On Friday 27th February, Oundle
School CCF’s Marching Band had the honour of playing during the half time
interval of the match between Northampton Saints and London Harlequins at
Franklin Gardens. The Band, now fifty four strong and under the direction
of Band Mistress and Head of Brass, Adele Hudson, Band Captain Ian Ostijic
(16), and Drum Major Angus McRae (16), performed a short marching display
before halting in the centre of the pitch to play a special arrangement of ‘When the Saints Go Marching In’ much to
the 13,000 strong home crowds delight.
The marching routine included a
new manoeuvre where the Band separated into two divisions before counter
marching and reforming on the half way line – the product of WO2 Wayne Palmer’s
hard work with the Band on the preceding Wednesday afternoons.
The evening was a high point in
the Band’s history and it is hoped that they will be invited to perform at
Franklin Gardens next season. Their next performance will be on the day of the
Contingent’s Annual Inspection on the School’s parade ground in May.
The Contingent Commander, Major Andrew Mansergh RM
said, “It is an honour to have been
invited to play at this premiership match and the Band has worked tremendously
hard to reach the standard required to do so; every Cadet should be very proud
of the performance that they gave”.
Information on Oundle School
School is situated in the quintessentially English market town of Oundle, about
90 miles north of London. The School’s buildings, dating from the 17th to the
21st centuries, are dispersed throughout the town, which is, to a large extent,
The School’s history dates back
to 1556, when Sir William Laxton, Master of the Worshipful Company of Grocers
and Lord Mayor of London, endowed and re-founded the original Oundle Grammar
School, of which he was a former pupil. In 1876, the Grocer’s Company divided
the School into two parts; Laxton Grammar School, primarily for the inhabitants
of the town, and Oundle School, primarily for pupils from further afield. In
2000, the Grocers’ Company reunited the two schools under the common name of
Oundle School and retained the name of Laxton for the day House.
At the beginning of the 20th
century, Oundle was put firmly on the map of leading English public schools by
its most famous headmaster, F W Sanderson, who established Oundle’s reputation
as one of the great science and engineering schools, a reputation still renowned
today. In 2007, SciTec - a major and ground-breaking new science complex -
opened, housing 16 state-of-the-art laboratories. The School is now embarking
on a large SciTec Campus development project which will see a
new Mathematics department constructed adjacent to SciTec as well as a
significant upgrade to the Design and Technology department within the Patrick
Engineering Centre. Due for completion in September 2016, the development will
unite Science, Mathematics, Design, Technology and Engineering both physically and philosophically,
enabling pupils to
move seamlessly from theory to practice and from pure science to the
achievement of a workable technology. A concurrent Sports Masterplan will
upgrade sporting facilities across the School over the next few years,
including a new 1st XI cricket pavilion due to open April 2015.
There are currently 1100 pupils
on roll at Oundle School, with 850 boarders and 250 day pupils. Also within the
Corporation of Oundle School is Laxton Junior School, a day School for children
aged 4 to 11.