At St Stephen’s Junior School, we have four different houses. These are Attenborough (green), Jackson (red), Lowinger (blue) and McEwan (yellow).
Our houses have been named after people who have worked in many areas that are linked to the Sustainable Development Goals which our school curriculum focuses on. Through their work, these people are helping to teach us how to change the world. In their work that has been done, they have all shown how to be innovative and have carried out exploration where they have shown justice, mercy and humility which very much links to what we believe at SSJ. Apart from Sir David Attenborough (who we consider to be a legend) the people chosen to name are houses all began to make changes at a young age and therefore, they are great, positive role models who our children can aspire to be.
While we have had houses for many years, they were renamed in the Summer 2020 to fit in with our intent (please see the bottom of the page to find out about how these names were chosen).
Please have a look at the presentations below to find out more about Sir David Attenborough, Jahkil Jackson, Nicholas Lowinger and Ella and Caitlin McEwan. We are sure you will agree that they are worthy people to name our houses after.
Each week, children across the school earn house points for being polite, kind and considerate; helping others and when they working hard. These are given by adults and the children record these in their classrooms. House point monitors from Year 6 tally the total number of house points from each classroom. During Friday’s celebration assembly, 12 children are awarded either a Writer of the Week, Mighty Mathematician or Remarkable Reader certificate (earning 10 house points) and 12 children are given a Head Teacher’s certificate (earning 20 house points).
At the end of each term, there is a Shining Star award chosen from each class for someone who has shown exceptional learning behaviour, who consistently follows the school rules and who is a fantastic Purple Learner and they will earn 100 house points!!
All of the house points are combined by the house captains and a running total is created. The house which is in the lead each week will tie their house colour ribbon on the house trophy.
Throughout the year, we have a range of different inter-house competitions (the Easter Quiz, Pancake race, Sports Day, Talent show to name but a few!) where the children can earn additional house points!
To see who is currently in the lead, please look at the home page of our website!
House Captains 2020/21
At the beginning of each year, we hold elections to choose who we want to be our House Captains. This year, each candidate made a video of themselves to persuade their house members to vote for them. Here are this year's successful candidates.
What shall we call our houses from September 2020?
We have been thinking about our house names at school. While they are currently named after important people, we want to bring the names up to date and to reflect the people in the world who taking important actions linked to our Global Goals.
The adults of school have thought about lots of different people and the impact they have had. Where we could, we thought about children who have taken actions with remarkable results.
Have a look at the information on the Powerpoint below regarding our shortlist of people. Find out more information about them, decide which person you would like our houses to be named after and then make your vote. You must vote for one name for each house only.
We will let you know who has been chosen when we return in September.
Each year at the end of Term 2, we hold our very popular talent show- 'St Stephen's Got Talent'! This year was a little different as the auditions and the watching of the show took place remotely
As always, our judging panel all felt that the standard was extremely high but the overall winner was a super song from an Attenborough team member. Everyone who took part in the final received a medal with the winner taking away a trophy.
Well done to everyone who took part!