Campbell House News

Spring Term 2022 started with refreshed excitement and energy in Campbell. Many of our talented dancers performed at the Spotlights dance show, cheered on by a keen audience, all performed marvellously but a special mention must go to Zahirah who performed in a number of different dances throughout the programme. Meanwhile, many of our talented musicians participated in Wycombe Abbey Competitive Music Festival earlier this month. Judy and Audrey were the Finalists at the Music Festival, and a special congratulation goes to Dawn who won the Senior Voice section. Another congratulations must goes to Mia who won not only the piano but also the strings sections of the Junior section of the competition. Many thanks to all girls involved with supporting Campbell House.

In House, we continue to enjoy varied activities most evenings.  Monday activities are led by LVI Monitors. As well as playing board games, or doing craft activities, they have hosted talks on inclusivity, which is our House theme for this academic year. Last week we discussed loneliness, what this can mean and how to deal with it, which was the theme for the School’s Mental Health Awareness Week 2022.  

Every Wednesday evening Miss Spiers makes luxury hot chocolate for the whole house, to be enjoyed with a selection of biscuits. She certainly makes the best hot chocolate, especially with marshmallows and cream! Miss Strange, our UIV tutor also visited Campbell last Wednesday to share her baking skills and one of her amazing recipes. As always, it was very well attended and the smell of warm chocolate cookies soon filled the house, but all I could see were empty plates. Campbell pupils certainly like their food. 

UV enjoying some hot chocolate after a busy day

Saturday nights are often reserved for putting your feet up and resting after a busy week. A few weekends ago Miss Spiers ran a Nintendo Wii tournament. There were fierce battles fought over first place in Mario-Kart races, and who can cook the rice to perfection and serve the dishes on time in Overcooked. 

After Short Leave, we celebrated the Lunar New Year in style. Pupils found a card on their beds when they returned from the weekend and also a fortune cookie to discover what the year of Tiger may bring them. It was followed by a spring rolls and prawn crackers Night on Saturday. We all agreed that vegan spring rolls were surprisingly tasty but we had to eat quite a lot of them just to be sure.  after eating several of them. Many girls in House then took refuge in the drawing room to watch Ratatouille, a Disney favourite. 

LVI dressed in Campbell colours for house games

As we move through February the days are getting longer, snowdrops are appearing in the garden beds around the House and we are now ready for the Long Leave; to going home and spending time with our families and friends and sharing our stories with them. Here are some of the things that Campbell pupils are planning to do over Long Leave:

Anna – “Over Long Leave, I am excited to go on a planned trip with my family. It starts with a visit to a museum, before eating at a seafood restaurant, and a trip to Waterstones ends our journey”

Freya G  – “I’m planning on meeting up with some old friends and going to cinema to see the new Spider-Man film”

Judea – “I’m going to spending my long leave singing and dancing through the Sister Act soundtrack. I’m also planning on going to the Tate Modern with some friends to learn more about modern art”

Arshia and Khiyati – “We are going to meet up for a Galentines celebration, complemented by heart shaped pizzas, balloons and even a heart-shaped cake”

Zahirah – “I’m headed to the West End to see Lucy Jones perform as Elphaba in Wicked” 

Whatever plans the pupils have over Long Leave, I am sure that they will make the most of their time and will return reinvigorated for a busy second half of the Spring Term.