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Point Earning Opportunities (Spring Term 2019)

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   The easiest way to help out your house and show your lion’s pride is to earn points! There are lots of ways you can do this so you’re bound to find some that play to your strengths.


  In this post, I’ll give you a brief run-down of the regular point earning opportunities available to you. Whenever a new one opens up throughout the term, I’ll post it as a reply so keep checking back!


 The first and most obvious is to take part in classes. Most classes will give you the chance to earn 60 points a month through homework and extra credit. If you take several classes (even if you don’t have the time for the maximum of 5 every term), those 60 points soon mount up to quite a tidy haul.


Class sign-up opened February 1st 2019 and will remain open until May 20th so remember to put your name down for the classes that interest you and get sending in that homework! (It’s always a good idea to keep an eye on the individual assignment deadlines so that you don’t run out of time or put too much pressure on yourself)


  The next are the creative projects offered by the Hol Library and art department. If you enjoy getting artsy or brushing up on your writing, look out for when the Departments reopen later in the year. Right now, you can participate in a small way by going to your profile and telling us 'How I Got Into Harry Potter' in the designated section - that will earn you 10 points.


  Finally there are the house newspapers. These are a great chance to earn plenty of points by writing about what interests you. If articles and reviews aren’t your thing, most also offer creative prompts and even the chance to submit your own puzzles, recipes, graphics and many other things.


 All of them have different windows for submitting so be sure to check The Great Hall on the Hol Forum and the Common Rooms for announcements from the editors of each (I’ll be doing my best to keep you clued up about the deadlines for all of them here too).  The most important thing to remember is that whenever you have some spare time to get journalistic, you’re almost certain to find a home for what you come up with.

Brows old editions of our own Paw Print:


Slytherin’s SerpenTimes:


Ravenclaw’s Alte Sententiam:


And Hufflepuff’s Wizarding Times:



  Throughout the term, there will be unique and exciting activities to take part in which will give you the chance to earn points along the way. Remember to check my replies to this thread for announcements and reminders about anything that might be occurring!

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Hello (again), Gryffindor!


  It’s the start of term and your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to go sign up for classes. Not only are classes incredibly fun and magical but they’re the best way to earn points and help us in our fight to climb our way up the house cup rankings. Every little helps so even if you can only take one or two, that’s still doing your bit for the Scarlet and Gold (if you’re a new member, HOL 101 is super helpful and tons of fun). Sign-ups are open now so go go go go!


  If you’ve signed up for classes and are wondering if there’s anything else you can do besides homework, the answer is: YES. There absolutely is and you’re in the right place to hear about it.


  First up is the Alte Sententiam, Ravenclaw’s newspaper. You’ll have to act fast on this one as they’re only accepting submissions up until tomorrow (February 3rd) but I’m sure you can write like the wind and get something turned in.



And the fantastically named Drabble Babble:


Deadline: 3rd February


  Next up is our very own paper, The Paw Print. Our February issue is all about your favourite things so if you’ve been yearning to write about your love of polka dancing or chocolate covered sardines (or you know… Something a bit more sensible but less epic), look no further than the Quivering Quill Forum a little way down below this one. Just follow the sound of Prof. Zenix’s frantic scribbling. :P

Deadline: 26th February


  Last but by no means least is SerpenTimes, Slytherin’s snaky periodical. They’re getting colourful and chaotic this time with a theme of ‘kaleidoscope’. You can write according to that theme or choose something completely different, I know they’d love to hear whatever ideas you have. Remember to check out their Exclusives for an entertaining and easy 40 points too!

Pay a visit to the Dungeons for more details (mind out for their pet basilisk)


Deadline: 15th March


That’s all I have for you this time but keep your eyes open for fresh point earning opportunities coming at you soon! I hope you have a sensational, successful and above all, magical term.


2, 4, 6, 8, we know Gryffs are really great

 8, 6, 4, 2, proving that is up to you!

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There's a time for everyone,

if they only learn

That the twisting kaleidoscope

moves us all in turn....'


  It's your time to get submitting for SerpenTimes and their Kaleidoscope themed issue. Whether you have an idea for an article, a graphic or something else entirely, get to it. Remember the exclusives too! That Gryffindor hourglass needs to feel the love.

Deadline: 15th March

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