House System

All pupils at St. Julian’s Primary School are organised into ‘houses’. We have four houses named after famous Welsh princes. Pupils represent their houses in our annual Sports Day and Eisteddfod. They can also earn points for their house throughout the year for good behaviour and effort. Each of the four houses have elected house captains in Foundation Phase and Key-Stage 2.

For Sports Days and our Eisteddfod, pupils can dress in the colour of their house.

St. Julian’s High School also arrange their pupils into the same houses, so when pupils leave Year 6 and enter Year 7, they will remain in the same house.

House Colour: Blue / Glas     |     House Motto: Believe, Achieve, Succeed

Owain Glyndŵr was a Welsh ruler and the last Welshman to hold the title ‘Prince of Wales’. On 16 September 1400, Glyndŵr instigated the Welsh Revolt against Henry IV of England. The uprising was initially successful and he rapidly gained control of large areas of Wales, but it suffered from key weaknesses – particularly a lack of artillery, which made capturing defended fortresses difficult, and of ships, which made their coastlands vulnerable. The uprising was eventually suppressed by the superior resources of the English. Glyndŵr was driven from his last strongholds in 1409, but he avoided capture and the last documented sighting of him was in 1412.

House Colour: Red / Coch     |     House Motto: Make Yourself Proud

Caradog ap Gruffydd was a Prince of Gwent in South-East Wales who made repeated attempts to gain power over all of southern Wales by seizing the Kingdom of Deheubarth. In 1072 he defeated and killed the ruler of Deheubarth, Maredudd ab Owain ab Edwin, in a battle by the Rhymney River. In 1078 he won another victory over Rhys ab Owain who had succeeded Maredudd as prince of Deheubarth. By 1081 he had forced the new prince of Deheubarth, Rhys ap Tewdwr to flee to the St David’s Cathedral.

House Colour: Green / Gwyrdd     |     House Motto: Dare to Dream…Anything is Possible

Hywel ap Cadell, also known as ‘Hywel Dda’ or ‘Hywel the Good’ was a King of Deheubarth who eventually came to rule most of Wales. He became the sole king of Seisyllwg in 920 and shortly after established Deheubarth, and proceeded to gain control over the entire country from Prestatyn to Pembroke.

Hywel is highly esteemed among other medieval Welsh rulers. The latter part of his name ‘Dda’ (meaningGood’ in Welsh)refers to the fact that his laws were just and good. He was known for compassion rather than punishment, plenty of common sense and recognition of the rights of women. Hywel Dda was a well-educated man even by modern standards, having a good knowledge of Welsh, Latin, and English.

The office building and original home of the National Assembly for Wales is named Tŷ Hywel (“Hywel’s House”) in honour of Hywel Dda.

House Colour: Yellow / Melyn     |     House Motto: Strive for the Highest

Llywelyn ap Iorwerth, also known as ‘Llywelyn the Great’ (‘Llywelyn Fawr’ in Welsh) was a Prince of Gwynedd in North Wales and eventually ruler over most of Wales. He dominated Wales for 45 years. Llywelyn was born about 1173, the son of Iorwerth ap Owain and the grandson of Owain Gwynedd, who had been ruler of Gwynedd until his death in 1170.

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