House System

The Canterbury College houses are named after Archbishops of Canterbury who demonstrated the values upon which Canterbury College is based: hard work, quiet determination, courage in the face of adversity, leadership, discipline and devotion.

Students are allocated a House and remain in that House throughout their time at Canterbury. Siblings are allocated to the same House where possible.

House competitions occur throughout the year in sports such as cross country, athletics and swimming, as well as the ‘Cursus Magnus’, a race around the College on Foundation Day.

The prestigious interhouse trophy, the Victor Ludorum, is awarded annually to the most successful house.

Canterbury College Houses

Becket: the Martyr

Colour: Burgundy, Symbol: Crown

Archbishop Thomas A Becket became a champion of the church when Henry II tried to gain control of the Church of England. Henry asked if anyone was brave enough to free him of a ‘turbulent priest’, and four of his knights murdered Becket while he knelt at evening prayer in Canterbury Cathedral. Becket was declared a saint in 1773.

Cranmer: the Reformer

Colour: Gold, Symbol: Bell

Thomas Cranmer was Archbishop of Canterbury from 1533 to 1556, a time that saw Henry VIII’s split with the Roman Catholic Church and his divorce from Catherine of Aragon. Cranmer sought simplicity and true biblical insight, and reformed worship within the church, including introducing the liturgy in English.

Ramsey: the Scholar

Colour: Sky Blue, Symbol: Book

Michael Ramsey, Archbishop from 1961–1974 understood the principles on which a rapprochement with other churches could be worked out. His vision resulted in a movement towards a good relationship with the Roman Catholic Church.

Temple: the Spiritualist

Colour: Green, Symbol: Candle

William Temple was Archbishop of Canterbury between 1942 and 1944. He provided spiritual leadership to the people of Britain and the Empire during the Second World War.