After a very one-sided match in Abu Dhabi earlier on in the season resulted in a heavy loss, Sedbergh travelled to Millfield with revenge on their mind as they played by far their best performance of the year.
With a big crowd and an incredibly exciting atmosphere throughout the match Sedbergh’s physicality, focus and commitment rattled Millfield in the first half to go into the break leading 17 – 3. The first Sedbergh try went to Charlie Greene after a great break from the outstanding John McPhillips. Straight from the next kick off Sedbergh went on the attack again with man of the match Will Thornton rampaging down the middle of the field and offloading to Alex Moon, the ball was then recycled quickly and with the Millfield defence struggling to find any organisation, Charlie Moorby sliced through the middle and beat the fullback to score a vital try before the halftime break. Knowing the next fifteen minutes was a crucial period, Sedbergh took control at the start of the second half but unfortunately could not cross the Millfield line after some wonderful play by the backs. However constant pressure led to John McPhillips converting a penalty to stretch out the lead to 20 – 3. Millfield were the next team to score after throwing constant waves of attack at a very well organised and a relentless Sedbergh defence. The Millfield try eventually came from a pinpoint cross field kick which landed straight into the wingers hands to score out wide and bring the score closer at 20 – 10. Sedbergh quickly regained their tight grip on the match five minutes later when Robbie Kent, who had been dangerous all match, scored a sensational individual try from 50 metres out, where he beat his opposite man and fullback to race under the Millfield posts and secure a 17 point lead. With time running out on the clock Sedbergh kept their composure and defended with incredible heart to secure a famous and well deserved victory.
1st XV Captain, Christie, said "What pleased me was the determination that we had when we did not have the ball, having the work rate in defence to not let them get too many yards and when they were isolated how we got the ball back through our back row, who were exceptional on the day. I was also pleased with our composure when we had the ball, building phases then at the right times, executing the plays. Yes, there was added motivation from Abu Dhabi - we probably had our worst performance of the year then and didn't adapt to the conditions, but we knew that if we played near our best we could turn them over, even away from home. We have Llandovery today - this time two years ago they came to Sedbergh and put 25 points on us, so we will want to settle that score."
Mr Mulholland, 1st XV Coach, said: "With strong opposition arriving today for the last fixture of the season, Sedbergh will have to keep this red hot form going as Llandovery will be wanting to repeat the big away win that they achieved on Buskholme two seasons ago."
On Friday 29th November tensions mounted in School House as the coveted Masterchef trophy was up for grabs again. We waved goodbye to Angus Brown and Bertram Tam in the Semi Final and welcomed Josef Westgarth, Charlie Stephenson and 2012 winner Tom Savage into Sharon's kitchen for the night.
The judges gathered at 19.30. The Headmaster, Mr and Mrs McVoy, Mr and Mrs Hattam, Mr Cooling, Sharon and Mr Hattam's Mum Lynne were eager to start the evening. Josef was first up with a Chicken Caesar Salad - it was crisp with a salty garnish of chicken and crispy bacon complementing it nicely. Homemade croutons and a tangy anchovy dressing with parmesan shavings topped it off. It was agreed that the anchovies were not distributed evenly in places and the dressing could have been dribbled more liberally but a very good effort. Next up was Charlie who made a Tuna Pasta Bake with beans and a salad garnish. It was well presented with a tangy flavour to perfectly cooked pasta given by some balsamic vinegar which was a surprising and welcome addition. There was then discussion around what makes a bake, the fact some judges preferred to sprinkle their own parmesan and some would have preferred a crunchy topping. Charlie chose this dish because he enjoys eating it at home. Mr Cooling would eat it up a mountain and Mr and Mrs McVoy for dinner. It was well executed but possibly too simple for a final dish. Finally last year's winner Tom cooked pudding to defend the title. He made a Dark Chocolate Fondant with Orange and Lime Ice Cream. He had made the ice cream in advance and it was a real show stopper. Tangy and reminiscent of a Terry's Chocolate Orange - where the idea for this course had come from. There were only two Fondants that had not collapsed when they reached the table - cue a long discussion about whether this had been an error - the taste made up for the presentation however and a small raspberry garnish gave rise to some debate, too. Everyone was in agreement that this dish had shown skill and thought however. We had cogitated, deliberated and digested - it was time for a winner. Tom Savage pipped the others at the post to claim the very well deserved title of Masterchef Winner 2013 and we look forward to next year to see if he can make it a hat-trick.
It was a cold, crisp and gloriously clear day in Sedbergh on Sunday for this autumn's Headmaster's Concert. With the school having gathered together that morning to remember the fallen, it was another large gathering that filled the Thornely Studio to capacity - two years to the day since the building was opened. They were treated to music of the very highest quality, with many saying afterwards that they would have happily paid £25 to have been at the concert.
James Horan was unable to play in the Scholars' Concert before half-term, but there were no signs of nerves as he opened proceedings with a performance of Bridge's Berceuse on the Steinway. Another Music Scholar, Alex Barker, had injured his finger at the end of last week and was unable to play violin in Sunday's concert. One of the items that he had been due to play in was a piano trio with Marianne Yacoub (piano) and Toby Randall-Paley (cello). Fortunately, our Head of Strings - Miss Baker - was able to step in at the last minute and complete the line-up for a performance of a trio by Mendelssohn (Op.49 No.1). This piece of music is incredibly demanding for the pianist in particular, and it is to the tremendous credit of these musicians that they produced a performance that was simply awesome. At the end of this eight minutes of breathtaking musicianship, their performance was met with passionate applause from a vocal audience.
The opening performances set the benchmark for subsequent pieces, and the audience proceeded to enjoy an hour of tremendous individual and ensemble pieces. The repertoire featured in the concert was often very demanding, but all the pupils were most measured. Toby Randall-Paley featured in no less than four of the sixteen items, whilst Mollie Richmond and Tom Willock showed why they are members of the National Youth Choir. Marianne Yacoub brought the concert to a close, playing her own composition on the piano.
Congratulations to all pupils who helped to produce a memorable concert. The full programme was as follows:
James HoranBerceuse Bridge Piano Trio - Marianne Yacoub, Toby Randall-Paley, Miss BakerOp. 49 No. I Mendelssohn Guy HollinsCavatine Saint-Saëns Rose Arnold Andante J.S. Bach Girls’ Concert ChoirWater of Tyne trad. Arr Neaum John ChenMvt I from Moonlight Sonata Beethoven Tom WillockStändchen Schubert Olivia RidsdaleAllegro Taffanel
Lucy PrestonCaro mio ben Giordani Piano Trio - Jasmine Pang, Ivan Gorriti, Toby Randall-PaleyTrio in G Minor Dvorak Chamber ChoirLay a garland Pearsall Charlotte FlemingNo. V from Kitchen Garden Suite Reade Violin DuoOp. 20 No. I Viotti Toby Randall-PaleyClair de Lune Debussy Mollie RichmondVedrai Carino Mozart Marianne YacoubNo more time Yacoub
It was the magnificent Pantheon shaped cake that caught the attention of so many teachers and sixth form at last Friday’s inaugural meeting of The School of Athens. Held on the newly refurbished top floor of the library, pupils and staff were invited to a lecture given by Roger Strachan on Raphael’s painting ‘The School of Athens’. Following generous helpings of cake, nibbles and drinks, Mrs Cox, along with Phoebe Hollings, introduced the evening. Roger proceeded to guide his audience through a rip rollicking tour of the Italian renaissance, beginning with some of Raphael’s earlier, more simplistic work in order to truly appreciate the monumental change in style of the later paintings. Roger posed three crucial questions: what were the messages Raphael aimed to convey, who were his key influences, and most importantly, why did he paint it. Leonardo Da Vinci was used as a comparison and influence on numerous occasions, and Roger impressed us with his abundant knowledge of the various figures in the painting. From Pythagoras to Socrates, all characters appear to point to two central men, Aristotle and Plato, who are illustrated steeped in deep discussion. It is exactly the frenetic buzz of interesting discussion in this painting that Roger found most intriguing. Thus the Society of The School of Athens aims to reflect this love for debate of the arts and the sciences amongst the sixth form.
Phoebe Hollings (R, U6)
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