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Charitable St John’s
ST JOHN’S College head boys Aaron Mauger, Samoan winger
Simon and Jonathan Priestley Alesana Tuilagi and England
handed over a cheque for £1,000 Saxons Richard Blaze and Brett
to Guiness Premiership rugby Deacon.
champions Leicester Tigers after
Simon said: “It was a pleasure
their showdown match against
to meet the Leicester Tigers
London Irish at Twickenham.
players who gave us a really
The amount raised will go
warm welcome. It was kind of
towards the Matt Hampson
them to spend time with us after
Trust Fund, a charity set up in
winning the trophy and we were
the name of the former emerging
delighted to be handing over a
Leicester Tiger, who suffered a
cheque for such a worthwhile
dislocation to his neck during
the collapse of a scrum and is
Jonathan added: “Matt is a
now paralysed from the neck
really inspirational character;
He is unable to breathe
quite a few players from St
unaided but remains as
John’s follow his story – he was
determined and as mentally
the same age as us when the
● Mapping out a bright future... Pupils from Queen’s College on a
Duke of Edinburgh Award outdoor challenge strong as he was in his playing
accident happened.”
Queen’s and Duke’s
Matt is now an inspirational
fi gure in the rugby and wider
communities, leading an
independent life despite his
QUEEN’S College, Taunton, you’re at the sharp end, say in an disability, writing a local sports
is one of the 15 per cent of infantry regiment. column and coaching rugby, as
independent schools without a “Developing leadership, self- well as raising awareness and
Combined Cadet Force.
awareness and self-confi dence is
funds for spinal charities.
But as the headmaster Chris
something that the cadet scheme
Despite being supporters of
Alcock commented: “I need not
will do for you, but so will the
London Irish, the twin head boys
have worried, as it took me only
Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme
were invited into the Tigers’
one preliminary visit to Queen’s
in just as many and perhaps more
dressing room after the match to
to see that the large and hugely-
interesting ways.”
present the cheque to All Black
popular Duke of Edinburgh Award
programme more than fi lled the
space vacated by rifl es and square-
Queen’s is numerically the
biggest centre for the Duke of
Inspired Teaching
Edinburgh Awards Scheme in
the South West of the United
Open Morning: 9.30-12pm Sat Oct 10th
Almost all of Year 10 (around
90 pupils) choose to begin their
bronze award and over the years

Table-topping A-level & GCSE results
well over 300 Sixth Formers have
been to Buckingham Palace to

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receive the coveted gold award,

way more than any other centre in
Huge DoE programme,
the region. with over 300 Gold awards
“While I remain personally
convinced that our focus on the

Advice on Continuing
Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme,
Education Allowance
rather than Combined Cadet
Force is the right way forward
for a school that prides itself on
being no slave to convention, I
thought it might be wise to check
the opinions of one or two parents
currently serving in the Armed
Forces,” said Mr Alcock.
Cdr Paul Casson, has a son and
a daughter at Queen’s College and
is a Royal Navy engineer.
“I joined the Navy from an old-
style grammar school that had a
cadet force but I don’t think that’s
Up to 20%
really infl uenced my thinking on
the subject of choosing a school
on fees
either way,” he refl ected.
“I think the Duke of Edinburgh
Awards Scheme is at least as good
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