All of our boarding houses at St Leonards have their own identity, and St Rule, our combined house for boys (St Rule East) and girls (St Rule West), is no exception. The only mixed house of the three, St Rule is home to boys and girls, and cleverly splits down the middle, with the ground floor serving as a bustling social hub for house life.
The ethos in St Rule is that community living should be approached with respect and consideration for others, while recognising the needs of the individual. Students are encouraged to take pride in the house which in turn fosters a sense of community spirit.
There are four 'Clans' within St Rule, each taking a turn to help around the house, and there are prizes to be won, which gives each Clan an extra incentive to keep their home from home looking and feeling lovely.
There are two common rooms where the younger students do their prep and where, when appropriate, TV and DVDs offer a break from academic studies. St Rule also has a large games room with pool and Ping-Pong tables and this is where boarders, as well as day members of the house, often come together to relax.
The house kitchen is a cosy sanctuary and a perfect place to enjoy a cup of tea and a slice of toast!
Throughout the year, St Rule has a varied programme of activities for boarders including weekend trips to outdoor adventure centres, shopping and museum visits in Edinburgh, go-karting, paintballing and even spa days!
When there are school plays on, St Rule boarders attend them together as a house, and students may go to Friday early evening screenings of the latest films at the New Picture House cinema in St Andrews.
So much happens in St Rule over the course of a year, but what is key is that friendships are at the heart of this warm and welcoming house.