Congratulations to Mr Sebastian Crawford who received the tonsure and was clothed in the soutane today, at the Institute of the Good Shepherd. Abbé Crawford taught at Chavagnes from 2009-2014. He follows in the footsteps of other former Chavagnes men, Father Ian Verrier FSSP, Canon Francis Altiere ICRSP, Father Stephen Morrison O Praem. Henri Crevat, who finished his A-levels with us in 2015 is now in seminary for the diocese of Lyon. We are proud to be part of the story of these fine young men, as they answer God’s call to serve.
We are delighted to announce that our association with the local rowing club has been relaunched. From 2002-2011 our boys were keen participants in rowing at least once a week; and now from September, we will be having rowing and canoeing sessions three times a week for various groups of pupils, thanks to a new arrangement put in place by Mr McDermott with the new club President Mr Valère Vriz.
The Aviron Club du Bocage has recruited a dynamic young coach who will be working for the Club, and part time for the College from the beginning of the new school year.
It is planned that boys will be able to participate in competitions at regional level against other clubs and schools.
Made by Marine de Penfentenyo in July 2015
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We are happy to announce the appointment of our new Head of Music, Thomas Neal MA Hons (Cantab), MPhil (Cantab).
Mr Neal is a musicologist, choral conductor, and church musician. He read music at Clare College, Cambridge as an undergraduate (BA Hons, 2012), and musicology as a graduate research student (MPhil, 2013). During his final year at Cambridge he was elected John Stewart of Rannoch Scholar in Sacred Music. Tom has researched and written widely on music and liturgy in the sixteenth century, with a particular focus on the music of Giovanni Pierluigi ‘da Palestrina’. He has given papers at conferences both in the UK and abroad, and acted as editor and academic advisor for a number of early music ensembles.
Mr Neal is also active as a choral conductor. His previous posts include: assistant conductor of the Cambridge University Chamber Choir, under Tim Brown (2010–12); assistant conductor and répétiteur of Cambridge University Music Society Chorus, under Stephen Cleobury (2011); and founder-director of The Clare Consort (2010–2013). Tom has co-directed The Victoria Consort since 2014. Also an occasional choral composer, Tom’s works have been performed by choirs on both sides of the Atlantic.
Mr Neal’s passion, however, is the traditional Latin liturgy and the music proper to it. He has travelled around the UK and Europe (including two visits to the Vatican) directing the music for the liturgy, leading workshops, and giving talks on the subject. Mr Neal was until recently Director of Music and Organist at the Shrine Church of St. Augustine of England, Ramsgate (Ramsgate Abbey), where he oversaw the church’s comprehensive music programme and directed its three choirs. Previously he was Organ Scholar at the Church of Our Lady of the Assumption and the English Martyrs, Cambridge (2010– 11); and Director of Music and Organist at Fisher House, Cambridge (2012–13).
His primary responsibility will be training and directing the boys’ choir for daily Mass.
Summer 2015 A-level/Baccalaureate class
Iwo Wojcik has secured a place to study French at Oriel College, University of Oxford (http://www.ox.ac.uk/)
Fermin Senoisiain Diez who has secured a place to read Archaeology at the University of Edinburgh (http://www.ed.ac.uk)
Pierre Le Pape who will be studying International Business Management at Université Paris Sud (http://www.u-psud.fr)
Alistair Mackay who has been accepted to study Business Management at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David, in Swansea (www.uwtsd.ac.uk)
Alberto Alvarez Fernandez who has been accepted to study Business Management and Marketing at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David, in Carmarthen (www.uwtsd.ac.uk)
Henri Crevat who will be going to the Université de Lyon (www.universite-lyon.fr) to study Philosophy. Well done, boys!
Chavagnes Choirboys recently enjoyed a trip to Latvia, Estonia and Paris (3-14th February) which included engagements in a school, an old folks’ home, a day with Latvian scouts, Sung Mass at Riga’s Catholic Cathedral and 4 days of wintersports at Otepää, the Estonian winter capital.
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Congratulations to our two leavers this year who are now about to begin university studies.
Maximilian Micallef Eynaud (Chavagnes 2007-2014, our first pupil to complete all 7 years of secondary education here) has now gone to the Delft University of Technology (http://www.tudelft.nl/en/) to study Aerospace Engineering.
Ambroise Julien Laferrière (Chavagnes 2011-2014, and our first pupil to qualify for university with the French baccalaureate and British A-levels) is going to the University of Buckingham (http://www.buckingham.ac.uk/) to study Business and Management.
Well done for securing those places, and we wish you all the best in your studies.