The House System
The House System provides opportunities for students to develop all aspects of their growth and learning: personality, morality, creativity, knowledge and skills. The system promotes values of fair play, teamwork, citizenship, mutual responsibility, self-discipline, initiative, perseverance and resilience.
Participation in House activities contributes to excellence in academic, social, sporting and cultural fields.
There are four Houses:
Al- Ali Colour: Blue named after a famous Palestinian artist
Al – Huroub Colour: Yellow named after a famous Palestinian female teacher winner of a Global Teacher Prize
Kanafani Colour: Green named after a famous Palestinian author and politician
Touqan Colour: Red named after a famous Palestinian poet.
The House System comprises three strands of activity:
- Housepoint systems, which operate in classrooms as personal Merit Points;
- Inter-House competitions such as debating, the House Art Competition and Sports Days;
- Charity fundraising, in which the Houses work together in shared fundraising activities.
Allocation of Students to Houses
The aim is to achieve a balance of ages, gender and specific aptitudes eg sport, art, academics.
Once allocated, students may not - under any circumstances - move to a different House.
At REA we work to see that every student feels a valuable part of our learning community. Alongside a strong curriculum we recognise that positive reinforcement is the most effective behaviour management strategy and that rewards form a significant part of that. Our reinforcement is consistently delivered, timely, age-appropriate and contingent on behaviour.
Our rewards are social, natural and direct, meaning students follow our rules because they understand the benefits for themselves and the school community. These intangible rewards are the strongest pastoral tools we have and are central to our aim of instilling values such as self reliance, co-operation, honesty and productivity.
In practice, this means that students are rewarded through praise and affirmation, normally delivered immediately for richest effect. Direct rewards mean students gain a benefit from correct behaviour. Social rewards are self-fulfilling, as when students are encouraged to be constructive members of our community they are naturally accepted and enjoy the security of a strong sense of belonging.
Tangible rewards such as stickers and certificates are also often used, though not usually sweets or toys, as on most occasions we consider this inappropriate and counterproductive in the school environment.
Further tangible rewards in the form merits or ‘smiley face’ stamps in the Student Diary serve two purposes.
- They are person points to help that pupil gain specific certificates at the end of the term.
- Each person point is also a House Points which are collected by everyone to determine which is the Champion House at the end of the year.
Of course for every positive there is always a negative. House Points can be deducted for poor behaviour. This is where the elected Pupil House Captains and Vice Captains step in to counsel House Members who are losing the House points.
Each half term has one House Event where House Points are awarded for participation and winning.
The Events vary in nature to use and develop all aspects of the pupils’ abilities eg Art, Maths, Sport, Science, Spelling, Music.
The events are structured so that all pupils from Y1 – 6 can take part at their own level and contribute to the entire House.
- Individual Trophies are awarded for each competitive event
- The House which gains the most points throughout the year is awarded Champion House.