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Houses

The house system is a traditional feature of schools in the United Kingdom. It started in the boarding schools, where students lived in houses under the direction of a housemaster, who fulfilled the role of teacher, guide and, in the temporary absence of the children’s natural ones, parent as well. Houses were the centre around which the life of the students revolved, and where their loyalties within the school naturally lay. Much healthy competition between houses, both in sport and cultural pursuits, arose from this and became a major factor in that development of character on which the traditional UK schools based their reputation.

Over time, the system of houses spread to include day schools, although of course students did not live in actual houses. But the system continues to be very valuable in fostering a sense of belonging and loyalty. This is reinforced by ensuring that the children of HB alumni are in the same house which their parents belonged to, and the younger siblings of students already in the school, join the same house as their brothers/sisters. The house system is also valuable because it promotes contact between different age groups who all belong to the same house. It also provides numerous leadership opportunities for the house captains and vice captains.

In Hiram Bingham there are four houses, all named after famous British people. Churchill (blue), Dickens (yellow), Shakespeare (green) and Eckford (red), named after our founding Headmistress. Each house has four student leaders, (male and female captains and vice captains).

The Captains begin their functions in August of Grade 10 and conclude in July in Grade 11. The expectation is that they will show and develop leadership skills through:

  • Leading their house, promoting active participation and attendance in the sporting, cultural and academic events which they and the vice captains have organised.
  • Motivating their house members to constantly improve through promoting positive attitudes.
  • Coordinating with the teachers who have been named as house leaders.
  • Promoting honesty and integrity amongst the members of their houses.
  • Making decisions appropriate to the context and situations which are presented.
  • Being active participants in the Student Council.


The Vice-Captains begin their functions in August of Grade 9 and conclude in July in Grade 10. The expectation is that they will show and develop leadership skills through:

  • Supporting the work of the Captains in relation to planning, active participation and attendance at all sporting, cultural and academic events organised for the houses.
  • Cooperating positively in decisión-making, and learning how to lead their house by following the example of the captains.
  • Coordinating with the teachers who have been named as house leaders.
  • Promoting honesty and integrity amongst the members of their houses.
  • Communicating difficulties and concerns to the captains, for them to bring these to the Student Council.

Some Examples of House Activities

GET TOGETHER DAY

Once a year HB Pre-Primary families unite for an unforgettable «Get Together Day» filled with laughter, games, and a spirit of camaraderie. The air is full of excitement as our youngest learners engage with their parents in a variety of playful activities and participate in the grand Houses parade. Parents and children alike share a moment of joy,  demonstrating the strong sense of community that lives within the HB family.

SPORTS DAY

Every year our primary and senior community comes together for a grand Sports Day celebration! The festivities kick off with a lively house parade. Parents and students join forces in an impressive caravan, singing cheers and showcasing songs specially prepared for the occasion.

The spirit of collaboration continues with a musical presentation. Weeks of after-school rehearsals culminate in a performance led by student captains and vice captains. This showcase fosters integration among students of all ages. Finally, the day culminates in a fun-filled mini marathon race, with categories for students, alumni and parents. Sports Day is a vibrant tapestry of joy, artistic expression, athletic competition, and the true essence of the HB spirit.