The College has a Vertical House Structure, which is an important part of life at the College. The House is a students’ ‘home’ within the school, both in a physical and communal sense. Students identify themselves as a member of their House on a daily basis through morning Homeroom.
The House is coordinated by a House Leader and students remain in the one House throughout their time at Salesian. This continuity of House membership provides the opportunity for students, staff and parents to foster relationships with each other and provides parents with one key point of contact for the wellbeing of their daughters and sons over the six year period.
The House System offers many opportunities for students to gain experiences of leadership, and the need for mentoring of younger students is implicit in the structure. This allows for multiple sources of support and encouragement as students form new relationships.
Throughout the year, students experience many co-curricular and whole school activities through their membership in a House. This includes a range of sporting, performing arts, fundraising and other events where each House competes for points. Students attend House Assemblies to plan and organise these activities. At the end of the year, the ‘Papworth Cup’ is awarded to the House with the most points.
Key people in the House are:
The House Leader has the responsibility of overseeing a particular House. Matters of discipline, academic progress and other wellbeing needs are referred to the House Leader by the Homeroom Leader.
The role of a Homeroom leader is to be a constant mentor and advocate throughout students' time at the College. The structure allows: