Sunday Times Prep School of the Year 2013-14

House System

The house system at Holy Cross is designed to encourage girls to mix in wider age and friendship groups, as well as promoting healthy and controlled competition in a range of events including quizzes, sporting activities and the creative arts. All our Pre-Prep and Junior girls are assigned to one of the four Houses and will follow a sibling through. The four houses are St. Dominic (yellow), St. Teresa (green), St. Elizabeth (red) and St. Francis (blue). Each house has its own teddy bear mascot dressed in the house colours and a motto created by the girls in that house. Every member of staff in school also has membership of a house and supports the girls within it. There is a display board in school, near the main Hall, where all the different house achievement and activities are recorded alongside the House Captains and Vice-Captains.

On an individual daily basis, pupils are able to earn credits from teaching staff which could be awarded for good behaviour, effort, manners or excellence in work. At the end of each term these individual credits are tallied, and a house badge and merit certificate is awarded to one individual in each class throughout the school. Each house then competes to win the term accolade which is announced in house assembly; as such, all pupils’ contributions are equally important to the overall success of the houses.

Sports Day in the Sumer Term is a real showcase for the girls’ house spirit as they all compete in their house coloured-shirts and with girls in other year groups and classes within their house; it is a real team effort and encourages much participation and enthusiastic shouting from staff and pupils alike! Points are awarded throughout the day which help towards a big total for the triumphant house. During Junior Prize Giving in July, the highly-sought after House Shield is presented to the overall winning house of that academic year.

Year Six girls have the opportunity of taking on responsibility and practising leadership skills as Captain or Vice-Captain of a house. They are elected by the pupils in their house after giving a ‘campaign speech’ at the start of the year.