Young Talent

Grace Gear in 'This Girl Can' Campaign.
January 30, 2015
By Mrs L Moore, Head of Year 8
Year 12 student Grace Gear was recently approached to be part of the 'This Girl Can' campaign in raising awareness and participation levels for girls and women's sport.

'This Girl Can' is here to inspire women to wiggle, jiggle, move and prove that judgement is a barrier that can be overcome.

Grace has been selected based on her outstanding achievements in Squash, in which she continues to excel.

Grace is part of the 'This Girl Can' advert that is shown on television. (Please see the link below).

Well done Grace, another fantastic achievement and we look forward to your campaign in raising participation levels for girls in the local community.

http://www.thisgirlcan.co.uk/
Connor competes at British Open slalom at Lee Valley
January 31, 2014
By Connor Lenihan
I started kayaking at the Herts Young Mariners Base in Cheshunt when I was 9 and in February this year I began slalom training at the Lee Valley White Water Centre run by GB Canoe-ing. At first it was really hard to paddle on white water and I capsized a lot but after learning how to roll my boat back up I became a lot more confident and gradually began to improve and was then asked to join the Regional Southern Talent Academy.

The competition season began in March (2013) and I was competing in Division 4 at first but I soon worked my way through the divisions and finished the season in Division 1 last November. My last race of the season was at the British Open held at Lee Valley, it was very daunting to be competing against World Champions, Olympic medallists and top internationals but a great experience. I gained a good result on the Saturday and an even better one in the semi final on Sunday morning, but in the final I just wasn't able to challenge the much more experienced competitors. It was an amazing opportunity to take part in such a high calibre race and I know with all my training over the winter I'll be able to improve on my performance next time.

I have been to competitions all over the country including travelling to Wales and Scotland. Living in the south of the country we don't have any natural white water so to compete we have to do a lot of travelling but I have made some good friends and we always have a good laugh when we're away together.

At the White Water Centre I started training sessions twice a week on the Legacy course and then some flat water sessions on the lake. I now train on the Olympic course alongside some of the Great Britain team who are based at Lee Valley. It's really inspirational to be on the water with some of the top competitors in the world, Dave Florence and Richard Hounslow are the current World Champions and Olympic silver medalists in the Men's C2. All the GB team are very encouraging and often come along to coach us. Our head coach is Shaun Pearce, he was part of the Beijing 2008 and London 2012 Olympic coaching squad and is a former World Champion himself. Twice a week I do some core fitness training sessions with both Shaun and Marc Domenjo, a former member of the Spanish Slalom Team and World Cup Winner.

I have now progressed to the England Southern Super Regional Squad, I will be training all through the winter and am looking forward to using the new gym facilities that GB Canoeing have just opened. It's my target to win medals at both an Olympic and World Championships but first I have to concentrate on reaching the Premier Division, that's my next goal.
The National Students Art Exhibition 2013
July 18, 2013
By Mr T Price, Head of Art
The Art Department has once again been successful in getting work produced by its students accepted for The National Students Art Exhibition. The hard working students were once again Sam Burke (Year 13) and for the first time ever a Mount Grace student Rachel Hinman (Year 12) who had two different pieces of work accepted.

This exhibition is currently taking place at The Mall Galleries, London, from 9 - 13 July 2013 so if you are in the area of Piccadilly Circus why not pop in and take a look? The opening ceremony took place yesterday afternoon followed by a press preview in the evening.

Before the preview the President selected a number of artists who will become RBA Scholars and they will be invited to exhibit their work in the Annual RBA Exhibition in March 2014 alongside some of the best artists in the country.

It was announced during the opening speeches that Sam, for the second year running has had his work chosen for this prestigeous event.

This year his work was entitled 'Ketchup' which consists of a still life group of condiments painted in the style of the Photo-Realists. The President of the RBA introduced Sam to the head of a London restaurant chain who was interested in commissioning Sam to paint a series of similar paintings for each of his restaurants. Sam is obviously very keen to do this as it would help in spreading his growing reputation.

Rachel's work on the other hand is completely different and shows a portrait of her Nan with the title 'Dementia' and another of a small child. Rachel was interviewed about her reaction to having her work accepted and this can be seen here. The event was well attended and the students concerned were extremely proud of their achievements as were the staff who were there.
Further success for Grace
June 21, 2013
By Mrs L Moore - PE Teacher
Grace Gear was selected to play for England at the U15 European Team Championships in Gerona, Spain on the 16th– 19th May 2013.Grace performed exceptionally well alongside her team mates resulting in England winning the tournament.

Well done Grace, another fantastic result.
Music Achievements
May 16, 2013
By Mr M Clarke
Last month Charlotte Brennan (Year 8) entered the North London Music Festival and won silver medal, the standard was particularly high and she did very well to get the silver medal with distinction.

Tom Cocks (Year 7) and Agon Shakiri (Year 10) played in the Hatfield Festival over the Easter holidays. Tom got a distinction certificate. Agon came 2nd in the ‘14 & under class’. The boys faced stiff competition from the good sized classes and a chatty hub of professional musician parents, so they did really well. Tom Cocks' Pachelbel Canon group also won the group class, under 14, too.