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Otter HouseOTTER HOUSE – House Colour Purple

Who’s Who?

Head of Otter House – Mrs J Feakins-Taylor and Mrs J Stone

Otter Tutors

Year 7 - Ms C Barnett

Year 8 - Mr R Gordon

Year 9 - Mr S Roe/Mr H Keane

Year 10 - Mrs K Christie

Year 11 - Mrs C Smerdon-Corp

Year 12 & 13 - Ms T Marchant

Otter House became the seventh house in school in 1990. William Otter became Bishop of Chichester in 1836. He was very interested in the training of teachers to provide education for all, and a teacher training college (now Chichester University) was set up in his name.

What is Otter House like?

Our motto is

Believe

Believe in yourself. Believe in our House and our school. Believe that you can make a positive change. Believe in… Be confident that you are able to do anything you want to do.

Achieve

At our school, you can make great progress and contributions in many different and important ways.

and Succeed

When you move on from our school and your experiences in Otter House, take with you what you have Achieved and go on to succeed.

We pride ourselves in promoting a disciplined, caring and happy family atmosphere. We hope to foster an ethos of a mutual, secure and stimulating environment where all members of the Otter House feel valued, respected and fully supported. We understand that it essential to work collaboratively to ensure that we are all able to provide the very best possible education, experiences and welfare for all our students.

Otter House supports Macmillan Nurses who specialise in cancer and palliative care, providing support and information to people with cancer, and their families, friends and carers, from the point of diagnosis onwards.

Otter House 2020-2021

Wow! What a year it has been for Otter House. Despite the challenging and often unpredictable circumstances of COVID they continue to show kindness, compassion and pride in all they do. As their Heads of House, Mrs Feakins Taylor and I are so incredibly proud of them! As the cheesy saying goes Otter House is ‘Otterly Amazing’!

It is important to recognise that our ‘Otterly Amazing’ status would not have been possible without the hard work and care of our amazing team of tutors who go above and beyond in all that they do with our students. Thank you, Ms Marchant, Ms Smerdon Corp, Mrs Christie, Mr Roe and Mr Gordon. We have loved coming into tutor times and witnessing such things as the ‘The masked singer’, ‘would you rather’ and some crazy drawing competitions, not to mention the hard work that has gone into the tutor group ‘Wellbeing Wednesdays’ that we launched this year and the Connect programme.

Rising to the challenge and paving the way have been our wonderful House Captain and Vice Captains. Holly Hindman, Freya Madinaveitia and Sinead Donnelly have been great role models to the students and helped so much with our Food Bank Collection, preparing assemblies and giving everyone their top lockdown tips! Holly and a team of 6th formers also worked tirelessly directing and leading our House Drama ‘Clue’ and we were so proud to have made it to the final this year! What a great group of actors and directors we have. It will take us a long time to get over the shrilling screams that came from the rehearsal rooms!

Food Bank Collection 5A highlight for us was definitely running the ‘Tonne of Love’ Food Bank collection in November. Teams from each tutor group arrived early to school and organised collecting and collating the food. We were all bowled over by the school community’s generosity and the vast amount of food that was donated. It filled a whole minibus from top to bottom, back to front and was the largest single donation Chichester Foodbank have ever received. This truly reflects the spirit of Otter House!

Otter House Valentine RosesAnother event highlighting the House's ethos was the ‘Virtual Otter Roses’ where we sold virtual roses with a message, for Valentine’s Day, to make money for our House Charity Macmillan Cancer. At a time when school was closed due to lockdown, we wanted to find a way to spread a little love and bring others in our community joy, whilst donating money to charity. It was lovely to see so many students and staff getting involved, purchasing virtual roses for others in Bishop Luffa. We are hoping next year to be able to sell ‘actual’ roses and to continue to raise money for such an important charity which is close to our hearts.

For the first half of the year we were consistently at the top of the leader board for House points, only recently to be overtaken by those competitive Burrows students. However, we remain firmly in the top three Houses on the leader board and know this fabulous achievement is down to our wonderful students who consistently put effort into all they do. Their resilience and passion for learning is something to be admired.

As the academic year draws to a close we look forward to welcoming the new Year 7’s in September and can’t wait to see what they and their new tutor Ms Barnett will contribute to our community. With a new year brings some changes and as I, Mrs Faulkner, start my new role in the school, the wonderful Mrs Stone will join Mrs Feakins-Taylor to lead Otter House! Exciting times ahead!

Mrs Katie Faulkner, Head of Otter House