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School Houses by Spursfan2 on 23 August 2011 8:03pm
Ok this is probably the most rubbish thread in the history of Palinstravel & Blathering On, but just for a laugh - what were the houses in your school, and what is rhe relevance?

I'll start.

My high school houses were all named after famous Staffordshire people.

SHERIDAN (red - my house and therefore the best (!))- Richard Brinsley Sheridan, MP for Stafford and playright (e.g. 'School for Scandal')

WEDGWOOD (blue) - Joshiah Wedgwood, famous potter (but not as famous as Harry hahaha)

WALTON (lilac) - Sit Isaac Walton, author of 'The Compleat Angler'

JOHNSON (maroon) - Samuel Johnson, the Lexicographer

HOWITT (yellow) - Mary Howitt, poet, most famously of 'The Spider and the Fly'

BORROW (green) - George Borrow, author.

You could buy badges of the relevant house colour, but the main way of telling your house was a 'girdle', (I'm SURE that's what they were called - if you know differently let me know please!!) a long strip of cloth about 1" wide which was worn around the waist and tied in a knot the same as you use for a necktie so that the two long ends hung neatly (both the same length or else!!) down the side of your skirt. If you won a colour at, say, hockey a band of white would be sewn along the length of your girdle (I didn't!!).


Re: School Houses by kazzzz on 24 August 2011 7:32am
We had wattyl, waratah, boronia and banksia houses at primary school, named after 4 types of native Australian flora. I was in wattyl (yellow house).
Re: School Houses by Spursfan2 on 24 August 2011 8:51am
Believe it or not I was looking for the 'like' button as in FB !!D'oh!


Re: School Houses by suzulu on 24 August 2011 12:14pm
We had HAMILTON, STARBUCK (my house) and GREVILLE. I think there was a fourth but I cannot remember the name. They were named after people who founded, or had something do with, the town and docks. There are also streets named after them.

The colour of Hamilton was blue and Starbuck yellow. Can't remember the other colours.

I seem to recall that Hamilton was the house good at sports!

Re: School Houses by suzulu on 24 August 2011 12:20pm
By the way, Sir William Hamilton was Lady Emma Hamilton's husband! Sir Charles Greville was his nephew.
Re: School Houses by Loretto on 24 August 2011 2:45pm
No houses, just the Sisters of No Mercy.
Re: School Houses by TERRY S on 24 August 2011 6:34pm
Don was in Faraday - named after Michael Faraday the inventor, which I think is really cool!

I was in a comprehensive school (and a an incredibly dire one at that), so no houses however the scool labling was pretty cool. The classes were as follows:


The C is for City, the S is for school and the letters going down the right of both spell Stradbroke, the name of the road and area it was on/in. In the early 1900's or so when it when in the City Centre (hence the name), before it moved out to Woodhouse, it was very prestigious. But when I went in the early eighties, it was and still is a dump. I couldn't cope with the violence and bullying. It was the worst five years of my life (expect maybe dating my first real boyfriend!). And if someone gave me the chance to re-school, it wouldn't be there!! Or rather I would, in the old days when it was a Grammer School with a GOOD repution and before it moved to Stradbroke.

Re: School Houses by mp_addict19 on 31 August 2011 6:20pm
Well . . . I belong in Gryffindor. GO RED AND GOLD!! lol

Sorry, couldn't resist :)

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