We have six houses at Ark Elvin Academy. They are named after six people who truly embody our school motto magna aude and have demonstrated our values of integrity, courage, community and mastery through their words and actions. They are:
- Angelou House
- Farah House
- Malala House
- Mandela House
- Rowling House
- Sutton House
All members of staff and pupils are in houses and have opportunities to take part in a variety of house activities. Throughout the school year, every pupil will take part in house competitions and all merits which pupils earn have house points. At the end of every half term a celebration assembly is held, where pupils are given individual and house awards. The house points total is shared at celebration assemblies and the winning house at the end of the year will be awarded the house cup.
House competitions this year will include singing, debating, a spelling bee, the maths challenge, an invention challenge, sports day, and a drama competition.
"My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style."
Dr Maya Angelou (1928-2014) was a teacher, poet, civil rights activist and artist who campaigned for equality, tolerance and peace. As well as being a highly acclaimed artist, Dr Angelou loved learning and spoke French, Spanish, Italian, Arabic and Fante. During her lifetime she was awarded 50 honorary degrees and countless rewards and recognition for her work and determination to make the world a better place.
"If you work hard, you get rewarded."
Mo Farah (1983-) arrived in London from Mogadishu at the age of 8, speaking very little English. He’s now the UK’s greatest ever long distance runner, as well as double Olympic and double world champion. As well as being a phenomenal athlete Mo demonstrates great humility, love for his family and others and a tremendous pride in being able to run for and represent the UK.
"Let us remember: One book, one pen, one child, and one teacher can change the world."
Malala Yousafzai (1997-) campaigns for equality and the right of every child to have access to an education. In October 2012, the Taliban stormed onto her school bus asking for Malala, as they had heard of her attempts to campaign for girls’ rights. Despite shooting her in the head, they failed to silence her. Her refusal to back down has shone a light on the plight of millions of children who are denied an education.
"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world."
Nelson Mandela (1918-2013) never wavered in his devotion to democracy and equality. He was a symbol of how you can always fight to make the world a better place, regardless of what others may do. He never responded to racism with racism, even when others around him were doing so. He inspires us to fight against oppression, deprivation and discrimination.
"We do not need magic to transform our world. We carry all of the power we need inside ourselves already."
JK Rowling (1965-) is responsible for inspiring generations of young readers through her Harry Potter books. Now a very successful writer and campaigner, Rowling lived through a seven-year period as a single mother. She demonstrated great courage and determination, as she went from living on state benefits to becoming a world famous author. She now supports a number of children’s charities around the world.
"Make every second count, never take anything for granted, don't be afraid to try something new - life is for living."
Stephen Sutton (1994-2014) was diagnosed with cancer at the age of 15. When he was told that his cancer was incurable he vowed to raise £10,000 for cancer charities. His positivity and courage gained him many admirers and he used Twitter to share his story, encouraging people to remain positive and to see the good in other people. Although Stephen lost his battle with cancer he eventually raised over £4 million for charity and inspired millions of people.