In the Secondary Campus we also have teacher Heads of House who coordinate and drive the House system, developing the events calendar, providing support for student leaders, and responding to the co-curricular needs of the school. You can meet our Heads of House below. The House events calendar is determined at the end of our previous academic year, and over the last few years has been developed to go beyond competition and sports into a wide range of events that encourage creativity, activity, and service in our students. From the History House Quiz, to the International Day Fashion Show, Dodgeball Competition, Geography Photography Competition, and of course, our Inter-House Athletics Day, there really is something for everyone to get involved in.
In our opening House Assemblies of the year our Heads of House spoke about the importance of participation, and participation really is key to feeling part of a community and winning the overall House Trophy. There are points awarded for the winners of each event, and also, more importantly, for participation. Last year, for the first time ever, two of our Houses tied for second place on exactly the same number of points. Just one person participating in one more voluntary House Event would have made all of the difference.
So this year we are challenging all of our students to participate in at least one House event per term and really Be Involved in House life.
Our first event this year took place on Saturday 19th September for World CleanUp day, which saw an incredible turnout from Dalat House to be the most represented House on the day. This activity brings together our drive for sustainability and giving back to our community with our love of all things House related. We were really proud of everyone who came out and picked up rubbish in Thao Dien. September has also been ‘Read a New Book’ Month and our Year 7 students entered a House bookmark design competition. You can find out more from Ms Curley here.
Last week saw our first House Training Day of the year, with House Captains from all year groups coming together in the Secondary Auditorium to learn about leadership, communication, collaboration, and how to motivate others. Our Year 6 students joined their Secondary peers in discussing the purpose of the House System, new ideas for activities and events, and together they began planning for Epic House Week which will take place in December. There will be more information about this very exciting new event later in the term!
So how will you Be Involved this year?
Ms Lauren Binnington
Deputy Head Teacher - Whole School Enrichment