A child’s school days should be filled with excitement and wonder, creating memories that they will treasure for years to come. Danes Hill School is the perfect platform for children to discover their passions, make lifelong friendships and believe in themselves.
One of the way we do this is through our House system. Based on the values of friendship and togetherness we run inter-House competitions, both in and outside the classroom to build a sense of team spirit and bring together the immediate and enduring group of friends. There are four Houses – Danes, Normans, Saxons and Vikings and we endeavour to place siblings in the same House, as well as in the same House as their parents or grandparents if they attended the school. Every child is awarded House points for positive behaviour. Overall and individual prizes for the most House points serve as strong motivation for the children, as does the promise of a special outing at the end of the year for the House with the most points for children at the Prep school.
Our School Council is another enriching platform for children. It provides our pupils with a forum for discussion and debate and the opportunity to make real changes to the school. The School Council meets twice every half term, under the stewardship of a Year 8 pupil appointed as President of the Council. The council has influenced the school in a variety of ways including the development of recycling facilities and the advancement of technology in the Library.
Children are also immensely proud to be part of our Eco Committee. The committee meet once a week and are the driving force behind the eco work being undertaken at Danes Hill School. They ensure the whole school is aware of the Eco-Schools programme, take the lead in carrying out the Environmental Review and ensure all sectors of the school community deliver on the Eco-Schools Action Plan. The Eco Committee area regularly seen litter picking or attending to the Kitchen Garden.
There is always something to get involved with at Danes Hill School and if it isn’t happening already the school is always willing to listen to new ways children can throw themselves into school life.