Palatine's House System
As students arrive at Palatine they are placed into one of four houses. Throughout the year interhouse competitions are held in a wide variety of activities enabling students to participate and contribute to the wider life of Palatine.
The house system provides positive competitions, team building and a sense of belonging that reflects the whole school ethos.
For further details on each of the houses see below:
'If it is to be it is up to me' is the phrase behind the ethos of Lewis House. Students are expected to be the very best they can be whether that is academically, on the sports field or in the art studio. The team is just as important as the individual and working as such, is an important life lesson, that all of team Lewis will learn during their time at Palatine.
The hard work and commitment shown by Denise Lewis (OBE) throughout her career inspires students in Lewis House to face a challenge head on and realise that if something is not hard work then it's not worth having. In the end our 'personal best' should be our goal in every area of our life.
"Believe in yourself"
In Moorhouse we recognise that success comes through hard work - there may be set backs - but together we will always triumph.
Moorhouse students understand that we are strong because of every house members contribution. They recognise that every house member has a talent, whether as a sports person, musician, performer or academic.
Moorhouse students support each other in work and play and always strive to give the best that they can.
Our house is named after Adrian Moorhouse MBE. Moorhouse dominated British swimming in the 1980's and showed drive, determination and perserverance. After a dissapointing result in the 1984 Olympics Moorhouse did not give up. He celebrated his comeback in 1985 and went on to become the first person in history to swim the 100 m breaststroke in less than a minute.
‘Redgrave Team, Redgrave Respect’
Sir Steve Redgrave (CBE) is an English rower, who won five consecutive gold medals at the Olympics. He has also won three Commonwealth Games gold medals and nine World Rowing Championships gold medals. Redgrave is an inspiration for the house, to try their hardest in all they do. Sir Steve Redgrave has suffered from a number of illnesses throughout his career, including diabetes, but has battled through them, even in the run up to the Sydney Olympics. This determination and willingness to be a winner is the attitude Redgrave students should aim for in every aspect of their lives.
‘Redgrave Team, Redgrave Respect’ is the motto and ethos for Redgrave house. Redgrave, is an integrated team, where all members are encouraged to succeed both in school and out of it. If it’s in lessons, a sport, a club or in the community, Redgrave students are encouraged to try their hardest. The recent rebrand of Redgrave has been led by the students of the house, giving a house that is from the students, for the students. This sense of pride and ownership for their house is the real attitude and ambision of Redgrave.
'Win Together, Lose Together, Play Together, Stay Together'
The above motto best demonstrates Thompson House's ethos. It is a House that values the individual and celebrates all achievements and successes no matter how small, from the sports field into the classroom even to outside school activities.
Thompson House is named after the Greatest Olympian this country has ever seen. Dame Tanni Grey Thompson has competed in events over a wide range of distances, first competing in the 100 m at the Junior National Games for Wales in 1984. Over her career to date, she has won a total of 16 Paralympics medals; including 11 Gold's, held over 30 world records , and won the London Marathon six times between 1992 and 2002. Dame Thompson has done it all whilst suffering with Spina bifida and being confined to a wheel chair. She is a woman to look up to and for Thompson House to admire.
What can you expect from this successful House? You become a member of a supportive community that is student lead and driven.
Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence wins championships