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  • Wins For Sixth Form Organ Scholar

    Prizes aplenty for skilful King’s Ely and Ely Cathedral Sixth Form Organ Scholar Miriam, 16, not only passed the examination for the Colleague of the Royal College of Organists (CRCO) – an achievement very rare for someone of school age for whom it was their first organ exam – but she also won numerous Royal College of Organists (RCO) prizes. Miriam, who has been a student at King’s Ely since joining in Year 9 as a member of Ely Cathedral...

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  • England squad choose St Swithun’s student

    15 year old Sophie Kelly, a pupil at St Swithun’s school, Winchester, has been selected to join the England squad for the upcoming U17 Netball Europe Championships. Playing the position of goal attack, Sophie, from Winchester, was part of the St Swithun’s netball team that reached the final of a national cup competition last year. She also plays regularly for her club team Weston Park Blades and for Superleague franchise Surrey Storm. One of the youngest players in the England...

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  • Charity receives cheque from King’s Ely

    Mental health charity receives bumper cheque from King’s Ely community KING’S Ely has raised more than £1,800 for a charity which supports local people who are struggling with their mental health. The substantial sum was raised through the ‘Memory Baubles Ely’ initiative, which was spearheaded by King’s Ely’s long-serving Head Receptionist, Rosie Holliday, in the run up to Christmas. Rosie launched the initiative to raise funds and awareness for Talking FreELY, a non-profit organisation which encourages open discussion about mental...

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  • Former De Aston boarding student called up to Bermuda Cricket team

    Jabari Darrell, a former boarding student at De Aston School in Market Rasen, Lincolnshire, has been called up to the Bermuda Men’s Cricket Squad. Jabari, who has represented Bermuda Under 19s previously, earned his first senior selection when a training squad was announced by the Bermudan Cricket Board on February 12th 2020. After arriving at De Aston School in 2016 to study for his GCSEs, Jabari wasted no time integrating into the local cricketing community. A string of impressive performances...

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  • Noah becomes JP at just 19

    Old Leysian Noah Gifford, JP (School House, 2013-18) has just been appointed as one of the country’s youngest magistrates. He is pictured at Cambridge Crown Court shortly after being sworn into the judiciary at the age of just 19. Noah is studying Law at the University of Bristol, with the ambition of becoming a barrister and perhaps a judge. Although magistrates do not need any specific legal training they do receive training before sitting in court and they are allocated...

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  • F1 School Teams

    Flying start for new F1 in Schools team

    A recently-formed team of budding motorsport engineers from The Leys won two trophies in the regional finals of the F1 in Schools Team Mach 4 competition. Alex H (Y10) was team manager and CAD Design Engineer, Miles K (Y9) was design engineer, Toby G (Y9) was CAM manufacture engineer and Bobby R (Y10) was marketing and sponsorship manager. Their challenge was to design a prototype car to race down a 26- metre track, create a portfolio about it, gain sponsors...

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  • Dauntsey’s completes its sports coaching team of excellence

    Dauntsey’s has appointed David Hemery to its athletics coaching team.  David won a gold medal in the 400 metre hurdles in Mexico City in the 1968 Olympic Games.  He was crowned Sports Personality of the Year that year and later went into sports politics, becoming president of UK Athletics and then Vice-Chairman of the British Olympic Association.  In 2011, David became the first Briton to be awarded the European Olympic Committee’s Laurel Award for services to sport. David will work...

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  • Sherborne Girls teacher adds a touch of drama to historic Company of Dyers

    Ros Johnson, Head of Academic Drama at Sherborne Girls, was placed in a different kind of spotlight last week when she became the first female Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Dyers – an institution which has existed for 550 years. Ros Johnson, Head of Academic Drama at Sherborne Girls, was placed in a different kind of spotlight last week when she became the first female Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Dyers – an institution which has existed for...

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  • English Channel Swimmers donate £7200

    Record-breaking Channel Swimmers donate £7200 to local hospital Neonatal Unit... Students from Taunton School who swam the English Channel for charity have donated over £7200 to the Neonatal Unit at Musgrove Park Hospital in Taunton. In the autumn of 2019, twelve school girls and boys from Taunton Preparatory School in Somerset became the youngest relay teams ever to swim the English Channel at just 12-years-old. They managed the 22-mile feat in just 12 hours 38 minutes. Many of those who took...

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  • SES impress with ‘Alice’s Wonderland Adventures’ themed Showcase of Dance

    Over 80 students from across all year groups at Stamford High School and Stamford School have performed a showcase of dance, themed around ‘Alice’s Wonderland Adventures’. Students have been rehearsing for the production since the start of the Autumn term, fitting in rehearsals around their studies and other co-curricular activities. Using a narrative provided to them, alongside some staff guidance, the students choreographed each section of the show; allowing them to develop their teamwork, musicality and the artistry they are...

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