The word Equipe is French for ‘team’ and each student’s form will be a part of one of the four Equipes: Brunel, Da Vinci, Goethe, or Pascal. The Equipes give the students a sense of identity within the College and allow their endeavours to be rewarded with points towards The Vine Cup, our overall Equipe championship. The Vine Cup is named after the founder of the Equipes, Mr E Vine, and is awarded to the Equipe with the most points at the end of each academic year. As such, it represents the hard work and dedication of all students throughout the entire year and is the ultimate prize across the College. Every other Equipe competition contributes points to the overall standings in the Vine Cup. These were initially only sports based competitions, but have been complemented by many other types, including commendations, a quiz, and artistic competitions such as performing arts, songwriting, photography, and design.
The old trophy was replaced with a larger one in 2015 to reflect the increasing importance of the Equipes at Hockerill. Each each is led by a Head of Equipe from the teaching staff and has 2 Equipe Prefects, unfortunately due to lockdown the prefects for 2020/21 have yet to be selected but we look forward to them being appointed shortly.
Leonardo da Vinci was born on 15th April 1452 in Florence. He is considered one of the great minds of the Italian Renaissance. He was hugely influential as an artist and sculptor but also immensely gifted as an engineer, scientist, inventor, and anatomist.
As an Équipe, Da Vinci students are inspiring, creative and hard working. Like Da Vinci himself they have a huge range of talents and are willing to take part in all competitions led by Head of Equipem Mr Coleman. The students are loyal to their Équipe and proud to wear their Équipe colours.
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von (1749-1832), German poet, dramatist, novelist, scientist and amateur artist. Goethe’s poetry expresses a modern view of humanity’s relationship to nature, history, and society; his plays and novels reflect a profound understanding of human individuality. Goethe must be considered not only “at the centre of German literature” but one of the most versatile figures in all world literature.
As an Équipe, Goethonians have had a spectacular winning streak and have enjoyed several years of victory taking home the Vine Cup; throughout they have remained focused and passionate to do their very best. Head of Goethe Équipe is Mr Hopkins.
Blaise Pascal was born in Clermont-Ferrand on 19th June 1623 and is the epitome of a polymath. He was a mathematician, physicist, religious philosopher and prolific writer. He was instrumental in the development of modern theories of probability and formulated what came to be known as Pascal’s law of pressure. Coming from a deeply religious family, he wrote much about faith, drawing on his scientific training to add rigour to his religious writings.
As an Équipe, Pascalians have had mixed fortunes over the years but always shown strength in the diversity of their talents - academic, sporting and creative. The Head of Pascal is Mrs Piperaki.
Brunel is named after the English engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel who is most famous for his work on the Thames Tunnel, the Great Western Railway and it's bridges and terminus Paddington, as well as the steamships SS Great Western, SS Great Britain, and SS Great Eastern. In 2002, Brunel came second only to Churchill in the BBC’s poll to find the greatest ever Briton. Brunellians are passionate about their Equipe and won their first Vine Cup in 2016 after excellent performances in Sports Day and Commendations.
2001-02 Da Vinci
2008-09 Da Vinci
2010-11 Da Vinci
2011-12 Da Vinci