Last Thursday we hosted our annual Carton de Wiart History Competition Winners' Day. Carton de Wiart, an old Oratorian, was described in a recent BBC article as the “unkillable soldier”. He received the Victoria Cross, the highest British military award for gallantry, for his actions at La Boiselle in World War One. He, however, declined to even mention the medal in his autobiography, later telling a friend that "it had been won by the 8th Glosters, for every man has done as much as I have".
Pupils in years 5 and 6 from across the country were invited to submit essays on British Prime Ministers during the reign of Queen Elizabeth II and the best ten were subsequently invited to the school. It was great to see the popularity of the competition and the uptake across a large number of schools. Whilst here, the attendees were treated to a session with Mrs Fahey, Real Tennis Ladies World Champion, on the history of the game and sport in the medieval periods before giving the game a try as well as History Workshops by Mr Fec and Mr Hennessy. Chandlings School were named the overall school winners whilst Poppy from Eagle House was the overall individual winner with Emily (Daneshill) and Xan (Thomas’s Battersea) as runners up.