At Dr Challoner’s High School, students and teachers alike are members of one of our five houses, each named after inspirational women. Your house serves as your second family and they compete regularly for all important House Points which contribute to winning the House Cup each year. Whether students are in Brontë, Curie, Pankhurst, Teresa or Nightingale, they have two student prefects leading the house, inspiring courage and House spirit. The challenge is on!
Bronte is our blue house, but they are certainly never sad! Usually having an aptitude for the more creative events, Brontës shine in whatever task they are assigned and always try their hardest. One fantastic Brontë moment was when they pulled off the infamous ‘Jingle Bell Rock’ routine from ‘Mean Girls’ for House Dance 2016. Their House is named after the Brontë sisters, ground-breaking authors who amongst them wrote novels such as Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights. Brontë hasn’t won the House Cup since 2014 but they are driven and ready to fight, so this could be their year!
Current Heads of Brontë: Priyanka Dubb and Lucy Eggleton
Named after Marie Curie, a scientist who produced incredible research into radioactivity, the members of our green house have endless energy and a zest for fun! The Curie ‘Cuties’ (as they like to be known) never give up and their passion and boundless creativity often gains them well earned House Points. Most notably, Curie has the largest wardrobe of any other house, kitted out with essential lab coats, clover hats, sumo suits and of course, the monkey mascot. Curie has been an underdog of late, but they’ve been gaining skills and are ready to win. Like Radium, they glow and make other houses a little green with envy!
Current Heads of Curie: Tirry Ajayi and Katie Rowe
With the recognisable Heffalump giving our purple house luck, Nightingale is home of the kind, brave and outstanding. With royal purple blood flowing through their veins, members of Nightingale know their worth and bring excellence to everything they do. In 2018, the purple army managed to win House Music, astounding everyone with their sheer talent. Their namesake is Florence Nightingale (more commonly known as The Lady of the Lamp), a nurse during the Crimean War who pioneered modern nursing practices. Nightingale is ready to retain their title this year and is aiming to add to it by winning the other events!
Current Heads of Nightingale: Tamsin Starling and Kiara Hussein
House Cup winners 2016, 2017 and 2018, Pankhurst brings bright yellow brilliance to every event. Just like Emmeline Pankhurst, famous suffragette and inspiration of the house, they are motivated, competitive and willing to win at all cost. That’s not to say they just work; a true Pankhurstian works hard but plays harder. They have overflowing house spirit that sees them through January blues and exam season and a wonderful sense of humour. In the 2017 House Dance, Pankhurst pulled off quite a spectacular synchronised swimming routine that wowed the judges. Can they retain their title of House Cup winners this year? Who knows, but Pankhurst will put up a strong fight!
Current Heads of Pankhurst: Sophia Alfred-Roy and Anne Taylor
Finally, we have Teresa: kind, generous and unafraid of a challenge. Teresa usually aces Sports Day, having won it in 2016 and 2017 and they can be relied upon to excel in sporting events. However, they have a fiery creative flair that is always expressed at the other house events. Gaining their name from 1979 Nobel Peace Prize winner Mother Teresa, the reds have an understated drive that sees them soaring high above the competition. Team spirit runs high for Teresa and any member knows that her house will have her back whenever she needs it. This year the reds are ready to claim back their Sports Day title and go on to win the House Cup!
Current Heads of Teresa: Maddie Louis and Amber O’Driscoll
Annually, there are three main house events that the houses compete in, with one happening every term. These involve girls from all year groups coming together with their wonderful teachers to show house pride and score points that will aid their quest to win the House Cup. These three main events are:
As well as these, there are other opportunities to let your colours show! We encourage every girl to compete for her house in a discipline that she will excel in. We’re not all singers, dancers or sportswomen so often the Head of Houses will team up with departments or other prefects to create events that provide opportunities for girls to show their house pride. These events include (but are not limited to):
The Humanities Challenge
Pupils are encouraged to mix with other students from their house to form bonds with people in other year groups. There are various events that allow the students to have fun and make friends with those in her house right from Induction Day. Throughout the year there are assemblies lead by the respective Heads of Houses and social events to give a space for the students to strengthen their inter-house bonds.
In each event, we get to raise money for our house charities, chosen by the House Captains and their students at the beginning of the year, giving us an awesome opportunity to make a difference with the Challoner's High house spirit.
The Head of Houses role is a deputy Head Girl role and it is highly regarded within the school. The Head of Houses organises, runs and introduces House events, tallying the House Points and instilling house spirit throughout the school. She is essentially a mother-hen of the lower year-groups and is an optimistic, organised and enthusiastic individual. The defining feature of the Head of Houses is the multi-coloured shirt which is passed to the incoming Head of Houses at the Easter Handover.
Connie Lewis - 2014-2015
Catrina Coakley-Burns - 2015-2016
Christie Stott - 2016 – 2017
Pooja Mehta – 2017 – 2018
Emma Large – 2018 - Present
The House Instagram accounts are the central communication system for all things related to houses. They offer information about upcoming events, points and more importantly, the house spirit in school! Make sure to follow them!
The houses of Dr Challoners High School show a true depiction of the fun, talent and spirit of the 'Challygirl' students and their teachers