Spring Term reflections

The second half of the Spring Term has been action packed with plenty to reflect on. From informal gatherings, to competitions, to getting to know our Junior House pupils, to celebrating new School Prefect roles, there has been plenty to enjoy in Butler!

Our first night after half term began with a pupil-led House family quiz. This event brought all the year groups together and taught House staff about what areas of pop-culture we need to brush-up on! Many thanks to Livi, our Quiz Rep, for organising a fun evening. 

Our House Council, consisting of the Form Rep from each year group suggested we get together for a House breakfast, something which had been enjoyed in the past. Pupils, House staff and Tutors shared breakfast together in the MSDR, again in House Family groups, which was an ideal way to start the day. It is simple events such as this which strengthen our community. 

Our Junior House pupils are getting excited to move up to their Senior Houses in September and events have begun to help them integrate with the current LIV and staff. We had a lot of laughs as we completed a photography challenge, getting shots in different places around school with the highlight for them being standing in front of our bright orange front door for the first time! 

The UIVs, LVs and I have enjoyed hot chocolate evenings together as a chance to wind down on a Wednesday evening and catch-up midweek. I really value these evenings together, chatting about events happening for their year group and discussing what’s instore for the future.  

School-wide this half-term has seen a multitude of themed events. Starting with RockSoc, organised by the Rock Society, the School hosted a joint social with Harrow School. The schools exchanged bands with the music ranging from well-known rock to bands performing their home-grown pieces with two of Butler’s own performing – Charlotte and Christine. A special mention must go to Christine who taught herself some drum beats in a matter of days but no-one would have ever suspected she was a novice!  

Another impressive performance saw three Butler House staff take to the stage for the charity Staff Strictly dance competition! Ms Flavin, Mr Stiglitz and Dr Dawber all took part and their many hours of rehearsals really showed on the dance floor. We are all proud of their efforts and energy as they helped to raise nearly £3,000 for our school charities. Miss Sunil who enjoys Bollywood dancing was hoping to perform but unfortunately a knee injury prevented this, so we look forward to a future performance at a later stage! 

Another interesting event recently involving Butler pupils was the School’s Equity, Diversity, and Inclusivity (EDI) Week. A highlight was the pupil-led Cultures Fair stalls which represented countries pupils had connections to, whether through family or simply strong personal interest. This was a brilliant evening which gave pupils time to represent and educate peers and staff about their culture and heritage. Neda looked fabulous dressed in her traditional clothing and shared personal items from Afghanistan. To end the week, MJ (EDI Rep) and Mia (Debating Rep) led ‘Courageous Conversations’, providing a unique safe space for the House to discuss topics outside the academic curriculum. 

We congratulate Liza (LVI) on being named a Deputy Head of School for the year ahead. This follows two outstanding terms as Head of House, a role she has confidently and competently grown into, and we all know that she will be a brilliant role model as she represents the School as part of the Head Girl Team. As Liza takes on this additional responsibility, we have appointed Martha-Jack to be Head of House for the Summer Term – well done MJ! 

The last week of term has been full of fun. We have enjoyed a House Outing to go bowling and have a Pizza Express supper which was a lovely and relaxed way to see in the remainder of the term, and it was a bonus to have all our Tutors with us. 

Many hours of rehearsals culminated in the annual House Singing competition where we performed Coldplay’s ‘Viva la Vida’. The girls sang wonderfully, and a range of orchestral instruments complimented the piece beautifully. Well done to Hannah, our House Conductor for making the arrangements and motivating the House through our evening rehearsals in the drawing room. It was special to return to the newly-renovated Big School for this annual event. The House were delighted to be announced as the winners for the second year in a row!

Butler competed in House Netball Funals (finals), an important date in the termly calendar. The orange ‘army’ was out in full force as a Butler team had qualified for each of the 1st, 2nd and 3rd House tiers! Netball was hotly contested on all three courts and every team made their league final. 1st and 2nd House lost in their finals but the 3rd House match against Wendover was exciting as it entered extra time – we fought hard to win the match with a golden goal!

Focus turned to lacrosse next and both 1st and 2nd House teams made their league finals. 2nd House were beaten by Rubens which spurred 1st House on even more to defeat Cloister in the final.

The hotly anticipated House Games results for the term were announced in Final Morning assembly and cheers echoed around Big School as Butler were announced as the overall champions! A special mention goes to Lara and Amelia (LVI) for their efforts as House Games Captains, making the team arrangements and keeping enthusiasm high – it all paid off!

Academic effort and progress was also recognised through gaining the highest average number of Commendations in the School per pupil and therefore winning the highly sought after Commendation Shield! This will sit proudly in the drawing room for the Summer Term.

It has been a spectacular term for the House with plenty of celebration in the final few days following competition success. The staff are extremely proud of every member of the House for their contribution and these results only happen when a community comes together. The strength of ours is certainly demonstrated here – well done everyone!

All that is left to say is to wish the Butler House community around the world a very happy Easter!  

With best wishes, 

Miss Lowther and the Butler House staff