The Spring Term has been as busy as ever with House competitions both old and new. The Garden Design competition was well supported with lots of entries to design a ‘Peace Garden’ for the space behind the J Buildings. Students then voted for their favourite design and Woodbury House was voted overall winners. When the weather improves in the Summer Term the garden will be created.
‘Articulate’ proved as popular as ever. Following practice rounds held during Form time, the finals were held in mid-January with teams describing and guessing words from a variety of categories. Woodbury House was again victorious and added more points towards closing the gap on the other Houses in the overall competition.
February saw the introduction of a new event to the House Programme – Darts. The early rounds saw competitors playing a ‘Round the Clock’ qualifying round followed by a more traditional ‘301’ competition. This event proved very popular with both students and staff and with the board situated on the stage in the Main Hall a little bit of ‘Lakeside’ atmosphere was re-created
The student final was closely contested between Johnson House and Redgrave House. Donovan representing Johnson House scored quickly with throws of 86 and 72 and was first to a double but was unable to finish and Aaron representing Redgrave House was able to finish with a double 10 to take victory. The staff competition was also closely contested with N. Thompson out-scoring A. Daniels to complete a clean sweep for Redgrave House.
February also saw a small but enthusiastic group of students and members of staff attend Ramsbottom Swimming Baths on a cold Saturday afternoon for the Sponsored Swimathon. Immaculate organisation by Mrs Kinsey and the FROTHS allowed swimmers to complete 30 lengths swimming at their own pace and raise hundreds of pounds in sponsorship.
The Spelling Bee competition took place in early March and saw Johnson House take overall victory in the KS3 competition and in the KS4 competition share first place with Redgrave House.
Another new event this term was ‘Pictionary’ which involves teams drawing a given word and a group of ‘guessers’ trying to interpret the drawings in a given time.
This proved to be a very close competition with Redgrave House winners at KS3, Johnson House winners at KS4 and victory in a controversial staff competition shared between Woodbury House and Johnson House.
The ever popular Dodgeball competition also started this term and will conclude after the Easter holiday.
Other House events saw Woodbury House and Redgrave House win non-uniform days as part of the on-going Green Card good manners competition and Johnson House take the lead in the Litter collection competition monitored by Mr Cheetham and the Eco group.
As the term closes the overall standings are
- Johnson House 470
- Redgrave House 420
- Woodbury House 340
As always credit and thanks to A Rashud, J Burgoyne, J Waldron and J Postle – without their continued commitment, enthusiasm, dedication and support our students would not have the quality and quantity of House events outlined here.