Lodge is a senior boys’ boarding house, accommodating up to fifty-four boys from all over the world. It is one of the oldest houses in the college, created in 1929 from Dark Blue House. It aims to produce boys who put others before themselves through selfless acts of service, charity and humility. This is reflective of its motto “Viam Defendite”, which translates as “Defend the Way”.
There are currently ten different nationalities within the house. The third and fourth form boys share dormitories with up to four others while the fifth and sixth form boys have twin or individual studies. All rooms are en-suite and are cleaned daily by our dedicated house keepers and the laundry is overseen by our Matron, Mrs Keenagh.
The house occupies the top two floors of the large main building, with commanding views of the college campus, across the town and over the channel. We are regularly treated to impressive sunrises and sunsets and on a fine day it is possible to see France. The facilities within the house include two large common rooms and a kitchen.
There is a loyal team of house staff. The Housemaster, Mr Sharp, lives in the centre of the boarding house with his family, and he is supported by the tutors; Mr Moulton, Rev Bendall, Mr Brooks, Mr Brown, Mr Franklin and Mr Jameson.
Lodge takes part in all inter-house competitions and in recent years has been victorious in singing, drama and on sports day. Our participation in these is organised and overseen by the house prefect team, a group of upper sixth pupils chosen by the staff and students. They also assist staff with the smooth running of the house and most crucially are available to help support and mentor the other boys.
For Mr Sharp the highlight of any week is the weekend. On Saturdays the boys have lessons in the morning and then many compete in matches against other rival schools during the afternoon. Mr Sharp and his family love standing on the pitch side cheering on the boys from the house. After supper their flat is open to all the boys where they can be joined for hot drinks, various snacks and an activity such as a game or a film. Sundays are a day of rest punctuated with a big brunch, a reflective chapel service and supper. There are also trips and activities organised; Mr Sharp regularly likes to host an afternoon tea in his study, serving up crumpets and fruit loaf with a big pot of leaf tea!