Shelburne House- Summer Term 1

Farewell to UVI

The first half of the Summer Term is the time when we wish a fond farewell to the Shelburne Upper VI, who will be leaving Wycombe Abbey after sitting their A Level exams. On Friday 3 May, the Upper VI girls enjoyed their Clarence Leavers Ceremony to mark the end of their time at School. The evening began with a Chapel service, where the girls belted their favourite hymns and watched video messages from their teachers. After a drinks reception in the cloisters, the girls were treated to a formal dinner and evening of dancing in Big School. I would like to take this opportunity to wish the Shelburne Upper VI the very best of luck for their exams, and to thank them for their wide-reaching contributions to Shelburne during their time with us. We know they all have incredibly bright futures ahead of them and hope they keep in touch!

New beginnings

This half term, the Shelburne girls have enjoyed getting to know the Upper III pupils who will be joining us in September. The Lower IV met them for dinner in the Courtyard Café and for a barbecue on Midget Pitch, and Upper IV met them for a picnic supper before giving them a tour or the House. It was great to see the Upper III getting involved in Rounders too; a staple evening activity for us up in Daws Hill. The process of allocating the Upper III to a House Family will soon begin; a long-standing tradition that helps pupils to establish friendships that transcend their age, background and interests. Upon joining a Senior House, each pupil is connected to a lineage of girls that can be traced back many years. The most important of these family connections is the House Mother and House Daughter bond: a duo of pupils in consecutive school years. The House Mother acts as a friend and mentor to their ‘daughter’ in the year below and is there to support them throughout their time in the House.

Junior Spotlights

On Friday 10 May, several of the current Shelburne Fourth Form and incoming Upper III participated in the Junior Spotlights performance. They performed dances from a range of genres including ballet, modern, street and lyrical. Well done to Nelly, Mij, Penney, Aishnie, Anjola, Muji and Lydia on their fantastic performances, and also to Kate, Maya and Emily who supported with choreography, hair and make-up!


Earlier this term, Francesca and Frida were given the opportunity to sing with Big Band accompaniment in a recent concert. They raised the roof with their solo performances of I Will Survive by Gloria Gaynor, Ain’t Nobody by Chaka Khan, Lovely Day by Bill Withers and California Soul by Marlena Shaw. They also performed a selection of songs as part of the prestigious Phire Choir. Belle has been rehearsing hard with Junior Concert Band, who gave a fantastic performance of some popular hits at the Arts Soiree last week.

Cricket Success

After retaining the Commendation Shield at the end of the Spring Term, Shelburne’s winning streak continued with a triumph at the Inter-House Cricket Competition. Having secured a place in the Semi-Finals from their performances in weekly House Games sessions, Shelburne won convincingly against Barry in the Semi-Finals before beating Rubens in the Final. It was particularly great to see so many of our Fourth Form, the youngest girls in the House, representing us on the team. A huge congratulations to all involved: Emmy, Lexi, Nelly, Penney, Mij, Aishnie, Izzy, Zoe, Ava, Leila and Emily W. Thank you also to our amazing Sports Captain, Emily M, for all her hard work, organisation and encouragement she gives behind the scenes.


As ever, the Shelburne girls have continued to make waves in their co-curricular pursuits. Congratulations in particular to the following girls:

  • Nell has received a place in the National Youth Theatre for next year.
  • Ava and Zoe took part in the England Lacrosse Trials for their age group.
  • Veryan has achieved a place on a summer course at Texas University, run by NASA.
  • Selin has sat her Russian A Level.
  • The following Lower VI girls received leadership positions from the Sports Department:
    • Emily W was elected as School Sports Captain,
    • Emily M as Netball Captain,
    • Maya as Modern Dance Captain,
    • Anetta as Fencing Captain.


At the end of April, I was fortunate enough to participate in the London Marathon for the second consecutive year. It was amazing to be able to run the race with my Mum, but knowing that the girls were tracking me and sending me messages of encouragement was what spurred me on to a new personal best! Since the marathon, it has been really exciting to see more Shelburne girls going out for runs as a social activity with their friends, or using running as a way of winding down at the end of a long day. Taking time out to run definitely benefits my overall sense of wellbeing and enables me to achieve balance across my working week. Though running is certainly not for everyone, or indeed the only way to achieve this balance, I feel very grateful to be able to share an enthusiasm for this hobby with many of the girls in Shelburne.

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