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House System

 

The house system is a traditional feature of many British schools. Historically it was associated with schools where a ‘house’ refers to a boarding house. In the case of a school like Denbigh, the word ‘house’ refers to a grouping of students. Students are divided between six houses, which are named after animals from different habitats.

 

Denbigh Primary School has rich and varied curricular and enrichment programme for students to participate in, ranging from community and charitable work, to musical, dramatic, sporting and artistic activities. There are so many ways in which our students engage in the wider life of the school that it seems only fitting to ensure that the house system is used as a vehicle to reward student participation. The House system aims to build relationships, foster a sense of pride and encourages students to take on the leadership of all house activity, and a chance to give back to school life.

 

Outcomes:

·         A stronger school community that all students and staff feel they actively belong to.

·         Working with students from all years, we hope to create role models and cross year partnerships.

·         Students recognised and rewarded for performance in and beyond the classroom.

·         Rewards for exceptional community work and charity efforts.

·         Regular opportunities to stretch and explore leadership, social and group working skills with students from different       years.

   

What does it look like?

·         A House Cup awarded in June/July each year to the winning house. The House which wins a competition will be awarded a mini trophy for that subject area. Individual winners for events receive certificates, celebrating as much success as possible.

·         Some competitions will be student led with staff facilitating. House captains will need to play to their House strengths to ensure all students compete in House activities throughout the year.

·         House Points awarded for things we already monitor in school such as attendance and punctuality etc.

·         Each house nominates a charity which can be national or local, helping to make a difference in our local and wider communities.

·         Cross year house assemblies, timed each half term, to support the calendar of events and competitions.

 

 

 

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House Points

 

House points can be awarded to students for a variety of reasons. For example:

 

  • Respect for peers
  • Determination and effort in a piece of work
  • Being honest and fair
  • Supporting each other
  • Confident and positive attitude to work
  • Polite, good behaviour
  • Outstanding attendance
  • Academic and/or sporting achievement
  • Representing the school

 

 

 

Guidance on awarding House points

 

Throughout school:

 

1 House Point

Isolated achievement e.g. one off act of kindness, good work etc

5 House Points

Sustained achievement e.g. good behaviour, achieved a target etc

10 House Points

Group achievement or individual going above and beyond

20 House Points

SLT only for special achievement. Star of the week and end of term achievement awards.

 

House competition/Event:

 

1st

100 House Points

2nd

90 House Points

3rd

80 House Points

4th

70 House Points

5th

60 House Points

6th

50 House Points

 

House Calendar

 

 

           Month

Competition

KS1

KS2

Staff

September

Geography Quiz

Spelling Competition

 

Tag Rugby

 

 

Table Tennis

 

 

October

Maths Challenge

 

General Knowledge Quiz

 

 

Black History Month Poster

 

Art Competition

 

Boccia

November

Master Chef

 

Dance competition

 

Fundraising for Charities

Volleyball

 

 

Kurling

 

 

December

Christmas Card Competition

 

Christmas Performance

 

Science Quiz

Spelling Competition

 

Football

 

Cunning Running (during P.E.)

 

January

Music Challenge

 

Poetry Competition

 

History Quiz

Basketball

 

 

Skipping

 

 

February

Maths Challenge

 

Enterprise Challenge

 

 

ICT Competition

 

Pancake Race

 

 

Hockey

 

March

Egg Competition

 

World Book Day Report

 

Tchoukball

 

 

April

Geography Quiz

Drama Performance

 

Debate competition

 

 

Dodgeball

 

 

May

Movie Making

 

Fundraising for Charities

Denbigh’s got Talent

Hula Hooping

 

 

Cricket

June

Sports Week

Spelling Competition

 

July

Award House Cup

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