Our House System is a British school tradition, whose educational purpose is to develop a sense of belonging, friendly competition and collaboration among children. From Grade 1 and above, they participate in the school-wide reward system to promote school spirit and teamwork. It is also a way for us to recognise children’s effort and resilience, promote our mission and encourage good citizenship. To reinforce the sense of tradition and belonging, children from the same family are placed in the same House.
The four Houses are names of pre-Hispanic civilizations from Mexico and reflect an amalgamation of the British and Mexican culture at the heart of Winpenny. Each House has its own colour and three personal characteristics that members of that House should embody.
Children receive House Points for demonstrating effort, outstanding achievement, and personal goals. They are also awarded for House competitions, including football, volleyball, and basketball tournaments, and charitable collections.
Each House is represented by a House Captain, Vice Captain and Prefects. Children in the upper Grade levels of Primary and Secondary Schools are given the opportunity to run for these House positions and are voted for by their peers. Taking on this role is a great honour and one in which children hone their leadership, team-building and effective communication skills. Older children mentor younger students to help them develop these attributes. The vertical grouping of all students from Grade 1 and above also promotes the sense of community and bond between children of all ages.