JC offers the following sporting/competitive activities:
- Track & Field/Athletics
- Lawn Tennis
- Table Tennis
- Skeet shooting
THE HOUSE SYSTEM
Jamaica College has eight houses:
|HOUSE||COLOUR||NAMED IN HONOUR OF|
|1. Chambers||Gold||H.C.W. Chambers, Principal 1946- 1960|
|2. Drax||Maroon||Charles Drax, original benefactor, whose endowment set up the school|
|3. Cowper||White||William Cowper, Principal 1925-1933|
|4. Hardie||Green||W.A. Hardie, Principal 1942-1946|
|5. DaCosta||Orange||G.M. DaCosta, Former President of the JC Old Boys’ Association|
|6. Murray||Blue||Reginald Murray, Old Boy, Rhodes Scholar (1904) and Principal 1933-1941|
|7. Musgrave||Red||Lady Musgrave, wife of then Governor Sir Anthony Musgrave, who moved the school from St. Ann to St. Andrew in 1883, and who also made a donation to the school.|
|8. Simms||Rust||Archdeacon William Simms, the first Principal, who served from the late 1870s until 1915|
On entering Jamaica College, each boy is assigned to a House and remains a member of that House throughout his school career.
The House System fosters a sense of “family unity” within the school, while helping to build character and develop leadership skills. It also encourages a spirit of positive competition, as House teams compete in sports and other co- curricular activities, and each boy’s performance, on the sports field and off, affects the standing of his House.
In addition, boys of different ages learn to relatento each other.
Older students get the opportunity to guide the younger ones,who, in turn, get the opportunity to work with their seniors.
Most importantly, students learn to appreciate the hard work and discipline that goes into winning, how to win gracefully and cope with the disappointment of defeat as well as how to recover to compete again.