The House System
Students at Bonus Pastor are split into one of six houses on joining in Year 7. They stay in this house throughout their school life, and gain house points through completing excellent work, displaying outstanding behaviour, and competing in house challenges and sports. These points go towards the House Cup, which is awarded in the final week of term each year.
Each house is named after an English Martyr, who embodies the characteristics and values that we want our students to develop, and students learn about and celebrate their Saint as part of their House Feast Day. This is an annual celebration, with a liturgy in the morning, followed by a trip outside of school to grow as a house and build relationships.
Each house also has its own identity, prayer, flag, colour and tie, and all students within the house get a chance to celebrate and represent their house throughout the year though House assemblies, Inter House sport and challenge events such as football and netball, chess, oware, Sports Day and many more. Students may also fundraise for a variety of charities within their house, raising hundreds of pounds each year.
During week 2 in the timetable, students are registered in their House groups, meaning that students are mixed across the year-groups giving a few students from Year 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11 in each form group. This encourages students to mix across the year groups, support and mentor each other and encourages a stronger sense of community, whilst also discussing and participating in a range of activities which all pupils can get involved in, from discussing current affairs to literacy, numeracy and problem-solving challenges.
Pupils also have the opportunity to develop leadership skills within their house by being a buddy to a new year 7 student, or a sport, fundraising or house captain.
The House System is an integral part of Bonus Pastor, and something which all of our students speak highly of.
For more information please see the video below, or the individual house pages.
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