The House system
As a learning community and through the House system we strive to encourage boys to develop a realistic knowledge of self, be of sound spiritual and moral value, show tolerance and demonstrate respect for others, build and maintain lifelong friendships, display qualities such as integrity, flexibility, reliability and empathy, develop skills in independence, self-motivation, leadership and cooperation and participate in a range of enjoyable physical and age appropriate risk taking activities and are responsible for their own health and safety. The House system reinforces these principles.
The House system allocates all boys from Kindergarten to Year 12 to one of four Houses: Buckland, School, Stephens and Thorold. Staff members across the entire school are also allocated a House. Each of the sub-schools run their House programs differently and combine on various occasions throughout the year in large K–12 assemblies.
Early Learning Centre (ELC)
Boys are allocated a House but all sport competitions are done via year level, where everyone gets a ribbon for participation. Boys attend the K–12 House assembly where the boys divide up into their Houses for the first time.
Students in the Junior School compete in their Houses for the:
- Warwick Carter Cup (good behaviour, good work)
- Cock House Shield (Warwick Carter Cup points plus sporting)
The House system is used for all sporting events:
- Swimming Carnival
- Cross Country
- Winter Sports Day
- Athletics Carnival
All Houses receive points for these competitions which are then translated into ‘position points’ which are added up and go towards the Cock House Shield. Certificates which are given out in assembly for good behaviour or good work earn House points for the recipient. These points are tallied at the end of each term. The winning House at the end of the year (for certificates) receives the Warwick Carter Cup. The Warwick Carter Cup points are added to all the sporting events to determine who gets the Cock House Shield at the end of the year.
Years 3–6 also enjoy the K–12 House assembly.
There are two shields that are contested by Houses in the Middle School.
- Cock House Academic Shield determined by end of year results by respective Houses. The Cock House Academic Shield is awarded at Speech Night.
- Cock House Shield determined by results from the nine House competitions over the course of the year, including: Swimming Carnival, Cross Country, Debating, Drama, Music, Athletics Carnival, Winter Sports Day, Summer Challenge and Theatre Sports. The Cock House Shield is awarded at the Farewell Assembly.
The House is the main unit within the Senior School for pastoral care and for school academic and other competitions. Students compete for two shields:
- The Gumley Shield (academic) – recognising the achievements of Dr Stephen Gumley (1974 Head Prefect and a 1979 Rhodes Scholar), the shield is awarded at Speech Night to the House that achieves the highest academic effort in the year.
- The Cock House (sporting / cultural) – a keenly-fought Cock House Competition which includes participation by all boys from all Houses in the following activities: Winter Sports Day, Summer Sports Day, Athletics Carnival, Swimming Carnival, Chess, Drama, Music, Cross Country and Debating
The House system also facilitates involvement in chapel, assemblies and inter-mentor competitions.
Pastorally we pride ourselves on the strength of our House system. This serves as the hub of interaction within the Senior School and provides the framework for our major House competitions. More importantly, mentor groups in each House serve as an opportunity for a smaller, vertical grouping of students from Years 9–12 to get to know one another under the guidance and direction of a mentor. Mentors within the Senior School are responsible for overseeing students’ wellbeing and school life. The mentor’s role includes ensuring that each student feels safe, known and connected to the School community so that their potential may be reached.