House System

Secondary students are divided into four houses and remain in the same house until they graduate. The house system provides camaraderie as students, faculty, and families come together for various culture and tradition-building activities, academic and athletic challenges, and a student government that crosses age and grade boundaries. Each year students compete for the House Cup, which displays each year’s winner engraved on it. Houses also give secondary students a healthy and counter-cultural sense of honor, teamwork, sacrifice, and responsibility in keeping with their growth as young Christian men and women.

The four houses take their names and inspiration from works of English mythological literature: Caspian (Chronicles of Narnia), Eorl (The Lord of the Rings), Heorot (Beowulf), and Orfeo (Sir Orfeo).

House Description
Caspian The hero of C.S. Lewis’s Chronicles of Narnia, Prince (and later, King) Caspian. Through his adventures in restoring the glory of Narnia, he made a name for himself which we in this House proudly bear. Like our great forbear, we seek victory and honor for our House to the glory of God.

Members: Dawn Treaders

Motto: Mane ā mare supervenit (MAHN-uh AH MAH-ruh SU-per-WEN-it), or “morning comes from over the sea.”
It is the recollection of the new dawn which the Narnians anticipated would come from the land of Aslan beyond the sea-in fact, Aslan himself would come! Our motto, then, is another way of saying as the psalmist says, “Our hope is in the Lord.”

Heorot The great mead hall of Heorot (HEY-or-ought) was built by the noble King Hrothgar as a place of feasting and celebration. It became the site of the legendary battle of Beowulf with the monster Grendel, when the glory of the hall, which might have been lost, through great valor was won again. Our forbears fought with honor and courage to uphold the dignity of their land and the glory of the true God whom they had only recently come to know.

Members: Scyldings (SHEILD-ingz)

Motto: Dom gewyrce! (Dawm yuh-WOER-kuh), or for “Honor [we] shall win!”
We seek to do all things with honor and courage for the glory of God. Our motto expresses our desire as a House to live and compete in a manner which will be worthy of respect and emulation.

Orfeo The medieval poem Sir Orfeo tells the tale of King Orfeo, who was not willing to lose one that he loved even when it seemed she was taken beyond his reach. He refused to give up and overcame the powers set up against him by the grace of God and the courage and skill given to him by God. The harp, which is proudly emblazoned on our banner, is a testament to the power of godly weapons against the might of terrible foes. The story of King Orfeo points to the stalwartness and strength of Christ on which we depend and sets for us an example to follow. We, like our forbear, would be people of courage and loyalty who defend and aid one another in our pursuit of honor for our house and glory for God.

Members: Bards

Motto: Whider thou gost, ichil with the! (WIDD-er thou GAWST IK-hil with THEH), or “Wherever you go, I will [go] with you!”
Our motto signifies our devotion to each other and to the furtherance of our House in accordance with God’s will.

Eorl The house of Eorl has a long and glorious tradition. It is through the line of Eorl the Younger that the great kings of Rohan rose up to preside over the great expansion and prosperity of their people. We seek to uphold that tradition through hard work and excellent character which will reflect well on our House and give glory to God.

Members: Eorlingas

Motto: Aernan, Eorlingas! Or, “Forth, followers of Eorl!”
The victory of King Theoden and Rohan won against overwhelming odds at Helm’s Deep is legendary. It inspires us to face with courage the challenges we are given and to overcome despite all odds.