How the House System Works

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Islamia College given its cultural diversity and yet sharing a common belief, is an ideal institution of note to introduce the House System or collegiate system as it is known in universities. The school has no chronic behaviour problems but adherence and obeisance to set rules or regulations are many a times relegated to a lesser important factor in structural behaviour components. We must not lose sight of the impact that we as teachers exact upon our learners as we sometimes fall short in not acknowledging or realising the negatives endemic in the child. Of course any system in organisational structures can be used but if the system is short circuited by individual who are not pursuing of the programme or bending the rules to appouse parents or members represented in the familial base, the system will not have the desired efficacy. We must realise that that a great number of our learners come from households that are domestically challenged and separation, divorce and abscondment cuts deep wounds into the very learners that we assume responsibility for.

Some Background on House Systems

  1. House systems are the school levels counterparts of collegiate in Universities.
  2. The House systems create small CROSS SECTIONAL communities within a larger institution.
  3. House systems create the opportunity for students to be known by one another, so the full benefits if diversity can be realised.
  4. House Systems create in school a sense of belonging through the vertical integration of age cohorts.
  5. This allows older teenagers to mentor younger students and implement preventative and curative measures.
  6. House Systems, when adopting the ethos of the school in outreach to the indigent, strengthens the school community which in turn can alleviate the plight of the disadvantage.

Advantages of House Systems

  1. Creates easy ways to implement extramural activities.
  2. It stimulates interest and involvement and developed skills such as debating, sport and other activities.
  3. By expecting participation from all children you create a sense of belonging.
  4. It can eliminate a climate of failure by giving children more say in the running of the school 

General Objectives of the House System

  1. To provide a smooth transition from home life to school life for all students
  2. To use the school situation so that children’s social and emotional needs are fulfilled
  3. To enable students to integrate themselves well into the corporate life of the school
  4. To enable students to prepare themselves for playing a different role as members of a group, community on society
  5. To inculcate a sense of responsibility and accountability
  6. To take ones task and duties in life earnestly and discharge them to the best of one’s ability
  7. To help student develop their personality and integrity
  8. To develop the spirit of healthy competition amongst students
  9. To inculcate into students the qualities of:
    1. Self dignity and Self Confidence
    2. Respect for the views and opinions of others
    3. Discretion
    4. Making informed decisions on problems and issues faced by them
  10. To benefit from righteous examples and to set good examples
  11. To enhance respect for seniors, elders, teachers and supervisors
  12. To foster a caring attitude towards juniors and the fraternity(house) as a whole