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On Thursday March 9th. the school held their annual Spring Concert. Once again it was confidently hosted by Year 11 students Leah Russell and Amie Sullivan. The programme was made up of all the ensembles that rehearse throughout the term and included items from the Year 13 students who will be leaving this summer, many of whom have taken part in every concert during their time at the school. There was something for every musical taste from classical music, to musical theatre, jazz and popular music.
The concert opened with a performance by the Wind and Concert band who performed the traditional Come lovely Chloris and was followed by We Are Young specially arranged by student Sophie Philbrook which was her first arrangement. The next item was by the Ramsey Rockers, an ensemble that has grown in numbers and repertoire. They performed the 2005 hit How to Save a Life. The Glee Club XS were next to perform. Somewhere Only We Know by Lily Allen which was suggested by the choir for their performance with the lovely harmonies of the piece faultlessly sung. There were solo performances by Georgia Walford and Louise Cox,Year 13. This was followed by a performance by String Z led by Miss Rottmann who played an arrangement of the popular baroque choral piece Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring.
The next item on the programme was by the Harmony Choir who performed the pop song Crazy by Gnarls Barkley which won a Grammy nomination in 2007. It was full of great harmonies and great backing vocals. The next performance was by the Jazz Band who played the swing tune Arts Groove by Frank Griffiths. The band is mostly made up of sixth form students; however, an addition to this group was Year 7 student Alexander Williams who gave a competent performance on the trumpet. Alexander also gave a very confident improvised solo. The Ramsey Rockers then performed the classic 1990's tune Smells Like Teen Spirit by Nirvana. The lead singer, Hannah Shephard, gave a very strong performance. For several of the Year 13 musicians, it was their final school concert. Esme Porter played the Jazz piece on the piano which she will play in her A Level recital in two weeks' time.
Olivia Leszczynski and Emilie Wright performed their own arrangement of a pop song. The concluding performance of the first half of the concert was from the very talented musician, Andrei Anghel, Year 11. He chose to play on the piano Bach's Prelude and Fugue. Andrei also plays the violin and will soon be auditioning for a place in the Purcell School of Music and the prestigious Yehudi Menuhin School in Cobham, Surrey. Good luck with these auditions, Andrei.
The refreshments served during the interval were provided by the "Friends of Bishop Ramsey".
The combined Wind and Concert bands opened the second half with a performance of Can You Feel The Love Tonight? by Elton John. There followed performances by the groups who had performed in the first part of the concert. One memorable item in this part of the concert was by the Harmony Choir who sang Something Inside So Strong by Labbi Saffre. The lyrics are jointly about the writer's experiences as a black man in apartheid South Africa and his struggle to be accepted as a gay man. The song is so inspirational that it won an Ivor Novello Award for "Best song musically and lyrically" and has been used In Amnesty International campaigns. The choir certainly did the song justice with their moving interpretation. Another notable performance was by the musical theatre group, Unity, who performed School Song from the popular musical Mathilda. With their own choreography, they gave a performance full of energy and fun which was greeted with appreciative applause at the end.
The concert concluded with a performance by the Wind and Concert Bands who played Uptown Girl by Billy Joel and The Beatles Remembered arranged by Jack Bullock.
At the end of the evening Mrs. Neale, Head of Music, and her colleague Miss Rottmann were presented with bouquets by senior students for all their efforts in preparing all the musicians for this very enjoyable concert.
The concert opened with Glee Club XS's uplifting performance of Fight Song - Rachel Platten. During rehearsals the performers are assisted by Year 11 and Sixth Form student Leaders. There were a number of Year 7 students in the group performing in their first concert.
The next item on the programme was piano recital by Jesse Deng, an A Level Music student who has opted to specialise in performance in the second year of the course which means he will have to perform a fifteen minute recital as part of the exam. He played a jazz piece, Wise Bud by Jason Rebello, named after the American pianist and composer Bud Powell.
This performance was followed by the Ramsey Rockers - New Generation, a new group who is led by sixth formers. For most of this group, this was their first concert performance. They played Holiday, a song that was first released in 2005 and is in a fairly difficult key so the performers did well to learn it in just seven weeks.
The final performances of Part 1 were presented by StringZ who were led by Miss Rottman, who played Edelweiss - Rogers & Hammerstein and Humoreseque - Dvorak. This was followed by a lively and very professional performance by Unity of Hard Knock Life from the musical Annie. Unity is the new name for the musical theatre group - the only group that has an audition process. Most of the members were in the group last year and the school is very proud of them as part of their excellent work they won £10,000 from the Disney company with which the school has purchased their new staging.
Part One drew to a close with a performance of Night Run - Eddie Harvey by the Jazz Band.
The Friends of Bishop Ramsey provided refreshments during the interval.
Part two opened with a performance by the Wind Band led by Miss Hunt who played the Blue Danube Walz by Johann Strauss 11. Most of the performers also play in the Concert Band. Next came the return of Harmony who performed the song All Of Me by John Legend which he wrote for his wife and reached Number 1 in 2014. The second A Level performance was given by Esme Porter who played Allegro, a piece from the early classical era by the composer Johann Krebs, a little known composer who had a much more famous piano and organ teacher in J.S.Bach.
Further performances followed by Glee Club XS, Jazz Band(which featured Ruben the drummer, a Year 11 student, He is a very keen musician and last summer was one of the youngest students to tour with Hillingdon Music Service to Greece), Ramsey Rockers (older generation) and finally a rousing performance of I Got Rhythm by the Concert Band which had the audience clapping in time. A brilliant encore was provided by the Jazz Band who played Go Johnny Go.
There was a retiring collection to raise money for Malosa School in Malawi which staff and students will revisit next year.
Recently Hillingdon Council has been given permission by the Department for Education to build two more new free schools in Hillingdon. These are Hillingdon High School and Orchard Hill Special Free School. Hillingdon High School is a joint proposal from the Head Teachers of Ruislip High School, Haydon School, Northwood School, Vyners School and Queensmead School. The bid was made in response to the news from Hillingdon Council that there could be an estimated 349 pupils without a secondary school place by September 2019.
All three proposed schools now enter the pre-opening stage, which includes finding a location, pupil recruitment and staffing.
At present it is still not clear who made the bid to launch the special school or where in the borough it would be located.
However, it must be some consolation to parents to know that the Council is already making plans to ensure that all local children have the choice of a suitable secondary school place which is the right of every child.
Watch this space for updates.
During a break in the presentation of prizes the audience was entertained by Frances Lay and Esme Porter, both Year 12 students, who played Run by Leona Lewis on violin and piano.
There followed prizes awarded for Mathematics, Modern Foreign Languages, Religious Education, Sixth Form Challenge, Science, Social Studies and Technology. Prizes for an Outstanding Contribution to School Life were then presented to Year 12 and Year 13 students. Next came prizes for Academic Excellence and Outstanding Achievement which included the Jacob Sawyerr Prize for Endeavour awarded to Iona White and Alys Hollyer both Year 13 students. Jacob Sawyerr is a former student of the school who suffered a brain haemorrhage whilst playing football in 2014. Jacob is a very determined young man who continues to make a recovery. Anna Seevaratnam and Lewis Henderson were presented with the Head Teacher's Award for Head Girl and Head Boy by Mr. Wilcock.
Mr. Wilcock also recognises the contributions of a number of teachers and support staff and awards were presented to
Mrs. N. Frost, Mr. R. Hampton, Mr. A Jeffries, Mrs. L. Morrison, Miss E. Neal, Mrs. S. Ngochi and Mrs. K. Ross.
Although there were many worthy prize winners, a few students deserve a special mention; Emilie Cunning and Rachel Gynn each received three prizes and have secured places at Cambridge University to read Government and Politics and Economics respectively. Another student who was also awarded three prizes was the very talented musician, Alison Waller, who will be furthering her studies at Leicester University.
Following the prize giving there was an inspiring address by Dr. Irene Bishop, CBE. She began by telling the students how education can really change lives. She continued by telling a true story of a mother's struggle to support her children through difficult times, illness and poverty. However, this woman believed passionately in the value of education and always said her son and daughter would go to university and the daughter would become a teacher. Sadly the mother died in her late forties but the siblings continued with their education and,indeed, did both go to university. After a pause Dr. Bishop said that the daughter was her. The story truly proved that if you have belief you can achieve your dreams. Dr. Bishop has been a Head Teacher and is greatly respected in the world of education. The audience was certainly moved by the account of her early life.
Finally Mr. Wilcock gave his Annual Report, the Head Boy and Head Girl thanked Dr. Bishop for presenting the prizes and her address. This was followed by a hymn and Final Blessing.
Part of the school hall had been converted to represent a Victorian public house where the audience sat at tables to watch the performance unfold. Many times during the show the actors moved round the tables interacting with the audience.
The final performance was on Thursday, July 14th and on this occasion the part of Oliver was very ably played by Deborah Jardine, Year 9. Her rendition of Where is love? in Act 1 was very moving. Other memorable performances were from Nathan Pike, Year 8 as Noah Claypole, Christopher Tarsey, Year 9 as The Artful Dodger and Georgia Carver, Year 13, whose performance of As long as he needs me in Act 2 was a showstopper - so full of powerful emotion. Other outstanding performances were given by Alexander Wheeler, Year 13 as Fagin and Toby Poole, Year 13, who played the bullying and controlling Bill Sykes with conviction.
The acting director was Mrs. Helen Simmons who was assisted by Tom Carr, Year 13 and the sound director was Mr. Malcom Britton. Mrs. Sue Neale and Miss Sarah Rottman were the musical directors.
For the performers from Year 13 this show was the end of a journey as many of them had been performing together since Year 7. However, it was very evident that the school has plenty of upcoming talent for the future.
Mr. A. Wilcock, Head Teacher, gave a brief introduction, giving statistics of the tremendous loss of life and the number of casualties sustained on that fateful day. He explained that the battle raged until November 18th. 1916 but only gained five miles of land! The Head Girl then read Psalm 23 followed by Mr. Britton, Head of Religious Studies, who read the traditional remembrance exhortation, a verse from Laurence Binyon's poem, For The Fallen:
They shall not grow old, as we who are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.
A senior student then played on the trumpet The Last Post which signalled the beginning of the Minute's Silence which was impeccably observed as the Head Boy lowered the union flag as a mark of respect.
A short service of remembrance was then conducted by Rev. Dr. Wing Commander Giles Legood MBE, an RAF chaplain and friend of the school.
On the evening of Thursday, June 30th. the school held its concert entitled Keep the Home Fires Burning - Words And Music For Remembrance. Before the concert visitors were invited to look at the display in the Atrium of WW1 memorabilia and art work by students which included a cluster of clay poppies fashioned by Year 7.
Act 1 was presented in the Atrium and began with the haunting sound of a military whistle - a sound which would have signalled to the soldiers in the Somme at 7.30 am on July 1st. 1916 that it was time to go over the top into battle on that fateful day. The voices of students were heard from various places stationed around the Atrium reading the words of : Sir Edward Gray, Foreign Secretary, reflecting on the coming of war; the poem The Soldier by Rupert Brooke; Mrs. Berridge, a mother of eight sons, five of whom never returned home. Later students presented Church Parade, an extract from Joan Littlewood's Oh What A Lovely War!
After the interval Act 2 took place in the school hall. It began with a reading by a senior student of Wilfred Owen's evocative poem (often referred to as the gas poem) Dulce et Decorum Est. This was followed by the Glee Club's rendition of Hanging On The Old Barbed Wire, an ironic reflection on the contrasting war experiences of senior officers and private soldiers.
Although, by its very nature, the concert was a sombre occasion, there were some more light-hearted moments. There were opportunities for the audience to join the choir in the singing of songs popular at the time such as Tipperary and Pack Up
One notable performance of the evening was given by Nathan Pike, Year 8 and Chris Tarsey, Year 9 (pictured above) who sang They Wouldn't Believe Me,another ironic composition of the times.
The other memorable performance came from Miss Elaine Neal who read the very poignant poem Perhaps by Vera Brittain which she wrote following the death of her fiance, Roland Aubrey Leighton, in 1915.
The audience then joined the choir in singing Keep The Home Fires Burning as poppy petals descended from above. Mr. Andrew Wilcock, Head Teacher, then read the famous poem In Flanders Field by John McCrae. The concert then drew to a close with Land Of Hope And Glory. There was a retiring collection for The British Legion Poppy Fund.
The concert was devised by Miss Elaine Neal (Senior Librarian), Mr. Andy Jeffries (Head of History) and Mrs. Helen Simmons (Head of Drama) with assistance from other members of staff. It was a fitting tribute to the thousands of men who gave their lives for king and country in the bloodiest battle in British military history.
Four Year 11 students: Shivam Chauhan, Daniel Jenkins, Emilia Lawer and Lauren Wallis, entered the Imperial College London Faculty of Natural Sciences Schools' Competition. This is a challenge open to all the schools in Greater London in which students are challenged to come up with an innovative idea that utilised nano science to produce both clean drinking water and renewable energy simultaneously, with the particular focus on LEDCs.
From over 80 entrants the school's team were selected for the last 8 places and had to present their idea to the judges at the final which was held at Imperial College on Monday, March 14th. It was attended by parents,friends and science teachers from Haydon School including Mr.Nathan Francis who entered the team into the competition. The judging panel included Dr.Helen Sharman OBE FRSC, the first British person in space and Dr.Simon Foster, the rocket scientist from Sky 1's Duck Quacks Don't Echo. The team had to show a five minute video, deliver a five minute presentation and answer questions put to them by the judges.
Despite fierce competition from two teams of KS5 students and others from public schools the team, known as Newton's
4th.Law, wowed the judges with the presentation of their complex idea, even giving a demonstration using glitter and a bubble machine to ensure that the audience was both well informed and thoroughly entertained. They were praised by the judges for their confident delivery and admirable team work.
Each member of the team won a £100 Amazon voucher and an all inclusive tour of the Diamond Light Source Synchotron in Oxfordshire, which is one of the most advanced scientific facilities in the world, as well as an offer of summer placements at Imperial College London's Science Laboratories.
Congratulations to the team and Mr.Francis.