Headmaster’s Newsletter: 10 May 2024

Message from the Headmaster

Mr Guy Sanderson

Dear Parents,  

Today we said an official farewell to our Upper Sixth students who are starting study leave in preparation for their A Level exams.  As well as a leavers’ breakfast and a form quiz, and presentation of quiz prizes, warm sunshine shone down on what has now become the traditional final ‘chapel’ service of the term held outside on the lawn of The Chantry’s garden.  This year group have worked industriously and we wish each and every student the very best of luck with their exams and the success they deserve.   

For those in school, it has also been a week of achievement.  Last weekend saw a magnificent event called ‘PromPraise’ at the Royal Albert Hall attended by nearly 5,000 people.  Among them were 57 of our students who performed superb orchestral and choral works on stage, and were expertly prepared for the event by Mr Johns and his team.  The event is annual, but this year had a strong Eltham connection as the theme was a celebration of the centenary of the achievements Eric Liddell OE who won medals at the 1924 Paris Olympics, and his wider commitment and sacrifices as a committed Christian and missionary in China.  You can read more about this wonderful event here. 

We are delighted to share the outstanding achievements of our Year 6, 7, and 8 students in the recent UK Maths Trust Junior Mathematical Challenge who recently demonstrated exceptional problem-solving skills and analytical thinking.  This year, from a total of nearly 280 participants, our students earned 181 certificates: 66 Bronze, 64 Silver, and 51 Gold.  Notably, 25 of our students qualified for the Junior Kangaroo, with two advancing to the prestigious Junior Mathematical Olympiad.  Special mentions for our highest scorers: Arhaan in Year 6 who scored 108 points; Mini in Year 7 who achieved 112 points; and Hayden and Maximilian in Year 8, who both scored an impressive 123 points out of a maximum of 135. 

The Eltham College Bloodbowl Club (ECBC) enjoyed an exciting bank holiday weekend at the World Bloodbowl Championships in Nottingham.  Over the course of two days and six intense matches, our team competed against a majority of adult players, showcasing their strategic acumen and competitive spirit.  Our standout player, George Caldwell (Y11), achieved an impressive 72nd place out of 279 competitors, reflecting the team’s skill and dedication, and the high level of training provided by Mr Marlow who leads the ECBC.   

We have enjoyed some more success this week in sport: in boys’ cricket, our U15A and U12 A and B teams all secured wins against Emanuel School.  Our mixed U13 Water Polo team won 6-2 against Highgate School, and 5-1 against City of London at the English Schools semi-finals.  In the meantime, our gold team enjoyed a 2-1 victory over Langley Park School for Boys.  Well done also to our boys who recently took part in the National Golf Finals held near Bristol at the end of last month.  Up against some of the best players in the country on a difficult course, they narrowly missed out on a top 10 place, but had reached the finals by beating both Westminster and Whitgift along the way.  

Finally, a further reminder that the Parents Association are organising their popular annual Summer Ball on Saturday 8th June in King George’s Hall.  The ball theme is ‘Arabian Nights’.  Tickets and tables are selling fast but you can secure yours here.   

I hope you have a good weekend. 

Best wishes,

Guy Sanderson