All pupils at St Joseph’s are assigned to one of four houses when they arrive at the school. Each house is named after a Saint; St George’s (red), St Andrew’s (blue), St David’s (yellow) and St Patrick’s (green).
Children can earn points for their house through a number of different ways including good behaviour, homework, great effort, helping others, sporting achievements and manners. They also compete against each other in their houses at our annual sports day and swimming gala events to earn points. The points are collected by House Captains each week and the winning house are presented with the House Point Shield. At the end of the school year, the winning team is presented with a cup and are rewarded by being allowed to come to school wearing their team’s colour.
We believe that the house teams offer a valuable opportunity to develop a sense of belonging and encourage children to work as a team.
There are two Year 6 house prefects and their role is to oversee the House Captains. They are responsible for calculating the total points won by each house every week, and use their mathematics skills to work out the averages. The house prefects record the figures and then write out the results ready for the house captains to read out in assembly each Friday. They are great role models for the rest of the children.
Each house has two captains; chosen from pupils in their class. Children who want to be a house captain have to write a letter that they read out at a special assembly, setting out why they believe they would make a good house captain. Pupils then hold an election to pick their house captains for the year. The elections form part of our work on British Values and help children learn about democracy.