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The Senior School is divided into eight vertically arranged Houses with students from each year level. Each is a ‘mini school’ of its own, complete with Head (House Dean) and Assistant Teachers, Senior Prefect (Head of House) and Captains (Year 13) of the various activities.
The House Deans are responsible for the organisation and management of their House. Responsibilities range from monitoring academic progress to social well-being and for maintaining close links with parents regarding their son’s progress and welfare. They also organise meetings and social occasions at which parents have an opportunity to exchange views and develop friendships.
Each student becomes a member of a House and works and develops as a member of a closer community structure. They stay with the same House for their time at Scots giving continuity and a sense of belonging.
Senior boys organise many of the activities in which the House is involved and watch over the junior members in a mentoring role. The activities include inter-House sporting and cultural events, as well as administrative routines. Boys in Year 12 receive training to prepare them for their leadership roles in Year 13.
The House system is important in other ways. It provides a wide range of involvements to all our secondary students through inter-House competition in sport, drama, debating and music – events which are fiercely contested among the six Houses.
There is an element of rivalry between Houses in round robin competitions in many different activities such as basketball, debating, touch rugby and ‘Battle of the Bands’. Each year culminates in a formal House dinner where trophies and colours are awarded and the Head of House presents his report for the year.
Loyalty to the House is paramount and long after students have left school old boys will remain in contact with their House Dean and remain strongly loyal to their House.
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