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Etheldreda House

Welcome to Etheldreda House

Just like that, a whole term is done and I am so excited to share with you everything that has been happening in Etheldreda House.

I forgot to mention in my first newsletter that this year Etheldreda have launched a new way of recognising student success. Each week staff can nominate students for any kind of achievement that may be personal to that particular student. For example, for some students it may be competing in a sporting competition, for others it might be raising money for a charity or showing an act of kindness that is above and beyond. Each student nominated receives 5 'above and beyond' points as a way of recognising what have achieved and encouraging them to share their achievements with us. Then each week two students are selected as the winners. These students receive a certificate and get to choose from a variety of different prizes, for example skipping the lunch queue for 1 week. This provides us with an opportunity to praise the positive. A big congratulations to all of our 26 winners so far.

Below is a list of what Etheldreda students have been up to over the last term:

George Edwards (E-DBA) got himself involved in the setting up and running a 2nd hand book stall during lunchtimes and at the Christmas market which helped raise £84.50 to buy new books for our learning resource centre.

Each year Holly Nineham (E-PSA) organises an event in order to raise money for Children in Need. This year she did a bake sale and successfully raised over £40 to help those less fortunate than many. Well done Holly.

Kathleen Crook (BCR) sang at the Albert Hall the weekend of the 7th December in the Ely Youth Choir.

Ollie Holmes (E-MHA) cycled 20 miles at the start of this term to raise money to provide care for those suffering with dementia. This is a charity close to Ollie’s heart.

Kyle Moss (E-MHA) has been given a drama prefect role through his hard work with lighting and supporting GCSE students.

Meagan Allen (E-DBA) has designed a spectacular poster in preparation for our charities day on the 19th December. A very talented artist.

William Grant (E-AFI) secured the role of ‘Scrounge’ for scene 3 in the Christmas production through audition.

Carlos Diaz-Meco (E-KST) got invited to take part in the UK Kuk Sool Won Martial Arts championships in Liverpool on 29th and 30th November. In Carlos’ age group and belt category he managed to get a 4th place medal in sparring and Kuk Sool Won Ely as a club came 5th out of 55. Well done this is a fantastic achievement following all of your hard work to get there.

Nola Guy (E-ECH) is the Year 9 winner for the Winter Wonderland inter-house art competition. Well done, what a fantastic piece of art. In addition, Nola Guy, Katherine Swain (E-LED) and Edie Ward (E-DBA) also submitted excellent Christmas card designs as part of the inter-house competition and was recognised as outstanding. Well done to all that participated in the competition.

Sam Donelan (E-BCR) has continued to develop his talented interest in photography and I thought it would be lovely to share one of my favourites with you.

We have also had our first gold PLEDGES award this year. A huge congratulations to Kara Norman (E-RSW) who has worked hard to achieve her gold in each category.

On 10th and 12th December, we had around 20 students representing Etheldreda House at the 3rd sport inter-house competition of the year which was badminton. As always Etheldreda had a complete team representing the House and performing with excellence which meant we were able to secure 1st place overall. A massive well done to all that got involved.

Some fantastic achievements across the whole of Etheldreda this term and as always there will be lots that I have not mentioned due to not being aware of these, so please do continue to share these with me.

Etheldreda have also kicked off their first, of many, fundraising events of the academic year with ‘Movie Time’.  On 11th, 12th and 13th December, Etheldreda students and staff created a cinema atmosphere in our main hall by showing ‘Elf’ - the Christmas movie and selling popcorn, sweets, crisps and cakes. I was, once again, overwhelmed by the tremendous efforts of all of our students and the generosity of all the items donated to support the event. I would like to take this opportunity to thank any families that helped support through donations, any staff that volunteered to help run the event through their lunch time and of course any students who organised and run the 3-day movie time experience. A special thanks to Mrs Winters for supervising the event and supporting the students. Finally, a recognition and thank you needs to go to some key students who have been actively planning this event for weeks, promoting it in assemblies and form times and giving up their free time to make sure that it was a success: Chelsea Hirst (E-SBY), Jess Staines (E-LED), Makenzie Hanslip (E-LED), Weronika Dabrowska (E-KST), Zofia  Szczygiel (E-VCO), James Barrett (E-PSA) and Ellie Shepherd (E-RSW). Your hard work definitely didn’t go unnoticed. The event was a huge success in raising a whopping £173. All money raised will go towards our House charity Spectrum Cambridge to continue to support families and providing opportunities for those with disabilities.

I look forward to sharing with you the totals from our charities day being held on 19th December once they have all been calculated in the new year.

From all of us in Etheldreda House, we wish all of our families a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!


Mr J. Coe

Head of House – Etheldreda

Miss Gemma Bays

Senior Tutor – Etheldreda​​​​​​

Mrs J Winters

Student Support Assistant – Etheldreda


     Saint Etheldreda – An East Anglian princess. Married for political reasons to the     King of Northumberland, she preferred a religious life.
She founded a monastery at Ely in 673, and was its first Abbess.
Her shrine at the Cathedral was a pilgrimage site for centuries.

Key Contacts for Etheldreda House

House Office call: 01353 652873

House email:

Student Support Assistant – Jean Winters

Senior Tutor – Gemma Bays

Head of House - Jason Coe

Curriculum Leader PE – Jason Coe

Subject Leader Art – Lisa Edwards

Curriculum Leader Technology – Victoria Collins

Subject Leader ICT – Toyin Adegoke