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From a national art competition to a Nigel Owens lecture, keep up to date with the latest independent school happenings


Students at DLD College London recently showcased their exceptional talents during the annual drama production, performing a rendition of the well-known musical Guys and Dolls. The musical is a firm favourite and the audience enjoyed an outstanding performance of the romantic comedy, telling the familiar tale of gambling and love. Principal Irfan Latif commented: ‘Our students and staff showcased a highly professional performance that thoroughly captivated and entertained the audience; the dedication and enthusiasm to rehearsals was evident, making our first ever musical a great success. At DLD College London we encourage our students to express their creativity by engaging in a wide variety of extra-curricular activities, building on their confidence, instilling a vital life-skill.’


Two OT’s re-enact life in the trenches in new film adaptation of R. C. Sherriff’s play Journey’s End, in cinemas on Friday 2nd February. Nick and Theo were recruited as extras in Journeys End, and appear in scenes together, including a dramatic battle at the end of the film. Nick became a continuity extra, regularly featuring in shots alongside the film’s main actors. ‘It’s kind of strange because you’re in the presence of people that you love, that you watched on telly, or that you’ve seen in other films,’ he said. ‘Just to work with those kinds of people in such close proximity and watch them at work as well, it’s just great.’


Pupils and members of the local community enjoyed a fascinating talk last week, delivered by Welsh international rugby union referee, Nigel Owens MBE.  Nigel gave an enthralling and inspiring talk about his prolific refereeing career and then spoke frankly about his life, his struggle with mental health issues, and the importance of accepting yourself for who you are.  The event was part of the Schools’ annual Mercers’ Lecture series. Before the lecture, 18 sixth-formers ran a pre-lecture dinner discussion with Nigel. He spoke to 1,000 people and captivated them with his honesty and humour and provided food for thought when talking about his early life, including the bullying he suffered. A sixth-former commented that ‘his message was overwhelmingly positive; you must have the courage to accept who you are and be the best possible version of yourself.  We left feeling inspired by what you can achieve in life through hard work, kindness and positive thinking. The spontaneous standing ovation at the end of the lecture was a fitting tribute to what had been a truly inspirational evening.’


Every year, the Margaret Caven House Music competition is held at Abbey Gate College. This year, it was adjudicated by Mr Philip Dewhurst (pictured above), an examiner for Trinity College London and an experienced GCSE and A level moderator. The Inter-house competition saw over 90 entrants aged 11 to 18 participate in classes held throughout the day, with the winning competitors invited to attend the final in the evening where they performed before an audience of pupils and parents. Categories included piano, brass, woodwind, percussion and strings in addition to solo, duet and ensemble performances. Head of Music, James Andrews said: ‘The standard was very high across the board and the adjudicator had a very difficult job. The final was of an excellent standard and showcased a great variety of talent.’


Visitors to Cranleigh Prep are always stunned by the quality of work produced at prep school age, so it was no surprise when Pippa Charlesworth, their art teacher, entered year five’s work into the annual DSWF Global Canvas Art Competition.  It was established in 2004 to encourage young people to express their concern for the environment through art.  This year children were asked to send in imaginative group entries using creative media, including art and sculpture, to creating a mini-exhibition reflecting the theme ‘Into the Wild’. Their mini exhibition showcases the creativity and thinking in response to investigating endangered species, focusing on the Grevy’s zebra. The pupils have focused on the idea of helping and protecting the Grevy’s zebra and have used their hands to symbolize this – the helping hand.

Their work was then entered as a fabulous display to the Global Canvas Children’s Art Competition which has made it through to the final! We look forward to hearing the results.

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