The Pastoral Care system is organised on a House basis for all Year 7 and 8 students who are in a homeroom with other intermediate students from their own House. There is a designated Intermediate Dean who oversees the Pastoral Care of all intermediate students.
In the Junior and Senior school, the Pastoral Care system is organised on a vertical basis. Students are placed in a homeroom with a Mentor who is usually the first point of contact for students and parents.
There are five homerooms per House. A House Dean supports the Mentors to oversee the Pastoral Care of their students.
The House system also provides a high level of inter-House competition within the school. All students and staff are assigned to one of four Houses – Frimley, Rouncil, Tauroa or Wallingford – which have been part of the School’s history since 1931.
With activities including inter-house swimming, athletics, singing, drama and debating, the competition is kept alive at Woodford House. House points are also gained through various academic achievements. Points accumulated throughout the year by each House count towards one House becoming the overall winner of the prestigious House Cup announced at Prize Giving at the end of year.
The tradition of Big Sister is part of our pastoral care support programme. When a student starts at Woodford House, a junior student is paired with a Big Sister from the Senior School to guide, support and mentor them as they get used to their new school.