Author: toby chavasse

Musings from a peninsula

Toby’s Take on Life – Toby C

On Wednesday I turned 18, and I thought that at my new wise old age, I should impart the wisdom I have gathered over the last 18 years to the more youthful members of our community (AKA Mr. Hodson). It has been hard to filter down so many life lessons into 20 points, but I…
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Allergic To Summer – Harriet George

The season of sneezing, watering eyes (that make it look like you have been crying) and headaches have begun for what is thought to be almost 10 million people in England, of all ages. This equates to almost one in four adults and 1 in 10 children of the population and what is causing that?…
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Speech Day; here we go again! – Toby C

I remember my first speech day so clearly. The build up of that last week was filled with so much anticipation, just like it is now. I remember watching Nelson slow march off the parade square, the rest of the school cheering and clapping while they all tried to hold the tears back. It is…
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What I Think The Royals Have For Breakfast – Tilly Jordan

The Prince of Wales, Charles: This royal for sure loves a cup of Earl Grey and a slice of homemade bread to dunk into his boiled eggs, which must be served at the right runniness. Not only does he have eggs, but Charles also prefers to get up at dawn to pick the juiciest and…
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RHS Atrocities; Feeble Forearms – Toby C

This one is just outright ludicrous. In what world does it make sense for a pupil to carry all their books and folders and iPads and pencil cases under one arm? It doesn’t make sense! I joined in year 9 and I remember the glares I would get because I held my books firmly between…
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RHS’ Most Monstrous Mullets – Toby C

The mullet. Arguably the worst hair style to plague the planet. RHS has had a purge on these “unorthodox” hair styles, with Mr Dixon announcing a personal vendetta against the so called “business at the front, party at the back ” look. Whether this comes from wanting to protect the school’s image, or from his…
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My Memoirs Of Africa; Ostrich Outrage – Toby C

Today I bring you a much more recent story. One in which I am actually alive for, although I thought I was going to die. An event that I am still recovering from. I am moving through the trauma. Slowly.  As much as I love a spot of exaggeration, I will stop milking it and…
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DW: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly – Toby C

Devizes to Westminster is an international canoe race of 125 miles (this year 108 miles due to covid complications in London), and is one of the most incredible events, with both Olympic athletes and mere school children pouring out blood sweat and tears… literally. I take part in a decent amount of “stuff” at RHS…
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