What a busy Summer! 

Downside pupils have been busy during the Summer months, returning to school with a range of impressive news:

George Hobbs has been gearing up for the new rugby season at Downside by representing the Bath Academy Rugby U18 side in a festival held at Warwick School.  The festival involved the academies of a number of English Premiership clubs as well as the Gwent Dragons.  George played in all three games, including one against London Irish, which saw him pitted against a name well known in Downside circles, James Vyvyan, son of OG Richard.  Bath competed well and played with great endeavour on a scorching day, which tested the players’ fitness to the full.  There is a great sense of optimism about the coming season at Downside with pre-season getting underway in a week’s time for both boys’ rugby and girls’ hockey.

Josh Higgs returned to the chess board in the summer break after a six-month absence (GCSEs) and  entered three competitions to regain his competitive edge.  First stop was in Cardiff for the South Wales International which was used as a “rust and dust” exercise.  With a coaching session and in-house preparation under his belt his next stop was the 10-day Copenhagen Chess Festival in Denmark.  A tough event with over 400 players in the Open section. Josh scored a creditable 4.5/10.  A few weeks off and then to the Sants Open in Barcelona.  With 375 players in the Open section this turned out to be the toughest event Josh had competed in.  The highlight was a draw against an Italian FM.  Seven rounds later Josh had scored 2.5 and ended up with 7 rating points.

A vast number of Downside pupils elected to take part in the annual OMV Pilgrimage to Lourdes along with Fr James. Click here to read more. 

Pupils took part in a CCF camp at the start of the summer break which included taking part in their Bronze Duke of Edinburgh walking expedition, in Norfolk.  Other pupils completed individual challenges: Anna Dolman completed a 4-week National Citizen Service course, and Gregor Gaggero completed a walk to raise £3,500 for Mary’s Meals.

Back in Somerset, Dom Leo welcomed the crew of TV series, Salvage Hunters, at the start of the summer; click here to read more.  Monks and Library staff hosted the second Benedictine Bath festival for 10 days in early July to great acclaim, and we also welcomed the Somerset District Festival of Cricket to our beautiful site for a few glorious days in August.