THE ROLE OF OUR SCHOOL HOUSES
At Deepdene there are four school houses and every child and member of staff is assigned to a house. All our houses are named after Sussex castles: Arundel, Bodiam, Hertsmonceux and Lewes. Houses meet regularly for house meetings at which the pupils plan fundraising activities, learn about their chosen charities for the year and discuss other house business. These meetings are led by our House Captains (senior students) and help to create a sense of house identity and community across the year groups.
THE DEEPDENE HOUSE CUP
Recently, we have made our rewards system more robust by linking it to our House system.
Healthy competition plays a key role in our house system and the pinnacle of the house calendar takes place when the Deepdene house cup is awarded to the house with most house points. House points are awarded throughout the year: the annual spelling competition, the annual maths competition, house fundraising events, money raised through the half termly collection of puplis’ matchboxes, sports day and pupil participation in competitions across the year all contribute points to the House Cup totals.
From the beginning of the Trinity term 2017, pupils’ merits became linked to the Deepdene house cup points totals. For every merit a pupil receives, a house point is awarded towards the pupil’s house cup total. House points are now tracked on a weekly basis and displayed in the school hall for all pupils to see. House point totals are communicated to parents through the weekly bulletin so that parents and pupils alike can cheer on their house.
Pupils dine every Friday with fellow house members in the school dining hall from across the year groups. This is a great opportunity for pupils to come together socially across the year groups.