House Events: September 2018
Here is our September roundup of some of the in-House events enjoyed by pupils, parents and staff in celebration of the start of the new school year.
All Boarding Houses: Colour Run
On Sunday 2 September, boarders from across the Bede’s community came together to take part in a Colour Run at Bede’s Senior School.
The event welcomed pupils from all boarding houses – Camberlot, Crossways, Dorms, Dorter, Stud and Meads End (Prep School) – as part of the pupils’ induction into life at Bede’s.
“On Wednesday 12 September, we held our first ever new parent welcome event in the Recital Room. Parents were welcomed with a refreshing drink, and I had the pleasure of introducing the House Prefects who had organised the whole event. Parents and new pupils changed seats between courses, so everyone had the chance to speak with a wide variety of people.
“The Prefects prepared a delicious meal of herb-crusted chicken, roast potatoes and vegetables with a pesto jus, or red onion and goat’s cheese tart. There was a choice for desert: raspberry meringue roulade with raspberry coulis, or summer berries crumble, custard and cream.
“The Prefects then spoke about their aspirations for the year ahead in Bloomsbury. Elsa spoke as Head of House, Firdest spoke about our House Charity, Freddie explained her ideas for increasing the amount of girls’ artwork displayed around the house, and Rosa and Grace discussed their roles as Pastoral Prefects. Grace, Rosa and Firdest all sang throughout the evening and after coffee, tea and cake, the Prefects thanked everyone for such a lovely evening. We will definitely be holding another one next year.”
Mary Leggett, Bloomsbury Housemistress
“It has been a fantastic start to the year in Camberlot, and the boys have fully thrown themselves into life at Bede's. We have already had some great events including 'The Cambo Games', the Colour Run, a very entertaining in-House quiz, an evening of our Prefects cooking for the House and the Camberlot and Dorter Parent and Pupil BBQ.
“These events have been great fun, and have really helped the new boys settle into school life, whilst our returning pupils have enjoyed organising and running them. We are now looking forward to the next raft of in-House events and as ever, will keep our Camberlot House Facebook page updated with news and photos.”
Fergus McKeefry, Camberlot Housemaster
“It was a beautiful, sunny Monday evening as 17 members of Deis House went down to the Lower Fields to enjoy a game of Ultimate Frisbee to raise money for the Chailey Heritage Foundation. Each person donated £2 each, making the total raised a respectable £34.
“If you are not familiar with Ultimate Frisbee, here are some of the rules. Each game begins with both teams lining up on their respective end zone lines. To score a point, the offence has to complete passes with their team and end up completing a pass in the defence’s end zone.
“It was Blue team vs Red team, and it was clear from the start that the Blues were dominating and ended up winning by quite a big margin – with Jake Ford being the main man thanks to his long-distance passes, which unlocked the Reds’ defence on countless occasions. Furthermore, as well as having a flair for teaching French, it seems that Mr Pianet has quite a talent for Ultimate Frisbee, with many tricks and dummies used to fool the opponent! Striker Monty Hadow scored some valuable points for the Blues by having very good catching abilities, and skipper Alastair Orr led the line well.
“At the end of the match we were all very tired, but a big thanks goes to all those who took part. We all had lots of fun and raised money for our House Charity.”
Connor O’Sullivan, Upper Fifth
“On Friday 14 September, we welcomed over 70 pupils from across the houses for a Mexican Night in Dorter House. Isabella Casanova Nava, Upper Fifth, created a fantastic menu of delicious food from her home country, including nachos, guacamole and a special Mexican cake. The food was incredibly popular, and disappeared in the blink of an eye. After dinner, we enjoyed a Hispanic-themed karaoke and disco, followed by watching the film ‘Coco’ together.
“We were also delighted to welcome parents and pupils for our joint Dorter and Camberlot BBQ on Friday 21 September. It was a wonderful opportunity for parents to meet other parents from their child’s house and year group, and to see how well the pupils have settled into the House environment. Several parents commented on how much the pupils already enjoy one another’s company (a few friendly games of Swing Ball was testament to this), and found the photos of the children displayed in house very heartwarming. Special thanks must go to Holroyd Howe for the food, which was once again superb and very well received.”
Alex Murphy, Dorter Housemistress
“Stud House raised over £3000 for the local charity ABC Fund in 2017/18, and we are supporting them again this year in their aim to ‘put a smile on the faces of families who live with illness and disability’. On Friday 21 September, we kicked off the year's fundraising with a very sociable ‘Cheese and Wine’ evening for Stud parents, which also served as a great chance for everyone to get know each other.
“With top-quality jazz provided by our own Stud musicians to help set a very mellow mood, the warmth and friendliness of the atmosphere was palpable. Parents mingled whilst the boys enjoyed playing table tennis, snooker and various cheese-themed games organised by Mr Williams, in which ‘BabyBels’ became ‘BabyBoules’. There was a wonderful variety and vast quantity of cheese (which the boys enthusiastically helped us to consume) and wine (which they didn’t), including a rather fine Manchego. Our thanks must go especially to Mr Jones and Mrs O’Hara for organising the evening and to the boys for welcoming everyone so warmly into their House.”
Elizabeth Shepherd and Sarah Harris, Stud Tutors