The House System aims to facilitate more mixing between the different year groups, increase community spirit, peer mentoring, boost the existing rewards system, encourage more students to get involved in competitions, and develop leadership opportunities for students across the key stages.
Our aim and vision for this academic year is to:
Identity: When students join Orleans Park they immediately identify as a member of a House. This identity stays with them and is strengthened through their engagement with House activities. This not only eases their transition into the school but draws them closer together during their time.
House Coordinator: One member of staff who oversees the vision and annual schedule of activities that the house system provides.
Heads of House: One member of staff per House. This is the team who organise House events and assemblies, and work with the House Captains and House Prefects. They do not need to be teaching staff. The following members Head of House are:
House Captains: Two Year 12 students per House (apart from Hampton, who have three). This year, they are:
This is an opportunity for each House to earn as many House Points as possible through participation and fundraising.
The House Team organises a series of events through the week, culminating in a big event on the Friday. The events should include an element of fundraising for the House’s chosen charity and be inclusive of all students. Houses are given a small budget to buy what they need and decorate the school in the House colours.
In order for students to see tangible benefits to being awarded a House Point in lessons or in the community, a Tutor Group competition has been created.
Students within each Tutor Group are split into groups by their Tutor and they must give themselves a team name. Every Monday morning, the students are shown the number of House Points that they were awarded the previous week and given responsibility for adding it into a spreadsheet. This calculates which team has won the most points in the term, with a prize being awarded to each winning team at the end of the term.
Two students of different genders from each year group compete in a competition of silly games and activities (e.g. 3 legged race). This could take place during P5 with the students coming off timetable or during KS4 lunch, with Year 7/8 off timetable.
A group of subjects is encouraged to do an activity during this week which can be run as a House Competition (e.g. Code breaking for Maths; Creative Writing for English; Robot Wars in Computing). Over the year, all curriculum subjects are represented.
Each House must do something to benefit the natural world or environment. This can be judged by a group of staff or external visitors.
On a Friday after school once a term the staff take part in a ‘friendly’ competition. Students can watch and support if they wish, making a contribution to their House Charity in doing so.
Students from across the school must perform a song. Points are awarded for the range of different year groups represented, the performance and the range of musical talent displayed. This will again be led by a Sixth Form or KS4 student.
During this week, each House has one day after school to prepare a meal for a judging panel. They are given a small budget to buy the ingredients and a time limit to prepare the meal. Points are awarded for year groups represented, presentation, taste and how clean the kitchen is left at the end.
Each year group selects a mixed gender team to participate in the Inter-House sporting competition. This will be inclusive, short games run on the astro after school. Tutors are encouraged to watch and one member of the PE team will be required to supervise. The event will be run by a group of Sixth Form sports leaders, PE staff and House Captains. Points will also be awarded for students who are present to support their House, even when not participating.