Our House System

Upon joining The Essington International School Darwin, students are allocated to a House. As a member of one of the three houses, students develop team spirit and interact with a cross section of other students in academic, sporting and cultural events.

Each House elects House Captains and Vice Captains. These Captains show leadership and support in their House during the year and assist with the organisation of House teams for the various competitions.

The School has traditionally had three Houses with Northern Territory reptiles as their mascot:

Frilled Neck Lizards 'Frillies' (Yellow)

Geckos (Red)

Skinks (Blue)

The names and colours were developed when the school was a small primary school.

In 2005 the Houses adopted the name of one of the Territory's early explorers or pioneers.

Gunn Frillies - Yellow:


Jeannie Gunn - 1870 – 1961

Gunn House is named after Jeannie Gunn, a well-known early authoress. Jeannie Gunn was born in Melbourne in 1870. In 1901 she married Aeneas Gunn who had just accepted a position of manager at Elsey Station, Mataranka. After twelve months in this position at Elsey Station he died of malaria. Jeannie wrote her well known Australian novel, 'We of The Never Never', based on her experiences on Elsey Station in the early 1900's.

Flynn Geckos - Red:

John Flynn - 1880 – 1951

Flynn House was named after the well-known Territorian, John Flynn. John Flynn was born in Victoria in 1880. His work in the Australian bush as a young preacher saw him devote his life to servicing people in central Australia. He had a deep practical concern about the needs of bush people. He established the Australian Inland Mission and established fifteen hospitals all over the outback. His awareness of the medical needs of isolated people in the outback led to him establishing the Royal Flying Doctor Service in 1928. He then encouraged a young Adelaide inventor to develop the pedal-powered radio that was to revolutionise life in the outback.

Wickham Skinks - Blue:


Captain John Clements Wickham - 1798-1863

Wickham House was named after one of the first European exploring sailors, John Wickham. John Wickham was a First Lieutenant on the Beagle (1831-1836) when it made its famous voyage with Charles Darwin in the 1830's. The scientific work from his voyage saw Charles Darwin develop his significant theory of evolution. From 1837-1841 he was Commander and surveyed the Australian coast line. Wickham is acknowledged as the discoverer of Darwin harbour. Wickham later went on to become a successful politician in Australia before settling in France in 1862 with his family.