STORY HOUSE - House Colour White
Head of House – Mrs S Charge
Year 7 - Mr K Ellis
Year 8 - Mr M Bennett
Year 9 - Miss E Unitt
Year 10 - Mrs S Callaghan
Year 11 - Mr N Marshall
Year 12 & 13 - Mr S Collins
MAKE YOUR STORY WORTH REMEMBERING
In 1971, our House was made when the school grew from six forms of entry to eight! Story House is named after Bishop Story, 1477-1503, who build the Chichester Market Cross and founded Prebendal School. Our house is loving and caring, we’re like one big family!
The pupils’ time in Story House will stay with them, through overcoming obstacles of day to day life, making friends, celebrating, working together and having experiences they will never forget. We have tutors who are past pupils, who felt such a part of Story House during their time at Bishop Luffa that there was no other house that they could come back to – because Story House made their story worth remembering.
Our House charity is Dementia UK who provide specialist dementia support to families through their Admiral Nurse service. When things get challenging or difficult, their nurses work alongside people with dementia and their families: giving them the one-to-one support, expert guidance and practical solutions they need, and that can be hard to find elsewhere.
To raise money for our charity, we have many events through the year such as the Acholi Bead Sale, cake sales, Popsicle and ice cream sales.
STORY HOUSE 2020-2021
Year 7: 7 Story have shown a brilliant ability to adapt and succeed throughout the year. Despite the restrictions, they have embraced a range of enrichment activities including taking part in the House Drama competition, Fruition online Arts event, showcasing their musical compositions and vocal performances, and enjoying success in a range of inter-house sports, which have been well-led by sports reps Tegan and Adam. Tegan also led a fantastic effort taking part in World Culture Day in which most of the class got involved in decorating the door and leaning about the Philippines. Form Reps, Jenny and Seth, have worked hard throughout the year, as have Rick, Joe, Jennifer and Jessica, who have helped ensure excellent participation by the form in a range of worship and charity activities. It was good to see photos of the form in their elf outfits recently (from before Christmas) and to be able to enjoy a fantastic day together at the Andrew Simpson Watersports Centre at the end of term. 7 Story – you have come a long way already… Have a wonderful and well-deserved summer!
Year 8: Year 8 have had an exciting year despite Covid getting in the way! We kept ourselves busy in lockdown with plenty of kahoot quizzes and challenges such as learning how to juggle! Arran also raised lots of money for the incredible charity breast cancer now by shaving his head and Harry raised money for the local village school by running 5K! Since returning to school in March 8 Story have been busy - they had great fun participating in team building challenges with the Army. It was fabulous to see the contributions and determination of the tutor group at Sports day lead by our fantastic Sports Reps Isla, Harry and Arran where everyone participated in an event of some sort! 8 Story have worked incredibly well as a team this year, and with Story House, participating in House drama and supporting Charity Week and the Maths Suduko challenge alongside supporting the community! Well done!
On Friday 16th of July I was selected to play a T20 for Sussex U13s vs Middlesex (a T20 is when each side bats for 20 overs). Middlesex batted first and finished on 192-3 with 2 batsmen making more than 50. Our bowling wasn’t great with our best bowler taking just 2 wickets, mainly due to the quality of their batting. I wasn’t kept too busy as wicketkeeper but at least I only let through 1 bye. When I went in to bat we were about 100-7 and I finished 6 not out after batting for about 2 overs. But overall it was not a bad day as I got to spend it representing my county in a sport I love.
Year 9: In what has been a difficult year for all, 9 Story have shown that they can live by our school motto of “Always our Best because everyone matters”. This has resulted in students dressing up as Elves at Christmas or wearing blue and purple to help raise money and awareness for Dementia UK. They have united in many sporting activities helping Story to achieve one of its best results in the Bishop Luffa Games competition with only a gentle level of encouragement (nagging) from the Mrs Cs. Individually pupils have demonstrated a care for others from shopping for neighbours and completing odd jobs for elderly or vulnerable relatives to walking rescue dogs or helping the wider community by looking after the environment by clearing rubbish from the beaches. When the tutor group return in September, I am sure that they will continue to support each other ensuring that each wonderful individual can achieve their full potential and help Story House to be even greater than the sum of its parts.
Year 10: The thing that always make me think that 10 Story are such great group of people is the way they are there to help and support each other. In a time when kindness and thinking of others has been needed as never before. Whether it is someone stressing over a work; giving a presentation; struggling with a friendship or just feeling a bit down there is always someone who will take the time to help with a kind word or some practical advice.
10 Story have taken part with enthusiasm in the inter-house competitions, with several students taking on big parts in the inter-house drama. The boys football team came close to winning but as is the tradition in this country lost on penalties in the final. Cassie and Toby have done a magnificent job coordinating all the sports teams, and were cool and professional on sports day as they constantly had to reconfigure the team dues to injuries and absence.
The tutor is keen to support the house charity and look forward to being able to create their own charity event to raise money for Dementia UK next year. There is nobody in the tutor more enthusiastic in taking part in a charity event when there is an opportunity to dress up than Eddie. The highlight of the year was Eddie the human tree winning the fancy dress.
Year 11: It has been an absolute pleasure to witness the resilience and tenacity from the wonderful 11 Story, in what has been a tough year for many. From dressing up in their Bahamas colours, coming in as elves, and organising food bank parcels- 11 Story have all contributed to a variety of charity events and made a difference to the lives of others. It was wonderful to see so many put themselves forward for House Colours and be awarded these throughout the year, wearing them with pride. In addition, it was great to see them contributing to wider school life. The wonderful Lily Barkes was fantastic at teaching us the alphabet in sign language and Tom Minto and Amy Peters did a sterling job of leading the sporting teams throughout the year, as part of their attempt to win the House Cup. I will finish with a quote from Corinthians that I feel sums up 11 Story: “There is one body, but it has many parts. But all its many parts make up one body….” They all played their part and should be incredibly proud! I am confident all of 11 Story will go on to be successful at college and Sixth Form and I couldn’t be prouder of their achievements and positive attitude.
Year 12/13: The Sixth Formers had no tutor base for most of the year; the Year 12s only ‘returning’ to E1 in the summer term. Many thanks to Mr Bonney for letting us ‘camp’ in DT1 for tutor times! The Year 13s were most affected by there being no proper base, but they managed to do incredibly well, working hard at their A Levels and applying for their jobs, apprenticeships and university places.
It was wonderful to properly spend time with the year 12s on 2 July, when we conducted the Progress Reviews: what a great bunch you all are! As well as being incredibly organised in running the House Drama competition entry, 12 Story-ites have also been busy applying to the committee and for the School Captain posts. Finally, our very own Nathan Garda was playing some mean bass licks in the winning entry for the Battle of The Bands!
As a part of the school’s commitment to charities, we as a House chose to support Dementia UK. We decided to choose this due to the amount of pupil’s families who had either previously, or are currently being affected by Dementia.
Dementia UK, which provides specialist dementia support to families through its Admiral Nurse Service. When things get challenging or difficult, Dementia UK’s nurses work alongside people with dementia and their families, giving them the one-to-one support, expert guidance and practical solutions they need, and which can be hard to find elsewhere.
In 2020, we managed to raise just over £200, but this year, despite the ability to have typical charity events such as cake sales, we have raised an impressive £1,000! This has been achieved through two dress-up days – one in which Storians encouraged the whole school to wear blue or purple (Dementia UK’s colours), and our festive event in which many pupils and staff transformed themselves into elves!
We hope to build on this success next year, by not only holding these events, but adding more to raise as much money as we can for this worthy cause.
As a part of the school’s commitment to charities, we as a House chose to support Dementia UK, we decided to choose this due to the amount of pupil’s families who had either previously or are currently being affected by Dementia.
Dementia UK who provide specialist dementia support to families through their Admiral Nurse Service. When things get challenging or difficult, their nurse’s work alongside people with dementia and their families: Giving them the one-to-one support, expert guidance and practical solutions, they need, and that can be hard to find elsewhere.
Last year we managed to raise just over £200, but this year, despite the ability to have typical charity events such as cake sales, we have raised an impressive £1000! This has been achieved through two dress up days – one in which Storians encouraged the whole school to wear blue or purple (Dementia UK’s colours) and our festive event in which many students and staff transformed themselves into elves! We hope to build on this success next year by not only holding these events, but adding more to raise as much as we can for this worthy cause.
House Drama: There is no event that brings students of all different year groups within the House closer together than House Drama. Acting relies heavily on trust; you must trust that your scene partners know their lines and that everyone will be in the right place at the right time – it is from that trust that friendships are born. Students from Year 7 right up to Year 10 have the opportunity to audition for a part in their House’s play, which is directed by the Year 12 Sixth Formers. Towards the end of the year, each House performed their play to the rest of the school in the Inter-House Drama Competition.
Moving into the Sixth Form: Being a part of the Sixth Form in Story House definitely feels like a family. Form meetings are the only time we need to see one another, however members of the form regularly meet up and chat together in the common room, to catch up, socialise or even help with homework and lesson notes. The students who have been together since Year 7 are always on hand to help each other out and discuss anything from lessons to previous memories, whilst also being an inclusive and friendly environment for new students to make friends and feel comfortable! Sixth Form means we get a lot more independence, and this is amazing for preparation for Uni life, but also for making good friendships and connections to get us through exam season... There have also been lots of events to get involved with, such as House Drama, Sports Day and charity events like dress up days- which we take very seriously in the Sixth Form!
It’s a great and fun environment to be in, which balances working hard with having fun and socialising with friends, even during the pandemic this year we have been able to adapt and carry on to the best of our ability.
There are also lots of opportunities for students to be involved with the lower school, international events, and the sixth form committee, which has a large amount of roles for students with varied talents. The Sixth Form, especially as part of Story House, is a friendly and vibrant place to learn, and has been so much fun to be a part of.