International Rugby Legend David Campese Coaches Boundary Oak School Pupils

Pupils practise their passes, with an exclusive coaching session from the Australian rugby legend

David Campese rugby coaching - Boundary Oak teacher - Paul Bristow, Head of Sport - Joe Davis, David Campese, Headmaster - James Polansky
David Campese rugby coaching - Boundary Oak teacher - Paul Bristow, Head of Sport - Joe Davis, David Campese, Headmaster - James Polansky

15th January 2019 — Boundary Oak School welcomed International Australian rugby legend, and household name, David Campese. The former Australian Rugby Union player shared his passions and motivations, answering questions from the pupils about his sporting career, to inspire the next generation of budding sports stars.

Boundary Oak School Headmaster, James Polansky comments, “It was fantastic to see such a great rugby star share his knowledge and expertise with our pupils. His passion was infectious, and his drive and motivation were inspiring. His Q&A session gave an excellent insight into his mindset - the two main themes he spoke about ‘enjoyment’ and ‘learning to fail’ resonated strongly with our pupils. We all felt invigorated, inspired and privileged to have taken part in such a wonderful event.”

David Campese (known affectionately as Campo) represented Australia for 15 years and New South Wales for 11 years, he achieved the world record for the highest number of tries in international test match rugby (64). David is one of only 50 players in rugby history who played over 100 games for their country. He was inducted into the Rugby Hall of Fame in 2001, and was presented the ‘Legends’ Oscar at the 55th Oscars Midi Olympique in 2008.

About Boundary Oak School

Boundary Oak School is an IAPS co-educational, day and boarding for 2 to 16 year olds.

Located among 30 acres of beautiful English countryside, with fields, woods and stunning views, Boundary Oak is a magical setting for a child’s education. It is also steeped in history; the Grade II listed main building, Roche Court, was built by Peter de Roches, the bishop of Winchester, in the 13th Century and hosted King John of England and his son Henry III. The school itself is celebrating its centenary next year having been founded in 1918.

Boundary Oak School takes pride in its strong family ethos and the personalised learning it provides. This is a community of learning built upon mutual trust between teachers and pupils with a strong shared sense of purpose, and a commitment to high standards driven by passion and enthusiasm.

Our rigorous academic curriculum is supplemented by our vast array of clubs, sports, drama, music, art, computing and outdoor learning opportunities. Facilities include an art and DT studio, food technology classroom, theatre, library, ICT and 3D printing suite, woodland school, swimming pool, hockey and tennis astro, and extensive sporting grounds.

We aim to foster an intellectual curiosity to develop freedom of thought and expression and support our pupils to take responsibility for their own personal and collective learning.

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