The Houses are a great opportunity for pupils of all ages and interests to work together and for different year groups to get to know each other.
Attend Sports Day, see the masses of red, green, yellow and blue t-shirts, listen to the girls and boys cheering on their House teams – the spirit of friendly competition and co-operation generated by the Houses is apparent.
There are four Houses at Our Lady’s Abingdon: Bowyer (Yellow), Challoner (Red), More (Green) and Rich (Blue). They are named after historical, humanist figures who played a key part in the school’s, local or national history.
Sir George Bowyer was a benefactor of the first Sisters of Mercy in Abingdon.
Bishop Richard Challoner worked as a Catholic priest in Oxfordshire in the eighteenth century when Catholics were still discriminated against.
Sir Thomas More famously proclaimed himself “The King’s good servant but God’s first” as he refused to abandon his conscientious objection to Henry VIII as Head of the Church.
Sir Edmund Rich of Abingdon became Archbishop of Canterbury and was canonised as St Edmund.
The Houses are led by House Captains who are elected from among the Lower VI students. The running of the Houses enables them to develop leadership and team-building skills and to work together with younger students. Members of Staff are also attached to Houses and the programme of events and activities is co-ordinated by the Head of Houses who liaises with staff, the Principal and the Senior Leadership Team. House Meetings generally take place at least twice a term and are informal assemblies.
House activities this year have included House Music, a Construction Challenge to build a bridge and tower, as well as the quiz based House Challenges for the Lower and Upper School and social events, such as House Teas. Pupils have also supported their Houses with the fundraising event – Heart of Light, at the Christmas Fayre by running stalls and competed to earn points in a variety of Inter-House Sports Matches, a Swimming Gala and at Sports Day. The House Cup is awarded at the end of the year to the House with the most points, which also includes the tally of Commendations and Merits earned by pupils for their effort with their studies and conduct around school.