House System

Mission Statement/Origin

The House System provides the students at Seisen International school with a platform that can help build vertical and horizontal community within the school.  They are able to build this community through various school events, theme dress days, Global-Mindedness Day, Sports Days, House Picnic Day, and divisional student led events. 

 

The four houses are named after mountains in Japan:

 Asama, Chokai, Iwaki and Ontake.

The House system is also in place to remind us that through life there are mountains and valleys that each person faces through the courses of their life.  We desire to see the young women at Seisen empowered to climb to new heights emotionally, spiritually, physically and intellectually.  

The House system is also designed to help build House spirit, to collaborate with people that are not in your age group, and to develop new friendships across all areas of the school.

WHAT IS THE HOUSE SYSTEM?

The House System is a way of organising students and teachers into teams, or 'Houses' vertically across the school from K-12. The girls are assigned houses and stay with that house team for their entire time in Seisen. Siblings are assigned to the same house as each other. Teachers are also assigned to houses.

WHAT IS THE PURPOSE?

The main purpose of the House System is to create a sense of spirit and belonging across the school and to give students the opportunity to mix with girls at different grade levels during organised events. It provides a chance for students to develop their leadership skills and creates a culture of positive role models within the school.

HOW ARE THE TEAMS DECIDED?

There are House teams, each named after Japanese mountains and assigned a different colour:

  • Iwaki
  • Asama
  • Chokai
  • Ontake

House teams have been assigned with the aim of achieving a balance of nationality, artistic and sporting ability across the houses. Each homeroom contains all four houses.

WHY JAPANESE MOUNTAINS?

These names were chosen to acknowledge our host nation. We liked the analogy of climbing mountains to reach goals and the names may also provide the girls with opportunities to inquire further into the different regions of Japan. They are also easy for the students to cheer during competitive House events!

IS THE HOUSE SYSTEM COMPETITIVE?

We are hoping for there to be several events organised by the House Captains throughout the year where students will get the opportunity to win points for their House. These will be a mix of K-12 events and events within the Kindergarten, Elementary, Middle and High Schools. We don't award points to Houses in normal classes using a traditional 'House Point' or 'Merit' system.

 

WHO ARE THE HOUSE CAPTAINS?

Each school (Elementary, Middle and High School) has two House Captains per house (Grade 5, Grade 9 and Grade 12 students). The House Captains are responsible for organising and promoting events and will meet with each other throughout the year to plan these.