The Leys, Cambridge has enjoyed a busy and varied Autumn term, with the following events being among the highlights:
The Power Lectures
Pupils at The Leys, Cambridge, have been given an insight into the workings of the media, diplomacy and the Law in a series of thought-provoking lectures. Martin Bell, a household name as a BBC war correspondent for over 30 years, was educated at The Leys, Cambridge’s only co-educational boarding and day school for pupils aged 11-18. He shared his “Reflections from the Front Line” with moving video footage from the Bosnian war and clips of his news reports from war zones from Vietnam through to Afghanistan. Sir Tony Brenton, Chairman of Governors at The Leys, Fellow of Wolfson College, Cambridge, and former British Ambassador to Moscow, talked about Russia and its place on the world stage. Mr Justice Royce (Sir John Royce), who was educated at The Leys, talked about a selection of the most memorable cases of his career at the Bar and as a High Court Judge.
Olympian opens new boathouse
Steve Trapmore MBE, Olympic Gold medallist and chief coach of Cambridge University Boat Club, was guest of honour at The Leys School’s official opening of the new-look Combined Colleges Boathouse. Steve declared open the boathouse on the River Cam, which The Leys rowers will share with Churchill, King’s and Selwyn Colleges. The new boathouse, developed by the four clubs, replaces a 1960s one and has state-of-the-art storage and workshop for the boats, changing facilities suitable for boys and girls, a fitness area with 16 rowing machines, and a kitchen. A social room leads on to a balcony with views over the river. Rowing began at The Leys in 1961 when some enthusiastic pupils persuaded their teacher, Richard Armstrong, to start the school’s first Boat Club. Mr Armstrong attended the opening and raised a toast to: “the wonderful new boathouse and all those who have contributed.”
The Leys hosts the Davis Cup Trophy tour
The Leys was the venue for the Cambridge leg of the Davis Cup Trophy Legacy Tour of the UK and the school invited the wider community to celebrate with a feast of tennis. Schoolchildren, club tennis players and members of the public came in large numbers to see the magnificent trophy, to be photographed with it, and to watch and play tennis themselves. The visit was organised by the Lawn Tennis Association to mark the historic victory of the Great Britain team in 2015, when the GB team hoisted the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas Trophy for the first time in nearly 80 years. The event was also designed to inspire people to take up the game. There were exhibition tennis matches by top county players, mini tennis sessions for youngsters run by LTA coaches and a display of visually-impaired tennis.
The annual Japanese Exchange between The Leys and the Aoyama Gakuin High School in Tokyo is now in its 21st year, and the Leysians who went out to Japan this term enjoyed a fascinating programme of educational and cultural activities. Sophie H and Susan O’F, pictured in traditional Japanese costume, spent a busy fortnight visiting many places of cultural interest including the Tokyo Tower and the Tokyo Sky Tree observatory, the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation, old Samurai capital, Kamakura, the Japanese-style garden at Hamarikyu, the fish market at Tsukiji and much more. They also attended classes at the Aoyama Gakuin High School, which shares a common heritage and ethos with The Leys as a Methodist foundation established in the 1870s. Alex Bennet-Jones, Head of International Support, accompanied them and said the trip had been a great success. The Leys is looking forward to welcoming Mitoki F and Yuka U to Cambridge in January 2017.
The Leys, established in 1875, is Cambridge’s only independent co-educational boarding and day school for 11-18 year olds.