About School House

Welcome from the Head of School House

"House loyalty runs deep around here. By the time you get to Year 13 you've lived together for five years and the boys in the House are like your brothers. It's a huge bond and we always look out for each other."

Oscar Acland
Head of House 2016


History of School House

School House was designed by C J Mountfort and J J Collins, both Old Boys of the College. The foundation stone was laid in February 1908 by the Governor-General, Lord Plunket and was ready for occupation in 1909.

The Christ’s College Register of April 1909 describes it as follows: “The interior is spacious, with broad passages, a large common room and a dining room; the walls are of faced bricks, and, therefore unpapered”.  It was refurbished in 2002 and the concrete block addition at the rear of the building was constructed at this time.

The name appears to have come from the tradition of English Public Schools to call the house in which the Headmaster, who was also Housemaster, lived, “ School House”. Charles Hudson Moreland, 6th Headmaster of Christ’s College, was School House’s first Housemaster.

The four shells (escallops) which can be seen on the House Tie come from the College Crest.  They are heraldic symbols used by the Crusaders and represent those who came in the First Four Ships in 1850. The motto, “Pilgrims Still” was one of those considered for the College Motto.