Wendron-Gordon House News
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Mark Reading Awards
The historic Mark Reading assembly, which takes place for the whole school at the end of the Michaelmas term, saw a number of awards given to Wendron-Gordon pupils. Adrian Tse gained the prize for best GCSE pupil for English as a Second Language. Three W-G boys were amongst the 14 pupils who gained a gold certificate for the UKMT Senior Mathematics Competition. Stefan Baditescu, and Chris Ye went on stage to receive their certificates, along with Roger Zhao, who deserved a special mention for scoring the best results in the School. Beck Cutting and George Goodall went up to collect their Gold Duke of Edinburgh awards, with Beck also going on stage to receive the Siviter Smith trophy, as 1st XV Captain. Bromsgrove’s 43 to 5 victory over King Edwards Birmingham, kept their recent winning form going in the country’s longest-running school rugby fixture.
The final House assembly of the term saw the termly awards given out to three very worthy recipients. The Senior Endeavour award went to Laurin Scherer, the Junior Endeavour prize was awarded to Jonathan Burke and the Commitment award was presented to Callum Stirrat. All three have worked hard in their studies, committed fully to the extra-curricular programme of the School and supported their peers around the House with kindness and encouragement this term. Well done to them all.
House Ties earned
House colours were presented at the final House assembly of the term. The Junior and Senior W-G ties are earned for service to the House and School in a number of different areas, which must see the boys gain several commendations for their academic work, alongside others in areas such as sport, service, debating and drama. The boys really wear their ties with pride, and it was extremely pleasing to award Senior ties to Kelvin Chong, Georgy Muradov, Harry Pugh, Andrii Iermolaiev, Daniel Shraibman and Aleksei Nosov, and Junior ties to Callum Lee, Alex Hinkley, Dean Zulu and Simi Jolaoso.
House Drama – ‘Posh’
Well done to all of those involved in a brilliant performance in the inter-House Drama competition, which has made a very welcome return to the School’s calendar. It was great to see so many boys wanting to get involved in the event, and discussions with Mr Norton, the School’s Director of Performing Arts, saw the cast take on a scene from ‘Posh’, by Laura Wade. The play is about an exclusive university dining club (similar to the Bullingdon Club which David Cameron famously belonged to), and the boisterous and bad behaviour that accompanies a meal – there was absolutely no typecasting involved when choosing the actors... A few weeks of evening rehearsals after prep saw the boys get ready for the competition, which took place on the final Monday evening of term (12 December). The cast of Miles Rosbrook, Dzhemal Avdoi, Kelvin Chong, Vinzenz Freigassner, George Goodall, Alex Guliev, Joseph Ng, Callum Stirrat and Roy Tse, were simply outstanding, in what was a really well performed and very comical production. A night of excellent performances across the Houses saw the W-G boys more than hold their own, which was incredibly pleasing. Miles Rosbrook won the award for best actor for his portrayal of ‘Alistair’. Thanks go to all of the boys who took part, including Oliver Rogers, who had been due to play the lead role until an interview which clashed with the competition meant that he would be unable to perform on the night. That Miles stepped across from director to also take on the lead role says much about his talents. As the adjudicator, OB Mr Christopher Thomas said, this was a real ensemble piece, with fantastic interplay between all the characters. The boys below did Wendron-Gordon proud.
House Bowling Event
On 11 December, Wendron-Gordon went en masse on a bowling trip to Rubery. With all pupils attending, alongside a healthy complement of House staff, the bowling centre had to accommodate 100 of us, in what was a hugely enjoyable House event. This was a really fun way to celebrate a good term, as the Christmas holiday approached. The order of the night was bowling, burgers and hot dogs, and a go on some of the arcade games at the centre. Mr Hallows popped along to see the boys in action. Mssrs Stirrat, Tam, Goodall, Scherer, Cheung, Nosov, Muradov, Baldrey, Turner, Nayak, Kozhinov, Evans, Kinder, Cutting, Freigassner (V) and Delahunty all gained over 100 points during their game. The highest scorer on the night was Harry Pugh – well done! Huge thanks to Mrs Batchelor for organising such a good evening for the lads.
Fourth Form Assembly
Commendations presented at the Fourth Form Assembly (8 December), saw a number of sporting and academic awards. In Rugby, there were commendations for Artur Levashov and Jonathan Burke (U15 A), Jack Gibson (U15 B) and Alex Hinkley (U15 C), and for Sam Roberts (U14 A) and Andy Chia (U14 D). For good work in languages, Jackie Wong received a commendation for U4th Spanish, and James Scott and Dean Koerzdoerfer for U4th French, with Joachim Pang and Sam Roberts gaining commendations for L4th German.
A number of W-G boys represented the House at the School’s Christmas Concert (8 December). Xaver Freigassner sang with the Senior Chamber Choir, in their performances of ‘Ding Dong! Merrily On High’ and ‘The Twelve Days of Christmas’. Alex Schranner (violin), as part of the Senior String Orchestra, performed Purcell’s ‘Rondeau’ from the ‘Abdelezar Suite’ and Pachelbel’s ‘Canon In D’. Andy Chia (trumpet), played as part of the joint Prep and Senior Brass Group, who performed Holst’s ‘In The Bleak Midwinter’, ‘Have Yourselves a Merry Little Christmas’ and ‘Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer’, whilst Jonathan Burke played an arrangement of ‘Hark The Herald Angels Sing’ as part of the Sax Ensemble. Mrs Hibell was also part of the Staff Choir who performed a ‘Christmas Pops Trio’. This was a lovely evening’s entertainment.
Vinzenz Freigassner read beautifully in front of the School in the Routh Assembly, earning the Headmaster’s congratulations. The passage he read is worth including here: ‘I expect to pass through this world but once. If, therefore, there be any kindness I can show, or any good thing I can do any fellow human being, let me do it now. Let me not defer or neglect it, for I will not pass this way again.’
In W-G’s Chapel week, a number of Sixth Form boys volunteered to present their ideas in the School assembly in the memorial chapel, on 15 November. The theme for the week was on one of the tapestries that adorn the walls of the chapel, each of which reflects a different aspect of the School’s life. Our talk on tapestry 5, (the performing arts), saw Oliver Rogers, Xaver Freigassner and Miles Rosbrook present to the School about their experiences in the fields of music and drama, also explaining how these experiences have enriched their lives. Victor Cheung read superbly the words of the Prayer of St Francis of Assisi – ‘Make me an Instrument of Your Peace’. It is easy to underestimate the demands of talking in front of 750 people – and the boys all did brilliantly. Callum Lee (U4) and Aleksei Nosov (F5) also read extremely well during the Holy Communion service later in the week.
On Friday 11 November, Harry Pugh represented the CCF at the Remembrance ceremony at 11.00am, as part of the CCF’s Colour party. George Goodall also represented the School during the very moving ceremony at flagpole outside memorial chapel. On the Sunday morning, the whole House attended chapel for the School’s two Remembrance services; their conduct was exemplary.
Junior House Debating
Very pleasing performances were seen from Nasser Al-Daajani and Jonathan Burke in the Junior debating competition, proposing the motion that ‘This House would ban all testing on animals’ against Oakley. Both lads spoke eloquently and with conviction. The boys comfortably won the floor vote of their peers and can be very pleased with their efforts in front of a sizeable audience.
The team of Jonathan Burke (captain), Adam Au, Kirill Durov, Sam Sung, Kody Chik, Andy Chia, James Scott, Andrei Vashkevich, Simi Jolaoso, Michael Malam, Jamie Rodway and Alex Moskalevskyi, swam bravely in the Junior inter-House competition, although they were unable to gain a place in the top three teams. Well done to all for representing the House.
Senior Swimming - Victory
The Senior Inter-House competition took place on the first Wednesday back after half-term (9 Nov). An outstanding team performance saw the trophy make its way to Wendron-Gordon, with the W-G boys coming ahead of second-placed Housman Hall and third-placed Walters. The team, captained by Oliver Rogers, comprised: Aleksei Nosov, Fin Evans, Jason Fan, Andrii Iermolaiev, Georgy Muradov, Ivan Lee, Harry Chan, Luca Ma, Marcus Ng, Sam Foulds and Harry Pugh. This was yet another great team performance in a really good sporting term for the W-G boys.
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