OUR HOUSES 

  

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                                                         The Coveted Champion House Trophy


There are six (6) Houses, each bearing a title in honour of Our Blessed Mother Mary, the Mother of Jesus our Saviour. Under the title of Mother of Perpetual Help, she is the patroness of the Franciscan Missionary Sisters and Holy Childhood High School.


Every member of our School community belongs to a HouseInter-house activities include basketball, netball, swimming, tennis, badminton, track and field, as well as cheerleading and banner competitions all leading up to Sports Day; which is held annually on the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday.

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A brief history of each House (listed alphabetically) is presented below; along with their respective placings at Sports Day 2015: 

 

CARMEL: "PINK HOUSE"                           

(Placed 5th at Sports Day 2015)

Carmel House is named in Honour of Our Lady of Carmel; who on July 16, 1251 appeared to Saint Simon Stock – a member of the religious Order of Carmelites. In that vision, Our Lady revealed to Simon the “Brown Scapular,” promising that those who wear it faithfully as an expression of devotion to her, will be granted the grace of final perseverance.

 

 

CLAIRVAUX: "PURPLE HOUSE"                          

*The Champion House for 2015 (and *Champion for the 3rd consecutive year) 

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The Clairvaux Awardees pose with Sister Maxine FMS, Mr. L. Allen (H.O.D.), Mr. G. Rickman and House Captain, Dominique Grant

 

Clairvaux House is named in honour of Our Lady of Clairvaux.The monastery at Clairvaux in France was founded by St. Bernard of Clairvaux on June 25, 1115. The monastery was dedicated to the honour of the Blessed Virgin Mary under the title of Our Lady of Clairvaux.

Among the Doctors of the Church, St Bernard is known as the Marian Doctor because of his great love and devotion for the Mother of our Saviour. He exhorted his brother monks to silence, humility, purity of heart and filial obedience. These are all virtues which according to him not only shine in Our Blessed Mother, but are dispensed by her.

 

 

FATIMA: "YELLOW HOUSE"                               


(3rd Place Winner for Sports Day 2015)

Fatima House is so named in honour of Our Lady of Fatima who appeared to three Portugese children at their home village Fatima, Portugal, in 1917. At the time of the apparition, Lucia Santos and her cousins Jacinta and Francisco Marto were herding sheep. In her apparitions, Our Lady asked the children to do penance, and to perform acts of reparation and personal sacrifices to save sinners.

Our Lady also confided to the children three secrets, now known as the Three Secrets of Fatima. October 13, 1917 marked the last of the Fatima apparitions and the Miracle of the Sun (the sun’s dance).



GUADALUPE: "GREEN HOUSE"                              


(Placed 4th at Sports Day 2015)

Guadalupe House is named in honour of Our Lady of Guadalupe. On the morning of December 9, 1531 Our Lady of Guadalupe appeared to a poor Mexican peasant (Juan Diego) on Tepeyac Hill which would later become a part of Guadalupe. She identified herself as the Virgin Mary and asked for a church to be built at this site in her honour. After reporting his encounter to Archbishop Zumarraga, the latter asked him to return and ask the Lady for a sign of her identity.

The first sign she gave was the healing of Juan Diego’s uncle. She also told Juan to gather roses from the top of Tepeyac Hill, which was normally barren, especially in December. Juan followed her instructions and found Castillian roses, not native to Mexico growing there.

The Virgin arranged the flowers in his tilma/cloak and when Juan opened his tilma before the Archbishop, the flowers fell to the floor, and on the tilma was seen the image of the Virgin of Guadalupe which has become Mexico’s most popular religious and cultural symbol.

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LA SALETTE: "RED HOUSE"                                           

(Placed 6th at Sports Day 2015)

La Salette House is named in honour of Our Lady of La Salette.On September 19, 1846 Our Lady appeared to 2 children (Maximin Giraud and Melanie Calvat) in the small village of La Salette in the French Alps. Her message to them was a call to repentance, obedience to the will of God and reconciliation in order to allay his wrath.

 

LOURDES: "BLUE HOUSE"                                   


(2nd Place Winner for Sports Day 2015)

Lourdes House is named in honour of Our Lady of Lourdes, a venerated title of the Blessed Virgin Mary because of her numerous apparitions in 1858 in the vicinity of Lourdes, France. On February 11, 1858 Our Lady spoke to 14 year old peasant girl Bernadette Soubirous in a cave while she was gathering firewood with her sister and a friend. Our Lady later identified herself as the “Immaculate Conception.”

She appeared 18 times and by 1859 thousands of pilgrims were visiting Lourdes. Many persons believe Our Lady’s apparitions have been validated by the overwhelming popularity and testament of healings claimed to have taken place at the Lourdes water spring, a popular pilgrimage site for Jamaicans and thousands of other pilgrims each year.



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