Elmshurst House News

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18th June 2018

Last Updated: 18/06/2018 08:08:50

It was Lower Fourth camp this week. The whole year go off to spend three nights camping in Monmouthshire. Part of the trip is a 20K hike which the boys have to navigate their way through certain check points. A selection of photos below.

Raft building is also an activity; some have more success than others at this!

Maksym, Johnathan and Artem made the local newspaper this week. More good charity work boys, well done!

Luke Wilkinson stepped up today to help his mates out at the last minute, he usually plays in the 14C cricket team but found himself jumping up two levels today making his 14A debut. Daunting I am sure, but well-done Luke!

We said goodbye to Ivan on Friday, we wish him well at a Sixth Form college in Spain. He will be missed!

Gabriel gave his expertise and helped the new Lower Fourth boys build their rocket on Thursday. I can’t believe we didn’t win, please follow the link below:

Looking ahead to Commemoration Day –
All pupils, including those returning from examination leave, are required in School on Friday 29th June. Boarders from 9pm on Thursday 28th June. The day is important for a number of end of term assemblies and events, finishing with the Leavers’ Service, which should end at the normal leave time of 5.15pm. Weekly boarders are expected to stay in School on Friday evening. Also can I request that boys spend the last night in the House and not spend time with their parents, they have a long summer ahead with you!

Timings as a guide for Commemoration Day on Saturday, 30th June:
• Pupils in Upper Fourth and above should register with me in House at 9.00am, leaving time for them to pick up their buttonhole before we depart, as a House, for St John’s Church in town for the 10am Commemoration Service. Please note that only parents with tickets are able to attend this service.

• On returning from the church service, all year groups remain in House until we move to the marquee on Routh Green in time for the Speeches and Prizegiving ceremony, starting at 12pm. All parents are welcome to attend this part of the day’s programme – I would advise arriving from 11.30am, as seating is largely on a first come first served basis.

• After the ceremony, around 1.30pm, if you have booked tickets to spend the afternoon in our Marquee, you make their way down to us around the edge of the main cricket field. You are also free to walk around elsewhere until the Chapel bell sounds at 4.15pm to summon everyone to Final Call-Over, which begins promptly at 4.30pm. In the intervening time, I hope you all have booked to join us in the Elmshurst House marquee; some may have booked lunch in the School’s PA Marquee. Some will view the various activities around campus (cricket match, displays around school or sit and listen music on Gordon Green).

• Final Call-Over marks the official end to the academic year and for some and era for the Elmshurst boys.

Dress code for boys throughout the day is their smartest school uniform (dark suits for Sixth Form) including boaters
(exc Year 9).

10th June 2018

Last Updated: 11/06/2018 08:10:03

With most of the House busy with internal or external exams, this week has been a quick week and a fairly quiet week in the House. The internal Fourth Form exams are finished; some boys have marks back already and will have all marks back by the end of this week. This will give a good guide to where the boys are and help shape discussions and plans moving forward. The tutors and I will be chatting to the boys and communicating our thoughts to you.

To mark the end of this busy Fourth Form week, we arranged a fun evening on Thursday for Year 9s and Friday for Year 10s.

Year 9 boys have camp this week, often stated as a highlight of a boy’s time at School. I hope the weather is kind to them and they have a great time. Many miles will be walked and not their usual amount of sleep, so they will return tired but with some great stories.

Overall, the external exam year boys are working well; exams are thick and fast now, our first Fifth Form boy has his last exam tomorrow and leaves which will be strange to see that process start. It will soon be commemoration day.

Always nice to see old boys return to say hello, Asim called in this week and caught up with some of the boys.

13th May 2018

Last Updated: 14/05/2018 08:14:59

Year 9 boys were on a clean-up operation on Friday morning, putting the bark back from the path

Congratulations to Pearce Childs and Olli Owen, both boys contributed heavily to victories at the weekend scoring 111 not out and 71 respectively. Great Contributions to School sport!

Fifth form boys have started exam leave, but already there a couple of issues. Please encourage your son to use the time wisely, pointing out it is not an opportunity to bend the rules. U6 start their exam leave on Friday this week, the House will have a very different feel about it for the remainder of the term.

OB Prashant Gurung returned to School this week to give a talk to pupils about his time completing a gap year carrying out volunteer work in Nepal. Nice to see the boys back and catch up with their travels.

6th May 2018

Last Updated: 08/05/2018 08:32:45

We hosted our annual Hog Roast on Friday which, as always, is a real crowd pleaser. It comes at a vital time when exams are just around the corner and our three IB boys are right in the middle

Our evening began with the boys playing Football or Ultimate Frisbee, then eating as much as they possibly can followed by a visit from the Ice-cream van. Then fun races and finished off with everyone’s favourite -Tug of War.


I cannot end without mentioning Vasil in year 9. Vasil represented the school for the first time on Saturday in a hardball match of cricket. This is him below in training looking very serious and determined.

29th April 2018

Last Updated: 30/04/2018 08:02:07

A busy week starting on Monday night with the Upper Sixth heading out to The Bell at Tanworth for the annual leavers' meal. All the boys thoroughly enjoyed themselves and Mr Bent looked after us very well.

Tom and Matt, both in the Lower Fourth, spent the day at the Olympic Park for the hockey finals on Monday. Sadly, they never won enough games to make the final stages but wow, what an experience.

Bromsgrove’s local KFC were kept busy with two nights ordering for three of our Lower Fourth pupils to celebrate their birthdays.

Kesh and Luke represented Elmshurst in the Inter-House tennis competition. They won! Two very happy boys. No doubt a happy House when we have another treat to celebrate next week…

The weather has been very poor this week, living up to the ‘April Showers’. A huge downpour at lunchtime caught some of the boys out! We are hoping it stays fine tomorrow, as it is Sports Day - a great day for boys to show off their athleticism.

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