For those parents and guardians who have had children with us for some years, the Britannica School House System is a familiar feature of school life but for some parents it might be new.
In the school we have four houses named after the elements: Earth, Water, Air and Fire. (If you know the Harry Potter books you'll know the houses of Gryffindor, Ravenclaw, Hufflepuff and Slytherin. We too have four houses but no sorting hat, alas.)
The idea behind the house system is that there is a vertical and even split of the children, young and old in each of the four houses.
These houses compete against each other in all kinds of ways, sporting, academic and even in entertainment, for example quizzes. Also, we trust the senior students in each house will look out for the younger ones enabling the seniors to benefit by learning leadership and organizational skills themselves. When a child joins Britannica he or she becomes a member of a particular house along with all the staff in the school except the Principal, the Head of Primary and the Head of Secondary.
The aim for all the students in the school is to build up points for their houses by earning as many "good comments" as they can every day, every week and every month and also by playing for their house teams against other house teams at sports and in competitions.
Each house has a house captain which forms part of our student leadership team. They have additional responsibilities, are involved in presenting in assemblies and planning and motivating their houses in events.
The school year is divided into three termly championships and at the end of each term there is a cup for the winning house and a token prize for all the members of that house. The Principal announces the current scores every week in assembly.