The House System is an important extension to the Collegiate’s pastoral programme. In addition to encouraging pride, respect and personal responsibility amongst students, it is intended that the House System instill in students a sense of ownership and “belonging”. The smaller House communities engender healthy rivalry in friendly games and other extra-curricular activities, build team and leadership skills and promote co-operation.
There are three Houses within the British West Indies Collegiate: Blue, Green and Red. The houses were originally named after the ships of Christopher Columbus, but this is now under revisement with a view to choosing more Turks and Caicos centric themes.
Every student will join a House in Year 6 (or in whichever year they enter the school) and belong to the same House until they leave. We strive to ensure that children with older siblings join the same House as their brothers and sisters. Other than that, we try to ensure the best possible spread of academic, sporting, musical and leadership abilities.
Blue, Green, and Red
The House System helps build an individual’s strengths within a group and create a bond with other students of all ages. As students reach their senior years at the Collegiate, it is hoped that they will become increasingly involved in running their Houses and coordinating House activities.
Each House elects its House Captain from the Sixth Form and its House Vice-Captain from Years 10 or 11 at the start of the Michaelmas Term. Once elected, Captains and Vice-Captains will remain in place until the early part of Trinity Term, when a new Captain will be elected from Year 10. Students are encouraged to take into account responsibility, leadership qualities and sporting/academic achievement when considering their votes and nominations. To encourage ‘responsible’ nominations, all House Points received by House Captains and Vice-Captains are doubled – as are points lost.