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Association Day 2009

After the Swimming Gala had to be abandoned due to heavy rain, the school, parents, ex-pupils and old teachers gathered under the safety of the marquee to mark the retirement of John Symons after completing his 99th term at the school.


Jim Massey spoke of his many years of devotion to the school as a history teacher, Deputy Headmaster and as the first Girls House Parent, with his wife. The great successes of his cricket and rugby teams were noted along with his love for the school, teaching and his sense of fun. “An inspirational teacher, who will be greatly missed”.


Patrick Cashell, also spoke, in his capacity as the Chairman of the Mount House Association and also as a fellow ex-teacher of the school. He mentioned the fun they had together and wished him well on his retirement to France.


The school presented John with a full set of golf clubs, Mikey Cousens, a leaver from 2008 gave a signed Bath rugby shirt and the Mount House Association presented John with full set of DVDs from the Wortham Archive in a handmade mahogany box, made by Gareth Davies a parent of a former pupil.


John then had the audience in fits of laughter, when recounting his memories of his time at the school, his interview with Mr Wortham, and the antics of former pupils. He spoke of his strong bond with Mount House, love of teaching and of course rugby and cricket.


With the speeches over, everyone enjoyed a good picnic lunch before the rounders and cricket matches began.


MH Association Day 09

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Rounders Match report.

This match saw the return of some Mount House Rounders’ legends such as Alice and Fern Toynton, Ella Hartley (who was most amusingly caught out by her sister on her first ball of the first innings), May Liddell Grainger, Oenone Heal, Charlotte Fitzgerald (who joint top scored with Alice on 2.5 rounders each), Emily Redman, Flora Dickinson, Lucy Sharp, Hannah Donne and Kate Searight. Our current captain Poppy Hartley and her team were up against some tough opposition and the MHA team showed that they had not completely forgotten how to play despite having not picked up a rounders bat for a couple of years in most cases. In actual fact the MHA girls showed a bit more muscle and might with the bat (it must be those body building senior school lunches) than the MHS team and had they refrained from obstructing our girls (Ella Hartley’s blocking of the post so that Harriet Cave could not get past comes to mind) they may have just sneaked the win. But as it stood a very diplomatic, though both umpires maintain, mathematically accurate, draw was achieved at 11 rounders apiece.


Cricket match report.

Sadly, due to some rather “exotic” scoring which lost it’s way somewhat towards the end, we are unable to bring you a report! Suffice to say that the teams, captained by Jon Elworthy and Geoff Sayers were made up evenly of “old” boys and 6th formers. Jon reliably informs us that his side won, but, due to the odd glass of real ale, no one can remember the score. Tea was provided by Sally De Rocha for the last time, as she was retiring after many years of sterling service to the school and the Mount House Association. We presented her with a teak sun lounger from which she can view future MHA matches and keep an eye on the standard of tea served!