The House system allows every child to feel a sense of belonging by becoming a member of Diamonds, Rubies, Emeralds and Sapphires.
Inter-house is a major part of the pastoral side of school which develops students’ social, team-working and organisational (amongst other) skills. The House system aims to reflect the ethos of the school. You have probably seen the words; Nurture, Inspire, Challenge and Excellence - and we try to develop this by fostering a sense of community, awareness of each other and a sense of being part of a team.
We show nurture through fair play and sporting behaviour; we are graceful in defeat and magnanimous in victory. We support others and take pride in their efforts.
We challenge ourselves by practising for events and taking part in activities that maybe out of our comfort zone; this could improve sporting ability or a more academic/vocational skill. A fantastic side effect of participation often sees increased confidence, which can positively show itself in a student’s whole school life from the classroom and beyond.
Students should inspire to succeed and learn from every experience. Each house should look to contribute as much as possible in the aim of winning the overall inter-house championship. Through their experiences, they can aim to improve themselves. For example, if they lose a game they can look at how to win next time or if they win, how can they better themselves further.
Excellence, in its base level, is about winning; and many students get a sense of achievement when their team wins. We should encourage this but also support students who, for them, participating is an achievement. Improved confidence, a great performance, even a single moment in an event can all be highlighted as success. Be supportive.
There will be many House events throughout the year from all areas of school life. This blend ensures that everyone has the opportunity to represent their House in something that they enjoy or are good at. For example House events include; various sporting activities, singing, spelling bee, timestable competitions, art competitions etc.
All students have the opportunity to earn House points as they are all invited and encouraged to take part in all events, and everything from their classwork effort to their musical prowess and sporting ability can contribute to the scores.
At the end of the term all of the House points are added up and one House wins the overall trophy and a prize voted for by the children.