The house system at St. Paul’s is a quintessentially British tradition that teaches our pupils about the value of teamwork, belonging, and striving to be the best we can be. The house tradition at St. Paul’s dates back to 1931, when the first houses were Dean and Sherwood for girls, and Tudor and Stuart for boys. Today, St. Paul’s has three houses – Stuart, Tudor and Windsor.
Each child is assigned a house when they join the school and siblings are placed in the same house. Pupils remain in the same house throughout their time at St. Paul’s and through the house system forge lifelong friendships and learn lessons for life.
A number of activities take place throughout the year in the name of house spirit, where pupils can earn points for their house. These include an annual athletics day (held at school for the Prep, and at USP for the Senior), a house shout (a fun, motivational musical competition), and in the Prep School, a house day and a number of activities ranging from timetable competitions to general knowledge conundrums and “human tic tac toe” championships!
Each house is represented by pupil house captains who are chosen based on their house spirit and dedication to putting the golden rules and code of honour into practice. Children can earn points for their house in different ways: keeping their locker tidy, having their diaries signed every day, getting good initials and Benes and taking part in the different House competitions and events that happen throughout the year. The house with the most points at the end of the year wins the coveted house cup or house spirit trophy in the Prep School.