"Right! Bravo Lancaster! The red rose wins. Come on now, York! Forge ahead!"

The schoolboys are split into different 'houses' which compete for points; the houses are named after the opposing sides in England's Wars of the Roses

Lancaster and York
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This historical struggle for the throne of England was fought between the houses of York and Lancaster. It lasted from 1455 to 1485, when it was won by Henry Tudor from the house of Lancaster. He married Elizabeth of York, thus uniting the two families.

 

Lancaster Rose
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York rose
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Tudor rose
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