PUBLISHED 18 June 2022
Mid-June heralded the welcome reappearance of a long-standing feature in the AKS House competition calendar: Year 9 Hardspell. Gawthorpe faced-off against Rufford in one semi-final duel, whilst Samlesbury confronted Leighton in the other; fierce orthographical frenzy then generated a final pairing of Rufford and Samlesbury, with the former emerging as winners this time around (42-30).
As you might imagine, Year 9 proved more than a match for some particularly discombobulating vocabulary over the course of the three days of competition. Taciturn, budgerigar, portcullis, supersede and perceived were dispatched (all words which featured) without a murmur (and that was another).
The watching audience of pupils from this same year group were royally entertained by the air of spirited competition, tenacity, teamwork and toned buzzer fingers – well done to all Houses and thanks, too, to Miss Johnson and Mr Smyth for their tallying of totals throughout the week.
John Bridges, Head of English