All St George’s pupils from Reception to Year 8 belong to one of four Houses: Rodney, Revenge, Vindictive or Victory. The Houses are named after famous Royal Naval ships, and reflect the fact that the main school building once housed the Naval Knights of Windsor.
The House system offers an opportunity for pupils of all ages to interact, develop friendships and compete across the age groups. There are House matches in key areas of sport, such as swimming, netball, football, cross-country and athletics, and other events such as an annual music competition, lunches and fundraising for charity events, all aimed at building a sense of belonging to a House. Cups are awarded for successes in major House competitions.
Pupils in the Middle and Upper Schools meet once a fortnight when the Head of House reviews pupil successes and plus points achieved. House points can be earned by all pupils from Reception to Year 8 and are awarded for effort, attainment or outstanding behaviour. The aim is to encourage pupils to reach their full potential, rewarding effort as well as achievement. The Senior Prefect team plays an important part in running their House and acting as role models for other pupils.
As pupils reach set goals throughout the year, they are awarded a Bronze certificate for attaining 30 pluses, a Silver certificate for 50 pluses and a Gold certificate for 80 pluses. The Head of House presents the Bronze and Silver certificates and the Head Master the Gold certificates. Pupils reaching 100 pluses are presented with a ‘100 Club’ certificate by the Head Master at the end-of-year assembly.
Pupils feel a great sense of loyalty to their House and enjoy both the competition and the support generated by the House System.
The main event in the Michaelmas Term 2016 was 'St George's Got Talent', raising money for this year's House chosen charity, School in a Bag, which supports underprivileged children throughout the world. The contestants showed an astonishing variety of abilities, including magic, dancing, music, gymnastics and acting. The winners were Madeleine for her amazing gymnastics display, Ben for his hilarious Elvis impression, and Isabelle, Harry and Max for their hula hoop performance.
So far more than £1000 has been raised through the talent competition and the 'wear your own clothes' day and fundraising will continue into this term and next.