Boarding Blog

Welcome to the Boarding Blog, administered by Housemaster Mr Hollyer.  Below you will find posts about general boarding life, activities the boarders pursue and much more! 

  • Senior Boarding Quiz 2017 Open or Close

    The annual boarding quiz once again brought out the competitive nature of the Senior Boarders, much hilarity was found in some interesting quiz names which will remain anonymous for this blog piece. The rounds consisted of Music, Current Affairs, Harry Potter, Food and Drink, Flags, and Film & Television. The challenge is do you know how hot a Dragon’s Breath Chili is, how many players in a Qidditch team or which country is facing a a “chipocalypse” due to a poor potato crop leading to a national shortage of crisps ? Well, many of the boarders knew the answers as well as identifying Wagner’s ‘Ride of the Valkyries’, Lennon’s Imagine, Oasis Look back in Anger. I challenge you to identify the flags and answer the round on Harry Potter.

     

    A great evenings fun and as you can see form the photos of us eating Pizza, ‘To the victor belongs the spoils’.

     

     

    Round One Harry Potter

    1. What two animals make up a hippogriff ?
    2. What was the name of the road that Harry lived at with his Aunt and Uncle ?
    3. Who or what is Padfoot ?
    4. How many players make up a Quidditch team ?
    5. What selects the champions who will participate in the Triwzard tournament .
    6. Why can only some people see a Thestral ?
    7. What potion allows the drinker to assume the form of someone else ?
    8. What does Professor Sprout teach ?
    9. Name either of the two powers a phoenix possesses?
    10. Who or what is Crookshanks ?

     

  • Obstacle Course Open or Close

    The wall of doom, building a tunnel, spinning around and balancing on a beam were only a few of the challenges for our first house competition of  this year.

    I have to say that it was great fun especially seeing some of our new Year 7s getting over the wall of doom quicker than some of the Year 11s and 6th formers.

    Mr Scourfield’s tutor team won for the second year in a row apparently they have been up training every day at dawn, so Louis the captain of that team told me.

    It was though a good bonding experience and it helped us to get to know some of the new boarders. My favourite was trying to balance with a tennis ball having spun around several times. I managed it but lots of the older boarders fell over. 

  • Longridge 2017 Open or Close

    For me it was the first time I’ve been to Longridge as we don’t live nearby but some of the other boarders had been before and told me it would be great fun, it was ! Hard work on the water zorbs and it took me ages to get to stay upright. I was better at the climbing and managed to get to the top of the climbing wall and abseil down.  At the top I could see for miles and saw two of our 6th formers running in the zorbs. My group were determined not to get too wet on the Bell Boats and I was pretty pleased that we all managed to stay in the boat as the water in the Thames was pretty cold This along with the obstacle course have been a highlight for my first few weeks at Fraser Youens. I can’t wait to go on some of the other trips especially the paintballing and go karting. 

  • Being a Boarder: First Impressions Open or Close

    We asked our new boarders to write a brief summary of less than 50 words on their first impressions of boarding life. Answers ranged from Year 7 students to those in Year 12.

    ‘Boarding is a kind environment where students can relax, talk to others, visit shops and play sports with friends, I have found it very interesting and fun, the boarding staff are very approachable and tend to your needs.’

    ‘I have really enjoyed my first week in boarding because there is something going on all the time and you are never bored.’

    ‘The way of life as an RGS boarder is vibrant, fast paced and active. It seemed like a bit of a shock at first but I settled in extremely quickly and was welcomed and accepted by the pupils as if I had been there for a long time.’

    ‘After my first week at RGS I feel that boarding has played a major role in helping me integrate and make friends. So many people in the boarding house have made me feel welcome and at home here, it's a great community to be a part of.’

    ‘My first few days at RGSHW boarding have been exciting and inspiring. I have learnt so much in just a few weeks and I have really enjoyed the food. I also had a lot of fun at Longridge- I can't wait till next term's activity!’

    ‘In my past few days at RGS, I have found that lots of people are friendly so if you are lost you can go and ask for help. The food is amazing and all the staff is super friendly. The work hasn’t been too hard, and the teachers don't set to much work which is usually in for the next lesson. I have really enjoyed my past few days at RGS.’

    ‘Boarding has been absolutely amazing. My peers around me have been very helpful and the school is fantastic. I've always wanted to go to RGSHW, and finally I'm here. The staff and yourself have been absolutely wonderful, so thank you very much.’

    Many thanks Gents and we hope that you continue to have a great time in Fraser Youens and at RGS.

     

  • Spotlight on the Head of House Open or Close

    James Yuen is the Head of House for Fraser Youens for the 2017/18 academic year. Below he tells us a little about himself and what his role entails:

    I joined RGS and Fraser Youens at the end of Year 9, just before starting GCSEs. For me, the Head of House role involves taking up several responsibilities on top of the academic pressures of my final year at RGS.

    Overall, the most challenging part has been getting know the new boarders across all the year groups. As head of house, I’ve been ensuring that my team of prefects and myself have helped them settle in, most of which were having their first experience of boarding school. Part of my role includes ensuring they get out on time in the morning and get into bed at night. 

    The first few weeks have been extremely busy for myself and the prefects. The main feature being the two open evenings, which involved rounding the prefects up and giving tours to parents. Despite teachers being the core part of the boarding house, we were at the forefront for these two evenings, selling the boarding house to the prospective students. 

    I have loved my time in Fraser Youens and will certainly miss it when I leave at the end of this year. I am really excited about going to university and I feel that boarding at RGS has really prepared me well for uni life!

  • Seven Years in Fraser Youens Open or Close

    Leaver Cam Logan writes a review of his 7 years spent as a Boarder in Fraser Youens:

    Over the last seven years a lot has changed in Fraser Youens, from the improved quality of food to a new furry friend in Mardo, however, despite these changes the thing that has stood out for me about boarding at RGS is the sense of community and the will of those who work there to give us as much help as they can to achieve our goals which has remained throughout. From those initial days in Year 7 as scruffy, unorganised boys to the responsible, mature young men (and Hugo) of Year 13, the Housemasters and staff in Fraser Youens have always been there to help, whether that be with homework, organisation or simply getting up on time in the morning. Furthermore, their drive to create a community spirit is remarkable, and has certainly paid off. Having previously boarded at primary school, I can say the atmosphere within Fraser Youens, where Year 7s and Sixth Formers will happily converse, and juniors and seniors can regularly be seen playing football together on the school field, is something very special and this is largely down to the work done behind the scenes by the staff. Our year demonstrates this, with three of us having been here since the start (the “three musketeers” as Hugo calls us) and the other five, a rugby player, medic, physicist, engineer and architect, all very different personalities but eight people who have bonded and are now very close friends who will certainly keep in touch long after they have left RGS. For the original three, Ben, Hugo and myself, it has been a long journey where we have seen each other grow-up (in Hugo’s case perhaps more physically than mentally, and vice-versa in Ben’s case), and through the ups and downs we have only become closer as the years have progressed. A large part of this has been down to the spirit created by Mr Scourfield and Co. (and of course the incredible chat that perpetually flies around the common room). Boarding at RGS has been a great experience and I’m sure when we look back on careers that will see us become millionaires, Nobel Prize winners and Trappist monks, we will all remember fondly our time in Fraser Youens and appreciate how it helped shape us into the people we are.

    “They walked arm in arm, occupying the whole width of the street and taking in every Musketeer they met, so that in the end it became a triumphal march.” – The Three Musketeers.

  • Go-Karting! Open or Close

    Excitement had been building up for the go-karting throughout the week. It was definitely a trip that everyone was looking forward to. By the time race day arrived everyone was ready to go out and give it their best.

    When we arrived there was a safety briefing and we were soon down on the track. First off, the juniors went out with Mr Scourfield and Mr Hollyer. We sat waiting for our turn at the final corner watching as people drifted their way around the chicane. It looked like great fun. Alex Morrison posted the fastest lap time of the first race, beating both Mr Scourfield and Mr Hollyer to take first place. The second group was told to put our race helmets on and get ready to go out.

    I was surprised by the power of the go-karts. They went really fast making the race very exciting. Tommy and I found ourselves racing each other for much of the race, overtaking each other and swapping places at different points in the track until Tommy crashed into the wall after bumping me. Oops. At the end of the first race we all came out sweating with a big smile of our faces from the adrenaline rush. The next race was however the important one as this was the one where our times were recorded.

    The first group went out and looked very fast. Mr Hollyer posted a very fast lap with Taaj and Theo also showing up for good laps in the second race. Mr Scourfield was nowhere to be seen on the leader board showing the good competition in the race. Our second race was also good fun with many prople posting their fastest lap times.

    We all gathered around the podium to see who’d won. Mr Hollyer took first but it turned out that he had infringed on the rules so he was stripped of his title meaning that Taaj claimed first place. The seniors was a close race but Tommy took third, Clive second and I won.

    All in all, a very fun day out that everyone enjoyed so I’d like to thank Mr Scourfield and Mr Hollyer for taking us. Congratulations to Taaj on taking home the victory in the junior race and going home as joint champion.

    by Matt Millard

  • The Water Fight! Open or Close

    On the 21st of June (the hottest day of the year) we had a water fight for our activity. This refreshing event was defiantly the highlight of my summer so far; the rules were to steal your opponent’s tennis ball without being shot by one of the water pistols. The teams had been divided and all-out warfare was about to begin. The whistle went. Nobody moved. Then a water bomb exploded next to me, the first shot of the war.

    After 25 minutes of solid play we were far from done as Mr. Scourfield had an idea of how to get rid of the remaining water. The water bucket challenge! The rules were simple; one bucket of water would be chucked at you for the ultimate way to abolish the heat. I went first. I stepped up to the table where the future Head of House, James Yuen, waited eagerly for his chance to soak me. Seconds later I had been drenched from head to toe in ice cold water. What a day!    

    by Ross Bleakley (Year 7)

  • Summer Paintballing Trip Open or Close

    As part of our weekend trips programme we took all our full boarders, and a number of weekly boarders paintballing on Sunday 21st May 2017. The report below is by one of Year 12 boarders, Akash Kalsi.

    We left the boarding house at 12:15 and made our way to Skirmish paintballing on the outskirts of Wycombe. When we arrived we had to sign a disclaimer in the event that someone got too carried away. Following this, we were given a safety briefing by our experienced marshals who showed us how to safely use the weapon system namely the Tippman 98. Next the teams were decided, simply by splitting up the odds and evens, however this didn’t stop the Kraysians being placed on the same; twins can never be apart. The blue team, with the school’s shooting champion Aman Kalsi amongst their ranks and the black team with none other than Mr Rizk were pitched against each other in a series of 3 games consisting of 2 rounds throughout the day. The first game involved one team defending the house whilst the other had to break the defences and place two hoops on a post; the team defending lost but the black team held out for considerably longer than the blues. The valiant efforts of the Blue team were futile as they were quickly overrun by the blacks; with a special mention for the two twins who held the continuous waves of attack at bay, almost like the Battle of Rorke’s Drift. At the end of each round the two team’s switched roles and the Battle recommenced. After the first game there was a short break where people were able to assess the extent of their injuries (a few bruises here and there).  The next game was a capture the objective type game, whereby teams had to slot in a row of 4 coloured disks, similar to connect 4. Each side suffered heavy losses, but once again the black team was victorious, captained by Mr Rizk who’s tactical genius and careful deployment of a smoke grenade ensured a swift victory. The battle saw the emergence of a number of sharpshooters, particularly Gregorio or the “Italian sniper” as he likes to be known as, outflanking the opposition inflicting heavy losses on the other side. The final game was quick, but extremely painful one to say the least. The game itself; teams on opposite end of the field and a briefcase in the middle of it. Teams would have to carry the briefcase to the opposite side of the map, not their own side. What made this task more difficult was the fact that every few minutes the marshal would signal for everyone to change positions, regardless of whether they were being contacted or not. This undoubtedly changed the nature of the conflict, with some resorting to Kamikaze attacks and charging their enemy whilst firing as many rounds as they could (Matt). Once again, the blue team put up a fight but they were no match for the mighty blacks with the final score being Black:5- Blue:1. Following the games, we dined on sausages and chips or a veggie burger for the non-meat eaters among us. We returned to Fraser Youens a little past 5 bruised, tired and with an infectious smile drawn across our faces.

  • My Fair Lady - School Play Open or Close

    The school's show this year was "My Fair Lady". We have a bi-annual rotation of musicals and plays. My Fair Lady was originally written in 1956.  The plot is about a woman called Eliza Doolittle (played by the very talented Scarlet Halton) who is taught to speak like a lady, which is quite unlike the cockney accent the character has at the beginning of the show, by Professor Higgins (played by the pitch perfect James Guild) and Colonel Pickering (played by the fantastically flamboyant James Macdonald). The musical was directed by Scarlett's parents who have a extensive amount of experience in west end productions. The show was was really brought to life by the talent and hard work (and I mean hard work) of the Haltons, the cast, the musicians, the back stage team and the SLST which made the show an overall success that I would recommend to anyone I know.

  • Boarding Trampolining Trip to Rush Open or Close

    Sunday 19th March saw all of our full boarders and a strong contingent on weekly and day boarders visit Rush Trampoline park just outside of High Wycombe. This is our second visit to Rush and once again it did not fail to entertain and exhaust our boarders!

    After a safety briefing and the addition of "jumping socks" to feet, the boys were ready for 2 hours of bouncing, flipping and falling! The first hour was spend doing a free jump, where all of the activities and areas were open to them. These included long jump tracks where if they wished (or were brave enough!) they could cartwheel over and over again until they reached a cushioned mat at the end to flop on to! There was also a jousting area and a foam pit to bounce in to! 

    The second hour began on the dodgeball court where boys had to navigate their way across the trampolines trying to evade the throws of the dodgeball trying to knock them over. This was a last man standing, winner takes all scenario and undoubtedly the most tiring part of the day. 

    With the session over, we took 30 tired and happy boys back to the boarding house for a bangers and mash supper. Mmmmm

    Below are reports from two of our full boarders:

    Today most of the full boarders and a couple of others visited Rush, which is a trampoline park. The experience we all had as a mixed age group was superb, we did various activities there such as, dodge ball, something similar to wipeout and also an obstacle course which was extremely difficult, even the gappie Jack was unable to successfully complete it. IN my opinion the best part of this trip was the dodgeball as we all spent quality time together and were able to bond over a game of dodgeball. I really enjoyed the trip and hope there are many similar trips in the future.

    by Mayank Neerugatti (Yr10)

    This Sunday all of the full boarders and some juniors went on a boarding trip to Rush. While there, we played a few games of dodgeball in the privately reserved dodgeball arena. We also got to go head to head in beam wrestling where the aim is to knock the opponent off the beam first with a foam stick. It was very competitive with even the gap student getting involved. There was also an assault course which I'm proud to say I completed shortly after watching Hugo miserably fail to grab the first monkey bar and having to wade through foam blocks to escape. The last activity was a total wipeout style rotating beam that we had to avoid by jumping and ducking out of the way.

    by Will Falcon (Yr13)

  • Spotlight on Full Boarder’s and Weekend Fun! Open or Close

    This weekend the boarder’s awoke to a misty Spring morning with a full cooked English by Chefs Roberto and Rae-Dawn. A couple of boarders missed a great breakfast as they wanted a lie in.  Saturday for most, is a relaxing day before the big competition on a Saturday night. This term has pitted Team Mayank against Team Connor with the current score 4-3 to Team Connor. There have seen diverse activities including Sportshall Olympics, Pizza making, a Movie Quiz, Badminton tournament, Tower Building and this week the madness of Swimming Pool Softball.

    ‘Pizza making was great because I got to decide exactly what I wanted on my pizza and then the chefs cooked it for us.’

    Add in some FIFA 2017, a trip into town and you begin to get a flavour of a relaxed weekend in Fraser Youens. To be fair most full boarders spend a considerable amount of Sunday studying but there is often time for a bit of FIFA or COD . Favourites for the house FIFA 2017 cup include Sufyaan, Adil and Zain but we shall see as we approach the business end of the cup competition.

    Tonight’s softball in the pool saw some batting and fielding skills that the New York Yankees would have been proud of. The best play of the night was a home run by Yorks helping his team to four runs with the bases fully loaded.  The final innings almost caused an upset with Team Connor scoring twelve runs to come from 24-13 down, to lead. Mayank however stepped up to the plate to lead his team to victory scoring the winning run.  One might have thought that it was it but after having gorged themselves on Homemade Pizza several boarders probably needed to burn off a few calories and wanted to play water polo after the softball finished. A great night had by all and the Full Boarders competition will be go down to the wire with two weekends left.

  • Thursday Night Lights Open or Close

    Thursday 9th February saw the culmination of our week long House Football Tournament. After requests from the boarders we played the whole tournament on the schools all-weather surface, under floodlights. It was cold....very cold but the boys battled through the arctic temperatures and produced football worthy of any Premiership team, minus the huge egos and wages!

    The six teams competing were each captained by a prefect, with boys from all year groups being represented in our annual event where our Year 7's get to play in the same teams as the Year 13's. 

    As always, competition was fierce, with the usual calls for unfair teams and dodgy refereeing thrown in for good measure. The winners eventually turned out to be Cam's Cannonballs, who were looking like they would make a clean sweep and win all 5 matches, before a late, and somewhat contraversial goal, from Oscar's Ornaments looked like it might rob them of overall victory. However results seemed to go their way, with none of the other teams being able to match their impressive win record. Other mentions should go to a strong Ayo's Aeronautix team, a flourishing Guy's Guys team and some strong captaincy from Ben's Bouncers and Dan's Dodgeyballs!

    Overall the tournament was a cold, but enjoyable event with high calibre football being rarely seen, but mostly talked about. Goal of the tournament was hard to pick, but special mentions go to Jacob Haworth's screamer from outside the box and Taaj Adetula's header (the only headed goal of the tournament!)

  • School INSET Day - on a Wednesday!! Open or Close

    This is a report of the INSET day by Charlie Manning (Yr9 Boarder)

    On the 1st of February, the school was treated to an inset day. Whilst the teachers partook in a training day, the boarders were given an unheard of before LIE-IN! We were able to wake up later than usual, at 8:45am to a full English breakfast. We were then given some well needed free-time in the morning before starting a jam-packed schedule outlined below:

    8.45-9.30               Late Breakfast!

    10.45                     Whole House Dodgeball

    12.30                      Lunch

    13.00                      Afternoon Cinema Trip

    18.00                      Junior Activity

    19.00                      Dinner

    20.00                      Prep Session

    21.00                      Normal Evening Routine

    The dodgeball tournament is annual highlight of the year in the boarding calendar and it was great to have it on our day off! The house was split into six dodgeball teams and a very competitive competition commenced. Whilst the dodgeball, was great fun for everyone, Oscar's Ornaments came out top, closely followed by Ben's Bouncers. When the boarders returned to the Fraser Youens House, they were welcomed by an early lunch of homemade fish cakes, and sweet roasted potatoes. All boarders were supplied with a wealthy choice of films and headed down, at different times, into town for their choice of film at the cinema. 'xXx: Return of Xander Cage' and Split were the most popular choices for those aged 12 and above, with our juniors seeing animated musical Sing or the newly released Lion. 

    What a great day for everyone....maybe except the teachers. Thank you to Mr. Hollyer, Mr. Scourfield and Miss Lawson for organising and running a great day!

  • Weekend Cookery! Open or Close

    On Saturday, as part of our weekend activity provision for full boarders, Miss Lawson arranged for the boys to have a pizza making contest, with a blind tasting to decide on the winners. The pizza toppings were numerous, with pineapple turning out to be the most contentious ingredient. Overall Team Connor won and there are a selection of photos to whet your appetite!

  • Junior Cookery! Open or Close

    Cookery has begun as a bi-weekly Junior activity in Fraser Youens. 

    Last week our Year 7 and 8's made yummy brownies in their activity session, with the expectation that they all had to share their creations with the rest of the house, including staff, friends and boys in other year groups.

    The brownies were a real success and a real triumph for some of the boys who had not done any cooking before.

    I can personally vouch for the tastiness of the brownies, but safe to say it was an incredibly popular and well enjoyed activity. A big thank you to Miss Lawson for putting this on and running it so well!

    Next time is flapjacks....! 

  • Snow!! Open or Close

    2017 has brought us some snow!! And for many of the boys this was possibly their most exciting moment, with the big question on everyone's lips being: "will there be school tomorrow????". 

    Well whilst there was snow, there was school tomorrow as well! 

    However it was a lovely opportunity for a bit of running around in the snow, despite it being dark by the time the snow reached us!!

  • High Christmas Spirit Open or Close

    Christmas @ Fraser Youens

    The last ten days has seen the excitement build towards the end of term and Christmas.

    Ice skating in London, the Carol Concert, a trip to Matilda in the West end, Christmas dinner and a whole host of Christmas competitions. The blog will be updated by the students on their return in the New Year. In the meantime a few photos.

    Christmas Competition winners were; (brackets refer to year groups)

    Junior Pool – Leo Pennant (8) Senior Pool – Archie Benson-Gaunt (10)

    Sixth Form Pool – Tommy Ng (12)

    Junior Table Tennis – Aaron Routledge (9)    Senior Table Tennis – George Cook (10)

    House Doubles Table Tennis – Tate Lee (7) and Oscar Benson-Gaunt (13)

    House Doubles Table football – Hugo (13) and Harry Langford (9)

    House Malteser Challenge -   House After Eight Challenge – Jason Tung (12)

    House Chess - Ben Ward (13)(six times winner)

    House Jenga - Hugo Renucci (13)                  

    House Connect 4 -

     

     

  • Pre-Christmas Ladder Competitions Open or Close

    As is the tradition in Fraser Youens, the 3 weeks leading up to the last week of term are spent hotly competing for the title of "Ladder Champion"! This year we had a number of competitions running, with Table Tennis as usual being the most fiercely competitive. 

    Well done to all the winners below who all will be presented with an edible prize on the last night of term!

    Junior Table Tennis Ladder Champion                   =        Will Evans

    Senior Table Tennis Ladder Champion                  =       George Cook (2 years running!)

    6th Form Table Tennis Ladder Champion              =       Adam Winterbottom

     

    Junior Table Football League Champion               =        Jacob Haworth

    Senior Table Football League Champion               =        Connor Horne

    Junior Jenga Champion                                           =        Olu Olotu

     

    Junior Pool Ladder Champion                                  =        Jacob Haworth

    Senior Pool Ladder Champion                                  =        Cyril Kwok

     

     

  • New Head Chef! Open or Close

    After a fantastic 5 years at Fraser Youens House, Nigel Simmons, our Head Chef has moved on to newer pastures. We can't thank Nigel enough for all his hard work and dedication, not to mention the unbelievably tasty food!! 

    We would also like to welcome Roberto Abis to Fraser Youens. He has already hit the ground running in the lead up to Christmas and has certainly made a great first impression with some new and tasty dishes, with a suitable amount of Italian flair!

    We wish Nigel all the very best in his new job, and are thankful that he has left in Roberto's very capable hands. We are all looking forward to Nigel returning for the Christmas dinner this year and co-cooking with Roberto!!

  • Christmas Ice Skating Trip Open or Close

    On Sunday 4th December, we took our full boarders, plus a large group of junior weekly and day boarders to the National History Museum for a morning of Ice Skating and an afternoon of culture!

    The Ice Skating was as always a great way to celebrate a successful and enjoyable term, whilst also watching our semi pro skater, Xavier show off in front of the rest of the house, some of whom are barely able to do a full lap! The weather was cold and crisp, but beautifully sunny and we were treated to a thoroughly enjoyable day out. 

    Once the skating had finished, the juniors were taken to the Natural History Museum, whilst the senior full boarders were able to enjoy an afternoon in the sunny capital city. 

    Below is one of Year 7 boys, Reda Zerrad's review of the day:

    "Whenever I look back on that day, I always find myself wondering two things. One, how did I manage to only slip twice! But second (and more importantly) is: how everyone treated each other with kindness and respect, even after falling over a billion times. Say what you want, but there aren’t a huge number of times where that’s the case. What I liked on that trip was how we all looked out for each other and helped each other up when we slipped on the ice. We saw each other as equals on the ice and didn’t jeer at someone when they slipped; we laughed together and had lots of fun.

    All in all, I would say that it was a very enjoyable day out, and one of those rare memories you want to treasure forever."

     

  • House Football Tournament Open or Close

    November has brought with it the worse weather, and with the clocks going back, more hours of darkness. As such, the House Football Tournament began, with Year 7's and Year 13's playing along side each other, aiming to be Fraser Youens future Lionel Messi. 

    The tournament was not without its usual controversy. This year revolving around the selection of teams by the Prefect body. However despite a close set of semi-finals the tournament was eventually won by Ayo's Acorns 4-0! 

  • Halloween 2016 Open or Close

    The end of October brought our annual Halloween dinner (and our last with Head Chef Nigel - see future blog posts about this). 

    As usual the dining room was suitably decked out with Halloween attire, pumpkins were smoking and there was a fancy dress competition. 

    The photos below do this more justice, suffice to say the evening was particularly spooky, with our younger boarders taking the initiative and dressing up fantastically!

  • Bring a Friend to Boarding Open or Close

    Now that our new Year 7 Weekly and Day Boarders are more settled in, we decided it would be nice for them to 'Bring a Friend' from school (who wasn't already a boarder!) to the house for an afternoon and take part in the boarding activities. This was a fantastic opportunity to our boarders to show off where they live, and show some of the day pupils in school what they are missing out on!

    Our timeable was as follows:

    4.00pm - tea and biscuits in the boarding house

    4-5pm - free time and chance to have a tour of house with boarders

    5-6pm - junior activity with all of Year 7 & 8

    6pm - dinner for year 7's and their friends

    6.30 - friends collected from boarding house

    The event was a huge success with all the boarders commenting on how nice it was to have the opportunity to bring a friend over for an afternoon. This will certainly become an annual fixture for our new boarders!

  • Senior Quiz Night! Open or Close

    Tuesday 18th October 2016 saw the return of our annual Senior Quiz and with it the battle to become the mastermind's of Fraser Youens. All Boarders in Years 11, 12 and 13 took part. 

    The quiz consisted of 5 challenging rounds:

    1 - Current Affairs

    2 - How Small is That?

    3 - Music

    4 - Pictures

    5 - Sport

    As per usual the results were tantalisingly close with Wardy's Warriors losing out by just one point after a late surge from Cam's Carrots!

    Cam’s Carrots won a well-deserved pizza as their reward!

    Well done to all and roll on the Junior Quiz after half term!!

     

  • State Boarding Sport Festival 2016 Open or Close

    On Thursday 22nd September boarders and day pupils from the school took part in the State Boarding Forum's Sport Festival at Gordon's School. It was a fantastic day out with over 100 RGS pupils, including 20 members of Fraser Youens House taking part in array of sports. 

    There was an Under 16 7-a-side football team, an Under 18 Rubgy 7's team, an Under 14 Rugby team and two age group Cross Country sides all competing against a range of other State Boarding Schools. 

    The atmosphere was superb throughout the day, with a great sense of competition and enjoyment on show. RGS were very successful, winning both the U18 and the U14 rugby tournaments, coming 3rd in the Football and being well represented in the Cross Country with Boarders Sam Dean, Will Evans and Samuel Gaines all coming in the top 20!

    A big thank you must go to Gordon's school and the BSA for organising a very busy but thoroughly enjoyable day. Finally well done to all Boarder's and Day Pupils who competed. Bring on next year!!

     

     

  • Economics Prize Winner Open or Close

    A huge congratulations to Year 13 boarder Cameron Logan on his recent Economic success. Cam won the Dorian Fisher Memorial Prize for his Economics essay titled:

    "Recently the World Bank revealed that the proportion of the world's population living on less than $1.25 a day had fallen below 10%. How and why did this happen?"

    The competition was run by the Institute of Economics Affairs and Cam won £500 for his submission. If you would like to read Cameron's fantastic essay, it is attached below. 

    WELL DONE CAM!

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  • Longridge 2016 Open or Close

    On Sunday 11th September we took all our full boarders and our new Year 7 day and weekly boarders to Longridge Activity Centre in Marlow for a day on the river, and thankfully a day in the sun!!

  • House Obstacle Course - September 2016 Open or Close

    It is only my third day at boarding and I am already having the most fun on the planet. Only four days ago I was playing on my phone and now you find me being launched over a six foot high crash mat.

    The house obstacle course was good and bad at the same time. (If that’s even possible!)The good thing was getting to have a little competition between everyone, the bad thing was that none of us could throw the Frisbee. Let me tell you what we had to do…

    First, we had to place our forehead on the tip of a pole, then spin round it three times without lifting our head. It seems easy but it made the next obstacle slightly harder, running on some blocks where you weren’t allowed to fall off. After that we had to build a bridge out of rugby tackle pads and crawl under them without knocking them over. Then we had to do a run up and jump over the crash mat. (I needed a prefect to help me with that). Once that was over we had to wait for the rest of our team and then kick a football into the goal and once that was over we had to do the same just with a Frisbee and a box. Then we had to sprint back to the start and the first person there needs to touch the pole that stops the timer.

    By the end we were all out of breath and all tired but it helped all the year sevens get to know the other boys and gave us all a bit of competition.

    by Hugh Balenthiran (Year 7)

    The Obstacle Course is a great event for the boarders at the start of the new school year! The course was fun and challenging including the favourite ‘Wall of Death.’ The Year 7’s all the way to the year 13’s participating together was a great bonding experience for the year 7’s and any new boarders as they recently joined the school and don’t know many people.

    We all had two runs at the event which included a balance beam, spinning circles, the wall of death, building a mini tunnel to crawl through and a penalty shot.

    The really good part of it for me was the mixing and help from all different year groups, because the new members of the house I didn’t really know before, but now I know them because of the teams being all different year groups. Getting over the wall of death for some, required genuine team work, although one boarder did manage to knock the wall over!

    With Mr Scourfield’s team coming first and my team (Mr Rizk’s) coming 5th, wherever you finished everyone had a good time.

    Overall the obstacle course was a lot of fun and I’m sure the year 7’s all the way to the year 13’s enjoyed it as well! I would like to thank all the teachers and sixth former's for helping setting up the course to make it such a fun activity. Sam Dean Year 8

     

  • Welcome to our new Year 7's Open or Close

    A massive welcome to the 12 new Year 7 boys who have joined Fraser Youens this week. Good luck to you all in your RGS careers and we hope you love your time in the boarding house!

  • Last week of summer term 2016 Open or Close

    Sunday

    The week started with the end of the Euros and a rather dire affair although those who had Portugal in the Fraser Youens sweepstake were happy after winning Pizza.

    Monday

    Boarders’ Cricket followed by a BBQ.

    Fair Play Award  Winner– Adil Terracciano

    Overall Winners – Team Renucci

    Waiting anxiously to bat!                          Spin bowling of the highest quality!

    The four teams fought ferociously to win the SJ Noyes trophy with Team Renucci overcoming Team Pope in the first match and Team Adebayo comfortably beating Team Falcon in the other match. There were some notable performances with Lewis Li trying to head the cricket ball (thank goodness we were using a windball), Leo Pennant took two wickets in two balls and Toby Goulding finished unbeaten, retiring not out in both of his innings. Adil was awarded the fair play award with his constant encouragement to others along with a demon spell of quick bowling.

    Two unbeaten innings !!                            Great Tekkers !  

    Eventually it came down to Team Renucci needing two runs off the final ball to secure victory against Team Adebayo. Cometh the hour cometh the man, up stepped George Cook who launched a mighty six. Team Renucci cheered and invaded the pitch with scenes reminiscent of Ashes victories from the past. The victors were allowed to beat the queue and head to the house BBQ straight away.

    Tuesday

    The Boarder’s pub walk was in doubt for the first time in living memory, torrential rain had hit Buckinghamshire and there were rumours that we would be bussing boarders down to the Harrow in Hughenden Valley. Thankfully, the rain held off and the intrepid boarders set off, ably led at the front by Mrs Gallagher marching at a pace more akin to Olympic Race walkers. We arrived at The Harrow a little sweatier but thankfully dry and opted to eat inside with the possibility of rain. The food was great with most opting for the huge Harrow Burger and mountains of chips. Afterwards the school minibus miraculously arrived (laden with Cornettos and Magnums). This gave our intrepid walkers just enough energy to make it back out of the depths of Hughenden valley back up to Fraser Youens. A great night had by all.

     

     

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  • Summer Softball Competition Open or Close

    Teams went up straight after school in the foyer, and of course my team wasn’t the best. My team (Edgar Evergreens) had a few mediocre softball players, but softball wasn’t really anyone’s forte, but nevertheless we had fun playing.

    We gathered at 5:15pm, ready for 90 mins worth of friendly competition. After a concise team meeting, led by Dan Edgar on how we were going to win, despite our questionable line-up, we entered our first game against Ayo’s Athletic Armadillos.

    Their play wasn’t that great, but neither was ours, and we ended up losing that game 8-6; but we didn’t let that dampen our morale and went on to face Logan’s Lothians, with high spirits. Also, during the match finally the realisation came to everyone that the teams were slightly rigged, and we ended with the newly acquired Jack Pennant on our side.

    The match against Logan Lothians didn’t go too great either, but with some questionable refereeing by Mr. Hollyer and some rules of the game being questioned, we didn’t ponder on the loss and took it in our stride. However, a benefit of the game included: that we began to play more tactically and as one unit instead of 13 individuals who’d just turned up expecting everyone else to do the work, which needed to happen since Softball is such a teamwork-reliant sport. With these newly acquired skills, we entered our third and final match against Ward Warriors, ready to end our losing streak and finally win a game, but ……we ended up losing just to let you all know.

    Even though you know we lost, I guess you should know how it happened.

    We were ready, prepared and focused. Determined to finally win a game, we begun the first innings: fielding. We were destined to win. Unfortunately, the opposing team had other ideas.

    After a poor first innings, we were losing 6-1 to a well-skilled opposing team. We tried to comeback from losing but unfortunately the Ward Warriors proved to be too much for us. We lost our game against them and completed our loss hatrick, but it wasn’t all too bad because in the Boarding meeting afterwards we were awarded sweets for losing the tournament and a member of our team, Dan, was awarded Boarder of the Week for his play in the tournament and will be deciding next week Thursday’s dinner.

    by Mushota Chibulu

  • The Big Debate: Brexit? + RESULTS! Open or Close

    UPDATED 21st June 2016

    The results are in.....

    Fraser Youens House (in its entirety) voted as follows:

    59% REMAIN

    41% LEAVE

    102 (2 spoiled voting slips)

    A clear majority and therefore Fraser Youens House has voted by a majority in favour of Remaining in the EU! Will the rest of the UK agree with this decision and vote for Brexit??

    14th June 2016

    VOTE IN by inserting an X below this symbol         VOTE OUT by inserting an X below this symbol

                  

     

    IN        ________________________                                   OUT      ________________________ 

     

    This week’s House meeting was hijacked by the Brexit debate. The Out campaign was ably led by Ed Hayward and Ed Ingram who were passionate and well informed in voicing their opinion on why the UK should leave the EU. On the other side of the argument, Billy Chivers and Lewis Thomas explained why they thought that the UK should remain within the EU. ‘The Stay’ argument was based mainly on a position of Economics and many convincing facts and figures were quoted. Both groups had the opportunity to question the other side before it was opened up to the audience for questions to either side. The Out campaign suggested a loss of sovereignty and control quoting in their words ‘ridiculous laws’ such as a quota on the minimum number of bananas that can be bought. The ‘In’ campaign suggested that this was belittling the whole debate talking about minor issues to derail the main arguments such as the UK’s finances.

    It was a heated debate with loud cheers from a vocal audience who asked questions and quizzed the Yr 13’s on the speaking platform. Toby G and Hamish B asked searching questions of the ‘Remain’ campaign whilst Taaj, Will F and Harrison G were equally damning of those calling for a swift exit.

    A poll taken straight after the debate (by those in supervised prep) suggested that the Leave campaign had been slightly more convincing with 60 % suggesting that the leave campaigners had won the debate. However was this enough to swing the mind of many voters, 40 % of whom had said they were unsure going into the big debate. The question remains who will win this vote?

    A big thank you for all and the results will be published for the constituency otherwise known as Fraser Youens House. 

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • Maths Competition! Open or Close

    Mr. Fossey set the house a maths competition over the last month. See if you can beat the scores of our winners: Cyril Kwok (Yr10), George Ashton (Yr9) and Samuel Gaines (Yr7). 

    Well done to all that took part!

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  • Touch Rugby Tournament (in the Sun!) Open or Close

    Thursday 12th May 2016 saw the sun come out for our annual touch rugby tournament. As usual the refereeing was brought into question, but the rugby was fantastic with the whole house taking part. The house was split into 6 teams with boys in year 7 getting their chance to be team mates with our Year 13 leavers! 

    The tournament was a real success with the six teams split into 2 groups of three before going forward to a 5th vs 6th match, a 3rd vs 4th match and a final. In the end it was Tom Leonard's Leopards that came out victorious over Hamish's Highlanders in the final. 

    After the rugby we all came back to the house for a gourmet sausage evening dinner. All in all a great afternoon's house activity, and for some of our boys their last before they leave Fraser Youens!

     

  • Paintballing Trip Open or Close

    We left the boarding house just after midday and then we were on our way to. We arrived at Skirmish paintballing and had lunch. After kitting up and a safety briefing we were split up into two teams; greens: year 13 and Year 9, and black: years 7, 8, 10, 12.

    Our first game was in ‘little valley’ where we played capture the flag. Smoke grenades were thrown and shots were fired. But after a fairly simple game, unless you count a certain year 7 shooting a certain year 9 in the dead zone thus resulting in the year 9 getting told off, the greens won the game easily. The second game was harder but greens bossed it too. We then went to the ‘house’ map where we played attack and defend where the defending team won both times with of course No occurrence of friendly fire  such as Archie running into the house when defending and shooting Ed who was on the same team, thinking he was on the black team. Thus ending up in a point blank shoot out.

    After that we had a break and all the water was drunk. We assessed our wounds and then head out to the ‘speed’ map where we had to throw a ‘bomb’ at the other teams start point. In the final round it was all guns blazing, the highlights have to be the suburb tactics from toby ultimately winning for the greens. After a hard day of paintballing the greens had a clear victory of five games to one, with Archie coming out looking like Dalmatian of bruises. 

    Overall all it was a great day out in amazing weather!!

    by Archie Benson-Gaunt and Ed Grigg

  • Trip To Rush Trampoline Park Open or Close

    On Sunday the thirteenth of March all the full boarders and many of the weekly and day boarders went on a trip to the large trampoline park Rush in High Wycombe.

    We arrived at the boarding house at quarter to two and gathered by the table tennis table where we got into the mini buses. The drive there was probably only ten minutes long because of Rush being in High Wycombe. When we went in we were given our special gripping socks and after a short safety video we were off to bounce!

    The first activity was dodgeball where we were split into two groups one of the younger and smaller people and one of the older and bigger people. There were two dodgeball courts one had a slop in the middle and two at the back with trampolines on the floor, and them and the other had two large and steep walls with trampolines at the back but other than that they were the same we played for half an hour on each court then it was a quick couple of glasses of water then we of for the next activity.

    The activity we had was free bounce this is when you are allowed to go anywhere except the dodge ball courts there was a whole selection of things to do like the foam pit where you had a platform and you jumped off and onto an angled trampoline at varying heights and into the foam pit. Another was the balancing beam where two people stand at either end of the padded balancing beam and they each have a foam club with which they try and knock the other off into the other foam pit. The largest one was the area that was only trampolines, you had loads of little trampolines next to each other and you jumped from one to another and there was wall trampolines where you could bounce of the walls. Probably the favourite of the taller people was the basketball trampoline where you had a foam ball and at the end of the long trampoline was a padded hoop where you could perform dunks that would have been impossible on a hard surface but here you could be Michael Jordan or LeBron James.

    After that we collected our shoes and boarded the mini bus home with anticipation of the Sunday roast that awaited us back at boarding. I think that everybody had an amazing time on this great trip which was fun but it got us to bond with older and younger boys we might not normally bond with. This was a very good trip and I would definitely recommend it to boys next year.

    by Sam Johnson

  • Burns Night Bagpipes! Open or Close

    Monday 29th January brought with it the annual celebration of Burns Night and Scottish heritage. Named after the famous Scottish poet Robert Burns, this annual festivity is traditionally celebrated with the eating of Haggis and Neeps and Tatties. We like to celebrate this tradition in Fraser Youens, not just because some our boys have Scottish roots, but also because our Head of House, Hamish Brady, is a skilled bagpiper. As such we were once again treated to a wonderful performance including superb renditions of Flower of Scotland and Inverness Gathering. Not only this but Hamish, and Lennox (our evening Chef) 'Piped in the Haggis', parading the haggis around the canteen to rapturous applause. 

    Sadly this is Hamish's final year at the school and therefore the last time we will hear his bagpipes piping! Hopefully we can convince him to return for a few special treats in years to come. 

  • Royal Marines Selection Open or Close

    Deputy Head Boy, and Year 13 Boarder Jack Pennant has written a fantastic report on his recent successful Royal Marines Selection tests. Read all about his 3 day grueling schedule of physical tests!

    "The Potential Officers Course run by the Royal Marines is a very physically arduous 3 days. Only 3 passed on this course out of a starting 12 and considering this is the first step to their lifelong ambition, a 25% pass rate is extremely low. It ruins 75% of candidates’ dreams. The three days are designed to allow only the most committed to even attempt selection and training for the Royal Marines and eliminates those with insufficient will power to succeed, and resist failure to the last stand.

    Day 1 started with a 3 mile run. Showered and changed, we each had an interview with the course CO (commanding officer) to find out your motivation to joining, where you are at educationally and a few questions about leadership and management. From here we wrote an essay on a given current affairs topic, after this as a team of 5 we had 45 minutes to accumulate our knowledge about structure, key personnel, barracks and battalion HQs, RM assets, current operations, future intentions and RM responsibilities to present later on in the day. Back into Gym kit we were over to ‘Hunters,’ the Gymnasium, to do the Royal Marines Fitness Assessment. 2 people failed this test and were sent home. This was end of day one. We were staying in the Officer’s mess which was the same accommodation as the Young Officers in training in week 20 out of 64. They were very friendly and approachable, but informed us of the hellish day we had ahead for tomorrow…

    Day 2, the dreaded black Tuesday. After a rouse of 06:00 and breakfast at 07:00 we headed to bottom field at 08:00 carrying 2 logs, between the 8 of us, for the bottom field obstacle course and beasting. A gruelling warm up lasting over an hour followed, which involved crawling, hill sprints, dragging people, fireman’s carries, log exercises, you name it we probably did it. My roommate voluntary withdrew at this point as he decided he wasn’t ‘fit enough.’ The rest of us continued, for now. The PTI’s (Physical Training Instructors) gave us a demonstration of the bottom field obstacle course and time to practice, before a timed run through, which was hard. It involved tank traps, monkey bars, chasms (ropes to crawl along) cargo nets to crawl under, walls to scale, walls to walk along, tunnels and rope bridges. Then as a team, with each person allocated a few of the obstacles to be leader for, we had to manoeuvre the large logs around the course. It was a race against the other team. Next were the timed fireman’s carries at distances of 100m and 200m. After this we went to the regain tank which is made of 4 ropes suspended over a water tank horizontally. The task is to move along the rope using the method wed practiced, then hang down and do 5 pull ups. From here there is a very complicated technique to regain balance on the rope, which caused everyone to fall off except myself and a Royal Marines Reserve who had done it before. We were the only two to successfully do it first time. The whole bottom field session lasted about 3 hours. Washing down and putting the suit back on, after lunch we had to present a 3 minute lecture.

    Immediately following came the endurance course. This is the reason it’s called black Tuesday. Having already done 3 hrs exercise, we sat in silence as we drove to Woodbury common where the endurance course is located. The next two hours consisted of many things including underground muddy tunnels between 10m and 40m long which zigzagged and consequently made it very dark. All I could hear was the splash of the guy in front to lead me round the bends. We did hill sprint after hill sprint, crawled up and down muddy banks, swam through swamps, crawled up and down streams, dragged other candidates up hills, did fireman’s carries, and did hundreds of press ups, sit ups, squats and burpees. During one of the fireman’s carries I was dropped a few times on my knee, bringing back an old injury which made me limp from then on, covered in mud and water from head to toe I must have looked an absolute state. There was also a scenario where we were wrestling in the mud, and I was paired up with a Thai Boxer! It did not end well.

    About halfway through we had a ‘drinks stop’ where I physically vibrated because it was so cold, drawing the unwanted attention of the staff. I had insufficient energy in my body to even heat myself. We were given hot juice, a banana and an energy sachet. I slowly caught up again, through tunnels, and down muddy streams where every Royal Marine ever in history had crawled. By this stage, our running was at the pace of walking, but we couldn’t stop. Finally we reached the end of the Endurance course, but it wasn’t yet over. After another drinks break where I managed to keep everything down, we began the ‘hare and hounds race.’ This involves a PTI to sprint off ahead, and you have to keep up, otherwise they send you home if you come in behind a PTI bringing up the rear. I was about in the middle, so I lost sight of the leading PTI and the chasing PTI, and came in third, with a PTI next to me urging me on faster, while he was walking at my running pace. The next stage of the endurance course is the run back to camp. The hardest thing I have ever done. Harder than walking 100km in one day. Harder than climbing Mt Kilimanjaro. Harder than DofE. Harder than every rugby and hockey match I have ever played put together. It’s something different, something I have never experienced before, and not many people have and your body is now breaking down muscle mass just to supply energy to your battered body; and I have no muscle mass to break down, so I literally was running on negative energy. But the body is amazing, if you tell it to keep going, then it will. We were told, the 4 of us that were left, that the run back is approximately 4 miles. A long way at this stage, but you can’t say no. The pack set off, with a PTI setting the pace which was slightly too fast for me at that point. I dropped about 2m but managed to maintain this as I got into a rhythm. When the PTI would break into a walk, I would catch up and take my place in the pack, then as they broke into a run, I would resume my lag of a few metres, but maintain it. It went like this for a while. I had a PTI running next to me, keeping me motivated because I stopped twice. Id decided to give up. But not completely as I sped up again and caught up, so I was still in the race. When we got to a steep hill, the lead PTI said that if we kept in a group we may not have to run all the way back to Lympstone commando training centre or CTCRM. He picked up the pace as we neared the hill and kept going over, and we managed just about to keep up with a lot of gritted teeth and determination. He said nothing though and kept running. As we go to the top of the hill we could see the Exe estuary where Lympstone was based, about 3 miles away. This was not encouraging at all. One of the candidates was pulled out for safety reasons and put on the waggon, so this left 3 for the final 100m or so until we arrived at a junction in the road. He told us that there was a shed with logs in and we were going to pick up a log and run back to camp with it. Each of us looked him in the eye and said ‘yes, we can do it.’ It was at this point that we knew we had finished because he told us to get in the safety waggon that was following and contained all the failed candidates who had passed out and been withdrawn. I sat at the back, wheezing, and cried. I have never felt so relieved to have finished something, it was like a feeling of euphoria had set in because I no longer had to consciously pump my legs to run or crawl or sprint. The sense of achievement that I felt will stay with me for the rest of my life. It was true bliss. Back at camp we were told to get changed into suits again after showering to get rid of the muck that plastered my face and body and head downstairs for a debate on current affairs and relevant topics. We sat in a semi-circle, 8 candidates here (as those that had failed stayed on to find out what happens for next time and maintain numbers).  As our brains struggled to function, we chatted over whether we should have a higher military presence in Iraq and Syria to combat ISIL, should women be in the Marines and what the new aircraft carriers would allow the Royal Marines to do. Some people cramped up during this. End of day two finished with an amazing hot meal in the Officers mess.

    Day three began at the usual 06:00 followed by breakfast and then over to the swimming pool for a battle swimming test. We were kitted out with full combat clothing (top and bottom), a rifle and webbing (belt kit) with a weight in it. We were required to jump off the 3m high board and swim a length, where we would hand in our rifle and webbing without touching the side, and tread water for three minutes. We then had to swim 4 lengths breast stroke and 2 front crawl in kit, then take the kit off and repeat. Using black bricks, we had to swim a length underwater and pick one up. We then had to dive to the deepest point and pick it up, twice. After this we tried to swim an entire length without taking a breath. Only 2 did it. The whole test took 45 mins or so, a lot longer than we were all expecting. This was the end of our assessments, the rest of the day consisted of a few lectures and an interview. The next lecture was about the next stage we will have to go through if we have passed this one, which is the Admiralty Interview Board, AIB. This was a more intellectual 2 days to assess confidence, motivation, leadership and personal qualities among other things. Much less physically demanding. My dates have come through as the 18/19th April 2016.  Following these long but informative lectures, we each had an end of course interview to tell us how we had done. Overall my feedback was very positive. My main feedback was that I need to bulk up my body as I struggled during weight bearing exercises such as the fireman’s carries.

    Looking back, I cannot say I didn’t enjoy it. Despite such adverse conditions, the feeling of satisfaction that I felt afterwards is something I will never forget, and I will crave to have it again, it’s like an addiction. I’m sure those who run marathons etc. know exactly what I’m on about as it’s a feeling that you know is good, because you have achieved something unthinkable, and your body is in such a worn out state, you can’t help but feel good about yourself. If anything, the last week has given me even more drive to join the Royal Marines because I know that one day I may be part of the most elite regular fighting unit in the world. 

    by Jack Pennant

  • Apache Helicopter Landing Open or Close

    On Thursday 28th January an Old Boy Ross Kiederling, who is currently serving in the armed forces, landed an Apache Helicopter on the rugby fields in front of the house. Watched on by much of the school and the boarding community it was a real spectacle and a special treat for those in the CCF!

     

  • House Dodgeball Tournament 2016 Open or Close

    This year’s house Dodgeball tournament took place last week on the 20th January in which 6 teams of boarders competed to become champions.

    The aim of the game is to get players on the other side out. If hit you are then out of the game until one of your team mates is able to catch an incoming ball thus enabling you to rejoin the game. This year Mr Scourfield introduced a new, smaller, softer ball alongside the classic netball sized dodgeball. This meant that head shots were now legal when using the smaller ball, which came as exciting news for many, although the smaller size and lightness of the new balls meant that a far more skillful and accurate shot was necessary…

    The teams were split into two hotly contested pools, with Team Brady winning pool 1 and team Hayward coming out top in pool 2 - rumours of corruption in the making of the teams are being investigated as it is believed that captain Hayward had picked himself a stronger team than most… However, Haywards strong team were unable to match the heart and passion behind the performance of team Brady, who were crowned house Dodgeball champions for 2016 following a closely fought final battle.

    Overall, it was a great afternoon of Dodgeball enjoyed by all!

    by Hamish Brady

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  • Snow Sunday! Open or Close

    On Sunday 17th January 2016 Fraser Youens woke up to a white world after a pleasing dump of overnight snow. Where better way for our full boarders to spend their Sunday than having an organised snow ball fight of 100+ snowballs per team on the school's new all-weather surface!

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  • Art Competition 2015 Open or Close

    In the lead up to Christmas our boarders took part in an Art Competition. Any style of art was acceptable with freedom to express oneself being top of the agenda. Of the range of entries the following entries were the pick of the bunch with the winners artwork being framed and displayed on the walls of the house. Well done to all that entered!

    Taaj Adetula - Year 7 Entry

    Lucas North - Year 8 Entry

    Ben Hunt - Year 10 Runner Up

     

  • Christmas Competitions Open or Close

    In the last week of term the whole house takes part in a variety of competitions. This year the standard was high, and the games varied. As well as the usual table tennis singles and doubles competitions, there was a new game brought to the table by Mr. Scourfield....The Malteser Challenge! 

    The winners of the 2015 Christmas Competitions were as follows:

    Chess: Ben Ward (beating Mr Risk in the final to win for the 6th year in succession!)

    Jenga: Mr Hollyer (total fluke) .

    Senior Table Tennis Singles: Adam Winterbottom.

    Junior Table Tennis Singles: George Cook.

    Table Tennis Doubles: Leo Pennant & Mr Scourfield.

    Malteser Challenge: Chuks and David Lim 40m!!

    Table Football Doubles: Tommaso Gibbs & Sam Johnson.

    Junior Pool: George Ashton.

    Senior Pool: Hamish Brady

    Congratulations to all the boys (and staff) and we wish you all a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year!

  • Christmas Visit to the Natural History Museum Open or Close

    In this blog post Charlie Manning (Yr8) and Amal Shakir (Yr7) will be writing about the trip to the Natural History Museum this Christmas. After an exhilarating ice skating trip, the juniors went to the Natural History Museum, were split into three groups and took their own paths in the museum.

    A zone, if you were wondering, is a part of the museum that has a certain theme or topic around it. There are 4 zones, including the Blue Zone, Green Zone, Orange Zone, red zone and the Hintze Hall in the entrance. This blog will go in zone order:

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    CHARLIE- The red zone is one of the coolest parts of the natural history museum. As you enter from the side road a giant earth made out of metal was set high up and you pass through on escalator, the height made me feel giddy but not as high as the cocoon (see below). With all the mesmerizing gems of the world and the epic forces of nature. One brilliant exhibit is the awesome earthquake simulator from the earthquake of Kobe. The shop, the simulator was based on, had all sorts of Japanese groceries and treats on the crumbling shelves. There was real life footage to make your experience feel realistic as if you were there yourself and there was debris everywhere. Fortunately all the groceries were attached to the shelves so there were no need to clear up

     

    There were also many interactive features including an earthquake seismograph and a screen with questions you answer to make a different type of volcano. The seismograph was measured with the y axis x axis and z axis on an electrical screen. There were many more informative exhibits in this zone that were worth visiting. Over all the earthquake simulator was the best part in the best section in the natural history museums.

    AMAL- After all the volcanoes and gems and uber-realistic earthquake simulators, we decided to head towards Hintze Hall, but on the way there, we had a look around the Green Zone, this zone starts to bring the natural world into our trip, including the Marine Reptile Fossil corridor and the Ecology exhibition.

    The first exhibition in the Green Zone that we came across was the bird displays. There was a case of bird wings, and feet, while the wings were beautiful and even elegant, the scaly webbed feet took some getting used to. Another case contain a beautiful arrangement of stuffed humming birds (this may sound cruel, but when Victorian explorers landed on tropical lands, they were eager to take specimens home to England, this included insects, birds and plants. The Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew wouldn’t exist without it) either perched on a tree or trapped in mid-flight. The colour of the feathers shined in the sunlight. But leaving real feathers comes fossil feathers. The Archaeopteryx that used to be kept in Hintze Hall is kept in the bird exhibit. This specimen is extremely rare, there are only 12 specimens have been found. Its neck and tail are bent backwards in a pose known as the ‘death pose’, most animals that have been fossilised in water are like this. It’s caused by the animal’s tendons breaking.

    Another exhibit in the Green Zone is the Marine Reptile Fossil corridor, this is a moderately sized corridor with many, many specimens of Ichthyosaurs, Jurassic crocodiles and other aquatic reptiles. There is even a fossil of a female Ichthyosaur with six unborn cubs within her and another that was giving birth. Right at the end though, is a very ‘land lubbery’ creature. The Giant Ground Sloth has been exhibited there, leaning on a tree that is as tall as himself, this is a very, very big sloth.

    There are many more exhibits in the Green Zone, like the Ecology Centre we visited and Creepy Crawly exhibit as well. The Waterhouse Gallery had even been turned into a display of the Wildlife Photography Competition winners and runners up. But we don’t have time to write (type actually) all this down in this blog. So full steam ahead into Hintze Hall I say!

    Hintze Hall is where you end up in if you go through the main entrance instead of the Exhibition Road entrance. Here is the iconic Diplodocus that everybody thinks of when somebody says ‘the Natural History Museum’. Big Dippy, as she was named, dominates the hall, little mini-exhibits line the wall, these include a Coelacanth (a giant fish that has lived since the time of the dinosaurs and were thought extinct, until one was found in a sea cave near the surface) preserved in preservation fluids. Another mini-exhibit holds an extinct New Zealand bird, related to the kiwi and ostrich, the Moa stands 12ft tall, towering the visitors, and other exhibits hold other specimens.

    Up the steps is the statue of Darwin, with his famous quote: ‘Freedom of thought is best promoted by the gradual illumination of men’s minds, which follows from the advance of science.’ And going up the stairs on either side will lead you up to the balconies where there is a café and mammals on exhibit. But when we went up we met a bald museum representative who was wearing an old Victorian style suit and black and white spotted fabric around his neck, he wore a pocket watch that was attached to a gold chain that went inside his waistcoat. He was holding a box of beetle specimens that he was showing around to us and few other boys some beetles. There were dung beetles, weevil beetles, bumble bee beetles (that used to be called dumbledore beetles before Harry Potter), big beetles, small beetles, shiny beetles, colourful beetles and creepy beetles (basically there was a lot of beetles). He was explaining all of these beetles to us, but his vintage attire really went well with the ornate monkeys carved on the pillars and the whole feeling of age in the place.

    Moving on from well fitted men and the beetles that rocked their shiny armour (see what I did there) to the Blue Zone. This zone includes the Human Biology section were you learn how our body works, the Mammal and Fish, Amphibian and Reptile exhibit and the giant Dinosaur Chamber. Part of the Mammal exhibit was the big cats. In here a stuffed tiger and a brilliant skeleton of an extinct sabre toothed cat. This particular cat was featured in David Attenborough’s Natural History Museum ALIVE documentary, it was shown hunting a borrowing sloth (found in another mini-exhibit in Hintze Hall). Other mammal were shown, from kangaroos to anteaters.

    Another brilliant part of the Blue Zone was the Dinosaur Chamber. In here you could walk on a bridge over the main exhibit to see the carefully placed dinosaur skeletons. Iguanodons to Oviraptor could be seen on the displays underneath the bridge. Every curve in the exhibit asked you another question. Do you know the answer to: if dinosaurs herded like modern herbivores? (e.g zebras). There casts of claws and teeth that you could touch and the real deal on display. Bigger displays show realistic scenes, such as the nesting grounds of a Maiasaura (the good mother lizard).

    Now leaving the Blue Zone we move into the Orange Zone, or better known as the Darwin Centre. This, out of the whole museum is my favourite zone, I know Charlie doesn’t agree (see above) but if you want to know about more that happens behind the scenes and what museum scientist do, then this is the place for you.

     

     

    But first of all I want to write about the Attenborough Studio, here you can see different interactive shows and extra features. After a quick lunch, I managed to convince my group members (with lots of negotiating and debating) to come with me to the Nature Live show that was the only show in the Attenborough Studio that you didn’t need a ticket for. The talk was very informal and you could ask questions anytime, the museum asks one of the scientists that work there to talk about what they do and about any specific topic. The scientist that we saw today was called Anne. Anne was talking to us about cyanobacteria that she studies and her trip to Antarctica to obtain some specimens.

    To anybody who has the most misfortune of not learning about cyanobacteria from a scientist, they are little bacteria that look like algae when clumped up and can close a swimming pool or a pool because of the toxins they produce. Some though, are edible and all of them cause the after-rain, earthy smell that fills the air after a downpour.

    The rest of the Darwin Centre consists of the Wildlife Garden, the Zoology Spirit building, a place of different specimens preserved in fluid, and the Cocoon. My all-time favourite place in the whole of London, it’s a cocoon shaped building (obviously) that gives you an insight to what the museum scientists do and their research. It shows how they write their papers and carry out their experiments, all inside a cocoon shaped building, the shape gives it a very ‘I want to do what they do!’ kind of feeling.

    All in all the trip was fantastic, we went to the gift shop and bought some souvenirs and met everybody else by Big Dippy and went on our way. But upon leaving, I felt that I have a lot of memories of my first trip to the Natural History Museum with school (for I have been many times before) and that next year’s trip would be even better than this one!

  • Another Catering Award! Open or Close

    Huge congratulations to our Head Chef, Nigel Simmonds, on his recent Catering Award. Nigel has been Head Chef at Fraser Youens for 4 years and recently was named the Chef Manager of the Year 2015 at the 'Foodservice Cateys'. This is a fantastic accolade for Nigel and we are incredibly proud to have Nigel running our boarding house kitchen.

    Well done Nigel!!

  • 6-a-Side Football Tournament Open or Close

    The annual boarder’s football once again finished in huge controversy with Head of House Hamish Brady refereeing the final. In the dying seconds and leading by 1-0 , Leonard’s lions appeared to have it all sewn up. Chiver’s Cheetahs (living up to their name) scored in the final few minutes. The controversy surrounded the accusation that they appeared to have had seven players on the pitch and despite protestations the goal was given.  This took the match to penalties. Despite some goalkeeping heroics and a number of wayward shots the eventual winners were Billy Chiver’s side. All in all a great few days played in a fantastic spirit. Both the final and 3rd 4th place play off went to penalties showing how close the teams were to one another.

    A special mention should go to Cyril Kwok ‘Boarder of the Week’ who epitomised the spirit of Fraser Youens House in the way he gave maximum effort, yet managed to play in a friendly but equally determined manner. For some it was goodbye to Boarder’s football after seven years and for others their first attempt to win the tournament. It was great to see so many boarders playing with a smile on their faces and whether it was a Year 13 or a Year 7 the spirit was fantastic. There was some dazzling skills on display and both George D and Ayomide A showed that but for academic aspirations Barcelona or Real Madrid could have come knocking. Well done to the Prefects for organising another great tournament.

    After three ferocious days of intensive football the results were as follows;

    8th - Pennant’s Panthers

    7th - Edgar’s Eagles

    6th – Gibbs’ Gazelles

    5th - Douglas’ Dingoes

    4th Goulding’s Gorillas

    3rd Brady’s Basilisks

    Runners Up – Leonard’s Lions

    Winners - Chiver's Cheetah's

     

  • Senior Quiz Night Open or Close

    On Tuesday 13th October the boys in Year 11, 12 and 13 took part in the annual Fraser Youens Quiz evening to find out who's general knowledge was the best and to crown our 'Masterminds' of 2015. 

    This years quiz featured some new and exciting rounds. Mr Scourfield set the Sport and Cars rounds. Mr Hollyer set the Geography and Music rounds. And Mrs Gallagher created 2 'How Well Do You Know Your Boarding Staff' rounds. Both of these are attached below for any of our avid readers to have a go at. The first round included matching up the current staff to 8 photos of their younger selves. This round proved much harder than first imagined, although some boys were quick to spot some of the more obvious staff members! The second round provided 21 facts about the teachers for the boys to guess. Once again this proved that maybe the boys do not know their housmasters, tutors and domestic staff as well as they might think. Do have a go yourselves and let us know if you think you can get them all!

    Overall the winners of this years Senior Quiz were Team 'City Wok' and took the top prize of a box of Celebrations! 

  • House Trip to Longridge Open or Close

    On Sunday 27th September we had our first trip of the year to the nearby Longridge Activity Centre in Marlow. All our full boarders attended as well as all our new Year 7 day and weekly boarders. The weather was beautiful and made for a fantastic day on and around the Thames. 

    The boys enjoyed all three of the planned activities. They firstly took part in Rock Climbing on a 30 foot wall, with some bravely attempting the 'Leap of Faith' jump to swing rope at the top. The second activity was Water Orbing, where they tried (largely unsuccessfully) to stand up and run inside a giant inflatable ball floating on the river! Lastly the ever popular Bell Boating took the boys onto the river for a row around the Longridge Island with most returning soaking wet either from heavy splashing or from the forfeit of jumping in!

    It was a lovely day to spend our first weekend outing of the year and a wonderful way for the Year 7's and our other new boarders to get to know each other. Below is a review of the trip from one of our new boys in Year 10. 

    "On our trip to Longridge we were part of a group consisting of three year tens and six year sevens which gave us an opportunity to be leaders in our group. We learned lots of new names and talked to people we didn't really know before so the team building day was a real success. It became even more of a success when, on the climbing wall, one of our group wanted to stop climbing yet, when he told the rest of the group they shouted encouragement and, somehow he got up the wall. This, we feel, showed true team spirit and bound us together with a common cause. Overall the experience was a brilliant way for us to bond, whether it was doing the activities in our groups or socialising with people that weren't necessarily in our groups over lunch on the benches or just a chat during one of the breaks. We all loved the splashing about on the river too, although we did get absolutely soaked!" 

    Toby (Year 10)

  • Junior Quiz Night Open or Close

    On Tuesday 29th September the Junior section of the House (Years 7-10) took part in the hotly anticipated, and highly prized, Junior Quiz Evening. Whilst one of the highlights of the quiz is an evening off from normal homework time in the evening, it is always a good opportunity for the boys to flex their general knowledge muscles and earn the title of House Mastermind's for another year. The boys were mixed up between year group with Year 10 boys taking the role of Team Captains. 

    This year the quiz consisted of 6 challenging rounds. The picture round, was as always put together by Mr. Scourfield and tested the boys knowledge of Disney cartoon characters. This was followed by the Geography, Sport and Abbreviations rounds with the scores fairly close across the six teams. The penultimate round was another Mr. Scourfield classic, with the specially created 'How Big Is That' round. This round asked the boys to guess how big certain animals, distances and in some cases people were. This left just the music round, with boys being played a short segment of 10 songs of varying age and popularity, for the boys to score points before the final total of scores was announced. 

    This year the winning team won by just 1 point and they were the mysteriously named 'Team Unknown' coming out as this years champions!

    Well done to all on a tightly fought, but thoroughly entertaining evening. 

  • Jeans for Genes Day Open or Close

    This year's Jeans for Genes day was, as always well supported by the boarders. As you can see from the photo, nearly all our boys donated £1 to wear Jeans for the day on Friday 25th September. Billy and Ed (both at front of photo) were our house celebrities for the week after performing lead guitar and drums respectively with Mr. Wolton in assembly as part of the Jeans for Genes Band 2015. Their rendition of Foo Fighters' Times Like These was fantastic and a brilliant way of raising money for a truly worthwhile cause. 

  • Spotlight on the new Head of House Open or Close

    Congratulations to the Head of House for this year, Hamish Brady! Hamish has been a boarder in Fraser Youens since he started at RGS in Year 7 and on top of his responsibilities in the boarding house, is also a Senior Prefect within school. He plays rugby for the school's 2nd XV and amongst many other talents is a fantastic bagpipe player. Below Hamish tells us about his role as Head of House:

    "I feel very privileged to be Head of House, as well as a Senior Prefect in school. As part of these roles I have had to take on a number of responsibilities both in the house as well as in school, which has meant I have had to manage my time effectively between prefect duties and school work.

    It has been a very busy first half term in the boarding house, with the last few weeks having flown by. As Head of House I have had to keep on my toes in order to help the teachers in the running of the house, along with the help of the boarding prefect team. One of the first tasks was to organise a prefect rota to spread the workload between the team. Prefect duties include helping out at junior activities after school, putting the younger boys to bed as well as making sure that everyone is out of the house in time for morning lessons.

    Myself and the team have also overseen the voting for each year groups Boarding and Food Council representatives, in which two boys were voted in from each year. Since then Ive been involved in the first meetings of the boarding and food councils, in which many useful suggestions on improving all aspects of the house have been discussed and new ideas are already being implemented.

    The main school open evenings were another important aspect of this term, in which the prefects played a vital role in providing tours of both school and boarding. As a senior prefect my role was mainly to greet the prospective parents and boys at the front of the school, as well as trying to convince families to take a tour of the boarding house. All in all, these two open evenings were a success, in which the prefects played a pivotal role in showing off the school."

  • Exam Success! Open or Close

    Fraser Youens boarders scored some outstanding results in the GCSE, AS and A2 exams this summer. The Year 13 leavers gained an exceptional set of boarding results with 90% of the results at A*-B at A level.  All of our Year 13 leavers achieved their first choice university with University College London and London School of Economics being the most popular universities for the 2015 Leavers. Josh Wong deserves a special mention gaining A*A*A*AA at A level. Course choices are always down to the individual and students choose courses from Marine Biology to more traditional courses of English and Economics. AS results were also impressive with 50% of the grades at the top A grade. Special mention to Billy Chivers, Ed Hayward, Jack Pennant, Aristide Fumigalli, Lewis Thomas and Hamish Brady who all gained at least three A grades.   A final mention to the Yr 11 boarders who were so successful with their GSCE grades. All Year 11 students gained at least 7 A*/A grades at GSCE and between them they achieved 100% at A*-B.

    Congratulations to all students; we are extremely proud of you!

  • Spotlight on the CCF Open or Close

    Jack Pennant is a boarder in Year 12 and is a leading member of the school’s CCF, specialising specifically in the Army section. Jack is hoping to go on to a career in the Army and has recently won a highly coveted Army university scholarship.

     

    “Throughout the year, the CCF carry out field training exercises where we put the training we get on Thursday afternoons to the test. Often this consists of section attacks (attacking enemy positions with blank ammunition) and staying the night outdoors in a wood in the middle of an MOD training area, which is great fun.

    To add to this, over the weekend of the 14th March (March FTX) there was a civilian population, from whom we had to gather information. This was not as easy as it seemed, with an opposing party led by Mr Gueye put on a great show, with attempted assassinations and members of our patrols being kidnapped. Observation posts were set up with long range telescopes and camo netting to make it invisible to try to identify enemy members and watch enemy movements. The civilian population was made up of a village in the centre of the training area with Mr Silvey as the village elder, and intermingled were the opposing groups from the RAF and Royal Navy.

    The weekend finished with an outstanding finale of a platoon attack on the village, made difficult by the biting cold and mist that had settled over the area. As always, everyone that was involved thoroughly enjoyed themselves, and I would encourage anyone debating whether to do CCF just to do it because it opens up so many new experiences that you get nowhere else.”

    by Jack Pennant 

  • Dodgeball Tournament Open or Close

    This years annual tournament took place on a dark and rainy day and thus the sports hall was a welcome indoor venue for this hotly anticipated event! 

    Teams of 10 battled out a tight fought contest in one of the most popular house team sports. For those unfamiliar with the rules, the object of the game is to hurl soft netball sized balls in order to eliminate members of the opposition team by hitting them with the ball. Thus the most successful players are those who can either dodge the flying orbs, or in fact catch the ball and in turn eliminate the person who threw it at them. 

    Dodgeball is an entertaining and skillfull game, yet always one full of contention. Many a boarder has been known to deny being struck by a dodgeball and despite the "no-head shot" rule, the head is often the most desired shot!

    This year's tournament culminated with a final between Team Hetzel and Team Edwards, with Team Hetzel being crowned champions. (this is by our reckoning the 3rd consecutive tournament where Year 13 house prefect Ben Hetzel's team have won, and calls of match-fixing are being investigated...)

    Well done to all on an exceptional afternoon of Dodgeball!


     

     

     

     

     

  • Tree Planting Open or Close

    In the aftermath of the Easter Holiday's the school undertook the ceremonial planting of an avenue of trees to remember the OW's who had given their lives in World War 1. Fraser Youens took part in this celebration too by planting two trees at the front of the house to remember Second Lieutenant Frederick Youens and Lieutenant Ian Fraser, who were both pupils at the school and won the Victoria Cross. Below are some photos of boys taking part in the planting of these trees. 

    Clearly both Frederick Youens and Ian Fraser are very well remembered in the boarding house, with both of these men lending their names to the boarding house!

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • Paintballing Trip Open or Close

    On Sunday 26th April, all the full boarders, and a selection of weekly and day boarders ventured to Skirmish Paintballing in Wycombe. The aim? To fire hundreds of paintballs at each other for no other reason than its fun!

    The overalls and protective gear gave many a false hope that they would be protected from the onslaught of paintballs coming their way. Both Mr. Hollyer and Miss Ellis-Jones certainly seemed over confident of escaping a peppering of paint! Luckily once the facemasks were on it was virtually impossible to discern who was who and they managed to largely stay under the radar!

    The games ranged from traditional capture the flag style challenges to the only the brave style gauntlet runs.

    The day was a huge success and the boys returned to Fraser Youens tired, bruised and largely victorious!

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • Carousel - 2015 School Musical Open or Close

    For many people, this year marked their final RGS production, so it had to be something special. Indeed, the directors of the fantastically popular Les Miserables two years ago, Richard Halton and Julie Gossage, were invited back to shape this year’s masterpiece.

    If I say to you the words “walk on, walk on with hope in your heart, and you’ll never walk alone,” what springs to mind? Liverpool Football Club, right? But not many people know it is from the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical Carousel.

    Roles ranged from the principals (Billy Bigelow, Julie Jordan, Enoch Snow, Carrie Pipperidge, Nettie Fowler and Jigger Craigin), to smaller, yet equally important roles (such as Dr Seldon, the Principal, or David Bascombe), to the downright bizarre: a dancing bear.

    We auditioned mid-October, began rehearsals in November, and by mid-March, we finally had a fluent show we were all proud of! It was a long process that required every Monday evening, most Sundays (full days) and towards the end a few Wednesday evenings too. We started full of energy and optimism; 6 months down the line we were nowhere near as energetic, but are immensely proud of what we have achieved and endlessly grateful to everyone who gave their time and effort to make the show as successful as it was.

    In terms of boarders, many auditioned but only three of us got parts, Freeman Kong, Julian Wong and myself. It felt fitting that we are all in Year 13 and could end our time at the school on a real high. Fellow boarder, Matt Law also committed a huge amount of time, being an integral part of the orchestra.

    On behalf of the cast, I would very much like to extend my thanks to a number of people:
                    Mr T Venvell & co. for organising the music for our rehearsals, and arranging a breath-taking orchestra for our performances: they really brought each piece to life, and we cannot thank them enough.
                    Beryl Gossage for helping out immensely with everything backstage: she became our backstage mother, looking after us all (and telling us off if we got too loud!)
                    Mrs Sharpe for sourcing, making, finding or piecing together the fantastic costumes we all had: if we had any issues concerning our costumes they would be rectified so quickly you almost couldn’t believe it. She also helped individuals design their own chorus costumes while still having them in-keeping with the period.
                    Iain Fitzgerald: our ‘drama consultant’. Iain spent a large amount of time working with individuals on their characterisation issues, and encouraged us all to bring our chorus characters to life.  
                    Richard Halton & Julie Gossage: our musical directors. Words cannot describe quite how grateful I am that I got to work with this amazing duo before I leave school – their expertise is second to none and really helped the cast sing as a unit, rather than a group of individuals.

    I speak for myself when I say that the combined input of these marvellous individuals has made the production of Carousel perhaps the best thing I have done whilst at RGS.

    By James Edwards (Year 13 Boarder)

    Below are a few quotes from our fellow boarders who all came to see Carousel on the opening night:

    ‘The music was spectactular!’

    ‘Inspiring’

    ‘It was amazing !’

    ‘Mesmerising !’

    ‘Incredible and well worth a watch.’

    ‘Another smash hit under the guidance of the exceptional Mr T Venvell!’

     

     

     

  • Junior Literary Competition Open or Close

    Over Christmas and the start of January, boarders in Year 7-9 took part in an inaugural writing competition. Run by House Tutor Miss Clayton, the remit was to write a short story on any topic of their choice. There were over 25 entries for this competition and we were thrilled to see such a superb array of different stories.

    Miss Clayton awarded 4 entries a ‘Highly Commended’ for stories that showed particular flair in their writing. These were awarded to:

    Nitheesh Velayan

    Sam Johnson

    Chuks Alichukwu

    Josh Dinsdale 

    The top 3 entries all received a certificate and a £5, £10 or £15 Amazon gift voucher as a reward for their unique and interesting stories. Miss Clayton noted that she was incredibly impressed with the range of different topics covered and the quality of writing from boys across all of the year groups. The top 3 entries are published in full beneath this and were:

    1st Place: George Cook

    2nd Place: Dhruvak Tomar

    3rd Place: Ayomide Olotu

     

    Well done to all boys who took part and good luck to the Senior boarders who will take part in a Poetry competition later in the year!

    Silence

    By George Cook

    It was dark, too dark. The only sound he could hear was the sound of his own breath; deep, heavy and scared. He knew something was wrong. He called out only to be answered by a deathly silence. He stopped walking, there was something here; he could feel it. He took a moment to look around, it was the last thing he ever did.

    "Definite suicide." the detective announced. All of the surrounding policemen were shocked. Jonathan Hellvan was a well-known drug smuggler and the police had been trying to track him down and arrest him for over two years. But the forensics were 100% sure, for some reason Hellvan had decided to stab himself.

    Meanwhile, 4 miles away, the killer walked purposely, ignoring the surrounding beggars until eventually he arrived at the place he called home. He sat in his torn chair but he did not sleep. He had no need for it. He survived by killing. It was his only desire. He turned on his flickering light and began to read. The words seemed to ooze into his brain as he stared into the book, unflinching until morning arrived.

    The sun rose slowly over the hills before spilling its light on the town like a spilled glass of water. He turned his head, almost zombie like away from the sun. The light was his one great fear, he was a shadow in the dark, almost invisible, but the sunlight revealed him and his actions for all others to see. He stood up and walked over to his door. He put his hand on the handle and collapsed to his knees! His mind went haywire! Voices screamed at him from all directions but all he could hear was the anger of those that were deceased due to him. He tried to get out but there was no chance of him escaping. He screamed and banged at the door but to no avail, his mind was rotting, getting weaker by the day. He fought and fought but his regret was too strong and he collapsed to the floor, unconscious! 

    He awoke several hours later still inside his own home but now his lust for death was even stronger. He stood up and walked straight out of his home, into the dark alleys that surrounded the town. He walked and walked, looking for a suitable target but something was different today, everyone seemed suspicious and he kept hearing the name "Hellvan." He quickened his pace, someone had found out about his hobby. He turned around to face two large men, he prepared for the worst and got his blade ready but the men walked by without batting an eyelid. He breathed a sigh of relief as he felt something in the back of his brain. His conscience was trying to tell him something and he fought it as hard as he could but the words remained there: "stop killing". He began to stagger home, aware of the people watching him but all he heard was: "stop killing". He reached his home and collapsed to the floor, stone dead. He had lost the battle, he had lost the war but not against an enemy but against his own conscience.

     

    The Desert Child

    By Ayomide Olotu

    “Hsss…” “Hsss…” “Hsss…”

    Alex’s groggy self slowly awoke: his eyelids suddenly fluttered to life, due to the irritating hissing sound that was harassing his ears. “What’s that sound?” Alex pondered. “What could it be, it’s certainly not a human sound, and so, what is it?” Without even realizing, a slow worm-like figure inaudibly slewed along cold, hard sand - covered ground, its eyes fixed hungrily on Alex.

    It was until Alex turned around -he noticed it – a shady and inhumane silhouette glaring viciously at him. When his eyes had finally caught hold of the creature, he saw the weapons that would be the cause of his demise. Two sharp, white daggers- sharp enough to rip through his flesh and cut open his veins- but they were the least of his worries, for the daggers glistened with dangerous venom- strong enough to kill ten fully grown men. This was when Alex realised what he was up against; a King Cobra.

    It forcefully lunged at his head, but luckily, he swiftly and masterfully evaded the strike, but the next time the serpent lunged- it struck him- he felt the daggers pierce through his skin and the venom slowly being injected into his blood stream. Alex slowly fell to the floor, then the world in front of his eyes turned black. Painfully, dreadfully and vigorously, Alex used all the strength he could muster and stood up, dazed and sick, but he still got up. He fumbled around for a weapon he could use to kill the snake and he found one, a rock. Big in size, and heavy this would either do serious damage to the skull or smash the King Cobra’s skull in half; if he missed then it was instant death for him. He swiftly rolled to the side to avoid another dangerous strike, and got up onto his two feet and lunged powerfully at the King Cobra.

     The snake was still ready to inflict more pain on Alex’s feeble body, but Alex was too agile and ran around the sly figure. Now Alex had the advantage, being behind the snake, and leapt with full intensity, full power and will power. “CRUNCH!” “CRUNCH!” went the King Cobra’s skull as it was crushed by the weight of the stone and by the weight of Alex. But as soon as this heroic deed was completed, Alex’s muscles convulsed under the weight of his legs and he collapsed.

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    Alex awoke on the desert floor, tired, confused and in a lot of pain. “What happened, all I can remember is the sna-“Oh no!” “This is bad!” Alex gazed horrifically at where he had been bitten painfully by the snake and the venom that was seeping through his veins. Alex rose to his frail and shaken feet and began at a walking pace. “I need to find someone to patch me up or I could die!” Alex then thought to himself “I won’t find anyone in this desert, I might as well let myself die.” The roof of his mouth felt dry and rough, he felt queasy and nauseous, and his head felt heavy. The weight of his head finally succeeded in the battle of conciseness and he fainted.

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    A serpent’s death,

    A grove of trees,

    A friend’s last breath,

    A freezing breeze,

    A mountain climb,

    A grand bell’s chime,

    A friend you hate,

    This is your fate.

    Alex woke up startled from the dream, in the company of other human beings, “Where am I?” “Am I at home?”

     

    Lily of the Valley

    By Dhruvak Tomar

    Crash! The screen on Richards’s iPhone shattered on the floor. Undeterred, he raced down the stairs briskly. Doctors and patients alike peered at him, silently judging the man for his impudence as he shoved his way to the ground floor. Frantically, he searched for the exit in a sea of white coats, the overwhelming smell of antiseptics and disinfectant flooding his nose and the doctor’s words ringing in his ears like the incessant ringing of an alarm clock; except there was no snooze button. The echo of the four harsh words that were the root of this obstinate situation: Lily of the Valley.

    Panting, he ran through the automatic doors, onto the street and jumped into his car- a dark blue 1986 Ford Mustang. The vehicle was a rusted remnant of itself, not unlike its owner. The demonic death trap showcased a shoddy paint job, and an ancient V6 engine. But today those 6 cylinders were enough. He shoved the keys in the ignition and floored the gas. He launched down the road. The engine was roaring like a lion, ready to catch its prey. The torrential rain pelted the bonnet of his car as he sped through downtown L.A., knowing that his near future was being dictated by alarmingly impulsive decisions…

    Across town, Jeremy was casually relaxing in his living room, blissfully unaware that as he flicked through the channels on his TV; an unwelcome guest was racing towards his apartment.

    Jeremy’s apartment had a remarkably distinct character. The exposed brick walls stood solid, the only traditional presence in the house drowning in the technology and furniture of the modern American man. Almost as if the 21st had come and discarded everything except the walls, they were a timeless touch. Not surprisingly, the only natural possession was a lone plant, subtly standing in the corner of the room.

    Stealthily, Richard pulled up outside Jeremy’s block, a handgun sitting in his lap.

    Today had not been a good day for Jeremy. Underneath the proud exterior he projected, he was a miserable man, suffering through the unforgiving trials of life. Living each day assiduously since that fateful winter night.

     It was 8 o’clock that night at his apartment when everything started to unravel. Jeremy was eating dinner with his girlfriend, Kate. Her voracious appetite that night puzzled him, but he let it go unnoticed and took the matter no further with her. Not until he was halfway through his salad did he spot something wrong. Abruptly her body went rigid. Her eyes opened and closed. Arms drooped by her sides. Drifting in and out of consciousness, she made attempts to speak. Horrific thoughts running through his mind, Jeremy picked up his phone and called 911. Desperately terrifying to make sense of the words she was saying with no luck. By the time the ambulance had arrived she was in a frightful state, the blood had drained from her face and was unrecognisable.

    It has been two days since the incident and he had received no news concerning Kate.

    Richard stepped out of his car and looked up at the apartment block looming above him, it blended in perfectly with the night sky, rising high and straight like a finger pointing to the moon. Falling rain drops trickled down his arm, his leather jacket providing a frictionless surface for them as they travelled down his sleeve, onto the gun held loosely in his hands. Stealthily he walked into the apartment block and trudged up the stairs. The raindrops on the gun glistening as he passed windows, letting in the light from the streetlamps outside.

    3 Flights of stairs later Richard had reached Jeremy’s front door. He stood there contemplating what his next actions should be, the gun resting awkwardly in his jacket pocket. Apprehensively he knocked twice on his door, half of him praying that he wouldn’t answer.

    Slowly, the door creaked open and Jeremy stood there, wearing joggers and a vest. His short brown hair was deliberately styled at every angle as to seem messy but handsome in charming manner. It was a difficult balance that he had been struck perfectly. At first Jeremy stood silently, bewildered by this late night guest. Before he could get his thoughts together Richard spoke, “Are you going to invite me in or not?” Trying desperately to make his voice sound casual. “Sure, yes come in,” Jeremy replied, slightly taken aback by this visit from Kate’s brother so late at night. He ushered him into the living room and offered him a seat at the sofa. Richard refused without saying a word. “I’m sorry for the mess, a tornado flew around my house just before you came,” he said jokingly. Still no response from Richard. Jeremy sat there mystified, soaking in the situation.

    As Jeremy sat there Richard stood, trying to stay afloat on the river of the thoughts running through his mind, finally, after a few minutes of nervous silence he decided that he wanted a clarification first. Shaking, he said, “Kate’s in hospital.” Jeremy replied with an inattentive nod. “The doctors are saying she was poisoned, poisoned on the night that she was having dinner with you.” Again he replied with a nod. Richard took a few steps closer to the spot where Jeremey was perched on the black leather sofa. “Poisoned by a meal that you planned, that you cooked, that you made her eat,” he shouted, unable to keep his composure.

    The words hit Jeremy like a knife, piercing through his skin and ripping apart the very nature of his being. He stood up in protest, “what are you trying to say?” he demanded, nostrils flaring and his deep blue eyes staring right at the man with a dangerous glint. “That I killed and poisoned my girlfriend, is that it?” “No, “Richard responded, “That you killed and poisoned my sister.” He spoke the words with a deep loathing but no aggression. Like a cobra raising its head out of the sand to check on its prey, Richard wanted no explanation from Jeremy. The kill was an inevitable eventuality. He pulled the gun out of his jacket pocket and held it steady pointing straight at Jeremy.

    Paralysed with fear Jeremy fell to the ground, head resting on the hard wood floors. His brooding eyes lit with panic. Heartbeat racing. Veins bulging across his forehead. “Stop, stop!” he protested “killing me will do nothing to better the situation,” the words barely making it out of his mouth as he gasped for air.

    Heavily breathing Richard staggered towards him, gun firmly fixed on its target. Like a child lighting a match for the first time he was apprehensive, but remained unflinched. “I-I don’t care,” he stammered. “You’re not the victim here, I am” “you don’t believe I killed her do you Richard? You can’t, it’s implausible, and what reason would I have to kill the woman I loved? We’re both the victims here, victims of misfortune.”

    Bang!

    Jeremy shielded his eyes as he heard the shot fire and rolled on the floor. The bullet, narrowly missing his ear, ricocheted and lodged inside a brick on the wall. Richard approached again for a second shot; tears streaming down his face. Trembling, he placed his finger on the trigger, ready for the kill. Looking Jeremy right in the eye

    As Richard looked down at the man lying by his feet he couldn’t help but to fell sympathetic, reluctantly he slowly lowered his gun and placed it back in his jacket pocket. His whole body had gone numb. Too ashamed to say another word he hurried out of the apartment, leaving Jeremy lying on the floor in a state of shock. Perplexed but relieved. Immediately he ran and shut the front door.

    As he walked back to the sofa Jeremy looked across the room into the corner where two exposed brick walls met and stared at the plant standing there, the Lily of the Valley. The most sweetly scented plant with the most poisonous berries, a deadly combination…  

  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Open or Close

    The final activity of the last week of term was a full house trip to London to see the new musical Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. The show was true to the Roald Dahl book, but presented some of the familiar Movie songs into more contemporary and upbeat classics. The staging of the show was superb, with Willy Wonka’s factory being revealed in all its glory in the second half, after much of the first act spent in Charlie’s grandparents’ house. The real highlight here was the great glass elevator actually taking off from the stage and hovering above high above the stage to rapturous applause.

    Both the adult and child actors were fantastic; really letting us get to know the characters. Willy Wonka and his remarkable Oompa-Loompas were another highlight, with the lead actor blending the singing prowess of Gene Wilder with the eccentricities of Johnny Depp’s character in their respective movies.

    It was a lovely way to spend the last night of term, and whilst the boys and staff all had a late night it was a perfect way to end what has been a busy, but fruitful term.

    Well done to all the Year 7’s in particular for making such brilliant progress in their first term in Fraser Youens! 

  • Christmas Dinner & Christmas Jumpers! Open or Close

    The last week of term festivities continues with the House Christmas supper. The annual Christmas dinner is probably the culinary highlight of the year for the boys. Nigel, as always, produces a huge Christmas feast, surpassing the likes of Nigella Lawson and Jamie Oliver by cooking a full turkey roast with all the trimmings for well over 100 boarders and staff.

    It is also an opportunity for the boys to be waited on by the housemasters and house tutors and for them to see the now infamous sight of Mr. Shreeve in a Santa hat serving food behind the counter!

    The food went down brilliantly and was topped off by the sight of all the housemasters and tutors sporting their brand new Christmas jumpers, kindly gifted by James Ensbury’s mother. The night ended with a film viewing and thankfully for the boys not a sniff of homework!

     

  • Christmas Competitions Open or Close

    The last week of term saw the start of the Christmas Competition season with a host of different games being played all with the desire to become a Fraser Youens Christmas Champion! The competitions this year were held across Table Tennis Singles (Junior and Senior), Table Tennis Doubles (Open), Table Football Singles & Doubles (Open), Pool Singles (Junior and Senior), Chess and (possibly the most hotly contested) Jenga.

    The competitions took place across the last week of term, with the finals all being held on Thursday evening in the midst of packing and DVD watching. The Christmas Champions are listed below and it needs not saying that these boys are worthy winners in what turned out to be fiercely competitive fields. In the Table Football, Year 13 Bruno Renucci swept the board winning the Singles and the Doubles with his Year 7 partner, Harry Langford.

    As always the Table Tennis competitions dominated the foyer of the house and it was great to see two juniors win the Open doubles tournaments after battering the hotly tipped Hollyer/Scourfield combination in the Quarter-Finals. There was also an upset in the Senior Table Tennis singles where newcomer Billy Chivers beat a strong opposition to overthrow reigning Ladder Champion Adrian So to take the title.

    The Jenga competition in particular needs mention, as due to the overwhelming popularity there had to be 2 unseeded competitions, with the ‘regional’ winners moving on to play each other to become the Grandmaster of Jenga. This is traditionally a tournament where the boarding staff take part and are notoriously strong. With Mr. Scourfield making a first round exit, and Miss Ellis-Jones making way in the Quarter-Finals, hopes were high for Mr. Hollyer in the Semi-Finals, but he too failed to make it. Along the way there were some epic battles, with one match between sixth-formers Hamish Brady and Harrison Roe lasting over an hour! 

    Junior Table Tennis Champion: Michael Abule

    Senior Table Tennis Champion: Billy Chivers

    Table Tennis Doubles Champion: George Cook & Dan Hetzel

    Junior Pool Champion: Vaidurya Mukherjee

    Senior Pool Champion: Tom Lee

    Table Football Singles Champion: Bruno Renucci

    Table Football Doubles Champion: Bruno Renucci & Harry Langford

    Chess Champion: Ben Ward

    Regional Jenga Champion: Lewis Mackenzie

    'Grandmaster of Jenga': Ed Hayward

  • House Trip to the Natural History Museum Ice Rink Open or Close

    On Sunday 14th December the house went on its annual Christmas trip to London and the Natural History Museum’s Ice Rink. The festive spirits were is full flow and all the boys gave skating their best shot. Although there were a great deal of crashes and near-misses, the boys (and staff) had a great time on the ice rink. This was made even better with some of our boys becoming confident skaters despite never having put on ice skates before! There was even a celebrity spot form the sixth formers; actor Jamie Campbell-Bower, of Twilight and The Mortal Instruments fame, was also on the ice, but thankfully despite his acting skills was of a similar standard of skating to the boarders!

    After a morning spend on the ice, the older boarders were given some free time to explore London and pick up some presents for their families, whilst the younger boys visited the Science museum to take part in many of their incredible interactive activities. It was a lovely day and a fun way to spend the last weekend of term.

    Bring on the last week of school before Christmas!

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • House Football Tournament Open or Close

    The last week of November became Football week in Fraser Youens, with the annual Boarders Football Tournament taking place from Monday to Thursday. The whole house was divided up into ten teams, captained by the prefects, made up boys of all age groups. As per usual it was a great opportunity for those youngest in the house to test their skills against those who are certainly bigger, but not always better than them. The 10 teams were split into two groups with each team playing all the teams in their group before advancing depending on their league position.

    The games throughout Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday were tense and close fought encounters with only the top 2 teams in each group progressing to the Semi-Finals.  After the 5th/6th , 7th/8th and 9th/10th place play-off fixtures on Thursday the Finals began with Team Hetzel and Team Hoban making it through to the Grand Final late on Thursday afternoon.

    Once again the boarder’s proved themselves to be quite the footballers, serving up an array of indoor football skills that many a Premier League professional would be proud of. In the end it was Team Hetzel that came out the Champions receiving the Fraser Youens Football Trophy to great accolade. Furthermore a young Year 7, Harry Langford, was awarded Boarder of the Week for his starring role in the winning team. 

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • Senior Quiz Open or Close

    On Tuesday 18th November the Senior House Quiz took place. 6 strong teams battled it out across 5 tough rounds of general knowledge to be crowned the 2014 Champions. This was a real mental battle with many teams swotting up in the lead up to the quiz. With team names such as ‘Universally Challenged’, ‘In Dog Beers I’ve only had 1’, ‘Les Quizerables’, ‘Consistently Inconsistent’, Deep Blue and ‘And Tonight’s Winners are…’ it was clear that this was a serious house event.

    The quiz rounds were extremely challenging: Mr Scourfield’s Film Picture round got proceedings off to a frustrating start with both the full name of the character depicted and the title of the film needed. Mr Hollyer’s Geography round followed where the flag questions proved most problematic. The Famous People round was an equally tricky affair with all 6 teams being close in points. However it was the final Music and Observation rounds that really made the difference with just one point separating the 1st and 2nd place teams.

    On a final count of the points ‘Deep Blue’ were crowned the Fraser Youens Senior Quiz Champions 2014 with 76.5 points out of a possible 110 beating ‘Les Quizerables’ by a solitary point. Well done to Team Blue whose prize was a celebratory pizza! 

     

     

     

  • Halloween Night (Early!) Open or Close

    Thursday 23rd October saw the canteen area converted into a Halloween feasting area. With “All Hallows’ Eve” falling in half term this year, it was decided that Fraser Youens would celebrate this auspicious date on the last night before the break.

    The canteen was turned into a cobweb filled, spider infested pumpkin laden den, with the boys being greeted by pumpkins steaming at the mouth. Our head chef Nigel has truly gone to town on the props this year, enrolling a team of juniors to decorate the room and a few senior boys to carve the pumpkins. However his centrepiece this year was to fill the inside of the pumpkins with dry ice, allowing the steam to pour out of the eyes and mouths giving a truly creepy look to their faces.

    There was also a special Halloween menu laid on with a ‘Blood Red’ tomato and mango soup to start, followed by a ‘Fiery Chinese’ pork bun before a mysterious ‘Banana Surprise’ pudding which included a unique and delicious homemade Nutella dust!

    The evening was capped off by the unexpected arrival of four zombies into the canteen to rapturous applause. The sixth formers make up was superb whist their acting skills need more work!

    It was a very enjoyable evening for all, and a nice send off after a long and busy first half of term.


  • Junior Quiz Evening Open or Close

    On Thursday 16th October the boarders from Year’s 7-10 took part in the Fraser Youens Junior Boarding Quiz. The 6 mixed year group teams battled it out under high pressure in the science block across 6 challenging rounds. Mr Scourfield led proceedings with the ‘World Records’, ‘Picture’ and ‘Observation’ rounds, (we’re not sure where he got his inspiration from, but his rounds did bare a striking resemblance to Question of Sport!) before Mr. Hollyer continued the quiz with the ‘Geography’ and ‘Music’ rounds. Mr Scourfield’s killer ‘Famous Sons’ round was the most challenging though, with many teams assuming they were looking for the son’s of famous sportsmen, rather than sportsmen with ‘son’ in their name.

    Overall it was the team ‘6 Giant Pandas’ who took victory and won the coveted box of celebrations! It was a thoroughly entertaining evening and showed the level of useful (and useless!) knowledge our boarders have to hand.

    After half term the Seniors will take part in a University Challenge style contest to earn the title of House Mastermind!

     

  • Catering Award! Open or Close

    Congratulations to the Boarding Kitchen Team from Connect Caterers for being awarded a Bronze ‘Food for Life Catering Award’. We are thrilled with this award, as it shows the sustainability of the food on the menu as well as the dedication Nigel and his staff have in putting on great meals for the boarders.

     

    They have successfully met all the criteria below which focus on removing harmful additives, trans fats and GM from the menu, and ensuring that the majority of food on the menu is prepared freshly on site:

    •              No undesirable additives or trans fats
    •              At least 75% of dishes are freshly prepared from unprocessed ingredients
    •              Meat is from farms which satisfy UK welfare standards
    •              Eggs are from cage-free hens
    •              Menus are seasonal and in-season produce is highlighted
    •              Catering staff are supported with skills training in fresh food preparation and the Catering Mark
    •              No GM ingredients are used
    •              Free drinking water is prominently available
    •              No fish is served from the (MCS) ‘fish to avoid’ list
    •              Information is on display about food provenance
    •              All suppliers have been verified to ensure they apply appropriate food safety standards
    •              Caterers in schools and academies, early years and residential care settings and hospitals can demonstrate their compliance with national standards or guidelines on food and nutrition
    •              Menus provide for all dietary and cultural needs

  • Boarders Obstacle Course Open or Close

    On Thursday 25th September the whole house took part in the annual Obstacle Course. Outside on the rugby pitches a variety of challenging (and amusing) obstacles were laid out. These included the infamous ‘sausage bag balance walk’, the ‘football net commando crawl’ and the ‘long range football shot’. However there was a new addition this year; the get-out-of-jail handball throw where you could jump ahead of the competition and skip half the obstacles by throwing a handball through a suspended hoop. This proved to be an incredibly difficult task to master with only 2 competitors succeeding!

    The competition was between the 8 tutor groups, aptly given their new team names this year in line with the change in tutors. The teams were: ‘Scourfield’s Scuttlers’, ‘Hollyer’s Harriers’, ‘The Great Gallaghers’, ‘Team Creeve’ (Crowter/Shreeve), ‘Young United’, ‘Fossey’s Ferretts’, ‘The Clay Pigeons’, and ‘The Ellis-Jones Journeymen’.

    The level of competition was high as always with an edge of amusement throughout. Whilst it was largely the football shot that caused the most problematic, it was the balance walk that proved most entertaining, with many a boarder (young and old) tumbling to the ground.

    Overall it was the new tutor group, ‘The Ellis-Jones Journeymen, that took the crown of Obstacle Course champions, beating (the somewhat disgruntled) Scourfield’s Scuttlers’ in a controversial, but very entertaining final!

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • House Trip to Longridge Activity Centre Open or Close

    On Sunday 14th September (the first full weekend of term) Mr Hollyer and Mr Scourfield took the new Year 7 boarders and all the full boarders to Longridge Activity Centre in Marlow. Whilst here they took part in a trio of activities including Climbing, Water Zorbing and Bell Boating. As you can see from the attached photos the Year 7 boys in particular got very wet! This was a great early opportunity for the Year 7 boys to get to know each other better as well as the full boarders to to pit themselves against each other in some of the more competitive activities! 

     “I really enjoyed the trip, it was so much fun! It’s great to get to know people when they are having fun and not in school. The Zorbing was hilarious; the climbing was scary but fun and bell boating was just wet!”

    “I loved the water zorbing, but it was so hard to stand up. The bell boating was great fun, although we did get really wet and I loved the climbing. I’d never been on a climbing wall before so it was all new for me."

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • Spotlight on the new Head of House Open or Close

    The Head of House for this year in Fraser Youens is Tom Pearce.

    Tom joined the boarding house in 2010 when he entered the school in Year 9. In June of last academic year, he was voted by the entire boarding community to become a House Prefect before appointed as Head of House having successfully completed a rigorous interview process. Tom studies English Literature, Chemistry and Latin at A-Level and is hoping to read English Literature at University. He is a keen sportsman and is the scrum half in school 1stXV rugby team.

    “I feel being the Head of House is a real privilege at RGS. Not only am I a senior figure within the Boarding House but I am also a Senior Prefect within school and therefore I need to balance my time wisely between the two.

    The beginning of the school year is always a busy time for both pupils and teachers. As Head of House, my role is primarily to attempt to ease the workload of both the teachers and students, through the effective use of the House Prefects. The first task was to create a Prefect rota, assigning people to particular days and jobs. The jobs include putting boys to bed, assisting in activities and urging the more lethargic boys out of the boarding house in the morning. Another aspect was assigning two boys from each year to represent their peers in the Boarding and Food council. Choosing only two from the mass of boys that put their names forward is always a tricky task.

    The main school Open Evenings have been perhaps the most daunting aspect of the term thus far. The Boarding Prefects stood at the front of the school and attempted to persuade the general throng that the Boarding House was the place to be. If we managed to charm a family, a tour of the house would ensue. Far more difficult aspects involve the emphasis on other boy’s appearance; top buttons done up, shirts tucked in etc…I think it is fair to say the evenings were a success, and although the teachers obviously were vital in this, I believe the prefects also played a fundamental role.”


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