If we were to say our House events are incredibly special moments in the school calendar we would still be selling them short. From day one pupils become part of the House system and have the opportunity to take part in numerous House activities throughout the year from small clubs to big productions.
In fact, we have some very special events when the whole school community comes together to participate and support their Houses. All of the House events encourage everyone to try new areas.
House Cross Country
The first event of the school year is the annual House Cross Country in September. Held at Longford in the 100 acres of grounds of our junior boarding house, Longford Hall, this is a truly magnificent occasion which alone demonstrates perfectly the sense of community at Adams of which we are so proud. All 900+ pupils take part in the different age group races and, when they are not running their own race, they are shouting words of encouragement to others in their House to put in those last gasps of effort in order to gain the vital House points. A letter from one of our Year 7 parents captures the day beautifully:
I have never before experienced such camaraderie and team spirit which, having served 27 years in the military, is no mean feat...
...Not just House team spirit, of which the rivalry is indeed fierce, but whole school and individual performances were encouraged by all, with no single participant receiving any less encouragement from all attending...
...I enjoyed the afternoon so much I would be most grateful if you could pass on the immense pride I feel to have been involved in such a fantastic event and School.
The fierce but still friendly House rivalry continues in November when once again the four Houses contest throughout the day for the highly acclaimed Dixon Cup in the annual House Drama competition. This is followed by an evening of highlights for parents.
The four Houses compete in a variety of categories from public speaking and acting through to video production and dance. Over half of the school is actively involved with all of the planning and preparations for the different performances led by the pupils themselves. It is quite amazing to see how many pupils manage to fit on a stage at any one time and to witness the support and help that the senior pupils give to the younger pupils in their House.
You have the freedom to choose whether to take part, but everyone wants to because you would be letting the House down if you didn't.
Our House Music competition has grown to such an extent that the sports hall is now the only location big enough to accommodate the large number of performers and audience, being transformed into a magnificent auditorium for the event.
All of the planning and preparation for the different performances are once again led by the pupils themselves, allowing them to develop their leadership skills as well as their musical abilities. Performances include solo instruments and vocal items, instrumental ensembles and choral classes as well as a Band category and Chamber Music class, all reflecting the diversity of the music that is performed at Adams. Entries often include pupils’ own compositions and arrangements.
House Netball and Rugby Sevens
The annual House Netball and Rugby Sevens competition delivers a full day of sporting competitiveness. While Rugby Sevens is taking place at Longford Hall, the Sixth Form girls spend the morning in the sports hall battling it out for the House Netball crown before joining the ruby in the afternoon. With our PTA providing an assortment of refreshments for everyone throughout the day including some truly incredible cake donation from parents, it really is a wonderful day enjoyed by the whole of our school community.
House Athletics and Swimming
The excitement of our House events continues through to the end of the summer term when once again pupils compete throughout the day in various sporting categories to claim the House Athletics Cup. This is followed by an afternoon of further House rivalry when everyone gathers around the school’s swimming pool for the last chance of the year to win another prestigious cup – House Swimming.