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  Field Gun triumph
Students from The Royal Hospital School in Suffolk won one of the top trophies at a gruelling Royal Navy field gun competition against teams from military units and further education colleges.
Pupils returned home to Holbrook with the Endeavour Trophy for the fastest run by a non-military team at the Junior Leaders Field Gun competition.
The RHS team finished third overall in the competition
held at Royal Navy base HMS Collingwood in Hampshire, but were the best team from a non- military establishment. A team from HMS Sultan won the event.
The Junior Leaders Competition
is held over the same course as the main Field Gun competition and requires the teams to haul a 1,250lb (567kg) field gun from one end of the course to another, stopping to fire two volleys along the way. There are obstacles and requirements along the way and it is all against the clock.
The Field Gun competition started at the beginning of the last century as a drill to reflect the action taken by a Naval
unit in transporting field guns across country to lift the siege of Ladysmith during the Boer War in South Africa in 1899.
RHS has more than 300 years of Royal Navy heritage and students today demonstrate the values and service that come from those links.
Former Royal Navy officer Nigel Griffiths, Head of Ceremonial
at RHS and a former Field Gun Runner, formed the Royal Hospital School Field Gun Crew just over three years ago.
Headmaster Simon Lockyer, who was among the supporters at the competition in Hampshire, said: “I am so proud of everyone in the RHS team that performed so well at this event - they showed discipline, teamwork and a hard work ethic that brought them the success they deserved.”
Pupil smashes world record
Seventeen year-old Bedford School pupil and Commonwealth Games cyclist, Ethan Vernon, set a new world record in the U19 Male Junior 3km Individual Pursuit
on the first day of the HSBC UK National Youth and Junior Track Championships held in Newport.
Ethan stopped the clock at 3:10.121 in qualification – over
six seconds clear of his nearest rival and obliterating the world record by two and a half seconds – a time which is 15 seconds faster than Sir Bradley Wiggins’ personal best! Ethan went under the world record mark again in the final, crossing the line at 3:10.371 to win gold and defend his title as National Champion.
   £4 million sports centre
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A groundbreaking ceremony has been held to mark the start of work on the multi-million pound sports centre at Rossall School, Lancashire.
The build will see a much needed sporting facility home to a 50m sprint track, multiple indoor
courts, a viewing gallery and a fitness suite.
There will also be parking and changing facilities.
The project is expected to be complete in time for the start of the 2019 academic year.
Pictured: Estates Manager Mr John Reader, Bursar Mrs Emma Sanderson, Headmistress Junior School Mrs Katie Lee, Head Mr Jeremy Quartermain, School Captain Hannah Parkinson, Director of Development Henry Shepherd, School Monitor Alfie Ellis, Chairman of Governors Mr Chris Holt and contractors.
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