dispersed to their respective corners of the school and beyond, I gladly handed over the captaincy of the Society to Bella Ogston who, I have no doubt, will lead the society brilliantly and with great integrity in the year to come.

    The Science Department took the whole Fifth year group to the theatre. We did not go to see a play or ballet but a series of most entertaining lectures given by leading scientists. Some of our pupils managed to eat their lunch on the short coach journey to the centre of Oxford! After some not inconsiderable queuing we were all seated in the circle and awaited our first talk. The theatre filled up with teenagers from schools all over the area; there was not a spare seat to be had.

    The first talk was given by Dr Kate Lancaster from the Rutherford Appleton laboratory on the use of high power lasers to generate fuel through nuclear fusion. However, the chemistry talk on the nature of chemical reactions was the most colourful of the day: Dr Andrea Sella from University College London mixed large flasks of colour changing reactions. He cleverly linked his demonstration to suggest explanations for how the Zebra gets its stripes. Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock from UCL likewise enthralled the audience, explaining how she had followed her dream and become a space scientist.

    She had a little helper, her daughter strapped to her side. The final Lecture by Richard Dawkins was quiet, thoughtful and gave the audience time to consider. This inspired two young biologists to write about their take on the day see next page. Mrs Lucy Baddeley, Biology. The trip began with an introduction to the English course at St.

    The group spent several hours clearing Himalayan Balsam an invasive species from woodland near Redbrook, helping to ensure the survival of endangered native species within the SSSI woodland. I felt that there was a good balance between Physics, Chemistry and Biology. I did, however, find some more interesting than others. For example, I thoroughly enjoyed the Chemist. I found that his visual displays were very interesting and kept me entertained for the entirety of the lecture.

    The most interesting, however, was obviously the main lecturer, Richard Dawkins. I very much liked the way he spoke and the way that he was clear and concise. He used many examples to show us how evolution was not simply a dramatic change in one generation, but a slow and dynamic process. The examples he used was evolution in action, five eyes which had gone through different stages of evolution.

    He started off saying that the human eye was a very sophisticated organ which has been adapted to humans. There were also many other different eyes, such as some which are light sensitive cells. Richard Dawkins is a man who has researched and developed the ideas of evolution, and is on the cutting edge of biological science. I felt it a privilege to have listened to him and to have heard. I went into the lecture knowing that he was a strong atheist, but I found him to be more supportive of religion than I would have imagined.

    Despite this, his views on creationism were expressed very clearly and he provided a lot of evidence to prove his point that the creation in seven days is practically impossible. Overall, the day was very beneficial and interesting. As I have already said, I enjoyed hearing Richard Dawkins speak to us in a serious way unlike a few of the more patronising lectures!


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      I also found the practices and demonstrations the Chemist did to be very interesting, and the analogies he made will be very beneficial later on when I come to revise. I would certainly recommend the trip for next year — the Chief Examiner was the least interesting but will be the most useful for any pupils doing GCSEs. Even though all of the scientists were very interesting to listen to, the person whom I admired the most, and who influenced me the most was Richard Dawkins. Richard Dawkins explained his views on evolution and the start of the universe in a very effective way. Although I do not entirely agree with his views on religion and the creation of the world, he manages to put across his views in a very convincing way, and makes evolution seem like the only theory of how we exist.

      He does, however, discard any other alternative view on the creation of the world and the existence of man, so many. Dawkins used the example of a human eye to show how complex we are as living beings. He said because of the way the human eye works, and its complexity, many people would assume that it has been made for a purpose by a higher being. He said this is definitely not how the eye has been made, but that it has been made over time by evolution. He believes he can prove this by the way eyes looked many years ago. He says although he cannot explain how the eye has been made, it has not been made for any purpose and that it is just chance and evolution which have enabled it to work.

      Dawkins certainly does not believe in creationism or religion at all. He believes in the theory of evolution, by Charles Darwin. He believes this because he feels there is enough evidence, due to things like fossils, that we as humans started off as just simple bacteria, when the world was first created.

      He then believes we went through a series of stages evolving from fish, to lizards to apes and then eventually humans. These theories are very logical about how we, as humans, and any other animal have been created. Overall I found Richard Dawkins to be a very influential speaker, and he has definitely made me question our existence: whether there really is a higher power, or if we have just been made by chance.

      Another superb year of music-making with some real milestones. It was also the year of student-led music activity: not only were the Elgar festivities organised by one sixth former, but we also saw the emergence a new sixth form close harmony choir, founded and rehearsed by a group of Upper Sixth pupils, — and an evensong entirely led, conducted and sung by pupils.

      Thanks to one and all for a very creative and inspiring year. The thinking behind the Elgar Festival is reported elsewhere in this edition of the Chronicle; suffice to say that it is very unusual for a sixth form student to offer a business plan to a Director of Music, for setting up a major weekend festival at their school. George has recently been awarded a Certificate of Merit from the national Elgar Society as a result of his promotion and hard-working enterprise in organising the festival.

      His sensitive interpretation of the mighty Organ Sonata was preceded by a stylish account of the Vesper Voluntaries. It was lovely to see Gabs supported by a whole range of different parents, students and staff. Concert for Vale House November Once again, we started the year with three recitals which enabled our top music scholars to show their skills as soloists, and to join in chamber music and small choir items.

      There is a real variety at play here: this year, we heard everything from Bach to Britten, and from Einaudi to Nina Simone! Here, the programme finished with a set of part songs by Elgar, sung by a student-led Chamber Choir — a taste for things to come later that month at the Elgar Festival. The music was provided by the St. The Service, led by the Chaplain, was most poignant. The Last Post and Reveille were played beautifully by Tom Bell and the Flowers of the Forest Lament was played by piper Cameron MacRitchie — both performances will remain clearly with all those who attended.

      The outdoor service was led by Rev Mark Butcher with the St. The Ensemble was a credit to the school with everyone playing exceptionally well. The Last Post and Reveille was sounded by Reuben Mynheer and again this was performed to the highest of standards. The final service of the morning took place at Wytham and due to the weather changing from cold and bleak to cold, bleak and wet, this service was held in the Church.

      This time the Last Post and Reveille was sounded by Hector Besant, who maintained the high level of playing. The Jazz Concert is becoming established as the event where concert bands and jazz bands are seen for the first time in the year, offering the first output of new material, after only six weeks rehearsal! It was a delight to see Richard Powell, the new Assistant Director of Music, on top form with the Concert Band, producing some very challenging yet successful pieces of music — a taste of things to come! On Sunday 7th November pupils from the Upper 6th led our Sunday act of worship completely unaided.

      The evensong service was a rich tapestry of music, prayers and readings. This was all topped off with a beautifully crafted, poignant and memorable sermon by Clio Chartres Corfe, Upper Sixth who continued our series on Christian stereotypes. It was such a success that a number of staff wondered whether they were now surplus to requirements! Accompanied by Director of Music Alex Tester, and by Oxford University fellow Guy Newbury, students sang a variety of solos and duets, culminating in a final ensemble number. The Sacconi players proved themselves to be excellent communicators as well as brilliant performers.

      George was delighted when the visitors agreed to play his work! Rachel Adams, English teacher, provided the following review: Sunday night saw the return of the bands concert to the Hall, featuring a range of delights from brassy marches to contemporary jazz. Circular tables, arrayed with cheese and nibbles, created an informal and friendly ambience, which suited the performances from three separate stages and eased the transitions from one act to another. Indeed, the audience became very much a part of the performance, cheering soloists and clapping in rhythm, especially when led by the irrepressible Mr Powell!

      As ever, it was impressive to see the range of musical abilities, with some performers in three or four different groups, and solos on more than one instrument. More so, perhaps, this was a concert in which newer and nervous performers could learn to take the stage amidst their more experienced peers and before a warm crowd; improvements in technical ability and confidence were to be found in every section. Well done to the pupils for putting on such a slick and fullsounding display in the middle of a hectic term, and of course to their music teachers for leading, encouraging and inspiring as always.

      Over musicians performed on the stage of Cadogan Hall to a sizeable London audience of parents, friends and concert-going public.