- House Captain Story 2016/17 So Far...
The Vice Captains have now taken their new challenge of House Captains and have now been in post for 1 whole academic year. They have trained their new members in the ways of Old Park’s House system and deliver assemblies in front of the whole school. This term they have presented and collated their findings on the new curriculum Well Being Weeks. Sharing from each year group what they have learnt and intend to develop further from their findings. This has been an excellent opportunity to build resilience, confidence and planning skills, as each child has publically spoke in front of the whole student body at Old Park. The House Captains launched the CLIC Sargent charity Dance-a-thon and led the day with Mrs Pearce. All House members represented the school at parents evening. This is where they were ambassadors for the school guiding, greeting and being excellent hosts for our parents evening where they were role models in helping the evening run smoothly and on time. The most prestigious reward was to represent Old Park at the cenotaph on Remembrance Day whereby, they proudly laid their classmates poems of remembrance and laid the schools wreath. The House Captains were very proud and honoured to represent the school and to be a part of Wednesbury Town memorial service.
The House System is designed to embody the values and ethos of the school and is an integral part of our school community. It is our ambition that the House System alongside the School Council will enable our pupils to have a stronger voice in the decision-making across the school.
The objectives of the House System
Our objective is to give every child in each house and those who take positions of responsibility the following:
- A sense of belonging
- Positive role models from within their peer group
- A sense of achievement outside the classroom
- Fun and excitement through competition
- Curiosity and creativity
- Individual and collective responsibility
- The confidence to be Bold, take action and develop a spirit of adventure
- The development of communication skills, flexibility and resilience
Allocation to Houses
All children are placed into one of the four houses on entry to Old Park Primary School. Each class will have a variety of children who make up the representing body of each House to allow children to work as a team, aiming for the success of the House in all challenges, activities and competitions. All siblings who are on roll are placed in the same House allowing a sense of unity and togetherness throughout their time at Old Park.
The House names are inspired by our school motto Dream, Believe, Inspire and Achieve; this is celebrated throughout the Houses and in House assemblies that all participants strive to have these attributes.
The House colours and animals were chosen by our School Council pupils. Each House is represented by one of the strands of Old Park’s motto, a colour and an animal for each House. This allows all children to have a sense of belonging and to be aware of their House colours, animal and motto.
Each House has two Captains represented by Year 6 and two Vice Captains represented by Year 5. Each term there is one large House competition and a number of smaller House challenges. All Old Park staff are also assigned to a House and support in the running of the events and earning House points. 2015 Autumn House event was the all day Dance-a-thon raising money for the schools charity CLIC Sargent.
Students in each House strive to earn as many House points as they can to support their House and to be the House with the most points. Students can earn these points through class effort in class for varying situations, attending lunchtime and after school clubs, participating in visits or outside competitions whereby the individual has represented the school. Students are awarded House points for completion of homework and for being entered into the Golden Book or completing an effort point card.
The Houses this year are supporting CLIC Sargent, a charity who helps children and young people with cancer.