As members of Meynell House, Lisa and her assistants want the girls in the house to enjoy being part of a vibrant community that is made up of a multitude of talents; some are great listeners, others are outstanding runners, academics or musicians – all are welcome and every girl has an important part to play in making Meynell the community it is. Every girl is encouraged to express her own individuality and personality and to support the other girls in the house. All the girls are encouraged to get involved in a wide range of extra-curricular activities and house events in order to develop well-rounded social and life skills. Ultimately the experience should be fun and the girls are always involved in decisions concerning the house, so that there is a genuine life-long attachment to the community.
Meynell started life as a boys' house and became the school's first girls' house in 1991. The house is named after Prebendary Henry Meynell, who was an administrator in the Anglican Church (King's College is of a group of schools originally opened for children of the clergy). Meynell has grown to around 70 girls, both day and boarding, in all five year groups. The 'house colour' reverted to green in 2015, which it was its original colour. Meynell girls can be seen wearing their new, smart house shirts at house events.
Meynell is located centrally within the King’s College grounds, being part of the same building as science, history and geography. As a modern building it has wide, long corridors but the décor enables it to feel warm and welcoming. It has two common rooms available for the girls to get together with their friends from other houses and chat, eat, watch movies or play on the Wii. There is also a house common room with Sky TV and Xbox and doors which lead out into an outside seating area with a table tennis table and space for summer BBQs. Therefore there are plenty of spaces for the girls to relax and watch TV or DVDs as well as kitchens which can be used for making drinks and snacks, and forays into cake baking are actively encouraged. All boarders in the junior years have a bed in a shared dorm with other girls in their year. Both day girls and boarders have a desk in a shared study downstairs. In the sixth form, most girls have a single study bedroom but there are also a few shared rooms available.
We try to organise a range of activities for the girls to both relax and get to know each other better. A trip to see “Sister Act” at the Bristol Hippodrome with the other girls houses was very successful but an afternoon of paintballing was enjoyed by all and the annual ‘Yule Ball’ is an event organised by the senior girls. There are also opportunities to visit the cinema and to go shopping etc. As well as ‘off-site’ activities, chilling out with pizzas, chocolate and a film is an attractive proposition for weekend evenings, as a way of relaxing after a busy week!
The House supports a number of charities each year. Last year the girls supported Taunton Association for the Homeless and by buying items as Christmas presents. Over the past few years we have raised over £3,000 by organising a “Silent Disco”, an ice cream stand and a “sleep out”, the money being donated to various national and local charities, including the British Heart Foundation, The MS Society, Macmillan Cancer Care and The Alzheimer’s Society”.
Lisa Cashmore lives in the Housemistress accommodation adjacent to the boarding house. Having been at King’s College for nine years and attached to Meynell for the past six years, she took on the role as Housemistress in September 2015. Lisa is married to James and they have two teenage sons who are pupils at King’s. They also have a black and white cat called Molly, and they are looking forward to welcoming a new puppy in to the family in the autumn. Lisa wants to build on the strengths of Meynell as a vibrant community, by bringing her approachable and caring touch to the house.
Fran is an English teacher entering her 4th year of teaching at King’s College. As well as teaching and assisting in Meynell, Fran is also a hockey coach to both girls and boys and she runs the school newspaper “The Pelican Post”.
Assistants and House Matron
Mrs Christina French – Geography teacher and Head of King’s Sustainability Strategy. Christina is tutor to a Fifth Form group.
Mrs Sara Similien – Co-Director of Sport. Sara is a tutor to the Fifth Form girls and she is also on House duty one evening a week.
Miss Mo Hiyashi – Chemistry Teacher. Mo is a Fifth Form tutor and on duty in house one evening a week.
Mrs Maria Duckham – Languages Teacher. Maria is a Third Form tutor.
The house would not run without Marrion Hancock, the house matron. She has been with the house for over 20 years and knows everything there is to know about Meynell! She has a genuine love of the house and the girls enjoy chatting with ‘Maz’, even if she does have to nag them to keep their rooms tidy and do their washing up! Marrion is assisted by a team of cleaners who work tirelessly to keep Meynell looking clean and tidy. Marrion is also on duty in House one night per week.
Niamh Lyall has been at King's since the Third Form, having joined as a full-time boarder from a school in Cornwall. She lives near Falmouth and has a younger sister in the Fifth Form who is also in Meynell, as well as a younger brother, (Fifth Form boarder in Woodard). Niamh is studying A level business studies, biology and art – her skills as an artist have come in very useful when we have organised house events, such as the ball or the silent disco.
Temi Babajide is our Deputy House Captain. She joined King's in the Fourth Form from a school in Nigeria, as a full-time boarder. She is studying A level biology, chemistry and French.
Both Temi and Niamh have been chosen to lead Meynell because they are excellent role models. They both work hard to do the very best that they can, whilst involving themselves in a variety of school activities and being friendly and approachable to all the girls in Meynell.