Our primary objective is that all boys are happy within an environment which is relaxed but very purposeful. Academic work is the “core business” of all the boys and the emphasis is on hard work with the aim of fulfilling the different potentials the boys will have.

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e pride ourselves on our community and the House Spirit. We acknowledge that it is important for boys to feel more senior and “treated a bit differently” as they get older but are determined that the house is integrated in a vertical fashion as much as possible and that shell boys mingle comfortably with all other year groups and vice versa. We have senior mentors for all Shell boys, academic shepherds and vertical pastoral groups comprising a boy in each year group. This enables us to realise we are one House Community and are here to help each other. This recognition that older boys have a role in helping younger boys navigate through the paths they have followed has become one of the more striking recent developments in the House.

Effort is what is most valued and we pride ourselves on our effort in academic work, music, drama, sport, art, CCF, debating and many other areas. We enjoy the fun and challenge of inter-House competition and have had considerable success of late. In fact 2015/2016 proved an exceptional year and we won the overall Sports Trophy in both the senior and junior age groups, as well as making a very impressive contribution to leadership of the CCF, to music, debating and art.  We were pleased to celebrate excellence in many areas with one recent leaver representing GB in rowing at the Rio Olympics and a current pupil with a contract from Hampshire CC as one of the fastest bowlers in the country at U18. A recent Head of House plays cricket for MCC Schools and is recorded in the cricketers’ almanac, Wisden, as the country’s top run scorer at U18 with a highlight of a double century. Equally celebrated are those pupils who start their own band, do Gold D of E or write for pupil magazines.  We currently have two Choral Scholars – one of whom performed a solo from Don Giovani in the recent Choral spectacular.  Many excellent musicians are key members of the various school music ensembles – including half of the modern Jazz group.  Several boys have been involved in school productions as varied as Hamlet, Fame and West Side Story.

A word from the Head of House, Ben Hutchinson Kurczij

  • What’s your favourite activity as a House?

I would have to say the House dinners. The Kendall Christmas dinner is always everyone’s favourite. All the boys like to relax at the end of a long term and the Christmas dinner is a perfect way to do this.

  • What is the best thing about your HM?

Mr Waghorn is one of the most down to each teachers in the School. What makes him a good HM is that he respects all of the boys equally. His door is always open if you have any issues. He makes the House really chilled but also enforces a strong work ethic in academics and sports and helps ensure you achieve your potential.

  • What is the best treat or baked item that your Matron makes for you?

Amy is the best Matron any House could really ask for. She provides different foods everyday and of all different varieties. The best food she makes for us has to be all the hot food. Especially the chicken nuggets.

  • What’s the most popular in House activity?

As a House we do lots of activities. Every Thursday we do a waffle night which really brings the House together. A few times a term we have a games night consisting of different games in the House.

  • What do you do in House with the other year groups?

Being a Field side House it is really easy for the years to integrate. In the summer we sometimes play massive games of football just outside Kendall or when it’s cold in the winter we often get together to watch different programs in the Common Room.

STAFF

Housemaster: Philip Waghorn
Tutors: Tom Holdsworth (Assistant Housemaster)
David del Strother (Resident Tutor)
Anneli Rühle
Mark Sellen
Andrew Davis
Matthew Fletcher
Nick Coram-Wright
House Matron: Amy-Jane Millin
Head of House: Ben Hutchinson Kurczij
Deputy: Tom Glover
School Prefect: Tim Hohage

 

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