Good news Friday: Taunton School pupil makes cricketing history and a young composer from Gresham’s School wins a national competition

The Telegraph, 12.06.15, as the weather gets warmer, schools across the country have been making the most of the outside by getting active, which has led to a decidedly sporty #GoodNewsFriday. Features HMC member schools Taunton, Gresham's and King Edward's School, Bath

2. Cricket history made at Taunton School

Taunton School cricket captain, Henry Gater, made history last weekend when he became the first player to score a double century for the first XI – the highest score among all schoolboys in England so far in 2015.

Gater amassed a magnificent 206 in 44.4 overs against local rivals, Queen‘s College, last Saturday, including nine sixes and 22 fours, and now ranks 12th on the list since national records were started in 2004.

Headmaster Lee Glaser said: “This record is likely to stand for some time and Henry can be proud of his place in Taunton School’s cricketing history.”

Somerset cricket captain and former England star, Marcus Trescothick, recently joined the team at Taunton, with pupils clearly benefiting from his expert tutelage.

He said: “Double centuries are not something that come around very often in anyone’s career so Henry should be very pleased and try and remember the day for as long as possible.”

Taunton School went on to dismiss Queen’s for 195 to record a 160-run victory.

4. National Gallery exhibition for young artists

There was excitement this week for pupils at King Edward’s Junior School, Bath, as Year 4’s sculptures went on show at The National Gallery as part of the ‘Take One Picture’ initiative.

The annual scheme is open to all primary schools across the country, and focuses on one painting from the Gallery’s collection to encourage cross-curricular work in classrooms.

Year 4 classes looked initially at 15th century artist, Bartolomé Bermejo's depiction of the devil in Saint Michael Triumphs over the Devil.

Deciding to make the devil the focus of their work, the children went on to consider sculpture by Bernard Meadows, one of a group of mid-20th century sculptors whose work was dubbed ‘The Geometry of Fear.’

Also taking inspiration from Clive King's novel, Stig of the Dump, pupils used scrap materials to create something new; assembling a variety of cardboard boxes, old light fittings and scrap polystyrene.

James Roberts-Wray, head of art at the Junior School said: “This is the fourth year we have participated in the Take One Picture scheme, but up to now we have never submitted a sculpture-based project. It’s really caught everyone’s imagination with the children producing creatures of incredible detail.”

5. National recognition for music scholar

Sam Aldersey-Williams, a music scholar at Gresham’s School, Norfolk, has won the Ludlow English Song Weekend Young Composer Competition 2015 in the 16-18 category.

Competing against 70 other entrants to win this major national festival, Sam worked with the composer Judith Bingham on his song, 'On the Grasshopper and Cricket', a setting of the sonnet by John Keats, which was then performed at the Ludlow Assembly Rooms, Shropshire.

Sam is a student member of the Royal College of Organists and earlier this year was also awarded the prestigious Saxton Noble Memorial prize for gaining the highest mark in Norfolk in his grade 7 music exams on the Organ.

Douglas Robb, headmaster at Gresham’s School, said: “I was delighted to hear that Sam had been awarded first place in his age group. He is a very talented musician who has made a huge contribution to music at Gresham’s. He has worked incredibly hard and I have no doubt he will continue to build on this success in the future.”

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