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learning through to the humanisation of villains in film and media – to narrowly come second. The senior hockey team had a core group around Jack Satterthwaite, Liam Alexander, Tom Clarke and Tim Gould, who controlled each of their matches and were able to find enough goals to also reach the final, where we came unstuck against a team with similar tactics full of 1st XI players. The final senior competition was futsal, where Charlie Owens needed to score in the final 30 seconds to tie the march and then Caleb Manson needed to score a penalty just to take us past the first round. From there, we had Angus Hammett score to ease us through the semi-final, before we were outplayed in a drama-ridden final match. Junior interhouse competitions The junior interhouse teams had a harder time getting past the early rounds to make it through to the semi-finals. We were beaten in tennis, yet everything else seemed to be close matches with a few points separating the teams. In volleyball we had the sets 1–1, but could not gain the edge in the third set, whereas in hockey we ended the match 2–3, with a number of chances taking it into extra time, but we could not convert. In both basketball and futsal we did take it through to extra time. After one win in the preliminary round for basketball, George Howard scored a three point shot to tie the match in the following round. In extra time we could not repeat the effort, however, and lost by two points. The futsal competition went straight to penalty shoot-out after the teams were locked 0–0 at fulltime. Our scoring in the penalties replicated the scoring in the match, where we could not put one into the goal. The cricket team did reach the semi- final on the back of 55 not out by Alex Stead in the first match. In the semi- final he was out in the first over, which made the task too hard for the rest of the team. From that team, only two others had played cricket before, so it reflected the commitment that the juniors had for the House to come from other sports to help out. The junior debating team of William Law, Duncan Fletcher, Matthew Flint and James

Burt, arguing that we would be going vegetarian, did get through to the semi-final, which was a huge effort on their behalf. The last interhouse competition was during Junior Round Square Day, and our handball team came away with the win after defeating Rolleston House 5–0 in the final. Having no one in the House who actually knew how to play did not seem to stop the team. George Grace started the scoring with a reverse handed, water polo style shot into the top corner. Duncan Fletcher and George then saved a number of shots by the opposition, while Armani Lemalu, George Howard and Finlay Sharpe kept the score ticking over to give us a 4–0 lead at half-time. Everyone worked hard on defence through the second half, which allowed us to throw the long ball to Jack Kennedy and Matthew Flint around the circle for shots on goal. It was great to have players willing to be involved and also the support of others in the House at each of the events throughout the year. In conclusion, I would like to thank our parent community for the support they give to Somes House and, in particular, the support they give to their sons – by working together, they will become great young men. Finally, thanks to Charlie Chubb and Charlie Owens, as well as all of the Year 13 students, for their outstanding efforts during 2020. It has been a very different year that has required a lot of versatility and resilience. It has still been busy and it has still been a successful year, something they can look back upon and take a lot of pride in.

and the House Plays Festival. The clay target shoot team of Cormac Dods, George Nehoff, Harry Trolove, Maurice Gillard and Henry Lassen were out to defend the title from 2019. In the teams event, our combined total from the top four scores was 166 from 180. This gave us first place in the Interhouse Shield. In the Flower’s House Cup for best points score, Henry and George had to do a shoot-off, with the final result being a win for Henry and George in 2nd place. In the Headmaster’s Cup (combined single rise plus points score) Henry and Harry Trolove were both 2nd equal, one point behind the winner. There were some necessary changes made to the 2020 House Plays Festival due to Covid-19, with less preparation time, shorter plays and smaller casts to ensure the show could go on. The Somes House play, The Waiting Game , was directed by Charlie Owens and Ethan Manera, with a cast including Jack Belcher, Charlie Chubb, George Hudson, Seb Hudson, Eric Kuo, William Law and Angad Vraich, as well as Charlie and Ethan. After 21 years, they can be pleased to have finally broken the House play drought, winning the Tothill Cup for the first time. Senior interhouse competitions The senior interhouse events were always competed for strongly, with us reaching a number of finals, but never quite being able to get the win. The volleyball competition was the only one where we were unable to move past the first round, with each of the others reaching the semi-final stage or the final. Cameron McCarthy, Tom Clarke and Jacob Clements took our basketballers to the semi-final, while Caleb Manson and James Luxon nearly took the cricket team into the final, and the tennis team came up against the top tennis players in their semi-final match. For the events where we made the final, our debating team of Angad Vraich, Charlie Owens, Jack Belcher and James Currie, completed a series of four excellent and entertaining debates – ranging from full-time online

All the best.

Craig Aitken Housemaster, Somes House

HOUSE PRIZE-GIVING ACADEMIC COLOURS Somes House Academic Colours recognise the consistency of a student over a number of years, derived from interim progress report grades and merit cards, through to prizes and external examination results.


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