Holman kicked off the Soirée season on the evening of Wednesday 3 February with a joyous, Hawaiian-inspired, celebration. Big School was a sea of colour, with bright costumes, lei garlands and inflatable palm trees to the fore as the boys royally entertained their parents.
The Middle Fourth and Upper Fourth year groups performing amusing sketches, the Fifth Form brought Backstreet Boys straight out of the nineties for a remarkable dance, and the Sixth Form produced two excellent videos – Expectation versus Reality and Holman Five-0!
There was also musical talent on show with the Holman band (Curtis Day, Josh McDonald, William Lovatt and Mr Tidmarsh) playing Mustang Sally by Wilson Pickett; Curtis Day then played Jimi Hendrix on the guitar too. There was poignant singing from Rupert Sheen, brilliant piano playing from Josh McDonald and George Stanley, and an excellent clarinet solo from Josh Hadley.
We then made our way to the Dining Hall for a feast of jerk chicken with rice and peas followed by red velvet cake; all chosen by the boys and beautifully prepared by catering; delicious! For many, this was the first Soirée they had experienced, and it was brilliant for the whole House community to come together after such a long time apart.
There was a wonderful, happy atmosphere throughout the whole occasion as boys, parents and teachers enjoyed each other’s company.
Chris Filbey, Holman Housemaster