Student Wellbeing

House System

In 2008, St John’s established a vertical House System which operates from Year 7 to Year 12. This system is designed to develop and encourage connectedness and loyalty in students to their House and the College.

St John’s is a safe environment where all students are cared for in their educational, spiritual, social and emotional needs. All members of the college community have the right to be treated as equal and valued individuals, with their personal growth unhindered by discriminatory or anti-social behaviour. With respect for the unique value and dignity of the person, we as a faith community nurture each other’s growth in the values lived by Jesus Christ to support a safe and productive environment. As a Catholic community we also work towards restoration when someone has made a mistake. We work towards healing and forgiveness and justice. St John’s operates a vertical House System from Year 7 to Year 12. This system is designed to develop and encourage connectedness and loyalty in students to their House and the College.

Each House consists of eight Homeroom Groups, which consist of approximately 5 students from each of the 7 – 12 year levels.
Each House has coordinator who is responsible for the overall development of each individual’s sense of belonging, loyalty and spirit in his/her House, as well as for administrative tasks
Each Homeroom Group is immediately cared for by the Homeroom teacher. As much as possible, the same Homeroom teacher will remain with the students throughout their enrolment at the College.
Family members are placed in the same House but not usually in the same Homeroom Group
The Homeroom Groups meet each morning.
On different occasions, greater amounts of time are spent on House functions and House assemblies give students

House Coordinators work with Home Group and subject teachers to ensure that an environment and atmosphere which promotes the growth of each student is maintained. Supporting students in need and liaising with parents are a primary focus.

Aquila House (Eagle)

An early legend held that the eagle would periodically renew its youth (or plumage or eyesight) by flying near the sun and then plunging into a lake or fountain. On this basis the eagle became a symbol for the Resurrection. Since the eagle soars upward, it also became a symbol for Christ’s Ascension. The eagle is also a symbol of St John the Evangelist because of his ‘soaring’ witness to Jesus’ divine nature.

“But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not be faint.” Isaiah. 40:31

Columba House (Dove)

The dove is a symbol of the Holy Spirit. It is taken from the story of Jesus’ baptism, where the Spirit descended on him in the form of a dove. The three-rayed nimbus around its head identifies the Spirit as a member of the Trinity. A dove shown without the nimbus is a symbol of peace.

“As soon as Jesus was baptised, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and lighting on him.” Matthew. 3:16


Delphinus House (Dolphin)

Because dolphins are often seen to swim alongside ships, they came to represent Christ, who guides believers to heaven. In this sense a dolphin usually shown together with an anchor or a boat. Dolphins were the fish often used to portray the story of Jonah, and by extension came to be symbolic of the Resurrection.

The coat of arms of St John Fisher, the English martyr, includes the dolphin.


Leonis House (Lion)

The lion is a symbol of Christ, the Lion of Judah. A winged lion is a symbol of St. Mark the Evangelist because of his clear proclamation of Jesus’ Resurrection.

I wept and wept because no one was found who was worthy to open the scroll or look inside. Then one of the elders said to me, “Do not weep! See, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has triumphed. He is able to open the scroll and its seven seals.” Revelations. 5:4


Monoceros House (Unicorn)

This fabled animal is pictured as a graceful creature with a horse’s head, a goat’s beard, an antelope’s legs and a lion’s tail. From the centre of the Unicorn’s forehead rises a great spiral horn. There are several references to the Unicorn in the Hebrew Bible, including the following:

“God brought them out of Egypt; he has as it were the strength of the Unicorn.” Numbers 23:22

By the third century after Christ, Christian writers including Tertullian, Ambrose, Jerome and Basil referred to the Unicorn as a symbol of Christ. In time, an elaborate allegory developed in which a Unicorn, tamed by a maiden, stood for the Incarnation – the coming of God among us in the person of Jesus Christ.


Phoenix House (Phoenix)

An ancient myth held that the beautiful phoenix, which lived in the Arabian Desert, lived to be five hundred years old and then set its nest on fire and was consumed in the flames. After three days, the phoenix rose again from the ashes, restored to youth, to live another five hundred years. Early Christians saw in this tale a symbol of the Resurrection.