House Xavier

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Thoughts on House Xavier by Thomas Szymkowicz

Our house founder is St. Francis Xavier. St Francis was a friend of St. Ignatius, who started the Jesuits. He was one of the very first Jesuits and his life inspires me to look for God in new ways. St. Francis was very courageous to join the Jesuits and to be a missionary. He traveled all over the world and needed to have courage when meeting new people or taking on new tasks. Because of this, courage is our house trait. I hope that everyone knows that we are courageous, people for others.  Out house mascot is also related to our trait. Our house mascot is a Lion. Lions are a good fit for us because they are the kings of the jungle and a king needs to have a lot of courage.

Students, staff, and parents at Holy Trinity can show courage by stepping up to the plate and doing the things that they are afraid to do. You will never regret being brave and powering through, but you might regret backing down and being afraid. For example, if you are really scared to give an oral presentation, you should just commit to doing it rather than trying to avoid it. If you are courageous and just do it, you will get a better grade than if you don’t.

So far I have really enjoyed the games that we have played as a whole school, especially the dodge ball game. It it fun when all of the houses are together. I think that when we are all together we get a lot of different ideas from people in other houses. I am looking forward to the last day of school to see what kind of celebration we have for the winning house. I think that day should be mostly fun, with not a lot of school work and we should really focus on the winning house. 

House Arrupe

Pedro Arrupe

Written by Aly Bradshaw

Our house founder is Pedro Arrupe. He inspires me because of his positive spirit. His positivity could fill an entire room. He always looked on the bright side of things and found ways to help people and to be compassionate. That is why the Arrupe house has compassion as our house trait. I hope people know that the Arrupe house is always determined and compassionate, ready to help whenever we are needed. Compassion is our trait and the students all around the school show that by caring for others. Our house day is February 5th and I can’t wait to see how everyone celebrates. As a school we will practice being compassionate and we will connect with Pedro Arrupe’s legacy in a special way.

My favorite thing about the house system is that we are all one family. Even though everyone is sorted into 6 different houses, at the end of the day we are all one. We cheer for each other, celebrate all of the other houses, and we should all try to embody each of the house traits: Compassion, Perseverance, Gratitude, Humility, Justice and Courage.

House Juana

Juana

Written by Anne-Sophie Gray

The House of Juana is named after Juana de Austria, a princess who demonstrated strong Jesuit identity. She completed St. Ignatius’s spiritual exercises and is the only woman to have taken Jesuit vows. The trait for our house is humility. Humility means being humble. When you show humility you do not brag or say that you are better than anyone else. Showing humility is important to me because it shows that you care for others, not just yourself. The students at Holy Trinity can show humility in a number of ways. An eighth grader might show humility by being a good sport even when they lose the spelling bee to a younger student. A first grader showing humility would look different. They might show humility by being calm and respectful to their classmates, instead of trying to steal their classmates’ attention.

Our house animal is a frog. We are the Juana frogs because frogs transform over time from a tadpole to a frog. This is similar to our founder’s transformation from a princess to a Jesuit. Frogs are often overlooked for their strengths because they are small. This makes them the perfect mascot for the humble Juana house! 

My favorite things about our house are two of the teachers in Juana, Ms.Nolan and Mr.Singleton. They are very fun and get everyone excited about our house.  They had great ideas for celebrating our house day. There were frogs hidden around the school, in all of the house colors. If students found the frog that matched their own house color, they house earned points. The school was covered with green decorations and students wore green with their uniforms. A member of the Juana house got to spin the points wheel to earn extra points for our house. It was a really great day!

House Day

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House Day

Written by Stella Maloney

The House of Day was established in recognition of Dorothy Day. Day was an amazing Catholic role model, who advocated for the poor, women, and for peace. Constantly putting others’ needs before her own, she never quit. She was even arrested several times, and went even further to prove her point by going on a hunger strike after being arrested for protesting for women’s right to vote. The House of Day will be celebrated on November 7th and on this day the whole school will celebrate our house and Dorothy Day, regardless of what house they are in. The Bison is our house mascot, and it symbolizes gentleness along with stubbornness and determination. Just like the bison, Dorothy Day was extremely determined to spread her message to everyone around her and promote equality. But, while doing this she was still a gentle and kind person, making sure to give back to those in need. Gratitude is the quality of being thankful, and the House of Day’s main goal is to promote gratitude throughout Holy Trinity. There are many ways to show gratitude, whether it is doing service to show your thanks to the people around you, giving back the favor if someone does something kind for you, or just simply saying thank you. It is extremely important to me to always show my gratitude for my friends, family, teachers and classmates so that they know that everything they do for me never goes unnoticed. One of my favorite things about the new house system is that it brings the whole school together. By this I mean that many people, including me, only know a few people outside of their grade. But now many different grades are getting to know each other and we all have something to root for, a house. 

 

Works Cited

“Dorothy Day.” Biography, A&E Television Networks, 24 Sept. 2015, http://www.biography.com/writer/dorothy-day. Accessed 7 Sept. 2019.