We have a House Points System at Dilton Marsh C of E Primary School. Children are grouped into four House Teams. These are Kestrel, Merlin, Falcon and Hawk. Each child is placed in a House on entry to school and remains a member of this team throughout their time at the school. Siblings are placed in the same House team. House Captains are elected from Year 6 pupils following a letter of application and a group interview. They provide positive leadership to the children in their House and during the various competitions and events organised throughout the year.
On Sports Day the Houses compete against each other as teams and a cup is awarded to the winning House. Teaching and non-teaching staff also belong to a House, with the exception of the Head teacher, and they encourage and support the children in positive team building through the House system.
The House Captains are responsible for leading their House in competitions and events, and representing the school in the community and a range of school events and activities. The responsibilities of the House Captains are:
• to set an example to the other children
• to earn house points and encourage others to do so
• to represent the house when collecting awards
• to be somebody others can turn to for advice
In addition to the House Captains, every child in year 6 is presented with a star badge to wear throughout the year showing their house team colour. This will enable the younger children to identify who is in their team.
Earning House Points
House Points can be awarded by all staff to children for a variety of reasons. For example:
• Polite, well-mannered behaviour
• Demonstrating a caring attitude towards peers
• Working to the best of their ability
• Excellent attendance
• Putting special effort into a piece of work
• Neatly presented work
• Positive attitude towards work
• Sporting achievement
• Taking part in competitions and events
• Helpful approaches to different situations
Counting the House Points
Every Friday, the house points are counted by our House Captains and a weekly winner announced during our Achievement Assembly the following Monday morning. These are then added to the house points display tubes in the corridor.
House points are then tallied over the course of a term, a winner is announced, and the children in that house are rewarded with a special event or treat. Each team will also get £50 to donate to their House Charity. The charity the House wants to support is decided in September each year by the House teams, the captains then write a letter to their chosen charity explaining that they will be raising money throughout the year for the charity by earning house points. The House teams can also decide throughout the year to run sponsored events or hold a stall at the fayre to raise extra funds for their chosen charity.
At the end of the year, once all house points are tallied, the House Champions will be announced. The winning house will be awarded their ribbons on the House Cup.