House System/Community Engagement
The House System is a foundation tradition that over the school’s history has been a highly effective way to foster student wellbeing, social growth and school connectedness.
In 2013/14 a comprehensive consultative review of the system led by a dedicated committee of students and staff resulted in the establishment of four new Houses in 2015.
Named for the great Australian bush poet, Banjo Paterson
Color: Orange – the name of Paterson’s birthplace
Legacy: creativity, determination, success
Mascot: Brumby – strength and freedom
Motto: “Stand together. We are united.”
Charity: Beyond Blue
Patron: Jenny Heathcote
Named for great Australian Olympian, Cathy Freeman
Color: Red – connecting indigenous and modern
Legacy: speed, strength, life, love, standing out from the pack
Mascot: Peregrine Falcon – powerful, determined, focused, success, victory, rising above
Motto: “Together we soar to victory.”
Charity: Autism Spectrum Australia
Patron: Anesti Anestis
Named for the great Australian performing artist, Hugh
Color: Blue – loyalty, wisdom
Legacy: confidence, intelligence, faith, integrity
Mascot: Wolf - strength, nobility, loyalty, familial tie (also for
Jackman’s wolverine role
Motto: “Brave in our actions, selfless in our approach.”
Charity: Fred Hollow’s Foundation
Patron: Karen Terry
Named for the great Irish born Australian football player,
administrator, philanthropist, charity worker and writer,
Color: Purple – a combination Melbourne Football Club’s red and
blue; ambition, power, independence
Legacy: success, virtue, courage, overcoming
Mascot: Shark – forward moving, master of survival, symbol of life, power, instinct
Motto: “With strength and unity we build champions.”
Charity: The Royal Children’s Hospital
Patron: John Ballagh
HOUSE SYSTEM FEATURES:
All students and staff are ‘life’ members of: Banjo, Jackman, Freeman or Stynes.
Siblings belong to the same House
House charity choices are reviewed annually
House Points are attributed through:
- college representation at sport or extra-curricular activities
- earning ‘Merit’ points for demonstrating the school values: Respect, Responsibility, Personal Best. These are awarded by teachers.
- House event participation
House Leaders lead their members at inter-house competitions and plan the annual House Day
- an annual student led competitive event held early in Term 1 to foster House spirit and school connectedness through non-sport activities
- each year level participates in House competition for a period each on the day
- competition includes: spelling challenge, Trivia, Maths challenge and a scavenger hunt
- sale of cupcakes and sausages at recess/lunchtime to raise funds for the House charities
The House Cup is presented in October each year on the last day for Year 12 students
The school donates an additional $500 to the winning House’s charity
Typical Fundraising Purposes and Activities
Good Friday Appeal
- Held annually in Term 1
- Typically, free dress days, raffles, cake stalls and sausage sizzles are organised
- We have featured in the TV Appeal coverage
- In 2014 over $8,000 was raised
- In 2015-16 over $2,500 was raised each year
YGAP 5c Campaign, 2013-2014
- STRIVE groups were challenged to donate coins
- In 2014 we donated more than 100kg of coins which totaled almost $5000.
- YGAP noted that this was the highest amount raised by any school in Australia.
- We raise money for cancer research most years.
- We have run crazy hair days and raised over $2000.
Wear it Purple Day
- Students wear purple to school to raise awareness for students’ rights to thrive regardless of their sex, sexuality, or gender identity. Purple donuts are sold to help raise funds.
Maddie Riewaldt’s Vision (MRV)
- In 2016, $2,000 was raised to help adolescents and young adults suffering from Bone Marrow Failure Syndromes.
- The funds went toward cure research, providing support for treatments and disease prevention.
- Students paid a fee to come to school wearing the colors of Footy Codes
Disadvantaged Scholars Fund
- Initiated by the 2016 Service Captains, this fund helps disadvantaged students at St Helena Secondary College access the learning resources and opportunities otherwise beyond them.
R U OK? Day
- In 2016 students could buy two hot drinks for the price of one so the second could be offered to someone along with an enquiry about their wellbeing.
- In 2015 the school raised over $4000 to help those effected by the earthquakes in Nepal.
- Students aimed to fill a giant money box with gold coins over 4 weeks.
State Schools Relief
An out-of-uniform day is held annually for the collection of gold coin donations toward the provision of essential school items for Victorian students in need of support.