At Bowmandale we have a system of house teams. Children are allocated a house on starting school, with siblings being given the same house. We have five houses named after the local rivers, Ancholme, Hull, Humber, Ouse and Trent. Each house is given a different area of responsibility and has two elected house captains - a boy and a girl. These ten house captains then form the school council.
At the end of each week, the number of stars awarded to each team are counted and an average calculated. The team with the highest average for that week wins an extra 10 mins playtime and gets the house trophy.
The School Council made up of the house captains. We are all keen to keep our school running as well as we can. Our house team members voted for us because we have several useful skills for the role; skills like listening, speaking clearly, being organised and having ideas to share. We have what is called 'the pupil voice' which means we represent all the children in our classes, bringing their ideas to each meeting.
Area of responsibility: Staying Safe
Aims: To promote safety both in the real world and online
Area of responsibility: Community
Aims: To promote our sense of community
Area of responsibility: The environment
Aims: To improve the school environment for everyone
Area of responsibility: Play
Aims: To promote and improve play
Area of responsibility: Health and Fitness
Aims: To promote and improve fitness in school
This year, as part of our activities for Sport Relief, we held a house team skipping competition. There were two events: the most skips in 2 minutes, and a routine to music. The energy levels were high and the standard was very impressive. The house captains judged the routines but they weren't allowed to vote for their own team.
Well done to Trent for winning and well done to everyone who took part.
This week all of the children took part in the House Team Choral Speaking Competition. Each house learned a poem and performed it. There was stiff competition between the houses because everyone tried their best. After a great deal of deliberation the judges decided on Ancholme House as the winner. Congratulations to Ancholme House!