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Flying the Flag for West House

Reading School’s House Competitions run from Easter to Easter, but despite this year’s challenges, the House Competitions have continued to take place both creatively and enthusiastically. 

An important aspect of being a student at Reading School is the significance of the House Competitions, which adds to the Reading School experience.  With five houses now in play (West, East, School, County and Laud), competition is as fierce as ever.  

An important aspect of being a student at Reading School is the significance of the House Competitions, which adds to the Reading School experience.  With five houses now in play (West, East, School, County and Laud), competition is as fierce as ever.  

David C (13JP & West House Vice Captain) shared his experience of Reading School’s House Competitions:

“At the end of the first half-term, we saw West House achieve an impressive 38 points, thanks to successes in General Knowledge and strong participation in sports like House Softball, House Cricket, and House Ultimate Frisbee.  Despite having to be creative with some of the House Competitions due to various restrictions imposed, West House is leading the House standings.  Congratulations must go to all the students who competed in these events, especially Westies in Years 7 to 10 who demonstrated their sporting prowess, showing that West House really can be a House that is good at sport, a title that for so long seemed unattainable.

This is the first time, during my nearly seven years at Reading School, that West House has taken the lead, and what a proud moment it was to see the West House flag being raised high and mighty in front of the school, overlooking the main field where so many of our successes were achieved this year.

During my time at Reading School, I have been fortunate enough to have had three exceptional Heads of House.

My Year 7 experience began with former Head of House, Mr M Cooper, who built an excellent West House community atmosphere. With lunchtime sport practices, endless House Music rehearsals singing ‘Hey Jude’ in a manner I doubt autotune would be able to correct, and even walking down the aisle to the sound of Imperial March in our first assembly, he really did ignite the West House spirit in us all. These practices, along with endless near misses at winning House Events, created a great spirit within West House and, win or not, we thoroughly enjoyed the competition and the unwavering enthusiasm of Mr Cooper.

Then, onto the years of Mr Bellinger as Head of House and a triumphant win at House Music five years ago with a powerful large ensemble rendition of ‘Copacabana’. Despite this success, not quite enough was done to secure the Cock House Cup and the following years ensued with no overall victory despite some strong performances in individual events. In addition, we were reminded of our position in the competition during House Assembly which was usually last. At least we were the most consistent house!

West’s team spirit has never faltered through the leadership changes, and there was no exception when Mr J Sánchez (West House Master, East Wing Boarding House Master and Teacher of PE & Spanish) took on the role of Head of House in 2019. With two near wins in House Music and strong showings in many House Events, the gap between us and the other Houses began narrowing… and this year has now proven to be one of West’s best.

West House students have been motivated by Mr Sánchez’s inspirational House assemblies, supportive messages, and his declaration that all Westies are ‘legends’.  Despite the unprecedented circumstances this year, West House has overcome all odds to now be leading the House Competition. This is a huge accomplishment and testament to the attitude and enthusiasm of the leaders and students of West House. West’s exceptional lead bodes well for a future where, hopefully, County and School can be knocked off the pedestal they have now shared for so long.

The students of West House must be congratulated on their high participation in the House Competitions, as well as the Prefect Team for their excellent organisation. A special thanks goes to Mr Sánchez for being an inspiring Head of House in these challenging times.  I look forward to seeing strong showings from the West House Legends in the rest of the events this year. Watch this space…”

Everyone loves a trip down memory lane. Who won the House Competition in the year you left Reading School?  Help us create a leader board of Houses going back as far as we can.  Please share your fond memories of your time at Reading School. Send your stories/photos to alumni@reading-school.co.uk

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