Priories (H, O, M, E) and Households
Irish Cup activities help students develop closer Family ties within Households.
Households are grouped into 4 different priories. The word priory is taken from the organization within many religious orders. A priory is a small group of monks or nuns governed by a prior or prioress. This larger structure helps Households to feel connected with more than just their small Household group and helps to create an even greater sense of healthy competition between and among Households within our school. The four priories, H, O, M, and E are named for one of the letters of the word, HOME.
Households consist of teams of students from Pre-K through Grade 8. Household meetings take place during 1st period on one Wednesday each month. Students within a Household gather together and enter into a "family meeting" focused on getting to know the various members within the household and working together to accomplish team-building activities. At the conclusion of these meetings, Households attend Mass as a Household, sitting together instead of with their grade level homerooms.
Recognizing that 20 minutes of discussion and then worshipping together does not provide enough time to fully create a sense of family, Households also gather once per month to eat lunch together. Deemed a "Family Supper", Households eat in classrooms as a household. Taking Christ as our example and model, we believe that eating together as a family helps break down the walls that divide us and allows all students to feel more included and a part of our larger school family. Our Mass is the commemoration of a meal (the Last Supper), Jesus is frequently either at a meal, going to a meal or coming from a meal in the Gospels. From the wedding feast at Cana, to feeding the 5,000, to eating with Peter on the shores after the Resurrection, the Gospel is filled with stories of Jesus breaking bread with others.
Finally, we also realize that families need to play together. In conjunction with our Family Suppers, Students and teachers also participate in a competition for the Irish Cup. Friendly competitions are designed to center on academics, athletics and school spirit. Households accumulate points toward the Irish Cup throughout the course of the year for the various Household activities. The culmination of the Irish Cup competition occurs during the Irish Cup Championship in the last month of each school year.