History and background of House System

The house system is a traditional feature of schools in the English-speaking schools originating in England. The school is divided into subunits called ‘Houses’ and each student is allocated to one House at the moment of enrollment. Each house will usually also be identified by its own symbol, logo and colour.

Aim of House System in BIS

The House System aims to facilitate more mixing between the different year groups, increase community spirit, peer mentoring, boost the existing rewards system, encourage more students to get involved in competitions, and develop leadership opportunities for students of all year groups.


Every student who attends Belvedere International School is assigned to a house and they remain  in the same house until they leave BIS. The members of teaching staff are assigned to a specific  House. We try to ensure that a child with older siblings joins the same House as their brothers  and sisters were (or are) in. In both Prep and Senior, the allocation of new students to Houses  ensures, as far as possible, equal House representation in each year group. Gender balance is  also considered. In BIS, we have four Houses:

Each House at BIS has a House Captain and Vice Captain. These students have responsibilities  that include organising sports teams, ensuring new House members are settling in at school and  other roles and responsibilities including academic and pastoral.

The criteria for which Merits and House Points are awarded: