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Leavers’ Dinner for Boarders

Leavers’ Dinner for Boarders

On Saturday 22 May, the boarders and staff celebrated their Leavers’ Dinner together at the Boarding House. The student’s annual prizes were awarded, alongside speeches and the presentation of Leavers ties and scarves.

The students rounded off the evening with a photo booth and captured pictures of the many friendships they have made during their time in Boarding.

New House Leadership Team

We are delighted to announce the students that will form the Boarding House Leadership Team of 2021-22.

The application process was rigorous and, after a vote by the students and staff body, the candidates had to evidence their commitment and service to the Boarding House community in an interview with the Chair of the Boarding Governors.

The Team that was announced at the Leavers’ Day dinner on Saturday and are, as follows.

Head Girl: Nadia

Head Boy: Ibukun

Deputy Head Girl: Alex

Deputy Head Boy: Finley

Senior Prefects: Anelisa & Tudor

Senior House Captains: Leaha & Lucas


We would like to congratulate them all and wish them well in their forthcoming roles.


A Very Special Author Visit


On Tuesday 18 May, Ruby in Year 10 was delighted to sign a copy of her self–published poetry book, Things in My Head for our school library.

Ruby penned the book of poems during lockdown as a way of channelling her feelings. Following a suggestion that the poems others might help others feeling anxious following this difficult time, she explored the process of self publishing, liaising with an editor and illustrator to bring the project to fruition.

Copies of this wonderful book, suitable for young adults, 15 years and over, are available in paperback from Amazon at £4.99.

Season Gets Off To A Galloping Start

At the beginning of May, our talented riders represented Burford in the NSEA/SEG National competitions.

Amelia, in Year 8, competed in her first One Day Event on her new horse and won the 70cm.



Oliver, in Year 12, competed in his first One Day Event and was placed 8th in the 90cm.  He has, therefore, qualified for the Championships.

Sophie, in Year 9, qualified for the Hickstead Championships, by winning first place in the 110cm and 2nd place in the 100cm.

Eloise, in Year 9, also performed well and was placed 11th in the 90cm.


Reading Week 2021 Competitions

Mrs Cooper – School Librarian:

Book Mark Competition

We had a good number of entries for the Lower School Book Mark competition, which was run in conjunction with the Art Department.  Winners and runners up had their book marks published and copies of these are now available from the Library. The winner and runners up all received art sets as prizes.

  • 1st prize – Carlota Martinez 9PGR
  • 2nd prize – Charlie Dyer 7SRA
  • 3rd prize – Lyra Drake 8RP

The Anagram competition

Congratulations go to William Shadbolt of 8DTA (winner) and Archie Salsbury of 9REL (runner up) for correctly unscrambling the anagrams in our competition – no mean feat!  There were seven correct answers handed in, so it’s a shame we couldn’t have rewarded them all.

The Answers:

  1. The Subtle Knife by Pullman
  2. The Book of Hopes by Rundell
  3. The Hollow Boy by Stroud
  4. Electrigirl by Cotterill
  5. Wrecking Ball by Kinney
  6. Romeo and Juliet by Shakespeare
  7. The Deathless Girls by Kiran
  8. Death Sets Sail by Stevens
  9. Awful Auntie by Walliams
  10. Private Peaceful by Morpurgo

Poetry Competition

Many congratulations go to Gracie Lavers of 12ATO who won first prize for her wonderful poem, attached, ‘We have Time’.  The Poetry competition was run in conjunction with the English Department and was open to Year 10 and Year 12 students.

‘Hi, my name is Gracie Lavers, I’m in 12ATO and this is my poem inspired by someone going through cancer treatment.

We Have Time 

 It’s ok, we have time.

Embraced by a trembling shoulder, the familiar smell of perfume eases the tight knot wound in my stomach.

Tears slowly rise to the surface, hot, blurring my vision

You cradle me like you did when I was a small child, trying to protect me from the inevitable

It’s ok, we have time.

Music blasting into my ears, drowning out all the harrowing thoughts, sitting among a sea of dreary teens

Hugging my bag as if it were you, as if I could hug you like it was the last time

I remember what mum said when she told me the news

It’s ok, we have time.

I have never seen them cry before, not even a tear yet now the hard exterior begins to crumble. Don’t crumble.

Someone who is loved by so many has to go away.

You went away once but you came back to visit

Is it possible to visit once you’ve gone this time?

I don’t know if you can do that but what I do know is

It’s ok, we have time.

The little girl inside of me is crying out for you to hold her

She needs you here, she always has done but I’m older now.

I understand. It’s hard for me to process but I have to let you go.

I will wear your ring, the one that holds the memories

The silver band a constant reminder you’re here no matter where you go

Deep breaths.

It’s ok, we have time.

I hope when you leave, I’ll leave nothing unsaid

I can’t let you go without letting the little girl speak

I hope the sun shines where you’ll go, I hope he takes you in with open arms

I hope you won’t forget us when you start your new adventure.

Be brave for me

The doctors say we’re running out of time.