My name is Mrs Davenport and I am the Braunton Academy House Coordinator.
The Academy has moved to a Year based system with Heads of Year replacing the previous Heads of House. During the planning and transition to the new system, we recognised that we do not want to lose the House system and ethos.
Belonging to a House gives students an identity and sense of pride in a supportive environment and my aim is to raise the profile of the House system.
There are four Houses, each named after one of the beautiful local beaches: Croyde, Putsborough, Saunton and Woolacombe.
Students will have the opportunity to gain points for their House in the following ways:
House Competitions – there will be a varied series of House competitions and events throughout the year from all areas of school life. This will ensure that everyone has the opportunity to represent their House in something that they enjoy.
Positive Behaviour - Heads of Year will award House Points in the form of tokens to students who demonstrate positive behaviour around the school. Students will drop these into the coloured House Boxes situated in Student Reception.
Best Attendance – the House that tops the attendance data each week will gain points for their House.
These points will accumulate and be recorded on the House Championship display board in the Isaac Hall foyer.
There will be opportunities within each House for students to take on extra responsibility and apply to become House Captains, who will help organise the competitions and events.
The House Championship calendar will culminate with the Annual Sports Day and a House Championship Cup awarded to the House that has accrued the most points over the whole year at the final assembly.
House Lockdown Photograph Competition Results
We had an amazing response to this competition with 36 entries and every photograph entered was fantastic, which made the judging process very difficult! However, following a staff vote, I am delighted to announce the winners as follows:
Yr 7 Daisy Cox 7LB Saunton House
Yr 8 Ella Jones 8CH Croyde House
This is my comical cockerel called 'Titch' who has helped me through lockdown by entertaining me and making me smile. He is actually smaller than a pigeon, but thinks he’s massive and scary!
Yr 9 Kit Young 9DY Putsborough House
My entry for the photo competition was inspired from the contradictions of lockdown. I noticed there were lots of different dimensions to how people were experiencing lockdown. Everyone’s experiences and attitudes are different. Whilst some people are showing their gratitude by clapping on a Thursday they were also showing those ignorance by discarding used masks. This is one I found on our daily walk. Also whilst families were spending more time together within their household groups, they are often unable to visit vulnerable grandparents who are feeling isolated. There are a lot of different dynamics.
Yr 11 Bradley Young 11NT Putsborough House
“Contemplation” inspired by my thoughts on the current pandemic
The winners will each receive 10 House points and a £10 Amazon voucher which will be posted home.
Congratulations to our winners and thank you to everyone who took part.
Everyone who entered will receive House points which will be added to the final House totals and the winners of this year's House Championship will be announced before the end of the Summer term.
The Year and School Councils have decided to support the following local charities this year:
Little Bridge House
The Dogs Trust
North Devon Against Domestic Abuse - NDADA
Families in Grief - FIG
I will encourage and support the House Prefects and House Captains to organise regular fundraising events and activities.