Knole

Knole team

 

History of Knole House:

Knole, one of the largest private houses in England, was built by Thomas Bourchier when Archbishop of Canterbury in 1454.  It was used as a retreat by various bishops until Archbishop Cranmer gave the house to Henry VIII in 1538.  It then passed to his daughter, Queen Elizabeth I, who granted it to Thomas Sackville, 1st Earl of Dorset in 1603. Knole is sometimes referred to as a calendar house, having 365 rooms, 52 stairs and 7 courtyards.  Built of Kentish ragstone, it is names after the top of the hill, or ‘knoll’ on which it stands.

Nestled in a medieval deer-park, Knole is vast, complex and full of hidden treasures.  Originally an Archbishop’s palace, the house passed through the royal hands of those such as King Henry VIII, to the Sackville family – Knole’s inhabitants from 1603 to today.  Inside the show rooms, art lovers will find Reynolds, Gainsborough and Van Dyck to admire.  Textiles enthusiasts can marvel at the 17th-century tapestries and furniture that make the collection internationally significant.

When the house system changed in our school, Knole was one of the original houses formed.  We have always been an enthusiastic house and always will be.  Each year, our Year 7’s visit Knole house. It is certain that every member of the house will remember this trip forever.

House Colour: Blue

The special reason behind our house colour:

The colour of ocean and sky, blue is perceived as something that has a deeper meaning to it. This colour is one of trust, honesty and loyalty which, describes us perfectly. Blue represents the calmness and intellectuality and a deer is considered to be extremely noble which shows the strong relationship between the two.

Your Knole House Team for 2017-2018:

Senior House Leader Mrs K Sanders
House Captain Irina Raychaudhuri
Deputy House Captain Katie-Ann Hill
Deputy House Captain Lucy Packman

 

House Badge

Our Charity Last Year:

The White Eagle Project

Our chosen charity last year was ‘The White Eagle Project’ which is a project run by The River of Life Church, which is based in Uganda.

‘The White Eagle Project' is an orphanage that is set up to provide resources such as food, water, education and shelter to children who would have previously been living on the streets of Uganda.  The charity allows people from all over the world to sponsor the children living with them to help be given these things.  We chose this charity as two members of our house have a personal connection to the project and as a house, we wanted to support this.

Talitha and Josie have sponsored two young brothers; Kellen and Kelvin for a number of years now.  With Knole’s contributions, we can now help continue the good work that Talitha and Josie have started in providing for the boys.

House Successes:

With the first competition of the school year came success for Knole!

8k achieved first place in the Harvest box competition, as did 12H! 13G also positioned in 2nd place.  This has helped Knole achieve house points to help us stay in the top 3 in the rankings throughout this year so far.

Knole also participated in the school’s annual ‘Toys to the Tree’ event.  Toys this year were donated to a wide range of charities, including ‘Dogs Trust’, ‘Darenth Valley Hospital’ and ‘CHIPS’.  I am proud of the variety of causes that as a house we have managed to support.

House Mascot:

While Bambi is born as an awkward young fawn, his mother teaches him the expectations and responsibilities of deer’s within the forest. Through his early childhood experiences with woodland pals Thumper the rabbit and Flower the skunk, the traumatic sudden death of Bambi's mother at the hands of hunters, his courtship of the lovely doe Faline, and his rescue of his friends during a raging forest fire; we last see the mature, antlered Bambi assuming his proper place as the Prince of the Forest.

Having deer at the Knole house, we decided that choosing Bambi as our house mascot was very appropriate. Though the story has a few tragic moments, the protagonist manages to overcome his fears and lives up to the expectations set out for him by his parents by persevering and believing in his ability. The house team has considered these skills to be highly relatable to the ethos at the Knole house.

Year 7 House visit:

Knole - 7K (1)

Knole - 7K (2)

Excitement is the key emotion that  engulfs you once the familiar landscapes change and transport you into ancient times.  The deer were gracefully galloping through the trees.  Upon approaching the House, the picturesque views flashed before our eyes.  The hosts were kind and informative about the history of Knole.

We were split into two groups “Rich and Poor” and looked at different artefacts used.

We visited the Grand Hall used for bountiful banquets, elegant dances and tough cases in Court.  We were then shown the process of how enduring and tiring it was for a Tudor lady to dress with so many layers of clothing.

7K were then able to wear an exquisite gown, accessories and take the tour of the house.

Benita Adegbusi and Iman Zomah , 7K