2015/2016 proved to be a big year for Wallace House as they put themselves back on the House Championship map. Lost in the wilderness for years, Mr Salmon decided on a 2-year plan for what is now alleged to be the ‘coolest’ house in school. Stage one of ‘Operation House Championship’ was to make Gordon aware that Wallace were now their biggest rivals, and that plan went extremely well.
By winning a number of events including charity and making solid efforts throughout the year across all disciplines, there were murmurings that Wallace, in a style reminiscent of Leicester city at 5000/1 outsiders, may infact defy the odds and win the overall championship. Unfortunately their dreams were scuppered but nonetheless Wallace had made monumental strides and the future now looks bright. In fact, the future’s yellow.
Wallace will continue to support St Luke’s Hospice with whom we have a very strong connection, as well as Great Ormond Street Hospital’s charity, GOSH. Wallace House raised a significant amount last year, a total which we hope to improve on by running a range of fundraising events.
With a host of talented and exciting new House and Sports Captains, Wallace will hope to go one step further and put a now 19 year wait to rest come the summer term.
Priscilla Williams, Phoebe Stuart, Abigayle Still, Mikey Stevens and Tobias Sanderson.
George Whalley, Faith Anne Popoola, Katie Knight
If you have any ideas for House events, please see Mr Salmon or your House Captains.
HistoryWallace House was named after Alfred Russel Wallace, OM, FRS (1823–1913). Wallace travelled the world discovering new species of plant and animal life, but was best known for proposing a Theory of Evolution due to Natural Selection and sending it to Charles Darwin which prompted the Darwin to publish his own theory. At that time, Wallace was a world-famous scientist, more famous than Darwin, although these days we hear more about the latter. Wallace does have a website dedicated to remedying this: The Wallace Fund, which contains a wealth of information on him and his contributions not only to biology, but also Land Reform, Glaciology, Anthropology, Ethnography, Epidemiology, and Astrobiology. A busy man indeed!
In 1872 Wallace built a house called ‘The Dell’ in Grays (now 25 College Avenue), one of the first in the country to be build out of concrete. He lived there with his family from 1872 – 1876.