This was the first experience of boarding school life for both of you. Shelvin what was it like ten years ago and Sheridon how did your older brother’s experience prepare you for life at Bradfield?
Shelvin In many ways I don’t think I was ready for the boarding expeirence but I was keen to give it a go. Though he was quite young at the time, Sheridon and I had bonded well so I found it difficult to explain to him that I would be at school for days at a time.
Sheridon I don’t remember speaking to Shelvin about life here before I joined. I was still at home and at my previous school when Shelvin came here and then went to university so those were two periods in my life where I knew I wouldn’t see him for a certain amount of time. I played a lot of cricket festivals with my County so the idea of boarding school seemed really cool.
Shelvin I always thought that I’d had my own time here and I didn’t necessarily want that to influence Sheridon’s experience.
Now you get to see each other more or less every day.
Shelvin In Faulkner’s I think Sheridon would look over his shoulder to see who was around and that would change how he interacted with me but he fully understands that I’ve got to be professional in the workplace.
Sheridon I remember a Faulkner’s Divisions lesson where he was teaching me and I didn’t want to call him ‘Sir’. I had a question to ask and just waited there with my hand up for him to look over to me rather than call him ‘Sir’ to get his attention.
There are some similarities between your two experiences although for boarding you were on two different sides of the same House. Which is the best House?
Sheridon It often feeels like one House. Pre-COVID, D and G House were able to share the same entrance but currently we are using separate ones so there is a lot less interaction than there used to be.
Shelvin Both sides foster both a competitive and caring culture. Take House Song at the Michaelmas Goose for example, whenever either House goes up to perform the pupils of both Houses are first to support, regardless of who is on stage, which is quite cool. Now, as a member of the SCR, it is nice to see the culture of mutual respect continuing between the two Houses.