Bloomsbury: Girls Reflect on ‘Challenge’ at House Formal


On Thursday 30th April Bloomsbury House held their Annual Formal Dinner.

We started with an evensong in the chapel, where the prefects introduced the theme of the evening as 'Challenges.'

The reason why this was our theme was because all of us in Bloomsbury at some time or other face difficulties, regardless of age. We thought it would be beneficial, especially for those with upcoming exams, to reflect on how facing challenges can actually be a positive experience and can make us stronger people as a result.


Bloomsbury Hour Tutor Mr McDonnell in his best biv and tucker.

Tilly Maher played at the beginning of the evening, with Mr Scarmardella leading us in our hymns. Tilly Holker, Ruby Moody and Rosa Witts sang a few songs beautifully, and then Ruth Godfrey read from James Chapter 1.

Next, Lotte Simmons read a poem about life while Grace Stannard, Tally Cornford, Hattie Jones and Stevie Cannell led the house in prayers ahead of the elections, and for victims of the recent devastation in Nepal. Mr Buckler then reflected on our theme further in his address.


After chapel, the sun came out and we had punch on the lawn followed by a few photographs. The boys of Stud House kindly waited on us for the evening and served us with a bruschetta starter, a chicken main and sticky toffee pudding for dessert.

Whilst we were eating, we were thoroughly entertained by Tilly Maher, Rosa Marks, Rosa Witts, Ruby Moody and Tilly Holker. Mrs Pendry also conducted the choir beautifully through a rendition of ABBA's, 'Thank You For The Music.'

After dinner, we sat down to complete the staff and Sixth Form quizzes before Mr King gave a witty speech about his free diving days and the challenges and difficulties he faced.


National free-diving record-holder Mr King, who teaches Geography at Bede's.

Tilly Corbett spoke fantastically about her time at Bede's over the last 14 years and encouraged the girls to be themselves before Eve Ramesar, our Head of House, finished the evening with a very mature, thought-provoking and funny speech about her time at Bede's, how fortunate we are to be educated in the Western World, her thoughts about leaving home and starting Uni and - most importantly - the family atmosphere of Bloomsbury House.

A wonderful evening was had by all and a special thanks was given at the end of the evening to the Lower Sixth prefects for organising the evening.

Thank you also to Mrs Pendry for arranging the Music and Mrs O'Hara for decorating the room so stylishly. 


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