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.