There have been significant changes to the pastoral system at St Hilda’s that staff and students have been developing over the past six months in preparation for the new school year.
Pastoral changes new to September 2017:
A move from a Year system to House system
In order to inject a sense of identity, pride and competition amongst students (and staff!) we have moved to a house system in school. After a period of consultation with students within which they came up with suggestions for possible themes and/or names for the houses, the decision was narrowed down to a selection of key figures within the rich history of Liverpool. Various staff championed each of the suggestions in a whole school assembly for all students and staff and an election was held to choose the five most popular figures to name the houses after.
Our new houses have been named Roscoe House (after William Roscoe), Aspinall House (after Margaret Aspinall), Wilkinson House (after Kitty Wilkinson), Brodie House (after John Brodie) and Walker House (after Gee Walker).
All students within school know which house they are in and they will wear a tie depicting the chosen colour for their specific house. The front of their student planner will also have their house colour on it and when it is time to buy a new PE uniform, names should be embroidered on in house colours.
The move to a house system led to changes in the pastoral staffing with Heads of Year changing to Heads of House. This means that each Head of Year with have at least one tutor group in Years 7-11 within their house. House assemblies will be a change for students as they will meet with students in their house from all of the other year groups rather than just those form groups in the same year as them.
Heads of House and house colours
Newly appointed Assistant Headteacher (Pastoral)
Mr Martin has been promoted from Head of Year to Assistant Headteacher to lead development of the new House system, School Parliament, a new rewards system and student leadership as well as working alongside Mrs O’Neill (Deputy Headteacher, Pastoral) in the general pastoral support of students at St Hilda’s.
At the end of the summer term all students in Years 7-10 were given the opportunity to nominate themselves for house leadership roles (House Captain and Form Leaders). Students had to fill in an application form and interview for the position. The successful candidates will work closely alongside the pastoral staff and play a key part in house assemblies throughout the school year. (See individual house pages on the website).
Behaviour for Learning and rewards
A new Behaviour for Learning structure for use within all lessons has been developed and will be in all student planners as well as on classroom walls. In conjunction with a newly developed rewards system the new structures will encourage students to maintain their high standards of behaviour whilst collecting rewards points for doing so which they can gain prizes for throughout the school year such as front of the lunch queue passes, stationery and water bottles in house colours.