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House Teams

Our eight House Teams are named after influential Christians, who have inspired us.  Considered to be modern day saints, each of them exemplify our School Values and Steps to Awesomeness.  Each term, our House Teams meet together for Acts of Worship, reflecting on the good works of their 'modern day saint' and how they can transfer this to their everyday lives.

Liddell

Eric Liddell – Scottish athlete and missionary, he refused to take part in a race in the 1924 Olympics 100m race held on a Sunday because it was a day of rest; instead, he competed in the 400m race on a weekday in which he won gold. He spent much of his life in China as a missionary teacher, and chose not to leave as WW2 brought the invasion by Japanese soldiers. Staying at his post, he was captured and died in a concentration camp.

 

Seacole

Mary Seacole applied to be an army nurse in the Crimea war in 1854 but was refused. Undaunted, she funded her own trip to the Crimea by making and selling pickles. Once there, she established the British Hotel to provide 'a mess-table and comfortable quarters for sick and convalescent officers'. She also visited the battlefield, sometimes under fire, to nurse the wounded, and became known as 'Mother Seacole'. After the war, she returned to England destitute and in ill health. The press highlighted her plight and a benefit festival was organised to raise money for her, attracting thousands of people. Later that year, Seacole published her memoirs, 'The Wonderful Adventures of Mrs Seacole in Many Lands'. 

Pankhurst

Emmeline Pankhurst – campaigner for the right for women to vote. She lead the Women’s Social and Political Union that fought against the political parties that refused to allow women to vote; a famous leaflet of theirs illustrated that women could become a doctor, mayor, teacher or worker and yet not have the vote, while a man could be lunatic, a criminal or a drunkard and yet still be allowed to vote. During WW1, all of her campaigning was directed to the war effort, and died only weeks before women were given equal voting rights as men.

Cavell

Edith Cavell – a pioneer of nursing, she saved the lives of soldiers from both sides in WW1 without discrimination and helped some 200 Allied soldiers escape from German-occupied Belgium, for which she was arrested. She was accused of treason, found guilty by a court-martial and sentenced to death. Despite international pressure for mercy, she was shot by a German firing squad. She is well known for her statement that "patriotism is not enough, I must have no hate in my heart". Her strong Anglican beliefs propelled her to help all those who needed it, both German and Allied soldiers. She was quoted as saying, "I can’t stop while there are lives to be saved.

Equiano

Olaudah Equiano - In the 18th century, Olaudah was kidnapped from Africa and sent to the Caribbean as a slave. He was sold to a Royal Navy officer and sailed with him for 8 years, and was taught to read and write. He was sold again to a merchant and during these travels he traded on the side and earnt enough to buy his freedom. In 1786 in London, he became involved in the movement to abolish slavery. He was a prominent member of the 'Sons of Africa', a group of twelve black men who campaigned for abolition.

 

Wesley

John Wesley – co-founder of Methodism, he spent years travelling and preaching outdoors, helping to form and organise small Christian groups. Most importantly, he appointed ordinary people to travel and preach as he did and to care for these groups of people. Under Wesley's direction, Methodists became leaders in many social issues of the day, including prison reform and the abolition of slavery. By the end of his life, he was known as the ‘best loved man in England’.

 

 

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