The House System is an essential part of our pastoral care. St George’s Anglican Grammar School has three Houses names after world leaders – Gandhi, Lincoln and Mandela. Students are allocated a House on enrolment and remain in that House group for the duration of their time at the School.
Sporting and cultural events throughout the year are conducted in House groups, promoting a healthy spirit of competition, participation and community.
Our House Patrons
Gandhi House (red)
Mohandas Gandhi (1869-1948) was an Indian lawyer who is revered the world over for his non-violent philosophy of passive resistance - satyagraha – a word which combined ‘truth’ and ‘love’ with ‘firmness’ and ‘force’. He believed that if people showed resistance to oppression without violence, justice would prevail. Gandhi led by example, giving up wordly possessions and surviving four terms of imprisonment.
Lincoln House (yellow)
Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865) was a self-educated man who became a lawyer and eventually President of the United States of America. He opposed slavery and believed his country should offer freedom to all citizens, both black and white. Lincoln is famous for his definition of democracy as ‘government of the people, by the people, for the people’ and for his efforts to promote equality and reconciliation.
Mandela House (green)
Nelson Mandela (1918-2013) was born in Transkei, South Africa. He was a lawyer who waged a long campaign against apartheid in his country, resulting in him being imprisoned from 1964 to 1990. Mandela maintained his dignity throughout his long imprisonment. He won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993 and became the first democratically elected President of South Africa in 1994. He remains a symbol of the struggle against the unequal treatment of human beings.
Throughout the year, House points are awarded to students for a range of reasons including:
- Academic achievement;
- School and community service;
- Inter-house competitions including games, quizzes, talent shows, drama events etc.;
- In-class effort and achievement;
- Extra-curricular involvement, effort and achievement; and
- Outstanding performance in any field in, or outside of, School activities.
Sports carnivals provide an opportunity for whole-school participation irrespective of skill level.
The main events are:
- Sync Swim and Inter-house Swimming Carnival;
- Inter-house Athletics Carnival;
- Inter-house Cross Country;
- House sports games which are organised by the Student Guild with the guidance of staff and played during lunch breaks.