WHAT IS THE HOUSE SYSTEM?
院舍制度(House system)起源于英格兰的寄宿学校，住在同一宿舍楼的学生被分组为不同的院舍(House)。 各个院舍的学生由院舍负责人管理，学生的日常生活、体育和课外活动也由院舍负责人统一管理。 如今，英联邦国家和美国的许多学校也沿用院舍管理制度， 各个院舍之间定期举行体育比赛和其他形式的活动，以激发学生的集体归属感和团体忠诚度，发展学生的组织能力、团队合作能力和领导能力。
Historically the House system originated in England’s independent boarding schools where students living in the same dormitory building are grouped as a House. Students in a House are managed by a Head of House in a pastoral sense as well as for sports and extracurricular programmes. Today, this system exists in many schools in Commonwealth countries as well as America as a way of dividing the student population into subunits. Competitions in sports and other areas of endeavour are held regularly between Houses to instill a sense of belonging and group loyalty, and also to develop students’ organizational, teamwork and leadership skills.
On entering the school, a student is placed in one of four Houses and will remain in that House for the duration of their time at the school. The placement of a student in a given House is random, the only proviso being that a balance is maintained in areas such as gender or sporting competence (we do not want all the good footballers in one House) and siblings will all be in the same House.
l Grindal(格林德尔)，源自坎特伯雷大主教Edmund Grindal，他于1583年创立了英国圣比斯公学。
l Bega from St Bega, an Irish princess who gave her name to the village of St Bees
l Elizabeth from Queen Elizabeth 1st who gave her royal seal to the school in 1583
l Foundation the name of the main building at St Bees School UK
l Grindal named after Edmund Grindal, Archbishop of Canterbury, who founded the St Bees School in 1583.
WHY DO WE HAVE A HOUSE SYSTEM?
•由学校任命一名教师担任院舍的教师院长(Head of House)
The House system allows for in-school competition and school-to-school interaction.
• Each House has an elected House Captain (student) and a team of student assistants
• Each House has a Head of House (a nominated teacher)
• Merits for students’ good work and positive contributions to school life are pooled in the House
• Competitions between Houses are scheduled to take place during the year, to include:
- Sporting competitions
- Languages – English and Chinese poetry/story writing/speaking competitions
- Drama – short play competitions