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This year’s enrichment week saw the Remove and Lower Sixth joining forces and taking part in a variety of collaborative activities. The week began with a Careers and Higher Education day: Remove students took part in business enterprise activities with Big Bang Boom and learnt about psychometric testing, whilst the Lower Sixth Students attended a series of lectures and workshops to aid them with their Higher Education applications and future careers. On the second day, the Lower Sixth delivered ‘taster’ lessons to the Remove students in Psychology, Business, Economics, Theory of Knowledge, Medieval History and Philosophy through the morning. The afternoon was spent taking part in the Ardingly Olympics, and in the evening, students had an opportunity to visit the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre to watch a production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Creativity was the theme for Wednesday, with students working in groups to create original art, drama and musical pieces, which culminated in a Showcase that evening.
The enrichment week drew to a close with Ardingly’s mini Model United Nations (MUN). The theme of the first Ardingly MUN event was ‘Protection and Promotion of Human rights’. Throughout the year students have been challenged by news stories ranging from the Syrian war to the Ugandan crisis of warlord Joseph Kony and increasingly we see threats to human rights being exposed in the international media. It was against this backdrop that the MUN team at Ardingly hosted their first MUN conference. This involved Lower Sixth, Shell and Remove students working collaboratively, acting as delegates from different nations in an attempt to solve problems ranging from the political and economic to environmental and human rights violations.
The day was a great success and has allowed the students to engage with issues of global importance and become enriched with knowledge, democracy and understanding of the world around us.
The Olympics came to Ardingly on Tuesday afternoon with students entering a range of sporting competitions including volleyball, shooting, tennis, football, basketball and sailing. Many students had the opportunity to try a completely new activity with some great successes. In the shooting competition, Heyi Chen was described as a natural by Mr Pitt, winning bronze even though she had never shot before. In volleyball Shelby Weeden developed a fantastic serve and some very exciting rallies were played out. Another highlight was Luxembourg's rendition of their national anthem.
Harry Ames and James Price took gold in the tennis, with Zoe Andrews and Marcus Howe taking silver.
Very early last Thursday morning, 89 Shell students and 9 staff embarked on 2 coaches to retrace the D-Day soldiers’ route to Normandy 68 years ago. Fittingly as we set off, the clouds opened to remind the students of the stormy conditions that lashed a quarter of a million Allied troops hunkered down in their landing craft. But once we arrived in France our students were blessed with Mediterranean weather throughout their stay. At each spectacular site, the students explored the ‘action’ and found out how dangerous it was for the Allied parachutists, infantry or tankies to neutralise the imposing German defences of beach obstacles, thick concrete walls and other traps. At Merville battery, the claustrophobic surroundings of a pillbox was filled with the sounds of German soldiers shouting order, loading and firing their artillery gun only for them to fall prey to British soldiers who assaulted their positions at great cost. This experience sounded all too real. Then, having watched the scene from the film, The Longest Day, depicting the British glider forces assault on Pegasus bridge, our intrepid party retraced the Allied and German soldiers’ steps to experience first-hand the brief but bloody action that determined the capture of this vital sector of the German defences. Further stops that day at Longues sur Mere and Arromanches provided a different perspective on the conflict, namely seeing the issues facing the Allied planner. With much of the 2nd Mulberry harbour still intact, the students were able to see the size as well as the scale of supply operations necessary to keep the Allied war machine fed in the bitter struggle against the enemy during those vital weeks after D-Day.
On the last day we visited the American sector of the invasion and were treated to the spectacular setting of Pointe du Hoc where American Rangers scaled the 100ft cliffs to capture and then destroy these strategically important gun batteries. The cratered terrain was more reminiscent of a First World War battlefield than of the second given the pounding which the Allied Navy and Air forces had subjected it to. And so on to Omaha. This site has always been a favourite of visitors and students especially since the making of the film, Saving Private Ryan. The beauty of the beach and its sand dunes is in marked contrast to the hell that greeted the American soldiers on the 6th June. The numbers of graves (over 9,000 in total) at the American cemetery in Coleville are testament and justification to the title often given to the battle site below the bluffs, namely ‘Bloody Omaha.’ But for many, the highlight of that last day came first thing that morning. We held a short service led by Mr Thomson, at Bayeux’s British and Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery. This reconciliation, with a reading, prayers and a poem was completed by the laying of a wreath at the Cenotaph by Sophie Belcher and Zara Shams. It was appropriate that this service and wreath were dedicated not only to our old Ardinians but also to all those who participated and perished in this conflict. As the students journeyed back to England and reflected on their experiences over the previous few days, maybe the last words of the service stuck in their memories,
When you go home
Tell them of us and say,
For your tomorrow
We gave our today.
On Wednesday 13th June, Lower 6th AS Chemists attended a School Experience Day at the University of Sussex. After a short briefing on general points of safety, Ardingly students were split into two groups and unleashed into a Chemistry teaching laboratory to attempt a geometrical isomerisation reaction, using either iodine or bromine. After a brief exploration of Sussex’s campus during lunch; we returned to learn about various methods of organic spectroscopic analysis, the majority of which we had already studied in class during the past year.
We were able to visit the departments of infrared spectroscopy, mass spectrometry and nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy – the latter being a topic which we will encounter in our unit 4 syllabus for A2. It was an inspiring day and a great insight into Chemistry beyond Ardingly.
Sixteen Remove students were guests of the Diamond Synchrotron, based near Oxford. This £250m state-of-the-art facility offers the use of high intensity X-rays to a large number of industries and disciplines. The students first met a range of the users of this machine including earthworm specialists; pharmaceutical companies; the Mary Rose Trust and a highly specialist team developing a non evasive laser method of holding crystals to nano-coordinates. The party were given a lecture on how the synchrotron radiation is created and controlled; then a tour of the facility. It really is engineering in action and the sheer enthusiasm of the engineers and scientists is overwhelming. Later on in the day the party ventured off to Oxford for a tour of Balliol College. We then had a fleeting trip around the city, including the Bodleian Library, and many colleges before returning http://www.diamond.ac.uk/
The Shell End of Year camp has just returned from Blackland Farm with tired, slightly dirty, but happy children. All the students (and staff) walked 36km overall, with 25km walked on the second day alone as part of a great walk/sponsored walk. The days were then interspersed with on-site activities and a BBQ on the Tuesday evening.
Duke of Edinburgh's Award Expedition
Fifty students successfully completed their silver Duke of Edinburgh’s Award expedition assessment, at the beginning of the June half term. Sore feet, blisters and horsefly bites did not deter them from completing this part of their award over the steep-sided and undulating hills of the South Downs . The expedition is only one of the four sections and hopefully all students are now involving themselves with the other areas, including skill, volunteering and physical recreation.
Well done to all who took part.
As part of the AS core programme all Lower Sixth AS students have followed a non examined course. This course has covered topics including Medicine and Health, the ethical responsibilities of scientists, politicians and the public, law enforcement, art as empowerment, media bias, the impact of advertising and multiculturalism.
To pull together all of the ideas that have been studied all year, students were asked to complete a presentation on a topic of their choice. After watching 70 presentations Miss Collier, Mr Robinson, Mr Jennings and Mr Stedman narrowed the field down to just thirteen finalists. The final took place on Friday, 15 June. All finalists acquitted themselves very well, demonstrating an excellent knowledge of their chosen subject, good humour and engagement with the audience, and all presentations were thoroughly enjoyed by all.
Congratulations to all the finalists: Emma Burke, Bradley Challis, Raffaella Freeman, Lauren Hines, Vivienne Lazib, Grace Morgan, Lidia Nawrocka, Olivia Noe, Sam Philips, Clarissa Santini, Olivia Southgate, Chris Swirski, and George Waring. Awards were presented by Mr Large at the Higher Education Day on Tuesday.
Bronze awards: Vivienne Lazib for her presentation Altering behaviour through advertising with the use of nudge; Emma Burke for her presentation The use of animals in traditional Chinese medicine, and Clarissa Santini for her presentation on science and technology, focusing on animal testing.
Silver awards: Lauren Hines for her presentation entitled How much power does advertising have to influence our decisions and thoughts?; and Chris Swirski for his presentation on The impact of advertising.
Our overall winner of the competition, securing the Gold award, is George Waring for his confident, persuasive and knowledgeable presentation on the genetic engineering of humans.
The theme for this season was, ‘Alive.’ As usual, there was a fantastic range of writing for the judges to consider - from letters about global poverty to poems about lost loves; from stories in the style of fairytales to musings on the nocturnal life of cats and scary monsters that live in caves. All of this year’s best writing will soon be available to read in the English Department’s annual publication, ‘The Wonderful Bird,’ and they will include this season’s winners. Highly commended certificates were awarded to the following students: Jasper Marshall, Jenya Morrice, John Taylor, Kukka Ilmanen, Anna Elwin and Katharine Hughes. Prizes were awarded to Bethany Reyniers for her celebratory poem of love and to Tim Price for his well researched and evocative story set in Afghanistan.
May 2012 History Scholar Award: Marcus Howe.
June 2012 History Scholar Award: Rebecca Thorne.
Young Economist Essay Writing Prize: Vivienne Lazib.
Biology Challenge, the junior version of the Biology Olympiad. Fifteen students gained Gold, Silver and Bronze awards, with a further fifteen being commended or highly commended.
After two years of secret singing, ArdinGLEE finally took the stage at the end of May for their first showcase. The drama lab was transformed to a smoky speakeasy full of showgirls, seduction and questionable morals in ArdinGLEE’s rendition of the musical Chicago. Many months of intense preparation and rehearsal went into the creation of a highly polished and provocative show in which pupils mastered complex dance routines, a challenging vocal score and the sometimes-demented demands of their director Mrs O’Neill and their choreographer Christina Coleman. This was truly an ensemble piece, with all cast member working tightly as a unit, but also taking responsibility for solo parts. There were too many stand-out performances to name individuals, but the audience was greatly impressed by the commitment and passion of the very talented cast. Some audience members wished the cast were a little less passionate; certainly, Mr Lewis is still blushing after being used as a prop in one number! The cast were supported by a wonderful production crew who, in truly Ardingly fashion, gave their time willingly and fully entered into the spirit of the show. All proceeds went to Crawley Open House charity, supporting homeless young people. It was wonderful to see musical theatre very much alive and well at Ardingly and new singers, dancers and actors are very welcome to join ArdinGLEE next year.
This year’s Shell Arts Evening was a feast for the senses and the imagination based on a theme of Interrogation. It boldly asked its audience to move around the Under in “promenade” style, getting up close and personally involved in the action - as a series of 24 interrogation scenes played out in menacing spotlights around the hall, performed by a cast of over 80 Shell actors. Acting as a scenic backdrop to the drama as well as occupying spaces around the hall, the audience were also treated to a stunning art display containing work by ALL Shell students in many media, such as clay, oil, pastel and paint. And punctuating the evening were captivating musical performances and thought-provoking poetry and prose readings, bringing the whole evening together in a dramatic celebration of unbounded Shell creativity.
August 19th to 25th, 2012
Ardingly College Summer School is delighted to be hosting The British Isles Music Festival, one of the most enterprising and ambitious master class and chamber music courses in Europe. 90 outstanding young musicians from 30 countries will come together to celebrate the art of chamber music and will perform up to six concerts a day.
Festival Director and founder Susan Milan, Former Principal Flute of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Professor and Fellow of the Royal College of Music, will be joined by a distinguished team of ten performers and professors drawn from the UK’s great orchestras and music academies. They will be providing specialist master classes for wind and string instruments, piano, harp and voice.
The Concert Series will be open to the public as BIMF wishes to invite the community to hear these wonderful concerts. With concerts each day at 1pm, 5pm, 6pm and 8pm and the added attraction of the Professors’ Gala Concert on Thursday 23rd August, this will be a treat for all those who love chamber music.
Susan Milan says: ‘I am delighted to have selected Ardingly College because of the enthusiasm and strong support from the Headmaster, Music Department and Business Development Manager, and the concert spaces which are perfect for this dynamic and intensive week of music making.
Programme details will be posted on the website http://www.bimf.co.uk by July 18th and updated daily during the festival. Informal concerts’ repertoire will be posted on the website once established during the festival.
Tickets on the door: 6pm concerts £5, concessions and children under 18 free. 8pm concerts £10, concessions £5 and children under 18 free.
All proceeds go to the BIMF Scholarship Fund to help needy students.
Congratulations to Jade Edment who came second in the 6th form Category of Better Tomorrows Recycling Sculpture Challenge 2012 with her creation 'Spill'.
In a letter from the organisers the tutors were thanked for their 'great support and direction, enabling the students to create such a wonderful display of sculptures.' They said they were all wonderful creations and great stories on where the inspiration came from.'
There is still the chance for Jade to win the West Sussex County Times Reader Choice. You’re allowed 1 vote each.
Tess = no.10 ‘when the stars align’
Jade = no.1 ‘spill’
Claire = no.14 ‘wealth’.
Young Craftsman of the Year Award
Congratulations to Lizzie Gough (Vth) who won a special award for the wonderful table she constructed in DT, and to Lisa Kroiss (UIV IB) won a Highly Commended Award for her silver pendant made for her Visual Arts portfolio.
We have finally played cricket this month, and the results and performances have been nothing short of excellent. After a clean sweep of wins against Lancing College, bar a tie for the U14As, the 1st team have gone on to beat Eastbourne College, the MCC and Charterhouse School.
Against Eastbourne, Ardingly bowled the opposition out for 139, and managed to get the runs with four wickets remaining. Following on from that, Ardingly secured a convincing win against Reigate Grammar School, before playing a strong MCC side. John Dalton got Ardingly off to a flyer, registering 3-6 in his opening bowling spell. The other bowlers backed John up, as the MCC set a score of 166 for Ardingly to win. Harry Clark continued his fine run of form with another fifty, following up his second hundred of the season against the XL Club, and Ardingly chased the runs with two wickets remaining. This was even more impressive due to the fact that the MCC fielded a current first class seamer against the young Ardingly team.
Charterhouse was next, bringing a side that were unbeaten so far in their season, and coached by the well reputed Martin Bicknell. Charterhouse won the toss and batted first, and, after a strong start, lost a flurry of wickets to find themselves scoring 204 -7 off of their allotted 50 overs. A brisk start to the Ardingly innings from Tom Howard (40) put the home side in a strong position, before a small collapse put Ardingly in trouble. However, a classy knock by John Dalton (83 not out) secured the win with two wickets remaining and Ardingly celebrated a famous victory against strong opposition. It must be said, it was pleasing to play against Charterhouse in our first ever cricket fixture, and we hope to build a strong relationship with them in cricket fixtures in the future.
We finally played against Worth 1st XI, putting out a development team, which comprised three Ardingly 1st teamers, four 2nd Xi players and four U15 players. Ardingly batted first, and scored an excellent 189 for six, with Sam Castle putting a brisk 65 in the book. Ardingly then bowled to worth, and Castle rounded off an excellent match with three wickets as Worth managed to get into the 130s before being bowled out.
The standard of cricket has been at its highest for a few year in the last few weeks. Long may it continue, as we look forward to a pre season tour of Sri Lanka in February.
U14 Cricket Festival
On Sunday 23rd June, 14 Ardingly Under 14A team cricketers set off to St Josephs College in Ipswich for a three day cricket festival playing against the host school as well as Cheltenham College and Stowe School.
Playing 50 over cricket for the first time, the boys had to learn very fast about how to play the longer form of the game in areas such as pacing an innings, bowling to a game plan and concentrating in the field for long periods. The standard was very high but the boys can be proud of how they played and all came away with valuable experience. Notable performances with the bat came from Tim Finnerty (47 not out vs Stowe), Chris Holman (57 vs Cheltenham) and Louis Evans (45 vs St Josephs) while Jak Alcock took an impressive 7 wickets over the three games. Having lost to two very strong teams in the first two days it was frustrating that a late order batting collapse meant the last game was also lost by 10 runs after a composed 100 run partnership by Barney Anderson and Louis Evans had put Ardingly on the brink of victory. It was a shame that the boys did not come away with the win that their efforts deserved.
Huge James Award (Cross Country) Cup: Charles Ward
1st XI girls’ hockey team next term Captain of the 1st XI next season will be Harriet Castle and Vice Captain will be Raffaella Freeman.
The Ardingly Sword awarded to the Senior School fencer whose contribution via their spirit, energy, enthusiasm and dedication has excelled all others has been awarded to Josh Hardy.
Congratulations to James Bradley who has been made U14 Player of the Year at Haywards Heath Rugby Club.
Sussex Schools Athletics
At the weekend 10 athletes took part in the Susssex schools championships. There were some excellent results; Jonah Adamakoh won the inter boys triple jump event, Jonah has been asked to represent Sussex at the Inter counties competition. He also caught the eye of a local long and triple jump coach who saw a huge amount of potential and natural talent and asked Jonah to attend some training sessions. Will Durkin also won the senior boys 800m by a good distance and George Waring came 2nd in the senior triple jump. Several athletes came extremely close to qualifying for the finals in their events but missed out by a millisecond.
George Waring – Triple Jump 2nd place (12.49m)
Will Durkin – 800m 1st place (1min 59s)
Tiah Mason-Windett – 100m 5th place (14.4s)
Sam Ryder Smith – High jump 6th place (1.40m)
Jonah Adamakoh – Triple jump 1st place (12.71m)
Ed Jobling – 800m 9th place (2min 21s)
John Taylor – 200m 9th place (26.6s)
Alex Medlicott – 800m 11th place (2min 45s)
Tom Lewis – 100m 9th place (12.8s)
The Ardingly U15 team came third in the Sussex tournament. They were very windy conditions but there were some convincing wins against Worth, Eastbourne and Christ’s Hospital. Fergus Wood and Jon Shoesmith played very well all afternoon and narrowly lost to Lancing in a tie break. Harry Ames and Jack Martin-Linsley also lost in a tie-break against Lancing showing lots of competitive spirit.
WC 18th June
Girls Tennis: v Hurstpierpoint: U15A (h) won 7 - 2, U15B lost 6 - 3
Boys Tennis: v Caterham: 1st VI won 3-1, U15 won 6-3
Cricket: v St Bede's: 1st XI (a) St Bedes 310 for 4 (50 overs), Ardingly 248 for 9 (50 overs), Ardingly lost by 62 runs
Cricket: v St Bede's: 2nd XI (h) Ardingly 94 (25 overs), St Bede’s 95 for 2, St Bedes won by eight wickets
U15A, St Bedes 55 all out, Ardingly 56 for 7, Ardingly won by three wickets
WC 11th June
Tennis: v Lancing - mixed Senior match (h) Won 10-2
Boys Tennis: v Sevenoaks: 1st IV Drew 4-4; 2nd IV Won 5-3; U14 Lost 4-5;
Boys Tennis: Sussex U15 Tournament: U15 (h) The Ardingly team came third in the Sussex tournament.
Girls Tennis: v Lancing: U15A Won 8-1 sets, U15B, U14A Drew 3 – 3 sets But won 25 – 24 games!, U14B (h) Won 5 – 1 sets
Rounders: v Epsom: U15B (a) W 13 1/2 - 10 1/2
WC 28 May 2012
Rounders: v Sackville: U15 Won 13 ½ - 11 ½ , U14 (a) Lost 14 ½ - 15 ½
Cricket 1st XI (a) Eastbourne 139 all out, Ardingly 140-7, Ardingly won by three wickets.
Cricket U15A (h) Eastbourne 113 all out from 30 overs, Ardingly 100 all out in 20 overs, Ardingly lost by 13 runs.
U14A (a) Ardingly 115 all out (Louis Evans 43 not out),Eastbourne 116-4 (Gus Fithen 3-14)
Rugby Team Compete in the first ever Independent School Rugby League Tournament.
The College was invited to compete at this prestigious event to be held in Leeds hosted by the World Club and Super League Champions Leeds Rhinos and the Rugby Football League.
The tournament layout was a Rugby League 9 a side tournament against The Grammar School at Leeds (current U15 Daily Mail Cup Champions), Silcoates School, Fulneck School and Bolton Grammar School. After a stroll around Headingley rugby ground the boys were inspired and gave an excellent account of themselves. Playing Leeds first was a step up to Independent School top table in rugby playing terms, it was always going to be a difficult task but a loss 5 tries to 3 was a superb effort given the pedigree of the opposition. The boys bounced back with a 7 try demolition of Fulneck School, followed by a narrow loss of 2 tries to 1 against Silcoates School. The final game against Bolton Grammar School (who picked their team from over 150 boys) was a decider for third place in the tournament. An excellent performance saw Ardingly snatch victory from the jaws of defeat in the final few minutes. It is difficult to name stand out players but Andrew Mackay must be mentioned for his tenacity and aggression regularly skittling over opposition tacklers with barn-storming runs, he was well supported by Jesse Lee. The boys may have come away battered and bruised but they were certainly a credit to the school and the south of England playing a sport that is generally associated with the North and Australia.
The evening was a dream for the boys, returning to Headingley, they were given a guided tour by Leeds Rhinos Chief Executive Gary Hetherington and also bumped into Andrew Strauss (England Cricket Captain) on their travels round the stadium. This was rounded off by an opportunity to meet arguably the best British rugby league player of the last 30 years in Martin Offiah.
A superb trip which the boys thoroughly enjoyed. Unfortunately it is the last trip away with our departing Head of Rugby Mark Harrison. We thank him for all he has done for Rugby at Ardingly and wish him all the best for the future.
Britain’s top Para dressage riders descended on the All England Showground at Hickstead on 18 and 19 June for the British Para Dressage Championships. We took a group of pupils from senior and prep to watch the potential olympic team hopefuls in para dressage.
As well as being a Championship event, the show was also one of the final selection and preparation events prior to the Paralympic Games, beginning at the end of August. British Dressage had called for as many supporters to attend as possible to create a busy ‘Games-like’ atmosphere and there was a great turnout from the public including local dressage enthusiasts, and local RDA, Riding Club and Pony Club members.
We had over 80 parents, students and staff attend this annual party to celebrate the end of the academic year. Much of the food and drink was coordinated by Claire Jones, our Friends Parents' Rep, with help from quite a few other parents. Charlie Jackson and Seth Fleming provided some lovely musical entertainment, much of which they improvised! The games on the Terrace lawns provided fun for the students and a bit of a challenge for their parents. Having such a pleasant, sunny, evening was a real bonus.
Thursday evening was one big party around the college. The Upper Sixth oozed sophistication and glamour as they arrived for the Woodard leavers dinner, fortunately the sun shone as they enjoyed drinks on the terrace before going into a scrumptious dinner.
The rest of the senior school partied on the Hard and had fun with games organised by the houses - Rodeo ball, sumo wrestling, 3 lane bungee pull, Pillow Bash, human table football and a tug of war.
On Saturday night over 180 parents enjoyed a fabulous evening at the Ardingly Midsummer Ball organised by the Friends of Ardingly. The evening started with a champagne reception and the opportunity to have a photograph taken. If you would like to view and buy one of the photos please click here username: Ardingly password: Jim. Dinner was prepared by the Ardingly catering team, who served a delicious antipasti, trio of fish and peach melba trinity, which was complimented on by many of our diners. The Friends were delighted to welcome back last year’s band, the Monty, to play for the evening, and the enthusiastic reception they received meant that the dance floor was never empty. With the rain pouring down at the end of the evening, and wine still to be finished no one really wanted to leave.
Thank you so much to Sally Vans Agnew and her team of Friends for putting on yet another amazing event. And thanks also to all the Ardingly catering and support teams, without whose help this evening would not have been possible.
You might like to see what the Prep School have been doing during their Olympic Week.
Year 8 say goodbye to Prep School
For those of you who left the Prep School in Year 8, you might remember how emotional your parting Year 8 song was..
Godwin Hall - The Blessing of the Foundation Stone
Godwin Hall was blessed by Father David and the foundation stone laid by Headmaster Mr Peter Green and Chair of Governors Mr Jim Sloane
As we gather to dedicate this foundation stone,
and to ask the blessing of Almighty God
on the building work continuing in this place,
let us first of all give thanks for the generosity of the donor,
for his sharing in the vision of Ardingly College,
and the confidence placed in its continuance
as a provider of wisdom and sound learning
in an environment of safety, care and nurture.
We give thanks for the skill of architect and builder,
of labourer and technician,
and of all who seek to make this building
a structure that stands as a witness to these values.
Through Christ our Lord.
In the Faith of Jesus Christ,
for the benefit of all who will pass through these portals,
and for the good of Ardingly College,
we dedicate and bless the foundations of Godwin Hall,
to the glory of God,
in His Name,
Father, Son, + and Holy Spirit.
The Foundation Stone and the surround are incensed,
and sprinkled with holy water,
after which the Headmaster and the Chairman
add mortar to the surround before the final prayer.
Visit this place, Lord,
and drive from it all that is evil.
Defend from harm all who pass through these portals
and grant them your blessing.
Through Christ our Lord.