By: B. Zarzur and H. Prado
Last term, there were many house events which brought out the different sides of Windsor, Tudor and Stuart. These included competitions related to sports, literature, music and more! Here is an overview of what has happened so far:
The first major event happened in early October. The Lion Mode run collected a lot funds for charity by selling t-shirts, and was extremely successful in many aspects; The house spirit and participation level clearly reflected this. In total, Tudor accumulated 1170 points, Stuart earned 1250 and Windsor obtained 1440, making it the winner of the event.
Next, the Mamma-Mia themed House Shout challenged all the houses. There were long rehearsals, continuous singing and lots of choreographing. Despite the huge effort, the event was very exciting, and all the preparations were worth it. Windsor performed "Waterloo" they used masks to look like the Mamma-Mia cast and changed the lyrics to entertain the audience. Stuart performed "Dancing Queen", created a video with their mascot in it and sang along to the lyrics, all whilst handling balloons on the stage. Tudor sang loudly to "Mamma Mia" place with 1556 points, Stuart in second with 1615 and Tudor in first with 1788; varying immensely from last year's results, where the sharks took the cup.
Lastly, the Sports Day event was the real tie breaker, as all the houses were all neck to neck. Due to the sports day, Windsor acquired 774 points, whereas Stuart won 549 and Tudor got 511. The points were earned based on 1st , 2nd and 3rd places per activity as well as the Victrix Lodorum and other prizes earned per house. Three Tudor pupils and three Windsor pupils won individual prizes, but Stuart made most of their points as a group.
There have also been "smaller" events in the academic year. Some of these include the reading week competitions, in which designing a book cover and writing a short story based on a theme were the main ones. The book cover design winners were all Tudor, whilst the winners for the short story competition were only pupils belonging to Stuart or Windsor house. As importantly, participants of Brazilian Maths Olympiad (OBMEP) contributed to points for their houses depending if they won bronze, silver or gold medals.
The current scores demonstrate that Windsor is in the lead with 9767 points, followed by Stuart with 9497 and Tudor with 9469. These points might show some difference between one house and the other, but there are still many opportunities to gain points: such as the rubric's cube competition, Semana da Cultura Brasileira, green week, the school festival, enrichment activities, subject competitions and sports activities. Therefore, there is nothing concrete about who is going to win this year's competition, but if all houses try their best, they each have a big chance at winning.