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Rathdown School

House System

Each child is a member of a class and of a House.

Through the House system, there is frequent contact with older and younger children and these links across the school years are an important part of our community.

The House system fosters a sense of belonging, creates opportunities for leadership and is part of our pastoral care structure. It is also the source of fierce competition on the sports field and elsewhere, where children can win points for their House.

Students are divided into four Houses:

  • Aran
  • Dalkey
  • Lambay
  • Rathlin

Within each House, the students learn to have respect and patience and to express their own ideas as they work together.

The younger children benefit from their connections to those who are senior pupils, while the older students are given leadership roles that help them develop a sense of responsibility toward the younger students, which enhances their self-esteem.

The House system aims to stimulate collective working, develop social skills, create a sense of responsibility and respect and so create a bully-free environment in the school.