Teachers award exactly two housepoints (one for achievement and one for attitude) in every Year 6-13 lesson, except perhaps some very small Upper Department or Sixth Form classes.
The two points will almost always be given to different students.
On the final day of lessons in each school week (usually Thursday) double housepoints are awarded. This means that four points, instead of two, will be awarded in each lesson that day. At least one of the four points will be for achievement and at least one will be for attitude. Points arising from assessment lessons, competitions, other special reasons or which are given on a discretionary basis (as detailed below) are not doubled.
Housepoints are not awarded during any lesson that is devoted entirely to formal assessment. Instead, the two points for that lesson will be carried over to the lesson in which the test results are issued. The top performing student will receive the achievement point and the student who has secured the greatest improvement or otherwise demonstrated the most effort will receive the attitude point.
Behaviour points are subtracted from positive housepoint totals, to obtain the net points for each student. So, for example, a student who receives 65 housepoints but also receives 10 behaviour points has 55 net points (Bronze Award), not 65 (Silver Award).
Department Coordinators, the Head Teacher and/or the Principal may reward exceptional achievements or attitudes by awarding up to two housepoints each. In addition, House Heads may award up to two housepoints to any student in their House who makes a special contribution to a House event or who otherwise serves the House Head or the members of the House.
In May, after the Year 11-13 students go on study leave, the House Heads and PE Team organise a series of inter-House sports competitions with the Year 6-10 students over three weeks. These competitions typically include boys' and girls' swimming galas, CrossFit, running, and football and basketball competitions for each of Years 6-10.
House Captains are responsible for team selection. Limits are set on the number of ISACK squad members who may take part in each House team, so as to promote wider participation in competitive sport.
In each of these competitions, first place wins 100 housepoints, second place 75, third 60 and fourth 50. These points are awarded to the House, not to the individual participants. This system is intended to develop an altruistic House spirit.
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