Summer Events 2021-2022


After a two year absence due to COVID 19, Sports Day 2022 was back with a bang! After a week of heats and finals, House Athletics finally reached its climax during 2 days of top athletics and 5 records being broken - all by Year 8 students.

New School Records

  • Madeleine Thomson (8Y) Junior Girls 1500m 5:05.28 (Previous record M O’Connell 2008 5:16.3)
  • Kwesi Otoo (8G) Junior Boys 300m 44:14 (Previous record J Coley 2018 45.34)
  • Thomas Wightman (8R) Junior Boys 800m 2:23) (Previous record A Ford 1993)
  • Michael Odidika (8R) Junior Boys High Jump 1.55m (Previous record A Saunders 2000 1.51m)
  • Victoria Esan (8G) Junior Girls Shot Put 3Kg 9.36m (Previous record L Jeavons 2018 7.88m)


Unfortunately, the British summer time weather hindered the opportunity for the whole school to spectate the track finals. However, all competitors embraced the conditions to battle it out for the podium spots and points for their respective houses. After the fierce and exciting finals and relays, all the points were added up and the Sports Day 2022 Shield was presented by Mr Ellicott to Richmond House. (Overall final standings; 1st Richmond, 2nd York, 3rd Pembroke, 4th Beaufort & 5th Gloucester).

Richmond House – Sports Day 2022 Winners

In addition to the House competition, we also awarded traditional and iconic trophies to individual winners in appreciation of their outstanding performance in specific events or collectively across both track and field events.

Individual winners:

Senior Boys 1500m Cup – George Luck (12R)

Senior Boys 400m Cup – Alex Laddle (12Y)

Mike Bailey Sprint Cup – Oshatore Khadiri (9B), Imogen Miles (7Y) & Uday Singh (7P)

Pate’s Field Events Cup – Victoria Esan (8G) & Michael Odidika (8R)


Individual winners for most overall points in sports day 2022:

Junior Boys (Years 7 & 8) – Kwesi Otoo (8G) and Olly Hale (7P)

Junior Girls (Years 7 & 8) – Holly McMahon (8Y) and Jessica Rowley (8G)

Inter Boys (Years 9 & 10) – Oliver Mitchell (10B)

Inter Girls (Years 9 & 10) – Islay Christmas (10P)

Senior Boys (Years 11, 12 & 13) (Vasser Smith Cup) – Alfie Wood (13R)

Senior Girls (Years 11, 12 & 13) – Naomi Layzell (13R)


Big thank you to the PE department and wider staff for running Sports Day 2022. It was great to see the two days of competition return to its former glory and the atmosphere amongst the houses was beyond outstanding. Best of luck in the forthcoming athletic competitions.

House Lower School Public Speaking

Junior House Public Speaking took place on 3rd May.  Y8 and Y9 participants did magnificently well representing their Houses as Speaker, Chair and Questioner, despite the competition not having run for a couple of years.  Speakers were confident and articulate and the competition was managed superbly by the Chairs.  Questioners cleverly teased out speakers’ arguments and the audience was engaged throughout in a variety of topics, from driverless cars and water aid, to punishing politicians who don’t fulfil campaign goals and the very important question of whether there are more wheels than doors!   Thanks to judges Mr Nicholas and Ms Cluer for taking on such a difficult task, and to Ms Reid for organising this superb event.  A special thank you to the House Officials who auditioned, encouraged and mentored their teams as they prepared for the competition, and cheered them on when the time came – just brilliant.  Mrs Shelmerdine


The final results were as follows:

Best Chair: Arnav Nayyen (Richmond)

Best Speaker: Beck Loban (Pembroke)

Title of Speech: “Why politicians who don’t fulfil the campaign goals should be punished”

Best Questioner: Maeve York (York)

Winning House: RICHMOND

Overall Order:  1st: Richmond, 2nd: York, 3rd: Pembroke, 4th: Gloucester, 5th: Beaufort


House Esports Tournament

The inaugural House Esports tournament was met with a lot of enthusiasm and excitement by students. Played over 8 lunchtimes, different age categories battled over 4 different games to be victorious. Points were tight at the top, but Pembroke were victorious, with Beaufort 2nd, Gloucester 3rd, York 4th and Richmond 5th.

There was a lot of excitement in year 7, but games were played far more strategically  higher up the school - they meant business!

Here's a review from Ashmit and Fraser from Pembroke who won their rounds convincingly:

Me and Fraser played rocket league for year 8/9 Pembroke and won! This house Esports tournament was definitely one of my favourite house events. We absolutely smashed the other houses with our amazing Pembroke spirit and (finally) won an event. We look forward to this taking place again soon, ready to win again next year.


House Drama 2022

This year’s House Drama competition was possibly the hardest fought we have ever seen.  Every House gave their all and we had five incredible performances, to packed audiences of almost 2,000 people over the two days!  Huge numbers also watched the livestream on the final performance and adjudication.  Huge thanks and congratulations to everyone involved, not just in the productions, but also to the many members of staff who got involved in the rehearsals, and volunteered to look after students in between performances.  House Drama would not be possible without the whole school community pulling together, and I am incredibly grateful for everyone’s generosity and goodwill.

Special thanks must go to our sixth formers - the House Officials and their friends - who wrote scripts, choreographed, rehearsed, built and painted set and costumes… and who led by example.  They cheered their Houses along and played games when they were flagging in the heat, and have shown outstanding enthusiasm, kindness and compassion, to bring out the best in every student and make lifelong wonderful memories.

The following awards were given:  Music Award – York for Jungle Book; Design Award – Pembroke for The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe; Script Writing Award – Gloucester for The Wizard of Oz; Performance Award – Richmond for Alice in Wonderland; Choreography Award – Beaufort for Treasure Island.

Congratulations to overall winners of House Drama 2022 – Pembroke!  2nd Richmond, 3rd York, 4th Beaufort, 5th Gloucester.  All Houses should be incredibly proud – it was too close to call!  My thanks to our LAMDA professional, Judi Walton, for her generosity and kind words about the school and our students, and also for taking on the almost impossible task of judging this year’s competition.    Mr Ellicott