For our summer sports day event, children are split into two prestigious houses, Danes and Saxon.
We’re not really sure why we adopted the Danes and Saxons. But we have seen that the children experience a real sense of belonging and camaraderie. Each summer, we compete for the House Cup, which is a wonderful occasion and a chance for children of all ages to work together. The culmination of the day is the nail biting, heart stopping, breath taking Big Wheel, where we compete for The Big Wheel Salva! If you haven’t yet experienced it, prepare to lose your voice!
We’ve been competing in these same houses for over many years and still hush toned tales circulate the village of ‘that great Saxon win in 76’ and the ‘Danes dominance of the 80s’. We’re planning on competing in these houses on sports day for many years to come.
In September 2013, we launched a new House system. There are four houses – Winterbourne, Kennet, Four Barrows and Ridgeway. Children earn house points throughout the week for following our Golden Rules, as well as having a positive attitude to learning. The House with the most points at the end of the week is presented with The House Cup during Celebration Assembly.
Each House runs their own fund raising event each year, raising money for their nominated charity.
We sit in our Houses at lunch time and enjoy House team building events on whole school themed days. In the summer term, our year 5’s apply to be House Captains, filling in an application form and then being interviewed by Mrs Arkwright and a member of The Governing Body.
Each September, new children to the school are sorted into one of the four houses. The first challenge is to sort ourselves to make the initial letter of our house name.
Ruby and Alex are the Captain and Vice Captain of Four Barrows, with their house colour of green.
This Year Four Barrows will be holding a ‘be creative’ day. More details to follow.
Chloe, Sarah and Josh are the Captain and Vice Captain of Ridgeway, with their house colour of red.
Friday 16th March Ridgeway will be holding their charity day for Sports Relief. Everyone can come to school dressed as a sports person who has inspired them. From 8.30am children and their families can walk or run a mile on the school field for a donation of £1. Afterwards Ridgeway house will be selling well deserved bacon baps.
The Captain and Vice Captains of Winterborne are Astrid and Sophie, who have blue as their house colour.
Winterbourne House Day, message from the House Captains Sophie and Astrid
Friday 17th November it is Winterbourne’s charity event which will be raising money for Children in Need. Following school tradition, children can come to school in spotty clothing for £1 but there will also be lots of other activities going on throughout the day. These are: name the bear (50p), guess the number of sweets in the jar (50p) and another special challenge.
Have you ever dreamed of climbing the highest mountain on Earth? As a school, this is what we are hoping to achieve. Throughout the day, all the children in the school will have the chance to do as many steps on and off the school benches (1ft) as possible. The whole school target is 29,029 steps (feet) between us or…the height of Everest – 50p to take part.
Emily and Ollie are the Captain and Vice Captain of the yellow house, Kennett.
Kennet held a fun in aid of Prospect Hospice. Everyone came to school wearing a splash of green, and there was a cake sale at the end of the day. All the children were given a Smartie tube full of Smarties to eat and then fill with 20p’s with all the money going towards Prospect Hospice. The money still hasn’t been counted, but well done Kennet!