Our House System:
We have recently re-booted and updated our House system to make it more engaging and exciting for our students. firstly, the names of the Houses have been changed. Each House is named after a different tree (as we are in such wonderful surroundings and we love nature!) and the first letter of each House spells out Carew. The colour of the school ties that our students wear will show people which house they are in. Below are our Houses (the old names are in brackets, the colours have not changed so new ties are not needed):
Cedar (Mellows) = Purple
Ash (Oaks) = Orange
Rowan (Ruskin) = Red
Elm (Nonsuch) = Green
Willow (Beddington) = Yellow
We have also included our staff in Houses this year, which has brought out their competitive side. Each House has 2 staff leaders, called Heads of House.
Students in Years 10 and 11 are also given the opportunity to apply for House Captains and Deputy House Captains. The application process involves writing a letter of application to the Head and an interview with a member of the Senior Leadership Team. This process not only mirrors many job application processes, but also provides our students with excellent experience and the chance to include this role in their applications to Further Education establishments.
Merits, Postcards and House Points:
Over each term the Houses compete to earn the most merits. The winning House earns a reward at the end of each term. Past winners have had a pizza lunch, a DVD and popcorn afternoon, and a trip to the park and café.
The House with the most merits at the end of the school year earns a reward trip. Past winners have been to trampoline parks, restaurants, activity centres, and the cinema.
You can earn merits for your House but also for yourself. You earn rewards depending on how many merits you gain:
15 merits= Bronze
30 merits= Silver
60 merits= Gold
120 merits= Platinum
Rewards include pens, pencils, colouring books, puzzles, small games, toys, vouchers, film and popcorn mornings and trips out to the cinema or for lunch, as well as day trips and adventures.
To earn merits, you just need to follow the ABC of success:
A = Attendance. If you come to school every day and have fantastic attendance, you will earn merits just for being here.
B = Behaviour. If you demonstrate good behaviour in your lessons, around the school and towards others you will earn merits just for being nice.
C = Challenge. If you challenge yourself and push yourself to work hard, try your best and try new things, we will always reward you.
Every time you are awarded a merit one is awarded to your House too! So when you’re a winner, everyone is a winner!
You will also be given the chance throughout the year to enter lots of House competitions. These will take place in all the subjects – from drawing competitions in Art, to poetry competitions in English and Literacy, to sporting competitions in PE, and many, many more!
Every time you enter a competition, you receive a merit. The winners (1st, 2nd and 3rd place) also then gain points for their Houses too!
Postcards are awarded for kind choices and positive behaviour. They are mailed home for your parents/carers to see. Every time you get a postcard you are awarded a merit too.