Our House system here at SKIS is broadly based on the original systems formulated in English Public Schools in the 18th and 19th centuries and popularised in the famous book of that period, Tom Brown’s Schooldays.
The House competitions challenge the students in the both sporting and academic arenas with the annual Sports Day, Swimming Gala and Inter-House Games plus House themed weeks where students compete in non-sports related events and raise money for our chosen charities. All students contribute to the House competition by collecting academic and non-academic House Points.
House Captains and House Key Stage Leaders are instrumental in organising and recruiting students to take part in the events. Each House is supported by 2 Heads House, one from the PE department and one from another area of the school.
The four Houses are:
Coubertin – Red
“The important thing in the Olympic Games is not winning but taking part. Just as in life, the aim is not to conquer but to struggle well.”
Pierre de Coubertin, considered to be the father of the modern Olympic Games is an inspiration to the students. De Coubertin was incredibly interested in education and in particular the role of physical education and sport in education. In 1896 when he visited England he saw how "organised sport can create moral and social strength" (Pierre de Coubertin. The Olympic Idea. Discourses and Essays. Editions Internationales Olympiques, Lausanne, 1970). He was determined to re-establish an international sporting competition following the design of the ancient Olympics at Olympia. He is credited for many aspects of the modern Olympic Games including the 5 rings, the flag, the oath and the motto.
Curie – Green
“Be less curious about people and more curious about ideas.”
Marie Curie is remembered for her discovery of radium and polonium and for her dedicated work in fighting cancer. Along with her husband Pierre Curie, Marie was awarded the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1903 for her work on radioactivity. In 1906 Pierre Curie was tragically killed in a horse and cart accident however Marie’s resilience showed through and she continued with the work the couple had begun. She went on to succeed him in his Chair as Professor at Sorbonne and received another Nobel Prize in 1911. In 1930, Marie Curie allowed her name to be used by the Marie Curie Hospital in north London. It was staffed entirely by women to treat female cancer patients using radiology. It also had research facilities.
Mandela – Blue
“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”
Nelson Mandela was a South African anti-apartheid revolutionary, political leader, and philanthropist, who served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999. He was imprisoned for nearly 3 decades for protesting against the white minority’s oppressive regime in a racially divided South Africa. When he was released he participated in the eradication of apartheid and in 1994 became the first black president of South Africa, forming a multi-ethnic government to oversee the country’s transition. He continued to promote peace and social justice around the world until his death in 2013.
Shackleton – Yellow
“Difficulties are just things to overcome, after all.”
Ernest Shackleton was an Antarctic explorer. He made his third trip to the Antarctic with the ship “Endurance” in 1914. Early in 1915, 'Endurance' became trapped in the ice, and ten months later sank. The crew had already abandoned the ship and along with 5 crew members, Shackleton set off to find help. They were rescued in August 1916 and not one member of the expedition had died. Shackleton’s determination to stay alive despite the obstacles he faced shows true resilience.
The names of the Houses were chosen by the students and teachers and represent key leaders who inspire our students to become ‘Tomorrow’s Leaders, Here and Now”.
OBJECTIVES OF THE HOUSE SYSTEM
- To foster a strong school spirit and create bonding amongst students
- To encourage multi-level participation in school-wide events
- To encourage a healthy competitive environment
- To develop student leadership and pastoral skills at both junior and senior levels
- To promote unity and a common interest between students and staff