HEAD OF GIRLS’ GAMES TO PUPILS CHOSEN TO REPRESENT
REPRESENT WALES AT CRICKET COUNTRY AT NATIONAL LEVEL
Helen Goss, Head of Girls’ Two talented rugby players
Games at Ellesmere College have recently been selected
and member of Cae Glas to represent their country in a
Cricket Club has been national side.
chosen again to join the
Welsh Woman’s Cricket Ashley James, Head Boy,
has learnt that he has been
Team. This is Helen’s second
chosen to play rugby in the
year in the team. The highlight
Wales Under 18 Team. Sam
will be to tour South Africa in
Lewis in Year 11 has also
October 2006 for a four-way
been given the opportunity
indoor cricket tournament to play in the England Under
when the national sides from 16 Rugby Team.
Australia, England, Wales
and South Africa will play Paul Goodwin, Director of
against each other. Rugby commented: ‘We are
Helen commented, “I am delighted that these boys
delighted to have been
have achieved their individual
success. They have played
chosen to play for Wales for a second year and I am looking
significant roles in the School’s senior rugby teams and deserve
forward immensely to playing in South Africa in the autumn”.
the success that they have now achieved. We all wish them well.’
Ian Williams, Midlands Rugby Coach and Director of Sport at
FINANCE DIRECTOR Ellesmere commented: ‘How delightful it is to see these players
achieve their goal. It is a great honour to have the opportunity to
AND OPERATIONS represent one’s country and we wish them the very best of luck’.
Other high profile selections include Danny Matthews who will
DIRECTOR TO represent the Midlands at U18 level. A further three pupils have
been selected for North Wales, Five for North Midlands and so
REPLACE BURSAR far this year thirteen boys have been selected to represent
The College Bursar, Lt Col Terry Lowry, retired after thirteen
years of service at the end of the Lent term. On his Ellesmere College has indeed enjoyed a magnificent season,
retirement he is to be replaced with not one but two people. producing winning rugby throughout the age groups. In the ‘A’
sides, from U13 through to 1st XV the teams won 41 out of a
“The job of a School Bursar effectively combines the roles of total of 45 matches. The 1st XV enjoyed their first unbeaten
Finance Director and Operations Director within a business season since 1976. During the course of the last two seasons
context. The workload for both – and the very different skills the 1st XV has only lost one match.
required for both – means that it does not make sense to
seek to appoint one person. I am very pleased that the
Governors have authorised the creation of the posts of
Director of Finance and Operations Director at Ellesmere,”
explained the Headmaster, Mr. Brendan Wignall. LOWER SOARING TO
Taking up their appointments in the Summer Term are Mr
Nick Howarth as Finance Director and Mr Ken Brockless as
Operations Director. Mr Howarth was previously Finance
Director at Dollar Academy in Clackmannanshire. He has a
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keen interest in the outdoors and has recently competed in
the Harlech Triathlon. A HAVEN OF LINKS WITH
Mr. Ken Brockless takes up the post of Operations Director HAPPINESS TENNIS
having most recently carried out roles as varied as Head of ACADEMY
Airfield Operations and Contingency Planning Officer for
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NAVAL CADETS HMS MANCHESTER VISIT
DREAMING OF THE UN Lt. Frank Brooke, Cdt. PO Richard Valentine and his parents, Cdt.L/H Peter
Thomas, Cdt.L/H Jed Denham and his parent and Cdt. L/H Jonathon
n last night.
I dreamed I saw the Unicor Steggles went on board HMS Manchester in Liverpool docks on Saturday
18th February. During the day they were privileged to have a guided tour
It rippled through the fros around the ships’ facilities and lunch with her crew.
Pearly white, Cmdr William Evans warmly welcomed all on board and was pleased to see
Ellesmere College Naval CCF unit there. HMS Manchester is our affiliated
Breathing a moonlit silenc ship and she is due shortly for a refit.
On the Sunday the cadets were an active part of the ships company
e a lance.
Its si ngle horn stood shining lik receiving the Freedom of the City of Manchester. Our cadets were the
markers for the crews’ compliment to march to in front of the town hall.
I saw it toss its head and There were a lot of dignitaries present including the Mayor of Manchester.
And prance and paw the m
This was a very pleasant two days and an honour for all involved to be
part of such a parade.
of silver hair.
Its mane was like a mass
LOWER SCHOOL ART EXHIBITION
Examples of Artwork by Lower School, which were
displayed in the Arts Centre earlier this year.
Mr Neil Price, Head of Lower School, writes
about his experience of Lower School life,
in this his last term at Ellesmere College.
“In late January I was struck, as I looked at the termly
schedule, by just what it means to be a student here in the
“Our Year 4, 5 & 6 pupils recently put on a play, “Christmas
Presence”, which was jolly and entertaining and a challenge
for all those involved. Our Year 7 and 8 pupils
confidently performed “The Lion, the Witch and
the Wardrobe” at the end of February and I was
amazed by their talent, enthusiasm and drive.
“The sports programme continues right to the
end: Our U13 boys rugby team and U13 girls’
hockey teams have hardly lost a match this
year. In victory and defeat all of our pupils
play with determination and learn about
winning and losing graciously and
generously. Almost every pupil in the
school has represented the College
“Children in Need saw an outstanding effort from
many Lower School pupils. Almost £300 was
raised through various activities and all of our
minds were focused on those less fortunate than
“The Lower School prefects are looking forward
to their evening out and thoroughly deserve this
treat after all the effort they put in to making
Lower School life as agreeable as possible for
“Our choir have been practising hard and have
performed two charity concerts out of school for Age
Concern and Dolywern Cheshire Home. Their singing
has been a glorious addition to Tuesday evenings in
the Lower School. It was wonderful to hear that they
had won the Oswestry Music Festival and I have no
doubts they will go much further under the
guidance of Miss Jones. One in five of our
pupils are choir members - and what a
positive experience that is for all of them!
“The riding, sailing, cycling proficiency,
shooting and all the other Activities
continue apace. The Junior Shooting Team
have a fantastic record of achievement so
far this year.
“At the hub of all this is the hard work that
goes on in the classroom – from pupils and
staff. Teaching and learning is at the heart
of College life.
“It is no surprise that so many pupils and
their parents talk of their happiness here at
Ellesmere. Our children are enjoying an
exceptional all round educational
experience. Being part of that continues to
be a pleasure for all concerned.”
“Feather Boy” Cast
Soar To Success!
Ellesmere College is playing a leading role in Shell Connections, one of the
world’s largest celebrations of youth theatre. Produced by the National Theatre
and made possible through sponsorship from Shell UK, the programme gives
11-19 year-olds the chance to work on challenging new plays both on stage and
behind the scenes.
Shell Connections commissions new hour-long plays for and about young
people, written by some of the best contemporary playwrights, and enables
schools and youth theatres from all over the UK and Ireland to produce them.
Feather Boy -The Musical,
performed at Ellesmere College
Arts Centre during the last week of
Lent term, was a resounding
success. Sam Clewlow in the lead
role demonstrated his considerable
ability as a musical actor. He was
well supported by a talented cast
made up by pupils from Years 9 –
13. Last year’s entry for the Shell
Connections festival went on to be Sam Clewlow in
performed at The Lowry Theatre, the lead role
Manchester and Feather Boy has demonstrated
also achieved this honour.
In addition, the cast recently took
their production of Feather Boy on
ability as a
tour to the USA with performances musical actor.
around Boston and in New York.
‘Samson’: A Triumph
for Choral Society
The Ellesmere College Choral Society performed Handel’s ‘Samson’
under the guidance of Roger Paul, the new Director of Music. This was the
first large-scale concert under his baton and was a resounding success.
The Choral Society is made up of members of the School’s music scholars,
staff and also includes members of the local community who gather in the
Ellesmere College Art Centre each Monday evening to sing together.
Alex Robinson, a Sixth Form Music Scholar took the title role of Samson
in what was his first major solo singing role. He demonstrated maturity in
vocal expression beyond his years and left the audience enthralled.
The Choral Society was joined for the evening by musicians currently
studying in College and by members of the Oswestry Sinfonia.
Roger Paul commented ‘I very much enjoyed conducting Samson again. It
is a work that is rarely performed and anyone who enjoys The Messiah will
also enjoy Samson. All the members of the Choral Society have worked
tremendously hard and I feel very proud of their fine performance”.
Lower School Choir Success
at Oswestry Music Festival
Following a performance which was graded as ‘outstanding’ by the judges, the junior choir of Ellesmere College won the
youth choir section of the Oswestry Music Festival.
After much hard practicing under the guidance of Miss Bethan Jones, the
dedicated Lower School Music Teacher, The Ellesmere College Lower School
Choir were delighted to win the Oswestry Music Festival Youth Choir Section and
be presented with the Peter Starbuck Cup. Bethan Jones commented, ‘Again this
year, besides being an enjoyable experience for the choir to participate in the
Oswestry Music Festival, we received valuable and encouraging comments from
the adjudicator, Mr. Robin Mundy.’ Bethan Jones conducted the choir who were
accompanied on the piano by Mr. Roger Paul, Director of Music at the School.
In addition to the Choir’s success, the previous afternoon, the Ellesmere College
Lower School String Group won 1st prize in the Instrumental Ensemble Category,
ages 12 and under. This group, who were also graded as ‘outstanding’, included
Luke Taylor and Paddy Fuller, playing the violin and Kate Parry and John Paul,
playing the cello. Miss Bethan Jones also conducted the musicians who were
admirably accompanied by another member of the Music Department, Mrs. Mary
Forester, one of the String Instruments’ Teachers at the School.
Roger Paul commented ‘Under Miss Jones’ guidance, the Lower School Choir
and String Group are progressing well with their performing skills. I am obviously
delighted that they won their sections of this year’s Oswestry Music Festival.
Since Music Scholarships are available throughout the School, I would be
delighted to hear from parents who are looking for a local school where there will
be every opportunity for their children’s musical talent to be developed.’
The Lion, The Witch
& The Wardrobe
The highly talented cast, made up of pupils from Years 7 and 8 were ably led by Sophie Halstead
(Peter), Charlotte Boffey (Susan), Oliver Thomas (Edmund) and Jenny Griffiths (Lucy). The cast
spirited the audience away to the wintry land of Narnia with a real sense of magic and adventure.
The White Witch (Charlotte Shearer) terrified the visiting primary school audience with her
commanding stage presence.
One of the four performances was open to local schools and pupils from Welshampton and
Baschurch Primary Schools as well as Prestfelde all attended. Judith Purnell, Headteacher at
Baschurch Primary School
commented ‘It was a fantastic
production. Our children really enjoyed the performance. Taking on
this classic was ambitious but well worth it. I thought the cast spoke
with clarity and expression throughout and the simplicity of the set
The directors, Mrs Zoë Fisher and Mrs Louise Paton were very
pleased with the way the production came together. Mrs Zoë Fisher
added, “It was an ambitious production, but thanks to the motivation
of all involved the performances were really successful. The
costumes and masks produced by Mrs Sue Hinks and Mrs Siobhan
Philips were superb. The set was simple but effective and the music
added enchantment to the atmosphere. All in all we really enjoyed
working on this production and look forward to next year’s!”
Duke of Edinburgh’s Award 1956-2006
ABSOLUTION Presentation Ceremony March 15 2006
Awards presented by:
The High Sheriff of Shropshire, Mr Michael Lowe.
r e c e n t l y
Andy Taylor - a
a book about
who wrote both
the novel and
“Absolution”, described as an
“interestingly obscure psycho-thriller” was
set in a Catholic boy’s boarding school.
The film was made in 1979 and starred
Richard Burton as the brutal disciplinarian
Father Goddard and Billy Connolly as the
weird wanderer of the woods, “Blakey”. Emma Adams Jordan Halstead Simon Unwin
Ellesmere College was considered the Jonathan Assar Rachel Harrison Chris Wallace-Tarry
perfect setting for this film due to its superb
setting and somewhat overpowering Matt Burrows Hannah Jones Lewis Wantling
architecture. Hannah Edge Sarah Lowe Stephanie Perrin
Henry Fletcher-Brewer Charlotte Markman Vicky Raynor
While “Absolution” didn’t win any awards
Larry Foster Eleanor Moss Oliver Suckley
for its cinematic appeal, it is still
considered to be a powerful and
thought-provoking film. This is mainly James Bielby Sarah Haynes
due to its twist ending, which holds a Alice Dapling Abigail Merrill Hadleigh Roberts
nastily contrived fate for Burton and his
Sarah-Jane Edwards Chloe Mitchell Ben–Lewis Thompson
Catholic faith. Ruth Willding-Jones
Maxine Fennell Sarah Monro
Disney: An Unforgettable Experience
for Year 10 Media Students!
Following a GCSE Media coursework study of Disney as a genre, 21 students
and 2 members of staff ‘easyjetted’ from Liverpool to Disneyland Resort Paris
for what was to be, as the students described, “An unforgettable experience”.
Hotel accommodation was excellent, with pupils being given free time to
use the themed pool and slide, the games room and the ice rink. Two
days were spent exploring the Walt Disney Studios and Disneyland
theme parks with one of the two days being given over to a series
of focused lectures on the coursework topic.
The trip which was scheduled to last 3 days was unexpectedly extended by 36 hours due to a strike at
Charles de Gaulle Airport. “After a moment of panic I gathered my thoughts and informed the group. The
news was met by a loud cheer which raised my spirits considerably” said Mrs Fisher, the group leader.
The group returned to Disneyland for another day in
the parks and a night at another good quality
hotel – funded by the travel company. The
main body of the group then left to return to
England early the next morning. The
remaining 7 pupils accompanied by Mrs
Fisher, spent the remaining day in Paris
visiting the Eiffel Tower and other tourist
sights in sub-zero temperatures.
Needless to say, all were delighted to
be back. The group felt exhausted but
exhilarated with many stories to share
with friends and family back at home.
A TASTE OF INTERNATIONAL SUCCESS FOR
JUNIOR SHOOTING TEAM
Ellesmere took its largest ever
team to the Preparatory School Rifle
Association Centenary Championships
on March 5th 2006.
Team A (George Baxter, Henry Cureton,
Jake Taylor and Matthew Steggles [Year
9]) achieved second place in the Team
Championship, only four points behind
In the individual match, George Baxter
achieved third place in the Open Match
and second place in the PRSA Confined
Championship and Jake Taylor was also
placed in the top ten individuals.
An international match was
held in the
HRH the Earl
of Wessex and
U13’S ON WINNING FORM!
On Thursday, 23rd March, the U13’s
B a x t e r
went to play in the National Mini Hockey and Jake Taylor,
Championships Regional Round which Henry Cureton
was held at Shrewsbury School. The and Guy Cooper
tournament was played in two league representing
groups. In our league, we played second place
Thomas Telford and Ludlow Hockey Wales. Special
Club. We won both matches mention should
convincingly 3-0. In the semi’s, we be made of Jake
played Shrewsbury High School and Taylor’s 178 being the second highest
won 2-0 to set up a final match against a
score in the international match.
strong Bridgnorth Hockey Club. It was a
close game but we won 2-0. The team
consisted of the following:- Zoe Evans
(Capt), Carys Fieldhouse (GK), Emily
Lewis, Charlotte Shearer, Viola
Grosvenor, Alex Fearns, Sophie
Halstead, Lucy Forgrave.
The girls played well and it was a
fantastic performance from everyone.
A great team effort in both attack and
defence! They now represent
Shropshire in the Midlands round of
the cup and have to play teams from
different Midlands Counties at
Cannock Hockey Club on Sunday April
2nd. Well done to the girls, who have
had an impressive year of Hockey –
unbeaten in all friendly games,
Winners of the North Shropshire
Tournament, Winners of the Packwood
Hockey Tournament and now Winners
of the Shropshire Region of the
National Hockey Tournament
Ellesmere College has forged a link with the Welti Centre near
Ellesmere which has superb facilities such as clay courts,
indoor courts and a state of the art fitness centre.
We are fortunate in having Simon Bird, the Shropshire County
Coach from the Welti centre. He has joined the coaching staff
at Ellesmere. Already a number of girls are training at the
centre on a Wednesday afternoon.
The results so far this term have been splendid. The mixed
team won the Shropshire League U19 British Schools
National Competition. The boys U19 team came second in
their league. The girls U19 team won their league which was a
considerable achievement against stiff competition and have
now qualified for the national finals at Bolton in April. This now
puts Ellesmere amongst the select few, being one of only eight
teams in the country to reach this stage.
Next term, the teams have been entered in the Aberdare and
Glanville Cups which are for U19 girls and boys. The teams
are also entered for the Nestle Teams competitions in the U15
Ellesmere Forges Links
and U13 categories. On Wednesday and Thursday afternoons
the squads will go to the Welti Tennis Centre for training.
with Tennis Academy
Girls on Winning Form!
Double Victory for U16
The U16 girls went into this tournament Evans. Beth Cluelow
having only had one practice and then scored the final goal to
the full team weren’t all available to beat SJT 3-0. In the next
train. But having only just recently won game against the Grove,
the U16 Netball, the girls went to the Tash carried on with her
tournament with the objective of gaining goal fest and the team
the double. The team got off to a great went onto win 2-0.
start with two early goals from Tash
Cross Country Runners
The girls went
onto win all
to Represent Shropshire
games and met
Moreton Hall in
the final, who had
looked strong all
girls got off to the
best of starts with
Ellie Moss scoring
within 2 minutes.
A sloppy goal was
then given away U16 Netball Team
and after that both
teams had their chances and a Miss Goss commented, “This is an
1-1 draw was a fair result with excellent result for the U16 Girls who
both teams sharing the title of have now won the double – North
North Shropshire Champions. Shropshire Netball and Hockey
Well done to the girls who won Tournaments. It is also promising for the
the tournament without much future of girls’ sports teams at Ellesmere
training as it is the Netball term College as these are the senior teams
and adapting their play to the for the next two years.”
astro pitch at the Marches
Rowan Dell and Toby Blake: Selected to School.
represent Shropshire at Cross Country