All of our boarding houses at St Leonards have their own identity, and St Rule, our combined house for boys (St Rule East) and girls (St Rule West), is no exception. The only mixed house of the three, St Rule is home to boys and girls, and cleverly splits down the middle, with the ground floor serving as a bustling social hub for house life.
A real family feel pervades St Rule, thanks to Housemistress Mrs Julianne Pennycook, and her own family, who are very much at the heart of house life. Formerly Deputy Head of our Junior years at St Leonards, Mrs Pennycook took over the running of St Rule in 2019, along with her husband Jamie, six children, all of whom are pupils at St Leonards, and their two friendly dogs. The Pennycooks enjoy skiing, golf, and discovering new and exciting destinations, passions which they share with the pupils of St Leonards and of St Rule, through their organisation of the annual ski trip and more.
The ethos in St Rule is that community living should be approached with respect and consideration for others, while recognising the needs of the individual. Students are encouraged to take pride in the house which in turn fosters a sense of community spirit.
An extensive refurbishment of the communal areas, completed in 2019, has created a spacious and stylish kitchen, common room and games room, all of which are integral for house activities, whether it be Ping-pong competitions, cookery, crafts or evening hot chocolates on the bean bags and comfy sofas.
Throughout the year, St Rule has a varied programme of activities for boarders including weekend trips to outdoor adventure centres, shopping and museum visits in Edinburgh, go-karting, paintballing and even spa days!
When there are school plays on, St Rule boarders attend them together as a house, and students may go to Friday early evening screenings of the latest films at the New Picture House cinema in St Andrews.
So much happens in St Rule over the course of a year, but what is key is that friendships are at the heart of this warm and welcoming house.