DNA of NIA The intent of the House system is to embed the DNA of NIA character drivers of Collaboration, Responsibility, Respect, Care, Excellence and Aspiration.
The House system allows every learner and member of staff to feel a sense of belonging by becoming a member of either Ruby House, Sapphire House, Diamond House, Emerald House, Amethyst House or Amber House.
By being a member of the House family, students and staff are encouraged to show the character drivers of NIA. Each secondary learner has a House tie to indicate their House whilst each primary learner has a coloured crest on their school jumper that represents the House that they are in. Each Year group is equally divided into the 6 houses. This means that in primary a percentage of the class are placed in each House whilst in secondary there is 2 tutor groups per year in each house. The Houses are overseen by their Head of House and devoted House Captains to promote and encourage engagement in the House system.
Inter-house is a major pastoral and extra-curricular side of school which develops students’ social, team-working and organisation (amongst other) skills. The House system aims to reflect the ethos of the school.
There are many House events throughout the year from all areas of school life. This blend ensures that everyone has an opportunity to represent their House in something that they enjoy or are good at or are willing to try. House events include: various sporting activities, NIA’s got talent, Euro vision, dance, fashion, spelling bees and orienteering.
Staff facilitate events but we encourage students to take the lead in their management and organisation which further develops their wider skill set as they mature and grow towards University, college or apprenticeships after they leave the school.
All students have the opportunity to earn House points as they are all invited and encouraged to take part in such events and everything from their classwork effort to their musical prowess and sporting ability can contribute to the scores. In line with the House points, learners are acknowledged and rewarded for demonstrating the character drivers. Rewards are broken into daily, weekly, half terms and end of year celebrations.
At the end of the academic year, all House points are added up and one House wins the overall House trophy. There are 3 trophies available at the end of each academic year:
- House Plate – Winners of the Yearly house competitions
- House Shield – The House with the highest number of House Points
- House Trophy – Winners of sports day