June 2016

Here’s a preview of this month’s news:

Gaudy Notes
Readers Make Leaders
University Workshop
Becoming a Prefect
Referendum Debate
The Dove Project
Art To Go
Sports Updates

Gaudy Notes

Haven’t booked yet? Don’t worry: there’s still time. Click here for programme and booking details. The full Gaudy Week schedule bursts into life this weekend with the Warden’s Project Final tomorrow night, cricket galore on Saturday and the magnificent Leavers’ Platform at the Holywell Music Room on Sunday evening. After that, we hurtle toward the end of term with an unmissable schedule: music, science, art, drama, design, more cricket, dance, drinks and, of course, prize-giving on Saturday.

In a change to previously published information, the Shell Science Lecture on Monday evening will be given by Richard Millar from Oxford University who will talk about climate change.

Please note that the Quad will be closed to traffic from 10am on Saturday 2nd July.

At Gaudy and in the programme, you will hear about a highly personal fundraising mission by Sixth Formers Dan Brady and Hugh Macer; collecting boxes will be available in the Marquee on Saturday so you might like to bring some change if you would like to support them.

Finally, weather permitting, we will be selling Teddies books in the Quad at Gaudy. Purchase the History of the School, published last year (£25), or grab a bargain by snapping up one of our few remaining copies of the 150th anniversary picture book at the wildly discounted price of £10.

Pictured above clockwise from top left: rehearsing for Shakespeare Lives; Jake Anderson’s jewellery (necklace and bracelet) modelled by Emma Isola; a detail of Summertown by Flora Lloyd from the Mixed Years’ Art and Design show; and Gaudy guest of honour Captain Rosie Hamilton.

Readers Make Leaders

Yet again our Fourth and Lower Sixth Formers joined forces with Oxford High and Cherwell Schools to create the annual mass literary event for primary school children from the Blackbird Leys Academy Trust. Around 1,000 pupils took part in the event last Friday in which the older children purchased their favourite book to share with - and give to - a young partner from one of the primary schools. To break the ice, Lizzie Dorey, Lara Paul and Jemima Littlehales choreographed an easy dance to an upbeat One Direction track for all participants to try out together. It was a huge success. Sixth Former Alex Niang said reading Murray the Horse with his six-year old partner Melissa had been a nostalgic experience:

"It takes you back to when you were younger. It’s amazing that you can build up a relationship with a child over such a short time by reading a book. Because ours is a boarding school you're often just caught up with daily school life, but it's good to get out and meet our local community."


The Referendum

Our pupil media crew become more like the BBC every day. Here's their latest video, straight from the editing suite, following last night’s Lower Sixth debate organised by Mr Vaughan-Fowler. Watch right through to the end for Konstantinos’s spirited address (he won the ‘best contribution’ award). If you haven’t yet voted, the pupils’ views might help … Many thanks to Will Webb, Ned Stewart and Max Hinton for the super quick turnaround. Don’t let it sway you, but the Remain team won!


University Workshop

By Carolina Rimoldi, Sixth Form

Earlier this month, the two IB Higher Lever French sets went to St Anne’s College, Oxford, for a French Literary Translation Workshop given by Jenny Higgins, based on the book Nouons-nous by Emanuelle Pagano. Some of the short stories within the work are just one sentence long and therefore clearly expose the challenges of literary translation. We worked in small groups to try to interpret, produce and compare our own translations of the stories.The problem was clear: we had to decide between staying faithful to the literal meaning of the text or including parts of our own interpretation within the translation.

It was an incredibly stimulating exercise, which made us think about the meaning of words and how they can be appropriate to a certain context rather than another. The ideas we explored in this workshop will definitely help me with my written work, as I now see how every word counts and how its background, implications and context can give it different meanings. Overall, it was a challenging but very inspiring workshop.


Becoming a Prefect

The Segar’s Lower Sixth spent much of the Leave Weekend in Swanage where they undertook their Prefect training. The trip consisted of coasteering, climbing, cooking on the fire, and an evening spent sleeping in caves. The boys have returned to School closer as a group - and more appreciative of the luxuries in life! Many thanks to Mr Roche, Mr Turner and Julie Richens for so valiantly putting themselves through the same experiences.

Dramatic Developments


Louis Verschoyle has won a place at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts; Charles Maddison and Vincent Moisy have secured Foundation places at the Oxford School of Drama and Drama Centre London respectively. We look forward to following the careers of these exceptionally talented young men. Don’t forget you can see them in action in Tell Mary I Love Her in Edinburgh this summer: Remember, you knew them before they were famous …


News in Brief

Their tactic of startling the opposition with their outfits clearly paid off: Hamish Roots OSE and Mr Wiggins took silver at the British Rowing Masters Championships in Nottingham a few weeks ago (above right).

Congratulations to Joseph de Ferranti, Rose Fawcett, Jimi Feather, Tom Illingworth, Antonia Lewis, Sophie Robertson-Acolet, Selena Thompson, Charlotte Woodcock, Basil Zirinis, Jonathan Battaliou, Cate Luke, Freddie Methuen, Josie Piech, Tom Reed and Hamish Smart who were Confirmed earlier this month (above left).

Further congratulations to this year’s Prize Essay winners; in the Shells, Aimee Joubert for her essay entitled To what extent has feminism been successful in its aims?, and Giles Wordsworth for How can we know if something is a work of art?. Both Fourth Form winners, Annabel MacDonald-Smith and Anish Mehta, covered the Big Question of the Day: Should the United Kingdom remain in or leave the EU? To read any of the winning essays, contact Mr Rowley.

Finally, well done to Izzy Rayner who was 1st woman and 4th overall at the Ardingly Super Sprint Triathlon recently.



Our Upper Sixth looked characteristically colourful and exuberant in the annual ‘alternative’ leavers’ photo. We send them on their way with the warmest of wishes and the hope that they will stay in touch: once a Teddies person, always a Teddies person ...


The Dove Project

Lotty Hope’s Warden’s Project was personal, innovative and extremely successful. ‘I worked with a lady called Lucy who I met through the school charity, Restore. Together, we designed and made two rings and a necklace to sell in aid of Restore and a lung transplant fund in memory of my brother, Simon. Lucy has engraved the word ‘hope’ and put a moonstone on the Hope Ring; the Peace Ring features the word ‘peace’ and a dove. The necklace has the dove and moonstone on it to bring the two ideas together. The motto of my project is ‘hope and peace throughout the world’. Lucy has faced her own mental challenges and has been homeless but is now back on her feet and is running her own jewellery business.’ Lotty is a finalist in the Warden's Project event tomorrow night.


Art To Go

Work by George Lloyd-Jones OSE is shortlisted for the 2016 John Moores Painting Prize. Open to all painters in the UK, works for the prize are selected anonymously by an independent jury; the top prize is £25,000. Shortlisted works will be on display in the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, from July to November. Meanwhile, look out for the travelling art gallery-cum-home, Boonrig, created by George and fellow OSE Nettle Grellier (top right). They travelled to their Barcelona exhibition (below right) in it! Find out more at


Shells in Brecon


The boys’ 1st VI have recorded an unbeaten season, the first team to do so since 1979. Their strong start to the season was consolidated with recent wins against Bradfield and Pangbourne.

The 1st, 3rd and 4th girls’ VI also beat Bradfield, as did all three U15 VIs.

The girls’ U15 As & Bs and the U14 Bs and Cs beat Tudor Hall. For a full report on the Pangbourne and Tudor Hall fixtures, visit the website.



The National Schools’ Regatta was held at Dorney Lake at Half Term having relocated from its traditional venue in Nottingham. The wonderful weather and possibly the new location created a fantastic atmosphere for three days of high quality racing and all our crews acquitted themselves extremely well. There were two historic moments: our first ever J15 girls’ VIII reached the final, as did our first ever boys’ J14 B boat. The boys’ 1st VIII made the final and came 8th overall; the girls’ 1st VIII came 9th overall, just missing out on a place in the final. The girls’ 1st IV won their B final and came 8th overall. For a full report, visit the website.



At Henley Women’s Regatta at the weekend, the girls’ 1st IV of Captain Tilly Catlin, Siobhan Mottram, Kirsten Pearce, Ashlyn Dickinson and cox Eleanor Lowther rowed strongly in the time trial to go on to beat Haberdashers’ Monmouth School for Girls by 2 lengths. In the next round, they lost to a very fast crew from Emanuel School. They and their coaches have certainly raised the bar for girls’ rowing at St Edward’s this year. We wish the boys’ 1st VIII the very best for their Henley outing next week.



Congratulations to the following who became County Champions at Horspath earlier this month: Brandi Akpobome in shot, Alfie Armitage-Hookes in the 800m (breaking the school record set by Ed Womersley 10 years ago), and Dekoye Coker in the 100m. In the Radley Multi-Events at the beginning of June, despite beating Harrow in the 4 x 200m relay, the senior boys took an impressive silver behind Harrow overall; Josh Moore delivered four very strong performances to win the Fourth Form individual gold medal.



Just before Half Term, the 1st XI and U14 A XI beat Harrow, the 1st by 9 wickets. Look out for a full week of cricket from Saturday when all year groups play Bradfield. The 1st XI play Cheltenham College (Monday), Denstone (Wednesday), MCC (Friday) and the Martyrs (OSE) on Saturday 2nd July. There is a block fixture v Radley on Tuesday. See the website for details.


A Teddies Pop-Up

On Tuesday, check out a pop-up stall run by BVibrant clothing at the Martyrs Pavilion from 10.30 - 1.45. Much admired by parents on the Barbados cricket tour, the clothes are being sold by parent Belinda Chaffer with a percentage of the proceeds going to the school charity, Restore. Pop along to the pop-up for colourful pjs, bathrobes and towels for adults and children, all made from Kenyan kikoys, plus summer trousers in fine Indian cotton and beautifully beaded leather belts. Pictured below are George Chaffer and Alex Hamilton OSE with a friend.


Diamond Light

Lower Sixth Physicists enjoyed an informative trip to Diamond Light Source, the UK's national synchrotron science facility at the Harwell Science and Innovation Campus in Oxfordshire. 

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