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PR E PA R ATORY S C HO OL Singapore Rugby Tour April 2017 saw a group of Preparatory School students and staff visiting Singapore for the Singapore Rugby Tour. Our first day in Singapore started with breakfast at the Zoo, where the baboons were a hit with many of the students! Afterwards, a refreshing swim, and lunch at Subway prepared us for a vigorous, exhausting training session at St Andrews, where we were warmly welcomed and made to feel very special by the leadership of the school, and the rugby community. That evening we enjoyed a relaxing dinner at Jungle Rotisseries before going on our Night Safari. On day two we set about experiencing the fabulous train systems in Singapore, ending up at the stunning Gardens by the Bay. Not only did the players appreciate the magnificent architecture, spectacular gardens/landscaping, but then spent an hour, or more, in a water playground which had the players in raptures! Our first match, against the AIS under-11 team was a very tense match. Once we settled, we played some good rugby, dominating the ball on the ground, which gave our strong running backs plenty of ball to attack. Together with some powerful running by our forwards, tries were scored by Fionn Zaffino, Finn Cappon, Lemarna Valentine and Charlie Ford, with Lachlan Newcombe converting 3 of the 8 tries scored. We eventually won the game 46 – 10. We spent the final day of the tour at St Andrew’s, where we played some tough games in gruelling conditions against the Anglo- Chinese School, and immediately thereafter against the St Andrew’s Under 11/12 team. The matches were extremely tough, due to the heat and humidity, playing two matches in a row, and the size and competitiveness of our opponents. At the end of the day we beat the Spartans 58 to 15, and St Andrew’s 81 to 5. The tour was a wonderful success - on and off the field. We were hosted exceptionally well by all in Singapore and continue to strengthen our relationships with the St Andrew’s community and with the Australian International School. Both these schools, together with our third opponents, the Anglo-Chinese School (The Spartans) intend touring Perth later in the year and we look forward to hosting them and thanking them for all they have done to make our tour a success, and truly memorable. My grateful thanks to you all involved. It was my privilege, and as my final tour, it could not have been a better way to celebrate this rugby experience. Mr Roger Budler Deputy Headmaster From skipping to Macarena: It’s all about movement Movement is a vital part of all our lives that can often overlooked in the business of life. To start the day off on the right foot, all Preparatory School students have the opportunity to participate in a variety of physical activities. The result has been a special buzz in the morning around the Preparatory School classrooms. From double-unders on the skipping ropes to amazing soccer skills on the top courts, from Lemarna’s devastating bowling spells to Riley cutting up the grass to Hey Macarena there has been action aplenty. We are looking forward to seeing more parents and students join in over the term to help build the special feel amongst the community. Mr Jeff Giles Director of Strength and Conditioning 33