TIMES SCHOOL HOUSING SYSTEM
When Harry Potter first took the world by storm more than 20 years ago, English Schools were introduced to a new concept: The house system in schools.
In short, it’s common in English schools for students to be divided up into “houses.” Throughout the school year, kids earn points for their houses for good behavior, special accomplishments, and more. Since each times house includes kids from every grade, it fosters a sense of community throughout the schools.
THE VEDAS BACKGROUND
VEDAS – WISDOM KNOWLEDGE VISION
Vedism is the oldest stratum of religious activity in India for which there exist written materials.
The Vedas are a collection of hymns and other religious texts composed in India between about 1500 and 1000 BCE. It includes elements such as liturgical material as well as mythological accounts, poems, prayers, and formulas considered to be sacred by the Vedic religion.
The basic Vedic texts are the Samhita “Collections” of the four Vedas:
Rig-Ved “Knowledge of the Hymns of Praise”
Sam-Ved “Knowledge of the Melodies”
Yaj-Ved “Knowledge of the Sacrificial formulas”
Atharv-Ved “Knowledge of the Magic formulas”
The RIG-VED “Wisdom of the Verses” Rig Veda consists of 10,552 verses of hymns and mantras . The hymns of the Rig Veda focus on pleasing the principal gods Indra (war, wind and rain), Agni (the sacrificial fire), Surya (the sun) and Varuna (the cosmic order) through ritual sacrifices. the Vedic gods also forgive wrongdoing and mete out justice in the afterlife.
The SAM-VED “Wisdom of the Chants” liturgical works consisting primarily of selections from the Rig Veda. Sama Veda was chanted in fixed melodies. Each contain about 2,000 verses.
The YAJ-VED “Wisdom of the Sacrifical Formulas” liturgical works consisting primarily of selections from the Rig Veda. The Yajur Veda was used by udgatri priests and contains brief prose to accompany ritual acts, many of which are addressed to the ritual instruments and offerings.
The ATHAR-VED “Wisdom of the Sacrifical Formulas” Was added significantly later than the first three Samhitas, perhaps as late as 500 BC. It consists of 20 books of hymns and prose, many of which reflect the religious concerns of everyday life. This sets the Arharva Veda apart from the other Vedas, which focus on adoring the gods and performing the liturgy of sacrifice, and makes it an important source of information on the practical religion and magic of the time.
RIG VED (House of Mantra)
Traits : Friendly , Warm Heated , Generous , True and giving .
Motto: The power of giving of yourselfs to help others.
House Quote – First they ignore you then they ridicule you then they fight and then you win.-Mahatma Gandhi.
YUJ VED (House of Song )
Traits – Energetic , Charmer , Self Assured , Achiever ,Victorious.
Motto – The power to create
House Quote – – Everything is always impossible unitil someone does. – Nelson Mandela.
SAM VED (House of Rituals)
Motto – The power of trouble shooting to solve problems
Traits – Hardworking Reliable , Co-Operative and loyal to each other.
House Quote – We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.- Albert Einstein.
ATHAR VED (House of Spell)
Motto – The power to make positive Change.
Traits – Conscientious, Ethical , Organized , Fair , Stead fast, Surefooted.
House Quote – We have no more right to consume happiness unless producing it than to consume wealth without producing it. – George Bernard shaw.
HOW TO EARN HOUSE POINTS : Guidelines and Information
Each House is in competition with each other to achieve the highest number of house points at the end of each term and most importantly by the end of the year when there will be prizes.
Regular house point totals will be advertised on student briefing.
Pupils can contribute to their house point totals in a number of ways both in and out of the classroom. All pupils are expected to participate in at least one of the many house events/activities.
Pupils are awarded merits for outstanding effort and achievement: 25 merits equals 1 house point.
House Activities- Every curriculum area provides at least one house activity organised throughout the year for all Year Groups to enter. These activities are outlined on the school website calendar and will be advertised with further details on how to get involved on the student briefing over the year.
Pupils can also earn house points for their involvement with clubs inside or outside school. These can be achieved by pupils showing commitment through high attendance, outstanding effort and outstanding achievement. (At the end of each term pupils can ask their teacher in charge of the club they have attended, to sign in either or both the attendance or outstanding effort/achievement box to earn a house point. The teacher will then add their house point to their Sims running total, which will automatically count towards their houses overall running total.)
Pupils can also earn house points for varying achievements such as:Students are nominated by staff for showing a positive attitude to school life and its community or appearing on the heads achievement wall mentioned in student briefing each week.
curricular Competitions– Pupils can also earn house points if they regularly enter competitions advertised in school for: representing their school, showing commitment and an active sense of involvement with extra-curricular opportunities.
Students who achieve 100% attendance in a term or those showing significant improvement receive a house point, as well as being placed in a draw for a gift voucher and star badges.