The House System was introduced in 2008. The House System is modelled on the Houses of Harrow School.
The school is divided vertically into six Houses at Harrow Beijing:
Churchill (yellow) - named after Winston Churchill, British Prime Minister, Old Harrovian.
Curie (green) - named after Marie Curie, Nobel Prize winning chemist and physicist.
Ju Ching (red) - named after the philanthropist and mother of Daniel Chiu, founder of Harrow International School Beijing.
Kong Zi (blue) - named after Confucius (Kong Zi), Chinese philosopher.
Song Qing Ling (purple) - named after Madame Sun Yat-sen (Song Qing Ling) politician.
Lyon (orange) - named after John Lyon, founder of Harrow School in London.
Each House is led by a teacher called the Head of House. Each house also has House Captains as well as other leadership roles. The House Captains assist the House Leader with the coordination and organisation of student participation in house events.
All students from Pre-School (age 3) to the Upper Sixth (age 18) are enrolled in the Houses.
The Houses compete in a number of competitions and activities held throughout the year in order to win House trophies. The Houses are very involved in local community and charity work and this has been their main focus. The House Representatives in each Year Group help the house captains to arrange activities and lead the houses.
The house events turn leadership into actions and help the students to develop a number of key leadership skills. These include, amongst other things:
These houses afford the student a smaller, closer community within the school, and broaden the range of activities and support available to the students.
As members of the respective houses, students’ uniform will include a House tie and House t-shirt, which is worn during house events. Points are awarded to the houses for winning competitions – with a decreasing number of points available going down in placing. House points are also awarded for reds and for students who successfully participate in other (‘non House’) events. At the end of each academic year, the number of points accumulated by each house is totalled and the ‘winning’ house recognised.