Published on: 13 August 2020

After getting off to a delayed start this year due to Covid-19 the House Arts Competition has come to its conclusion after an exhilaratingly close finish.

Over the last three months each House has been battling it in three categories (Chess, Debating and Public Speaking) to determine who will be crowned the winner of the 2020 House Arts Competition. The final round saw a different house win in each category in what was a neck and neck struggle for first place overall.

This year’s Chess tournament featured an expanded number of 27 competitors with many boys making their debut, however it was the boys from Jupp House that proved themselves victorious in the tournament.

In the Debating category competitors from each House were asked to debate the topic ‘Australia’s foreign aid should be significantly reduced’ with Queenslea House taking out the win after making the most convincing argument in the affirmative.

In the Public Speaking portion, the Preparatory School speakers prepared speeches on ‘Persistence – a wonderful virtue’ and the Senior School boys spoke to ‘Privacy doesn’t exist on social media’. In the end it was Romsey House that claimed victory in this category.

At the end of the day it was clear that consistency was key as Hill House were crowned the winners of the House Arts Competition after accumulating more points than the other Houses, despite not coming first in any one event.

Director of Activities Neil Saggers said the House and Performing Arts Trophies, part of the overall Beatty Cup House competition, gave the boys an opportunity to observe and engage in Arts activities.

“The House Arts Competition gives boys a chance to ‘have a go’ at House level before participating in the broader inter-school opportunities that exist,” Mr Saggers said.

The House Arts Competition leads onto the Teams Carnival event which takes place during Week 8 of Term 3.