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The House System adds another dimension to a boy’s experiences in the Prep School. Houses foster pride, team work and cooperation as well as providing an avenue for our Year 6 boys to develop their leadership skills.
Each boy from Years 1 to 6 is assigned to a House upon starting at the Prep School. Boys are assigned to Houses according to family links initially. If there are none then boys are spread about the Houses evenly. We attempt to make the Houses even in terms of class level, cultural and sporting ability. This allows for good even competition on the sports field and in other competitions.
Boys earn House points for all Inter-House activities, such as Swimming, Athletics, Cross Country, House Music, Haka and major sports, and the winning House is awarded the Townsend Shield for Inter-House Competition – Sports and Cultural at the Prep School Prizegiving.
Academic Merit points earned in the class or Community Service Merit points earned in the school environment go towards the highly valued P J Avery Shield for Academic Endeavour and Service also presented at our annual Prizegiving.
Houses are also required to show community spirit in the school by being assigned a week’s duty during the term. This involves boys looking after the school environment on a daily basis and Year 6 boys acting as leaders on a duty team at interval and lunch rostered through the week.
The House System at Scots Prep fulfils several purposes. It is designed to:
- Provide a source of collective spirit whereby each boy feels that he belongs to a positive, supportive group (other than his class), which will look after his interests and to which he feels able to contribute purposefully in his own way regardless of academic and/or sporting ability. Particularly relevant here is the ‘vertical grouping’ nature of each House i.e. Years 1 – 6.
- Creates a means whereby leadership and responsibility can be shared more widely throughout the members of the Year 6 group, thus providing opportunity for the leadership potential of all senior boys to be developed and evaluated.
- Allow for friendly rivalry and competition across the ages in the school, thus breeding greater school spirit.
Each House is allocated a number of Leaders led by a House Captain. These Leaders are selected through a process of discussion involving all Staff and as such are accorded no special privileges, but are expected to set an example in their attitude and behaviour, and to assist in the running of the House.