College House System
The College has four houses. Each house is named after a notable individual whose achievements match the aspirations of the College community.
Each student belongs to a house and traditionally, members of the same family are usually in the same house.
The house system is designed to enrich the overall life of the College. The house system provides opportunities for students of different ages to mix and work together. The house system is also designed to create a positive climate of healthy competition between the four houses.
Each House has a student leadership team consisting of:
- Junior Years House (2 house leaders and 2 vice leaders)
- Middle Years House (2 house leaders and 2 vice leaders)
- Senior Years House (2 house leaders and 2 vice leaders)
The leaders play a significant role in coordinating the House teams in the variety of competitions associated with the Community House Shield (Pastoral activities) and Champion House Shield (Sporting activities).
The student leaders also assist the House Coordinators with the running of House assemblies, manage house communication through noticeboards, act as role models and provide student perspective at House meetings.
Commitment – Compassion - Community
The Chisholm House shield represents core values visually through a combination of powerful imagery. The joined Hands image extend the hand of friendship and also acceptance of all. The Earth extends a welcome and offers protection to people from all cultures. Honour, passion and strength are evident through the Eagle and also the ability to strive for the sky. The Roman Helmet shows a fighting spirit and reinforces the Spartan house theme. Strength is repeated through the lightning bolt and provides illumination, awareness, knowledge and intuition both intellectual and spiritual. Red summons energy, power, determination, desire and love. All of these combined with the Dove, an everlasting symbol of peace and unity represent the House patron, Caroline Chisholm. Mar-ka, meaning earth (red), comes from the local indigenous language.
See – Love - Serve
Core values held by Hollows House and their patron Fred Hollows AC are represented through strong and positive imagery. Central to the Hollows House values are courage, strength, fairness and patience displayed in the image of a Lion. The ability to strive and reach for goals whilst demonstrating freedom, passion, clarity of sight and intelligence is displayed in the symbolism of the Eagle. Underpinning these traits, energy, passion, happiness, intellect and joy are reflected in the colour Yellow. These traits are supported by the everlasting symbol of fairness, peace and unity - the Dove, a consistent symbol of all our House shields that reinforces our Catholic ethos and mission. Bung-gan, meaning sun (yellow), comes from the local indigenous language.
Inspire – Lead - Change
Kindness, generosity, helping others and showing compassion are the core beliefs of the MacKillop House patron, Saint Mary MacKillop RSJ. The shield symbolises this through the depiction of helping Hands and Water that is an essential part of life. The Turtle represents calmness, serenity and peace to show the effect Saint Mary MacKillop had on others. The Dolphin depicts playfulness, an emphasis on communication, intelligence and emotion all important life skills. Both animals combined with the blue of the shield pay homage to our tropical location. Blue is a colour that depicts stability, depth, trust, loyalty, wisdom, truth and heaven, combining all elements of the shield. The Dove represents peace, fairness and love – all important St Andrew’s Catholic College values. Buna, meaning sea (blue), comes from the local indigenous language.
Courage to Act
Starting small, growing, learning and adapting over time to provide care and shelter to others are the core beliefs of the Ozanam House patron, Frederic Ozanam. The founder of St Vincent de Paul, Ozanam’s life’s work represented service to others. Depicted by the Tree and cradled by the Hand that gives life and supports all people. The Frog depicts the ability to go from water to earth. This ability to adapt and move forward is integral to Ozanam. Green the colour of nature symbolises growth, harmony and safety; combined with the colour of nature and nurture of all people. Joined with the Dove to represent spirituality, the shield symbolises our connectedness to Catholic beliefs and united values of the College. Dul-gu, meaning forest (green), comes from the local indigenous language.