House competitions across the three campuses are colourful affairs. Students at the Boys’ and Girls’ Schools represent Cargill, Chalmers, Hamilton and Wishart with a sense of pride and camaraderie. At the Middle and Senior Colleges there are two additional Houses, Wilson and Stark.
Green, blue, red and yellow House shirts at the Boys’ and Girls’ Schools make spectacular bodies of colour and House chants ring out with gusto. For the Middle and Senior Colleges the additional colours of Violet for Wilson House and Teal for Stark House add to the cornucopia of colour.
House competitions in a variety of activities including sports, music events and charity efforts, build a friendly rivalry for the prestigious House Cup, presented at the end of each year.
But where did these House names come from? To delve back into history and discover the stories behind the House namesakes is a sobering lesson; for these six people were martyrs. Donald Cargill, James Chalmers, Patrick Hamilton and George Wishart, Margaret Wilson and Helen Stark were men and women who paid the ultimate price for their belief.
Read their stories below.