House System

 

Named after the Greek Goddesses, the House system at Northampton High School engenders a real sense of community and belonging among the girls. The system includes four Houses: Artemis, Demeter, Hestia and Selene. Each house represents a different goddess and ideal:

Artemis was the great Olympian goddess of hunting, wilderness and wild animals. Artemis was portrayed in classical Greek sculpture as a young woman or girl, with her hair tied back, and usually armed with bow and arrows. Sometimes she was attended by a hunting dog or stag, the so-called Artemis Agrotera (Huntress) type.

Demeter was the great Olympian goddess of agriculture, grain, and bread, the prime sustenance of mankind. Demeter was depicted as a mature woman, often crowned and holding sheaves of wheat and a torch.

Hestia was the goddess of hearth, or rather the fire burning on the hearth and home. Hestia was also the goddess of the sacrificial flame and received a share of every sacrifice to the gods.  Hestia was depicted in an Athenian vase painting as a modestly veiled woman sometimes holding a flowered branch. In classical sculpture she was also veiled, with a kettle as her attribute.

Selene was the Titan goddess of the moon. She was depicted as a woman either riding side saddle on a horse or in a chariot drawn by a pair of winged steeds. Her lunar sphere or crescent was represented as either a crown set upon her head or as the fold of a raised, shining cloak.

Our Houses runs across both Junior and Senior School so all Northampton High School students become part of a system that is fun but encourages teamwork and co-operation across year groups. There is a Head of House and two deputies (Performing Arts Deputy and Charity Deputy) in Senior School, who are supported by members of their House committee and by House Captains from all year groups. The Head of House and her deputies are all girls in the Sixth Form voted for by pupils and staff in their house.

The girls love being part of Houses that have such strong identities and values and it really inspires an enthusiasm for healthy competition amongst the students. Our House activities include events such as Sports Day, Christmas plays, House assemblies, story-telling, singing and film competitions. Each house also has a chosen charity each year and organises fund-raising events as well as raising awareness of their charity and the benefits of charitable giving.

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