The history of each House offers an insight into the values and the spirit on which the College's foundations were laid. All students enrolled at the College are allocated to a particular House and will have an understanding of their House and its spirit. As a valued member of their specific House, students develop a sense of belonging to the school community and an appreciation for the history of the school.
Students compete in various sporting and non-sporting competitions throughout the year for the overall Champion House Award which is presented at Presentation Night each year. Year 7 -12 House assemblies are held at various times throughout the year, led by the House Captains, to promote the achievements of students in the House and to foster House spirit.
The House System at Star dates back to the late 1930’s when the Principal, Mother Angela Johnston, formed and named the first two Houses: Nagle (blue) and Stella (red).
In 1948, then Principal, Sister Leonard Gartlan, extended the number of Houses to four. She named the two new Houses Fay (green) and Ave (yellow).
The House Crest for Fay incorporates a Celtic cross with layering of shamrocks and a star. The traditional Irish symbol of the Celtic cross signifies our historic links to Ireland through Nano Nagle, the founder of the Presentation Order and Mother Paul Fay, the co-founder of the College. The shamrocks represent the close links that continue to be fostered with Ireland and our Catholic heritage. The small star that adorns the top of the cross ties our Irish history with the present and the name of our school Star of the Sea.
The House crest for Nagle combines the symbol of the lantern with that of a book. The lantern has come to represent the determination and endeavor demonstrated by Nano Nagle, the founder of the Presentation Order, as she sought out the poor to be educated in the darkest corners of her city. Her lantern became a symbol of light and hope. The open pages of the book signify a willingness to learn and to continue to be open to education. The book is lit by the lantern and shows an openness to the light of knowledge and wisdom. A small star adorns the spine of the book to link in with the present and the name of our school, Star of the Sea.
The crest for Stella House combines the symbols of a Star in the form of a starfish with that of the sea. The original name of the House was ‘Stella Maris” which is Latin for Star of the Sea. Our Lady, Star of the Sea, is one of the many titles given to Mary and represents the strength, guidance and sanctuary the Mother of Christ has provided to all Christians. The sea in the crest represents the ebb and flow of life, the good times and the bad times that are there for all of us.