Junior School and Senior School
IT'S ALL IN THE HOUSE
House Music and Drama
Junior School House Day
The Senior House rivalries stepped up this term as the creative arts took stage front and centre.
First out was the hotly contested House Drama evening. The DRT shook with laughter as pupils travelled ‘across the pond’ to tackle some classic episodes from two giants of the US sitcom world – Frasier and Seinfeld.
There was caustic comedy with a lacing of heavy sarcasm and of course House Drama's trademark silliness thrown in for good measure.The winners, for the second year running were Whitcombe House, though congratulations must go to all our pupils for producing such an excellent evening of entertainment.
The House Music Showdown
Just a few weeks later and it was the House Music competition. The level of solo performance was outstanding and adjudicator, Iain Carnegie (Director of Music at Reeds School, Cobham) was hugely impressed at the musicianship on display.
The houses were at their most inventive in the large and small ensembles. Latter & Eastwood House’s large ensemble offered maximum entertainment value, featuring Mr Doyle resplendent in his own large ensemble of canary yellow tails and maracas in a performance of Amarillo.
It was Grant & Barton’s performance of Feel it Still, however, with its slick choreography and classy vocal blend that netted the Large Ensemble first place. Whitcombe and Summers winning small ensemble performance of How Far I’ll Go helped them achieve the ultimate prize of overall winners of this year’s competition.
Thank you to all involved in creating a fun, entertaining and enjoyable evening.
Saving the world, one brick at a time
The Spring Term House Day in the Junior School had an environmental theme.
The children have been hearing about the problems of plastic pollution in their assemblies, and through the work of the Eco Council. It was decided that part of the day would be dedicated to understanding in more detail the problems arising from single use plastic. The children were encouraged to collect as much single use plastic waste as they could that is currently unable to be recycled by their local council. They were asked to clean and cut the plastic up into small pieces and have a plastic bottle to bring in to school to learn the art of ecobricking.
The Lower Juniors were lucky enough to meet Bianca from the final straw who gave a very interesting talk on the environmental impact of single use plastics. She then explained how to create a sturdy ecobrick. Her message, however, was clear; the best ecobricks are those that are never completed because of lifestyle changes and choices which mean that as individuals we make the decision to not buy or use products made from single use plastics. She also asked the children to pledge that they would no longer choose to use a plastic straw and remind family members to have a reusable coffee cup or water bottle as well as remembering to take reusable bags on shopping trips.
This message was then delivered to the Upper Junior children by Mrs Evans as Bianca had a beach clean commitment. After their morning of inter-house sport, the Year Five and Six pupils were raring to continue making the bricks that the younger children had started. We hope that by the end of the Easter break we will have many ecobricks weighing in at a suitable weight so that they can be logged on the official ecobrick website.
The children also enjoyed eating their lunches in their House groups where their waste was measured. This activity really made the children think about food waste as well as packaging waste. The catering staff were really impressed by the reduction of waste that came though the dining hall. On the back of the success, it will certainly be something that will become a regular opportunity for the pupils to engage with.