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. A Silent Disco, organised by the Sixth form girls raised £700 which was shared between the TAAH and the Cystic Fibrosis trust.