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Bees Sting Monarchs in to Action to Defend Crown


An Inter-House update by Lyall Reynolds, Lead on Inter-House

Mr Gwynne, House Champion for Bridge, started the year by launching his House’s mantra for this academic year. He wants his House to make the impossible, possible. The challenge he seeks to overcome is to see an end to Magna Monarchs’ reign. Magna have won Sports Day for over a decade, but it’s just one event. Last year, they won more sporty, and more non-sporty events - all of which meant they retained their title. But it was arguably one of the closest year’s to date!

The Bridge Bees have started their campaign very well. They have led from the front; winning the very first event of the year, Year 11 Netball, and staying ahead of the pack for the next twenty-two events including the Year 7s at Painshill Park, most of the year groups at cross-country and the sinew-straining Year 10/Year 11 Rugby 7s.

Their lead lasted 84 days… but the Monarchs are not the champions for nothing. They have kept in touch, and when the Bees extended their lead they roared back by winning the Year 7 and Year 8 dodgeball competitions, and winning two of the three rugby events. Their tutors have started to help add points through attendance too and as we head towards Christmas, it is the defending champions who sit on top of the tree. Only just, but their three point lead is enough to make Mr Gwynne even more determined to fight back.

And what of our other two Houses? It’s certainly been a slow start for the Abbey Gators and the Thames Titans. Miss Charman, Abbey’s House Champion, has been doing her utmost to raise participation and has been rewarded with wins here and there, including Year 9 Netball, School of Rock poster design, Year 8 Cross-Country and Year 7 Rugby. Similarly for the Titans, led by Mrs Bull, they have competed well but have not yet won an event and with the Bees and Monarchs pitching battle for the title so early on, it means the Titans and Gators are fighting to avoid last place right now.

But everything can change in an instant. With ten points for winning an event, it only takes a bit of momentum to turn things around. The Bees have twice led by eighteen points, but it is the Monarchs who sit on top. Anything is possible.

The countdown to Christmas has begun, and we have got Year 9 dodgeball and three all-year events, the Christmas-themed (s)Elfie competition, FIFA gaming and “I’m a tutor, get me out of here” still to play. Who will be top come January? Will you have made Father Christmas’s naughty or nice list?

Play your part, and don’t hold back

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