Reflections on a busy and eventful Lent Term!

23 Apr 2012

As we commence a new term, it is worth reflecting on what was a busy and eventful Lent Term. At the end of last term, Head of Christ College Mrs Emma Taylor passed on a number of congratulations and awards during the end-of-term assembly. These included:

Merit prize winners from the most recent Grade Review. They were:

In the 2nd Form, Catie Masters.
In the 3rd Form Annabel James, Harry Peach, and for the first time this year Rosie Evans, Matthew Dempsey, and Trystan Williams.
In the 4th Form prizes went to: Freya Felgate, Bella Fisher, Amina Ma, Mimi Welch, Alex Bush, and for the first time to Kelly Tavener, Andrew Barry, Aaron Lau, Edward Andrews, Lloyd Donovan, Max Griessinger and Iain Mitchell.
And in the 5th Form Kanon Yasuda, Jake Brockwell, Elgan Jones, Paul Pritz, David Silk and Jamie Morris, and for the first time Ariadne Bridge, Lauren Williams, Dominic Hayes, Alan Rana, James Leuschke, William Thomas and Alex Edmunds.
Merit Prizes aren’t awarded to Sixth Formers, but we do want to acknowledge those who are working exceptionally hard. Therefore congratulations were given to those who had *s for effort in more than half their grades, and they were as follows:

In the Lower Sixth, Catrin Bush, Megan Gee, Anima Waldstein, Nan Zhang, Sabrina Keller and Fuson Tam
In the Upper Sixth, Annabel Dereham, Rosie Woodrow, Rex Deng, and a special mention to Llew Davies, who gained 10s in all his attainment grades.

Sticking with the academic theme, certificates from the UK Intermediate Maths Challenge were awarded to the following pupils;

Silver awards went to: William Blackledge, Isaac Cho, Andrew Barry, David Silk, Elgan Jones, Jiwan Rana, Jake Brockwell, Douglas Evans and Alex Edmunds.
Gold awards went to Teja Boocock, Patrick Dempsey and Aaron Lau, who also won the certificate for best in school.

One or two individual achievements to mention now:

Certificates for Ivan Law, who completed his Bronze Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, and for Rosie Evans, who gained Distinction in her Grade 6 flute.
A certificate from the Boy Scouts of America, which I think is a first for Christ College. Aled Carter- Pannett has achieved the honour of gaining the highest rank in the American scouting programme, Eagle Scout, with his troop in Azerbaijan. To achieve this honour, a scout must have at least 5 years of membership, and fulfilled the requirements for leadership, service and outdoor skills. Only 3% of all scouts attain the rank of Eagle Scout worldwide, so this is a considerable achievement. Many congratulations to Aled!

We would also like to congratulate a number of pupils on international selection this term.

Ellie Davies has been selected to run for Wales in cross country, and represented Wales for the first time in Scotland last week, while Issy Morris has been selected to run for Wales in the Junior London Marathon in April.
Several of our pupils will also be representing Wales in the UK Schools Games in May: Tom Dawson and Ben Wigmore have been selected to play hockey for Wales at U18 level, and Martha James and Aled Scudamore will be fencing as part of the Welsh team at the same event.
In shooting, Dyfan Rowlands and Jos Beaumont have been selected to represent Wales in the Home Country championships.
In dinghy sailing Hugh Guinan continues to compete regularly for Wales.
Congratulations to all!

The House Competition is finely poised as we look forward to the last few competitions of the year, and after the Speech & Drama competition and the Science Photography Competition, the current position is this:

In the boys’ competition St David’s are currently in 3rd place with 17 points, with School House in 2nd on 29 points and Orchard in a clear 1st place with 44.
In the girls’ competition it is neck and neck, with both de Winton and Donaldson’s on 35 points. So everything still to play for this term.

Head of Christ College Mrs Taylor commented: “In our end-of-term assembly, we celebrated some of the more public and observable achievements, but there were many other achievements in the Lent Term, most of them quiet, private triumphs, with only a few of them seen and applauded by others.”

She added: “As pupils reflect on the last few weeks of last term, of their own moments of victory, each can take pride in these little victories; they all count, they all add up to ensure that each of them develops their own set of skills and their own personality.”