Houses

Purposes of the Providence House System

  1. To foster a culture of kindness and unity at Providence
  2. To provide structure for social interaction
  3. To provide avenues of leadership opportunities for older students
  4. To provide opportunities for healthy competition among students
  5. Fun!

Ages

House members are Upper School students. (5th grade and up)

House Competitions, Activities and Points

  • SWAT (Student Welcome and Transition) for new Upper School students
  • Spirit days
  • Spring festival events
  • Box tops
  • Academic recognition
  • House cup
  • Socials
  • Service projects

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Healthy Competition

Throughout the year there are various opportunities for houses to compete for points.  We expect that students will maintain good sportsmanship before, during, and after competitions.  Competition shouldn’t interrupt the overall unity of the school nor positive school spirit.

House Officers

Prefects, lead boys, girls, and representative lead the house meetings and work to promote a healthy, vibrant student life within the house.  Officers help lead the house and plan socials and service projects.  Officers are elected in January of each year.

Duties of Officers

  1. Attend regular meetings with the Head of School.
  2. Prayer
  3. Leadership training
  4. Discuss house activities: Friday meetings, socials and service projects
  5. Address House concerns
  6. Lead Friday House meetings.
  7. Act as liaisons between students and faculty.
  8. Plan and conduct student welcome event.
  9. Serve as examples to other students in conduct and attitude.

House Distinctive

Each house (Elliot, Wilberforce, Bonhoeffer, and Augustine) has house colors, a Latin motto, scripture, and a coat of arms.  Students will wear house apparel on certain occasions.

House Sponsors

Houses will have faculty sponsors to sit with during Friday house meetings.  House sponsors can give valuable feedback to student leaders regarding house meetings and issues.  Most of all, house sponsors serve as encouragers to the students and leaders.  Faculty sponsors may attend outside school activities, but are not required to do so.  Student leaders should make sure that there is parental supervision at any extra gatherings.

Friday Lunch Meetings

Each Friday houses meet to socialize and organize. Prefects and other house leaders lead these meetings under the supervision of the house sponsor. Meetings consist of a call to order, prayer, birthday recognition, announcements, planning for upcoming events, and a time to discuss the topic of the day.  Houses meet in their own rooms separate from other houses.

Socials

Houses are encouraged to hold at least one extracurricular social event during the fall so their house members may become better acquainted with each other.  Socials should be supervised by a school employee or a group of parent volunteers.

Service Projects

Houses are encouraged to choose, plan and execute a service project that benefits the community.  Projects must be approved by the Head of School and will be supervised by the house sponsor, administration or parents.

Spring Festival

The Spring Festival is a highlight of the Providence School Year.  Houses compete in various activities to earn the final house points toward the House Cup that is awarded at the end of the school term.  Houses are encouraged to show their house spirit in various ways such as dress, cheers, banners and tents.

Box Tops

Each year, houses compete to see who collects the most Box Tops for Education.  The winning house receives points.  The Box Tops are used to purchase items to help the school.

Spirit Stick

Houses compete for the spirit stick at the Spring Festival by showing enthusiasm for their house and good sportsmanship and service to all.

House Hero Book List

Read a book about a house hero for extra house points.  More points will be given for longer books or excerpts.  If you have another book on one of our heroes, bring it by for approval.  After you’ve read, bring your book and a log of your reading to Mrs. Kemp.  Point values range from 5 – 20 points.  Some copies are available in the office.

Augustine:

  • One “Part” of City of God by Augustine
  • At least 100 pages of Confessions by Augustine
  • On Christian Teaching by Augustine
  • St. Augustine, A Life by Gary Wills

Bonhoeffer:

  • The Cost of Discipleship by Dietrich Bonhoeffer (Parts 1 and 4)
  • Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy by Eric Metaxas (100 pages)
  • Life Together by Dietrich Bonhoeffer
  • Dietrich Bonhoeffer: In the Midst of Wickedness by Janet Benge

Elliot:

  • Through Gates of Splendor by Elisabeth Elliot
  • Passion and Purity by Elisabeth Elliot
  • The Journals of Jim Elliot by Jim Elliot, Elisabeth Elliot (100 pages)
  • Jim Elliot or Elisabeth Elliot: Joyful Surrender by Janet Benge

Wilberforce:

  • Amazing Grace: William Wilberforce and the Heroic Campaign to End Slavery by Eric Metaxas  (100 pages)
  • Amazing Grace in the Life of William Wilberforce by John Piper and John Aitken
  • William Wilberforce A Man Who Changed His Times by John Pollack
  • Amazing Dad: Letters From William Wilberforce to His Children by William Wilberforce and Stephanie Byrd

History of the House System

House systems originated in England and later spread to commonwealth states.

When students left home to attend boarding schools or universities, they were assigned to “houses” in which they lived, ate and socialized.  Faculty members were assigned to oversee house life and provide pastoral care to students.  Senior level students and junior level students were put together to allow for mentorship.

Houses formed their own cultures with colors, mottos, and traditions.  Later, athletic and academic competitions between houses emerged.  Harvard, Yale, Rice, and other American universities as well as many classical upper schools still use houses today as a way to promote loyalty and learning within the school.

At Providence, we provide the house system as an opportunity for students to enjoy school as they grow in community, service, and leadership.  Houses are small communities of fifth through twelfth grade students who socialize and serve within the larger school community.

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