The House system is designed to complement classroom pedagogy, specific welfare policies, co-curricular activities, learning support, counselling services and religious education to nurture the development of each student.
Houses are vertically structured and provide opportunities for students to mix with each other in formal and informal settings. Older students learn to care for, and encourage and support younger students in cross-age tutor groups and through "buddy" and cross-age reading programs. Younger students can identify mentors and role models. Tutor groups within the House allow for strong bonds of friendship and support to develop between students of similar and different ages. Houses honour and strengthen their traditions, and celebrate their identity through social gatherings, trivia and cultural evenings, assemblies, Chapel services and participation in inter-House competitions. In this way each student can identify with, and feel connected to, his House.