March 26, 2023

Kicking off House FIFA

FIFA; a popular past time in the boarding houses and now, for the first time, a House Competition!

When the new House system was launched in September, community, charity, and competition were distinguished as valuable areas to reinvigorate. Following student consultation, a modern and inclusive House Competition programme was devised.

On Friday 24th March, our eSport experts prepared themselves for the House FIFA final, to compete on football’s greatest stage. In Main Hall representatives from Cadbury (Hari) and Fox House (Narayan) performed with excellent cognition and co-ordination, to a lively crowd.

School Housemaster and Leader of Learning Technologies, Alex Leighton, remarked “The competition was structured as a double elimination bracket; essentially a round-robin tournament, the winners of which progressed to a two-stage knockout tournament of double-elimination games.”

“There were incredible levels of organisation in the group stage where players had to organise their own games. The highlight for me was watching Hari perform in the final as a true professional gamer with a boxing toga on, in house green, and wearing noise cancelling headphones playing his own ‘in the zone’ music. It was also great to see sportsmanship between the finalists.”

Reflecting on the academic year, Head, Matthew Judd, commented “The House community, charity and competition events continue apace, and I pay tribute to Eddie Falshaw and our House Clerks for getting this new system off to such a wonderful start. As a student mentioned to me, it is hard to believe that the new House system only started in September!”

“As well as House Music, our students also enjoyed House Quiz, House Swimming, House Netball, House Football and House FIFA, with the final match played in Collect. I applaud the diverse range of events giving all our students an opportunity to shine, mix with different year groups and enjoy a powerful sense of belonging.”

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