Our school is organised in horizontal year groups and also in vertical houses. This model was launched in September 2017 after an extensive student voice consultation.
Our house system has been developing since then. All students are allocated a house when they begin at Holy Cross. This provides opportunity for healthy competition through gaining house points for their particular house, house events and assemblies, building relationships across year groups and creating projects and raising money for charity as a house group. A student’s house identity is displayed by a coloured ribbon sewn above The Holy Cross crest on the school blazer.
Each house, with its own individual colour, is named after a Christian value put forward by the students.
The students are led by a team of Sixth Form Yr13 Heads of House and Yr12 Deputy Heads of House. Within the main school (Yrs7-11) each form is led by its House Captain. This model of leadership opportunity facilitates a sustainable model of student leadership and provides good role model aspiration. We now have a total of 35 House leaders!
Head of House – Samantha Pidwell (Year 12)
Deputy Head of House – Eva Callinan (Year 12)
Head of House – Thabo Sumbwanyambe (Year 12)
Deputy Head of House – Bridget Eburne (Year 12)
Head of House – Zuzanna Zielinska (Year 12)
Deputy Head of House – Shanna Aguma (Year 12)
Head of House – Eunpyo Oh (Year 12)
Deputy Head of House – Ines Araujo (Year 12)
Head of House – Dima Al Sood (Year 12)
Deputy Head of House – Robyn Marriott (Year 12)
House Patron Saints
Each House has a Patron Saint associated to it – all incredible female figures who can serve as inspiration to our students.
Mercy: St Faustina – patron of mercy, forgiveness & art (feast day 5th October)
Faith: St Joan of Arc – patron of France, soldiers, battles of any kind (feast day 30th May)
Hope: St Hildegard – patron of musicians & writers (feast day 17th September)
Charity: St Therese of Lisieux – patron of those who suffer, missions, breast cancer, sisters (feast day 1st October)
Peace: St Rita – patron of impossible cases, difficult marriages, parenthood (feast day 22nd May)
“Collective Worship is central to the life of the school for all pupils, whatever their own particular faith background, and forms the heart of every school celebration. Praying together is part of the daily experience of all pupils and staff.” Denominational Inspection Report, 2018