House System

From the start of Year 1 all pupils are assigned to one of our four school houses: Bank, Beverly, Castelnau and Mortlake. Competitive events – academic and sporting – are held throughout the school year. Points are assigned and the house with the most points at the end of the year is presented with the House Cup in the final assembly of the academic year. Pupils are made very aware of how important it is to be either a humble winner, or a gracious loser. Competition is healthy and succeeds in bringing the very best out of children.

We believe that having a healthy body is linked to having a healthy mind and feeling good about oneself. We also see how sporting competition can contribute to children achieving positive academic outcomes. If well taught and well organized competitive sport is not only fun, it helps to build character. Qualities such as self-belief; determination; perseverance; courage; leadership and resilience can all be fostered through engagement in competitive sporting contests. Furthermore, sport can teach important values such as fairness, respect, discipline and humility.

Our house competition programme is not solely about sport though, it contains a large number of non-sporting events. These include: a house handwriting competition; a house memory competition; a house reading competition; a house reading in a language other than English competition; a public speaking competition and a poetry recital competition.

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Siblings are always in the same house. Children have a chance to represent their house in a wide variety of sporting and educational competitions throughout the school year . Parents are asked to purchase a special house T-shirt so that pupils can be easily distinguished when taking part in competitive events. House colours are: Bank-yellow; Beverly-blue; Castelnau-green and Mortlake-white.

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House competition winners

2015-16  Bank

2014-15  Bank

2013-14  Beverly

2012-13 Castelnau
2011-12  Beverly
2010-11  Beverly
2009-10  Castelnau
2008-09  Bank
2007-08  Mortlake
2006-07  Mortlake

Total wins:  Bank: 3;  Beverly: 3;  Castelnau: 2;  Mortlake: 2

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Current table 2016-17  (November 2016)

1st  Mortlake                                         45 points

2nd Castelnau                                         41 points

 3rd  Beverly                                           28 points

4th  Bank                                                 24 points

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House competitions scheduled for 2016-17

Autumn Term 2016

  • House handwriting                                          The week of 7.9.15
  • Key Stage 2 Autumn Term Sports Day        Friday 30th  September 2016
  • The Vine Park Relay                                        Friday 7th October 2016
  • Tugging in the Park                                         Friday 21st  October 2016
  • House memory competition                          2nd half of term
  • Poetry recital competition                              2nd half of term
  • House reading competition                            2nd half of term

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  • Public Speaking competition
  • House reading in a language other than English
  • House table tennis
  • House rugby

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Summer Term 2017

  • Bench basketball
  • House skipping
  • Key Stage 1 Sports Day
  • Key Stage 2 Sports Day

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