Published on: Friday, August 12, 2022

Inter-house competitions form a large part of our co-curricular programme here at King’s. Not only are they a fun and popular addition to our daily activities, but they also enable pupils to develop their teamwork and problem-solving skills.

Early on in the year, we held the junior and senior MasterChef challenges, this time our junior chefs went head-to-head in our Leiths Cookery School, delivering a three-course meal on a budget of £25. Over a two-hour period, the chefs presented to the judges a distinctly inventive and eclectic spread, including Chinese, Korean and traditional European food. Headmaster Richard Biggs commented: "My fellow judges and I were very impressed by the standard of cooking on display in the competition. And just as pleasing was the ambition shown in the choice of menus. There was a wide range to enjoy, from old classics to exotic international dishes - all delicious and beautifully presented. It is wonderful to know that the art and the joy of cooking is alive and well at King’s College."
We held our General Knowledge quiz in a University Challenge style, with each house needing fast fingers to hit the buzzer first and then collect all of the bonus points up for grabs. Bishop Fox House was the eventual victor. Nearer to Christmas, all pupils gathered in our Chapel to pit their vocal cords against each other in the House Singing event. It was a close result, but due to their performance, and bravery when the music died, Meynell House came first.
On the sporting front, the annual inter-house water polo competition was held and after several high-intensity matches, the eventual winners were King Alfred (boys) and Meynell (girls). Plans for a winner-takes-all showdown between the two winning teams were certainly discussed... There were also several thrilling games of inter-house cricket. After the dust settled, the eventual winners were: Senior Boys - King Alfred House, Junior Boys - Woodard House and Girls (combined) - Carpenter House. To round off the Summer Term, the school came together for our Summer Sports Day – a hugely successful affair where houses, pupils and staff go head-to-head in an ultimate test of athletic ability.
Congratulations go to Bishop Fox House for lifting the overall Iner-House Trophy. Throughout the year, we have also enjoyed a number of other house competitions, which have included the Junior Maths Challenge, Steeplechase, House Debating, House Football, House Tennis and House Squash.
We now look forward to the next academic year, when the houses can compete once more.

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