Over the course of 10 days in the beautiful countryside setting of Worth School in West Sussex, around 100 current Paulines, new joiners and volunteer leaders enjoy a varied range of indoor and outdoor activities, as well as excursions.
The Summer House Party is unique, which is why Paulines come back year after year, and have done for over a century. Why? We think it's the uniquely supportive, entertaining and informal atmosphere, and the strong relationships that get formed within it between boys of all years. Whether it's the sport, the meaningful conversations in dorms, or simply fun in the sun, everybody leaves having experienced a special side to St Paul's.
"A massive thank you for making the House Party such a fun, inspirational and positive event (again!). It is our son's favourite time of the year and he is always bubbling with enthusiasm when he talks about his time and his friends at CU."
House Party Parents
The relaxed feeling of these 10 days acts as the perfect counterpoint to the busyness of school in term term. We try to keep rules to a minimum on House Parties, and we find that everyone is happy to co-operate and make their own contribution to what is invariably a great holiday.
There's a set programme for each day that includes organised games, sport, music, and much more besides! We also like to build in plenty of free time during which boys can socialise and play any summer game imaginable - short tennis, volleyball, croquet - or simply relax in their own way.
For those that prefer staying inside, we have a range of other entertainments and board games, table tennis and table football, as well as books and newspapers, plus the chance to get involved in music, drama and the various dormitory games.
We're lucky enough to enjoy great food on House Parties, settling for nothing less than three cooked meals a day, plus afternoon tea and cake. Our caterers can meet any special dietary requirements and there's also a well-stocked Tuck Shop.
Our trips out include a visit to a local outdoor activity centre that offers aquatic rides and other entertainments, and the traditional 'Amble' lunch hunt - a firm House Party favourite. We'd love to see you on Visitors' Day, the middle Sunday, where you can see the House Party for yourself. Invariably blessed with gorgeous sun, on Visitors' Day you can catch up with your son and see why the House Party is so special, from the food to sport to the afternoon Meeting.
The Spiritual Side
We are a Christian organisation, but on the House Parties no-one is pressured into any particular doctrine or belief system. Broadly, we look at how to live our lives better, order our priorities and honour the organisation's historic motto, to 'Humbly and faithfully to search for the truth'.
To explore the spiritual side of the House Party, each evening there's a short, informal 'Meeting' where one of the leaders (which we call 'Officers') shares a few thoughts on a spiritual matter. There's absolutely no pressure to conform to any belief system, and anyone with any belief - or none - is welcome at our events and House Parties. You don't have to share any of your personal beliefs beyond what you feel comfortable. That said, we find most people are forthcoming in discussions on bigger questions, as might be expected from Paulines! These discussions bring out amazing insights from boys of all ages.
If you would like to read more about the Christian element of our organisation, have a look here.