The Prep School hosted its third annual ‘Shark Tank’ event

The Prep School hosted its third annual ‘Shark Tank’ event to conclude the Year 8 ABE Endorsed KidsMBA programme 2023-24. The programme is delivered to Year 8 pupils as part of the curriculum to teach real world business and entrepreneurship skills. Ten teams of Year 8 pupils presented their final business concept to the year group cohort, a large body of parents and the three guest judges. There were varied and creative business ideas, ranging from an eco market place to sustainable mountain biking jumps to gardening services and much more.

The eventual winning team, ‘Safety Chains’, consisted of Elisabeth, Minky, Imogen, Cristina, Esme, Emma and Georgie, with their jewellery product idea to help keep females safe. However, the judges noted there could have been many winning teams and that all ideas were ‘investable’. We would like to thank the ABE and Reuben Davison for supporting the programme, the guest judges Mr Paul Devlin and Mrs Liz Marsden for giving up their time to provide excellent feedback to the teams and the Year 8 pupils for engaging with the course. All of the Year 8 pupils will receive their course completion certificates from ABE on Speech Day 2024 and the winning team will be entered into ABE’s ‘Future Entrepreneur of the Year’ global final. 

Year 10 girls were invited to a relaxing wellbeing evening

Earlier this month, all the Year 10 girls were invited to a wellbeing evening in Big School. The girls were taught valuable skills of breathing, meditation, calming yoga stretches, journaling and mindful colouring as well as understanding the importance of nutrition to help with our mental fitness. The evening ended with delicious snacks consisting of smoothies, ginger shots and gluten free wholefood oat bars. All the girls were provided with a booklet of ideas to help support their mental fitness. It was a wonderful relaxing evening for all.

Special Chapel services were held to give thanks for the founders and benefactors of our school

Both Prep and Senior Schools held special Chapel services giving thanks for the founders and benefactors of our school on Saturday. We were joined by Peter Capon, Head of Collection at The Worshipful Company of Fishmongers, who gave a superb talk on their historic links with Gresham’s.

A fun time in the sun was had by all at our Chapel Fete

A fun time in the sun was had by all at our Chapel Fete. Thank you to everyone who came along, with your help we raised £2,000 for The Holt Youth Project.

Sixth Form pupils worked to help restore books from the school’s Foundation Library

Gresham’s Sixth Form pupils Sarah and Aaron spent Friday afternoon helping Head of History Mr Kinder and School Archivist Izzy to restore books from the school’s Foundation Library. These works date back to the 1530s and the original volumes were gifted to Gresham’s in the will of the former headmaster Thomas Tallis. Now the books have been restored it is hoped that they can be returned to public display. 

The girls U17 cricket team progress to the next round of the National Cup

The U17s had a fantastic win in Round 2 of the National Cup, beating last year’s champions Ipswich by 84 runs.

Liv M opened brilliantly with 45 off 24, followed by Georgia D’s 28 off 18. Captain Grace H-K then scored an excellent 55 as we posted 148.

Ipswich were all out for 64 in reply. Georgia took 3 for 7 off 2 overs, Year 9 debutant Angelica H took 2 for 12 off 3 and Grace again excelled with 4 for 13 off 4.

The team progresses to the next round with some great momentum, as the 1sts are now unbeaten in 6 matches at U17 and U18 level so far.

The Senior School gathered to mark Ascension Day

We marked Ascension Day, Thursday 9th May, with our wonderful Gresham’s tradition of choral singing from the Chapel roof top balcony. Schola Cantorum sang beautifully as the gathered Senior School listened from below bathed in the morning sunlight.

Year 3 are having great fun at their residential trip to Hilltop

Year 3 have been enjoying their residential trip to Hilltop. The children are challenging themselves to climb higher, swing faster and stretch further as they work together to overcome different obstacles and fears. Learning valuable skills whilst having great fun is a must! 

The Ten Minute Play Festival featured an astonishing range of original plays

On Tuesday 30th April we held our Ten Minute Play Festival with another astonishing range of original plays. 5 world premieres in just over an hour with a comic interlude and an award ceremony – it was quite the night

The plays in order of performance were:

The Tube: Crystals and Coins written and directed by Olga B performed by Olga B, Jemima W, Milan H and Jimmy T

Dear Brain written and directed by Zinnia-Claire B and performed by Illana Band Will B

The Drip written and directed by Hennie D and Irene T, performed by Hennie , Irene T, Darcy G-R, Bella B, Lily D, Lily F D, Lola H, Sophie J and Sofia S

The Hotline written directed and performed by Pullo W

Five Dead written and directed by Isaac B and Alex H, performed by Isaac B and Alex H, Will M, Johnnie O, Hennie D and Miriam G, Tech by Harry L

The audience were treated to a comic performance during the judging of scenes from Teechers by John G performed by Isac B, Alex H and Will M, tech crew Harry L and James M

Playwright James Mc Dermoot judged the plays themselves beforehand and awarded the prestigious Ten Minute Play Cup for Best Play to Zinnia-Claire B for Dear Brain 

Judging on the night for the performances fell to Mrs Futter who had an incredibley tough choice but finally awarded:

Total Theatre Award for Best Production to The Tube:Crystals and Coins 

Futter’s Choice Dear Brain

Best Actor Awards went to Illana B for Dear Brain and Pullo W for The Hot Line 

and Best Ensemble to The Drip and Five Dead

It was quite the night and some of the playwrights are already planning next year!

A level Drama pupils performed their final exam pieces to a very appreciative audience

On Wednesday April 17th  A level Drama theatre pupils performed their final practical exam monologues and a duologue in front of very appreciative audience including their external examiner. The work was varied, challenging and wholly engaging showcasing a range of acting skills and styles. The confident and assured performances made for an intense and truly memorable evening celebrating the joy and rewards  of live theatre. Taking their final bows were in order of appearance; Jemima T as Rosie in Things I Know To Be True, Will B as Him in Camp Siegfried, Larkin A as George and Taylor Sisterson as Martha in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf and Spike C as Iago in Othello.