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Showing posts from January, 2012

The man from Cambridge says yes ...

Our enthusiastic 15-year-old Mathematician, Paul de Guibert, got two pieces of good news this week: a Distinction in the BMO1 (British Mathematical Olympiad) and an offer to read Mathematics at Cambridge, but he has to wait until he is 16. So he should be starting at Churchill College (whose arms are shown left), home to 20 Nobel scientific prizewinners, in October 2013.  Well done, Paul. He is the only boy in the A-level class this year, so that makes a 100% Oxbridge admissions success rate. That must be some kind of record ...

Chavagnes boys will sing at Santa Maria Maggiore to celebrate new cardinal

Pope Benedict has announced his intention to give the cardinals' hat to 22 new cardinals, including Archbishop Santos Abril y Castello, Archpriest of the Pontifical Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore, on 19th February 2012.
The next day, Monday 20th February 2012, the Choir of Chavagnes International College will, God willing, be singing for Mass in the Basilica at 6pm.

The Choir plans to sing the Kyrie, Sanctus and Agnus Dei as well as the Introit, Offertory, Communion and Marian Antophon. All works will be from the repertoire of English renaissance polyphony, including works by by William Byrd, Robert Parsons and Christopher Tye.

The Mass features in a special Lenten pilgrimage organised for members of the Choir.

This year the Choir will be working on the theme of the English Renaissance and intends to record a CD of religious and secular works from this era to celebrate the College's 10th birthday in summer 2012.

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Queen Elizabeth defends Faith, family, marriage, morality ...

Did anyone else notice what a splendid Christmas message Her Majesty the Queen gave this year? I think that the advancing years are giving her the courage to speak from her heart.
She told us that wonderful things often happen in the midst of tragedy and suffering; that we discover another loving side of human nature - compassion - evinced by sad events. She referred to her visit to Australia in which she witnessed this first hand.

She then told us how, 2,000 years ago, in the midst of all our human suffering, God revealed his love for us by sending his Son; and that this was the message of the Angels to the Shepherds. She prayed that all her listeners throughout the Commonwealth would open their hearts to the Angels' message. Here are her exact words:

Finding hope in adversity is one of the themes of Christmas. Jesus was born into a world full of fear. The angels came to frightened shepherds with hope in their voices: 'Fear not', they urged, 'we bring you tidings of…