All students and staff are split into our four houses, Eagles, Falcons, Hawks and Kestrels.
Head of House - Mr B. Blake
House Charity - Macmillan Cancer Support
Head of House - Mr A. Thomson
House Charity - Woking and Sam Bare Hospices
Head of House - Miss L. Goffredi
House Charity - Mind - the mental health charity
Head of House - Mr N. Murdoch
House Charity - Shooting star Children's Hospices
Aims of the House System:
To create a sense of identity, camaraderie, community and belonging for students and staff.
To promote the school values of Commitment, Endeavour and Respect.
To provide students with the opportunity to work with other members of their House, enabling them to mix with different friendship and year groups.
To allow older students to act as positive role models for students in the younger years.
To raise awareness of each of the charities supported by the individual Houses and provide opportunities to participate in events to raise money for the charities throughout the year.
Heads of House:
The Heads of House are enthusiastic and dedicated members of staff whose role is to oversee all House activities.
The Heads of House are supported by House Captains selected from students in the Upper school and Sixth Form after an application process. House Captains promote House activities amongst the students and help to distribute rewards.
Students can receive House points in a number of ways. They can be achieved in the classroom for effort, outstanding work or contribution, presentation, improvement or for excellent homework. Outstanding behaviour, perfect uniform and 100% attendance are also rewarded. Students are rewarded for helping others, showing leadership, getting involved in the Unicef award and regular extra-curricular participation. All participants in the various House competitions receive House points with winners and runners up collecting bonus points for their Houses.
Students receive prizes such as House badges, pens, erasers and the much sought after ‘skip the queue’ cards when they reach predetermined numbers of individual House points.
The following are examples of the House competitions that take place.
Year 7 Bookmark, LRC- Literacy charades, Unicef Water Bottle collection, English Christmas poetry, Design a Christmas Cake Topper, Year group inter-house football / netball, World Book-day quiz, Maths week quiz.
Charity Fundraising Events:
Events are held throughout the year and include:
Food Bank Collection – we collect food for the Walton Food bank
Christmas Jumper / Mufti Day – money raised to Save the Children Fund
York Road Project – providing accommodation and shelter for local homeless people – students are asked to donate £1 in lieu of a Secret Santa present.
Christmas Crafternoon – donations to Mind the mental Health charity
Santa Fun Run – Walton Excel Hub – raising money for Woking and Sam Beare Hospices
Crisis – Sixth Form students donate money in lieu of their Secret Santa presents.
Staff hold a Macmillan Coffee Morning – donating cakes and raising money.
World Book Mufti day – monies raised are divided between the four house charities.
Heath and Well-being
In 2013 the Youth Sport Trust selected Heathside as the Health and Wellbeing lead school for Surrey.
This has been achieved through many exciting projects over the last two years including sporting colours, health and wellbeing surveying and the comprehensive extra curricular PE programme on offer to all students and staff at Heathside to name just a few. Health and Wellbeing has always been a core focus at Heathside but the additional funding provided by the Youth Sport Trust has enabled the PE Department to ensure that Health and Wellbeing is at the forefront of student thinking.
Heathside is committed to ensuring that all students and staff have a deep understanding of the benefits of exercise and a healthy balanced diet and in turn the lifelong effects that this can have on mental and social health as well as academic achievement and life expectancy.