As part of the ’Aylesbury Big Day Out’ initiative linked to the game against Swindon on 1st November, MK Dons ran a specialist goalkeeping session for the ‘keepers’ in our football squads and sent four first team players (David Martin, Jordan Spence, Harry Hickford, and Charlie Burns) to sign autographs and participate in a training session with some of our Year 7s and also pupils from other local schools.
The pupils were able to ask all the questions they had ever wanted to ask of a professional footballer and they also learned the less well publicised aspects of a footballer’s life; that their daily routine is severely constrained – food intake is strictly controlled (No ‘nipping out for a kebab and a coke’) and that any form of physical exercise is forbidden unless it is part of an approved regime – no wonder the younger players admitted to spending so much time on their Xbox! A great time was had by all and some of Jordan Spence’s facial expressions for the boys’ pictures will not easily be forgotten!
Our Japan Club is holding a competition, open to all, to design a greetings card featuring the 1000 origami cranes made by members of the club. 1000 origami cranes was adopted in Japan to commemorate the terrible disaster caused by atomic bombs at Hiroshima and Nagasaki. There is a superstition in Japan that a crane lives for 1000 years so it is an emblem of good fortune and long life. Photographs of the cranes are available from Japan Club Website (http://agsjapanclub.wordpress.com/) or you may take your own photos by visiting MFL 3 at lunchtimes on Tuesday 21st and Wednesday 22nd October.
A prize of a £30 Amazon voucher will be awarded for the best design and 2 runners-up will be awarded a £10 voucher. All participants will be awarded a small prize from the Japan Club.
Participants should send their work online to ‘Japan Club 1000 Crane Card Design Competition’ on Sharepoint . Each participant can enter one design clearly specifying what occasion the card is meant for e.g. Christmas, Birthday, Get Well Wishes, etc.
The deadline is Sunday 10th November 2014.
Monday 21st July
Message from the Head Master
I received the very sad news yesterday, from both Gillian Miscampbell and Keith (KD) Smith that Professor Bill Mead, AGS’ oldest old boy, died at Stoke Mandeville hospital yesterday afternoon.
Bill had been rather unwell for some time following a stroke a few years ago but was still very mentally active and as physically active as he could be. Keith Smith and others have been in regular contact with this great man who was a bastion of AGS.
Bill, who would be 99 this July, was a student at AGS in the 1920s, a long standing foundation trustee and governor as well as Chairman of Governors and Chairman of the AGS Foundation for many years.
Bill was also Emeritus Professor of Geography at UCL and you will find more interesting details here http://www.leo.ucl.ac.uk/pdfs/fsnewsletter05.pdf and on this fascinating video recording of an interview with him here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fjt2RW-GSNE
Bill is the author of many publications, mainly academic and focussed on his love of Finland, but most important to us are his memoirs Aylesbury: A personal memoir from the 1920s and his History of Aylesbury Grammar School, 1598-1998. I personally have very fond memories of sitting with Bill in Foundation meetings in my early days as Head, listening to his descriptions and memories of AGS, but most especially seeing him at nearly every AGS service of lessons and carols which he thoroughly enjoyed.
There are no funeral details available as yet but I shall forward any information I receive as I know that many of you will wish to attend if you are able. I am sure that a full and proper obituary will also be produced at an appropriate time and we shall ensure that it is reproduced for the Aylesburian and alumni publications as soon as it is available.
Old Aylesburian Ben Gregory to represent Wales at the Commonwealth Games.
OA, Ben Gregory (Hampden 2002-09) made his name in athletics in 2010 while competing for Wales in the Commonwealth games in Delhi where he was placed 6th in the decathlon. Ben is no stranger to representing Team GB and recently came 4th representing Great Britain in an International Indoor Match Combined Events match.
Ben will again represent Wales at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow this July in the Decathalon event. Follow his progress on Monday 28th and Tuesday 29thJuly. Go Ben!!
A brilliant AGS Squash Tournament this weekend (12th and 13th July) which raised an impressive £1125 for AGS Squash.
A huge thank you to parents and players who travelled from Bucks, Herts, Beds & Oxon to help and play in this event which was organised by our Squash Professional Darren Withey and Sam Mueller.
The event was kindly sponsored by Harrow and iPROSPORTS who provided great prizes and shirts for the players. Sincere thanks also go to top squash players Nick Matthew, James Wilstrop and Laura Massaro for donating prizes towards the raffle.
An absolutely brilliant event with great feedback flooding in from all involved.