It’s an exciting and historic moment. After many months of preparation, from September 2016 Bodwell will renew its House System and re-energize the students by growing to 6 new unified houses.

Our House System started in 2005. Students were generally grouped into 4 houses, named after world leaders who have inspired others through their life examples: Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr., Nelson Mandela and Pierre Trudeau. These leaders served as a theme to teach and motivate our students to become global citizens.

Now, 12 years later… We are further evolving this system to build a much stronger foundation for our students in terms of mentorship and belonging – plus FUN! While previously our boarding halls and the school houses have been separate, from this fall these will be combined together into ONE integrated system. It will look like this:

  1. All students will be divided into 6 “houses”. See below for our exciting new house names!
  2. Each house will be made up of 2 boarding halls and a squad of homestay & local students.
  3. Students will stay connected to the same house.  Boarding students will stay with the same hall.  Like a multicultural family, there will be balance of various ages living together with an emphasis on peer support.
  4. Each house will be led by a pair of Youth Advisors, along with other other staff, not to mention a powerful team of student leaders helping one another.
  5. Houses will engage in fun competitions against each other to show their strength and unity!

Choosing our new house names:

  • This past summer, students and staff had the opportunity to suggest new house names.
  • After much consideration, and combining many suggestions, we’ve adopted 6 distinct values as our house names. All of these values were deeply promoted by our 4 previous house leaders, so we can remain true to our school tradition and principles, but also move toward the future.
  • All 6 values connect to our Bodwell’s “6 L’s”. The 6 L’s describe the crucial actions our students take in their challenging journey to success.  Along the way, these connected concepts will serve to inspire, teach and excite students to learn and live together in a diverse, purposeful community.


And our new 6 new houses are… (drumroll please!)

Courage House

LEARN to Excel through English
“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.” – Nelson Mandela

It takes COURAGE to come to another country & learn a new language.  It is essential to push past fears of failure and to demonstrate resilience and persistence. “Courage” is a positive, active concept necessary to succeed.

Discover House

LIBERATE the Academic Mind
“The deeper the search in the mine of truth the richer the discovery of the gems buried there.” – Mahatma Gandhi

The process of DISCOVERY is at the heart of the exciting adventure of learning. One discovers new ideas, new passions, and new “lands” and pursuits. “Discovery” is a bold, active term signifying exploration and liberation.

Spirit House


LIVE an Active and Healthy Lifestyle
“A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history.”  – Mahatma Gandhi

SPIRIT is considered to be that which breathes power and life into us.  School spirit, team spirit and teen spirit are all ways to describe a passion for being alive.  “Spirit” is lively, energetic concept encouraging an active way of being and thriving.

Legacy House

LOOK Inward and Forward
“What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.” – Nelson Mandela

LEGACY describes what we decide to accomplish in life, our core goals, to leave something positive for the benefit of others.  We wish students to reflect on who they are and who they wish to become.  “Legacy” is a mature concept and a call to thought, action and meaning.

Harmony House

LOVE the Earth and One Another
“We can very well set a mood of peace out of which a system of peace can be built. Racial injustice around the world. Poverty. War. When man solves these three great problems he will have squared his moral progress with his scientific progress. And more importantly, he will have learned the practical art of living in harmony.” – Martin Luther King

HARMONY is not just a state of peace or balance – it is the active interaction between different groups to continually work together and manage these differences.  Harmony is hard, an ongoing balancing act of compromise and care.  “Harmony” is what makes diversity work, with time and effort.

Unity House

LEAD for Positive Change
“…The Canadian Charter was a new beginning for the Canadian nation: it sought to strengthen the country’s unity by basing the sovereignty of the Canadian people on a set of values common to all, and in particular on the notion of equality among all Canadians.” – Pierre Trudeau

UNITY signifies oneness and wholeness.  Leaders need to bring people together as a single connected group in order to bring about advancement and progress.  “Unity” is a powerful concept challenging us to look past divisions and boundaries between people.

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