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 …
What sort of activities and events do girls experience as part of Garry?
The first term usually includes the incomparably wild and whacky Fun Song, which immediately brings the girls together to design crazy costumes, create lively dance moves and practise a distinctively raucous sort of singing! As Christmas approaches we celebrate together and are engaged in some kind of competition which is also a charity fund-raiser, and in recent years this has taken the form of a Fashion Show. The pattern of a significant event each half term continues through the year, interspersed with a range of activities for which the girls can attempt to win valuable House Points. In the last term we have Sports Day, which will often make the difference to the result of the overall House Competition, and help decide final positions. To round off the year we take the girls on a House night out, for example to the bowling alley, or for a ‘here’s to the holidays’ pizza!
Why should girls be part of Garry?
It’s a great way to get to know girls from other year groups, and to forge new friendships. Amidst the busyness of life at QM, the House system ensures that all ages spend some specially allocated time integrating with one another. Every girl, regardless of which House she is attached to, is given plenty of opportunity to take part in a whole range of interesting activities and exciting events, with a huge emphasis on having fun. As the girls move up through the school, they may apply for an important leadership role, i.e. to be House Monitor, then ultimately, House Captains. However, whether or not they have a specific title, the sense of belonging to any of the Houses, including Garry, gives each girl a strong sense being a valued ‘team member’, within the School community.