A Fulfilling Community

The theme for our House Chapel Service this term was ‘A Fulfilling Community’. Our pupils enjoyed the opportunity to perform to the School and speak about what makes Shelburne House a fulfilling and supportive community. The community spirit in the House is something we are extremely proud of, and this newsletter is in celebration of this House spirit.

We have been lucky enough to welcome a number of new pupils into the House, including our first day boarders for a few years. They have been part of a ‘House Family’ and have benefitted from a well-structured buddy system. It was lovely to see them settle into the House so quickly and to hear how much they have enjoyed their experiences. It is a true marker of a community when those who are new feel like ‘old hands’!

The end of the Summer Term sees a change in some of our staff and pupils. We say goodbye to our ‘Mons’ (LVI) pupils who have played an integral role in developing the fantastic community we see in Shelburne today. They have set the tone for the rest of the House in their behaviour and contributions to the wider community. No task is too big, and we are hugely grateful for the support they have shown to the staff. Most noticeable is the care and guidance they give to younger pupils. The LVI girls have worked hard to develop meaningful and supportive relationships and create an inclusive and accepting environment.

We would like to take this opportunity to say goodbye to our wonderful LVI pupils and wish them luck in their time in Clarence, we look forward to seeing the flourish. Thank you and goodbye to –
Phoebe, Eden, Sara, Izzy, Jasmine, Jacqueline, Annie, Yi, Ashley and Halima.

It was lovely to see so many people from the wider Shelburne community at Dove Day, thank you to those who visited our tent for lunch. A number of pupils competed in Tug of War and performed on stage in dance, drama and music. Parents enjoyed the opportunity to socialise with one another and to get to know parents of pupils of all ages. There are many occasions throughout the year which encourage the integration of parents, we feel it is important to create these networking opportunities in order to further develop our community.

Pupils enjoying their picnic at Dove Day

Our community goes much further than the people within it, it encompasses all that our Shelburne pupils do to contribute to School life. We engaged in fund raising for our School charities through the creation of our fantastic Eco Hamper. Pupils and parents enjoyed taking part in a raffle to win a hamper filled with sustainable items. Our LVI pupils have continued with their community service; they have learnt a lot from this experience and developed their empathy and patience. Within Shelburne, pupils offer fantastic support for one another through mentoring and support with revision. It was encouraging to see pupils working with each other and making good use of space when preparing for their GCSE exams. UV pupils were supported within their dorms as the younger girls celebrated their successes and encouraged them.

At the end of a long year, we have had a relatively short term, although this has not stopped it being very busy. We are proud of our pupils who have represented the School in Athletics and Cricket, and to those pupils who have performed on stage. Our pupils strike an excellent balance between work and their co-curricular activities which allows them to engage in a variety of different events. Rain stopped play at the House Funals, but we are proud of all our Tennis players for their efforts throughout the term. We were delighted to lift the trophy at Sports Day as overall winners! Well done to all who took part and supported.

We are delighted to be able to celebrate so much from this year, the pupils continue to surprise us with their fantastic achievements. It has been a truly fulfilling year both in the House and around campus.

Sports Day Champions!