Houses

The pastoral structure within the academy operates within four houses with students organised into mixed aged form groups.  Each house has it's own identity and students contribute to their houses in a wide range of different activities across all areas of academy life.

Each of the four houses were originally named by students and have their own icon based on the theme of modern day saints as follows:

Irwin House

Steve Irwin 1962 - 2006

Steve Irwin was the students' most popular choice for one of our House heroes. Self-styled "the original wildlife warrior", he achieved world-wide fame from the television program The Crocodile Hunter, an internationally broadcast wildlife documentary series co-hosted with his wife Terri. Together with her, he also co-owned and operated Australia Zoo, founded by his parents in Beerwah, Queensland. Irwin was a passionate conservationist and believed in promoting environmentalism by sharing his excitement about the natural world rather than preaching to people. He was concerned with the conservation of endangered animals and land clearing leading to loss of habitat. He considered conservation to be the most important part of his work. On September 4, 2006, Irwin was fatally pierced in the chest by a stingray spine whilst snorkelling at the Great Barrier Reef, Irwin was in the area filming his own documentary, Ocean's Deadliest.

Luther King House

Martin Luther King 1929 - 1968

Martin Luther King was a very popular choice as a House icon amongst our students. They know of his work through assemblies and the history curriculum and admire the way he stood up for justice without resorting to violence - a lesson we could all learn from. He was one of the main leaders of the American civil rights movement, a political activist and Baptist minister, and is regarded as one of America's greatest orators. King's most influential and well-known public address is the "I Have A Dream" speech, delivered on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. in 1963. In 1964, King became the youngest man to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his work as a peacemaker, promoting non-violence and equal treatment for different races. On April 4, 1968, King was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee.

Parks House

Rosa Parks February 4, 1913 - October 24, 2005

Rosa Parks was the most popular female choice when our students put forward their ideas and votes for a House icon. Many students have come across her in history and drama lessons as well as in school assembly. She was an African American civil rights activist whom the U.S. Congress later called "Mother of the Modern-Day Civil Rights Movement". On December 1, 1955, Parks became famous for refusing to obey bus driver James Blake's order that she give up her seat. This action of civil disobedience started the Montgomery Bus Boycott, which is one of the largest movements against racial segregation in the United States. In addition, this launched Martin Luther King, Jr., who was involved with the boycott, to a position of awe among his people. She has had a lasting legacy worldwide.

Teresa House

Mother Teresa of Kolkata (Calcutta) August 26, 1910 - September 5, 1997

Mother Teresa was a popular choice for a House icon amongst staff and students at school. Mother Teresa (born Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu ) was a Roman Catholic nun who founded the Missionaries of Charity and won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979 for her humanitarian work. For over forty years, she ministered to the needs of the poor, sick, orphaned, and dying of Kolkata (Calcutta ). As the Missionaries of Charity grew under Teresa's leadership, they expanded their ministry to other countries. By the 1970s she had become internationally famed as a humanitarian and campaigner for the poor and helpless, due in part to a documentary, and book, Something Beautiful for God by Malcolm Muggeridge. Following her death she was beatified by Pope John Paul II and given the title Blessed Teresa of Calcutta.