St. Stephen's Houses
Why have houses?
We feel the children benefit from being members of mixed age school teams. It helps develop opportunities for year groups to work together, encourages children to support each other, gives them a strong sense of responsibility and belonging and provides them with a range of additional activities to take part in.
How many houses are there?
There are four houses with balanced numbers of boys and girls and numbers from each year group. Children are not moved into another house unless there are exceptional circumstances.
When is the house system used?
There is a house point system, where children earn points individually (as DOJO points) and in assemblies. These are collected together at the end of each term and the cup is awarded. It is also used on Sports Day, other whole school team events and during fund raising activities.
How do children get house points?
Children can earn points (sometimes called ‘DOJOs’) individually for being good learners, by showing effort and determination, confidence and for great personal achievement. Points are also awarded for working well with others by getting along, working as a team and being organised. Any member of staff can award house points or class DOJOs.
All children and staff are divided into four houses. These houses are called:
Angouleme is our team. Angouleme became Bury’s first twin town in 1959. (Bury now has five twin towns!)
Angouleme is a town in France. It became our first twin town, because both towns had the same industries (felt and paper making).
In Bury there is a road called ‘Angouleme Way’, while in Angouleme there is a road called ‘Boulevard de Bury.’ This road also has a red telephone box on it!
There are visits between the towns to make friends.
Our team colour is green.
Our team is Fusiliers. It is a name given to various kinds of soldiers, but our team is named after the Fusiliers who have been based in Bury for centuries. There is a museum about the regiment in the town centre of Bury.
There is also a remembrance garden on Bolton Road that we visit during our annual Remembrance Week.
The Fusiliers colour is red, so that is also our team’s colour!
Our team is named after a man called Robert Peel, because he was born on 5th of February 1788, in Bury, Lancashire where we live! Robert Peel lived in Bury for about 4 or 5 years. Local people built a tower called Peel Tower on the top of Holcombe Hill so it overlooks Bury. There is also a statue of Robert Peel in the centre of Bury near the parish church. Robert Peel is most famous for inventing the police and they were called Bobbies or Peelers after him. Later he became Sir Robert Peel and he was Prime Minister of the United Kingdom twice!
Our house colour is blue (after the colour that policemen traditionally wear)
Our house is Woodbury. Woodbury became Bury’s fourth twin town in 2000.
Woodbury is a town in the United States.
In 1682 Henry Wood, a Quaker, escaped from religious persecution and sailed to America with his family on a ship.
He had emigrated from Bury, so when he founded a town, he called it Woodbury, after himself and the town where he was born.
Our house's colour is yellow.