The House System
The House System encourages a sense of family and belonging with older students supporting and encouraging younger students in all aspects of school life. Every member of the school community is a member of one of the four houses named after enclosures in the New Forest.
It is also a vehicle for developing leadership skills in our young people. The Houses are led by two House Leaders, one for Learning and one for Guidance. They are supported by a student team of prefects led by a House Captain who together play an important role in shaping the ethos of their House. All students are encouraged to be valued members of their House through active participation in the life of the school.
Healthy competition is encouraged and inter-house competitions take place across a range of sports as well as across curriculum areas.
We are extremely proud of our House Captains, Sports Captains and Prefects who are chosen following a rigorous selection procedure. In order to achieve prefect status, students must demonstrate the personal qualities and high standards required of this ambassadorial role alongside a record of active and positive contributions to the school community.
The spring term seems to have flown by with so many activities going on both in and out of school. Anderwood pupils have been beavering away in clubs and competitions too numerous to mention in this short newsletter, but it certainly makes a difference in that all important House competition. It just goes to show that all of the effort everyone put in really can make a difference, as we rose from the depths of a sullen 4th place back to our rightful spot at the top! We’d like to say how proud we are of everyone pulling together and applaud the commitment that kept us in front of the chasing pack, congratulations Lions the torch is burning red once more!
This term we have been inviting our Year 10 potential Prefects to begin volunteering for their trial duties and have been hugely impressed with the quality of all of our future candidates. The drive and determination they’ve displayed so far proves they certainly have the potential and we believe that the future of Anderwood is in very safe hands as we look forward to the up and coming interviews.
We will also be saying a fond farewell to our Year 11 pupils in a few short months. Thank you as always to our reliable Prefects, led so brilliantly by our senior team Aimee, Molly and Amy. As a year group your contribution to the House Cup with your huge points tallies will never be forgotten, let’s hope the other years can rise to the challenge of filling the void when you’ve left. Happy revising over the next few weeks, every little bit can make a difference. We hope that all of your hard work pays off and if you haven’t started yet it’s still not too late!
We are incredibly proud to be leading such an amazing house and look forward to continuing with you whilst embodying our house motto “be the best you can be”.
Mr Rowling & Miss Fitzgerald
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As we enter into the Summer Term we are looking forward to appointing our new Prefects and Senior Team. We have had a large number of applications that are very well-written and we are excited to hear more during the interview process.
During last half term Deerleap looked into a number of different charities, all pupils then voted and it was agreed that for the rest of this year and next that we will be supporting Save the Children. Our fundraising started with a Year 7 Easter Egg Hunt organised by our awesome Tutor Buddies. This half term we will continue to fundraise and work towards our yearly target of £500.
The Year 9 pupils in Deerleap have set a fantastic example to the rest of the house by winning their section of the House Cup last term. We are and will continue to be very proud of all of Deerleap for the number of stars they have received during Star Trekking along with the number of ePraise they have gained. This term we will all be working towards holding the Sports Day Winners title and improving our position in the overall House Cup. It is an exciting half-term in terms of Inter-House Competition as all of our pupils are able to get involved in a number of sports and activities.
Year 7 are starting to get ready for Bude and activity week and we hope they all have a fantastic time and come back ready for their transition into their vertical tutor groups.
We would like to take this opportunity to wish our Year 11 pupils the very best of luck for their GCSE examinations. They have worked very hard and we hope they go onto to achieve their potential to allow them to further their education in any which way they desire. We will look forward to seeing them in their final assembly and at the Year 11 Prom.
Mrs Martin, Mr Marsh, Miss Gates and Mrs Dean
As we enter that time of year where important exams and long summer evenings take precedence I want to take time to reflect on the achievements of a few Knightwood superstars! In those dark nights before the clocks went forward, three young ladies raised an enormous amount of money for Comic Relief. Huge thanks to Lois Johnson, Sam Ward and Lily Williams for baking, not once but twice, to raise well over £100 with their hugely tasty cupcakes, flapjacks and other delights. This was wholly their own initiative, and exactly the sort of attributes that I believe we want to see in all of our Knightwood pupils.
I also had the pleasure of watching the final performance of the Sound of Music just before the holidays. It was a joy to see so many ‘yellow’ pupils showing off their talents up on stage, and also in the important work behind the scenes. There were many outstanding performances in key roles, but it was also fantastic to see some pupils really stepping outside their comfort zones (yes – I’m thinking of you, Harry Manuel) to try something completely new.
In the next couple of weeks, we will be interviewing potential prefects from amongst our Year 10 pupils. As always, we have been impressed by the commitment and talent of these ‘future’ leaders of Knightwood and look forward to what ideas they can develop in the coming months. They are an exciting group of pupils. Knightwood’s future is in safe hands.
As many of you will be aware, I will be leaving Noadswood at the end of this term after a good innings. Thanks for all the memories, apologies if you didn’t like some of my decisions, but they were always intended to help your child! We will also be saying farewell to other important members of Knightwood staff this summer. Mr Stamp is leaving us to join a school in Salisbury, a genuinely lovely man who we shall all miss greatly for his quiet sardonic wit and great love of all things historical (and juggling).
We will also bid a temporary farewell to Mrs Rees in July as she goes on maternity leave to have her first child. Her contribution to Knightwood and the wider school community should not be under-estimated over the past six years, productions, trips and a fantastic tutor to many of our Year 7’s. I’m sure you will join me in expressing our gratitude to these lovely people for their hard work and dedication over the years.
Finally, we would like to wish all the best to our Year 11 pupils, as they enter their final weeks of life at Noadswood. With GCSE’s approaching fast, hard work and revision will pay off. Enjoy the long summer holidays, but do strive for your best until those pesky exams are finished.
At the end of last term, what an outstanding school production of The Sound of Music took place. Lucy, Jess, Megan and Elizabeth were stars along with support on stage and behind the scenes from many other Wilverley pupils. During last term, the house investigated and voted on their chosen charity for this academic year. The pupils chose to support the RSPCA and we have a set a challenge to raise £500. Donations from the non-uniform day earlier in the Spring Term, and from the tutor buddies co-ordinated Easter Egg hunt for the Year 7s, set us off to a great start.
A huge number of Year 10s applied to be Prefects over the next year, with the new application process, Wilverley have been inundated with incredible applications. We look forward to interviewing and appointing our new team this half term, along with a Senior Prefect Team for the house.
Each week, we have received news of the numbers of Wilverley pupils being recognised by Star Trekking for going the extra mile in lessons, well done to each and every one of you recognised and we look forward to seeing more in the remainder of this year.
Year 7 will shortly be finalising plans for activity week and the Bude residential in June, an opportunity to celebrate their first year at Noadswood before beginning transition into the vertical tutor groups. The summer term concludes with the annual Sports Day and summer inter house competitions, it is a real opportunity for everyone to have a go at something, just taking part gains house points and we look forward to hearing the cheering on the side line.
Year 11, as we approach the start of the GCSE exam period, well done on an incredible five years at Noadswood. We wish you all the best in the upcoming exams, we know you have done everything you can for these and we wish you well, we will look forward to celebrating your achievements at Leavers Assembly, Prom and Results Day in the August.
What wonderful summer weather we began this term with, over the Easter weekend, let’s hope the sunshine continues throughout this term.
Miss Rawlinson and Mrs Ward