As the names of the Junior School House Captains and deputies were read out by Ms Julie Gifkins in the College assembly, there were squeals of surprise and congratulations from the Y5 and Y6 girls. When the girls came forward, I had the chance to shake hands and congratulate them and the Senior School House Captains presented them with their House banners. It was great to see the both the older and younger girls enjoying the sense of connection they had within their Houses. The clear and considered leadership processes established in all three schools, after last year’s consultations with parents, has meant that the girls really understand how the voting and selection works. The Middle School leaders will be recognised at the next College assembly.
At that same assembly, Iona House had just been declared top House in Senior Athletics, with Lindisfarne House second and it was great to see “one year old” York House placing third in the competition. We have all been discussing the fantastic House spirit we have seen at the athletics, at the Y7-8 swimming sports and in life around the College. The girls have really got behind their Houses and the two newest Houses are giving the established houses a run for their money!
Later in the week I went to Middle School assembly; I loved the way the girls led the assembly, the sense of fun, the great YouTube take on leadership and the presentations by a number of the classes. At events this week, a number of parents whose girls are new to Y7 said how happy they were with how quickly the girls had settled in and that they had enjoyed the Y7 picnic on Sunday.
This Sunday the P&F is hosting the Junior School picnic on the Chapel lawn and I look forward to catching up with lots of families.