A house points system recognises and rewards positive behaviour, academic achievements, and participation in extracurricular activities. Ashdale Secondary College divides students into four houses: Newton, Tesla, Curie, and Galileo.

Throughout the year, students earn house points for various accomplishments, such as exceptional academic performance, good behaviour, and participation in College and community events.

At the end of the year, the House with the most points is declared the winner and is awarded the House Cup. This encourages healthy competition and community spirit among students as they work together to achieve their goals and earn points for their respective houses. In addition to the House Cup, individual students can earn personal awards for their houses and achievements. This helps to motivate students to strive for excellence and encourages them to participate in school life.

Overall, a house points system provides a fun and engaging way for secondary school students to work towards their goals and be recognised for their achievements while also fostering a sense of community and teamwork among students.

Know your House 

Newton are innovative, self-determined and show initiative. They think outside of the box and respect those around them. Newton is named after Isaac Newton, one of the greatest mathematicians and physicists of all time and among the most influential scientists. Isaac Newton made many scientific discoveries and inventions throughout his career, including gravity, laws of motion, calculus and the reflecting telescope. Newton cooperates to strive for excellence but, most importantly, work together to achieve their goals.

Tesla are persistent, fearless, individual and patient. They are passionate about achieving their goals and are not afraid to be different. Tesla is named after Nikola Tesla; the genius was born during a lightning storm to grow to be the man who lit the world. His discoveries in the field of electricity advanced the world into the modern industrial era that we know today. Tesla are independent and triumph through persistence. They are strong-willed and embrace their ‘you’ness.

Curie are collaborative to persevere through adversity. They understand the importance of partnership to achieve a goal. Curie is named after Marie Curie, a physicist, chemist and pioneer in the study of radiation. Working extensively with radium throughout her life, she paved the way for us to characterise radium and its various properties and investigate its therapeutic potential. Curie show perseverance and the will to work collaboratively for excellence.

Galileo are resilient, committed and show determination. They are not discouraged by negativity but instead fight for their beliefs. Galileo is named after Galileo Galilei, an Italian scientist who formulated the fundamental law of falling bodies. He is most famous for inventing the telescope, which he used to observe the night sky. His discoveries undermined traditional ideas about a perfect and unchanging cosmos with the Earth at its centre. Galileo reach for the stars and push themselves to be the best they can be.

House Awards

The central aim of the Ashdale House Awards is to recognise, acknowledge, celebrate and reward endeavour and achievement across academia, performance, and service to the College and the greater community. To preserve the integrity of this aim, it is essential that students see the awards as being an achievement of outstanding and distinguished merit.

Award Categories and Criteria

Awards and points will be given within the following seven categories;








For a detailed list of the awards and how students can earn points, click here.

The awards will be presented at a prestigious awards ceremony at the end of the year. Parents, caregivers, and staff will be invited to this event.

Parents and caregivers of award winners will be notified and invited to attend the events by the end of Week 8, Term 4. Due to cut-off dates for student data, notifications and invites for Academic Award winners will be sent out at the end of Week 9 of Term 4.