October 21st, 2014
Gabriel Calland kicked 11 points as 2013-14 Natwest Vase champions Trent College got their 2014-15 Under 18s Natwest Schools Cup campaign underway with a 36-27 win over John Cleveland College, Hinckley on Wednesday (15 October).
Having triumphed in the Vase at Twickenham last year and received a bye to round three this year, Trent College were made to work for their place in the next round by the school previously attended by England and Leicester Tigers star Manu Tuilagi.
Driven on by captain Will Allman at number eight, centre Greg Fieldhouse and fly-half Calland, Trent College had to come from behind in the first half as tries from Jack Dickinson, Allman, Fieldhouse (2) and Calland, plus four conversions and a penalty from Calland’s boot, ultimately resulted in a respectable final scoreline.
Trent College’s U18s will now face Wyggeston and Queen Elizabeth College, Leicester in the next round in the week commencing 10 November.
Meanwhile Trent College’s Under 15s were rampant as they ran out comprehensive 57-5 winners over De Lisle School, Loughborough in their opening fixture of the U15s Natwest Schools Cup.
Two early scores settled the team as captain for the day, Chris Rudkin, led the forwards by example with strong performances from Ethan Benstead and Joshua Stanley ensuring Trent secured plenty of possession as the scores kept coming.
Loughborough Grammar School now await in the fourth round, also in the week commencing 10 November, when Trent College’s boys will want to make amends for their 31-17 defeat earlier this term.
The NatWest Schools Cup competition is the premier tournament in schools rugby. 1,000 teams, at U15 and U18 level, enter the competition. All schools that enter play for a main Cup, while teams knocked out in the early rounds then go into the Vase. There are seven qualifying rounds before the quarter-finals take place next spring.
A host of England and British Lions stars have played in the Natwest Schools’ Cup in the past including England captain Chris Robshaw, scrum-half Danny Care and centre Manu Tuilagi.
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Centenary Celebrations for Cardinal Vaughan

October 20th, 2014

On Tuesday 14 October, nearly 5,000 guests arrived at the Royal Albert Hall to celebrate the 100th anniversary of The Cardinal Vaughan Memorial School. An evening of reflection and celebration, this was the largest gathering in the school’s history with an audience comprised of past and present pupils, parents, staff and friends of the Vaughan.

In 1914 the school was built as a national memorial to the third Archbishop of Westminster, Cardinal Herbert Vaughan, with founders including Viscount Fitzalan, the Marquis of Ripon and the Duke of Norfolk. The current Duke of Norfolk was therefore named Guest of Honour with many of the Vaughan family also in attendance.

After a moving rendition of Rutter’s The Lord Bless You and Keep You, the school’s world-famous Schola Cantorum continued to provide backing vocals for classical musical group The Priests with other guest performances from the likes of Old Vaughanian and stand-up comedian Dominic Holland and BBC news broadcaster Stephen Cole as compere.

The voluntary work of three parents resulted in a number of films created specifically for the event; footage uncovered from the school archive revealed the names, faces and stories of those involved in World War Two along with a collection of interview clips from a number of past and present memorable Vaughan characters. Dancers from the school salsa team and street dance crew also took to the stage to show off their moves, with the Vaughan’s Chamber Orchestra and Big Band impressing with a medley of popular musicals. As one current parent, Mr Mattar, said: “I don’t think that a venue any smaller would have accommodated the pride that we all felt in the school.”

Such a moving and memorable programme of events is to be credited to the Vaughan’s Music Director, Mr Scott Price, and demonstrates celebration in the truest sense of the word – celebration not as a display of self-congratulation, but as a joyous acknowledgement that what the Vaughan is, and has become, has its roots in where it’s from.

Headmaster Paul Stubbings said:

“Our centenary celebration was the largest ever gathering of our Vaughan community. I am humbled that so many Old Vaughanians joined us on the evening, and my hope is that many will stay involved in the life of our school move into our second century of love and service.”