Odd Socks Day for Anti-Bullying Week

We took part in Odd Socks Day which celebrates the differences that make us all unique by wearing odd socks and own clothes to mark the first day Anti Bullying Week.

We raised a total of £753.05 which will go to this year’s chosen school charity, The Treehouse Cafe. 

Year 8 experience fascinating BBC virtual workshop

Year 8 were treated to a fascinating virtual workshop led by BBC journalist and executive producer, Adam Grimley. Adam has worked on programmes such as ‘Panorama’ and produced award winning documentaries from around the globe.

The theme of the workshop was ‘Real News.’ Pupils were challenged to uncover the truth in news stories and given the tools to detect ‘fake’ stories through a series of tasks. It was evident that it is not always easy to spot ‘fake news’ and how important it is for everyone to be responsible about what they post and place their trust in.

Helene Buckingham appointed as Director of Netball

We are thrilled to announce that we have appointed Helene Buckingham as our Director of Netball.

Helene has coached netball at Gresham’s for 14 years and we are looking forward to benefitting from her expertise full time. She will start in the role in January 2021.

Helene has a wealth of experience, both in coaching and playing netball. Her outstanding playing career saw her representing England at Under 16, Under 19, Under 21 and then in both the development and the National squad. Helene was part of the European winning team for 10 consecutive years from 1995 to 2004, and has represented Norfolk, the Eastern Region and Bedfordshire on many occasions.

Helene’s knowledge of the sport will be invaluable to our netball players. Aside from playing the sport, Helene has had a huge amount of success in coaching netball teams, including Norfolk County Academy, the Mavericks in the Super League and the Thoroughbreds Premiership team. Helene also took victory as Head Coach for the England Under 17 squad when they won the European Championships.

2020 Junior General Knowledge Competition

This year’s Junior General Knowledge Competition was hotly contested, with every member of each house taking part.

The pupils took their turns on the buzzers as the questions flew by with the scores neck and neck throughout. Fiendish maths, sizzling science, gruelling geography, tricky literature, mystery music, and highbrow history questions were just some of the subjects under scrutiny, each playing their part in testing the pupils’ knowledge. It came down to the final round with the chance for any house to snatch victory, but this year the crown went to Reith House.

Congratulations to all the Years 5 and 6 who took part in this nail-biting competition.

Prep School inter-house Science challenge

Last week some of our budding Scientists were competing in the annual inter-house Science Challenge. At the junior end we saw the creation of some marvellous marble runs and witnessed pupils applying their knowledge to design, build (and sink!) boats. Meanwhile, the Seniors have been busy building bridges out of spaghetti or turning into Forensic Scientists and using flame tests to solve a mystery. Well done to everyone involved and congratulations to the winning house overall, Borrow.

   

Year 7 perform Shakespeare’s ‘Romeo and Juliet, A Play in Two Days’

Year 7 pupils had the opportunity to take part in Shakespeare’s ‘Romeo and Juliet, A Play in Two Days’. Visiting director, Ian Murchie enthused and inspired the children to learn their lines and create an amazing spectacle in such a short time. Parts were shared and everyone had the opportunity to take centre stage and perform. Although no audience was able to be present, the cast still felt an immense sense of achievement at the end of their journey. Well done to all and we are sure the Bard would have been proud!

Year 4 Fossil Hunters

Year 4 pupils followed in the footsteps of the West Runton woolly mammoth as they explored the geology and fossils that can be found along the coastline. After learning about the age of the various strata of the cliffs, they set about finding their own fossils. The challenge being to find a belemnite or even an echinoid in the chalk bed of the rock pools. There were many great finds, including fossilised bones. There was even an unexpected live catch: a fabulous lobster spotted by Hannah!

Tatler Schools Award nomination for Mr Robb

Douglas RobbWe are all so proud of Mr Robb who has been nominated for the Best Head of a Public School in the 2020 Tatler Schools Awards!

The nomination follows a fantastic review in Tatler’s 2021 School Guide in which they review the top prep and public schools in the UK. In reference to Mr Robb, the review states “‘Visionary and passionate’ Head Douglas Robb is a familiar figure around the school, cited as being ‘a true leader and not afraid to get stuck in with the troops'”.

The 2020 awards ceremony will be hosted virtually on the Tatler Schools Instagram channel at 6pm on 6th October. Our fingers are crossed!

Year 6 Campfire Evening

Year 6 enjoyed a fantastic campfire evening in the School woods on Friday. Activities included the low ropes course, team building, marshmallow toasting around the fire and picnic supper in the woods. Pupils had a chance to bond with their tutor and peers in an adventurous way!

The sad passing of Logie Bruce-Lockhart

We were very saddened to hear of the passing of our longest-serving Headmaster, Logie Bruce-Lockhart, who died recently aged 92.

Logie was an incredibly influential Headmaster from 1955 to 1982, during which time Gresham’s was converted to a co-educational school. Logie served in the British Army and was a talented fly half, earning 5 caps for Scotland.

Our current headmaster Douglas Robb said: “It was my great pleasure to be welcomed by Logie Bruce-Lockhart to Gresham’s six years ago. Logie came to lunch at the aptly named Lockhart House just before my first term started and entertained everyone with great stories and good humour. I became the recipient of a large number of immaculate letters in tiny handwriting which seemed to have better insight into what was happening at school than I could gain from visiting the classrooms and houses.

“The warmth with which he held the school was obvious and I feel lucky to have met him. Logie was Gresham’s longest-serving headmaster of the modern era and he clearly had a huge impact on rebuilding the school after the Second World War. A polymath who clearly excelled personally in everything that he did.

“Logie had that real passion for young people which is the sign of a true ‘schoolmaster’. Soldier, sportsman, botanist, musician, linguist, author, but more than anything a schoolmaster, family man and friend.”

Gresham’s alumnus Sir James Dyson has often spoken of his gratitude to Logie for for giving him the financial support to continue his education at Gresham’s following the untimely death of his father, Alec. Sir James said, “Both my parents taught at Gresham’s, and my father was head of the Classics department. When he was ill, he carried on teaching but died when I was nine. The generosity of the school, particularly Logie, meant I could continue there after his death.

You can read more about the life of Logie Bruce-Lockhart in the following articles and obituaries: