Final scores for Houses this year are

1st - Hutton 8,350

2nd - Porteus 8,300

3rd - De Grey 8,050

4th - School 7,400

House Competitions

House competitions take place throughout the year; all competitions give the students the opportunity to win house points. House points are added together and the house with the most points at the end of the year wins the overall house competition. Students quickly form an allegiance to their house and a sense of fun and friendly competition pervades all the house events. The following house competitions are among those held each year:

Boys’ Six-a-Side Cricket

The competition is split into the two age groups (junior and intermediate) with matches take place in a tournament style after school in the summer term from 4.15pm-5.30pm

Each team has 6 players with 1 reserve in case a student is unable to play on the day. Each innings consists of FIVE 6-ball overs. Every player must bowl 1 over except for the wicket keeper. "Wide" deliveries and “no balls” will count for 4 runs and will not be re-bowled (these 4 runs will be added to any scored from the no ball or wide). Players must retire on 30 runs but may come in again at the end if required. Last man stands with fully kitted out runner to pair him. The winners from the first games will play each other for first and second place whilst the two losing teams will play for third and fourth place.

House points available are: 1st place = 100 points; 2nd place = 75 points; 3rd place = 50 points; 4th place = 25 points. Each full team will be awarded 10 extra house points.

Drama

House drama is the most prestigious event of the year with all year groups through the school working together to create a performance that will out-do opposing houses. Students work closely with Mrs Ball and Mr Fell to either write their own play or direct their own version of a classic.

Engineering

Teams are given a task outline and a list of allowable materials for this activity. Using these materials only, students have to design and build a device that will fulfill the task.

A scoring system is provided along with the task and the devices from each team will be compared against each other. The team which scores the most points will win the task. Tasks could include modern trebuchet, powered flight or false limbs. An inquisitive mind, good imagination and ability to work in teams are the key to success in this house competition.

There is a separate competition for each age group (junior, intermediate and senior). Teams comprise 4 students (can be from any or both year groups) and boys’, girls’ or mixed teams are acceptable.

House points available for this activity are: 1st place = 200 points; 2nd place = 150 points; 3rd place = 75 points; 4th place = 50 points. Each full team is awarded 10 house points

Girls’ Football

Girls’ football takes place in the summer term. Each house enters 1 team of mixed ages. Matches are played at school in a tournament style over 3 evenings from 4.15pm-5.15pm.

Each team must have at least 2 students from each age group (junior, intermediate and senior). Games last 20 minutes each way with a 3-minute half time. Each house must provide a referee/linesman to assist with officiating. Teams are awarded the following tournament points: win = 5 points;
draw = 3 points;
loss (if scoring half of the other teams goals) = 2;
loss (if not scoring half of the other teams goals) = 1 point.

House points available for this activity are: 1st place = 100 points, 2nd place = 75 points, 3rd place = 50 points, 4th place = 25 points. Each full team is awarded 10 extra house points.

Master Chef

Master Chef is split into ages in school. There is a team for each house in sixth form, Upper School and Lower School. Each team has 4 cooks who must create 2 dishes in 1 hour.

Rugby 7's

Rugby 7s is an event for the boys. The competition is split into the 3 age groups (junior, intermediate and senior) with matches taking place towards the end of the spring term. Matches for each age group are played at school in a tournament style on one evening from 4.15pm-5.30pm.

Games are played for 7 minutes each way with a 1-minute half time for substitutions. Teams can play with as many students as they have. Each house must provide a fourth, fifth or sixth form student to assist with officiating. Teams are awarded the following tournament points: win = 5 points;
draw = 3 points;
loss (if scoring half of the other teams goals) = 2;
loss (if not scoring half of the other teams goals) = 1 point.

House points available for this activity are: 1st place = 100 points; 2nd place = 75 points; 3rd place = 50 points; 4th place = 25 points. Each full team is awarded 10 extra house points.

University Challenge

Time to get your brains in gear! University Challenge is a general knowledge quiz, which also includes subject knowledge from students’ lessons.

There are 4 brains per team. Subject knowledge can be from either of the years in that age group so it’s a good idea to have a mix of ages (e.g. for juniors have some first and some second years). University Challenge take places in the school hall.

Points are awarded for each age group (meaning a possible total of 300 points for winning all 3 age groups). Points available for this activity are: 1st place = 100 points; 2nd place = 75 points; 3rd place = 50 points; 4th place = 25 points.

Sports Day

Sports day is the grand finale of house competitions. It is the last event of the year, taking place in early July. The whole school has an afternoon off lessons to come together and celebrate the sporting success of each house. It is a wonderful occasion, regularly attended by the Mayor of Ripon along with many governors and proud parents. Both track and field events are contested with participants from first to fifth year taking part. Sports day is a fantastic way to round off the year of house events and to enjoy an afternoon of sport in the summer sun.

Each track event has 2 competitors from each house (except the hurdles) and each field event has 1 competitor from each house. Each competitor may take part in 1 track and 1 field event and in 1 relay. Students must compete in the correct age group. Any students not competing must spectate and support their house. Students must wear school PE kit with a house sticker on the front of their shirt.

House points available for this activity are: 1st place = 500 points; 2nd place = 400 points; 3rd place = 300 points; 4th place = 200 points. Each full team is awarded 10 house points.