The first three weeks of term are always incredibly busy and so Exeat is an opportunity for some rest and reflection on the school year so far.

If you have children in the upper years of school, you will be very aware that they are now setting their sights on the next stage in their education. To assist students and parents in navigating the information available, the  Careers & Vocation Department have their own Facebook page, called ‘Careers & Vocation at Ampleforth’. The page provides up to date information for students past and present and is also a resource for parents who would like to assist or familiarise themselves with upcoming events and detailed information which may be of assistance in helping to support their children with subject choices, university applications and careers beyond study. You can help to publicise the page by ‘liking’ it.

Over Exeat, we heard that Benedict Turner- Berry, a Year 13 music scholar, has been awarded an Organ Scholarship to Corpus Christi College, Cambridge. Congratulations to him!

You may also have seen our Head of History, Mr Connor, appear on the BBC’s Antiques Roadshow this weekend. He was accompanied, I should add, by a copy of Napoleon’s Death Mask, which has been a feature of the history department’s classrooms for decades. You can view the episode (Castle Howard) on the BBC iPlayer, from about 27 minutes in, or follow the link here.

Congratulations to our First teams on their matches this week. The 1st XI hockey team beat Lady Lumley’s School 7-0 and drew with Scarborough College to make it through to the county stages of the National Schools Cup.  The girls, who have had considerable success over the past few years, are looking forward to stepping up to the mark when they meet more competitive sides in the next stage of the competition. Meanwhile the First XV rugby team won their match against Ripon Grammar School, one of our local sides.

We were delighted to hear that Clemmie Cooper, who left Ampleforth in June, has been awarded the Anna Horrell Award.  Clemmie received one-to-one mentoring from Heather Fell (Olympic silver medallist in the modern pentathlon) for the last three months of her time here at Ampleforth. The award is presented to an individual, or group of individuals, for having demonstrated a proactive nature and infectious enthusiasm throughout their mentoring programme and shown great potential in their chosen sport.  The mentoring is organised by a company called Mintridge and it was their decision to award Clemmie with this prestigious award.  Clemmie will receive a trophy presented in front of all of the Mintridge Ambassadors in December.

Finally, a reminder that you can hear Ampleforth College’s Big Band this Saturday, 30th September, at nearby Hovingham Hall, when they play in a gig to raise funds for Hovingham Church’s repair fund. Tickets cost £10 to include a first drink if bought in advance and are available from 01653 628386/628922.