For those families who have been with us for some years, the BISL House System is a familiar feature of school life, but for some parents, it might be a new concept

The idea behind the House system is that there is a vertical and even split of students of all ages in each of our four Houses - Emerald, Hessonite, Sapphire, and Zircon.

A sense of inclusion and engagement in a common enterprise can have academic benefits as well as social-emotional ones, and our House System was developed to promote a positive and inclusive culture at BISL, a caring and supportive environment where all students are welcome and valued, and can demonstrate loyalty allegiance while contributing to the success of their House.

The benefits of the whole school House System include:

The system is inclusive of all learners and includes sporting, academic and artistic endeavours.

Promotes positive self-esteem , self-identity, belonging, integrity, teamwork and pride amongst all students.

Peer support to help promote positive mental health and develop a common goal between school staff and students.

Promotion of student responsibility and student voice, cooperation, communication and leadership skills.

Skills valued for job applications and better preparation for future employment.

Constant and consistent encouragement for students to achieve their best.

These Houses compete against each other in a friendly environment. We trust the House Captains and senior students in each House will look out for the younger ones, enabling the seniors to benefit by learning leadership and organisational skills themselves.

When a child joins BISL they become a member of a particular House along with all the staff in the school.

At the end of the academic year, the winning house is presented with the House Cup, displayed in school throughout the following academic year.

The aim for all students in the school is to build up points for their Houses by earning as many House Points as they can each day, every week and every month and also by playing for their House teams against other House teams at sporting events and other academic competitions.