Month

April 2019

Chairman’s Report

Friends and colleagues, Your intrepid Chairman is writing this message from the sunny climes of Fuzhou on the west coast of China. Some of you will already be ahead of the game and realise this is where our international school, Rong Qiao Sedbergh School (RQSS), has been created. And what a place it is! The first phase has been completed (in a year) and is open for business. The full school will be completed in another twelve months and eventually take up to 3,000 pupils. The school itself has been built, and is run by, the Rong Qiao Group. They...
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OS Weekend 2019

OS Weekend 2019 will take place on Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th September 2019. The Weekend will be held in conjunction with OS Sports Weekend, including OS hockey, rugby and netball fixtures against the School teams. Please see the details of the weekend below: Saturday 14th September 2019 10:30 am OS Committee Meeting at Queen’s Hall 1:00 pm President’s Lunch at the Hirst Centre 2:30 pm School Sporting Fixtures (1st XV vs. RGS Newcastle at Buskholme) 2:30 pm OS vs Old Salopians and Old Anselmians Run (School Cross Country Course) 4:30 pm OS AGM at the School Library 7:00 pm...
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1990’s OS Leavers’ Reunion Lunch at the London Steakhouse

OS who left Sedbergh between the Summer of 1990 to the Summer of 2000 are cordially invited to the 1990’s OS Leavers’ Reunion Lunch in London at: The London Steakhouse, Chelsea 386 Kings Road, Chelsea, London, SW3 5UZ Friday 14th June 2019 12:30pm Drinks Reception 1:00pm Three Course Lunch Dress: Smart Casual Tickets: Free There is no charge for this event as it is kindly being sponsored by London Steakhouse Director, James Robertson (E 88-93) and Chairman of Broadland Properties Ltd., John Guthrie (H 50-54). The Lunch includes a welcome drink on arrival and a three-course meal with drink. Due...
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The Duke of York Visits Rong Qiao Sedbergh School

HRH The Duke of York recently visited Rong Qiao Sedbergh School whilst undertaking a nine-day visit to China. The royal visit encompassed His Royal Highness’s three core areas of focus; Education and skills, entrepreneurship and science, technology and engineering. The Duke of York received a warm welcome from Kindergarten pupils who lined up passionately waving flags of both China and United Kingdom. Following his welcome to the school, The Duke of York then spent time meeting pupils at the school and learning more about Rong Qiao Sedbergh School. Guided by the School’s senior management, the royal guest toured the campus...
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Global Run Success

The Old Sedberghian Club would like to thank all those who took part in the 2019 Global Run Event. The 5-day challenge was a resounding success with tweets using the hashtag #SedberghGlobalRun coming in from 23 different countries across 6 continents. It was fantastic to see the Global Sedbergh Community come together and engage with the biggest School event of the year. To illustrate this success in figures, the Global Run video had over 60,000 views across the Sedbergh School Facebook & Twitter pages and became the most engaging and interactive video ever posted by the School. Meanwhile, there were...
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OS News – April/May 2019

Congratulations to barrister Robert Walton (P 86-91) of Landmark Chambers, who on 11th March was appointed Queens Council. He joins three other Old Sedberghians at the Planning and Environmental Bar, including John Litton (W 79-84), Christopher Boyle (S 81-88) and Alex Booth (H 88-93). Congratulations to Taylor McGuire (E) who was recently crowned the 2019 National Fives Singles Champion in Rugby. The win was the perfect way to cap his Senior School career and was also his second victory in the National Fives Singles, having previously won the title in 2015 as well. You can watch a replay of the...
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Toby Bentley’s (S 06-11) Inspiring Return To Health

Two years from being diagnosed with stage 3/4 Hodgkin Lymphoma on the day of the 2017 London Marathon, Toby Bentley (S 06-11) completed the London Marathon alongside his brothers Chris (S 03-08) and George (S 11-16), remarkably under 4 hours. An extended period of severe Chemotherapy and personal struggle meant that Toby was given the all clear at the end of 2017 and has had his 1-year scan to confirm he is still clear of cancer. Rather than resting, Toby decided to raise money in aid of the charity that helped him through his treatment, CLIC Sargent, that helps young...
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OS Warmly Invited To Take Part in The Casterton Epic Run

OS are warmly invited to participate in the Casterton Epic Run on Saturday, 15th June. Please find the details below: Saturday, 15th June Sports Hall, Sedbergh Casterton Prep School, LA6 2SG Course Walk: 12:00pm, Run: 1:00pm BBQ and drinks to follow (Free) Click here for the course map This year will be the third edition of the event, which all Year 7 and 8 pupils take part in. Staff from both the Senior and Prep School are invited to run, as well as Senior School pupils, parents from both sites, OS, friends and guests. The distance is 6.9 miles (11.1km) with...
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Jack Hill (SH 16-18) to Climb Mt. Kilimanjaro For Charity

This summer, Jack Hill (SH 16-18) will be attempting Mount Kilimanjaro in aid of the charity Dig Deep, which works with communities in East Africa to provide access to clean water and sanitation. Of these communities, 8 in 10 people lack access to clean water and sanitation. “Last summer I travelled in Kenya and was struck by the very basic standard of living experienced by so many there. It was incredibly humbling to meet people who had so little and yet were so generous with their hospitality and welcome.” he says. “It was quickly apparent that even the smallest financial...
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Graduate Resident Assistant Needed For Boys’ Sport at Casterton Sedbergh Prep School

Casterton Sedbergh Preparatory School is seeking a full time Graduate Resident Assistant to enhance the sports provision for boys. The position is a fixed contract for the 2018-2019 academic year and includes free accommodation within the boarding house and all meals provided during term time. The successful candidates will enjoy the chance to shape enthusiastic young sportsmen and women and will enjoy the support of a school with a strong sporting heritage. This post will be ideally suited to anyone considering PE teaching as a career and who would like a year of experience in a supportive, sport-centred school prior to...
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Summer Staff Needed

SHORT TERM SUMMER JOBS AT SEDBERGH AND CASTERTON PORTERING, MAINTENANCE AND WAITING STAFF FOR COURSES Portering and Maintenance Teams: Movement of furniture and other equipment Movement of boarding house furniture in preparation for painting, replacing carpets and other elements of the Summer works programme Support to the course programme and events – setting up BBQs, gazebos, car parking etc. Any other jobs that may emerge which require lifting and shifting Catering – Courses Programme – From 22nd July Preparing dining areas for meal times Serving drinks, meals and snacks in Powell Hall, Queen’s Hall and pavilions Clearing tables, cleaning dining areas and operating...
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Harry Brook (W 13-17) Scores Maiden One-Day Century For Yorkshire

Harry could not disguise his delight at scoring his maiden one-day century as Yorkshire got their Royal London Cup campaign off to a winning start, in blistering fashion, against Leicestershire at Emerald Headingley. The 20-year-old hit a superb 103 and was crucial to the Vikings’ recovery from 17-3 as they posted 379-7. Gary Ballance also added a career best 156 and Jonny Tattersall a late and inventive 58. Mat Pillans then claimed a maiden five-wicket haul on his Yorkshire one-day debut as the Foxes were bowled out for 166, signalling a 213-run defeat – their heaviest ever loss runs-wise. “That...
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Chronicles from the Archives: Early History of the OS Club

For well over a century the Old Sedberghian Club has provided opportunities for OS to meet for informal social events and to access the network of professional knowledge and career opportunities within the alumni body. The earliest record of any alumni association is an article in The Sedberghian in December 1890 which invited Old Sedberghians to attend an Old Sedberghian Club dinner in Edinburgh a month later. The article records that the OS Club had subs which were charged at 7s. 6d. which in itself suggests that a club of some sort was already established at this point. As the preceding...
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David Hunter O’Brien 1932-2019 (H 45-51)

David Hunter O’Brien 1932-2019 (H 45-51) The OS Club is sad to announce the death of David O’Brien, who passed away in April. He was 86 years old. A former pupil, parent, Governor and constant supporter of the School, his passing is a loss to all. Please see below for an edited tribute written by his son, Sir Stephen O’Brien, KBE (H 70-75). David Hunter O’Brien was born on 21st June 1932 – as he would never cease to remind us, with his ready grin and glint in his eye, ‘the longest day in the year’, so, of course, the longest...
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Golf: OS vs. Sedbergh School at Lancaster GC

The Old Sedberghian Golf Society is recruiting for the annual golf match between the OS and the School team on Friday 17th May 2019. It is always a great day, which the School team look forward to as a highlight of their golf at Sedbergh. Details as follows: OS Golf vs the School, Friday 17th May  Lancaster Golf Club  First tee from 14:00. Green fee £40.00  12 players, 6 x 4BBB matches.  Dinner at the club in the evening, finish around 21.00. Dinner cost approx. £20.00 Overnight accommodation is available in the Dormy House at Lancaster Golf Club. In previous...
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Thomas Edward (Ted) Richardson (E 41-45) Eulogy

Thomas Edward “Ted” Richardson 1927-2019 (E 41-45) – Eulogy by daughter Mary Richardson Thomas Edward Richardson, Ted as you all knew him – Dad to me – was born in Hull on 4 March 1927, to Thomas Richardson Senior and his wife Mildred. He grew up in Anlaby with his older sister Betty, who would later marry a Mission to Seamen minister and move all over the world before settling in New Zealand. Ted Senior was a big character, who flew planes alongside Amy Johnson; got an OBE for teaching flying during the war; and had a speedboat on the...
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2019 OS Golf Fixtures

2019 OS Golf Fixtures – players needed. Please get in touch with Ben Collins (bpc@sedberghschool.org) if you are interested in playing in any of the fixtures.   Scotish Fixtures: Sunday 28th April vs. Old Lorettonians at Muirfield Saturday-Monday 28th-30th September – Queen Elizabeth Coronation Schools Competition at the Royal Burgess, Edinburgh Sunday 27th October vs. Old Merchistonians at Prestwick   Northern Fixtures: Sunday, 26th May vs. Old Uppinghamians at Ilkley Thursday 13th June vs. Old Oundelians at Moortown from 3:00pm Wednesday 28th August vs. Old Giggleswickians at Fixby from 2:00pm Friday 6th September – The Map at Ilkley Friday 27th...
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Sedbergh Complete Remarkable ‘Double-treble’ With 7s & 10s Triumph

Sedbergh beat Kirkham Grammar School 26-0 in the final of the Sedbergh Super 10s to claim the title for the third season in a row. An incredibly tough thing to do once, it is an extraordinary achievement to win three in a row. However more than all of that, this triumph sealed one of the most remarkable achievements in schools rugby history as Sedbergh secured what has been dubbed the ‘double-triple’. For the second year in a row they have now won the Daily Mail Trophy (both times undefeated), the Rosslyn Park HSBC National School 7s, and the Sedbergh Super...
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