At Memorial International School, as well as being placed in a year group class, our students also belong to one of 4 house teams, each named after a wild animal native to the region.
The house system originated in British boarding schools and has a very long tradition.
In our school, children are awarded house points throughout the week, which are collected each Friday with the winner announced in assembly. Children can win additional house points by participating in the many theme days organised throughout the year.
Recent studies have shown the value of house teams in promoting students’ social development through participating in mixed age group activities.
This is the focus of our house colour days, where students dress up in their house colours (red for the wolves, blue for the bears, green for the foxes and yellow for the lynx) and sit with their house team at lunch. There are also special house activities, such as quizes and research projects on the house animals.
Another highlight of the house team activities is our annual sports day in the summer term, where the 4 house teams compete against each other in fun sporting events.