Annual Report

Merriman House Report 2015-2016

Merriman House Captains -  Sanmarie & Claudia  (L6)

We think it’s safe to say Merriman has achieved a lot this year! The school year started with the House Art Competition, and many girls contributed their Art, DT, and Textiles work to create a unique display in which their creative talents were highlighted. Special thanks go to Merriman Art Prefect, Jess (U6) for all her hard work to create a stunning display. 

Merriman was also very pleased to be so successful in House Sports this year, including coming second in House Lacrosse (led by Izzy in Upper 6) and third in rounders and netball. The Middle School netballers also managed to secure a solid second place ranking. All of these events included all the girls coming out to support their friends in the sun and rain, allowing all girls to feel involved and proud of Merriman’s sporting successes. In the final term, for House Athletics all girls volunteered to take part in Sports Day. Once again with loud side-line support from the house, the athletes competed consistently well in all areas of both field and track events. Additionally, many girls participated in the House Swimming, in which everyone tried their best to achieve good results. 

The annual Merriman Christmas Fair was again full of buzzing Christmas songs and cheer, and this year we raised £1,500 for The Children Trust and The Teardrop Fund. 

The whole house contributed, with all year groups holding different stalls including cakes, sweets, Santa’s grotto, limbo and a highly-contested pillow fight! 

Our House Communion collection raised £418 for The Chapel Fund and Stepping Stones School.

House Drama in the Autumn Term was in full swing, our play this year being based on murder-mysteries. We were given the categories of Reverend Green, Geography and Bow Street. Our play was written by members of the U6 and was directed by Grace . The play had such a large cast and backstage team and all girls were involved and contributed to create a fabulous final performance. Also, in the Autumn Term Merriman house won the Wendy Griffiths Mathematical Challenge Award, which we were very proud of and this was largely helped by Candice (L6).

Public Speaking this year for Middle and Senior School was hugely successful and enjoyed by all. The Inter-house Public Speaking Competitions were a chance for people to step out of their comfort zone, with Merriman being named the overall winning house. House Gym was extraordinarily exciting due to the fact that all routines placed highly; cheer leading winning first place with Senior House Dance and Aerobics both placing second. The judges also all commented on Merriman girls’ smiley faces and contagious energy.
In House Singing this year, a versatile group of talent was displayed in all the musical instrument playing, singing and conducting. Our given house song was Beyond the Sea by Frank Sinatra and our chosen song being a Lion King medley. The house sang both songs enthusiastically and melodically, resulting in being awarded first prize overall! Our Music Prefect, Sophie , also won a special prize for her innovative rendition from The Lion King, both herself and Beatrice being praised endlessly by the house for their hard work and dedication.

Following all of these successes, we are very aware that Merriman as a whole house worked extremely hard in both their academic studies and extra-curricular pursuits, meaning the house achieved second place in the Work Cup.

Sadly, this year Merriman will be saying goodbye to Miss White who has shown lots of support and love for the house. Merriman is also sad to see our former House Captains, Hannah and Mica, leave and we are so grateful for their endless energy and loyalty to every single event. Merriman is now ready for the upcoming competitions, and the opportunities to grow as a house, with the new U3s, in what we hope will be another rewarding year.