Magnify your friendships
The St. Mary’s Academy House System instills a sense of belonging, pride, and growth in every student, It helps new students acclimate quickly to their school environment and experience an immediate sense of belonging. Studies show that schools with House systems have happier students and have more school spirit than they did before a House system was implemented. By being part of a smaller community there are increased opportunities for student leadership, the ability for students to participate in a variety of activities that are non-academic and non-athletic and it allows the opportunity to interact with students from all grade levels. Our House system creates a positive, inclusive school community and culture that fosters internal motivation by building relationships, character, excitement, and school spirit.
Students are awarded points for fine art and sporting event attendance, school spirit, academic excellence, good character, effort, special tournaments and events.
She Came, They Saw, Together…We’ll Conquer
Our students chose the phrase “She Came, They Saw, Together We’ll Conquer” as their motto for our house system. This is a play on the Latin phrase, “Vini, Vidi, Vici” spoken by Julius Caesar in 47 BC. It translates as “I came, I saw, I conquered.” Caesar used the sentence when he was talking to the Roman senate describing his recent victory over Pharnaces II in the Battle of Zela, a town in contemporary Turkey.
However, as Julius Caesar was a formidable warrior in pre-Christian times, he is simply no comparison to the real conqueror, Jesus Christ, who was born just 47 years after Caesar spoke these words. Christ was literally able to conquer the paegan world that Caesar was so fond of.
Throughout the ages, Our Lord has sought to spread his message to the world often using Mary, His Mother, as his chosen vessel to appear to the faithful. It is in this context that our motto is: