ICSS introduces concept of houses for middle school students

Immanuel Christian Secondary School hosted a special event Friday to unveil a new middle-school concept – Houses.

The house structure was designed to create a culture of belonging in the school. Students will be “housified” and remain in their house until the completion of Grade 8. Incoming Grade 6 students will be “housified” yearly.

The inaugural Housification Celebration on Friday was a surprise to students, to help build initial excitement and enthusiasm for the initiative. 

Houses will provide ICSS with opportunities to build positive connections and relationships between students and staff in cross-graded teams. Houses will work together to build school culture, foster and encourage character education, and move forward the values of the school. 

Students will be engaged in House Time where they will be doing team-building activities, community service projects, school spirit activities and character education. Students will be able to earn house points by demonstrating Christ-like character through various activities and initiatives, such as winning friendly team competitions, uplifting their peers and being good citizens of our school and community.

Each house name was selected purposefully by staff members. ICSS chose four Latin house names that reflect various aspects of Christ-like character the school wants students to embody. ICSS selected words that speak to the school culture they would like to create.

PRAETOR - pronounced pray-tor - Latin word for leader – House symbols are Yellow, Lion and Crown

VERITAS – Latin word for truth – House symbols are Green, Owl and Torch

IMPERIUM – Latin word for power – House symbols are Blue, Bear and Sword

BELLATOR – Latin word for warrior – House symbols are Red, Stallion and Knight

Each student received a house T-Shirt in their house colour to be worn on House Days.

Date posted: April 13, 2018

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