The 2016/2017 school year is the first time St. Columbanus’ College has implemented a traditional house system, with every pupil and member of staff having been assigned to a house.
The College wanted to embrace its own ethos by creating an atmosphere which would encourage teamwork, competition and the promotion of good work and behaviour. The system also provides pupils the opportunity to take on further responsibilities, helping to bring everyone in the school community closer together.
Building upon previously established house names – derived from local places within the Bangor area – the house system started with an initial allocation of points from Sports Day. Pupils and staff showcase their respective house colours at inter-house competitions and activities, at which teams compete against each other to earn valuable points.
These activities are run in conjunction with different departments across the school, enabling pupils to demonstrate their prowess in English, Maths, Science, Languages, History, Geography, Music and Debating.
Points are earned through entering such competitions, for example, Year 8 designed a ticket for the Christmas pantomime and Year 10 concocted a suitable, healthy meal for a teenager. Points are also awarded for good attendance and behaviour.
The house with the most points at the end of the school year are awarded a trophy, as well as receiving a treat for all pupils and staff in that house. Members of staff have become engrossed – and very competitive – in the new house system, always looking for ways to earn their own house some points!
The Heads of House are Miss McGuigan and Mr Mitchell, who appoint house responsibilities and arrange house activities. We hope to enhance the house system in the future, whereby each house will help to organise charity fundraising activities.
Leader: Mr Keag
Claire Rogan Year 11
Edieson Roy Basuel Year 14
Sports Captains: Sammi Smyth, Katie McLaughlin, Jack Haggan, Ryan Ferguson
Leader: Miss Scullion
Sophie Orr Year 11,
Oisin McMullen Year 13
Sports Captains: Eve Dann, Mollie Cunnungham, Cian Gantley, Saul Dickson
Leader: Mr Majury
Gemma Patterson Year 13
Bailey Johnston Year 11
Sports Captains: Shona Cardy, Leah Wilson, Niko Efthimakis, Jordan Ross
Leader: Miss Sullivan
Dorian Stanczyk Year 9
Katie Firth Year 13
Sports Captains: Jade Hall, Eden Robinson, Joshua Gray, Curtis Mount