These are our Captains:-
From the very beginning of their school career each child belongs to one of four Houses: Phoenix (Red), Griffins (Green), Centaurs (Yellow) or Unicorns (Blue).
At our school we believe the House system to be an integral part of the pastoral care for our pupils. It enables children of all ages to mix freely and lets them thrive as individuals within a supportive framework. Being a member of a House gives each child a special sense of belonging, develops an understanding of teamwork and introduces them to healthy, friendly competition. House Tutors oversee their houses and encourage children to work hard for their house, take on responsibility and achieve different goals. Siblings within the school are together in the same ‘House’.
The PE kit acknowledges these different houses, so making it easier to identify a child’s house.
Every alternate week there is a House Assembly and the children gather together with their House Tutor (a member of teaching staff). House Points are counted for each class and the child with the most is given a house badge to wear for two weeks and a certificate. At the end of each term the child with the most house points in the infants and juniors is presented with a cup which stays in school and a certificate to take home. Pupils earning 100 and 200 plus house points receive a special certificate from the Headmaster in end of term assemblies.
The House Points are reward points given by teaching staff and other adults around school for good work in class, courteous behaviour, helpful actions, etc.
There is an annual organised theme day within school where the children are divided into mixed-aged house groups to take part in different activities.
The House system also acts as a competitive element for inter-house sports activities at selected times of the year. At the end of the school year the ‘House’ with the winning number of house points is awarded ‘The Governors’ Cup’. This award takes place on the final day assembly – it is a most exciting moment for every child!
At the beginning of September the House and Sports captains from each house had to research a charity and then design a school board with all the key facts about what the charity does. The charities chosen were Sense, Make a Wish, Honey Pot and the Theodora children charity. Then in the last Monday assembly of that month all four houses did a power point presentation on why pupils and staff should vote for their chosen charity. At Friday break time a whole school vote was cast and the winning charity that the school will support through cake sales and lollies sales was chosen. The winning charity was ‘Sense’ – This charity is based in Watford and helps Deaf and Blind children.
These photographs are the display boards for the Houses: