Underne takes House crown from Stapylton

Underne takes House crown from Stapylton

Underne is QE’s top House for the 2016–17 academic year, wresting the Eric Shearly House Cup from Stapylton.

Head of Extra-Curricular Enrichment and Languages teacher Rosie Hall announced Underne’s triumph at the climax of the end-of-year House assembly.

The inter-House competition takes account of points given both to individuals and to teams during the course of the year. Boys have opportunities to earn merits, while there are a large number of House competitions.

Headmaster Neil Enright said: “My congratulations go to all the boys in Underne, whose victory represents months of hard work across many different areas of endeavour.”

“This House assembly is an important occasion at which we celebrate the many and varied achievements of boys throughout the year. It reflects the huge amount that is going on all the time at QE in terms of extra-curricular activities and competitions. I trust that the boys will have been inspired by the successes announced in the assembly to give their all next year.”

The assembly began with an address from School Captain Oliver Robinson, while prefects Abbas Adejonwo and Adam Chong spoke on the extensive charitable work undertaken during the year. This included: collecting for Chipping Barnet Foodbank, a baby photo charity event, a clothing collection, a swimathon and various activities in support of the Sai School Appeal (QE’s longstanding connection with the Sri Sathya Sai English Medium School in Vellanad, Kerala, a village in south west India).

Teachers also presented sections of the assembly, as follows:

  • Assistant Head Michael Taylor gave a summary of the Year 7 and 8 merits totals and other House points tallies.
  • Wendy Fung, Assistant Head of Mathematics, presented the results of the Year 7 Maths Fair, which was won by Stapylton, on 761 points.
  • Geoff Roberts, teacher in charge of chess, who reported on the results of the year’s chess competitions, with Atharva Zore the Year 7 champion and Federico Rocco, of Year 10, champion for Years 8–11. Thirty-six boys from Years 8–10 were presented with their Chess colour ties.
  • Drama Co-ordinator Elaine White, spoke about the year’s productions, including Out of Time (this year’s School Play, based on the works of H G Wells), the acclaimed production of The Merchant of Venice (QE’s contribution to this year’s Shakespeare Schools Festival), The Trial of Hamlet (which QE boys performed as part of a celebrity fundraiser at the West End Wyndham’s Theatre) and the end-of-term Inter-House Drama Competition.
  • Ms White also recapped on the School’s involvement in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, which saw 140 Year 10 boys enrol at bronze level (who will go on their Qualifying Expedition in August), 20 Year 11 boys enrol for silver, and 15 Year 12 pupils sign up for gold. In total, 77 bronze awards were completed this year, together with 15 silver and three gold.
  • Director of Music Cheryl Horne announced the winners of 33 winners of Junior Music colours and 19 Senior colours.
  • Director of Sport Jonathan Hart presented a review of Sports Day, which accounts for a large number of House points and was again won by Harrisons’ this year.

There were also performances by the School’s musicians during the assembly. Year 7 flautist Jeshvin Jesudas played Smoke gets in your Eyes, accompanied by Year 10 pupil Drew Sellis. Pianist Max Kupfer, of Year 7, tackled Chopin’s Waltz in B Minor op. 69 no. 2. And tenor saxophonist Conor Parker-Delves, of Year 8, played Bebop Special by Bob Mintzer, accompanied by Drew.