Anna van den Boss a year 6 pupil has successfully auditioned and been awarded a place as an oboist in the National Children’s Orchestra.
This is a great privilege and a tribute to the high standard of Anna`s playing.
We are delighted for her and wish her well.
JUST three weeks after securing the national 128cm pony show jumping tile at Horse of the Year Show, Harry Charles, 12, a former pupil at Alton Convent, claimed the top two places in the English Home Pony International 128cm grand prix. Riding his HOYS winner Murka’s Headmore Little Lightning into first place, he also took the runner-up spot with Murka’s Flinor Songbird. However, his younger sister Scarlett was not far behind, chasing qualification for this year’s London Olympia Horse Show (13-19 December), she secured her place with a faultless performance to claim sixth place overall.
Following in her big brother Harry’s success at Olympia, Scarlett a current pupil at Alton Convent has qualifed for the 128cm championship at Olympia, where the world’s top senior riders, including her father, Peter, will also be competing. She needed to jump three clear rounds in order to qualify and this was her first attempt, and also the last chance for any pony riders, to do so.
“I did a few tight turns to make sure I was high enough up the order to qualify, but needed to make sure I stayed clear,” said Scarlett, a Year 6 pupil. “I competed in a pair class with Dad at Olympia last year, but am very excited about competing in the 128cm championship this time.”
Rebecca Rogers in Form VS is a member of the National Youth Music Theatre Company UK. Following an extensive audition process across Great Britain including over 4000 young actors aged between 14 to 21, Rebecca was chosen to perform in a musical adaptation based on Lewis Carroll’s ‘ Jabberwocky’ at the Barbican Theatre in Plymouth during August.
The play, set in a Victorian asylum, centered around the desire of its young occupants to escape creatively into the world of nonsense which was perceived as madness. Rebecca played the nonsensical character of the ‘Mad Gardener’ who continually had very abstract and unexplained visions and led of a bunch of colourful nonsense characters. She devised and created the character from her own ideas and performed it in a very comedic way incorporating voice solo’s and a bizarre dance routine.
Following her performances at Plymouth, Rebecca has been selected to perform alongside some leading West End names at an Annual Charity Gala event at the Institute of Directors in Pall Mall London in October and is also looking forward to performing in the Christmas Production ‘Let it Snow’ in the West End in December.
With the Company last year she performed a production of ‘Junk’ which was used as a showcase for the YMTUK skills workshops through the UK and awarded her a Grade 6 with Distinction in Musical Theatre in Production.
Rebecca also took part in a very contrasting production of ‘Eden’ the Musical with the Guildford School of Acting at Guildford University in July, in parallel to gaining a Distinction in her Grade 6 LAMDA (London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art) for solo acting.
We are delighted to show off our new sponsored show jump. This jump was designed by Mrs Davis, who teaches art in the Prep School, and has already been on show at several events. This picture shows Sophie Schryver (Form 2N) in action on her horse ‘Cleo’ at a show jumping event that took place during the summer holidays.