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House System Unveiled

Posted on: July 23rd 2021


The new house system has officially been launched and the final preparations are underway to commence the first House Championship in September.

HousesThere have been some significant changes, moving from the seven-form system to eight forms per year for Years 7 to 10 to accommodate the house system. Excitement, and some trepidation always come with change, but the house system and Championship will form a key thread in the fabric of the Amery Hill School experience.  Close friends are kept together, but the reshuffle opens the doors to working with new people. Now students will be able to pull together as a team both within and across year groups to win the first House Championship, sharing wisdom between the year groups and reach out with greater extent into the community, showcasing the very best of how Amery Hill educates all students for life.

Thank you to all staff, students and parents who contributed ideas for the house theme and names.  

The chosen theme and names, not only allows us to pay homage to one of the country’s all time greatest literary figures, of immense local significance, but it seems most fitting that our staff and students should indeed be housed in figurative houses. What fine houses they are: Hartfield. Mansfield. Northanger. Pemberley.

What will each of our houses become known for? Which house will win the Sports Day title for the first time?  Which houses will be home to our greatest artists, future leaders, scientists and engineers, prodigious humanitarians, globetrotters, jetsetters and entrepreneurs? Which house will be the first to reach out into the local community? Which will haul the most house points demonstrating the biggest drive for their collective futures? Who will be our first House Captains leading their houses to victory of the first House Cup? All this lay before us, and in September we get to turn the handle on the door of each house and begin discovering just what is inside.

More details in our summer term newsletter - click here.

 

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