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House Teams

As our school expanded, we decided that it was time to change our House Teams, from four to six. We thought about our name 'All Saints' and the people who could be saints today. We researched great people who led Christian lives, whose achievements rested on their Christian beliefs and who let their light shine in the service of God.

Wesley

John Wesley – co-founder of Methodism, he spent years travelling and preaching outdoors, helping to form and organise small Christian groups. Most importantly, he appointed ordinary people to travel and preach as he did and to care for these groups of people. Under Wesley's direction, Methodists became leaders in many social issues of the day, including prison reform and the abolition of slavery. By the end of his life, he was known as the ‘best loved man in England’.

Pankhurst

Emmeline Pankhurst – campaigner for the right for women to vote. She lead the Women’s Social and Political Union that fought against the political parties that refused to allow women to vote; a famous leaflet of theirs illustrated that women could become a doctor, mayor, teacher or worker and yet not have the vote, while a man could be lunatic, a criminal or a drunkard and yet still be allowed to vote. During WW1, all of her campaigning was directed to the war effort, and died only weeks before women were given equal voting rights as men.

Wilberforce

William Wilberforce – politician and campaigner for more than 20 years to end the slave trade in the British Empire. He fought to improve the working conditions of chimney sweeps, campaigned for reform of prisons and supported the fight against capital punishments. He helped finance Sunday schools, tried to reform parliament and set up the first animal welfare organisation in the world, which became the RSPCA, and helped setup the RNLI and yearly gave away thousands of pounds to the needy.

Cavell

Edith Cavell – a pioneer of nursing, she saved the lives of soldiers from both sides in WW1 without discrimination and helped some 200 Allied soldiers escape from German-occupied Belgium, for which she was arrested. She was accused of treason, found guilty by a court-martial and sentenced to death. Despite international pressure for mercy, she was shot by a German firing squad. She is well known for her statement that "patriotism is not enough, I must have no hate in my heart". Her strong Anglican beliefs propelled her to help all those who needed it, both German and Allied soldiers. She was quoted as saying, "I can’t stop while there are lives to be saved.

Liddell

Eric Liddell – Scottish athlete and missionary, he refused to take part in a race in the 1924 Olympics 100m race held on a Sunday because it was a day of rest; instead, he competed in the 400m race on a weekday in which he won gold. He spent much of his life in China as a missionary teacher, and chose not to leave as WW2 brought the invasion by Japanese soldiers. Staying at his post, he was captured and died in a concentration camp.

Nightingale

Florence Nightingale – social reformer and founder of modern nursing. Although from a very wealthy family, she gave up a life of privilege to organise the tending of soldiers wounded in the Crimean Wear. Much more of an administrator than an actual nurse, she was a brilliant natural organiser and founded the world’s first non-religious nursing school in the world. As well as this, she worked hard to provide famine relief for people in India. Fiercely intelligent, she helped introduce the pie-chart and her statistical work helped reorganise the British Army – without her work, it is entirely possible that Britain could have lost WW1.