Perseus House

Head of House - Mrs S Sykes

House Colour: Robin Red
Named after the Constellation of Perseus
Location: Northern Hemisphere
Right Ascension: 03h
Declination: +45°

"Whatever it takes"

Perseus was the son of the Greek god Zeus and the princess Danae.

When Perseus was born, King Acrisius locked Danae and Perseus in a wooden chest and threw it into the sea. The chest floated to an island where it was rescued by a fisherman who was brother to the island's king, Polydectes. Polydectes offered them protection and Perseus was raised in his house. Polydectes may have had an ulterior motive as he later tried to force marriage on Danae. The king tried to mislead Perseus by saying that he intended to marry someone else. Perseus was so relieved that he promised the king a rather extravagant wedding gift, the head of Medusa.

Medusa was one of three sisters, daughters of Ceto and Phorcys, who was transformed into a hideous creature by the goddess Athene. Also known as the Gorgon, Medusa had serpents for hair, huge teeth, and a protruding tongue. One look turned people to stone. Athene helped Perseus gather magic equipment and gave him a shield to use as a mirror so that he would not look at Medusa directly. Perseus flew to the Gorgon's den with his winged sandals, and, using the shield as a mirror, cut off Medusa's head and buried it.

Perseus the constellation is usually depicted showing him holding Medusa's head, with the bright star Algol marking her eye. Just like the legend, Perseus House students are ingenious, courageous, hard-working and considerate of others. They take part in Academy events and the Interhouse competitions and enjoy working together on charity fund raising events that we run throughout the year.

Tutors in Perseus House are keen to support the students in their House groups. The Tutors are ably assisted by their Form Prefects. This ensures that all students are encouraged to be actively involved in all the Interhouse competitions and events that the Academy runs along with integrating all students fully into Academy life. Mrs Sykes is also assisted by four House Prefects.

Form Prefects 2019
Perseus 1 Sophie Edwards
Perseus 2 Lewis Drake
Perseus 3 Abigail Duffield
Perseus 4 Isabelle Wood
Perseus 5 Grace Riley
Perseus 6 Abigail Dalby
Perseus 7 Harvey Greenfield
Perseus 8 Sonia Mensah
Perseus 9 Ruby Binns
Perseus 10 Oliver Muggridge
Perseus 11 Letitia Hollis
Perseus 12 Marie Hutson
Perseus 13 Lucie Wingate
Perseus 14 Lillie Johnson
House Prefects 2019
Pola Taresewicz (PR4)
Benjamin Cass (PR10)
Ebany Pate (PR7)
Abbie Brown (PR6)

Each term, House Council meetings are held. This allows Perseus students to share their views. Ideas are debated and are put forward to the Academy Council for consideration by the Principal to further enhance students' experience here at the Academy.

House Council Representatives 2019
Perseus 1 Daniel McDougall
Perseus 2 Paige Smith
Perseus 3 Zhaine Saunders
Perseus 4 JP Jones
Perseus 5 Emma Sutton
Perseus 6 Kiera Harber
Perseus 7 Kate Kovsha
Perseus 8 Tegan Lake
Perseus 9 Edith Sandiford
Perseus 10 Owen Robinson
Perseus 11 Lucy Neul
Perseus 12 George Aitkin
Perseus 13 Emilia Nowakowska
Perseus 14 Euan Mann

Interhouse Competitions

House competitions are a vitally important part of every student's life at Tollbar Academy.

Some notable performances last year have been winning the Interhouse Merits, Art and History competitions. This was on top of 2nd Place finish at Sports Day. Perseus finished 6th overall in Interhouse Competitions, an improvement on last year.

Perseus this year are looking to hopefully better their results from last year and continue along their rich vein of improvement as they look to win the overall Interhouse Championship.

With the wide variety of events that we have here at the Academy, there is certainly something to suit students of all abilities and interests. Perseus prides itself in making sure all students get the opportunity to embrace the outstanding Interhouse Competitions here at the Academy.

Perseus House students are encouraged to "give it a go" and participation and success are two of our key focuses for this year.

Perseus House Sports Captains 2019

Betsy Thomas

Harry Vickers

Grace Riley

Joe Dwyer

Perseus House Vice Sports Captains 2019

Lily-Mae Cain

Alfie Noble

Oliver Muggridge

Andrew Bett

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