The house system at Alexander Academy is a vibrant and integral aspect of our school’s culture. The house system is designed to enhance the values of Alexander Academy as they are reflected in the character of each of our house leaders. The house system aims to help new staff and students adapt to the culture of Alexander Academy while giving students a sense of pride in a supportive and safe environment.
Alexander Academy has four houses, named after admirable Canadians. They are Terry Fox, David Suzuki, Emily Carr and Margaret Atwood. Each house has student leaders. It is not a building that makes a house; it is a network of member relationships, developed through regular interaction in a stable community.
The houses provide an opportunity to take part in positive competition and to develop a closer rapport between teachers and students. A series of events are organised throughout the school year, fostering a spirit of friendly rivalry. The houses compete in a number of sporting, academic and cultural activities for house points. House points are awarded based on participation at these events and also recognise students whose behaviours benefit others, such as helping on school occasions, or simply being supportive toward a classmate or friend.
Each term the winning house receives the house shield and other prizes.
Each house highlights a core value. Together, these make up the core values, philosophy, and ideology of our school, and give us our clear direction.