House Saint: Robert Southwell SJ - click here to read more about St Robert Southwell
Head of House: Mr Van Der Hoeven
It's a testament to the success under Mr Jones and Mr Causton that Southwell House proudly sits as a three-time House of the Year champions. If success truly breeds success we are a House destined to continue this run into the future. The responsibility now falls upon me to ensure that all our talents within Southwell are utilised as we go forward in search of a fourth title in a row.
Our House name comes from the English Poet Robert Southwell and his story should act as a reminded to us about how he must overcome adversity to achieve our stated targets despite obstacles that confront us. I challenged you at our House Assembly to consider the profile of Robert Southwell and to make sure we do the name justice going forward. Southwell himself was arrested after six years of missionary work in England and was held in prison for more than three years, suffering severe deprivation. Finally, he was executed on 21st February 1595. His Feast Day is 1st December.
The focus this year as a House has to be about concerted excellence - demonstrating a ruthless streak to identify our personal strengths and when to step forward. At the same time, we should consider the strengths and talents that we know we have within Southwell to encourage friends to step forward and dominate competitions.
Our House Captain - Daniel Rios - is well aware of the responsibility he faces in his final year of study here at Wimbledon College. Having introduced himself at our House Assembly he has made his expectations clear for our cohort and we must act upon his words to give him the send-off his three years of service at Wimbledon College deserve.
House Captain: Daniel Rios
After nearly 6 years at the college it’s quite crazy to think that I’ve embarked on my final year at a school that has given me so much and has tested me in every way possible, be it physically through sport or mentally through work and exam seasons. I have travelled to places I never thought I would and made some of the greatest friendships that I will keep for life. High or low, Wimbledon College has given me so many experiences that I will hold close to my heart for the rest of my life, experiences that have had an effect on me and have shaped me into the person I am today and the person I will leave as come next summer.
I am extremely proud to have been named Southwell House Captain. I have always been extremely passionate when it comes to showing off this house in the best light possible, not to mention all of the house competitions, especially Sports Day! From the very first year, I’ve been inspired by senior students to get out of my comfort zone and push for excellence in whatever I do. I now call on all Southwell students to do just that and to go beyond. Do something that you’re not used to doing. The question shouldn’t be “Do I want do it?”. It is “How can I contribute to this?”. Let’s play to our strengths and strive for excellence in all that you do. We have won the House Championship for a few years in a row now and I am expecting only great things from everyone in the effort to retain our title once again!
We have a brilliant prefect team in Southwell, including the likes of Deputy Head Boy Darragh Murray, Aaron Williams-Fernandez and Elton Araunjo. Our house boasts having the most senior prefects out of all of the houses in the school for 2019/2020 and that is a testament to what these boys have contributed over the years for the college.
Finally, welcome to the boys in Y7 joining us this year. For you it is only the beginning of what will hopefully be the best years of your life and I wish you all the best. Likewise, for any external candidates joining us throughout the year groups, I wish you all the best in your studies and life here at the college!
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