Houses

  • The House System

    The house system is a way of structuring the school vertically. The system fosters the feeling among students that they belong to a group which extends from the bottom to the top of the school. There are four houses in the School: North, South, East and West. They compete in various activities, among which is the School House Cup.

    The house system is widely used in British schools and schools which follow the British model. It originated in boarding schools in which the students ate and slept in different houses during the school year. The system continues to be used in some British boarding schools.

    In our school and in today’s terms, “House” refers only to a group of students who belong to the same “team” which extends right through the school. Traditionally houses take their names from saints, famous people or animals, and, in the case of the top British schools, from geographical locations or famous historical people or events. Each house has its own colour, spirit and customs which make it unique.

  • Solidarity

    At Alegra the house system is closely tied to projects of solidarity and volunteer work. Each of the houses supports a different project during the school year to which they devote time and attention.

    This year the projects chosen are as follows:

    • Buen Consejo School, Buenos Aires (ARGENTINA)
    • Mutoka Mwoyo Orphanages, Democratic Republic of the Congo
    • Criança e vida, Oporto (PORTUGAL)
    • Kumbel Training Center (Almaty, Kazakhstan)
  • First oficial School Houses Act: the pledge.

    After the votation that took place at the beginning of October, the captains and subcaptains swore their Pledge, a school act where they officialy became the representatives of their School Houses. In their speeches, they all thanked their House members and all of the teachers for their support

    The Headmistress of the School, Vicky Muller, closed the act by saying a few words: “assuming this responsability shows a clear vocation in helping others, being captain and subcaptain means thinking about others” Also, Vicky engaged all of the girls in the main themes of this year: sport, internationalisation, digitalisation and ecology. She also emphasized the idea that the most important idea of the School Houses in Alegra is the value of friendship.

     

     

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