As in our previous years at the College, the first term of 2018 saw the entire campus quickly brought to life by the controlled chaos of early morning training sessions, countless rehearsals in the Performing Arts Theatre, as well as the great diversity of committees which captivated keen Mathematicians and Wordsmiths alike.
As the Year 7s were eagerly welcomed into the Senior School, their first weeks were characterised by swimming trials held for each house. Up until the main event in Week 4, it really was all hands on deck for all five houses as they squared up to see who would win the 2018 Inter-House Swimming Carnival. After a valiant effort from all five houses, it was ultimately Starkey House that emerged victorious – winning their first ever swimming carnival in a true display of House Spirit. Well done Starkey!
Later in the term, the talented casts from each house showcased the product of their weeks of hard work at the annual House Plays Festival. From the dramatic Veivers House production, to the hilarious performance of Franklin House, audiences on both nights were treated to boats, pasta, a dance sequence, kidnapping and a clearance sale. With the extraordinary standard of performances delivered by each and every house, the adjudicator was left with an impossible decision on the second evening and ultimately, it was Andrews House that prevailed with their tuneful and toe-tapping performance.
Before long, the school was transformed for the 25th Anniversary of the Celebration of Literature. Once again, members from around the College community generously contributed their time and enthusiasm into making this year’s Celebration one to remember! In addition to listening in on sessions from the many amazing authors, who seem to get more insightful and interesting each year, students young and old (as well as some parents) could be seen lining up for the much-anticipated and much-loved Poffertjes and Dippin’ Dots.
In the final weeks of term, the Year 8 and Year 9 cohorts both embarked on their most challenging camps yet, the German exchange students continued onto the next leg of their journey, the Somerset 1st XV Rugby Team faced off against Lord Byng (all the way from Canada), and athletes from around the world have started training in our very own facilities in preparation for the Commonwealth Games.
Now, as we begin to wind down at the tail end of our first term, we wish everyone a lovely break and cannot wait to see everyone’s smiling faces back again for another great term! Term Two will started with, arguable, even more of a bang - with the Inter-House Cross Country being held on the first Wednesday back. This will, no doubt, also be an exciting term for Musical cast-members and Wordsmiths, who will be heading off to camp, in addition to the Graduating Class of 2018, who will have the Senior Ball to look forward to.
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