This year, post pandemic, we saw the resurgence of Clans, starting off with the return of our annual Clan Walk up Leckhampton Hill as a way to introduce the House to the new Third Form. In Spring Term Clan Superstars gave the Third and Fourth Forms their first taste of Mr Penny’s Multi-Catch, as well as seeing the premier of Mr Johnson’s ‘Jono’s Juice’ – a smoothy tasting competition where you guess the ingredients. The introduction of Boyne’s Got Talent saw some amazing skills emerge including the Fifth Form’s superb sing along while Carson M’s musical magic got everyone dancing.
We saw a real academic drive this year as we embraced our first ‘normal’ year of lessons and examinations for a while. It started off with William H and Head of House elect, Tash M being awarded Academic Scholarships. House went on to be awarded many academic ties this year, including Full Colours for William H and Half Colours for Freddie W, Tom M, Theo Hall, Tash M, Jamie E, Finlay S and Milan T. Six of Lower Sixth were awarded the Boyne House Academic Owl Tie for eight or more Grade 8/9 at GCSE. We also gave memorable performances at the Model United Nations events this year, and the icing on the cake was to be awarded the Upper College Academic Shield, The Marsden Shield, on Speech Day.
Sporting success this year was seen both inside and outside of school. House Pots for swimming was a great success for the juniors, winning Boyne House’s first swimming competition in years, whilst House rugby saw all three plate trophies come home with us. In school sports, Tash M and Guy T represented House in the rugby 1st XV. Outside of school Ferdie B and William B represented in cricket playing for North Cerney Cricket Club, and both Oscar M and Hector M have been selected for county cricket. We also enjoyed Sports Day with Bosco C, Wilf T and Hugo W putting out great performances.
This year saw lots of Brooksmithites in action in the College music scene. William S, Freddie W, Milan T, Carson M, Josh Y and George D represented Boyne in Schola Cantorum, JIG, and Jazz Band.
We have had some exemplary cadets this year. Lance Corporal Freddie H was awarded the Best Lower College Cadet Award and Serjeant Theo H was awarded the Diamondback trophy. Congratulations are given to Serjeant Ben B, who was made Head of Army for this coming year and to Petty Officer William B who is Head of Navy.
Unfortunately, we had to say farewells to Head of House Conner C, as well as the rest of this year’s Upper Sixth, who have been role models in House for the boys. Mr Greenhill is also sadly stepping back from his position as Resident Tutor, however he stays on the Boyne House team.
It is with great sadness that we must say goodbye to Mr and Mrs Penny, who have been House Parents for eight years now.
We will miss Mrs Penny and her happy spirit brightening the mood in House when everything’s a bit gloomy, as well as making hot chocolate and tea for the Fourth and Fifth Formers who were in her tutor group. Whilst Mr Penny might not have made hot chocolate, House will be sure to miss his premier BBQs. His ethos of hard-work and responsibility will be sure to be carried on by current and future years, and we look forward to explaining the meaning of ‘If not you then who?’. We wish the Pennys well in their new life in Berkshire: Mr Penny as Deputy Head Pastoral at Bradfield College and Mrs Penny as Head of Classics at Pangbourne College. We certainly hope to see the family at sports fixtures in the years to come. Finally, we say farewell to our wonderful Matrons Mrs Ratcliffe and Mrs Myers. They have both invested a huge amount of energy and empathy into making Boyne House a home from home and in particular looking after our international pupils who have spent so long away from home.
House Editor: William H