Student Life

House System 

The House System is at the centre of school life at Elmwood.  It fosters a sense of family and belonging, social responsibility and friendly competition. The House system offers an excellent opportunity for an intermingling of students of all ages, and generating School spirit. Students compete in a spirit of friendly rivalry for points for their House teams. An award is presented at Closing Ceremonies to the year’s most successful House.

Each student is placed in a House upon entering the School and stays in that House until graduation.  The School’s student population is divided into four Houses, each named after a prominent and inspirational woman in history: Elizabeth Fry, Helen Keller, Florence Nightingale and Cairine Wilson.
Houses recognize their House namesake annually through House Days. Students are encouraged to wear House colours on their designated House day in show of their House spirit.  

Houses also choose a programme of social service each year and are responsible for designing and carrying out fundraising activities for their House charity. 

House Meetings are held regularly. House Games are held regularly at lunch hour. Spirit Afternoon in the spring is structured around House teams. Attendance at all House activities is compulsory, as these activities are viewed as an important part of the whole Elmwood educational experience.


Elmwood’s Four Houses

Fry
Elizabeth Fry (1740-1845) is remembered for her pioneering work in prison reform in Britain.  She was well educated, having studied history, geography, French and Latin.
House Motto:  Friendship for All
House Colour: Red

Keller
After a childhood illness, Helen Keller (1880–1968) became both deaf and blind.  Despite her handicap, she made phenomenal progress learning to communicate with the outside world.  Her determination and success paved the way for other handicapped people to find hope and help in their struggle to achieve success as well.
House Motto:  Fair Play
House Colour: Baby blue

Nightingale
Florence Nightingale (1820–1910) was well schooled having studied Greek, Latin, French, German, and Italian, history, philosophy and mathematics.  In adulthood she became a nurse and is best known for her struggle to improve the quality of nursing care of the sick and wounded soldiers during the Crimean War.  
House Motto:  Not for Ourselves Alone
House Colour: Navy blue

Wilson
Cairine Wilson (1885–1962) was named Canada’s first woman senator on February 20, 1930. A leader in Women’s Liberal clubs and youth groups, President of the Canadian League of Nations Society, Chair of the Canadian National Committee on Refugees and a delegate to the United Nations.  
House Motto: To Give of Ourselves and Never Count the Cost for Others’ Greater Need
House Colour: Yellow 

House Points: Middle and Senior School

House points are based on: Creativity, Activity and Service in alignment with the IB pillars of CAS in the Diploma Program. This model provides a breadth of experience and focuses on depth versus quantity in terms of the student experience.

Middle School House Letter
Grades 6 - 8

Each year that a student is in MS, they are encouraged to work towards their MS House Letter. Students must participate in and then reflect on at least one school-based, co-curricular activity from each of the three identified pillars to achieve a house letter. If a student has achieved this by the end of grade 8, they will receive their MS House Letter. If a student is at Elmwood for all three MS grades, they need to complete this for each year of Middle School. If a student enters Elmwood in grade 8, they need only to demonstrate this accomplishment for that year. Students who complete the requirements by the end of grade 6 and grade 7, respectively, will receive a certificate of achievement in recognition of their success as they continue to work toward the ultimate goal of achieving the MS House Letter at the end of grade 8. 

Middle School Bronze E
For any student who wishes to challenge themselves further, they can pursue the Bronze E. The Bronze E is achieved by having a ‘major’ in one pillar in each of their years in MS. This means that in addition to having one activity in each of the three pillars, the student has at least one pillar where they participate and reflect on a minimum of three different activities within the identified pillar.

Lower Senior School House Letter
Grades 9 - 10

Each year that a student is in grade 9/10, they are encouraged to work towards their Lower Senior School House Letter. Students must participate in and then reflect on at least one school-based, co-curricular activity from each of the three identified pillars to achieve a house letter. At the end of grade 10, if a student has achieved this, they will receive their Lower Senior School House Letter. If a student is at Elmwood for grades 9 and 10, they need to complete this each year. If a student enters Elmwood in grade 10, they need only to demonstrate this accomplishment for that year. Students who complete the requirements by the end of grade 9 will receive a certificate of achievement in recognition of their success as they continue to work toward the ultimate goal of achieving their Lower Senior School House Letter at the end of grade 10. 

Senior School Silver E
For any student who wishes to challenge themselves further, they can pursue the Silver E. The Silver E is achieved by having a ‘major’ in one pillar in each of their years in grades 9/10. This means that in addition to having one activity in each of the three pillars, the student has at least one pillar where they participate and reflect on a minimum of three different activities within the identified pillar.

Upper Senior School House Letter
Grades 11 - 12

Each year that a student is in grade 11/12, they are encouraged to work towards their Upper Senior School House Letter. Students must participate in and then reflect on at least one school-based, co-curricular activity from each of the three identified pillars to achieve a house letter. At the end of grade 12, if a student has achieved this, they will receive their Upper Senior School House Letter. If a student is at Elmwood for grades 11 and 12, they need to complete this each year. If a student enters Elmwood in grade 12, they need only to demonstrate this accomplishment for that year. Students who complete the requirements by the end of grade 11 will receive a certificate of achievement in recognition of their success as they continue to work toward the ultimate goal of achieving their Upper Senior School House Letter at the end of grade 12. 

Senior School Gold E
For any student who wishes to challenge themselves further, they can pursue the Gold E. The Gold E is achieved by having a ‘major’ in one pillar in each of their years in grades 11/12, as well as having at least one Leadership experience. This means that in addition to having one activity in each of the three pillars, the student has at least one pillar where they participate and reflect on a minimum of three different activities within the identified pillar, as well as at least one Leadership experience.