About Us > School Traditions
Orange & Green Houses
Every child belongs to one of our school houses, Orange and Green. If a child's parent was a past pupil, then the first-born child of that family inherits their parent's house.
In keeping with a long standing tradition, the next sibling belongs to the opposite house which encourages fairness, sportsmanship and healthy competition during house events.
Every May since 1932, the children and teachers vote for the kindest girl in the school to be crowned as May Queen. All the children write a poem for her and present it with a posy of flowers.
After her crowning ceremony, we celebrate by singing and dancing around the maypole. This is one of the most anticipated annual events as it is one of the school’s favourite traditions.
Spring Flowers Project
Our founder was passionate about children extending their learning outside the classroom and developing a love of the countryside around them. In keeping with this ethos, the children photograph ten native flowers to put into their Spring Flowers Project Book in the May half term.
During their time at the school the children build up a wonderful collection of 60 flowers which gives them a remarkable understanding of the natural flora around them.
During the main school holidays all children read a ‘special book’ with their parents, which is chosen by the headteacher. This supports our home school agreement and encourages the children and parents to read and discuss the book together.
The books chosen are children's classics such as The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett or poetry books such as Old Possums’ Book of Practical Cats by T.S. Eliot.
We set no other homework in the main school holidays as we believe that the children should have a rest from academic work and explore other things.
Every September we celebrate Founder's Day in honour of our beloved founder, Miss Routledge.
We give thanks for her leadership, commitment and legacy in a service of remembrance.
The children take part in the service by singing, reading Bible verses and saying prayers.
Autumn Fruit Collection
During the October half term, the children spend time making an Autumn Fruits project board. This is a display of the seasonal fruits, nuts and berries they have collected with their parents during the week.
The children are very proud to bring their collections in to school on the first day back and hang them up in their classrooms. As the children progress through the school, their collections get larger and larger until they can identify 30 species.
Passing to Big School
At the end of the Reedham Park journey the whole school celebrates all that each child has achieved at prizegiving and wish them all the best for the adventures that lie ahead.
After this the children proudly wear their new senior school uniforms for a final photograph together.