Terra Nova’s Year 1-8 pupils took part in an inter-house singing competition performing in front of an independent adjudicator who had been drafted in especially for the occasion! The pupils’ competitive streaks were very much in evidence as they drummed, sang solos, danced and acted out the words of their chosen house song! The atmosphere was electric and the winning house, which turned out to be Capesthorne with their rendition of ‘Walking On Sunshine’ was exultant to have won!

The Year 8 pupils in each house chose a song to perform which the pupils have rehearsed in their own time in preparation for judging day! It was fantastic to see everyone, pupils and teachers, entering into the event so wholeheartedly with abundant enthusiasm and Yr 8 Sammy B carrying Yr 7 Frank K  round the dance floor was a sight not to be missed!

The house system at Terra Nova is intrinsic to the community nature of the school. Each pupil in the school is assigned to a house from Nursery upwards and a variety of competitions take place throughout the academic year encouraging healthy inter house rivalry! Friendships are facilitated between pupils in different year groups facilitated by the buddy system. Pupils in Year 8 buddy up with Year 1, Year 7 with Year 2 etc. ‘Buddy break’ takes place on Fridays and there also buddy reading periods when the older children read with their younger ‘buddies’.

The Performing Arts are equally vital to life at Terra Nova and Mr Stewart, Heamaster of Terra Nova School commented: ‘To be able to combine the house system with the art of performing was too good an opportunity for our pupils to miss. TN’s pupils have deployed lots of skill sets in preparing for this inter house competition and I am greatly looking forward to this afternoon’s Spring concerts to see our talented performers in action for the 2nd day running! Well done to all pupils involved in both the inter house singing competition and the Junior and Senior Spring concerts, I am so impressed by the high standards and the confidence of our pupils in performing to an audience!’

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