This term’s inter-house activities, led by our Sixth Form House Captains, have engendered a wonderful sense of competition and camaraderie across the school.
Students from each year – from Year 7 to the Sixth Form – competed in South Hampstead’s first Spelling Bee competition. The tension in the theatre was palpable, as quiz master Mr Hansford posed ‘miscellaneous’, ‘treacherous’ words, which the pupils spelled out one-by-one, with minimal ‘equivocation’ and no ‘indictment’ of their opposition. The ‘martyrs’, nominated from each year group, took it in turns, attempting to secure a clean sweep of correctly spelled words. The competition was closely fought, with each house showing impressive skill and recall. Congratulations to the overall winners, Bodington, with 27 points out of 30.
Meanwhile, the calibre of debate at the annual inter-house contest was impressive, testament to the growing culture of oracy. Students in every year group participated in six different debates, with students in the older years competing during a Sixth Form assembly, in front of the whole of the Lower and Upper Sixth. Benton were declared the winners in Year 7 and Walker in Year 10, while Bodington secured the top spot in Years 8, 9, 11 and the Sixth Form. Well done to everyone who took part.