The Infant School House system begins in Year 1 with much excitement over house allocation and a special assembly with a sorting hat to determine class teacher’s houses.
It strives to be another avenue through which our older children learn more about the values and the ethos of their school. It provides new opportunities through which to continue to promote our community team spirit, develop a child’s sense of belonging and celebrate achievement outside of the classroom through special house days, social and sporting events and competitions. House points are awarded throughout the year for teamwork, culminating in a House point cup being presented in our end of year Infant assembly.
As the children transition into the Junior School, the House system continues to develop the sense of camaraderie and team so enthusiastically embraced in the Infant School. Junior House Days are a highlight of the year for many students, where the children are encouraged to think of others, connect with students in their house from across the different year groups and engage with special visitors from around the world. Our calendar is full of exciting sporting house competitions designed to encourage sport for all and the children to stay active and to flourish in a collaborative and supportive environment – an example of this being the Murphy Cup football competition. House points can be earned in a multitude of ways, from showing polite behaviours and good manners to achievements for efforts and attainment in the classroom and on the sports fields. The House Point trophy is eagerly contested and awarded at the end of each term and in the end of Year Junior assembly.
In the Senior School House system, students earn House points throughout the year for academic success, team participation and pastoral leadership. In Year 12, House Captains are appointed and lead their House throughout the year with activities, sports tournaments and charity work. These student leaders also organise and run House and Senior School assemblies, presenting awards and results to the whole school, generating a great amount of excitement and enthusiasm amongst the students. Throughout the year, students from across all year groups work together in their House, helping develop a shared community spirit. This is highlighted in House Day, when over 1,000 students take part in a variety of activities focused on teamwork, problem solving and being active. With the Charity Fun Run and Sports Day as other major fixtures in the House calendar, the year finishes with the winning House being awarded with the House Cup.
"Being a House Captain has given me the confidence to present in front of large crowds and the skills to work well in a team. I really enjoyed planning and participating in the charity fun run. It was an incredibly fulfilling experience."
Anastasia, Year 13, Assistant Head Girl, Raeburn House Captain