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The Inter-House Cup

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24 May 2024

The 2019 school year marked a new era of Pastoral Care and Learning at St Laurence’s College with the introduction of the vertical House system, aimed at fostering students’ welfare, growth and instilling community values. An integral element of the House system is the Inter-House Cup competitions, held throughout the year, enabling a variety of support structures to assist our students on their Lauries Journey. The House Cup competitions thrive, weaving a rich tapestry of solidarity, resilience and personal growth. These spirited contests, which are now rooted in the heart of our College community, extend far beyond mere points and trophies.

These competitions are not only exciting for our students but also profoundly beneficial for our young men.

BUILDING BROTHERHOOD
NURTURING CHARACTER
FOSTERING HEALTHY COMPETITION
CONNECTING WITH TRADITION

BUILDING BROTHERHOOD

The House system at St Laurence’s College is more than a mere organisational structure; it’s a family. Each student belongs to one of ten Houses, forming bonds that last throughout their Lauries Journey. Whether they wear the colours of Rice, Treacy, Xavier or any other House, they become part of a supportive network. Housemates cheer each other on during sports events, celebrate achievements and lend a helping hand during challenging times. This sense of belonging fosters brotherhood, teaching our young men the value of unity and shared purpose.

NURTURING CHARACTER

In the crucible of competition, character is forged. House Cup events encourage qualities like resilience, sportsmanship and determination. When a student represents their House on the field, in the classroom or on the stage, they learn to handle victory with humility and defeat with grace. These experiences shape their character, teaching them that true strength lies not only in winning but also in how they face adversity. The motto of Duhig House, “No Reward without Effort,” echoes this sentiment—success is earned through hard work and perseverance.

FOSTERING HEALTHY COMPETITION

Healthy competition fuels growth. House Cup events provide a platform for students to showcase their talents, whether in academics, sports or cultural activities. The friendly rivalry between Houses encourages them to strive for excellence. Whether it’s the school sports carnival, debating championship, House Choir showcase or with academics, students give their best, pushing boundaries and discovering hidden abilities. The motto of Callan House, “Bold but Faithful”, inspires them to build inclusive communities and to make a positive impact.

CONNECTING WITH TRADITION

Our House system is relatively new, with the current iteration beginning in 2019. Despite this, each House carries the legacy of remarkable individuals or places —Blessed Edmund Rice, Sir James Duhig, Mount Sion, Waterford and others. The symbols on House crests tell stories of faith, justice and education. When our young men wear their House colours, they honour this heritage. They participate not only for themselves but also as custodians of tradition. In doing so, they connect with something larger than themselves.

As the House Cup competition unfolds for 2024, let us celebrate the spirited chants, the friendly rivalries and the moments of triumph. Beyond the cheers and applause, let us recognise that these competitions develop character, foster brotherhood and prepare our young men for life beyond the College gates. So, to our Lauries gentlemen, wear your House colours proudly, compete fiercely and remember that the journey matters as much as the destination.

MR DAVID KNIGHT

Dean of Pastoral Care (Senior School)