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Houses and Charity

The House system is an integral part of the wellbeing structure at Surbiton High School. In each of the three Schools, our pupils are allocated to a House and participate in a variety of competitive activities that promote leadership, creativity and collaboration.

Students can gain points for their House through their participation in these events. House points can also be achieved through all aspects of the school by a pupil demonstrating excellent Learning, Leadership and Values.

In the Senior School, each House is named after a female pioneer who by their actions has changed the lives of others and made a difference to the world. The names of the Houses are Austen, Curie, Fonteyn, Nightingale, Pankhurst and Teresa. Each House is led by four Year 12 students who are known as the House Leaders. There are annual elections in the first week of September for the House Leaders in the Sixth Form, and these girls lead pupils in their House and organise all House activities. All teaching and educational support staff have a house affiliation, there is one staff member who plays a key leadership role and they are known as the Head of House; these are Miss Carley MacLean – Austen, Miss Bethan Thomas – Curie, Mr Ben Newton – Fonteyn, Mr Robert Skinner – Nightingale, Mr Samy Etienne – Pankhurst and Mr Joseph Humphreys – Teresa. These Heads of House work closely with the Year 12 House leaders to help plan, organise and support all House events. In addition, each House supports a local charity, which gives a dedicated focus for the House activities and fundraising events. Each House chooses the House charity by going through a series of hustings and votes that take place during the first term.

The first House activity of the academic year is House Choral, which takes place in September. Every girl across Years 7, 8 and 9 participates in this activity and they are accompanied and guided by musicians from Years 10 to 13. Each House performs a set piece and an ‘own choice' chamber piece. House points are awarded for organisation, movement and creativity, as well as, of course, for musicality. The next event for Year 7 and 8 girls is the Spelling Bee, where pupils work as teams to spell a selection of different words. The Year 9 to 13 girls take part in a Mathlete challenge. Pupils work individually and in groups to try and solve mathematics problems under time pressure and in a relay.

The highlight of the House year is the Fashion Show in March. The show is themed and each House is given carte blanche to design clothes from recycled materials, create audio-visual pieces as well as choreograph many dance routines. Previous themes have been 'Love Fashion', 'The Olympics', 'Recycling the Decades', 'Surbiton Goes Global', 'Classics on the Catwalk' and, most recently, 'Surbiton does STEM'. The Fashion show provides an opportunity for all girls to contribute towards a House piece. There are creative outlets in dress design, back-stage organisation, make-up and accessory development, modelling, choreography and IT skills in video and music editing. The Fashion Show is in aid of The Full Circle Fund, which is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life of babies, children and adults with life threatening illnesses, at St George's Hospital, London. This event has raised over £40,000 in the last three years.

Other events in the Spring Term are the House Public Speaking Competition, The House Instrumental Music Competition, House Science and House Geography Quizzes and University Challenge. Students also take part in a competition to design the programme for the annual school production, with House points awarded for all entries and extra points for the winning designs.

During the Summer Term, House and Charity activities fully combine to put on an entire Raise and Give (RAG) week. This series of activities raises funds and awareness of a multitude of different charitable endeavours, including the six main House charities. Last year activities ranged from a giant pass-the-parcel in aid of Akenkan and sponging the teachers was particularly successful, all culminating in the May Charity Fair.

The main House point event of the Summer Term is the School Sports Day, which takes place in June. This is an exciting event where students compete in a variety of sports and gain points for their House. Points are awarded from 1st to 6th, emphasising the need to take part as well as rewarding success.

The House system provides a framework within which all pupils can develop and strive to have a positive impact, alongside personal growth and development. This could be through taking part in the numerous House events, going the extra mile in your academic studies or Co-curricular activities. So aim high and get involved!

Mr Simon Dodd

Director of Houses, Charity and Social Enterprise

Calendar of House Events 2016 - 2017

Throughout the year there will be numerous opportunities for each and every pupil to take part in House events. The below lists some of these House events but please look out for MIS messages and information given in assemblies for further information. We look forward to seeing you all there!

Friday 23 September 2016 House Choral (Year 7 to Year 9)
Friday 7 November 2016 Spelling Bee (Year 7 and Year 8)
Friday 14 November 2016 Mathletics (Year 9 to Year 13)
Monday 11 January 2017 Science Quiz (Year 7 to Year 13)
Monday 16 January 2017 Geography Quiz (Year 10 to Year 13)
Friday 10 February 2017 Public Speaking Competition (Year 7 to Year 9)
Thursday 9 and Friday 10 March 2017 Fashion Show (All Years)
Monday 24 to Friday 28 April 2017 Raise and Give (RAG) Week (All Years)
Friday 12 May 2017 University Challenge
Friday 23 June 2017 Sports Day (Year 7 to Year 10 and Year 12)

Calendar of Charity Events 2016 - 2017

September to October 2016 We See Hope Cycle and Ergo Distance Challenge (Whole School)
Friday 30 September 2016 World's Biggest Coffee Morning - MacMillan Cancer Support (Whole School)
Friday 7 October 2016 Mufti Day in aid of House Charities (Whole School)
Monday 7 and Tuesday 8 November 2016 Remembrance Assemblies in aid of Poppy Appeal (Whole School)
Friday 9 December 2016 Christmas Jumper Mufti (Staff)
Autumn Term Wings of Hope Award (Year 9)
Friday 20 January 2017 Mufti Day in aid of House Charities (Whole School)
Thursday 2 March 2017 World Book Day Mufti in aid of KYGN (Whole School)
Thursday 9 and Friday 10 March 2017 Fashion Show in aid of Full Circle Fund (Whole School)
Wednesday 22 March 2017 We Day in aid of Free the Children
Monday 24 to Friday 28 April 2017 Raise and Give Week in aid of House Charities (Whole School)
Friday 28 April 2017 Mufti Day in aid of Akenkan (Whole School)
Friday 9 June 2017 Mufti Day in aid of House Charities (Whole School)
Every Friday Fabulous Friday Cake sales in aid of House Charities (Whole School)

Wings of Hope Achievement Award

Where: Lab 123

When: Wednesday 1.00pm - 1.35pm

Who: Year 9 and Year 12

Staff: Miss Carley MacLean and Mr Simon Dodd

Places: Unlimited

The Wings of Hope Achievement Award enables you and your friends to form a team of six and be creative in managing your own wacky fund raising events, all in the name of charity!

Prizes and House points will be awarded based on how innovative your ideas are and how much awareness you raise in the local and national community.

The WOHAA will enable each pupil to develop and enhance many useful skills such as communication, presentation and leadership. These are vital to help underpin your academic work and set you apart. You will have the opportunity to attend a series of skills workshops by the global advertising agency Saatchi and Saatchi and go to a glitzy celebration evening at a top London venue.

Ultimately, the winning team will receive the prize of an all-expenses paid trip to Malawi or India to help on one of the Wings of Hope charity projects.

Akenkan

Who: Years 10 to 13

Staff: Mrs Sharon Stead

Places: Pre-allocated

The Akenkan project is aimed at supporting the development of literacy in rural primary schools in Ghana. Ghanaian pupils need to be able to read and write in English before they can proceed to secondary education.

Pupils will use their creativity to write, illustrate and professionally print their own series of reading books specifically suitable for Ghanaian children in the Akuapem Hills. The books are set in a context to which Ghanaian children can relate and are taken to schools in the Akuapem Hills. The previous editions have been sold at Charity fairs as well as in local book shops, with all funds going towards professional printing.

Friendship Hour

Where: Sixth Form Common Room

When: Tuesday 4.00pm - 5.00pm

Who: Years 7 to 13

Staff: Mrs Christine Geard and Mrs Kathryn Slaughter

Places: 20

Meeting once a week this club facilitates Senior School pupils interaction with local elderly residents and the wider community. We chat and share experiences / news / views and hear amazing life stories from people who have experienced and seen some of the most dramatic changes of any generation to date. Tea and biscuits are provided with lots of entertaining discussions!

The club has strong links with the Green Fingers Club and there are opportunities to take part in various charity events and activities throughout the year.

WE Day UK

Who: Years 8 to 13 along with boys from Years 5 to 6

Staff: Mr Simon Dodd, Council21 Ambassadors and Staff Mentors

Places: Unlimited

Free the Children (FtC) is an International Charity and Youth empowerment organisation with the aim of removing barriers that prevent young people around the world from becoming local, national and global citizens.


FtC works with schools to build on existing charitable and social enterprise activities, to bring a local, national and global context. Pupils can develop pre-existing or new activities with the FtC ambassadors. These ambassadors will provide networks of support that encourage each and every pupil to develop themselves and their ideas. There is an opportunity for those groups who take part to be invited to WE Day 2017 which is held at Wembley Arena on Wednesday 22 March 2017. WE Day is a free event, where tickets are won through the local and national fund and awareness raising that each school group carries out.

7billionideas

Where: Enterprise Hub

When: Ad-Hoc

Who: Years 5 to 12

Staff: Mr David Harkin (CEO 7billionideas) and Mrs Jenny Harkin (Co-founder / Director 7billionideas)

7billionideas believes that:

• Every day countless ideas are forgotton

• There are 7 billion ‘idea generators’ in the world

• We should all ‘Think Big, Dream Bigger’

• By sharing ideas we can collaborate to be the change

• The value of an idea is in the using of it

• Ideas generation should be fun, thoughtful and creative

• Everyone can develop an entrepreneurial mindset

Throughout the academic year, 7billionideas will work with the Prep Schools running their famous ideas boot camp and their 7billCLUB. As students enter the Senior School, they’re exposed to 7billionideas throughout the year, but most notably within activity week, when students in Years 7 to 10 take part in a 7billionideas World Changing IDEAS Day. Everything we do with 7billionideas is about helping to inspire our students and unlock their entrepreneurial spirit.

www.7billionideas.com
Instagram: @7billionideas
facebook.com/7billionideas
twitter: @7billionideas

Young Enterprise

Where: Sixth Form Centre

When: Monday 4.00pm - 5.00pm

Who: Year 12

Staff: Mr David Sanders and Mrs Kate Sharp

Places: 40

Term: Autumn and Spring

Young Enterprise provides girls in the Sixth Form with the opportunity of establishing a business, selling to the public and generating profit. It is highly valued by universities and employers for developing creativity, teamwork, leadership and commercial awareness. There are many opportunities to raise funds and to promote and sell products, both within school and to the wider public.

We normally run two companies each year and the businesses are judged against other schools in the highly competitive Kingston and Richmond area, with the possibility of advancing to regional and national finals.

The companies meet formally once a week and are supported by a Link Teacher and a Business Adviser.

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HOME | SENIOR SCHOOL | CO-CURRICULAR | Houses and Charity

Houses and Charity

The House system is an integral part of the wellbeing structure at Surbiton High School. In each of the three Schools, our pupils are allocated to a House and participate in a variety of competitive activities that promote leadership, creativity and collaboration.

Students can gain points for their House through their participation in these events. House points can also be achieved through all aspects of the school by a pupil demonstrating excellent Learning, Leadership and Values.

In the Senior School, each House is named after a female pioneer who by their actions has changed the lives of others and made a difference to the world. The names of the Houses are Austen, Curie, Fonteyn, Nightingale, Pankhurst and Teresa. Each House is led by four Year 12 students who are known as the House Leaders. There are annual elections in the first week of September for the House Leaders in the Sixth Form, and these girls lead pupils in their House and organise all House activities. All teaching and educational support staff have a house affiliation, there is one staff member who plays a key leadership role and they are known as the Head of House; these are Miss Carley MacLean – Austen, Miss Bethan Thomas – Curie, Mr Ben Newton – Fonteyn, Mr Robert Skinner – Nightingale, Mr Samy Etienne – Pankhurst and Mr Joseph Humphreys – Teresa. These Heads of House work closely with the Year 12 House leaders to help plan, organise and support all House events. In addition, each House supports a local charity, which gives a dedicated focus for the House activities and fundraising events. Each House chooses the House charity by going through a series of hustings and votes that take place during the first term.

The first House activity of the academic year is House Choral, which takes place in September. Every girl across Years 7, 8 and 9 participates in this activity and they are accompanied and guided by musicians from Years 10 to 13. Each House performs a set piece and an ‘own choice' chamber piece. House points are awarded for organisation, movement and creativity, as well as, of course, for musicality. The next event for Year 7 and 8 girls is the Spelling Bee, where pupils work as teams to spell a selection of different words. The Year 9 to 13 girls take part in a Mathlete challenge. Pupils work individually and in groups to try and solve mathematics problems under time pressure and in a relay.

The highlight of the House year is the Fashion Show in March. The show is themed and each House is given carte blanche to design clothes from recycled materials, create audio-visual pieces as well as choreograph many dance routines. Previous themes have been 'Love Fashion', 'The Olympics', 'Recycling the Decades', 'Surbiton Goes Global', 'Classics on the Catwalk' and, most recently, 'Surbiton does STEM'. The Fashion show provides an opportunity for all girls to contribute towards a House piece. There are creative outlets in dress design, back-stage organisation, make-up and accessory development, modelling, choreography and IT skills in video and music editing. The Fashion Show is in aid of The Full Circle Fund, which is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life of babies, children and adults with life threatening illnesses, at St George's Hospital, London. This event has raised over £40,000 in the last three years.

Other events in the Spring Term are the House Public Speaking Competition, The House Instrumental Music Competition, House Science and House Geography Quizzes and University Challenge. Students also take part in a competition to design the programme for the annual school production, with House points awarded for all entries and extra points for the winning designs.

During the Summer Term, House and Charity activities fully combine to put on an entire Raise and Give (RAG) week. This series of activities raises funds and awareness of a multitude of different charitable endeavours, including the six main House charities. Last year activities ranged from a giant pass-the-parcel in aid of Akenkan and sponging the teachers was particularly successful, all culminating in the May Charity Fair.

The main House point event of the Summer Term is the School Sports Day, which takes place in June. This is an exciting event where students compete in a variety of sports and gain points for their House. Points are awarded from 1st to 6th, emphasising the need to take part as well as rewarding success.

The House system provides a framework within which all pupils can develop and strive to have a positive impact, alongside personal growth and development. This could be through taking part in the numerous House events, going the extra mile in your academic studies or Co-curricular activities. So aim high and get involved!

Mr Simon Dodd

Director of Houses, Charity and Social Enterprise

Calendar of House Events 2016 - 2017

Throughout the year there will be numerous opportunities for each and every pupil to take part in House events. The below lists some of these House events but please look out for MIS messages and information given in assemblies for further information. We look forward to seeing you all there!

Friday 23 September 2016 House Choral (Year 7 to Year 9)
Friday 7 November 2016 Spelling Bee (Year 7 and Year 8)
Friday 14 November 2016 Mathletics (Year 9 to Year 13)
Monday 11 January 2017 Science Quiz (Year 7 to Year 13)
Monday 16 January 2017 Geography Quiz (Year 10 to Year 13)
Friday 10 February 2017 Public Speaking Competition (Year 7 to Year 9)
Thursday 9 and Friday 10 March 2017 Fashion Show (All Years)
Monday 24 to Friday 28 April 2017 Raise and Give (RAG) Week (All Years)
Friday 12 May 2017 University Challenge
Friday 23 June 2017 Sports Day (Year 7 to Year 10 and Year 12)

Calendar of Charity Events 2016 - 2017

September to October 2016 We See Hope Cycle and Ergo Distance Challenge (Whole School)
Friday 30 September 2016 World's Biggest Coffee Morning - MacMillan Cancer Support (Whole School)
Friday 7 October 2016 Mufti Day in aid of House Charities (Whole School)
Monday 7 and Tuesday 8 November 2016 Remembrance Assemblies in aid of Poppy Appeal (Whole School)
Friday 9 December 2016 Christmas Jumper Mufti (Staff)
Autumn Term Wings of Hope Award (Year 9)
Friday 20 January 2017 Mufti Day in aid of House Charities (Whole School)
Thursday 2 March 2017 World Book Day Mufti in aid of KYGN (Whole School)
Thursday 9 and Friday 10 March 2017 Fashion Show in aid of Full Circle Fund (Whole School)
Wednesday 22 March 2017 We Day in aid of Free the Children
Monday 24 to Friday 28 April 2017 Raise and Give Week in aid of House Charities (Whole School)
Friday 28 April 2017 Mufti Day in aid of Akenkan (Whole School)
Friday 9 June 2017 Mufti Day in aid of House Charities (Whole School)
Every Friday Fabulous Friday Cake sales in aid of House Charities (Whole School)

Wings of Hope Achievement Award

Where: Lab 123

When: Wednesday 1.00pm - 1.35pm

Who: Year 9 and Year 12

Staff: Miss Carley MacLean and Mr Simon Dodd

Places: Unlimited

The Wings of Hope Achievement Award enables you and your friends to form a team of six and be creative in managing your own wacky fund raising events, all in the name of charity!

Prizes and House points will be awarded based on how innovative your ideas are and how much awareness you raise in the local and national community.

The WOHAA will enable each pupil to develop and enhance many useful skills such as communication, presentation and leadership. These are vital to help underpin your academic work and set you apart. You will have the opportunity to attend a series of skills workshops by the global advertising agency Saatchi and Saatchi and go to a glitzy celebration evening at a top London venue.

Ultimately, the winning team will receive the prize of an all-expenses paid trip to Malawi or India to help on one of the Wings of Hope charity projects.

Akenkan

Who: Years 10 to 13

Staff: Mrs Sharon Stead

Places: Pre-allocated

The Akenkan project is aimed at supporting the development of literacy in rural primary schools in Ghana. Ghanaian pupils need to be able to read and write in English before they can proceed to secondary education.

Pupils will use their creativity to write, illustrate and professionally print their own series of reading books specifically suitable for Ghanaian children in the Akuapem Hills. The books are set in a context to which Ghanaian children can relate and are taken to schools in the Akuapem Hills. The previous editions have been sold at Charity fairs as well as in local book shops, with all funds going towards professional printing.

Friendship Hour

Where: Sixth Form Common Room

When: Tuesday 4.00pm - 5.00pm

Who: Years 7 to 13

Staff: Mrs Christine Geard and Mrs Kathryn Slaughter

Places: 20

Meeting once a week this club facilitates Senior School pupils interaction with local elderly residents and the wider community. We chat and share experiences / news / views and hear amazing life stories from people who have experienced and seen some of the most dramatic changes of any generation to date. Tea and biscuits are provided with lots of entertaining discussions!

The club has strong links with the Green Fingers Club and there are opportunities to take part in various charity events and activities throughout the year.

WE Day UK

Who: Years 8 to 13 along with boys from Years 5 to 6

Staff: Mr Simon Dodd, Council21 Ambassadors and Staff Mentors

Places: Unlimited

Free the Children (FtC) is an International Charity and Youth empowerment organisation with the aim of removing barriers that prevent young people around the world from becoming local, national and global citizens.


FtC works with schools to build on existing charitable and social enterprise activities, to bring a local, national and global context. Pupils can develop pre-existing or new activities with the FtC ambassadors. These ambassadors will provide networks of support that encourage each and every pupil to develop themselves and their ideas. There is an opportunity for those groups who take part to be invited to WE Day 2017 which is held at Wembley Arena on Wednesday 22 March 2017. WE Day is a free event, where tickets are won through the local and national fund and awareness raising that each school group carries out.

7billionideas

Where: Enterprise Hub

When: Ad-Hoc

Who: Years 5 to 12

Staff: Mr David Harkin (CEO 7billionideas) and Mrs Jenny Harkin (Co-founder / Director 7billionideas)

7billionideas believes that:

• Every day countless ideas are forgotton

• There are 7 billion ‘idea generators’ in the world

• We should all ‘Think Big, Dream Bigger’

• By sharing ideas we can collaborate to be the change

• The value of an idea is in the using of it

• Ideas generation should be fun, thoughtful and creative

• Everyone can develop an entrepreneurial mindset

Throughout the academic year, 7billionideas will work with the Prep Schools running their famous ideas boot camp and their 7billCLUB. As students enter the Senior School, they’re exposed to 7billionideas throughout the year, but most notably within activity week, when students in Years 7 to 10 take part in a 7billionideas World Changing IDEAS Day. Everything we do with 7billionideas is about helping to inspire our students and unlock their entrepreneurial spirit.

www.7billionideas.com
Instagram: @7billionideas
facebook.com/7billionideas
twitter: @7billionideas

Young Enterprise

Where: Sixth Form Centre

When: Monday 4.00pm - 5.00pm

Who: Year 12

Staff: Mr David Sanders and Mrs Kate Sharp

Places: 40

Term: Autumn and Spring

Young Enterprise provides girls in the Sixth Form with the opportunity of establishing a business, selling to the public and generating profit. It is highly valued by universities and employers for developing creativity, teamwork, leadership and commercial awareness. There are many opportunities to raise funds and to promote and sell products, both within school and to the wider public.

We normally run two companies each year and the businesses are judged against other schools in the highly competitive Kingston and Richmond area, with the possibility of advancing to regional and national finals.

The companies meet formally once a week and are supported by a Link Teacher and a Business Adviser.

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