Head of House
Welcome to our Windsor House page!
First of all, I’d like to introduce myself as the new Head of Windsor House. With over 20 years of teaching experience in two Bristol schools I am passionate about pastoral care and my main subject, Physical Education. I am delighted to have secured this role at Churchill Academy and very much look forward to getting to know the students and families this year.
Students and staff alike are clearly living out the values of Kindness, Curiously and Determination during the school day and beyond – values that are more important now than ever before. At the heart of the academy lies the House system which has been in place since 1956, and is very much part of the culture of the school; something students are proud to be part of and keen to engage in friendly rivalry when the opportunity presents itself!
On that note, I’ve been impressed with how many Windsor students have contributed to the ‘Churchill Challenge’ House Competition. The students' physical and mental health is at the heart of this new breed of House completion, but if Windsor can come out on top against the other four houses then all the better!
I have been impressed with the manner in which students returned to the Academy following the lockdown period. It was a busy two terms which included the formation of an Academy Council for each year group, which will give the students more of a voice in shaping our future. All students have also had the opportunity to contribute ideas, and vote on aspects of the Windsor House identity. The students have spoken and they have decided on the following:
Charity: Macmillan Cancer
Motto: ‘Dare to be excellent……’
Logo: you can see the distinctive new House logo, designed by our very own Windsor House captain Fern Rees, at the top of this page.
Song: ‘Sweet Caroline’ by Neil Diamond
Mascot: A Blue Smurf!
We really look forward to welcoming the students back when it is safe to do so and I hope to meet many of you virtually, or in person in the near future.
Look out for Windsor news and updates on this page throughout the year. In the meantime, I hope you and your families stay safe and well.
A message from our House Captains:
We are both honoured to have been chosen to be the two new Windsor house captains for the end of 2020 and the start of the New Year, 2021. We are both passionate about our goals for both Windsor house and Churchill Academy.
What we are about…
We want to aim to promote the academy values of Kindness, Curiosity and Determination – whether it be through lessons, House matches or extra-curricular activities. The school offers so much to all its pupils already We want to encourage everyone in Windsor to make the most of the amazing opportunities, and feel proud to be a member of Windsor.
What we would like to achieve as house captains…
- Encourage Windsor to secure a win in the next Sports day and other House events
- Have a strong focus on mental health and wellbeing of all students
- Become a greener school and helping the environment
- Recognise everyone’s strengths and help them achieve their goals
- Support students with their day-to-day lives at Churchill
- Acknowledge everyone’s achievements within the academy and out
I am honoured to have been chosen as one of the Windsor House Captains and I am excited to be working alongside Fern in this role. We have lots of ideas and goals for Windsor house that we are looking forward to working towards.
Outside of school I like to stay active and enjoy playing sport, especially hockey. An unusual hobby of mine is gliding, I fly up on the Mendips with Mendip Gliding Club. I also get the opportunity to gain new skills in the workshops repairing the gliders, which is a great insight to the engineering career I want to pursue.
Hi, I’m Fern Rees, one of the new Windsor House Captains!
I am grateful for this opportunity to work alongside Bella, our Head of House Mr Redman and all of you, the members of Windsor.
Outside of school I was a member of the ‘British Dressage Youth Team’, riding for the selected Somerset and South West teams, until an injury of my horse which led to surgery and an intense rehab programme. This made the past 10 months extremely challenging. Unfortunately, she will not be getting better, but that doesn’t stop my aims to work hard and get back out with the team and as an individual.
The Churchill Challenge!
Our exciting House competition starts on Saturday 19th December and will run for 50 consecutive days, with the objective of clocking up as many kilometres as possible. Every kilometre travelled will add to the running total for each of the five Houses – with Staff and the Sixth Form having their own teams.
Students will have all the details delivered in their house assembly.
Watch out for the sign up link, and get out there and be active!