The purpose of a house system is to foster a sense of competition in the school and give more purpose to events such as sports day and quizzes.
Houses help to foster a sense of collective responsibility and make students feel there is a body to whom they feel loyal, and to foster a more disciplined environment in the school through peer pressure.
All staff and students are placed in one of four houses:
Van Gogh (green),
and Escher (black and white).
All students are randomly allocated to a house, and stay in this house throughout their years at the RISS.
House Structure and Organisation
1. Each house has a staff member who functions as house advisor and one who functions as deputy advisor.
2. Each house has a student House Captain and House Vice-Captain (preferably from the eleventh grade).
3. Each house holds a general meeting at the beginning of the school year to select the student leaders in each house. The appointment is for one year.
Duties of House Leaders
a. overall student leader for the house
b. assist the house advisors in steering the direction and implementation of all house activities
c. assist in the maintenance of discipline in the house
d. imbue in members a sense of loyalty to the house
a. assist the house captain in all areas
b. assist in the dissemination of information to all house members
c. substitute for the house captain in case of absence
House Point System
Houses and individual students can accrue house points in the following ways: performance, behaviour, intra-house competitions.