Annual Report

Merriman House Report 2017-201

Merriman House Captains -  Emily & Phoebe (L6)

Once again Merriman has had a successful year, and we would like to congratulate everyone on both their individual and group achievements. Congratulation go to the Merriman Middle School Netball Team for starting off the year with a win: we continued are sporting success with the senior lacrosse team coming 3rd overall. In addition to this Emilie (U5) was selected to represent Scotland in the Lacrosse Home Internationals, while Jess (L5) was selected for Elite Satellite Training at Surrey Netball.

In the Spring Term, many girls enjoyed participating in the inter-house Gym Competition, with particular congratulations to Ellie (U4) for winning Gymnast of the Year for her performance in the trio. Gymnastic success continued with Daniella (U3) coming first overall in South East Gymnastics Championships. In the Summer Term, Merriman achieved second place in Senior House Tennis with the help of Lottie (L4) who went on to win three U14s and an U18 tournament. 

Merriman enjoyed performing our house play based on a folk song, with every member of the house was involved through either acting, tech, scenery or music. Cat and Sasha received an award for best script, whilst the tech and scenery crew won Most Creative Design.  Everyone got involved again for our renditions of Hallelujah and River Deep - Mountain High which was enjoyed by all thanks to Helena and Tash’s hard work composing and conducting. Emily (U5) put together a beautiful art display showcasing the artistic talent of Merriman. Congratulations to all whose art was chosen in particular to Amelia (L5) for winning the Middle School House Art prize. Well done to those who took part in Public Speaking, especially to Icy (U4) who won Best Speaker in Middle School; the team was helped out by Jess (L5) who broke to Finals Day for the International Youth Debates held at Oxford University. 
The annual Merriman fair was greatly enjoyed by all, with money being raised for Look Good Feel Good, Save the Children and the Motor Neurone Disease Association. We were also able to support Shooting Star Chase through the generous donations received at House Communion. Overall this year we raised £2005.15.

We feel very proud that this year saw another Merriman girl fill the position of Head Girl, so congratulations go to Izumi. In addition to this, we saw former Merriman girl Abike Looi-Somoye present prizes at Speech Day 2018 having been named as Industrial Cadet of the Year, an incredible achievement having only left St Cat’s 4 years ago. Also at Speech Day, Sasha (U5) was awarded the Oulton Cup for Making a Difference. Merriman were very proud to receive the overall Consistency Cup which shows the hard work and board range of talent within the house; we are very proud of you all. 

Finally, we would like to say a massive “thank you” to the last year’s House Captains, Cat and Sasha, for their ongoing and enthusiastic commitment to the house and their never-ending support for the younger year groups.