School spirit is often defined as the emotional support students, parents, faculty, teachers and community members show for local education institutions. Many schools host a spirit week in the days leading up to the homecoming football game. However, this is not the only time a school can plan school spirit days. There are many spirit week ideas for high school students to show their school pride throughout the year, in addition to raising moral.
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Purpose of School Spirit
Knowing what school spirit is and the importance of hosting week long school spirit events and activities is just the beginning to successfully planning a spirit week. The main purpose of spirit week is to get students and faculty excited about their school and show their support for the school, groups and sports programs. Spirit weeks also encourage students to get involved and work together toward a united and common goal–promoting and supporting the school. This gives the students a common objective, encouraging positive thoughts towards the school and their fellow classmates. By encouraging positive thought towards classmates, spirit week may discourage bullying and teasing and reduce anxiety.
What is Spirit Week and What are the Possible Spirit Week ideas?
Spirit week is the time when students bond together to show their school spirit. There are many different spirit week ideas, including promoting a single spirit week theme or hosting different and unique school spirit days. A week long theme makes it possible for students to be creative and come up with different outfit ideas based on a single theme. Themed school spirit week ideas include:
- Wild west
- Theme based on school colors and school mascot
- Fairy tales
- Medieval times
- Outer space
- Under the sea
- On the farm
- Scottish Highlands
- Homeroom Wars
Proteacher.net offers different theme ideas for schools looking to host spirit days throughout the school year. School spirit day ideas include:
- Crazy hat day
- Backwards day
- Football jersey day
- Career day
- Mismatched Monday
- Crazy hair day
- Dress like a book character
- Beach day
- Dress like a teacher
- Mustache day
- Animal day
- Twinsie Thursday (dress like a friend or a group of friends)
- Formal Friday
- Taco Tuesday
- 80’s day
School spirit themes help set the tone for the week by suggesting that students dress a certain way or participate in themed activities. The crazier the theme, the more excited students will be.
Promote the week by making a list of the different spirit week ideas planned for the entire duration of the event, including what to wear and what activities will be available. Make sure that all students are aware of what is allowed to be worn at the school and what types of items, logos and designs will be prohibited. Here is a sample suggestion of events and spirit days:
- Monday – Crazy Hat Day: Encourage students to wear the craziest hat they can find.
- Tuesday – Crazy T-shirt Day: Encourage students to wear the craziest and most unique t-shirt they can find.
- Wednesday – Pajama Day: Let everyone come to school in their PJs.
- Thursday – Hawaiian Dress Day: Encourage students to wear the craziest Hawaiian shirts and grass skirts they can find.
- Friday – School Colors Day: Encourage students to show their school spirit by wearing the school’s colors.
Hold a contest daily for the craziest and most unique attire and ideas. Students can vote for their favorite costume and special prizes will be awarded to the daily winners.
Spirit week ideas include activities like crafts, t-shirt painting, face painting and school-themed games. Students can get together to decorate the halls of the school with banners, streamers and other decorative items. Pep rallies and assemblies are a great way to promote school spirit. Other great activities include school dances, community projects, bake sales, car washes, activities which entail volunteer work and special student projects.
Keeping with the different theme ideas, many schools have put together a list of items available for sale. Some schools purchase school spirit items, such as buttons, pin, signs, pens/pencils, hats, scarves and folders. The money sold from these items are then donated to a local charity, used to help fund school programs or for the Student Council.
Other sale ideas include picking a specific item to sell each day of the week. Different items to sell can include muffins, candies, toys, school supplies and fizzy drinks.
School spirit week ideas can also include a series of events to be held throughout the week. These events can be held during the school day, after school or during evening programs where the local community is invited. School event ideas include:
- Arm wrestling competition
- Basketball tournament
- Car smash
- Coffee house with open mic night and poetry reading
- Costume contests
- Cow pie bingo
- Line dancing/square dancing night
- Karaoke night
- Chili cook off
- Lost and found fashion show
- Talent shows
- Amazing Race
- Sidewalk chalk paintings
- Paint school and community business windows
When to Have Spirit Weeks
According to Midwestern State University, there are no specific times throughout the year when schools have to host their spirit weeks. One suggestion is to host spirit-themed events during the summer months as summer events offer a unique orientation opportunity to welcome freshman students to the school. Additionally, they keep students excited about their school spirit and prepare them for the upcoming school year. Fall events offer the perfect opportunity to celebrate homecoming as well as the return to school. There are many opportunities for themed spirit weeks, especially with Halloween just around the corner. Furthermore, spring spirit weeks can be used to celebrate the end of the school year and keep students motivated to finish the year strong. Spirit week activities in the spring help prevent students from getting distracted as they anticipate their summer vacations.
Spirit Week Items
There are many different items that can be purchased and/or made to help promote school spirit. These items include banners, noise makers, spirit sticks, sports signs, yard signs, pom-poms, cheer megaphones and beads.
Spirit sticks for schools are used by fans, players and cheerleaders during rallies and games. Spirit sticks can be purchased or made and is a meaningful way to express one’s support for the football team (or other sports teams). Spirit sticks are designed using the school’s colors and mascot to decorate the stick.
Banners and signs should include various school spirit quotes to help promote positive school images and spirit week activities. Suggested quotes for signs, cheers and even bumper stickers include:
- “Catch the spirit”
- “Proud to be a Warrior”
- “We’ve got spirit”
- “Hoop it up”
- “Go Warriors”
- “Running for success”
- “Roaring with pride”
As you can see, there are many different spirit week ideas to promote school spirit. When planning these events and activities, keep in mind that all activities should be easy for everyone at school to enjoy and get a chance to participate in. When planning school spirit week themes, it is important to have input from both faculty members and students. and together you will be able to create the best possible spirit week for your school.