Pupils Spring into Action at House Competitions

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It was a surprisingly warm spring afternoon for House Competitions which made for a great atmosphere with lots of enjoyment and the usual enthusiastic competitiveness around the campus. A whole range of competitions took place with something for everyone.

Down in the lakeside classrooms Mr Abrahams and Mr Manos had the eager mathematicians with their pencils poised for some incredibly complicated mathematical tasks with Deis triumphing in the senior competition and Knights in the junior. The English classrooms were abuzz with different houses practising their arguments to debate about sexism in schools with Deis providing the most convincing arguments. Meanwhile the juniors had to convince the rest of the room why they should be the ones not thrown out of a sinking balloon, Dicker being the last house standing.

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In the science labs Mr Costley and Mr Backler were excited about the level of chess being played with some truly incredibly tight matches and a level of concentration which had not been seen in a science classroom in a long time; the competition was eventually won by Crossways.

The cooking competition consisted of an Easter cake and a blind judging panel consisting of Mrs Ray-Gain, Mrs Leigh and Mrs Franks. The panel finally decided - after much tasting - to declare Charleston the winners.

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In the dining rooms Mr Trenaman and Mr Turner were quizzing the

juniors on a variety of areas including brand logos and maps, with

Dicker proving they knew the most. Mr Jackson and Mr Cheshire gave their usual competitive quiz to the seniors with Camberlot coming out on top.

Over in sports there were hundreds of pupils taking part in a variety of activities. Badminton was won by Crossways for the junior girls, Bloomsbury for the senior girls, Dorms for the junior boys and Camberlot for the senior boys. In the pool the Knights boys swam their way to victory. The weather scuppered Tough Mudder, but this didn’t dampen their spirits and Mr Byrne and Mr Morriss put the pupils through their paces in a gym contest, resulting in Dorms coming out on top.

Out on the astro the boys hockey was fiercely competitive, with Dorms winning the junior title and a superb performance by Harry Wootten leading Deis to senior victory. In the netball Charleston proved too powerful for the other senior girls while Bloomsbury secured the junior title. Finally a hugely competitive girls football final saw Crossways just pip Dorter to take the title this year.

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