House spirit and team effort are essential elements in Melvill. Every girl gets involved and helps out with duties to ensure that the House runs smoothly – and all feel happy and secure. Our Sixth Form prefects and peer supporters do a brilliant job of caring for the younger girls, and all are encouraged to achieve their very best in all aspects of their school life.
Housemistress of Melvill
Melvill was founded in 1884 as a boys’ House and named after the Revd Henry Melvill, the last Headmaster of the East India College, becoming a girl’s House in its own purpose-designed building in 2001.
The House badge, argent a cross gules (a red cross on a field of silver), and motto ‘delectando pariterque monendo’, which means ‘by pleasing and instructing in equal measure’, were both adopted from the Melvill family. House colours are black and red.
Home to 60 girls, most of whom are boarders, Melvill is the newest boarding house on the campus. Overlooking two large ponds and surrounded by mature trees and gardens, its reflective environment encourages open-minded, artistic thinking.
Melvill is very much a multi-talented House, competing with considerable enthusiasm and dedication in competitions such as junior rounders, tennis and athletics. The House is also home to many talented musicians who sing in the choir, play in the orchestra and perform in the yearly cabaret.
Girls from the Removes (Year 9) up to the Upper Sixth have had starring roles in a wide variety of drama performances, and have also contributed some excellent pieces of work to Haileybury’s art competition.
Whatever the challenge, Melvill girls put in their best effort and celebrate each other’s achievements with pride.
Situated next to its sister House, Colvin, Melvill occupies a secluded and peaceful corner of Haileybury in bright, airy and contemporary buildings designed with modern living in mind.
There are a number of shared spaces in the House, including a large Common Room, a TV Room, and two large kitchens. There is a Computer Room equipped with a laser printer, and fast wireless broadband is available throughout the House.
Removes and Middles (Year 10) live in a segmented dorm, Fifth Form (Year 11) pupils share double rooms, and the Sixth Formers are mostly in single rooms. The girls have a particular fondness for their House Matron who, along with her team, keeps the building sparkling clean, well-organised and a comfortable place to live and work.
Meet the Housemistress
Emma Millo has been HM of Melvill since September 2018 after joining Haileybury in September 2012 to teach Psychology.
Outside the classroom Emma coaches netball and runs girls cricket in the summer, putting her experience to good use having played for Essex for a number of years. In her previous career Emma was a Physiotherapist and was lucky enough to work with the All Blacks and Welsh international rugby teams. She also had a role during the Olympics over the summer of 2012, working with the wrestlers. At Haileybury Emma provides some pre-match strapping and taping to the rugby teams in order to keep them as injury-free as possible!
Tutors and HPA representative
Emma is supported in her work by an experienced team of Tutors at Melvill, in addition to a House Matron, Denise, who helps with the day to day domestic management of the House. The House also has its own representative from the Haileybury Parents’ Association.