The house system is a traditional feature of western schools and is a practice that has spread to Commonwealth countries and the United States. The system sees the pupil body of a school is divided into subunits called "houses" and each student is allocated to one house at the moment of enrolment.
The house system enables boys to be managed in smaller groups, allows for informal competition against one another in sporting and cultural activities and provides a focus for group identity, loyalty and the development of school spirit.
From Grade 00 to Matric, all boys are allocated to one of the four houses: Allard, Erasme, Mazenod, and O'Leary. Brothers are allocated to the same house and sons of old boys to the same house as their fathers.
The house system increases in complexity as boys progress through the school. What starts in Junior Prep as a system to foster belonging, friendly rivalry and competition; culminates at college level as a network of small multi-grade tutor groups aimed at promoting mentorship and brotherhood.
The houses are named after prominent religious figures who have had a profound influence on our school.