For a great number of pupils, the highlight of the House calendar is always the very first event of the academic year: the Shells Olympics. Bathed in glorious September sunshine, the 2012 version did not break this tradition.
Our new pupils enjoyed a mix of sports activities, including welly throwing, hockey and football penalties, short relays and obstacle races against the clock. All these were superbly organised by our U6th House officials.
In his brief speech to the gathered parents and pupils, just before the results were announced at the end of the morning, Headmaster Mr John Watson said that this was just the first of many House events that our new Shells would enjoy over their time at Bablake.
The Headmaster also stressed that while competition would always be fierce (amongst the House Heads as much as the pupils perhaps), taking part was just as important as winning: a very suitable message from such a brilliant summer of Olympic and Paralympic sport.
Once the results were computed, we discovered results for the boys and girls matched each other exactly. There was a welcome win for Bayley, with Fairfax, Crow and Wheatley taking 2nd, 3rd and 4th places respectively.