The House System was introduced in 2008 and is modelled on the Houses of Harrow School. The school is divided vertically into six Houses:
named after Winston Churchill, British Prime Minister, Old Harrovian.
named after Confucius (Kong Zi), Chinese philosopher.
named after John Lyon, founder of Harrow School in London.
named after Marie Curie, Nobel Prize winning chemist and physicist.
Ju Ching Chu
named after the philanthropist and mother of Daniel Chiu, founder of Harrow Beijing.
Song Qing Ling
named after Madame Sun Yat-sen (also Soong Ching Ling), politician.
Each House is led by a Housemaster/mistress (Hm) in the Senior/Sixth Form phases and Prep Housemaster/mistress in the Prep phase.
The House system at Harrow Beijing is central to our students’wellbeing and personal development as they journey through their school career and progress into life beyond school. Based on the traditional boarding house systems of Harrow UK, it is a fundamental ingredient in providing a personalised learning environment in which each child is personally known by a key member of staff.
All students belong to one House and develop a strong sense of belonging and allegiance to their House over the course of their time at Harrow Beijing. Harrow’s House system offers pupils a personalized experience, which is modelled on the best practice of British independent boarding schools.
In the Lower School students come together in their Houses for such events as competing for House sport trophies, singing competitions and even building shelters to raise awareness and donations for children who are homeless. Each student’s pastoral care is provided by their Class Teacher and guidance and oversight is provided by the Assistant Head Pastoral of the Lower School.
Students in the Upper School also belong to one of these six Houses, each led by a Housemaster/mistress who has responsibility for the students in their House across the three distinct phases of the Upper School. The HM are supported by the Head of the Upper School, which provides another tier in our approach to a collaborative pastoral support system.
The House system allows close personal tutoring to become a reality and is at the heart of the Harrow philosophy. Such a system develops and maintains a ‘small school’ atmosphere, within a large school structure. Importantly the House system serves as an important link between School and home, one in which parents can benefit from a clear line of communication from their child’s tutor and House leader.
As part of the strategic vision at Harrow Beijing the House system is vital to ensuring all students achieve their full academic and individual potential, which will in turn offer them a supportive environment in which they can flourish.
HOUSE EVENTS INCLUDE:
- Sports Days
- Charity Events
- Dance Competitions
- Music Competitions
- Football Competitions
The Houses afford students a smaller, closer community within the school, and broaden the range of activities and support available.
Each student’s uniform includes a House tie and House t-shirt, worn during House events.
Points are awarded to Houses for winning and placing in competitions. At the end of each academic year, the number of points accumulated by each house is totalled and the ‘winning’ House is recognised.