Belonging to a House at school, a sporting team, or a community can be a deeply enriching experience that not only brings a sense of pride but also nurtures a wide range of emotions and skills that are invaluable in life. The feeling of being part of a group, working towards common goals, and sharing experiences with others can have a profound impact on personal growth and development throughout one’s life.

Yesterday, our Year 7 – 12 students and staff arrived at School with an extra pep in their step dressed in red, blue, yellow and green. House Athletics Day! The excitement around campus prior to departing for Bill Sewart Reserve was contagious.

Mrs Bright and I were tasked with the very important job of scoring for the day. As the students and staff began to arrive, it provided me with opportunity to reflect on the many House Athletics carnivals that I had participated in.

When you belong to a House at School, you become part of a smaller community within the larger school environment. That sense of belonging can create a strong bond among House members, fostering a supportive and inclusive atmosphere. All of which were on display at the track – students in Year 12 cheering on and giving advice to Year 7 students in their Houses.

Participating in House activities, competitions, and events can instil a sense of pride in representing your House and working together towards shared achievements. This pride can boost self-esteem, confidence, and a feeling of identity within the School community.

Similarly, being part of a sporting team can evoke feelings of pride and camaraderie. Playing sports not only promotes physical fitness and healthy competition but also teaches important life skills such as teamwork, communication, and perseverance. Belonging to a team creates a sense of unity and shared purpose, as members collaborate, support each other, and strive towards common objectives. The shared victories and challenges experienced together can create lasting memories and bonds that contribute to personal growth and resilience.

Belonging to any community, whether it’s a cultural group, or a volunteer organisation, can also foster feelings of pride and connection. Being part of a community allows individuals to connect with others who share similar values, interests, and aspirations. It provides opportunities for collaboration, learning, and personal development, as well as a sense of belonging and contribution to a greater cause.

Embrace the opportunities to belong and actively participate in your school or workplace, team, or community – the rewards of pride, growth, and fulfillment are boundless.

Mrs Janelle Mathias

Acting Head of Senior School