The House System
Aureus School is split into three Houses, led by our Head of House: Miss Church. The names of each House were chosen by the students and were chosen for the different qualities that are encapsulated in that person and what it means to be part of Aureus.
Our house system gives Aureus students the opportunity to play an active role and contribute to a community within and external to their school, allowing them to develop skills and talents and acknowledge their successes in a wide range of ways.
Throughout the year we aim to get into the wider community for example our Carols at the local retirement homes and our Christmas card making competition with the cards then getting donated to the local establishments. We also raise money for charity through a range of different fundraising strategies. This year the students have voted for their chosen charities with Banksy's being Greyhound rescue, Hawking's is Down Syndrome Oxford and Malala have picked Autism Family Support.
Our Houses are “vertical” in their structure which allows a student to have positive connections with those that are younger and older than themselves. Being in a House helps give a student a sense of belonging, in something bigger than their friendship groups or subject classes, but smaller than their whole school. This creates a community spirit as they work together and encompass our school values to get as many points as possible for their house.
We encourage students to play an active role in the success of their House. Individual and team efforts are rewarded as well as participation. Students are expected to contribute to friendly inter-faculty competitions throughout the year in a way that allow them to be proud of their contributions. Faculties will put on house events which include Maths Challenges, Dance and Drama competitions and House sports week at the end of each term leading up to one of the highlights of the year, Sports Day!
Finally in Year 11 students have the possibility to become House Prefects where they can lead events and support in raising money for their house charity with the aim of lifting the House trophy at the end of year in the whole school assembly!
The faculty name Banksy comes from the artist Banksy and reflects the importance of being creative and challenging the different views of the world.
The faculty name Hawking is taken from the scientist Stephen Hawking who famously wrote ‘A Brief History in Time’. He represents the importance of knowledge and looking to the future. Overcoming physical and mental obstacles to be the best you can be.
The faculty name Malala comes from the Nobel Prize winner Malala Yousafzai and shows the importance of showing resilience in the face of adversity. Striving for equality and showing the importance of education.