School House System

March 23rd, 2018


House League Table

House Points
Kestrels 5080
Buzzards 5886
Hawks 3847

The House System at Harrow Way is something we are extremely proud of. Each year the 3 houses namely Kestrels, Buzzards and Hawks fight it out through a jam packed calendar of competitions and events to determine who wins the house cup in the end of year celebration assembly! Competitions are wide and varied allowing all students to participate and use their individual skills to win points for their house! Points are also awarded for total number of stamps so following our 3 school rules of Be Ready, Be Respectful and Be your Best really does pay!

Being an active member of your house and taking part in competitions and events is encouraged because it allows opportunities to develop other important life skills such as team work, creativity and effective communication.


Recent Events

Kestrels Sweep 1st & 2nd Place at House Kahoot Competition
There was lots of competition at the recent House competition; a general knowledge quiz of 50 questions played on the online game platform Kahoot. Questions were submitted by members of staff from different subjects throughout the school. These included guess the film, which involved members of staff acting out scenes from a film.

It was a close fought contest between Kestrels and Buzzards throughout the competition. Sophie and Izzy from 8GMO and Toby and Rob from 9EM managed to beat the competition and secure and 1st and 2nd place finish for the Kestrel House. Buzzards Amelia and Hannah were piped at the post after leading for some of the competition, placing in 3rd place.

Total points awarded (including participation):
Kestrels: 410
Buzzards: 270
Hawks: 120


Upcoming Events

Deadline – Monday 26th March
The Secret Life of Toys – What do your toys do when you’re not looking? Steal your sweets? Play your Xbox? Terrorize your cat? Take photos of your toys engaging in their ‘secret lives’ and earn points for your House. All entries must go to Ms Fowler, preferably via email, by Monday 26th March.
Deadline – Monday 26th March
Maths Challenge – Are you a TTrockstar? A maths-magician? Can you add up a bit? Then get involved and earn your House points by taking part in the Maths Challenge! See your maths teacher for more details but be quick! You only have until Monday 26th March to get involved, after that your score will not be counted.
Deadline – Monday 26th March
Stranger Sagas – ‘I was woken by a piercing scream?’ What happens next? You decide! If you think you can take a brilliant starting sentence and turn it into a startlingly good story in just 100 words then thsi competition is for you. The best stories will earn the chance to be published, win a Kindle Fire HD and get £1000 for our school. Sign up with the librarian now and get your entries in by Monday 26th March.

Summary of the Year so Far

We are very proud of the House system at Harrow Way. We focus on participation and competition and remain constantly delighted with the amazing contributions that student make across all houses.

This is always completely demonstrated by the Buzzard house, who are currently taking the lead in the annual House Points competition. Buzzards are always keen to participate in house competitions and were well represented during the popular Bake Off competition with many members placing in the top 3 for each of the rounds.

House Captains, Ellie Peach, Annalisa Brown and Frankie Fisher are all doing outstanding jobs; updating the Buzzard boards with staff Top trumps and visiting Buzzard Tutor Groups to remind them of the importance of getting involved and earning points for the house. Mrs Law, the Boss Buzzard, is really looking forward to the upcoming core challenges and the ultimate finale of sports day in the summer term.

Hawks have also competed well in the house competitions so far. The house won a first place in the inter house Basketball shooting competition and did brilliantly in the European themed Bake Off – a joint first place for Beth Matthews and a second place for Sophia Powell. Hawks were also joint winners at the Christmas Card Competition with Matyida Ostapowicz producing a lovely Christmas Reindeer design. Hawks also gained a very creditable second place in the hotly contested year 9 dodgeball competition and in the year 9 football competition the Girls team currently have a 100% record. Head Hawk, Mr Haysom, would also like to thank the new House Captains Tamara Clackson and James Potter for the brilliant start that they have made.

Meanwhile, King Kestrel Mr Manson, says that the Kestrel House have been testing the old adage ‘It’s not the winning, it’s the taking part that counts’ this term. Led by new House Captains, participation has been sky-high in many events but Kestrels have been the victims of the Buzzard winning streak, coming second in many of the competitions and events. With the photography, maths, short story and House quiz competitions still to come this term, Kestrels have plenty of opportunities to catch up with the high-flying Buzzards and get one hand on the House Cup.

Kestrels currently stand in second place overall, 1000 points short of first place but 1000 points ahead of Hawks in the dreaded third (last?!) spot in the House Point rankings. Mr Haysom is quick to point out that it is not over yet and to not count the Hawks out until the last point is awarded!

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