House System Overview
Every House a Home…In Every Home – A Hawk
The 2010-2011 school year marked the inaugural year for the Bishop Hartley High School House System. The primary purpose of the House System is to further the mission of the school by providing greater pastoral care to all our students while strengthening our sense of community. The system will also enable us to be proactive in the development of each student’s leadership skills.
Each student is assigned to one of six houses. In honor of those who have laid the foundation of Catholic education in the Columbus area, the houses have been named after former Catholic high schools – Aquinas, Rosary, Sacred Heart, The Springs, Victory, and Wehrle. In this way, students come to respect the past as they move to change the future.
Every house contains members of the faculty and staff to mentor and provide pastoral care to all our students. In each of the six houses, there are approximately 120 students. Split into six mentor groups (five students from each grade to total 20 per mentor group), students meet with their mentor teacher/group every day. On Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, mentor groups meet for 12 minutes with the emphasis on daily interaction in order to “take the pulse” of the group both individually and collectively. On Wednesdays, mentor groups meet for 36 minutes to conduct various activities related to service, spirituality, and social/athletic endeavors that promote positive interactions with peers and mentors. In addition, students remain with the same mentor group for all four years that they attend Bishop Hartley to assist in the development of relationships to ensure trust and provide guidance.
Six House Days are held throughout the year to give students an extended period of time (two hours) to further the mission of the House System. These days will include opportunities to earn points in the year long competition to win the House Cup. As friendly rivalries emerge, houses will compete in the areas of academics, athletics, school spirit, and much more with the culmination of the competition during the House Olympics in the spring.
While integrating our previous student government system, the House System provides close to 100 more leadership positions than that of a traditional student council model. These positions include School Captain, Vice Captain, and House Captain to name a few. One of the primary goals of the House System is to enable all students, not just those who hold a specific title, to embrace their potential for leadership to prepare them to make positive changes in our community. One opportunity students have to make this impact is through the Bishop Hartley Service Hour Requirement. Each student is required to complete 25 hours of service annually. Students keep track of their progress and develop a service portfolio that will be a working document throughout their four years at Hartley.
Bishop Hartley assures that each student is embraced in the “Hartley Family Spirit” while recognizing them for their individual gifts and talents. The House System enables us to strengthen the partnership of school, student, and parent in the development of each child that walks through the doors of Bishop Hartley. All parents and guardians are encouraged to get involved in the House Parent Organization (HPO). No matter what house a student belongs, we are all Hawks committed to furthering the mission of Christ both in our community and in the world.
Connection to the Six Pillars
How the House System Embraces the Six Pillars
Students have opportunities to share and grow in their faith through daily interaction and prayer in their mentor groups. Each house has a student designated as a chaplain, who along with their House Dean, will help organize and lead activities to enhance students’ spirituality, such as annual retreats and community service projects.
Daily interaction through our mentor groups allows each student to have one faculty or staff member to see them every single day of their Hartley experience to assist with academic and personal development. Students will also benefit from the opportunity to work with their classmates and lean on the experience and wisdom of upperclassmen as mentors and through peer tutoring.
The House System further develops our students’ awareness of the impact they can have at all the various levels of community (school, Church, local, and national) and provide them with resources to make effective changes in our world today. Guest speakers are routinely brought in to highlight the school’s six pillars and how our students can make a difference.
All students take part in our service hour requirements to complete 25 hours of service annually. Students will work both individually and collectively within their houses, clubs, and athletic teams to help those less fortunate and to answer the call to be Christ for one another.
As our enrollment continues to increase over the years, the House System allows us continue the “Hartley Family Spirit” with each and every one of our faculty, staff, and students. Marquee events will be held throughout the year to boost the pride and support for all Hawk athletes, club members, artists, musicians, and thespians.
Leadership is a key ingredient in the development of a student’s responsibility and awareness of the impact they can have as they become young adults. Through the House System, students gain valuable tools and assets that empower them to become better leaders and mentors. Leadership exists on numerous levels to meet a student’s comfort level that will put them in a position to succeed.
House Cup Standings and Competition Results
THE HOUSE CUP
Every year, the six houses compete for the House Cup. This award is given to the House that accumulates the most points in a variety of competitions held throughout the year. The competitions revolve around academics, athletics, leadership, character, and school spirit.
The overall goal of the House Cup is to promote healthy competition that increases the Hartley Family Spirit while encouraging participation and interaction.
HOUSE CUP STANDINGS
The 4th annual Chrismas Carol Competition took place on Wednesday, December 4th during Mentor Group. Victory kicked off the event with a combination of Let It Snow and All I Want for Christmas is You. Rosary followed with their performance of Have a Holly, Jolly, Christmas. The Springs took us on a tour of their version of the 12 Days of Christmas. Wehrle had a hilarious take on Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer. Aquinas took everyone back to their childhood with a Chipmunk Christmas. Sacred Heart completed the competition with a moving spiritual duet of O Come All Ye Faithful and Peace on Earth.
Congratulations to all who did a fantastic job of spreading Christmas cheer by singing loud for all to hear. The results are as follows:
Springs - 6 points
Victory - 5 points
Wehrle - 4 points
Aquinas - 3 points
Sacred Heart - 2 points
Rosary - 1 point