The PaRK IS community is organised into Houses. We launched this concept in 2015 with a contest to decide on a theme for them, and “Explorers” was chosen, as it aligns perfectly with our learner profile – we teach all our students the skills to become curious, courageous, driven and resilient to achieve their best, both academically and personally – that is what it takes to conquer the world and to succeed!
Originally, four adventurous men were selected as the names for each House. Then, during the school year 2020-2021, we decided to ‘re-imagine’ our Houses and re-design the logos, as the 4 great explorers of the sea, land, air and universe needed a female counterpart. Hence, all students had a vote, and the new Houses were revealed at the end of the school year.
The House System promotes a sense of belonging across age groups and a degree of friendly competition between students. It provides opportunities for teachers and students to develop all aspects of their growth and learning: personality, morality, creativity, knowledge and soft skills. The activities organised around the Houses promote values of fair-play, teamwork, citizenship, mutual responsibility, self-discipline, initiative, perseverance and resilience. Finally, participation in these activities contributes to excellence in the academic, social, sporting and cultural fields.
Here are our four PaRK IS Houses: Hillary & Tabei, Cousteau & Andresen, Vasco da Gama & Mother Teresa, and Armstrong & Johnson. Every House carries the name of two great explorers of human history, one female and one male, each representing a type of exploration.