A message from Alex Bertz, Head of House: "Colvin isn't merely part of the school, but instead our second home. It is truly an international house, where everyone feels comfortable and relaxed the minute they step through the front doors. Our Housemistress and tutors make sure that there is always something to look forward to everyday at school. Amongst the girls, who make up the body of Colvin House, it was extremely easy to fit in as a new pupil last year and enjoy Thursday nights in the common room, singing along to classics on TV. Every year, Colvin participates in either house music or house drama where it gives us a chance to sing, dance and act. Events like these only reinforce the positive and cheerful atmosphere that is continuous in the house. Colvin is known to be successful at sports, music, drama and art and is academically strong; where each girl contributes her different talents are appreciated. Friendships in Colvin are made to shape the memories in Haileybury and vary throughout every year group, from Removes through to Upper Sixth. As the famous quote by Christian Morgenstern says, 'Home is not where you live, but where they understand you' and every single girl feels welcomed in Colvin and will cherish their years in our special environment."
All the tutors in Colvin were asked to write a little bit about themselves. Hopefully the information below will give you a feel about the different personalities involved in the house.
Housemistress: Dr Lucy Dexter - Teacher of Chemistry
Dr Dexter has worked at Haileybury since August 2005 as a teacher of Chemistry, followed by a stint as Head of PHSE and Assistant Housemistress in Melvill, where she tutored the Sixth Form for four years. She married Ray in the summer of 2008 and simultaneously became the Housemistress of Colvin. She has high expectations of the girls in her care and looks forward to seeing them all be successful in their own way. In her spare time, Dr Dexter enjoys walking, swimming, cooking and travel.
Mrs Anna Bell (Assistant Housemistress/Middles Tutor) - Teacher of Design Technology
Mrs Bell has worked at Haileybury since September 2005 as a Design and Technology teacher. She has worked in Colvin ever since arriving and has tutored all year groups as well as being the Assistant Housemistress for the last two years. Away from Colvin and her classroom she has been involved in a number of different aspects of the school's co-curricular programme. This has included co-ordinator of evening activities for Removes and Middles as well as being a girl's and boy's hockey coach. However her main focus within the co-curricular programme is now based around the schools charity committee and the girl's tennis programme, both of which she is in charge of. In Mrs Bell's spare time she enjoys playing tennis and swimming as well as travelling with her husband and baking and cooking as much as possible.
Ms Emily Coutts (Removes Tutor/Resident Tutor) - Teacher of English
Ms Coutts attended Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, where she read English. Once she'd graduated, she spent a year working in publishing before going on to take a PGCE at London's Institute of Education. Her first teaching job was at Hereford Sixth Form College, and she is now in her second year at Haileybury.
Although she loves teaching English, Ms Coutts also enjoys many of the other activities Haileybury has to offer. She is in charge of the horse riding club and also helps out with school debating and rowing. As resident tutor in Colvin, she can often be found around and about the house doing her laundry, chatting with the girls and helping them with their English prep. Outside of school, Ms Coutts’ interests include films, music and moomins.
Mrs Olivia Firek (Fifths Tutor) - Head of Biology
Mrs Firek joined Haileybury in September 2011, having worked for 12 years in a variety of schools. These included international schools in Portugal, and Switzerland, where she developed her passion for skiing and all things outdoors. At Haileybury she enjoys taking part in cross country, and the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme Gold expeditions.
Mr Roger Woodburn (Academic Tutor/Sixth Form) - Teacher of Biology
Mr Woodburn arrived in 1978 and is a teacher of Biology and Theory of Knowledge for the IB Diploma. He was HM of Bartle Frere for 12 years and Head of Science and Biology for eight years. He has been a rugby and cricket Coach, Master i/c Squash for 21 years and is currently Universities Adviser, Assistant General Secretary of the Haileybury Society and an ISI School inspector. He is also the Editor of Haileybury: A 150th Anniversary Portrait.
Mr Neil Athey (Academic Tutor/Sixth Form) - Teacher of Mathematics
Mr Athey came to Haileybury in 1981. In the classroom his first love is mathematics but he also teaches Design Technology and has worked with the computer network. Out of the classroom, he constructs the timetable and takes groups to the mountains on Duke of Edinburgh expeditions. He also sails.
Miss Ruth Everness - Teacher of Physics
Miss Everness joined Haileybury in September 2011, having completed a degree in Natural Sciences, and then a PGCE, at the University of Cambridge. As well as physics, she enjoys sewing, and is also involved with Crosstalk and MUN.
House Emblem: Wasp
House Colours: Navy & Gold