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School life: Winning ways, Rugby star, Sword of honour, King's head, Garden scholarship award
Northbourne Park School opened the new term with its third Olympiad Games, an idea devised to help integrate all pupils of the school, boys and girls, British, French and Spanish at the start of the new academic year. The NPS Olympic Flame was lit and after the opening ceremony the competitors got involved in a wide range of competitive challenges. Pupils represented one of four houses, Drake, Marlborough, Nelson or Wellington in nine extra-curricular competitions in the morning and four sports mini-tournaments in the afternoon.
The houses had also to find a mascot, design a flag and prepare a song to be performed in the gym in front of their parents and an international jury with mums, dads and staff. The winning house 2011 year was Wellington.
Garden scholarship award
Jilly Raggett, a BA Garden Design student in the Faculty of Horticulture at Hadlow College, has been awarded the highly prized Anne Wright Scholarship.The six-week scholarship entitles Jilly to work alongside head gardener, Fergus Garrett and his team at Great Dixter garden in Northiam, which was planted by Christopher Lloyd and is currently managed by Fergus, who worked closely with Christopher Lloyd up to his death in 2006.
The Anne Wright Scholarship Fund was set up by Annes friends and family in summer 2005 a few months before her death from cancer. Gardens and gardening were great loves of Annes, especially the gardens at Great Dixter.
Children taking part in the week-long Matt Dawson Rugby Academy, hosted by the Eric Liddell Sports Centre at Eltham College, got the chance to play with the man himself. Matt is Englands most capped scrum half and part of the England squad that took the country to victory in the 2003 World Cup. The children, aged seven to 16, had a great time playing some short games with him and Matt was even challenged to recreating the drop goal kick that won the World Cup in Australia.
Jeremy Walker is the new Principal at Kings Rochester, succeeding Dr Ian Walker who retires at the end of August 2012 after 26 years as Head Master. Jeremy is currently Headmaster of Berkhamsted Sixth in Hertfordshire and has been on the Senior Management Team at Berkhamsted School for five years. Prior to that he was a Housemaster, Head of Religious Studies and Head of Theory of Knowledge at Ardingly College, West Sussex. Jeremy, who is married to Harriet and has two young children, was educated at Sherborne School and Oxford University, where he read Theology at Worcester College.
Sword of honour
Former Duke of Yorks Royal Military School pupil, Senior Under Officer Calvin Smith, 23, has been awarded the prestigious Sword of Honour at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. It is awarded to the Officer Cadet considered by Commandant Major General Patrick Marriott to be the best on the gruelling year-long course.
Calvin was a member of the Combined Cadet Force, achieving the ranks of Cadet Regimental Sergeant Major and Senior Under Officer. He went on to gain a BSc in Sports Science from Swansea University and was also a member of the Wales Universities Office Training Corps. Upon commissioning, Second Lieutenant Smith will join the elite Parachute Regiment.