House System

All pupils in the Primary 3-7 classes are members of one of two houses eponymously named after different Archbishops of Armagh. They are namely: Beresford, and Rokeby. The school is fortunate to have had an unbroken line of Archbishops as consecutive Chairs of its board of governors for over four hundred years. Not every pupil is capable of representing a school team and the inter-house competitions afford significantly greater participation opportunities for pupils at only slightly a lower level! Conversely, not every activity in life involves competition at inter-school level and certain activities of a more cultural and recreational nature find their proper place within the house system. The underpinning philosophy and the wholesome signature traits fostered by the House system align perfectly with the school’s mission to enable students to find their sweet spot in life, flourish and be happy. In short, the house system is congruent with everything we know about whole-person development and positive psychology (PERMA).

The houses compete against one another in the House Relay Race at Sport’s Day.

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The two houses also have a weekly meeting led by Mrs. Carson-McClenaghan and Mr. Stewart. The teachers encourage the children’s presentation skills and interpersonal confidence building skills by scheduling ‘House talks’ on a weekly basis. The pupils from age 6-11 within this time, convey to their peers and teachers their knowledge and interest in a topic of their choice. This enhances their presentational skills which will be important to the pupils in their progression throughout the school.

The Houses also have a relational and pastoral impact which contributes significantly to the community feel of the school.