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Houses

The house system is the pastoral bedrock of the school. Each student who joins the school is allocated to one of four houses which date to 1912 as witnessed by the old minute book of the Sports Committee. These provide us with four large vertically grouped cohorts of students. The houses have been named after local families: Coleridge, Kennaway, Patteson and Raleigh.

The four houses are led by –

  • Coleridge (Red)  - Mrs B Heywood
  • Kennaway (Blue) - Mr M Coult
  • Patteson (Green) - Mrs R Jacobs               
  • Raleigh (Purple) -  Mr P Dodds

Upon entry to the school each student is allocated to a house, taking into account family links that may exist. We have Lower School tutor groups comprising Year 7 and 8 students and in Years 9 to 11 students join an Upper School tutor group. The student will meet with their tutor twice a day for registration and for tutor activities or an assembly. The tutor becomes the key person for each student and should be the first point of contact for parents.

In Year 7 all students are encouraged to attend a two day house residential which gives the opportunity for a range of team building activities.

In Year 7 all students are encouraged to attend a two day house residential which gives the opportunity for a range of team building activities.

There are weekly House Assemblies and a wide range of inter-house activities many of which are led by students in the house. These include:

House Musical Competition – students in each house write, produce and direct a short musical on a theme given by the Expressive Arts Department. This is then performed to both the Upper and Lower School on the final day of the Spring Term.

House Dance Competition – this has become a highlight of the school year with house leaders performing miracles in choreographing and directing students in each house. Many students take part and the atmosphere in the Main Hall is electric.

Top of the House – Teams of students from Upper and Lower School represent their houses and answer questions on a range of issues in front of their peers.

House Sport – students have many opportunities to represent their house with Sports Day being one of the highlights of the school year.

October            House Cross Country

December         Boys House Rugby and Girls House Hockey

February           Boys House Hockey and Girls House Football

March/April       Boys House Football and Girls House Netball

June                 Swimming Gala

June/July          Boys House Cricket and Girls House Rounders

July                  Sports Day

These and the other competitions that go on are rewarded with House Points which, together with house points earned throughout the year lead to a Winning House Cup presented at the end of the year. There are also other house cups for the house which has earned the most Commendations and Attendance Points.

We strongly believe the House system provides a means of encouraging all to do their very best to contribute to the greater good.  Most importantly it provides an opportunity for students to work with others in a variety of environments.  This allows leadership skills, caring approaches and peer help and assistance to flourish.  It is so rewarding to see older students organising events and leading others through example and seeing the younger ones learning and wanting to impress.

DownloadDownload a more detailed description of the house figureheads and their relationship to the school

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