The idea of House Leagues was started at JES a few years ago. The concept is quite simple – but the effects the League has on our students is beyond incredible. Our school population is split into four Houses – red, blue, yellow, and green. We used to randomly put students and their siblings and put them into their Houses for the year – and usually the students stayed in the same House until they graduated from JES.
This year, my colleague and I decided to change the House League process up a little bit. After learning about the House system at the Ron Clark Academy, we pitched an idea to our co-workers and principal to change the system. We wanted the students to feel like they were in charge of their House League destiny – sort of like what Harry Potter and his friends did with the sorting hat at Hogwart’s. Unfortunately, I do not possess a magical sorting hat, but I did have coloured cardstock and decorative bags so that did the trick!
Here are our students getting ready for all the fun…
We decided to make the choosing of teams a huge event. We wanted to make the students feel like they were apart of something special. The teachers were also involved in all the fun. In previous years, student leaders were chosen to be House Leaders – but this year we decided to have the teachers take over the Leadership roles. Check out some of our teachers picking out which House they would be involved with this year…
Soon after, it was the students’ turn to pick and meet their new Housemates and Teacher Leaders! They all broke into groups to come up with a team name and team logo.
It was truly something special to see all the students from Grade 1-6 working together towards a common goal. It was amazing to see and the students were loving every minute of it!
After all their hard work, the students and staff were treated to some delicious popsicles and spent the rest of the afternoon outside enjoying the 30ºC weather!
As you can tell from the title of this post, this isn’t everything that the Teacher Leaders had planned for the House League kick–off this year! Stay tuned for Part 2 coming soon!
Have a great day!