We were delighted to close the first half of the Autumn Term in true St John’s tradition, with the finale of the hotly contested House Singing Competition. The School community came together in the Chapel on Friday 14 October to perform in the widely adored event.

Pupils have been enthusiastically learning lyrics (and dance moves) to their chosen songs since the beginning of the academic year, with buoyant rehearsals heard across the School during many break times! Pupils have spent time lots of time in house together, in the hopes of impress adjudicator Mr Simon Bland, Director of Music at Haileybury.

The competition began with the Part Song programme, which saw a select number of pupils from each house performing a song from the movies in acapella. The results of the Part Song saw Haslewood House with How Far I’ll Go (Auli’i Cravalho) in first place, followed by East House with Save Myself (Ed Sheeran) in second, and Gloucester House with Stay (Alessi Cara) in third place. The adjudicator Simon Bland remarked that he was impressed with the execution, rhythm, and togetherness of the performances.

Following the Part Song, each house then performed with all pupils. A huge amount of enthusiasm, creativity and house spirit went into each House Unison performance, including some fantastic dance moves and props. Rapturous applause ensued as the Unison winners were announced, with Surrey House delightedly taking first place with their rendition of Viva La Vida (Coldplay) followed by Haslewood House in second place with Troublemaker (Olly Murs) and Gloucester House in third place with Umbrella (Rihanna).

Lower School pupils performed in their houses and provided some highly enthusiastic and exciting performances. Mr Simon Bland adjudicated their performances, which all featured fantastic smiles, impressive dance moves and buoyant energy. After lengthy deliberation, Blue House took first place with their performance of What Makes You Beautiful (One Direction), followed by Purple House in second with Eye of The Tiger (Survivor).