75 Years On...
Mr Peter Grondona (1942-45), Mr Neil Shepherd-Smith (1942-48) and Mr Robert (Bob) Sutton (c.1944) (photo above, l-r) joined us for our 75th Anniversary Celebrations at our Jubilee Open Morning on Saturday 17 October 2015. It was lovely to hear their fond memories of their time at Davenies, and they enjoyed seeing how the school had changed, as well as what was still the same.
A 1st XV Wasp
We are delighted to announce that 1st XV Captain Barnaby David has been invited to join the Wasps development programme. In doing so he fought off over 100 applicants, impressing the coachs with both his understanding of the game and physical prowess.
Barnaby now joins a growing list of OD's who are currently in the 'elite' sector of the sport. Last season's Captain of Rugby, Jack Chapples (Shiplake), is also in the Wasps set up, as is Cameron King (St.Edwards). 2013 Captain Noah Lucas, currently living in Washington DC, was recently asked to join USA Rugby's Academy having worked with the Fujian 7s super star, Waisele Serevi, over the summer!
A number of ex-pupils are also making waves in their school 1st XVs. AJ Woodland is enjoying his time at scrum half for St. Edward's: Xavier Garnham has been in impressive form for Haileybury, as have Henry Birdseye, Ben Arnold and Daniel Deakin at Shiplake College. Former 1st XV player Finn O'Toole (Claires Court) has recently been named in the Buckinghamshire County U16 team.
At the top of the sport Tom Howe, brother of our current GAP Student and ex 1st XV Captain Toby (both Shiplake College), is currently on loan at Jersey RFC from Wasps. Tom was also part of the England team at the recent Under 20 World Cup. Ross Neal (RGS) has also been heavily involved with pre-season training at London Irish and will be spending this season at Esher RFC with fellow old boy Ben Wood (RGS), who is also attached to Harlequins.
Pro Rugby Players
Davenies is proud to lay claim to not one, nor even two, but three pro rugby players! Whilst Old Boys Tom Howe (Wasps) and Ben Wood (Harlequins) went head-to-head in an 'A' league game early on in September, Old Davenian Ross Neale was playing for London Irish.
Class of 2007/9
19 tall young men, some with parents, came to visit the school on the first Friday of term for the Class of 2007 (Year 6) and 2009 (Year 8) Old Davenians' Reunion. Over coffee and pain au chocolat the boys reminisced about their memories of Davenies, and chatted excitedly about their future plans and dreams.
Coxing Success for Great Britain
Old Davenian, Hugo Marsh, who left Davenies in 2010, successfully coxed the Great Britain Coxed Four to a silver medal at the World Junior Rowing Championships at Hamburg over the Summer 2014. Hugo was introduced to rowing whilst at Davenies by the father of two of his classmates.
Riding for Rhinos
Old Davenian, Johan Du Plessis, and a university friend are currently cycling around the world to raise money for Save the Rhino. Having left Trafalgar Square on Easter Sunday, the men already made it to Istanbul by 21 May 2014. You can follow their adventures on their website.
Squash and Judo Champions from Whitgift
During the first weekend in March OD James Wyatt, who now attends Whitgift School in South Croydon, overcame a string of recent injuries to win the U15 Austrian Open Squash Tournament in Vienna.
In the same weekend OD Oliver Jones won a gold medal and helped the Whitgift Team win the Overall Team Trophy at the HMC Independent Schools Judo Tournament in High Wycombe.
Congratulations to both boys.
OD's Rugby News
You may have seen in the local press that RGS High Wycombe is now the rugby, league national champion school. The Year 7 squad who beat Castleford Academy at Wembley in August 44 - 4 included four former Davenies boys who left for RGS in 2012: James Baldwin, Matthew Bowen, Faris Umar and Tom Allen.
Ross Neal, who left Davenies in 2007, has been appointed Captain of RGS 1st XV, and celebrated this honour by scoring the winning try against Wellington College on Saturday 07 September in the first game of the new season.
Toby Howe, who left Davenies in 2009, has been appointed Captain of Rugby at Shiplake College.
Class of 2006 Reunion
On the first Friday of the Autumn Term 2013, we were visited by the ODs, and their parents, of 2006. The missing years rolled away as the boys talked of current exploits hopes and dreams, whilst reminiscing about the wonderful and enjoyable years spent at Davenies. They were amazed at the Newton Building and looked quizzical at all the new staff! The coffee morning raised £52.30 for Macmillan.