As we came towards the end of the 2016-17 academic year, we took the time as a school for the annual celebration of our community in the combined Founder's and Sports Day. The morning's Founder's Day service took place down the hill at St Mary's Church in Old Amersham, and was its usual treat of glorious singing from choir and congregation, interspersed with thoughtful readings from students and staff. The Sixth Form Girls' Choir and Chamber Choir, both newly-formed this year, were particular highlights: it has been a pleasure to see both these groups perform marvellously throughout their inaugral year.

In the afternoon, the sun burst through the rainclouds of the last 24 hours, just in time to welcome us onto the field for Sports Day. The House Competition has been closely fought this year, with all six of the houses swapping positions back and forth with each other over the last few months. Foxell maintained a strong lead throughout most of the year, with Newman, Pearson and Thorne in particular wrestling with each other for places on the podium. After more than 20 different events over the course of the year, including a variety of sporting activities but also intriguing academic events such as the French Spelling Bee and Historical Literature, Sports Day began with all the houses within only a few points of each other.

In the final track and field events, Newman and Pearson both showed their athletic prowess, surging ahead of the competition. The final results revealed Pearson in 1st place for the third year in a row, followed by Newman and then Foxell. Well done to Pearson House, but equally well done to all the houses: students from across the school have excelled themselves in a wealth of disciplines this year, and it has been a pleasure to observe.

House Competition current positions