Rubens House Blog Spring 2022

Rubens has had a very successful half term and the girls have enjoyed being back in their Boarding House and embracing all the new opportunities 2022 has to offer. In our first weekly House Order of the term, we reflected on the idea that when we get tired, we need to learn to rest rather than quit. In the Year of the Tiger, this balanced sentiment is one that we will keep at the forefront of everything we do as we strive to find our inner tiger and be bold, brave and true to ourselves. Rubens have really embodied this idea with many girls taking opportunities to embrace a healthy balance of work and play at the start of the new year.

A cosy closed weekend night in for Cherry (LIV), Venetia (LV), Ria (LV), Annie (LV), Ashley (LIV) and Dottie (LIV).

At the start of this term Rubens gave very thoughtful House Chapel service on the theme of resilience. Our House Sacristan Ellie (LVI) wrote a very thoughtful and reflective service which many of the girls took part in. The following girls addressed the whole school in chapel with poise and confidence: Ashleigh (LV); Sydney (LV); Mati (LIV); Amelie (LIV); Louise (LIV) Annamaria (LIV); Ashley (LIV).

Rubens House rehearse for their chapel service.

One of the many things which make Rubens house a warm home for our girls is the resident black Labrador, Hero. Hero is the sidekick to our Assistant Housemistress, Miss Rowley. After the February Long Leave, Rubens will gain another four-legged friend. This time, Housemistress Miss Hoyle will be bringing a fluffy friend into our pink sisterhood: Ruby, a Golden Retriever puppy. The girls will be keen to help with pup training and cuddles as socialisation is key to a happy pup in the early stages. Miss Hoyle hopes that Ruby will grow up to be as well behaved as her big brother Hero. Many of us benefit from the calming and relaxing presence of dogs and a puppy is a very special gift for the whole house to enjoy.

Miss Hoyle's Puppy wearing a light green collar.

Recently, Rubens recently embraced Mental Health Awareness week and engaged with the topic of loneliness by actively finding opportunities to come together as a House and enjoy being together. On Monday, the Sixth Form hosted a new initiative called Colin in the Kitchen. Head of House Kizzy (LVI) and Deputy Head of House, Bea (LVI) invited girls from different year groups to come and chat with the Sixth Form in the House kitchen with the special guest Colin. Colin takes the form of some mini Colin the Caterpillar cakes. Unsurprisingly, the girls in house love the tasty treats on offer but also the chance to get to know the Sixth Form. Throughout Mental Health Awareness week, we also held our weekly Toasty Tuesdays; Pasta bake Wednesdays; Hot chocolate Thursdays; Fruity Fridays and Sundaes on Sunday.

Paris (UIV), Eliza (UIV), Maria (UIV) and Isabelle (UIV) relax for mental health awareness week.

Many of our girls have also been very busy this term with LAX fixtures at the weekends and we wish all of the girls the best of luck as they continue to wake up early during the week for vital extra training and stick skills, all of which could make the difference as they strive to be selected for the Nationals Team at the end of March. We wish all of our Rubens girls the best of luck and know that their grit and determination will be a superb asset to their team.

Rubens LIV get ready to show their sporty skills. Featuring Louise, Annamaria, Elisia and Ava.

With the Easter holiday quickly coming towards us, the House naturally looks towards those girls who have exam preparation to do. We are so proud of all the hard work and determination our Rubens girls continually show to engage with the life of the House; contribute to the pace of the school and get the most out of their education. At the top of our House, the Sixth Form lead the way as role models, showing our youngest sisters how to manage the cut and thrust of boarding life. Well done to the Sixth Form for everything you are doing for the House and the School.

The Rubens role models: Ayla, Emma, Christina, Apinaya, Kizzy, Amelia, Bea, Julia, Kamilla, Lisa, Anna, Emily and Ginny.