Awards and Leadership

House Leadership

Macdonald House Council Leadership Positions:

Macdonald House Council is a group of grade representatives who live in Macdonald House, are not current Middle School Council members, and work with Macdonald House House Captains, Heads of House, and the Housemasters in order to contribute to boarding life in a positive and meaningful way. The Council members are voted on by their peers and Macdonald House staff.

Two grade 5 or 6 representatives
Vote for two students in October
Four grade 7 representatives
Vote for two students in June and two in October
Four grade 8 representatives
Vote for two students in June and two in October
Four grade 9 representatives
Vote for two students in June and two in October

Other Leadership Positions for Macdonald House Boarders
  • Sports Committee
  • Extra-Curricular Committee
  • Environmental Committee
  • International Committee
  • Newsletter Editors
  • Holiday Banquet Committee
  • PowerPoint Slide Show Committee
House Captains (senior student leadership positions within Macdonald House)

House Captains

Two terms of House Captains are chosen from boarding applicants in grades 11 and 12. The applicants are recommended by their current Housemasters and are interviewed at length for this important leadership position within the School. The role of the House Captain includes that of:
  1. College and House Leadership: Works with the Housemasters, Macdonald House Council, and Prefect body to provide House leadership. They must ensure that life at the College and in the House is a positive experience for all boarders.
  2. Student Affairs and Study: Organization of Macdonald House activities working in conjunction with the Macdonald House Council, evening supervision of study, management of student time, being present in the House, and nurturing younger boarders. Good House Captains have the following qualities: relate well to all age groups, is a mediator, an organizer, and a liaison, is enthusiastic, is a good listener, gives his best in all aspects of College life - from the classroom to the sports field to the house, has good social skills, is honest, has a sense of responsibility, is dependable and reliable, is patient, and likes working with kids!
Heads of Macdonald House (senior student leadership position)

Eligibility: Students who have served a term as a House Captain and who are not elected as school Prefects would be eligible to apply for the position of Macdonald House Head of House. Upon completing the application, each applicant will have a formal interview with the Housemasters of Macdonald House.

Position: Up to three students may be chosen as Macdonald House Heads of House. Each Head of House would be granted a single room (No. 304, 307, or 311) in Macdonald House.

Job Description
  1. Serve as a liaison between the House Captains and Housemasters of Macdonald House and hold one scheduled meeting per month with the House Captains to discuss relevant house and student issues.
  2. Serve a one-year term in Macdonald house during their senior year, from September until June.
  3. Work with the House Captains and Macdonald House Council to plan activities in Macdonald House.
  4. Work and serve on leadership sub-committees (e.g., social, environmental, peer mentoring, sports, etc.) in Macdonald House.
  5. Establish a positive rapport with Macdonald House residents and serve as a role model to all students (from grade 5 to House Captains).
  6. Complete one weekly duty (every two to three weeks). The weekly duty consists of:
  • working with the Macdonald House Resident Don from 10:00-11:15 p.m. from Monday to Friday inclusive.
  • during that same week on duty, work with the Macdonald House Duty Master during Friday study supervision to help residents with their study skills from 6:45-8:30 p.m.
  • complete one weekend duty every 15 weeks.
  • attend regular house meetings and house activities.
House Awards

The King Memorial Trophy: Presented to the boy living in Macdonald House who most excels in studies, games, deportment, and character.

The Edith Grant Memorial Trophy: Presented to the new boy in Macdonald House who has shown the greatest improvement towards becoming the ideal Andrean.

The Ron MacMillan Memorial Trophy: Presented to the best athlete in Macdonald House in the senior division.

The Parents Guild Macdonald House Athletic Trophy: Presented to the best athlete in Macdonald House in the junior division.

The Manny Cominsky Memorial Award: Presented to the boy in Macdonald House (voted by his peers) who best contributes to house life and spirit.

The Macdonald House Gold, Silver & Bronze Medallion Awards: In May, each Mac House resident can apply for this Macdonald House award. To receive the award, students must acquire points in each Macdonald House category of Mind, Body, Heart & Spirit. The point system will be posted online. However, unlike the awards above which are presented on Prize Day, Mac House residents will be presented this award during the December Holiday Banquet (another unique Mac House event) in front of their parents and peers.
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