Butler’s Spring Clean

What another brilliant start to the term it has been for Butler. The calendar has been filled with plenty of enriching opportunities, and the girls have been thoroughly enjoying the start of a new year.

We danced our way into January with the first Closed Weekend of 2024; everyone dusted off their disco shoes and channelled Saturday Night Fever at the Silent Disco. It’s hard to know what brought more excitement – the ice cream bar, the chocolate fountain, or the DJ’s channel dedicated to an hour of Taylor Swift’s songs! Then we were amazed by the talents displayed at the Senior Dance Show on the Sunday. Well done to Maddy and Suzette who performed so beautifully.

We enjoyed Mrs Duncan’s visit to Butler. She brought us a gift of Wycombe Abbey Monopoly and we have been playing most evenings since. Team Butler are slightly outraged that Butler House is not the prime real estate on the board, but they’ll be working on bumping it up the property ladder for the next edition.

Lara, Sofia, Riana, Charlotte and Neda took part in this year’s WASAMUN, and they were fantastic. Delegates debated alongside pupils from 14 guests schools, and represented their country discussing topics such as the role of social media in conflict, the Uyghur Crisis, and the mobilisation of financial resources in accordance with the seventeen Sustainable Development Goals. Ahana did a wonderful job chairing the Human Rights Committee, and she also spoke at the Closing Ceremony as the keynote guest talking about her charity, Saathi.

Spirt Week provided lots of fun opportunities for the community to come together and share so many things that make Wycombe Abbey such a wonderful home. Butler’s school value was ‘Balance’ for The Big Draw, and the everyone chipped in to decorate the canvas together in Big School. The girls wrote letters to thank the teams who look after us so well, including the catering staff, grounds staff, and maintenance staff, and they also invited teachers for lunch to show their appreciation. The Butler LIV had a special mention in Big School for winning the Community Quiz, and the whole of Butler won the House video competition. Well done to Lara for organising it so well!

The new term also brought some excellent new year’s gifts to House: Miss Guest, Miss Killow, and Nacho Night!

Miss Guest joins us as our new Resident Tutor and she is loving spending time with everyone as she settles into Butler.

Miss Killow joins Butler as our House Tutor, and she has been treating the girls to some Australian delicacies on a Thursday evening. Baking the mini pavlovas was a real hit, whereas the vegemite night divided opinion somewhat. We can’t wait to see what surprises she has up her sleeve for next half term.

Nacho Night is a new addition to Wednesday nights and is going down a storm. Cheesy nachos with homemade salsa, fresh avocado, and Mexican party music – what’s not to love?!

The members of the House have also been invited to take part in Detox Hour, and dedicating time each evening to unplug and unwind. Next half term the UV will be running activities for the rest of the House, encouraging everyone to put down the screens and instead enjoy some time together to relax before bed. We look forward to seeing what the UV have in store.

Next half term we have even more to look forward to, and with the promising glimmer of brighter mornings and warmer evenings just on the horizon, I know our Butler home is going to feel lovely and spring-like in the weeks to come.

I wish all the Butler girls a relaxing Long Leave, and hope that you all enjoy a refreshing break. Over the week, be sure to find time to get outside, to read something you love, and to spend time catching up with your loved ones.

We will look forward to welcoming you back soon.

With best wishes,

Miss Monteil and the Butler House Team