Five weeks ago we welcomed the pioneer girls into The Oratory family, and what a lot has been happening since then. Wootten House has 47 girls across 4 year groups with thriving junior and middle school tutor groups. Our L6th girls have joined coed tutor groups with members from all our Houses, as is the school tradition. The girls have thrown themselves into the academic life of the school participating in every aspect of the curriculum from Languages and Art to Maths and the Sciences. The sports programme is flourishing with girls playing hockey, racquets, touch rugby and football as well as swimming, rowing and fitness. The weekly hockey bus to Wallingford Astroturf is fast becoming the nosiest and most ebullient part of the school! The girls have all partnered with a boys' house to participate in the Rose Bowl tournament and are proving real assets to their partner houses, racking up the points. Swimming is a particular strength of Wootten House, had our 3rd form entered the Rose Bowl under our own purple banner last week we would have been the top scoring house, we do like to set the standard!
In the Arts we have girls taking music and singing lessons to develop their talents. Girls have joined the music ensemble groups as well as the Schola and we have been proud to hear their voices raised in worship in the school chapel. The 1st and 2nd form are thoroughly enjoying their Monday night drama club, it is wonderful to see more and more names staying after supper in order to participate. Four 6th form girls have been cast in main parts in "The Importance of Being Earnest" with a further group working on costume and backstage. Nine 3rd form girls have secured roles in our first ever school musical "Bugsy Malone" and the house already rings with strains of Paul Williams' score!
The Wootten girls are also enjoying the activities on offer including CCF, Art club and the conservation society. We have watched with pride as girls have started serving in St Joseph's Chapel for Junior weekly Mass and 11 girls have stepped up to represent their peers on the student council.
Wootten is a happy house. Girls that met just five weeks ago are forging bonds to last a lifetime. The evidence is everywhere: no-one leaves the House alone, there have been nightly Facetimes with the girls arriving late due to quarantine so they would not feel isolated, cushion forts have been built in the common room that hold more girls than the laws of physics should allow! I wonder what we can achieve in another five weeks?