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Congratulations to all performers in the House Music competition last night. The level  of solo performance was outstanding and adjudicator, Iain Carnegie (Director of Music at Reeds School, Cobham) was hugely impressed at the musicianship on display. The houses were at their most inventive in the large and small ensembles.  Latter & Eastwood House’s large ensemble offered maximum entertainment value, featuring Mr Doyle resplendent in his own large ensemble of canary yellow tails and maracas in a performance of Amarillo.  It was Grant & Barton’s performance of Feel it Still, however, with its slick choreography and classy vocal blend that netted the Large Ensemble first place. Whitcombe and Summers winning small ensemble performance of How Far I’ll Go helped them achieve the ultimate prize of overall winners of this year’s competition.   Thank you to all involved in creating a fun, entertaining and enjoyable evening. 
Whitcombe & Summers - 1st
Grant & Barton - 2nd
Smith & Hawkey - 3rd
Latter & Eastwood - 4th
With subjects ranging from the comparison of single and multi-element wings on Formula One cars to the influence of mimetic theory on narrative voice, the PGS Extend Celebration Evening once more showcased the vast differences of interests of our pupils and the depth of study and work they put in to their projects.  The winner of the Ithaka Prize this year went to Oliver Nash with his physics and mathematics based project, Is it possible to send water bottle rockets into space?  Congratulations to all the pupils who completed their independent study projects over the summer and very many thanks to Deniz Beck, our guest of honour who presented the prize.
The Middle School went flipping crazy this Wednesday when pancake fever gripped both staff and pupils alike! The day started with an entertaining assembly from Mr Stayte, involving two pancake challenges for the Year 7 tutor team- both of which were won comfortably by Mr Seddon. Lunchtime saw the pupils get involved with the fun, with House representatives taking part in a pancake relay and most pancake flips in a minute competition. The relay was won by Barton House, following the disqualification of Hawkey who were judged to have performed an insufficient number of flips per lap. The most number of flips per minute was won by Alexander Broadbridge in Year 7 with an impressive 107 flips of the pancake!
On Tuesday, we welcomed 500 people to the 2019 PGS Universities Fair, where they had the opportunity to talk to representatives from 40 of the UK’s leading universities. There was an air of excitement in the Sixth Form Centre, as pupils from Years 11 and 12 explored a dizzying range of opportunities. In addition, they listened to a presentation from Claire Sutton, about the possibilities offered by degree apprenticeships as an alternative pathway to university.  PGS Head, Dr Anne Cotton, offered invaluable advice about what selective universities are looking for in successful applicants, while Dr Martin Grossel, of Christ Church, Oxford, explained what makes the Oxbridge application process unique. The visiting universities commented very favourably on the enthusiasm and sense of purpose demonstrated by PGS pupils throughout the evening.   
Congratulations to the following pupils who won awards during the Portsmouth Music Festival:

John Yu - Hambledon Cup, highly commended (Sonata and Sonatina Class, 14-16 year group)

Samuel Zhou - Mauger Memorial Trophy, highly commended (film music, under-18 year group); Thomas Beaton Cup, highly commended (20th & 21st Century, Grades 6-7) 

Lucy Albuery - performed in the Grade 5-6 recital class on clarinet and the jazz and popular music class, gaining a highly commended in both.

Sophie Guenroc - Warfield Cup in Grade 2-3 strings examination music competition.

We are delighted this year to celebrate the Ides of March in the company of Dr Dirk Obbink, Director, Imaging Papyri and Associate Professor in Papyrology and Greek Literature at Christ Church, Oxford. The title of Dr Obbink’s talk on Monday 11th March is Even the Ruins have Perished: Papyri as Cultural Heritage. All pupils, parents and friends of the school are welcome. The talk begins in the Rotunda at 19:00. Please click here to reserve your free ticket.

We look forward to warmly welcoming you to the Duke of Edinburgh Award Presentation Evening in the DRT next Thursday, 14th March from 18:30 to celebrate the achievements of all the pupils that take part in the award scheme.  The guest of honour and our speaker on the evening in Sarah Ayton OBE a Double Olympic Sailing Gold Medalist and Rolex World Sailor of the Year 2016.   
This year the Year 9 & 10 production is Goodnight Mr Tom, a World War II tale in which a curmudgeonly widower living in a small village takes in a nine-year-old evacuee from London. We look forward to welcoming you on Wednesday 27th or Thursday 28th March to the DRT for the performances starting at 19:00.  Tickets are available from the Senior School Reception and are priced at £6 for adults, £4 for under-18.
Sophie Mitchell argues that politicians need to listen to young people about the dangers of climate change; Anushka Kar explains why the February heatwave is not a good thing;
Tom Beattie explores the opportunities and challenges presented by Artificial Intelligence; Daniel Hill reviews a new production of David Mamet's savage drama, 'Glengarry Glen Ross';
Tony Hicks shares images of Southsea birdlife; wildlife on the Isle of Wight and shows Storm Freya hitting the Seafront.
Portsmouth Point blog offers pupils and staff a daily platform to share ideas, interests and opinions with the rest of the school community. If you would like to write an article for the blog (on any topic of interest to you) or if you would like to showcase any school-work by your pupils that you feel merits a wider audience, please let me know and I will be glad to publish it.
Sports Fixtures and news can be found by clicking here

Historical issues of Preview can be found by clicking here

New Letters and Notices on MyPGS and in the email from Mr Charles this week:

All  Years - Mufti Day 
All Years - Mister Tom Production 
All Years - PGS Spring Concert 
All Years - Instrumental Lesson fees for Academic year 2019-2020 
Year 10 - Spanish Exchange letter 
Year 13 - Hoodie and Yearbook Letter 

Click here to view the online Yellow Book.

11th March, Digital Council Meeting
11th March, Guitar Teatime Concert, Rotunda, 17:00
12th March, Community Choir, Rotunda
13th March, CCF Visit to HMS Queen Elizabeth
13th March, Chamber Choir & Prebendal School Choir sing Evensong, Chichester Cathedral, 17:00
14th March, Senior School Assembly, St Thomas' Cathedral
15th - 16th March, MUN Conference


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