St. Nicholas is a community that works towards fostering lifelong learning habits among all its members, not just through academic study, but also through participation in a range of activities and experiences designed to develop leadership skills, teamwork and good interpersonal relationships as well as encourage reflection, responsibility, and service learning. We believe that a wide range of ECAs, trips together with House competitions and Student Council will enrich our students’ intellectual, social and emotional learning.
The primary purpose of the St. Nicholas house system is to further the mission of the school by providing a range of experiences to develop potential and success for all students while strengthening our sense of community through collaboration across all ages.
Aims and objectives
Active participation in the various house activities and competitions serves to strengthen each student's interpersonal relationship skills, learner profile, attitudes and attributes.
The system will also enable us to proactively develop students' leadership skills.
It provides a safe and guided structure for children to learn to manage their emotions in a range of situations, including sporting, academic, and creative arts competitions.
It encourages teamwork and sportsmanship and foster respect for each other in the process.
One notable feature of the house system is the appointment of house captains for the Primary and Middle School, whose job it is to rally fellow house-members and to organise individuals for team events. In the Middle School, house captains organise and run House meetings, where they discuss upcoming events and events that have just taken place with the assistance of their respective Head of House.
At St. Nicholas School there are three Houses:
Cambridge Oxford London
On entering the school from Grade 2 up, all pupils are placed in one of the three houses, ensuring a balance of pupils and pupil gender in each of the houses.
Immediate (siblings and cousins) family members are placed in the same house.
Each house is led by a Head of House (teacher), a House Captain and a House Vice-Captain (pupils).
The Student Council is made up of pupil representatives from each class, from Grade 2 up, who are responsible for contributing towards the improvement of the school as well as local, national, and global communities.
The Student Council aims to develop leadership qualities in our students by giving them the opportunity to take part in real-life situations of their own choosing. The council works towards educating the school community about issues, and then encouraging its members to take positive action through leading by example.
Social projects have included the collection of money, food, medicine or clothing, and Peace Day and Earth Day projects have highlighted the need to tackle fundamental questions related to sharing the planet. On a local level, the Student Council provides practical support to groups working with less fortunate members of society.
Environmental projects around the school have highlighted the need for the school to be more sustainable, and the council continues to press for change.
At St. Nicholas School, we are proud to offer a large variety of extracurricular activities in the areas of sports, arts and recreational activities. ECAs take place during lunchtime and after school, and are led by teachers as well as outside agencies. We encourage our students to take part in these activities, as they are a unique opportunity to meet new friends, develop existing interests and discover hidden strengths. ECAs are also a great opportunity for children to develop the attributes and attitudes that define our school, and become skilled risk-takers, inquirers, cooperative, open-minded and caring people.
Students are taught the basic skills, values, and principles of sportsmanship and respect within the physical education curriculum and as part of a chosen sporting extracurricular activity. ECAs and other sporting activities also provide a safe and guided structure for children to learn to manage their emotions in a range of situations, including sporting, academic and creative arts competitions, to handle failure, and to reflect on their successes and development.
Students from Grade 2 on participate in one residential Life Skills trip every year. The major purpose of the trip is to develop the students' life and social skills. Students have the opportunity to approach unfamiliar situations and uncertainty with courage and forethought and have the independence of spirit to explore new roles and challenges. Accompanying tutors and guides from a leading company in outdoor activities assess the students on commitment, cooperation, respect and independence. Overall, students return from each trip with a great sense of achievement as well as having had the opportunity to strengthen relationships within their class.