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 has two elected house captains - a boy and a girl. These ten house captains then form the school council.
Each half term, all houses focus on a different theme; these become the focus for our house assemblies. The themes are:
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 is 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.
This year, the children on the school council are organising our Christmas fayre. There will be various stalls selling Christmas produce created by each of the classes, plus games and refreshments.
As a way of fundraising for this event, the school council have arranged a non-uniform day on Wednesday 29th November and ask that the children bring in some chocolate as a donation for wearing non-uniform.
On Tuesday 14th November, four members of the school council went to this term's meeting with other council members from the different schools in Barton. The meeting was held at Baysgarth Leisure Centre and the children were able to ask the leisure centre manager, Matthew Cressey, a range of questions. The children discussed different ideas for services offered by the leisure centre.
On Tuesday 4th July, the whole school took part in a brilliant event called Team Challenge where all the house teams were split into three teams: A, B and C. Some of our favourite games were Penalty Shootout, Limbo Limbo, Wet Sponge Relay, Whose Shoes and Over and Under.
At the wet sponge relay, we lined up and when the whistle blew we got a very wet sponge and ran to squeeze out water to get points. At the netball shootout, we stood and we threw a basketball at a net and we tried to score. Whose Shoes was where we had to guess whose shoes they were and match the name cards beside the shoes.
We all had an exciting time seeing our parents watching us do amazing challenges.
By Sazan and Dylan
On Tuesday afternoon the whole school participated in our annual House Choral Speaking Competition. Throughout the last half term, each house team had great fun rehearsing their chosen poem ready for Tuesday's performance. All poems were performed beautifully, complete with actions, and Foundation Stage were a wonderful audience! The performed poems included; 'The Ning Nang Nong', 'Gran Can you Rap?', 'The Reader of this Poem', 'The Dog Ate my Homework' and 'I'm Late for School'.
All of the children then voted for their favourite poems back in their house teams. We are delighted to share that Humber House team were the winners of this year's House Choral Speaking trophy, with their performance of the poem, 'Gran Can you Rap?'. We even had our own resident 'gran', performed by Callum Day in Year 5! A huge well done to all of the house teams who worked so hard to prepare for the day.