The Jersey College for Girls House system is an integral part of school life and helps support the ethos created at the College. The school is split into six Houses. – Austen-Bartlett, Cavell, Curie-Fry, Garrett-Anderson, Inglis and Nightingale.
Students are in tutor groups that correspond to their Houses, and their tutor will also be part of the House staff. House is a unique experience which should provide a supportive and welcoming environment for all the students. It also encourages ownership by the students of a significant part of school life.
House meetings take place every week and although all staff are part of a House, it is led primarily by the House Captains, of which there are two per House, from Year 13. House meetings are to organise teams for events, play games, get to know people from other years, but most importantly to plan for and carry out fundraising and community service events. Fundraising takes the main part of House and the students acquire many skills during their time at JCG, both in terms of management and leadership, but also social skills and emotional attachment to various charities. Each House has their signature whole-House events to which students from all year groups contribute. In addition, many form groups organise smaller events to raise additional funds.
Fundraising is an integral part of the House system at Jersey College for Girls. Fundraising events vary greatly and the students have great fun raising money for their chosen House charities.
The details of the fundraising events carried out by each House can be found on the individual House pages.
In addition, there are a number of events in which all Houses participate, again to raise money for their House charities. The Romanian shoebox appeal is another traditional way that JCG can help others. Students bring in shoeboxes filled with gifts for people in Romania to have at Christmas. We annually donate over 300 shoeboxes to this very important cause. Christmas is a fun time in Houses with various themed sales and fayres taking place. The annual carol singing over three evenings in St Helier town centre also raised £619 in just three hours of singing.
The annual JCG mile is always a popular event with every student and many staff running or walking a mile around the school campus in aid of House charities. This year’s race raised £1290.90
As a college, we also support a range of other charities through whole school events. This year this included a dress up day in aid of Children in Need which raised a total of £1365.
Seven teams competed in this year’s Swimarathon at Les Quennevais pool, raising an amazing total of £875.40.
Along with fundraising, the students are encouraged to take part in community service activities. This has ranged from visiting care homes through to helping outside agencies with their work such as environmental organisations or street collecting for various charities. Others have used their musical or sporting talents to teach or perform to other people. Students should gain a different kind of gratification through giving their time rather than just their money, and many people have been helped this year by JCG students.
The competitive side keeps the House system alive. Sporting, musical, performing arts and artistic events are among the wide range of ways points can be scored for each House. Whole school events include the House Drama competition, House Science challenge, Top of The Pops dance contest and the House music competition to end our House year.
House merits are gained by the girls every time they complete an event for house or take part in fundraising. In addition, academic merits are collected by Years 7-9 and these are transferred into House points. The winners at the end of each House year (Easter – Easter) are presented with the prestigious ‘Cock House Trophy’. This award is part of the history of the College and winners are displayed on the wooden award boards in the Dome. This year’s winners were Inglis.