Our School Houses
Each child at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Infants School is put into a house which is mixed across year groups. Children can achieve house points for academic and non-academic reasons and these house points count toward a prize for all the children in that house each term. The house names are named after inspirational people from history who embody the British Values of
- The rule of law
- Individual liberty
- Mutual respect
- Tolerance of different faiths and beliefs
The inspirational people who lead our houses are Nelson Mandela, Winston Churchill, Mary Seacole and Emmeline Pankhurst. Your child will be given a fact sheet about their inspirational house lead to share with you at home.
A leader of his people
Nelson Mandela was the first black President of South Africa. He spent 27 years in prison for trying to overthrow the pro-apartheid government. After he left prison, he worked to achieve human rights and a better future for everyone in South Africa.
When did he live?
Nelson Mandela was born in 1918. He was in prison from 1962 to 1990. He became President of South Africa in 1994, and retired in 1999. Nelson Mandela died on 5 December 2013 following a lung illness.
Why is he famous?
Nelson Mandela became famous for his long fight against bad government and racial prejudice. He became a hero to people all over the world. As South Africa's President, he was respected for his courage and wisdom in bringing people together to live in peace.
Emmeline Pankhurst was a leader of the suffragette movement in Great Britain and a strong political activist. She contributed greatly towards gaining British women the right to vote.
Emmeline married a barrister called Richard Pankhurst who encouraged her efforts and helped her to form the Women's Franchise League. Emmeline Pankhurst was a woman of strength who fought hard for women’s’ rights.
Britain's war leader
Winston Churchill was Britain's prime ministerfor most of World War II. He was famous for his speeches, and for his refusal to give in, even when things were going badly. For a time he was the most famous person in Britain. People all over the world know the name Winston Churchill.
When did he live?
Churchill was born in 1874. He lived through two world wars. He saw the first cars, the first planes, and the first astronauts in space. He was at the crowning of Elizabeth II as Queen in 1953. He was an MP for over 60 years. Winston Churchill died in 1965.
What was special about Churchill?
People remember Churchill as a war leader. But he did other important jobs in a long life full of adventures. Winston Churchill loved history and in his life he made history.
What she did
Mary Seacole went to the Crimean War, to help British soldiers. She nursed sick and wounded soldiers. When battles were raging, she gave everyone food, blankets, clean clothes and kindness. The soldiers called her 'Mother Seacole'.
When she lived
Mary was born in 1805, on the Caribbean island of Jamaica. She first visited Britain as a young woman. Later she ran a hotel in Panama. After her adventures in the Crimean War (1854-1856), she lived in Britain. She died in London in 1881.
Why we remember Mary Seacole
Mary Seacole did what few other women did in the Victorian age. She was a traveller. She ran a business. She went to a war. If people refused to help her, perhaps because of racial prejudice, she still did what she believed was right. She risked her life to help others.