HASIS House system aims to bring all students together irrespective of age, in order to develop a caring and safe environment that encourages competition, leadership and achievement. This is also linked to HASIS Middle Years Curriculum where we encourage our students to develop personal qualities such as enquiry, adaptability, resilience, thoughtfulness, cooperation and respect in order become ‘Internationally Minded’ young people.
Our Houses are led by four members of our teaching team, who have a wealth of knowledge and experience in supporting students both pastorally and academically. Under their care we believe that we can develop an ethos that encourages our student body to strive to the best of their ability. In this process we make efforts to recognise and celebrate each students’ individual strengths. We are proud of our commitment to prepare everyone for the challenges as a young adult.
We strive to encourage the students to have a sense of belonging and responsibility. We encouraged the students to have a voice in all matters at school. Therefore, to establish the names of the Houses, the students were asked to select an animal and a motto for their House with whom they could identify.
The role of the House staff is to support students’ both academically and pastorally. This is through programmes which provide one-to-one or group support. Our reward system is a key theme, and this encourages individuals to collect house points for their house. House points can be earned in lessons, around the school generally and through Inter-House competitions. Achievement is celebrated at the end of each term as part of our reward assembly, where we celebrate and communicate student success with certificates and the house with most points receives the House cup. This is keenly fought.
The Student Council is our system that enables the students to have a voice within HASIS and gives them the opportunity to introduce, develop and lead on projects which enhance the community, both in school and externally. These events are supported by staff to help and encourage this activity.
For students to be appointed as a Student Council Representative they must present a speech to their form class. They explain why they would be best suited to the role and outline their strengths, commitment to the group and some of their ideas. Candidates are then voted on by their classmates using a secret ballot system, and from these, two students from each class are chosen. Students are expected to fulfil certain expectations, such as attending student council meetings, being a positive role model and support their peers by putting forward ideas to school council meetings on behalf of their class.