At Glenlola Collegiate School, we have a House System that we are notably proud of. It is a long standing tradition and an important and vibrant part of school life. Upon entering Year 8, pupils are assigned to one of the six School Houses – Clanmorris, Dufferin, Hamilton, Harte, Ward and Weir. Each House is identified by its own colour and pupils wear this on their blazers above the school crest. Sisters are allocated to the same House and pupils are placed in the same House as their mother, if possible.
The House system encourages collegiality and healthy competition amongst our pupils. It promotes good behaviour, encourages teamwork, provides opportunities to take on responsibilities and brings everyone in the School together. All pupils have the opportunity to represent their House in a number of interhouse events, competitions and quizzes held throughout the year. These include Sports Competitions, the Choral Competition, Dance Competition and the House Bake Off Challenge, to name a few. There are always House points up for grabs in these interhouse challenges which go towards the House Total. A wide range of events take place that vary from year to year. The programme includes events for individual year groups as well as whole school activities.
Each House is led by a team of pupils including the House Captain, Deputy House Captain, Games Captain, Assembly Organiser, Publicity Officer and a member of staff as the Head of House. The team plan and lead weekly House assemblies and are responsible for motivating, involving and organising their house. The House system provides opportunities for pupil leadership and great camaraderie between all the different year groups.
The House year begins in June with Sports Day and continues through to May of the following year when it culminates in the whole school House Winners Assembly. This is when all the hard work pays off and the winners are announced as the three awards are presented: The House Shield for first place, The Runner Up House Shield for second place and the dreaded wooden spoon for House in sixth place.