The House System at RB involves a series of events and programmes that introduce students to opportunities for vertical alignment of activities and integrated sharing. The intention is to allow older and younger students to work together on a range of activities and events in five key areas:
International Day: A festival that celebrates the unique nature of language and recognises all nationalities and mother tongue languages at RB
Writing Competition: A celebration of writing incorporating such events as the Writing Symposium
Robot Challenge: Several events are linked to this and World Math Day. "Pi Day" is also an opportunity to celebrate the creativity of Mathematics.
Trivia Quiz: This event is an opportunity for the eclectic to shine.
Every year all houses compete in a creative afternoon of music and movement interpretation. This can include any aspect of talent performances with the winning house invited to perform in front of the whole school.
Sports Day: A full day of sports and activities that allow competition between houses and displays individual ability.
Pink Thursday Competition: A brunch event encouraging mothers of students and family members to join in activities to bring awareness to Breast Cancer Month.
RB takes great pride in its rich and diverse student population and community culture. Whether celebrating our cultural diversity or recognising the individual qualities of our community members, the House System plays a role. Community events such as Environment Day and World Arabic Language Day, as well as our National and Liberation Days, are all supported by the House System and form a significant part of the annual calendar. Each year we welcome new students from as many as 24 different national groups into our school and fully integrate them through a pastoral that includes multi-age levels House System alongside age appropriate events and support structures.
The House System introduces the concept of Intellectual Challenge to give students an opportunity to develop skills in debate, public speaking, collaborative writing, coding, puzzle challenges and general knowledge. Houses go head to head in each of the challenge areas and combine their scores to work out which team of three has the right to hold the title of “Leo The Lion” champions for the year. Competing teams must be a mix of ages and genders, and the overall aim is to move the Intellectual Challenge away from the curriculum and into some real-world problem solving situations.
Embedded within the RB mission and community in general is the notion of helping others. The House System sees this as one of the five pillars in which each student should be authentically engaged. Each year, the aim is to see all students involved in helping others within our school and local community. Houses adopt a theme that they get to explore for a few years where they might be helping the elderly, the physically challenged or the environment and more. Students work with local community organisations in groups from as small as six to as large as 30 or more. Groups are made up of members from different ages that are all working together for the common good to do Better Good locally and Globally.