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Mason House

Mason House – Solar nobilitas virtus (Virtue alone is noble)

Although mindful of tradition, Mason has an innovative and forward-looking approach; we all aim to:

  • Promote an environment where individuals strive to succeed by fulfilling their potential
  • Provide a place where pupils feel able to express themselves whilst showing due consideration for the needs and wishes of others

All the Houses aspire to greatness, which tends to come in waves across the range of extra-curricular endeavour. Public speaking is currently a forte within Mason, but sport, and running, in particular, has become the acme of House achievement.

Our 5 Values:

  1. As the oldest House, we are passionate about our tradition
  2. Strong bonds and enduring friendships keep us together
  3. We are competitive but fair
  4. Team Spirit and camaraderie define us
  5. A resilient community

Events at Mason House 

In addition to close monitoring of a pupil’s academic progress, Mason offers a wide variety of cultural and social activities including the Patchett Supper, a formal affair in honour of a former Mason House benefactor, prepared and hosted by the Senior boys for their guests and invited staff.

The House Dance is a unique annual event and an opportunity for everyone to invite a guest and help contribute to the best and most photographed night of the year! There is also plenty of diversity, from charity fundraising to survival activities, hill-walking and cinema nights, in addition to the range of weekend activities on offer to everyone in the School. We encourage pupils and parents to support whenever possible and appropriate – there really is something for everyone and the busiest pupils tend to be the most cheerful!

Mason staff have developed a passion for the outdoors and can offer expertise on fly fishing, cycling, running, shooting and Duke of Edinburgh expeditions. Mason tutors have run the Grim and Dirty Rat adventure races in recent years.

The House has had many successes across the range of competitions, including music, drama and sport. We have won the annual Tug of War in five consecutive years. There is a real energy from Masonians when it comes to competitions and we are never far from holding trophies.

Staff at Mason House 

Housemaster

Mr. Patrick Murray (History)

Assistant Housemaster/Sixth Form Tutor

Dr. Sam Koon (Classics)

Tutors

Mr. Richard Baker (Head of PE)

 

Mr. James Bayston (Business & Economics/General Studies)

  Mr. Stephen Madigan (Head of Physics)
Sixth Form Tutors Mr. Graham Tattersall (Mathematics)
  Dr. Kathryn Koon (Classics & Latin)

Housekeeper

Mrs. Sally Staveley

 

History 

Mason was one of the original ‘Four Dormitories’ when the College opened. Initially, in 1895, with 44 new boys, there were just two Dorms called the Headmaster’s Dorm and School Dorm. Before long it was decided that the dorms should have emblems to distinguish them and so the Headmaster’s Dorm became Cross (from the cross of St. Cuthbert) and School Dorm took the Fleur de Lys, which is on the ends of the arms of St. Cuthbert’s cross. As the size of the College grew, so did the number of dorms and quickly two dorms became four and in 1925, under Canon Shirley, they were renamed as Houses. Each House was named after a benefactor and Cross became Mason, after the first Custos William Henry Mason. Today, Masonians take pride in being the oldest and most senior House.