Apologies for the radio silence recently – it’s all been a bit hectic, as is the way at this stage of the Michaelmas term. Now where were we….?

We had our final football matches of term against Horris Hill. The results will all have been tweeted immediately afterwards so I won’t bore you again with the results, save to say that the mighty 4th XI drew 1-1, thereby completing an unbeaten season – Played 4; Won 2; Drawn 2; Goals for:4 Goals Against: 2! A slap-up lunch at the GBK awaits these ‘Galacticos’ !

The Mighty 4s

EL and I went to Twickenham to watch the England v. All Blacks. Cracking game, cracking seats – and probably the right result too.

McCaw, Knight, Carter, Lyddon

The play weekend was a huge success. There was a small, but perfectly formed, audience on the Friday evening to watch “I’ll ring for more toast…” a hilarious vignette, which did in 35 minutes what Downton Abbey has taken 4 series to do. This was followed by the House music competition. Each house had to provide a drummer, pianist and vocalist to perform a solo – the standard was extraordinarily high, and the individual spoils were shared among the houses.

The Saturday evening began with a Wine Tasting for all the parents, hosted by Tom Gilbey, proprietor of The Vintner, followed by a second performance of the play and then the House Shout, which was impeccably judged by Oliver Paterson. The final outcome was that the Reds, who sang, “Dumb Ways to Die”, were the overall winners, although no one is quite sure how and the judge, fearing for his safety, made a sharp exit. We also launched the new Woodcote House Red and White wines in the interval, and these are available to buy from Tom at The Vintner.

Holman appeared on Sunday to preach to the boys and then we were into Exam week. We all drew breath with a short Exeat and this week has been all about CAT testing but with a few other excitements thrown in: Paul McGinley dropped in with the Ryder Cup and we also had a Junior Christingle service on Tuesday evening.

MDKP with Paul McGinley and the Ryder Cup

The Ryder Cup leaves Woodcote with bodyguards!

The 1st XV have just headed off on Rugby Tour to the West Country – they have already beaten Farleigh by 2 tries to 1 and are off to play St. Peter’s Lympstone this afternoon after a morning spent with the Royal Marine Commandos at their training base! Tomorrow they play Perrott Hill on their way home, before attending a Barn Dance at St. Mary’s Ascot. They should be suitably knackered by Sunday.

Next week we have Dormitory Charades on Monday, Carol Services on Wednesday and Thursday and the Christmas lunch and Break-Up supper to send the boys on their way for the holidays – it is beginning to feel a lot like Christmas….

Dominies at 7am

That is all.