At Bowmandale we have a system of house teams. Children are allocated a house when they start school, with siblings being given the same house. We have five houses named after the local rivers: Ancholme, Hull, Humber, Ouse and Trent. Each house has two elected house captains - a boy and a girl. These ten house captains then form the school council.
Each half term, all houses focus on a different theme; these become the focus for our house assemblies. The themes are:
At the end of each week, the number of stars awarded to each team are counted and an average calculated. The team with the highest average for that week wins an extra 10 mins playtime and gets the house trophy.
The School Council is made up of the house captains. We are all keen to keep our school running as well as we can. Our house team members voted for us because we have several useful skills for the role; skills like listening, speaking clearly, being organised and having ideas to share. We have what is called 'the pupil voice' which means we represent all the children in our classes, bringing their ideas to each meeting.
Over the last half term, the focus of our house meetings has been the house speaking and drama festival. Children who wanted to perform a poem have been practising over the last few weeks just for this afternoon's final.
Two groups of finalists from each house team presented their poems in front of the whole school then the school council voted for their favourites. The standard was very high with each group speaking clearly with actions perfectly synchronised. It was lovely to see all the children of different ages working together.
The winners were:
Well done to the finalists and to all the children who learned poems and took part.
Yesterday, the whole school participated in a fun filled afternoon with various activities to challenge our pupils. It was wonderful to see our older children supporting and encouraging our younger friends. Into the bargain, we were blessed with wonderful weather!
Thanks to the parents who came along to enjoy the fun and games.
After all of the amazing teamwork the wait goes on to find out who will be Team Challenge Champions of 2018.
This morning we had our postponed Sport Relief house relay race. Each house chose five volunteers to race and we all went out on a gloriously sunny morning to watch and cheer. It was a close run race with one house taking the lead only to be overtaken by another. In the end the results were:
1st place - Trent
2nd place - Hull
3rd place - Ancholme
4th place - Humber
5th place - Ouse
Well done to all the runners!
Yesterday was the final of the house team choral speaking competition. Each house prepared a poem to read as a team to the rest of the school. This year, the results were as follows:
Joint 1st : Ancholme & Ouse
Well done to all the children for learning their pieces so well.
Ancholme House presented an assembly to the whole school about online safety. They showed us a video about staying safe while playing online games. We learnt that people we talk to in games might not be who we imagine they are and not to share our information with people who ask personal questions. They finished the assembly with being SMART which stands for:
Keep safe by being careful not to give out personal information when you're chatting or posting online. Personal information includes your email address, phone number and password.
Meeting someone you have only been in touch with online can be dangerous. Only do so with your parents' or carers' permission and even then only when they can be present. Remember online friends are still strangers even if you have been talking to them for a long time.
Accepting emails, IM messages, or opening files, pictures or texts from people you don't know or trust can lead to problems – they may contain viruses or nasty messages!
Someone online might lie about who they are and information on the internet may not be true. Always check information with other websites, books or someone who knows. If you like chatting online it's best to only chat to your real world friends and family.
Tell your parent, carer or a trusted adult if someone or something makes you feel uncomfortable or worried, or if you or someone you know is being bullied online.
The SMART rules come from www.childnet.com.