Melksham Oak Parents & Students

Houses

Our house system is an important part of school life at Melksham Oak. It provides students with opportunities to shine outside the classroom and it’s academic, community, and competition elements embody our own school moto, which is to “try hard, be kind, show respect”.

Our house system has been in place since 2012. It has the following aims:

  • Drive improvement in academic standards.
  • Develop student leaders.
  • Create dynamic competition.

When the house system was created, a democratic vote, all decided by the students, led to the creation of our 4 houses, named after stars: Castor, Omega, Polaris, and Sirius.

We quickly developed a team of student leaders who mentor others, create competitions, and support the school in a range of ways. Staff too are all affiliated to houses, which helps to maintain the camaraderie around school.

The ethos behind the house system is really clear: it is a vehicle that provides opportunities both in and out of the classroom, having a real impact in the school community.

Castor

Castor as a star is made up of six stars (see pic), the reason that it is one of the brightest stars in the sky is because these individual small stars shine together. As part of Castor house you are a star individually but you are also part of our team and we couldn’t shine as brightly without each of you. Castor as a house is all about opportunities to shine; no matter what your age, gender, background or school grades. We value each of you, every different skill and quality. Whether you’re ace at PE or Pokemon Go, really creative or really comical, super at putting your hand up or super at homework, it all matters to us.

"I'd rather be a could-be if I cannot be an are;
Because a could-be is a maybe who is reaching for a star.
I’d rather be a has-been than a might-have-been, by far;
For a might have-been has never been, but a has was once an are.”

Milton Berle

Head of House
Rebecca Davis Geography Teacher

Sirius

Supporting Each Other

The vision for Team Sirius can be summed up in 3 words: Challenge, Support and Success. We want everybody in Sirius to take on new challenges. That might mean representing your house at Sports Day, or it might mean mentoring a new Yr 7.

Over the coming months and years, every member of the house can expect to be challenged in some way, whether that be in their academic achievement, developing their own leadership or through sporting competitions and extra-curricular activities. Sometimes people will be nervous about taking part, worried that they are going to 'fail' and 'let the House down'. But that's not how it is at Sirius.

...yes we want success, but more importantly we want a house where everybody feels that they have something to offer, and where people feel comfortable trying something new – taking a risk.

We have an excellent team of House Leaders and Assistants who are there to support the students every step of the way. But it's not just them, in Sirius we should all be supporting each other – encouraging each other to take on that challenge, and offering support and guidance when things don't quite work out.

Through taking on new challenges, learning from our mistakes, and by supporting each other, I just know that everybody in Sirius will see great success. But it will only work if we are all in it together.

Head of House
Amie Hayden-Smith PE Teacher

Polaris

Pushing for greatness

We value being united and pushing for greatness in every challenge. Our house respects everyone’s contribution and strives for everyone to be part of a collaborative team.

We believe in doing things right and we have integrity at the heart of every challenge we rise to. The house system is a great system to bring together all year groups and house members. It gives everyone a chance to use their ACORNS as a group and become more of a team.

We have a great level of communication between everyone and value everyone's ideas. Being in Polaris house, you will be closer and feel more connected to the whole school community: teachers, other pupils in the house and support staff.

In Polaris we strive to create a strong sense of team spirit throughout the house as we feel this is the key aspect to being a successful House. Being part of this house means that you will be pushed to be the best you can be whilst having loads of fun!

We are proud that everyone has a place and valuable attributes to bring to the table that will all build in creating a diverse and varied community which celebrates success, pushes for challenge and supports each other to become the best that we all can be.

We love the fact that we can draw upon so many interesting individuals within Polaris because it keeps things fresh and innovative.

Polaris house members know that their opinions are valued and their talents are used at every opportunity. We know that our house will bring a brighter more productive future.

Head of House
Callum Wolff PE Teacher

Omega

Dare to dream, strive to succeed
In Omega, the emphasis is placed on you as students to push yourselves in order to be the best you can possibly be. Success and achievement come through passion and effort – applying yourself to achieve your ambitions.

In Omega House we support and recognise each other’s achievements and work together to overcome obstacles to ensure future success. As team members of Omega House you will have a range of skills; some of you will be talented musicians or artists others may prefer sporting competition. Please take every opportunity you can within the House system, be it a new experience or a well-honed skill.

Head of House
Oliver Stacey Head of Omega

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