House Motto – “Actions Not Words”
House Colour – Navy Blue
History of St. Dominic’s
St. Dominic’s House is named after St. Dominic who founded the Dominican order. St. Dominic (1170-1221) was the son of Felix Guzman and Joan of Aza. He was born at Calaruega, Spain, studied at the Univ. at Palencia, was probably ordained there while pursuing his studies and was appointed canon at Osma in 1199. There he became Prior Superior of the chapter, which was noted for its strict adherence to the rule of St. Benedict. Dominic founded an institute for women at Prouille in Albigensian territory in 1206 and attached several preaching friars to it. Dominic spent the last years of his life organizing the order, travelling all over Italy, Spain and France preaching and attracting new members and establishing new houses. The new order was phenomenally successful in conversion work as it applied Dominic’s concept of harmonizing the intellectual life with popular needs. He convoked the first general council of the order at Bologna in 1220 and died there the following year on August 6, after being forced by illness to return from a preaching tour in Hungary. He was canonized in 1234 and is the patron saint of astronomers. His feast day is August 8th.
Structure of the House System
Students are assigned to the various houses alphabetically. The incoming Form One pupils, according to their surname, are placed into the respective houses. Students who transfer from other schools or those who enter Holy Name in later forms, are placed randomly into a house or into one which has room for extra students.
Each House is presided over by a Captain and Vice Captain. Through a democratic process, members of the different houses, elect their Captain and Vice Captain who will then lead the House for a one year period. The Captains and Vice Captains are selected from the Lower Sixth Form body.
VALUE OF THE HOUSE SYSTEM
This system helps to promote loyalty to the school and a greater sense of belonging. It gives the more senior pupils the opportunity to develop good leadership and personal relation skills which are invaluable in the world of work. The system helps to promote a healthy sense of competition and collegiality among the students as they vie for first place in the different competitions during the school term and at the Sports Meetings of the school, therefore, it helps to build school spirit among the students and facilitates discipline.
RELATIONSHIP OF MID – TERM MARKS TO THE HOUSE SYSTEM
The system of rewards and sanctions is intimately tied to the placing of the houses at the end of a mid-term. Discipline, order and conduct marks are translated into minus marks for the house to which the student belongs. Pluses are converted into positive marks for the house. A discipline or order mark is equivalent to 1 minus while a conduct mark converts into 10 minuses. At the 6th Form level a merit mark converts to 2+ and a demerit mark into 2-. The House which gets the most points for Discipline and Studies for the period usually lines up first for entry into the hall and within the hall stands closest to the roundabout. A trophy bearing a ribbon the colour of the house is also awarded to the winning house.
CONTRIBUTION OF PLUSES TO HOUSE SYSTEM
Pluses are totalled per house and go toward house averages at the end of the mid term. Students are also recognized in the Mark Reading ceremony for 7 study pluses and over in Forms 1-3 and 6 study pluses and over in Forms 4-6.
INITIATION OF NEW MEMBERS
Form One students, other new students as well as new teachers are initiated into the House in a ceremony that is organized by the Captain, Vice Captain and teachers attached to the house. This ceremony takes place in the first or second week of the first term.
THE ELECTION OF CAPTAINS AND VICE CAPTAINS
This process culminates during the second term with the ceremony of the Handing over of Badges.
The Form Teachers discuss with the students of Form 6 the requirements of the various positions and the students who wish to be considered for the positions submit their names to the Form Teacher. The names are posted so that the student body can get a chance to consider its votes. Then House meetings are called and the students who wish to become Captain or Vice Captain present themselves to the other students of the house with a brief speech. There is the opportunity for the members of the House to ask questions and then voting takes place on pre-prepared ballots. The Teachers of the House also vote and when the process is complete all the ballots are collected and counted by the teachers connected to the House. The staff has the final say on who will be the Captain and Vice Captain.
DUTIES OF THE CAPTAIN AND VICE-CAPTAIN
It must be emphasized that the involvement of teachers is critical to the well being of the house. Captains and Vice-Captains must consult with teachers on all matters concerning the house.
- The Captain along with the Vice Captain and teachers are in charge of the organization of House Meetings which take place after each mid-term. They decide on the agenda and who will chair proceedings.
- They inform the teachers of these meetings and invite them to attend.
- They are in charge of organizing celebrations for the Saint’s Day of the House.
- They are responsible for the collection of subs and for their proper use in House matters.
- They are expected to garner the support of the House for Sports Meetings. They must get the necessary athletes for the different events. They are responsible for the Cheerleaders and for marching practice. They are in charge of the House on the day of the Sport Meeting.
- They are responsible for the efficient organization of their House and activities to ensure the involvement of all the classes in the school.
- They along with the other Sixth Form students of their House are responsible for the lining up of the students in an orderly fashion for entry into the hall for assemblies.
- They are responsible for the entry of the flags of the House at the various formal ceremonies of the school.
- If there are any other inter-house competitions, the Captain and Vice Captain are in charge of getting a team together and for support of the athletes.
- They are responsible for the preparation of the House Notice Board before the mid-term.