To celebrate Roald Dahl's centenary, Mark, our fantastic chef in School House, really went to town creating all manner of Dahl inspired delights for lunch, including Mrs Twit's Bird Pie, Snozzcumber, and Fizzy Lifting Drink. As usual, Mrs Naylor and her helpers made sure that the dining room was given a special make-over with Dahlicious twist...
After returning to school at the start of term to welcome the new members of the house, I found myself having to leave again very soon after. From the 1st-4th September I attended my first large multisport event where I was part of the England hockey team. Thousands of young athletes were competing for gold in a number of sports such as Athletics, Swimming, Fencing and Wheelchair Basketball.
The impressive event was held at Loughborough University and after an opening ceremony where British Olympians Alex Danson and Max Whitlock spoke of their experiences in the summer Olympics, the games were declared open. Our final group stage match was a gruelling decider against Ireland, which sent us through to the final. As a result of the hockey final being one of the last events of the tournament the crowd was fantastic, filling the banks next to the pitch. We went on to win the final 2-0, and despite receiving a 10 minute yellow card I was extremely pleased with the tournament as a whole.
This was the biggest and most exciting tournament I have been part of in my hockey career and the extra buzz that is created when there are other nations competing makes the event that little bit more exciting. Having a gold medal to remind me of it is pretty nice too! Jamie Greenwood, U6.
Senior League (Football)
The School House select squad embarked on their league journey with a game against Orchard. We were leading 3-2 until a late wonder strike gave them the draw. Unfazed by the result, School House turned out in the next match vs Cross winning 8-2 with Charlie Wilbraham scoring 4 for the team. Latham stood in the way in the 3rd game for the team with the team drawing 2-2 in the final minutes until Latham won a penalty with 1 minute to go. This put a lot of pressure on keeper Freddie Cheshire and he stepped up to the mark by flopping to his left and parrying away the penalty wide of the goal, securing the draw. This left School House sat in 3rd place with 5 points. New House, who had a very strong team, led to the team suffering their first defeat of the campaign 4-1. The final game of the group stages was scheduled against Priory, and was an important game as a win would mean an easier semi-final game for the lads, and the team did so with a perfect game with us winning 4-0 with exemplary performances from Wilbraham and the whole School House defence.
This win meant that the School team would finish 3rd in the group and play Priory in the semi-finals, but we couldn't repeat the quality of the previous game, although we took a 1-0 lead, Priory returned the favour in a scrappy fashion. So after extra time the game was still all square and meant a penalty shoot-out was needed to determine a winner. With School House going first in the shootout and scoring it was going well, and with Cheshire saving Priory’s first 2 penalties it was looking good, but the remaining school penalty takers’ efforts not securing goals, this led to a 3-2 loss on penalties. Overall it was a great campaign which was unfortunately cut short. Freddie Cheshire, U6.
As reigning champions, this year School House eagerly awaited the arrival of the annual House Debating competition. Run over the whole term, with the finals taking place in the Lent term, House Debating gives the more outspoken of us an opportunity to express our views on a range of challenging and stimulating topics, this year ranging from how the media reports the horrors of war, to the effects of advertising on children. Due to lots of conflicting commitments, this year’s teams changed slightly throughout the competition, but with the addition of a semi-final round, School House managed to send two Upper-Sixth debaters (James Sookias and Barnaby Buckley) into a very tightly contested round. Unfortunately, the School House team didn’t qualify for the finals, but remain undeterred and optimistic about next year’s chances. James Sookias, U6.
Unison had finally come around, and after my four years of participation it was my time to step onto the pedestal and lead School House – If anything had demonstrated how quickly my time through Repton has flown by, my conducting of Unison was it. As many of you reading this are probably aware… School House boys are not particularly keen on singing in front of the entire school, and as such I made a mission to ensure our time in the limelight would not go down in infamy as many of the boys claimed. I had used my experience to learn from my predecessors past efforts of beginning rehearsals with the entire House, which were often chaotic. Instead, I took the decision to split the House into four smaller training groups to allow for efficient, controlled and shortened rehearsals. Following this I choose a song of everyone knew (Hooked on a Feeling – Blue Swede) - and most importantly, of a limited vocal range- which allowed even those lacking in musical ability to join in.
Soon enough the night of the competition arrived and as I expected School House made everyone proud, giving an excellent sounding, highly disciplined performance. Although I could write several pages, I hope I have left a lasting impression on the boys in regards to tasks which seem impossible. No matter how daunting, through perseverance, practice and passion it can be overcome, even if that task is singing in front of the entire school. Edward. J. N. Sheasby, U6.
Remembrance Service 2016
Each year, the school holds a service of remembrance for all those who have fallen. This year, lead by Head Prefect and Head of House, James Sookias, the School House boys once again took a leading role in the day.
CCF: Army Section
Every Wednesday half of the A-block and I head down to Tanyard to do the army option of CCF. For about half the session we do a different activity each week, from navigation to first aid. Each of these ‘stalls’ as we call them, are run by a different member of staff in the army section. These ‘stalls’ are often quite entertaining and if you pay attention you can learn a thing or two from them. For the other half of the session we spend time perfecting drills. For those of you who don’t know what drill is it involves stamping, marching and saluting amongst other things. You either love it or you hate it. Personally, I hate it. Yes, it makes you uniform as a group, but it is so boring. I really like CCF, I can’t say the same about everyone though, again you love it or you hate it. But for anyone who does it next year, try and enjoy it- it’s worth it. James Newbould, A Block.
Sale of Work
Talk of sale of work began at the start of the year. We knew it was going to a big event this year and we were told we had to get it right. With the help of Charlie Wilbraham, Will Greenbank and Jakob Wanger, we started planning our stalls. We knew the key to success was to be organized and so we got everything done with plenty of time, ensuring everyone was involved in the day. To make sure everything ran smoothly we had a few meetings with the coordinator of the Sale of Work, Miss Hill, we produce a plan that involved timing, location of each stall, information such as pricing and the names of people who need to be at each stall.
It was a very successful day and we managed to sell all of the burgers, most if not all of the waxing strips, which took its toll on Bobby, Ivan and Mr Dell, and a lot of books. In total we raised a grand total £604 which will be going towards a number of worthy charities. Charles Bicknell, L6.