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Dear Parents and Carers

Another term flies by, another newsletter, another chance to reflect on so many exciting and enjoyable events and activities. Life seems to be full of quizzes and competitions just at the moment. I do not yet know how our Y10 biologists got on in the Big Quiz at Birmingham University today. Yesterday our geographers had great fun in a quiz with local schools using a format and questions provided by the Royal Geographical Society; we did not win, and we have to congratulate our sisters and neighbours. Earlier on this term we were thrilled to win back the West Midlands Chemistry Quiz trophy, enjoying our revenge over King Edward’s School who took the trophy from us last year. Once again we hosted our regional UK Maths Trust Quiz (called the Maths Team Challenge); once again we were allowed to enter an unofficial B team; unusually, our A team beat our B team; it also beat everyone else, knocking King Edwards High School for Girls into second place. (Our B team would have been 3rd if they had been an official entry.)

I can neatly link these quizzes to House competitions we have seen completed this term:


  • House quiz – Howard

  • House rugby – Tudor

  • House chess – Beaufort and Howard

  • House swimming – Tudor

I must resist the temptation to run through the term’s calendar – Business Language Day, Oxford Schools Debating, Y9 Enterprise Day spring to mind. The visit of our German partners for their work experience, the Poetry and Music evening, the Big Bang Fair, the Tea-Time Concert, the residential Geography field trip. (I am not resisting very well.) And I cannot resist the temptation to mention three other residential trips. The ski trip to Austria was a superb experience (I feel sorry for those who were on their first ski trip – they will think the conditions are always like that and they are in for a lifetime of disappointment), with the usual praise being showered on your sons by the hoteliers and tour operators not merely for doing no harm but for being such polite, pleasant and considerate young men. The junior rugby and hockey tourists to Carlisle received just the same accolades from their hosts, though they did not receive just the same perfect weather conditions for their sports. And I am so looking forward to joining the senior rugby tour to Cornwall, my favourite county, where they take their amateur rugby very seriously, so we should be in for some cracking matches.

Well done the boys on their various fund-raising activities this term; I do not know how much the Just a Minute game raised, but I do know that the Y9 cake sale raised £76, while their poetry competition (which actually happened last term) raised £102. Red Nose Day was great fun too; I do not think I have ever seen the boys make so much effort with such enjoyable success for a non-uniform day before; looking out at them from the stage during assembly was a magnificent sight!

I see we (along with the other King Edward’s grammar schools) made the national press today for the extraordinary success of our Widening Access scheme. We offered 24 places to the top applicants on Pupil Premium (that is in effect those who have been on free school meals at any time in the last 6 years), provided they passed a threshold score. Despite all our efforts to ensure that pupils from all social and income groups in Birmingham should feel the grammar schools were for them, I remained sceptical that such an ambitious target could be reached any time soon. How wrong I was; we will indeed have 24 pupils on Pupil Premium joining us next year – that is 20% compared to our more typical 5% or less. A tremendous outcome for our school and our city and, inplied by the Independent, for our country.

The current Y7 has 120 boys in it – the first year of our expansion. Over the next five years (including the current one) the school will grow by five forms and we need somewhere to teach them. It has been exciting today to see the contractors arrive on site to unload materials for advanced works which will take place over the Easter holidays and for three weeks beyond. (After the advanced works the contractor will leave us alone until after the exams.) 13 months from now they are due to have finished altogether. Two new labs, three new classrooms and associated offices and science prep rooms will be a wonderful new asset. The classrooms will have removable partitions, so that they can be opened out into one large meeting room, suitable for House meetings, for example.

This term saw the Annual General Meeting of the AFS, giving me the opportunity to express my gratitude to you for all you do for the school, giving time, talents and money. It is so appreciated by boys and staff alike. On the subject of the AFS, do not forget the Summer Party – see Anjum Stuart’s note and the flyer included in this newsletter.

By the time I write my next newsletter three year groups will have sat external exams. I wish them all the very best for those; I am confident they will do you, their parents, proud. Not to mention us, their teachers. I hope they get the right mixture of work and relaxation over Easter, and that their final weeks of revision will be effective. I know that many of our boys enjoy their exams – they find them a small price to pay for a few weeks off timetabled lessons at a time of year when the weather can be at its best. But I also know that for some it is a time of anxiety; I realise you parents will be doing all you can to encourage and support them through that, knowing how vital it is to keep a sense of balance and perspective. Good luck to all who are taking national exams next term!

I hope all of you will enjoy time together as families over Easter – have a wonderful holiday.

Yours sincerely





M J Garrod

Headmaster


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E-NEWSLETTER – MARCH 2015
Chess

Just a brief report this time. We haven’t had many League matches: the first team and the Under 13 team played Five Ways, and both won 5-1. There may be a bit of catching-up to do next term. There were two tournaments. In the Under 12 tournament in mid-January, five teams took part, and we won, with Qiyuan Chen, William Yang and Tarun Sangha winning both their games. In the Closed Quickplay in March, we scored 8/8 in the first round, then another 8/8 in the second. We then needed one more point to be certain of victory, and got it rather easily, although we only scored 5/8 in the third round. Well done to all who played in these two tournaments. We didn’t enter the Lightning or the Under 14 this year.


And then there was House Chess. The results in Round 1 were Beaufort 5, Howard 3; and Tudor 6, Seymour 2. In Round 2 we had Seymour 4½, Beaufort 3½; Howard 6, Tudor 2. So we entered Round 3 with all four houses level on one win each. It could have been an exciting evening, but Seymour quickly crumbled before a strong Howard attack, and Beaufort finished off Tudor almost as easily, despite wins for Tudor on the bottom two boards. The House championship was therefore shared by Beaufort and Howard.
AMR

Business Language Day

Upon their return after half term, Year 9 were presented with the promise of a Business Language Day, organised by Mrs Wells, which constituted a full day taking part in workshops and attending talks in order for us to discover how people had made a career using their linguistic abilities.

The day began with the whole of the year filling the hall to listen to a speech presented by Ludovic (an international student from France) which focused on how languages allow him to explore the world. Following that was another speech from Sandra (another international student from Germany). Both of these speeches placed emphasis on how being multilingual allowed us to present and communicate more effectively when in another country.

Then we split up in to groups and returned to classrooms to listen to talks from people who worked in an industry, where their knowledge of multiple languages allowed them to excel. There were also presentations by students who were studying MFLs at university. After lunch, we regrouped and worked in teams to produce an advert for a new, healthy cereal, in our preferred language (but not English).

Finally, to conclude our day, we gathered in the hall to present the best adverts to decide a winner. Overall the day was lots of fun and I know we all learnt a lot from it. I’d like to thank, on behalf of Year 9, Mrs Wells and the rest of the MFL department for putting together an amazing day.

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By George Hynes

Woodthorpe Primary School: French Day

On Thursday 12th March, Zikriya Bukhari, Prithvi Karthik, Ahmed Iqbal and I went to help out with the French Day at Woodthorpe Primary School. The day started with a taxi journey to the school, which was running a bit late. That meant we did not get there as early as we had hoped, and had less time to set up our presentation. The presentation went well, with a few technical glitches, all the children learnt a lot of facts and laughed at our videos.

After the presentation and the assembly, we started playing fun games with all the years between Reception and Year 6. One of the games Mr Renault taught us to play was called ‘Ball on a bucket.’ To play this game, you take a (large-ish) bucket and turn it so that the hole is on the bottom. Then you get a ball (e.g. a tennis ball or a bouncy ball) and place it on the bucket. When a leader says ‘Allez-y’ you have to bounce the ball on the bucket while walking over to the other side of the room. If the ball touches the floor before you reach the end you have to start all over again! My favourite year group was probably Year 5 because they were funny and let me join in.

Later in the day we went round the KS2 classes and the children asked Mr Renault lots of questions. We found lots of interesting facts about France like the fact that French classes start at 8 a.m. and can end at about 6 p.m. The best thing is that they do not have to wear school uniform but when some children were asked if they wanted to have a uniform they actually said yes!

The end of the day had come too early and we got the taxi back, arriving at school at about 3:30. That meant that I was able to get the bus and got home earlier!

Merci à Monsieur Renault pour l'organisation de la journée. C'était génial et drôle.


Report by Miles Balderson, 7S.


British Informatics Olympiad - Matthew Else

Earlier this academic year a group of talented computing students in the school took part in the first round of the British Informatics Olympiad.  This involved writing programs to solve three gruelling problems over three hours.  Just to be in a position to make a reasonable attempt in this in this competition requires excellent logical thinking and coding skills and so all those who took part are to be commended.   Particular congratulations go to Matthew Else in year 13.  Matthew scored so highly in the first round he has been invited to compete in the national finals against 14 other top programmers from across the country. Matthew is an exceptionally able computer scientist who has completed extensive work experience with ARM and has an offer to study Computer Science at Cambridge.  We wish him the very best in the remainder of the competition.


JJP
English

The English Department saw two senior debaters competing on a national level, with Sulamaan Rahim and Tom Meehan taking part in the Oxford Schools Debating competition in February.

The annual Poetry and Music Evening was a great success, with the theme of ‘movement’ eliciting some great performances from boys in years 7 and 8.

There were a number of author visits to the school. Young adult author Sally Gardner came to the school in February to talk about her books and how she started life as a writer. David Massey came to speak year 10 about his books Torn and Taken. There is also a planned visit to the school by Erin Lange on the 27th of March. Lange is the author of Butter and Dead Ends among others.

Also coming up next term is a theatre visit for year 10 to see Arthur Miller’s play ‘Death of a Salesman’ in Stratford on the 22nd of April. July will also see the annual Media Day, in which year 8 boys will have the opportunity to learn about different areas of the media, including newspapers, blogging and internet news, radio, television and documentaries.

DJW

Students Robotics

For the first time, Camp Hill Boys (with some input from Camp Hill Girls) are entering the Student Robotics competition run by current and former students from Southampton University. The competition involves teams designing and building a fully autonomous robot to compete in a game designed by the competition organisers.

The team of Umar Ahmed, Oscar Bocking, Matthew Else, Thomas Else, Jenny Lea (CHG), Joe Malt and Peter Watson, are currently designing and completing the robot. They are to test this robot in competition over the weekend of the 25th and 26th of April at Newbury Racecourse.

AJN

Engineering in Education Scheme

The young men, who are representing our school in the Engineering in Education Scheme, as you would have expected, stepped up to the mark and met the challenges head-on, especially in these times of trying conditions. They have worked very hard in the last few months and will see all their labours come to fruition in the next month.

During the time of the project they have been attending team meetings; these meetings have consisted of such things as planning, task allocation, liaising and communicating etc. They have also been working on completing their solutions to the engineering project set them by our support companies. The CDS project consists of the boys coming up with a spring compression device to aid assembly of the spill valve which is used within the fuel metering unit within the jet engine and the Eaton project is looking at a design for a reusable pallet to protect an expensive aerospace fuel pipe during the movement around the plan and to outside contractors.

The main area of focus for the team members at the moment is their technical report which will be sent off to their judging panel, from which they will be questioned about on the Celebration Day (30th of April at Cranmore Park, Solihull), the judging panel will consist of highly qualified engineers and company directors from the aforementioned companies. The Celebration Day will be a time when they do a presentation to the judging panel and display their project to the other dignitaries’ assembled there.



AJN
Maths Matters

The British Mathematical Olympiad Round 1 results arrived just too late for inclusion in last term’s newsletter. This paper is aimed at the top 1000 students as selected by the Senior Maths Challenge, and we had six of those. All did well, with Sam England gaining a certificate of distinction and Muhammed Khan scoring full marks in four of the six questions to gain not only a distinction but a place in the second round. We also had the Senior Kangaroo results, and here, Thomas Else, Uthman Mahmud, David Johnson, Joel Elkin, Michael Jones, Oliver Paulin, Paul Gardner, Adam Titchen and Gaspard Bulso did well to obtain merits.


Moving on to January, the Maths Department gained a new member, Mr Azam, who took over some of Miss Hunt’s classes. He seems to be enjoying his role and I would like to thank him for all he has done (so far) for the department.
Having won the Regional “Final” at Camp Hill last term, our senior team, consisting of Giles Moss, Sam England, Muhammed Khan and Anthony Lim, travelled to London with Mr Thompson to take part in the national final. I think they only made three mistakes in the whole competition, but the standard is very high and they finished in a very creditable tenth place overall. Well done to them and many thanks to Mr Thompson for going with them and for his rigorous training schedule.

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The individual challenge of the term was the Intermediate Challenge. This is also the largest, with about 260 entries, so the logistics of the morning had to be handled with military precision. This was done, and the papers sent off: when the results arrived, the boys had achieved 63 gold certificates, 96 silvers and 61 bronzes. Anthony Lim (scoring 130/135), Stephen Mander (scoring 123), Paul Gardner, Puney Jain, Jan Rudzki, Monim Wains, John Hayton, Sam Stansfield, Robert Hillier and Alex Byrne did extremely well, all qualifying for the three follow-up Intermediate Mathematical Olympiads, and in addition 48 boys qualified for one of two colours of kangaroo. As is frequently said in these articles, we await the results with interest.


Then we had the “privilege” of hosting the junior Team Mathematics Challenge regional “final”. Here, I must record a slight communication problem. For the Senior Final, I was sent templates of letters (well, e-mails) to send out to participating schools, which I adapted to suit Camp Hill. For this competition, the UKMT sent all the materials out from a central office, so I didn’t see them. I assumed the catering arrangements would be the same as for the senior competition, so arranged lunch for all competitors, only to find that they had been told to bring packed lunches. Never mind, nothing was wasted! As for the maths, we entered two teams. The B team, consisting of Alex Byrne, Alfie Green, Tommy Ransbotyn and Andrew Lim (see above) were recruited the previous day after one school dropped out.

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The A team, which consisted of Sam Stansfield, Robert Hillier, Hao Yang and Neal Pankhania, had had the benefit of Mr Thompson’s rigorous training schedule, but for historical reasons I was not surprised when, after the group round and the cross number, the B team were 1 point ahead of the A team. The competition was as fierce as usual, and the girls from King Edward’s High School were 1 point ahead of them. The shuttle round sorted them out, though, and the A team pulled well ahead, to win the competition and a place in the national finals in London in June. The B team did very well to finish third!



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The fourth round of the competition was a relay round which involved moving around the hall. This resulted in a health and safety issue and we had to record our first ever Maths injury when a boy from a visiting school was a bit over-enthusiastic about moving and cut his head open. Many thanks are due to Mrs Hollins in the office for her first aid!


The following day, a team of four Year 10s, Daniel Hill, John Hayton, Monim Wains and Jan Rudzki, went to the University of Birmingham to participate in a team competition called “Maths Feast”. An enjoyable afternoon found the boys participating in rounds titled Amuse-Bouche, Hors d’oeuvres, Entrée, Mains, Dessert and Petits Fours. (No, I don’t get it either.) They battled with equivalent algebraic expressions, comparisons, set theory, word problems, relays and origami. The origami round, which involved making stackable Columbus cubes, was great fun, with John Hayton being our star paper folder. They were already certain of victory before the final round and thoroughly deserved their first place. Well done to them and thanks to Mr Bruten for taking them.
Next term, it’s the turn of the Junior Maths Challenge, which will be on Thursday 30 April. Finally, I would like to thank all my colleagues (and of course students) who have helped me make it through this term. Hopefully the “summer term” will bring only good news.
AMR

Music
The Spring Term is not long and so is a busy time for school musicians.
We were very pleased with another very good group of Associated Board and Trinity ‘grade’ examination results which we received early in term. Particularly pleasing is the high proportion of ‘distinction’ and ‘merit’ grades.


Name




Form

Instrument

Grade




Daniel

Cole

9S

French Horn

1

Distinction

Garen

Boora

10X

Alto Saxophone

2

 

Anish

Najran

8M

Guitar

3

Merit

Alexander

Lee

9M

Flute

3

Merit

Hamza

Arshad

10Y

Guitar

3

Distinction

Saksham

Shah

8J

Drum Kit

3

Distinction

Joshua

Humphries

10X

French Horn

4

 

Chaithanya

Gowda

8J

Saxophone

4

 

Alfie

Green

9S

Saxophone

4

 

Alex

Prins

10X

Alto Saxophone

4

Merit

Mohammed

Rajabali

11W

Saxophone

4

Merit

Nirandeep

Boora

11Z

Saxophone

4

Merit

Joseph

Clark

8S

Saxophone

4

Merit

Daniel

Faulkner-Moss

11Y

Saxophone

5

 

Albert

Chang

9S

Violin

5

 

Thomas

Isaac

10X

Theory

5

Merit

Johannes

Beckett

10Z

Trumpet

5

Merit

George

Downing

11S

Tuned Percussion

5

Merit

Seth

Dockery

7M

Clarinet

5

Distinction

Ryan

Humphreys

9S

Euphonium

5

Distinction

George

Hynes

9M

Trumpet

6

 

Joseph

Gardner

L6

Clarinet

6

Distinction

Thomas

Isaac

10X

Violin

7

Merit

Matthew

Perrett

9J

Piano

7

Merit

Andrew

Featherstone

U6

Jazz Saxophone

7

Distinction

Quian

Chen

7S

Piano

8

Merit

Timothy

Naylor

U2

Alto Saxophone

8

Merit

Jonathan

Hart

11X

Oboe

8

Distinction

Chao

Chen

L2

Piano

8

Distinction

Richard

English

U5

Double Bass

8

Distinction

We are also delighted to report that Harry Atkinson, who last term gained a very high mark in his grade 8 examination (146 out of 150 marks) was recently awarded a ‘Silver Award’ for this excellent result from The Associated Board of the Royal School of Music.



We maintain good links with Birmingham Music Service and our local ‘Music Hub’ which has a role in linking schools and other Arts organisations. We were delighted to take all our Year 7 pupils to a free CBSO concert in Symphony Hall organised by the Hub called ‘The CBSO Guide to the Orchestra’. The presentation and performances were excellent, and the boys really enjoyed the trip and got a lot out of it.
On 1st February our Concert Orchestra performed in Birmingham Cathedral. The event was a Festival Service of the Royal School of Church Music to celebrate the Cathedral’s tercentenary. The orchestra accompanied a massed RSCM choir of over 100 in music by Handel, Haydn, Stanford and Rutter. We had a very complimentary letter from the RSCM thanking us for our “significant contribution to the success of the event”.
The Poetry and Music Concert is now a regular fixture in the school calendar. It is a great opportunity for musicians to perform to an enthusiastic audience, and many boys offered to play. The musicians were Sam Gray (piano), Ibraheem Mohammed (guitar), Noah Lloyd (drum kit), Qiyuan Chen (flute), Toby Little (piano), Abhinash Nirantharakumar (euphonium), Miles Balderson (keyboard0, Joe Thompson (guitar) and Jamie Wen (guitar). There were also songs from the Chamber Choir plus a joint instrumental ensemble with our Year 10 GCSE group and Wheelers Lane Primary School musicians. The event was a great success.
In February we hold our Instrumental Parents Evening, an ideal opportunity for parents to meet our instrumental teachers and discuss their son’s progress. The evening was busy, and it was clear that parents and instrumental teachers found it very helpful.
Our Year 10 musicians have been very busy over the term, and I thank them for their support and enthusiasm. They studied ‘Jazz’ as part of the GCSE, and rehearsed an effective arrangement of ‘O when the Saints’. It was agreed to pay this at the GCSE Options Evening, and this was enjoyed by all.
The Year 10s next engagement was playing at the annual Education Sunday Service at our Parish Church, All Saint’s, King’s Heath. Here they accompanied the hymns, and played the Jazz piece as a ‘voluntary’ at the end. It was an enjoyable morning.
On 11th March we held our Teatime Concert. This short concert, held at 5pm, is a chance for our training groups and a few ensembles to perform. The pupils enjoy it as they are given tea before the concert; Parents enjoy it as it’s not too long! String Orchestra played first, and there was some very neat playing under the baton of Mr Richard Jones. There were then a selection of excellent junior solos and ensembles. Junior Guitar Ensemble gave a neat performance of ‘I Giorni’ by Einaudi, and there were fine solos from Qiyan Chen (flute) and Jamie Wen (violin). Trainig Wind Band finished off the evening with rousing versions of ‘Climb Ev’ry Mountain’ and ‘Twist and Shout’!
Towards the end of term I was pleased to be invited to take a group of our choir to a local Primary School to sing to them to try and generate more singing in their school. We took a minibus full of or choir, and sang an selection of songs, which included the Folk Songs ‘Druken Sailor’ and ‘Scarborough Fair’, the Frist World War songs ‘Pack up your troubles’ and ‘It’s a long way to Tipperary’ and finished with some spirituals. The Primary School pupils were enthusiastic, and enjoyed joining in with the last song ‘Silver Trumpet’.
At the end of term we have many pupils taking ‘grade’ music examinations, and, with the girls’school have one and half days of Associated Board exams an d one and a half days of Trinity exams. We wish the pupils the best of luck in these.
Many of our boys have entered for auditions to the excellent City of Birmingham Music Service Orchestras, Bands and Ensembles. The auditions are in May, and we wish them the best of luck with these.
We are pleased to maintain our links with Birmingham City University, as he have had a PGCE music student with us for a term most years. This year our student is Daniel Nock, and he has made an excellent start with his teaching. We wish him well in his time with us.

We are very pleased to hear of the success of our musical Old Boys:




  • Oliver Palmer carried on the tradition which he started whilst at school of getting together a choir at Christmas and Carol Singing around Harborne for charity. This Christmas £144.27 was raised for the Midland Air Ambulance.

  • Following his time studying music at Oxford as an organ scholar, David Todd is now a conductor and organist in London. We were delighted that he played for our Carol Service this year. (david-todd.co.uk)

  • Jamie Phillips has made a great success of his association with the Hallé Orchestra in Manchester, and following his time as ‘Assistant Conductor’ has now been appointed ‘Associate Conductor’. (jamie-phillips.com)

In the last week of term we still have a lot on. Our Year 11 GCSE pupils are practising hard as they have their performances and Creative Task. We also hold the House Music Competition, which will once again be adjudicated by Mr David Griffiths MA, FRCO.

School musicians now deserve a good rest, before we get together again next term. We look forward to next term’s concerts, and hope to see you there.
Senior Concert Tuesday 5 May 7pm CHG Hall

Summer Soireé Thursday 18 June 7pm CHB Hall


SFP

House Quiz Review 2015

The astronomical charts would suggest that Howard and Seymour would again fight out this year’s competition. Capably led by quiz luminaries Sulamaan Rahim and Nathan McClelland; after many years of friendly rivalry, could they mould their respective houses into championship winning units? Which house would cast a shadow over the other one?

In November, first blood went to Howard who snatched the senior honours with a 35-33 victory over Seymour in the final decider, mainly thanks to the lightning buzzing of the captain. In the intermediate section, Howard suffered a gravitational wobble against Beaufort but then recovered to beat Tudor and Seymour and steal a lead of two wins going into the final series of fixtures.

It was the Junior competitors over the past three weeks who needed to wrap up the victory for the Blue Wave. A defeat to Seymour in the first fixture, thanks to magnificent buzzing from Ajay John, threw Howard out of orbit and meant that the Golden Ticket could still snatch overall victory, a second victory for Seymour over Beaufort meant that they could still finish up winners, however a win for Howard against Tudor meant that the championship could only be shared. It came to the final fixtures to determine the Junior honours, Seymour were denied by the odd point to Tudor in the last round and Howard’s strength totally eclipsed Beaufort. After a mini crisis, the Blue Planet had again emerged from the darkness to share the Junior title with Seymour and Tudor.

This left the overall standings as follows:

Beaufort and Tudor – joint 3rd Place – the penumbras

Seymour – 2nd Place – the umbra

Nathan will have to take umbrage as the corona goes to Howard

Apologies for the astronomically bad puns, but it was the week of the eclipse.

GNH

AFS Summer Party

Dear Parents

After the Easter break you will receive the flyer for the Summer Party which will be held on Saturday, May 16th. It looks like it will be a great evening filled with music and laughter with the added benefit that you will be able to shine your halo - all the profits from the evening will go to the AFS which supports your sons' after school activities, printing of the Chronicle Magazine and many, many other vital items that the school cannot always afford in these difficult times.

I do hope that you can come along and, remember, tickets are not limited to parents so bring your friends along too. Even if you cannot come, you can contribute by donating a raffle prize to the school office - wine, chocolates, vouchers/unwanted presents etc. or if you have a business, a promotional offer etc. We have limited places so hurry, hurry! I look forward to seeing you on the night.



Thank you, on behalf of the AFS, for all your support!

Anjum Stuart (Chair of the AFS)

RESULTS SUMMARY



TEAMS


PLAYED

WON

DRAWN

LOST

FOR

AGAINST

RUGBY

1st XV


16


5


0


11


283


383

2nd XV

7

3

0

4

108

189

U/16

9

5

0

4

272

167

U/15

B

20

4

7

1

0

0

13

3

218

58

553

131

U/14

B

19

3

13

1

1

0

5

2

540

61

416

77

U/13

B

C

18

5

3

11

2

1

0

0

0

7

3

2

464

103

26

282

103

76

U/12

B

C

D

15

10

8

6

7

2

5

3

0

0

0

2

8

8

3

1

283

130

148

192

333

330

88

122

HOCKEY

1st XI


18


5


2


11


33


49

2nd XI

17

1

1

15

6

62

U/15

7

4

0

3

23

12

U/14

5

0

1

4

4

13

BASKETBALL

U/14


8


7


0


1


170


68

U/13

8

6

0

2

208

123

FOOTBALL

1st XI


12


2


1


9


8


42

2nd XI

6

1

1

4

7

14

BADMINTON

U/18


1


0


0


1


8


16

U/17

1

0

0

1

14

18

U/16

2

1

0

1

5

5

U/15

1

1

0

0

20

12

U/14

3

2

0

1

9

6


1st XV Rugby

I am afraid that 2015, from a senior rugby perspective, has offered precious little to report so far. We have only played four games since Christmas and, unfortunately, we have only won a quarter of them. However, it was our most recent game that saw us bounce back in style and record a handsome victory over King Edward’s School, Nuneaton. This is a side that we had contrived to lose to earlier in the season. None of us can still quite believe how we managed it, but back in September we were outmuscled, outflanked and outperformed. This time we played to our full potential and clearly demonstrated the journey we have been on this season. We are now a far superior side to the one we were turning out at the start of the season and this is largely due to the commitment of a core of players who have trained exceptionally hard and demonstrated tremendous spirit and support of one another. It also demonstrates the power of ‘triangle runs’ – if you want to know about them, you need to come to senior rugby training.

So, forgive me for glossing over the three defeats (Adams, Vesey and Stratford); let’s focus on the feast of running rugby that saw us run out 79-5 winners against K.E. Nuneaton. In many respects we demonstrated the attributes of the international teams that we have enjoyed watching in the recent Six-Nations Championship. The raw attacking prowess of Wales; the physicality of Ireland; the never-say-die attitude of Italy; the casual indifference towards the big occasion of France; and the capacity to concede tries against all the odds of England. We had it all. Scotland also played in the Six-Nations Championship.

It was nice to see the wily old campaigner, Joe Cullen, edging out the young pretender, Cameron Steel, three tries to two. And this friendly rivalry is indicative of how the older players have helped to bring on the younger lads this year. Even the forwards got in on the action and Will Stenson grabbed a brace to round off a superb season. Giles Moss, like a young Sergio Parisse, captained charismatically but failed to get on the score sheet.

In spite of our relative lack of 2015 rugby, we still have our highlight of the season to look forward to. We depart for Cornwall at Easter for the annual tour. We hope to find good rugby and a chance to round off in style a season which has been a struggle at times (but always enjoyable). We also hope to find nice pasties.

I will report back on the tour and the season again as a whole in more detail in the Chronicle. I certainly hope to be adding three additional marks in the victories column, but I’m sure that, whatever the results, we will have a great tour. I would like to express my thanks to the players for their commitment and good humour throughout the season. I would also like to thank all of those who have supported the team as well as my co-coaches. I would especially like to thank Mr Carman for all of his hard work in organising the tour. We just need to repay his efforts with a few good performances now!

I hope you enjoy the cricket season. Pre-season rugby training starts soon.
AJC

Rugby: 2nd XV U16 XV

To those of you who may care to read this article; a few words of apology for the relative brevity of the piece but the fact remains that a single match against Adams Grammar School represents the terms playing experience to date. Nonetheless, despite this, the players have been extremely loyal and committed to continue training throughout the period, in anticipation of the end of season tour to Cornwall. Therefore, I would like to take this opportunity to thank all players who represent the two teams, for their dedication and good humour over a rather barren period. We very much hope that the matches on tour turn out to be competitive and enjoyable and that all involved gain from the experience. Good luck to you on tour and for the seasons ahead.



PC

U15 Rugby Report

The U15 rugby team added two wins and five losses to their record this term. Heavy defeats against Adams Grammar School and Stratford were followed by a close encounter against Southam. Having beaten Southam earlier in the year, Camp Hill were on course to do the double as they led 7-5 through a first half Murtaza Nomani try. However Southam’s quality backline eventually shone through as a quick lineout resulted in a score in the corner and a 12-7 defeat for Camp Hill.

Unfortunately the weather beat Camp Hill over the next couple of weeks as winnable matches against Coundon Court and Newcastle Under Lyme were both cancelled. However this unarranged mid-season break seemed to revitalise the team as they put in the performance of the season against Fairfax. Right from the start it was clear that this was a match Camp Hill were simply not going to allow themselves to lose. Solid defence from the whole team and tactical kicking from Will Butler and Tom Perry led to a 17-5 victory. Man of the match Sid Sharma scored two tries with one coming from Tom Perry.

The final three matches of the season took place during the annual tour to Carlisle. Cockermouth school were first up and Camp Hill started well against the gale force wind, a Zulfiqar Khan try securing a 5-5 score line at halftime. Unfortunately some poor decision making in the second half led to a 17-5 win for Cockermouth. The second match against Wigton RFC saw the boys produce one of the performances of the season as tries from Sid Sharma (2) and Hamza Quereshi, who was later awarded with try of the tour, secured a 17-0 victory. The final match against Keswick RFC was a tough encounter against some bigger and stronger players. Camp Hill were relentless in their defensive work but eventually succumbed to a 24-5 defeat.

Players of the tour were Zulfiqar Khan and Johannes Beckett who starred in both attack and defence whereas players of the season went to the hardworking Sid Sharma and Tom Perry. Aaditya Dhiran was given the most improved player award, having become a pivotal player in the team this season. Finally three players have been ‘ever present’, playing every game since the start of year 7. These players are Sid Sharma, Nick Surr and Garen Boora and they can’t be commended enough for this achievement.

Well done to all of the boys who have played a part within the squad in what has been a thoroughly enjoyable season. I wish you all the best for your senior rugby careers.



TMS

U14 RUGBY

This has been a fine season for the Year 9 squad. They have achieved the strongest stats of all the school teams and played some entertaining rugby. They are a side that will always score tries and have improved defensively, although they still concede more than one would like.

Reflections now as the season ends should be positive after such a successful time. The boys were starved of much game time in the first part of the spring term where only two games were played – victory in a high scoring game against Adams and a lacklustre defeat to Stratford. Fortunes took an upward turn in March. Fairfax came to CHB and played well, thereby bringing out the best in the U14 team. Two tries from Kamil Khan and one from Dylan Rogers provided a 17-7 victory, setting the team up nicely for the annual tour to Cumbria.

In Carlisle we have often been met by some very tough weather and playing conditions. This year we were fortunate to play in the dry, albeit with gale force winds! We began at Cockermouth School and recorded a pleasing 24-15 success. Max Mulligan crossed twice with Jake Tucker and Adam Li also scoring. The second game was against Wigton RFC and the 19-5 scoreline was a fair one. Will Lyons led the way with a brace, Kamil adding a third. At Carlisle RFC on the final morning we found ourselves placed on the club’s 1st XV pitch, the boys looked rather lost on the huge playing area! Once the game started though, it was all Camp Hill as we totally dominated our hosts and produced some of the best rugby and touchdowns of the season to entertain a large crowd of supporters from home and away. Kamil scored two, with others from Rhys Rogers, Uwais Hafizal, Dylan and Will. A fine end to both tour and season, much enjoyed by Dylan’s grandparents, Len and Valerie, who supported the weekend and assure me they will recruit for 2016!

Kamil deserves further praise for his all-round play and for the amazing contribution of 41 tries. Adam Li was awarded the player of the season accolade for the forwards, Dylan for the backs. Jake scooped the most improved prize. Max has captained the team, at least on the occasions when he has not been injured. The side has a better balance with Max at 10 and I really hope he has a longer run of games next year - although he is back on crutches at time of writing after another mishap on the playground!

Adam has been the only ever present player, appearing in all 19 games. Dylan, Jake, Kamil, Ed Dempsey, Ossama Chihani and Josh Hall missed just one.

My thanks to all the players for their efforts and to the parents who have followed their fortunes since September. Enjoy a relaxing summer and we’ll see you in six months.

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