There was no better way to top off our first week of the 2019-2020 academic year than with our House Afternoon! Lilford, Gloucester, Burghley and Whitmore gathered together on Friday, 6th September and pride, team spirit and cooperation filled every inch of our school.

House chants from Whitmore (backed by a fantastic combination of Queen and Mr Worthington) burst through the corridors, as Gloucester joined together to create crafts of honeycomb for their house display: ‘Bee Resilient’, ‘Bee Yourself’ and ‘Bee Determined’ were among the key messages shared. Lilford excitedly welcomed new members to their team by sharing why they believe they are truly the best house – close-knit friendships that run across year groups, speedy running and being like a big family were just some of the highlights shared. Burghley, meanwhile, were flying high and designing their own aeroplanes to show everyone that they are aiming high and ready to soar to success!

 Jumping, weaving, balancing and bouncing as a House were just some of the challenges set by Mr Larkin, as each House took part in an obstacle course and games activities. It was wonderful to see the older House members guiding younger children through the course and to witness everyone’s determination not to be the best individual but to be the best House as a collective.

 Alongside crafts, collaboration and games each House took the time to explore and discuss a range of charities that they might like to support over the upcoming year. It was such a pleasure to hear our pupils talk so considerately and with an abundance of empathy and thoughtfulness. The Lilford Leopards will proudly support Community First Responders; the Burghley Bulldogs are striving to raise funds for Oundle Mencap Holidays; the Gloucester Gorillas are championing the Bumble Bee Conservation; and the Whitmore Wasps, after being inspired by the staff walking team (who successfully completed the Yorkshire Three Peak Challenge, last weekend), have chosen to support Parkinson’s UK.

The role of House Captain is one of privilege, pride and responsibility. A coveted role at Laxton Junior School, House Captain is more than a title and a badge: it requires dedication and commitment. You can see the brand new House Captains, with their coloured badges, in the picture; we wish them luck with their big year of responsibility!

We look forward to our first House Competition this week, the annual Cross Country, to help foster healthy competition, promote resilience, develop self-confidence and to provide us with an all-round brilliant experience!

There may be great competition between Lilford, Gloucester, Burghley and Whitmore Houses, this year, but together ‘We Are Laxton Junior School’ and we are so proud toshare this with you.