Half Term 2 proved to be as busy as ever for the House system with a variety of events and activities. The first week of the half term brought a visit to school by OFSTED inspectors. Their final report which graded our school as ‘Good’ recognised the impact and value of the House System.
‘You have encouraged a very healthy air of competition and endeavour by the formation of a house system’
‘The introduction of a house system has added a positive and competitive edge to extra-curricular activities and the enrichment curriculum’
Our House Captains from across the whole school were invited to a working lunch in November to reward their commitment and to discuss further developments in their role. This proved a very useful session and saw a ‘remarkable’ amount of pizza ‘disappear’!
Our sporting events for this half term were football and netball. The KS3 and KS4 competitions were held separately with a gap between them to accommodate the Year 11 Mock Examinations. All of the events were very well supported with enthusiastic and vocal crowds cheering on their Houses (at one point over 100 students were packed into the Sports Hall).
The KS3 Netball competition was won by Redgrave House and Johnson House was victorious in the KS4 competition. However with the runners up places taken into consideration it was Johnson House who gained overall victory.
The Football competition proved to be equally close. Johnson House was the winner at KS3 and were joint winners with Woodbury House at KS4 which meant that once again Johnson House were overall winners.
On Monday 23rd November 120 students and accompanying staff enjoyed a trip to the cinema after school in Bury. The trip was extremely popular and all were delighted with the final part of the Hunger Games series – Mockingjay Part 2.
House Assemblies were held during the week commencing 7th December with each House Leader reporting on the term’s results and future events.
Redgrave House was the winner of this term’s Community Award for good manners Green Cards and litter collection. The Redgrave students were rewarded with a Non-uniform Day held on Friday 11th December.
The final House event of the term was the now ‘traditional’ Christmas Festival Day on the last day of term. The day followed the usual pattern with each House having time with their Tutor Team, a Talent Show and time in the Christmas Festival with over 70 students manning stalls, games, serving food, competitions and this year a surprisingly popular bouncy castle. An amazing £2000 pounds was raised on the day and after expenses the remaining monies will be divided between school and the school’s nominated local, national and international charities.
Once again huge thanks go to our House Leaders for their unending commitment to organising and supporting all House events – none of the above would take place without their determination to do the very best for their House.
The current standings are
First – Johnson House 250 pts
Second –Redgrave House 220 pts
Third –Woodbury House 140 pts
Next term looks as action packed as ever with the judging of the Garden Design Competition, Articulate Competition Finals, the start of the new Dodgeball League and another brand new event in the House programme – Darts!