McMillan win first House Competition to offer support for charity Crisis

The first House Competition of 2021/22 has been won by the Year 7-10 students from McMillan who delighted the judges with their thoughtful presentation about Crisis, a charity who supports the homeless, who will now become Immanuel College’s chosen charity for fundraising.

House Competitions take place throughout the year as Mr Tarr, Assistant Head (Christian Ethos) at Immanuel College, explained: “The House Competitions are days where we put into practice our Christian ethos’ of perseverance, character and hope. Today has gone really well. It’s been a long time since we have been able to do anything like this and the students have just got on with it like they haven’t been away.

“The children get the chance to step out of their comfort zones, stretch themselves, meet new people and practise leadership and other skills that you don’t get from exam results; but that employers and colleges want to see in our young people.” Mr Tarr continued.

“All of our students from Years 7-10 came together to take part. They were put into small groups and were then given the choice of two charities and they had to pick one. They competed against other groups in their House as they presented about their chosen charity and were then put through to the semi-final. Each Head of House then picked a winning group who had to present their ideas to the Headteacher Mr Pickles, Deputy Headteacher Mrs Doherty and Mr Gomez, our Christian Ethos Leader.”

The four students who formed the winning group from McMillan House were; Mason Clay from Year 7, Imogen Burke from Year 8, Maisie Bowers from Year 9 and Lewis Brown from Year 10.

Mason Clay, who only joined Immanuel College in September as a Year 7 student, said: “We chose to do a presentation on Crisis because they help the homeless and less fortunate people who need a house and a place to stay, so they can feel safe.”

Imogen Burke, who enjoyed taking part in the presentation, added: “I feel really proud of myself and all of us because it’s a big accomplishment for us.”

Head of House for McMillan, Mr Murphy, was delighted when his students were announced as the winning team. My Murphy said: “I am so proud of the students. They did a brilliant presentation and had clearly thought about everything they wanted to say and I am super-proud of all of them.”