Unison success again
This term the Abbey girls lifted silverware once again in The House Unison competition. Their performance of Mika's We Are Golden was awarded the tophy for 'Highly Commended' girls house. The prize was fitting tribute to a superb performance by the girls.
The music was arranged by Lydia Johnson (U6) and she also accompanied the girls very professionally on the piano. The girls were also ably led by conductor Laura Bacon (U6).
After Show Party
As ever the girls had put lots of effort into the rehearsals and the after show party was just reward for all of their efforts.
As a Reptonian the term ‘Dress to Impress’ has taken on a whole new meaning for me following my introduction to the annual Dress to Impress Day. In typical Abbey style the whole house got into the spirit of things and our costumes were the envy of all other houses!
All of us in B block looked super cute (if not a little warm) in our fluffy animal onesies. In complete contrast A block were very chilled. Hippie chic as never seen before. O block expressed their diversity in a colourful array of costumes ranging from Pink Ladies to lifeguards (Baywatch has nothing on the Abbey girls!). Lower Sixth, seemingly jaded by years of dressing to impress, just rolled out of bed and attended lessons in their pyjamas whereas the Upper Sixth cooked up a storm coming as their favourite celebrity chefs.
The inclusive and fun house spirit of Abbey ensured we all threw ourselves into the day and made it a day full of laughter.
Claudia Westwood (B Block)
It was very good to be back in the Abbey to judge the Christmas room decorations. After popping into the Dining Room to admire the Christmas tree dressed by O Block and to cast a glance at the piano which has backed so many Unison wins I accompanied Mrs Wilbraham to the competing rooms.
First we admired Room 18 or, to be precise, we first admired the tree outside Room 18 before revelling in the room’s contents which included everything from mulled ‘wine’ to Santa’s legs protruding from a makeshift chimney, looking a little like he'd had a terrible accident. Pausing only to adapt the lyrics of Lennon and McCartney’s ‘Yesterday’ (Amputee – he’s just half the man he used to be), we moved on to Room 21 and the invigorating rigours of a two-minute timed Christmas-themed quiz. I proved myself incapable of remembering all the reindeers’ names (despite Mrs Wilbraham’s help) but took cheer from scoring well on ‘A Christmas Carol’. The room exuded a generosity of spirit which took particularly welcome material form in the shape of chocolate Santas.
I felt at first on entering Room 22 that I was engaged in a drugs raid but quickly realized that what initially appeared to be a superabundance of ‘blow’ on one of the desks was in reality a very liberal sprinkling of ersatz snow. So instead of artificial highs Mrs Wilbraham and myself drank in the invention and high spirits of the room’s occupants.
Room 1d was an inventively immersive experience, with Santa’s grotto itself decked out like an enormous wrapped present. Hospitality was again present, with hot chocolate this time accompanying the edibles.
Last but not least was a trip to Room 4 where a reindeer stood guard at the door, tinsel and fairy lights complemented a bauble-bedecked pink Christmas tree and a representative sampling of the latest generation of Abbey girls lit up the room.
Sadly, not everyone can be a winner but all those who took part should be commended on their ingenious efforts which brightened their rooms and my evening.
Sale of Work shows great teamwork
One of the privileges of being in the Lower Sixth is organising the Sale of Work stalls for the Abbey. This year we had all the usual stalls; Millie’s Cookies, Face Painting, Candy Floss and Popcorn as well as a game stall which the B Block ran. This year in our prime spot, the Candy Floss and Popcorn stall proved more popular than ever, especially before the fireworks display at the end of Sale of Work. The O Block in charge of the stall were inundated with orders! The whole house got involved and it was amazing to see the Abbey house spirit, even in those who had only just joined this year. As ever the Abbey girls were exceptional and despite the freezing conditions, everyone had a smile on their faces and worked really hard to raise as much money as possible. Well done girls!
Alice Earwicker (L6)
Life On The Top Corridor
An irreverent look at life in the Upper 6th
Repton has always been proud of its entertainment, and the school socials have really upped their game this year- they’ve turned into an evening of laughter, fun and dancing that everyone can enjoy. And thanks to Aaron Hibell on the music, there is never a quiet moment inside the studio theatre.
The hours leading up to 7pm are filled with preparations of every kind; there are final outfit changes and choices, makeup disasters- quickly fixed by a skilled hand, hair curling and straightening hot seats on the go in every room and most importantly: pictures.
The Junior Socials are always famous for their outgoing fancy dress costumes and the competitive streak in everyone really begins to shine as everyone is eager to be best dressed. Without fail, there are always two types of girls in Abbey: those whose highlight from the night was the lashings of Domino’s pizza they consumed, and those who have come away with thirty photo booth pictures of them and their friends. Either way, everyone finds something they enjoy.
Senior socials have addressed so many requests that pupils have been putting forward and it seems that everything we have asked for has been provided for us by the Social Committee and the staff behind it all. The year grouped dinner beforehand gives everyone a chance to have a drink and some food with their friends before the party begins over in the studio theatre.
Once it’s all over and done with on a Saturday night, and everyone is sat in the link with a bowl of cereal and a cup of tea, it becomes clear from all the stories and tales that there is never anyone who didn’t have a great night. Most come back with a story to tell and new gossip to spread but every Abbey girl comes away from the socials with a smile on their face.
Immy Clowes (L6)