Rutlish 1957 - the 50 Year Reunion
All pupils were assigned to one of the eight school houses, Argonauts, Crusaders, Kelts, Parthians, Romans, Spartans, Trojans and Vikings.
These were distinguished by house colours which were worn on each pupil's jacket (except apparently by Peter Walpole who, in his memories, claims to have avoided ever wearing any). There was also a house badge for each house.
The system for displaying house colours and for denoting your position in the school hierarchy was very elaborate:
House PhotosA week before the end of the Spring Term in 1959 we were photographed in our houses. Click on the list below to see these house photos:
Note: We managed to find all these photos during 2007 except for the Crusader House photo which was only found in 2010.
Cock HouseEach year there was a house competition with points awarded for individual work and sporting team performance in inter-house matches which determined which house was the "Cock House" for the year. In the first term of the new academic year, the Cock House had a special dinner to celebrate their "triumph". This consisted of a meal followed by an "entertainment" with speeches, lots of jokes, sketches and various turns performed by anyone who was willing to make a fool of themselves or show off their talents.
The Winners and Runners-Up in the Cock House competition year by year during our time at Rutlish are given in the table below which was compiled by Ian Newton: