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Duncan

What’s it like being a part of Duncan House?

House activities at Queen Margaret’s are fun and unique, and Duncan is no exception. Houses are great outlets as they are not attached to the academic side of QM in any way except the rewards the girls receive for exceptional work. House meetings take place on Friday evenings after all lessons have been completed; the activities are designed to encourage and promote integration and give the girls an outlet for excelling at something different together. There are several well-loved events throughout the School year providing girls with an opportunity to try new things without the pressure to be the best: it’s all about having fun and working together as a team. We communicate with the girls regularly through a series of meetings and emails but best of all we have our very colourful House boards in the Dining Hall.

What sort of activities and events do girls experience as part of Duncan?  

We have several events, the most popular being Fun Song during the Michaelmas Term. We use this event to help ease new girls into what QM and the House system is all about. We always start by selecting a great song and then try our best to sing it and perform our best dance routines, all while wearing fabulous costumes. In the Lent Term, we take a calmer approach and take part in Soft Song, a more choral choice.

This event is often acoustic and allows girls with musical talent to step forward; it is a great way of encouraging girls to have a go. In the Easter Term we have Sport Day, a huge House event with lots of House points up for grabs. Throughout the year, we also have House dinners, House MasterChef, House sports, House drama, Art competitions and even a Fashion Show. Most recently we have started the House Carousel, a rotation of six activities over a series of weeks ending with a victorious House.

At the end of every term, the House with the most House points is rewarded with a House breakfast before heading home for the holidays.

Why should girls be part of Duncan?

The House system is priceless at Queen Margaret’s. it promotes a sense of family among the girls who live in horizontal boarding houses.

For most, this is the only interaction the girls have with other age groups on such a regular basis. The girls are able to form friendships they would not normally have while the element of competition really brings everyone together. Every House is unique and has its own identity; while Duncan used to be known for not winning many competitions, over the past few years we have clinched several important titles and are now known as the fun loving family.

It’s safe to say all Duncanette’s are happy and proud to wear pink!

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    Soft Song 2017

    Soft Song is the antithesis of Fun Song. Of course, that is not to say that it isn’t fun, rather that the criteria of the competition are about the quality of singing and communication. There is not a year that goes by where the girls do not exceed my expectations (to quote a well-loved School

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    Food glorious food!

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  • Duncan in Senior Masterchef

    This Sunday, twelve budding chefs took to the kitchens to participate in the school’s annual Senior House Masterchef.  The competition consists of each house planning, preparing, cooking and serving a two course meal for two people. We were given two and a half hours preparation time knowing that marks would be awarded for overall presentation, the

  • Duncan Wins Revive Fashion Show Competition!

    Congratulations to Duncan who won the Charity Fashion Show Competition n Friday 9th December with their ten minute take on Walk on the Wild Side. The judges were impressed with the House’s full use of the stage and their strong theme, in particular they liked the lace eye masks and the consistency throughout.

  • Duncan Win Best Starter at Middle School Masterchef

    On Sunday 11th March, 6 pairs of competitors from each house took part in the annual Year III & IV Inter-house Masterchef competition. After an incident of confusion with times; everyone got off to a good start (apart from Pitlochry) and everything went well with the preparation of the food with every pair getting their

  • Duncan, School & QM Hall’s End of Term Feast

    In Friday 22nd June girls and staff from School, QM Hall and Duncan came together for an evening of indulgence. To celebrate the nearing end of term the three Houses gathered in the Dining Hall to feast on a delicious take away banquet from Sang Thai restaurant in Escrick. And feast they did as, rumour