Elliot House is named for Jim and Elisabeth Elliot who served as missionaries in South America in the 1950’s. Elliot house colors are Sapphire and Gold. The Elliot house motto is “Give to Gain.” based on the famous quote attributed to Jim Elliot: "He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot lose." Biographies of Jim Elliot include: Shadow of the Almighty: The Life and Testament of Jim Elliot by Elisabeth Elliot Through Gates of Splendor by Elisabeth Elliot The Journals of Jim Elliot by Elisabeth Elliot
House Cup Champion 2015, 2016 & 2018
Mueller House is named for George Mueller who was known for his devoted life of prayer and provision of orphan homes and schools in England in the late 1800s. Mueller House colors are Amethyst and Silver. Biographies of George Mueller include: The Autobiography of George Mueller George Mueller: Delighted in God by Roger Steer
House Cup Champion 2019
Taylor House is named for Hudson Taylor, the founder of the Inland China Mission. Historian Ruth Tucker summarises the theme of his life: “No other missionary in the nineteen centuries since the Apostle Paul has had a wider vision and has carried out a more systematised plan of evangelising a broad geographical area than Hudson Taylor.” Taylor House colors are Ruby and Gold. Biographies of Hudson Taylor include: Hudson Taylor’s Spiritual Secret by Dr. and Mrs. Howard Taylor The Autobiography of Hudson Taylor: Missionary to China
Ten Boom House
Ten Boom House is name for Corrie Ten Boom, a DutchChristian who, along with her father and other family members, helped many Jews escape the NaziHolocaust during World War II. She was imprisoned for her actions in a concentration camp and wrote of her tale in The Hiding Place. Ten Boom House colors are Emerald and Silver. Biographies of Corrie ten Boom include: The Hiding Place by Corrie ten Boom Corrie ten Boom, Her Life, Her Faith: A Biography by Carole C Carlson, Corrie ten Boom: Faith Triumphs, Heroes of The Faith by Halcyon Backhouse
House Cup Champion 2017
The Pillars of the CLPS House System
Relationship Building: The main goal of the House System is to build Christ-centered, quality relationships as modeled in Matthew 22:36-40 and Matthew 5:43
Service: This pillar is based on the great commandment by Jesus to love God and love your neighbor. This applies to stewardship within CLPS and beyond.
Ministry to the School Population: Students are able to engage in ministry to the younger population of students as well as their peers through Biblically- Centered activities, studies and devotions.
Student Leadership: The CLPS House System provides ample opportunity for service to the school through fulfillment of duties of office. This leadership includes high expectations of officers and members to critically think to plan events, ministries and traditions that increase the value of our school community and to execute them with excellence.
History of House Systems
The House System originated in England as the English school system was being developed and was used for the purposes of providing an environment where students are afforded “pastoral care” or individualized education (Dierenfield, 1975). Originally, the houses were literally that: a place where students lived as they were boarded in school (The Latin School, 2015). House systems vary widely in their implementation due to the specific needs of the school. Students are often divided into one of several houses, each with a distinctive identity. In most cases, students are sorted “vertically” meaning that there is an “equitable distribution of students from all grade levels in each individual house,” and biological families are kept within the same houses (Brennan, 2012). Programming also varies widely. Most schools use the house system as a way to disseminate information (Dierenfield, 1975) and to host competitions between houses. These are sometimes in an academic or athletic format. Faculty leaders award merit points to Houses based on the outcomes of these competitions, leadership, community service, or other triumphs. Some systems also employ demerits for rule breaking (Dierenfield, 1975).
House Sorting and Induction
All students entering 7th through 12th grade at Christian Life Preparatory School will be sorted into houses. Each house has students from each grade represented. Families will be kept in one house to increase the whole family’s house pride. The oldest sibling is sorted and all siblings who enter grades 7-12 will be sorted into the same house, even if there is a gap between a secondary student leaving school and an elementary student entering 7th grade. This rule only applies to immediate family (i.e. brothers and sisters) and does not apply to cousins, etc. Sorting occurs on the first day of school. Students will be sorted one at a time and will then proceed with their new house to an induction ceremony and celebration. The first House Battle will also occur on the first day.