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WASCZ Kindergarten Sorting Ceremony

School News November 23, 2023
WASCZ Kindergarten Sorting Ceremony

The name "Harry Potter" is like a magic key that opens the door to our children's imaginations. If your child has seen Harry Potter, has a vision for magic, and a spirit of adventure and exploration, then you should not miss our Kindergarten House Sorting Ceremony.

The sorting ceremony’s purpose is to let the children wear the sorting hat and to have the sorting hat judge which House the children should be placed in for study and life. On Wednesday 01 November 2023, the first sorting hat ceremony of Wycombe Abbey Kindergarten was held. Our Headmaster, Dr Paul Silverwood, gave the opening speech.

The children invited their families to witness this special occasion.

In his speech the Headmaster noted that the House system brings together children of all ages, like a family, supporting each other, giving a sense of belonging, and providing continuity in our community.

The children will earn House Points through competitions, excellent work, and acts of kindness towards others. And they will represent their House on many occasions through physical, creative, and technical activities and in performances.

The Sorting hat is a very worn, patched, and dirty pointed wizard's hat, but it is not to be underestimated, it is full of magic, intelligence and thought, which is used to see what talents each student has and place each child into the right House.

Austen, Blyton, Cavell, Dove, Blake, Elgar, Hawking, Newton. Eight houses, 4 for boys and 4 for girls.

The children listened carefully when their names were called, their hearts raced and they were excited and nervous, but it didn't matter, because this is not a test, we don't need to be too serious, we need to go through this ritual, know the name of their House, learn to love their House, and try to get points for their house.

The children took to the stage, and students representing each House from the Lower School and Upper School passed the wisdom of the college cap to the children and welcomed them to the respective House with open arms. The proud little faces of the children were full of big smiles, and they carefully passed the sorting hat to the members of their House on stage.

truly cohesive environment, ensuring that age is not a barrier to friendship and collaboration and fostering a sense of belonging and community within the Houses, and across the whole Wycombe Abbey. So that our youngest children can be better integrated into the school and have more opportunities to enjoy fun competitions.

Childhood is limited, we must give children a special experience and the sorting ceremony is a wonderful opportunity to ignite their new experiences, allow them to be forever curious and explore the world with the House family together.

Be proud of your House and support your team!

Each House has its own colour and logo. And each house is named after a famous British woman or man, who achieved great things, often after overcoming difficulties.

Austen (Blue)

Jane Austen was a famous novelist who wrote books including ‘Sense and Sensibility’, ‘Pride and Prejudice’, ‘Mansfield Park’ and ‘Emma’. Her works were fictional tales of caution and convention expected of young women who had a whole lot more to offer society.

Blyton (Turquoise)

Enid Blyton was a children’s author who wrote fantasy and adventure stories. ‘The Famous Five’, ‘The Secret Seven’, “The Faraway Tree’ and ‘Noddy’ are perhaps her most memorable series. She said that to go on a long walk outdoors gave her the inspiration for her creative writing... and with over 700 books to her name, who can argue!

Cavell (Red)

Edith Louise Cavell was a nurse who became a popular heroine in the First World War, not only for improving nursing and field-hospital provision and care for many soldiers and civilians, but also for enabling those who lost their homes through the war to escape. She was captured by the enemy and died trying to help others.

Dove (White)

Dame Jane Frances Dove was a women’s right campaigner and pioneer for girls' education. One of the first women to attend the University of Cambridge, she became the founder of Wycombe Abbey School in the UK.

Blake (Black)

Poet, painter, engraver, and visionary, William Blake worked to bring about a change both in society and in the minds of men. At 21 years old he was a member of the Royal Academy of Arts in London, and his poems and artwork had a profound effect on the lives and attitudes of many. Blake challenged us in his writings. He said: ‘In the universe there are things that are known and things that are unknown, and in between there are doors for us to find.’

Elgar (Bergundy)

Edward Elgar is perhaps England’s most famous composer of music His works are characterised by bold tunes, striking colour effects, and mastery of large forms. He stimulated a much-needed renaissance of English music and inspired a nation.

Hawking (Pink)

Stephen Hawking is one of the most famous scientists of all time. A professor of physics and mathematics at the University of Cambridge, his work on relativity, black holes and the ‘big bang theory’ were ground breaking. Despite having an incurable progressive disease that confined him to a wheelchair and removed his speech, Stephen, continued his work on thermodynamics and quantum mechanics and wrote the bestselling popular science books ‘A brief history of time’ and ‘The universe in a nutshell’.

Newton (Green)

Isaac Newton was what we would call a polymath – someone intellectually capable of excelling in any field. He was a historian, a physicist, a mathematician, and a writer. He served as President of the Royal Society in London and was Master of England’s Royal Mint, that designs, controls and produces money. But he is best known for his theory of gravity, laws of motion, and development of mathematical calculus. He was a genius and scholar.

The Headmaster challenged the new recruits: ‘Today, children, you will join the ranks of one of these famous Houses. A family and team within our school. And we hope that you too will want to be writers, scholars, scientists, musicians, artists, and reformers. We want you to be inspired by these role models but become the authors of your own destinies.’

Albus Dumbledore, the Headmaster of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry famously said: ‘Our choices are far more important than our abilities.’

So don’t ever be jealous of what others can do. Always focus on making the right choices – how to behave, how to work hard and how to contribute to your House.