SOL House System

The School of Logic faculty and staff are extremely excited about the new SOL House System and its potential to give students a sense of community and responsibility while also providing a system to intentionally encourage and cultivate the formation of virtue within each student and the SOL as a whole.
The School of Logic faculty and staff are extremely excited about the new SOL House System and its potential to give students a sense of community and responsibility while also providing a system to intentionally encourage and cultivate the formation of virtue within each student and the SOL as a whole.

Historically, the house system is a traditional feature of schools in the English-speaking world, particularly in Commonwealth countries, originating in England. Schools are divided into subunits called ‘houses’ and each student is allocated to one house at the moment of enrollment. In the past, the house system was associated with established public schools in England, especially full boarding schools, where a ‘house’ referred to a boarding house at the school. In modern times, in both day and boarding schools, the word ‘house’ may refer only to a grouping of pupils, rather than to a particular building.

At Regents, our intention is to use the house system as a way of more intentionally promoting and instilling virtue with our students. When talking about virtues with our students, we talk about the three theological virtues, faith, hope, and love, and the four cardinal virtues, wisdom, temperance, fortitude, and justice. As Paul tells us in 1 Corinthians, the greatest of all virtues is love, and as such, that virtue will encompass the entire school. So, with the remaining 6, we have divided the students into 6 houses.
 
To give the students a relatable context for the virtues and their house, we wanted to assign each house a person or character, so we selected characters from J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings. The story is a beautiful epic of different people from different backgrounds coming together and dying to themselves for the betterment of all. Each student will be placed in a house, not necessarily because they are strong
in or lack that virtue, but to be a part of helping cultivate that, and all other virtues in SOL.

The SOL houses are as follows:
Took House – Faith
Samwise House – Hope
Gandalf House – Wisdom
Aragorn House – Justice
Gimli House – Courage
Legolas House – Temperance

Throughout the year, we will use the houses to further discussion on virtue, encourage one another toward good things, have fun competitions, take care of each other, and build community.
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