The Chronicle, Summer 2019
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Word from the Warden Find out more Enjoy extra snippets of news by following our Twitter accounts: @TeddiesOxford @TeddiesSport It is always astonishing that our pupils and staff are able to mount such a shimmering summer powerful, thrilling races at Henley Royal Regatta, and the 1st XI a glorious week of cricket.
festival at the end of the busy exam term. Under the virtuoso direction of Mr Tester, Gaudy Week is ever expanding in terms of scope and outlook. Alongside the traditional highlights at School, this year’s programme saw a magnificent concert in one of Oxford’s great venues, the 300-year-old Sheldonian Theatre, the Assembly Room of the University of Oxford designed by Sir Christopher Wren. It was a superb occasion: see pictures in our Gaudy spread from page 22, and in our Gaudy video on the website. The geographical reach of Gaudy Week went well beyond Oxford this year. Mr Albrighton and Mr Strachan led a walk in the Chilterns, and Mr Clapham organised an engrossing cultural tour of London, which took in another Wren masterpiece, the Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich, along with Tate Modern, the National Portrait Gallery and David Mamet’s Bitter Wheat at the Garrick Theatre. At School, the traditional favourites were as wonderful as ever. The Bond-themed Dance Show played to an audience of more than 800 in the Marquee and was truly spectacular, with over 80 talented dancers bringing the elegance and glamour of international espionage to life – under the watchful eye of Fergus Flory as a sharp- suited Mr Bond. The Art, Drama, Music and Academic events were equally impressive and, on the sporting front, our 1st VIII gave us three
As you will see from the splendid photograph on the cover, the Quad Development is progressing well. Sixth Former Alicia Bouaziz reports on the topping out ceremony, Teddies-style, on page 5, and you can see early designs for the ground floor café and social learning space on page 7. Elsewhere, you can find out more about our three new HMs – Clare Hamilton in Apsley, Jonathan Burbidge in Sing’s and Lucy Hamblin- Rooke in Corfe – to whom we extend a very warm welcome, and you can discover what influences and inspires our Art teachers in a feature from page 16. Of course summer wouldn’t be summer without exam results. Congratulations to our IB pupils whose impressive results were published in July. Particularly notable were Ilana Cope with 44 points and Tim Hohage with 43; read more about the IB results on page 4. Both Ilana and Sybilla Hamilton achieved the points they required to take up their places at Cambridge – we wish them and all our outgoing pupils the very best of luck as they prepare for next steps or await A Level results. Best of luck too to our GCSE pupils for their results day in a few weeks. Enjoy the rest of the summer and I look forward to seeing you in September.
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The front cover shows pupils reviewing their photos of the Rock on the Roof event held to mark progress on the Quad Development. See page 5 for a full report.
Chris Jones, Chair of Governors, Guest of Honour, Pippa Bennett-Warner OSE and the Warden enjoy the jolly speech by outgoing Heads of School Annabel MacDonald-Smith and Toby MacLachlan at Gaudy
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