The Crows and Cranes Shield, which is mounted on the wall in the Embassy room, is presented each Speech Day to the winning house. The winner is determined by the number of house points collected during the year for success in competitions or for individual efforts by the children.
The houses (Gwent, Wye, Dean and Severn) take their names from the local area; the school looks over the beautiful River Wye which leads into the River Severn, while we are situated between the Forest of Dean and the county of Gwent. Each house has its own colours which the children wear on their blazers with pride.
The competitions that take place throughout the year, allow children from different year groups to come together and work as a team. Challenges include maths competitions, points gained for following the St John’s Way, tug of war, the Strickland Relay, pancake races, swimming galas, art competitions and much more.
Achievement Awards are given for praiseworthy standards and effort in academic work. Achievement Awards are recorded in the child’s homework diary and are accumulated to achieve certification at the following levels:
- 25 Achievement Awards = bronze badge/certificate
- 50 Achievement Awards = silver badge/certificate
- 75 Achievement Awards = gold badge/certificate
- 100 Achievement Awards = platinum badge/certificate
Achievement Awards are collated by the Deputy Head on a half-termly basis and are added together to contribute to the inter-house championship points. The child who accumulates the most Achievement Awards in the school over the year is awarded a prize on Speech Day.
The Crows and Cranes Shield is a legacy of the Brightland’s School which merged with St John’s on-the-Hill in the mid-1990s to form the St John’s on-the-Hill and Brightland’s Trust.