There are 16 Houses in the College, each House containing approximately 85 boys from Years 7 to 12. Boys remain in the same House during their entire time at the College and often develop a special identity with that House.
The role of the Head of House
Heads of House hold the primary responsibility for supervising the whole education of each student in their care. They ensure that each student’s experiences embrace one of the central ideals of Jesuit education: the well-rounded person. By knowing their students, Heads of House will help them discern their special talents, rejoice in them, develop them and put them at the service of others in a community of faith on a journey towards God.
Heads of House work in partnership with the range of staff at the College, all of whom unite in the spirit of Ignatian formation to put the student’s welfare above institutional boundaries. They also work in partnership with the student’s Mentor, meeting regularly with them to discuss the progress of students in each Mentor Group. Heads of House also assist and encourage Mentors to develop new and appropriate strategies for Mentor Group meetings.
Within the House, each boy belongs to a Mentor Group. Each House Mentor participates in the formation of each boy. This smaller group enables boys to meet informally and gives them the opportunity to develop leadership skills.
The Mentor will interview each boy in his or her Mentor Group at least once a Semester. The Head of House will interview each boy in the House on a one to one basis each Term. It is also made clear to the boys that Heads of House and Mentors are always available for help in academic progress and subject choices, co-curricular involvement, and spiritual development.
House Meetings are significant educative events in our students’ formation. There is a short meeting of 15 minutes three times per week for the Mentor Group to meet the Mentor, while a longer meeting is held three to four times a Term.