Our House system is built upon healthy competition in which everyone can contribute from academic efforts, competitive termly sport, House music, debating, chess, fencing and many other competitions. The battle is for the pride of the Haston Cup which is awarded at Harrow on Speech Day at the end of the academic year.
When a child or a member of staff joins Orley Farm they are assigned to a House. In Pre-Prep, once a child reaches Year 1, he or she is allocated to Whales, Tigers, Pandas or Elephants and they will belong to that House until entering Middle School. At this point they will enter one of 4 Houses named after former Headmasters; Hastings, Hopkins, Broadrick or Julians. Each House has the same number of children in each year and the Houses are balanced in what each child can contribute to the life of the school both inside and outside the class room. Each term there is a House Competition usually closely fought to decide who will hoist the Haston Cup aloft. This is decided through a strict ratio of Effort scores, Excellent stickers and balanced with a number of sporting, musical and debating competitions. In its simplest form, 50% is based on academic effort and drive and 50% on other competitions. Mr Davies, our Head of Mathematics works late into the night each fortnight to compile running totals!
The Houses meet once a fortnight to talk about coming competitions, to celebrate individuals who are contributing well to the House and to reinforce their own identity in which individuals can find another ‘team’ aspect to school life. Housemasters and Housemistresses lead these meetings supported by a Head of House and two Deputies elected at the start of each year.
The Houses are encouraged to be competitive and to strive to do their best individually for the sake and benefit of the whole of their House. At the same time the children must appreciate the efforts and victories of others, remembering that as long as they have done their best nothing more can ever be asked.