The School is divided into five Houses - Bickford, Dutertre, McCormack, Mostyn and Roantree. The Houses are named after former women who have lead Farnborough Hill and allow reference to the School’s history since its foundation in 1889 in Northern France when the Abbé Lafosse inspired the first four Sisters of the Religious of Christian Education to begin an order dedicated to the education of girls. Sister Dutertre was the Reverend Mother who led the other three young, French Sisters in the first School, and all subsequent Headmistresses – including Mother Roantree, Mother Mostyn; and Sister McCormack – have taken up the leader-of-the-school baton. Their names, therefore, represent different eras in the growth and development of the School since its origin. The fifth House’s name, relates to Mother Bickford who was a Head of Sport. Each House has a colour and patron saint:
|Teresa of Calcutta
||Rose of Lima
||Hilda of Whitby
||Bridgett of Ireland
Girls are assigned to one House for the duration of their school career. Each House is organised by a committee comprising of staff and pupils and is responsible for an inter-House activity for which House Points are awarded. House activities include:
The Inter-House Competition
This competition is great fun and very competitive with events are held throughout the year - these include the House Quiz, Farnborough Hill’s Got Talent, the Recycled Fashion Show, the Science Challenge, MasterChef and Inter-House Sports.
Each House supports a nominated charity and raises funds for this during the year. The main fund-raising event is the Christmas Bazaar but Houses also hold their own events.
The House system promotes a sense of belonging across the year groups. When Year 7 pupils join the School they are adopted by Year 10 ‘Buddies’ who help them to settle in. A House treasure hunt early in the Christmas term gives the Year 7s and Year 10s a chance to get to know each other. House Assemblies are held several times a term. Girls are encouraged to wear their colourful House T-shirts at House events.