Harrow Beijing

A Conversation with Art
Mrs Rachel Dent, Head of School, read to the City Campus children and reflected on the role that reading plays in education, and in our lives.
Harrow Beijing founded in 2005
Harrow School in China
Located in Beijing for 18 years
11 sister schools worldwide
4,318 students educated by Harrow Beijing
9,000+ hours of community service conducted by 700 students every year
20 IGCSE subjects offered by Harrow Beijing
19 A Level subjects offered by Harrow Beijing
Harrow’s core values comprise ‘Courage, Honour, Humility and Fellowship’. These are the principles that have kept Harrow at the highest levels of excellence for 450 years. They constantly propel the growth of a dynamic and positive culture that impacts the development of all members of the global Harrow community.
Courage encourages us to innovate and take risks, inspiring change for the better. It means challenging adversity and complacency, making the most of opportunities, putting fear of failure to one side and staying the course, even when it is difficult.
Honour is about doing the right thing, having the highest standards and leading by example. It involves taking responsibility and, ultimately, is what makes us worthy of the trust of others.
Humility asks us to recognise that one's self is a work in progress and that struggling with one's weaknesses is essential to growth. Humility increases our awareness that talent and achievement alone, however impressive, are not sufficient to succeed as a human being – and that none of us is at the centre of the universe.
Fellowship means building binding, constructive relationships that help us all to make a positive contribution. This is resonant with our belief that the strongest relationships of all are based on faith, hope and love.
The History of Harrow Beijing
Harrow Beijing opened at Anzhen Xili
Harrow Beijing Lower School opened at Grasse Town
Harrow Beijing Choir performed at the Beijing Olympics
Harrow Beijing moved to the new Hegezhuang Campus
Harrow Beijing City Campus opened at the original school site in Anzhen Xili
Pearson Awards - Academic Diversity of the Year & Centre with Outstanding Pearson Learners
Harrow Beijing Choir performed in the New Year’s Concert at the Great Hall of the People
British Schools Award – Empowering Students
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Open Day
Register now for Harrow Beijing Open Days in November! Do you have these questions about Harrow Beijing? Does Harrow Beijing only admit foreign nationals? Harrow Beijing welcomes both Chinese and foreign students and educates students from 2 to 18 years old, utilising high quality curricula which inherit 450 years of Harrow history and traditions and incorporate the best of British and Chinese educational philosophies. Through the unique House System, vibrant extracurricular lessons and a variety of activities in and out of school, we help students to achieve academic success and cultivate them to be well-rounded, independent people who are capable of playing to their many strengths, embracing challenges, and excelling in all that they do. Is English proficiency the sole consideration for admissions? English proficiency is one of the factors considered. At the same time, we comprehensively consider students' academic abilities, mathematical and logical abilities, social and emotional development, behavioral habits, adaptability, and other factors. We hope students can identify with the Harrow educational philosophy, possess a spirit of excellence and inquiry, and bring a positive impact to the school community. How about the graduates’ university desinations? Can they take gaokao? Harrow Beijing graduates aim for admission to top global universities, consistently securing offers from Oxbridge and world's Top 100 universities. In 2023, our graduates achieved exceptional results, gaining favor from UK G5 elite universities, and receiving acceptances from Ivy League schools like Yale, Cornell, Columbia, as well as the top 3 universities in Canada and Australia. Does the A Level curriculum exclusively apply for UK universities? Each year, our graduates pursue diverse paths, gaining admission to top universities worldwide, spanning the UK, USA, Australia, Canada, Japan, and China. While maintaining consistent success in UK university admissions, our graduates also receive offers from prestigious U.S. institutions such as Yale, Cornell, Columbia, UC Berkeley, NYU, showcasing the widespread recognition of the A Level curriculum by top global universities. Any opportunities for tuition fee waiver? The 2024-2026 AISL Harrow Scholarship Program is now accepting applications. Scholarship winners will receive full sponsorship for 2 years of A Level studies at Harrow Beijing. Boarding or day school? Harrow Beijing operates as a full-time day school, with the provision of school bus services for parents facing challenges in transporting their children. Meet our student ambassadors! Maggie M Year 5 student Year 3-5 Student Leader Joined Harrow Beijing in 2018 Maggie joined Harrow Beijing since Early Years. Now in Year 5, she has emerged as a proficient guide during Open Days, articulately sharing insights with prospective students about the school's ethos. This development stems from Harrow Beijing's commitment to a holistic education philosophy. The robust implementation of this philosophy has enabled Maggie to broaden her capabilities, fostering self-assurance and courage, gradually instilling foundational qualities indicative of future leadership. Though Maggie joined Harrow Beijing in Early Years, her move to Hegezhuang Campus brought initial concerns. The school's supportive community helped her adapt, exploring the campus facilities and quickly integrating into the international curriculum. Notably, with dedicated guidance, Maggie excelled in all facets of English proficiency and developed a keen interest in English reading. Maggie expressed, ‘In my childhood, my dream was to change the world. Upon coming to Harrow, my aspirations received affirmation and encouragement. All the teachers urged me to explore new avenues and believed in my capacity to evolve into a better version of myself.’ Interested in gaining firsthand insights from our student ambassadors? Scan the QR code now to reserve your seat for the upcoming Open Day!
AISL Harrow Scholarship
The 2024-2026 AISL Harrow Scholarship Program is now accepting applications! This exceptional opportunity caters to students aspiring for a full scholarship at Harrow Beijing and other AISL Harrow schools, providing them with the chance to pursue higher education at a world-renowned university. From now until December 8, 2023, all A Level prospective applicants from non-AISL Harrow schools can register. Scholarship winners will receive full sponsorship for 2 years of A Level studies at AISL Harrow schools! Scan to register your interests! AISL Harrow  Scholarship The AISL Harrow Scholarships Programme is a charitable initiative that seeks to expand and diversify our AISL Harrow community by attracting academically gifted students from around the world to study in our family of schools. The establishment of the AISL Harrow Scholarships Foundation is a key component of AISL’s broader suite of Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives to foster the development of talented individuals who possess the potential to shape a brighter future for our world. In the past three years, the Scholarship has benefited 16 scholars from over 1,300 applicants from around the world. Applicants for the 2024/26 AISL Harrow Scholarship can choose from 10 campuses in Japan, Bangkok, Beijing, Haikou, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Chongqing, Hengqin and Nanning. Each school offers 2 slots, totaling 20 A Level scholarships. Each AISL Harrow Scholar will receive full payment of tuition, boarding and examination fees from the Scholarships during the two-year term of his/her A-Level studies. Application Eligibility: - Born between 1 September 2007 and 31 August 2008 - Have completed GCSE/IGCSE study (or equivalent) before 1 August 2024, with predictions for outstanding grades. - Only the students born between 1 September 2007 and 31 August 2008 are eligible for AISL Harrow Scholarships. - Be applying for Year 12 study commencing August 2024, with graduation from the school in June 2026. - Enroll as a full boarding student for the two-year duration of the scholarship period. Where boarding is not available, alternative arrangements can be discussed directly with the Participating AISL Harrow Schools. - Not currently be enrolled in any AISL Harrow Schools. We have built an exceptional track record in university placement, based on outstanding grades and bespoke counselling support. Every year our graduates take up places at Oxford, Cambridge and Ivy League universities such as Harvard University, as well as the best universities in Asia. A Level at Harrow Beijing Attaining Academic Excellence and Achieve Life Goals A Level at Harrow Beijing is contextualized in the history and tradition of Harrow School in London. The current subjects we offer at A Level include Art, Biology, Business, Chemistry, Computer Science, Design Technology, Economics, Mandarin, Further Mathematics, English Literature, Geography, History, Mathematics, Media Studies, Music, Physics, Psychology and Theatre Studies. In recent years, students at Harrow Beijing have achieved exceptional results in their A Level exams, which have helped to gain acceptance at some of the world’s best universities. AISL Scholar Harrow Beijing Class of 2023 Michael Z I entered Harrow Beijing in September 2021, and I immediately bonded with the extraordinary school community – whether that be making lots of new friends, actively taking part in various school clubs and leadership roles, or receiving a truly holistic education from exceptional teachers. Harrow Beijing, along with its extensive resources, history, and great faculty, is a genuinely welcoming and kind community at its core, which is what I have really experienced over the past two years. The students are so passionate and warm that it made school change a seamless transition for me. I am sure that this was also the case for all other students and my fellow AISL Harrow scholars. Harrow Beijing is very strong academically. At Harrow Beijing, I studied A-level Economics, Psychology, Mathematics, and Chinese, as well as my Extended Project Qualification. All subject teachers, tutors, and housemasters have been extremely supportive of us students’ academic development and personal growth. Both students’ and teachers’ dedication to academic excellence is really extraordinary. In my personal experience, teachers are also always readily available to help students with any questions that we may have in school. Along with the truly outstanding academic achievements and remarkable university placements, Harrow is known for its holistic approach to education, which is one of the main reasons I joined Harrow Beijing. As part of the John Lyon house at Harrow Beijing, I keep a close relationship with my tutor as well as my housemasters. I think the House system is really wonderful in its nature, where we feel a sense of belonging to not only the school but also a smaller population within the school. Participating in the House events, such as House debates and House music, has been so much more fun than I imagined. Holistic education and the House system at Harrow Beijing are what I like most here. If you aspire to excel like Harrow students and secure admission to world-renowned universities, scan the QR code and register your interests now!
Harrow Seal Conferment
Schools under the leading Asian K-12 education group, Asia International School Limited (AISL), were each conferred a Harrow Seal by Harrow School UK, recognising their remarkable achievements in the pursuit of a holistic Harrow education and denoting the close connection between the AISL Harrow Schools and the 450-year heritage of Harrow in the UK. Among all the AISL Harrow Schools, eight of them held their Harrow Seal Conferment Ceremonies throughout October, where governors of Harrow in the UK presented each school with a commemorative Harrow Seal. They include AISL Harrow Beijing (founded in 2005) and seven other schools established in recent years: Harrow International School Shenzhen Qianhai, AISL Harrow Haikou, AISL Harrow Chongqing, AISL Harrow Nanning, AISL Harrow Hengqin Zhuhai, Harrow Hong Kong Children School Shenzhen Qianhai, and Harrow International School Appi Japan. A momentous occasion worthy of celebration, the Seal Conferment Ceremonies also demonstrated the collective commitment of AISL’s Family of Schools to furthering AISL group’s vision for students in Asia of ‘Educational Excellence for Life and Leadership’. Dr Rosanna Wong, Chairman of AISL, commented, ‘It is heartening to witness the impressive and consistent accomplishments of the AISL Harrow Schools, be it AISL Harrow Beijing, which is approaching its 20th anniversary, or the more recent additions to the Group. While furthering our presence, AISL will continue to uphold its commitment to top educational standards, enlivening Harrow’s values-based education and pursuit of excellence across the Schools. Thanks to the diverse and culturally-rich geographical locations, each AISL Harrow School is designed to embrace the local culture and leverage its educational resources, enabling students to explore their interests and maximise their capabilities in various domains such as music, sports, arts, technological innovation, and many other spheres.’ Seals of Distinction: Celebrating Milestones and Honouring Heritage On 13 October, at the Harrow Seal Conferment Ceremony for Harrow Beijing, graced by the presence of teachers, students and parents, all guests witnessed the presentation of a commemorative plaque and a Harrow Seal to the School Head Mr Philip Akerman by AISL’s Founder Mr Daniel Chiu, Chairman Dr Rosanna Wong and governors of Harrow School in the UK. At the ceremony, Harrow Beijing students showcased musical excellence, blending Chinese and Western instruments. The choir and Year 5 students' enchanting rendition of the school anthem embodied the 450-year legacy of the Harrow spirit. Since its establishment in 2005, Harrow Beijing has drawn on outstanding educational practices taking the best of the British National Curriculum and also incorporating elements of Chinese curriculum and culture to form a unique scholastic experience that prepares students to access the world’s best universities and work in an increasingly globalised world. Our high-level A Level courses consistently guide students to top UK and US universities, including Oxbridge and Ivy League schools. Our success stems from rigorous English language teaching methods, creating an immersive learning environment. Students excel in standardized tests like IELTS and TOEFL, securing spots in elite institutions and achieving outstanding results in GCSE and A Level exams. Our approach opens doors to top-tier universities worldwide. Guided by holistic education, we offer diverse extracurriculars and practical experiences to develop students' moral, intellectual, physical, and aesthetic qualities. Harrow Beijing aims to nurture a new generation of confident, creative, empathetic leaders, providing a lifetime of valuable qualities. From Honourable Tradition to Future Leadership: The First Choice in Asia for Diverse Educational Pathways Since their founding, AISL Harrow Schools have delivered a holistic education centred on Harrow’s Core Values of Courage, Honour, Humility and Fellowship. Whilst pursuing academic excellence is of paramount importance, the Schools prioritise the cultivation of leadership attributes and values from which students can benefit for life. The Schools’ achievements in this regard are widely acclaimed by leading media, international education experts and parents alike, receiving top awards and accolades over the years from prestigious names such as Forbes, KingLead and NewSchool Insight. AISL Harrow Schools are supported by rigorous educational quality assurance from Harrow School in the UK, encompassing various aspects from school management and teacher recruitment to monitoring of teaching qualities and regular visits by governors to ensure performance meets the ‘Harrow Standards’. The remarkable achievements of the Schools are attributed not solely to their close-knit relationships with Harrow School UK but also to AISL’s forward-looking personality that keeps its educational offerings abreast of trends. In its more than 25 years in Asia, the group has expanded to multiple major cities, with a prominent presence in the Greater Bay Area, which is poised to become a hub for nurturing future talent. Schools that were conferred the honorary Harrow Seals include Harrow International Schools (offering the English National Curriculum, IGCSE and A Level), Harrow LiDe Schools (offering Grades 1 to 9, IGCSE and A-Levels), and Harrow Hong Kong Children School Shenzhen Qianhai (offering the China Hong Kong curriculum and DSE/IB), which excitingly opened its doors in September of this year. These educational offerings are proof of AISL’s unwavering commitment to leading K-12 international education in Asia through the provision of diverse educational pathways and world-class teaching qualities. In recent years, with the rising demand for globalised talents and the growing international influence of China, AISL has established several Harrow LiDe Schools in strategic regions for the One Belt One Road initiative, such as the Greater Bay Area, Haikou, Chongqing and Nanning. As a prime example of AISL’s dedication to contributing to China’s strategic development, Harrow LiDe Schools cultivate skilled individuals for the country with bilingual curricula specifically designed for Chinese students, nurturing them into future leaders with a profound sense of Chinese identity and a global outlook. Looking ahead, AISL remains steadfast in offering the highest standards and quality of education for all students whilst upholding the 450-year heritage of Harrow School in the UK. With our continuously expanding Harrow community and unwavering commitment, we persistently strive to help shape a better future world by lifting students to new levels of achievement as they develop learning interests, foster a spirit of service and cultivate their leadership potential.
Alumni back to school
Education is a tree shaking a tree, a cloud to promote a cloud, a soul awaken another soul. --Karl Theodor Jaspers At Harrow Beijing, education extends beyond teachers and students. Recent visits from two accomplished alumni have injected fresh energy and highlighted the limitless potential of Harrow students in their future endeavors. Alumni Name Cards These two young individuals are full filled with confidence, wisdom, and exceptional eloquence. Sissy and Yang both expressed a deep nostalgia for their time at Harrow Beijing, which was made evident during their visit to the campus. Accompanied by Mr Ben Coldham, the Assistant Director of Studies at Harrow Beijing, they have a school tour, meet with former teachers and remind the good memories about the time they are in school. Mr Coldham, their previous tutor, expressed immense pride in their current achievements. One of the Greatest Achievement at Harrow Beijing: Self-Confidence Self-confidence plays a vital role in unleashing students' potential and has a profound impact on their future development. Sissy and Yang both highlighted self-confidence as their most significant gain at Harrow Beijing. International atmosphere, inclusive learning environment and flexible educational atmosphere enable students to adapt, grow, and build self-confidence for personalized development. 'I used to be very introverted. After I come to Harrow beijing, I have more opportunity to make friends from different year groups which makes me more confident to communicate with otheres. At Harrow Beijing, the relationship between teachers and students are like friends. Teachers areproviding guidance tailored to individual needs, and they're always patient in helping. Everyone's ideas are valued, and this fosters self-confidence, 'Sissy told us. Yang recalled: 'I wanted to start an English corner project to help students with weaker English skills, and Mr. Coldham and other teachers were very supportive. This boosted my self-confidence and I'm very thankful to them.' Mastering the Solid Skills of the English Language In order to gain admission to world-renowned institutions such as Oxford and Cambridge, English proficiency is an essential requirement. Harrow Beijing is committed to helping students of all English proficiency levels meet the language prerequisites of elite global universities, equipping them with the academic language skills necessary for their future studies abroad. During this revisit, Sissy and Yang shared their learning experiences with the Year 10 English intensive class students and answered questions from them. Yang said, 'I attended Harrow Beijing's English enhancement program at the beginning when I joined school at Year 9. The teachers worked diligently on language details, which help me to  improve my English skills significantly. It still lead me to have more spare time to French and Spanish. When I start my university, I found that my english is better than other students it helps me to have a quick adaptation to study life abroad.' 'I join Harrow Beijing at Year 11, teachers are all have excellent teaching experience on teaching English as a second language. During one year study here, my english has a extremely improvement. It helps me to appy for UCL with my dream major, ' Sissy said. A-Level Courses: Breaking Boundaries Between Arts and Sciences Harrow Beijing offers a wide range of A Level subjects, allowing students to find suitable paths of development regardless of their interests in the arts or sciences. Like many peers, Sissy faced challenges in choosing her major. 'I was interested in math during school, and my A Level subjects were science-oriented. However, this didn't hinder my passion for anthropology. In college, I majored in anthropology while minoring in math and economics. Through learning, interacting with diverse people, and internships, I realized I liked math but not math-related jobs. My true passion is in the humanities,' Sissy said. Yang, who initially pursued the humanities, found that A Level courses had a significant impact. 'A-Levels, being part of the British curriculum, allowed me to explore French and Spanish alongside history and geography, expanding my academic horizons,' Yang explained. ------ The Essential Qualities for Facing Future Challenges and Choices After leaving school, the world opens up with diverse challenges and choices. Harrow Beijing's commitment to holistic education has prepared students like Yang and Sissy exceptionally well. The school's focus on developing leadership and communication skills through daily teaching and activities has made them competitive in their post-graduation endeavors. 'During the time in both college and work, I've come to realize the importance of leadership. I also strongly identify with the leadership education I received at Harrow Beijing. In teamwork, there's a crucial need for someone to step up, guide, analyze, and lead the team to success,' Yang stated. Sissy talked about her experience: 'I transferred from a public school to Harrow Beijing. What struck me the most here is that everyone has a chance to exhibit leadership, and the school provides abundant opportunities to develop communication skills. Communication skills are vital in college and work, and my time at Harrow Beijing laid a strong foundation.' Harrow Beijing values the holistic development of its graduates, emphasizing not only academic and professional excellence but also physical fitness and resilience for the future. In interviews with Sissy and Yang, both alumni highlighted the influence of sports: Sissy mentioned: 'Harrow Beijing's focus on sports helped me develop good exercise habits. I was part of the school's tennis team, representing them in competitions. The sports spirit continues to inspire me to stay active.' Yang shared: 'I love sports too, and Harrow Beijing provides many chances for students to engage in athletic competitions. We can connect with peers from other international schools, forge friendships, and organize games together. Harrow has broadened our horizons beyond textbooks, enabling us to meet diverse people and adapt to various environments.' In closing, the alumni had these messages for their juniors: 'Take bold risks and pursue your passions. Treasure your time in school; it may become the best part of your life.' --Sissy 'We're lucky to receive this advanced international education, so let's value it without arrogance. Embrace Harrow's values: respect others, help others, and realize your own worth.' --Yang Keep advancing, keep blooming. Best wishes to the alumni for a bright future, and may more Harrow Beijing students achieve their dreams and have a brilliant life.
Community Service
Community service is a one of the key educational values at Harrow Beijing. Guided by traditional Chinese values and moral concepts, as well as the Harrow values of courage, honour, humility, and fellowship, the school actively engages in community service initiatives. In the day-to-day nurturing of students, Harrow Beijing offers a variety of activities to help students gradually comprehend the significance of serving the community and assisting others. Students become the leaders which Harrow expects them to be through attending charity activities.   Leveraging Bilingual Skills and Building Fellowship Harrow Beijing has formed a long-term partnership with Anmin School for casual laborer's Children. Students from both schools build up strong friendships throughcontinuous communication and interaction. Harrow Beijing students, have learned to approach children growing up in different environments with empathy by assisting Anmin students in learning English and coaching them in football,. At the same time, Anmin students have gained increased confidence and curiosity, becoming more inclined to build connections with others and explore unknown areas. Harrow Beijing students use to be the volunteers in different area though using their high-level bilingual skills Our students have previously offered voluntary translation services for charitable organizations in Cambodia and other countries. In April 2023, Year 11 and Year 12 students visited Yunwai Library in Feijia Village, where they engaged with community children in reading English books, learning the English song 'Colors of the Rainbow,' and participating in coloring games. Their role as volunteers aims to foster a culture of literacy and promote widespread reading within the community. Developing Leadership in Charity Harrow Beijing encourages students to address societal issues through charity. In 2022, student Terry L founded the 'Student Alliance Charity Team,' mobilizing fellow students to participate in philanthropic projects. In June 2023, this team, in collaboration with the Beijing Le Yu Charity Foundation and the Beijing Public Safety Experience Center, organized the ‘Safety and Love’ charity event. Harrow Beijing students Terry L and Domi Z, with parental support, successfully engaged 52 students from nine schools. This initiative not only deepened students' awareness of safety issues but also channeled funds to support scholarships for underprivileged students in Hebei's Weichang County, enabling them to access education and improve their lives. Terry expressed, ‘I believe we are all very fortunate. We have a beautiful school, loving families, plenty of books to read, enough to eat and wear, and the opportunity to travel. I hope all children around the world can have the same.’ Co-founder Domi also remarked, ‘this is my second time participating in such a charitable event, and as I see our team grow and our love expand, we are committed to continuing. We will use our love to warm the people around us and make our world a warmer place!’ Caring for Children in Need In November 2022, during the online learning period, Harrow Beijing initiated a charitable activity known as the ‘Shoebox Gift’. The aim was to bring warmth to children in need. Students from Early Years to Year 13 gathered their unused clothes, daily necessities, books, and more, packing them into shoeboxes. Through the collective efforts of our students, we collected over 600 gift boxes. On 22nd of February,2023, teachers and students visited Anmin School, where they donated some of the gifts to the children there. The remaining items were sent to New Hope orphanage center in Henan, hoping these supplies could help more people and bring joy to disadvantaged children. Charity begins with a single act, but love knows no bounds. Harrow Beijing hopes that every child will be filled with compassion and build bridges from heart to heart. While upholding Harrow's values, we encourage our students to follow their hearts, start with themselves, and engage in small acts of kindness. Harrow Beijing will continue to integrate the spirit of community service into daily teaching and activities, ensuring that every Harrow Beijing student becomes a passionate advocate for philanthropy and Leader contributing to society.
University Guidance
This year, as we celebrate the outstanding university destinations of our Year 13 graduating class, the University Counseling team offered their thoughts why this group of exceptional students were able to impress admissions officers of many top universities in the world. 'We believe this is a testimony of the Harrow education and they also reflect the top-quality students who are active in our community. These students have engaged in extracurricular activities such as Student Council, LAMDA, Sports Leadership, Music Leadership, Duke of Edinburgh Award, Battle of the Books, and many more LSA’s offered here at Harrow Beijing. These exemplary students are active members of the Harrow community in addition to been top scholars.' Harrow is not only preparing students to succeed in college but more importantly, for an accomplished and fulfilling life beyond. This is epitomized in the university guidance system. 'We start in Year 9 through the PSHE career sessions. This is when students open their Unifrog account – the university research and preparation platform at Harrow Beijing.  Students in Year 9 and Year 10 get the opportunity to take personality quizzes, understand different work environments, and explore potential careers. Looking into the careers that interest them, Unifrog highlights possible corresponding university degrees needed to get into these careers as well as the A-Level subjects required to apply for those degrees. For example, if someone wants to be a doctor, s/he have to take Chemistry and Biology at A-Level,' Mr Tomkins said. In Year 12, students are assigned to a counselor who provide each student individual counselling through one-to-one appointments along with meeting with parents to discuss the university application plan. Our three counsellors have Open Office hours for students in Years 9, 10 and 11 during break and lunch for students to stop by with questions about their university aspirations. 'We help students select a range of universities, some fall into the category of “aspirational” while others fall into that of “Solid” and “safe”. We want to help each student come up with a personalized strategy for their career goals based on ‘best fit’, making sure that they feel motivated, secure and comfortable with their university plan. Throughout the process we provide support and advice to help students target specific schools and their programs. With this in mind we have a very structured University Application Manual which provides details of dates and deadlines to help students meet specific goals in the application process,' Ms Huang told us. In addition to PSHE careers lessons starting in Year 9 and presentions to different year groups throughout the academic year we give university classes every week in Year 12 to help students understand different university application systems, teach them how to write good college essays, and advise them in preparing them for standardized tests, etc. The university counseling team also helps students navigate and select summer schools. The team believes that summer school can provide a good opportuniy for external learning into the intended degree subject.  Summer school opportunities are posted on Unifrog including Imperial College London, Cambridge Pre-university, KCL, Yale Young Global Scholars inaddition to personal advice and recommedations for US university summer such as Brown, Barnard, UCLA and many others. Much depends on the individual student’s preferences. In addition to summer school, students can always take advantage of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) which are on Unifrog. The counseling team gave insights into how admissions to UK universities differ from the US universities. 'UK universities focus on why you would want to study a certain degree and what did you do to delve deep into that particular field. Academic performance is the determinant factor along with a stong Personal Statement highlighting why you want that degree abd what super-curricular activities students have pursued related to that degree. US universities are looking at a broader spectrum, which is called the holistic approach. On top of good grades, admissions officers want to see the character of the student reflected in their essays and extra-curricular activities to have a sense of how each student would fit into their community and what they can bring to the university as a whole.  In short, UK universities look for how fit a student is to their degree while US universities look for the fit between the student and the school,' Mr Tomkins said. Everything comes down to students educating themselves about what individual universities look for in successful candidiates and that research takes time and maturity. Students also need to better cooperate with the counsellors. At Harrow Beijing, University Counseling team supports students' university applications and guides them on their career path. They work tirelessly to help students from Year 9 to eventually enter higher education institutions. Subject teachers, the Counseling team, students and parents are important parts of the achievement of the university offer achievements. The university Counseling team is not only experienced and familiar with the application requirements of universities around the world, but also has close contacts with admissions officers of overseas universities. One of the teachers is a PhD graduate of Harvard University. It is this background and experience that makes this professional team harvest the praise and gratitude of all graduates.
During the 2022-2023 academic year, Harrow Beijing students have achieved many remarkable achievements: whether it was excellent grades in an important exam, a success built on teamwork or winning a championship in a competition. These achievements are not only a recognition of their ability and skills, but also provide wonderful memories of their growth and efforts. Youth is not only the accumulation of achievements, but also a process of overcoming challeges. The class of 2023 have experienced the epidemic and studying under difficult circumstances over the last few years. They learned to persist and be brave, and finally achieved extraordinary results. The class of 2023 received offers from the world's top universities: Congratulations! Harrow Beijing is committed to providing excellent education, enabling students to embark on a successful path globally and directed towards further academic study and an embrace of all that life offers. The representatives of the Class of 2023 expressed their gratitude to the school: Noor B Class of 2023, Head Girl Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts, Acting 'Harrow Beijing is a very special place to me, it is where I gained knowledge and expanded my vision, where I explored my passions and challenged myself to do things I would fear to do elsewhere before. Harrow Beijing is also a place where I met many truly amazing people all unique and beautiful in their own ways, teachers, students and friends. At this moment, we are embarking on a new journey. Education and what we will go onto experience in our university lives, is crucial, a privilege, so do find as much joy in it as possible. We may stumble and fall, which is normal and unavoidable, but what we learnt from Harrow Beijing, will serve as a guiding torch, this may not bring light to every corner, which is fine, because part of the excitement is the unpredictable and the unknown, so, this light, or the knowledge we gained from school, can help guide us, and avoid some bumps.' Nik A Class of 2023, Head Boy Yale University, East Asian Studies 'All of my achievements are a product of the bonds I have made with my teachers and peers, who always stood by my side and made me feel loved. Never once in my six years at Harrow Beijing have I felt alone, never once was a teacher too busy or a peer too tired for a chat. Without all of you, without my teachers, without this school, I would not have become the person I am today, and the memories of this fantastic place will remain with me until the day I finally reach the rim of my wheel. Michael Z Class of 2023 New York University   Economic and Public Policy Full Scholarship AISL Harrow Scholarship Winner 'I am immensely grateful to the AISL Group for awarding me the prestigious AISL Harrow Scholarship. I also want to extend, on behalf of all the graduates, our profound appreciation to all Harrow teachers and staff - we are lucky enough to have fallen upon such good teachers. Additionally, I would like to thank our university counseling team for the guidance I received, which has helped me secure full scholarships of New York University. I am also grateful to all my friends who made my time here so memorable.' Ms Shellie Gibbons, Director of Sixth Form, delivered a speech at the graduation ceremony: Shellie Gibbons Director of Six Form Dear Graduating Class of 2023, Congratulations on reaching this significant milestone in your lives! As you step forward into the next chapter of your life, we want to express our heartfelt wishes for your future success. May your paths be filled with opportunities that align with your passions and talents. May you embrace challenges as stepping stones toward personal and professional growth. Remember that setbacks are temporary, and they can be transformed into valuable lessons. In your pursuit of success, never lose sight of the importance of kindness, empathy and integrity. As you encounter different cultures, backgrounds and perspectives, strive to be inclusive and compassionate. Your actions have the power to make a positive impact on the world around you. Remember that learning is a lifelong journey, and graduation marks just the beginning. Stay curious, remain open to new ideas and never stop seeking knowledge. Take risks, chase your dreams, and believe in yourself, even when faced with uncertainty. Your potential is boundless, and with determination, you can achieve greatness. Once again, congratulations to the Graduating Class of 2023! We are excited to see the impact you will make in the world and the extraordinary achievements that lie ahead. Best wishes for a future filled with boundless opportunities! Harrow Beijing Speech Day At the end of each academic year, Harrow Beijing welcomes the Speech Day. As a tradition at Harrow, our teachers and students gather in the main theatre to review the progress and achievements of the 2022-2023 academic year and celebrate the achievements of students in academic achievement, sports, arts and community service of the past year. Harrow Beijing students received awards from the Heads. It is a summary of past achievements, but also the motivation to continue to work hard in the new school year. The Speech Day also provided a stage for students to show their musical talents. In the beautiful instrumental and choir performances, Harrow Beijing teachers and parents observed the confident growth of the children. Message from the Heads Sarah Davey Head of Lower School There is nothing that makes me feel more fulfilled than when I greet students and ask them how they are, and they reply to me "I am happy!". We pride ourselves at Harrow Beijing on cultivating a positive school culture where all of our students can thrive, feel confident and happy whilst on their journey through school. As Lower School students you have shown yourselves to be curious, unique, fun, kind, happy and engaged. Your teachers have guided you to develop characteristics such as compassion, empathy, leadership, determination and resilience. I have no doubt you will continue to develop these throughout your education and life. I would like to congratulate all the prize winners for your hard work, consistent effort and dedication to school life, and on achieving a prize today. Thank you so much to the staff and parents for everything you do to support and guide our students. We have a truly wonderful community in our Lower School at Harrow Beijing, and I am looking forward to what we can achieve together next academic year! Thomas Nolan Head of Upper School Speech Day is about celebrating individual student achievements and success, but it is also an opportunity to reflect upon our shared values and to promote a sense of fellowship. As I am sure you are aware fellowship is also one of our Harrow School core values, and this value feels particularly relevant today as we reflect upon a fascinating and tumultuous year where our school community has once again shown itself at its very best. We have had so many highlights this year, from receiving the school’s best ever University offers, to our first international trips in nearly four years, and of course the fantastic production of Guys and Dolls – which must have been one of the most accomplished musical productions put on anywhere this year. Whether your achievements are on the playing field, or stage or in the classroom, it is your collective experiences which you are able to work together on that really are the things you will most remember about school, and which also help you to develop the skills and support networks to cope with the challenges that life will undoubtedly throw at you. You are all great role models and have shown and embodied all of our Harrow values in abundance. Congratulations to all of you. As educators, in addition to helping students achieve academic achievement, we hope to bring excellent experiences to students from multiple aspects and help them develop comprehensive qualities. Finally, we wish all Harrow Beijing students success in the new academic year, guided by our four core values of ‘Courage, Honor, Humility and Fellowship’ !
Performing Arts Week
Performing Arts Week
This year Harrow Beijing held its first ever Lower School and Upper School Performing Arts Week. A grand celebration of the talented performers in our school! Throughout the week,each morning as pupils arrived at school, they enjoyed Lower School and Upper School musicians playing in the main reception.700 parents attended a variety of performances from LAMDA Musical Theatre to The Shakespeare Festival.There were 14 exciting events held and staff and students were fully involved and immersed in the joy of performing arts. Art Exhibition The Performing Arts Week started with the art exhibition themed 'In the Name of Art', displaying the talents and creative thoughts of  Harrow Beijing GCSE and A Level students in various forms of artistic endeavour. Shakespeare Festival The annual Shakespeare Festival is one of the highlight events at Harrow Beijing. The students brilliantly performed the world's classic plays, showing their talent and skills in performance, language and literature. Rock Band Harrow Beijing students rocked the campus with powerful music! Our teachers also turned into drummers, electric guitarists and singers and in doing so gave our students quite a few surprises! Music Assembly The music ambassadors of Harrow Beijing planned and hosted a Prep and Senior Phase assembly to showcase our students’ talents in instruments, dance and  LAMDA performances. They delivered an audio-visual feast to the audience. Oracy Festival Public speaking is a necessary skill to succeed. Harrow alumni such as British Prime Minister Mr Winston Churchill made inspiring speeches at crucial moments in history. In the oracy festival, Harrow Beijing students delivered English speeches in a Harrovian manner. 'The week was a full team effort from Drama, Dance, Music and LAMDA. A huge thank you for everyone's efforts to make the week a wonderful experience!' --Mrs Danielle Byrne, Director of Performing Arts At Harrow Beijing, students have a stage to exercise and present themselves every day, which allows them to become more confident in the most natural way possible. From classroom presentations, group activities, extracurricular activities and student clubs to House competitions, music and drama performances, art exhibitions, international sports competitions, charity and community service… Harrow Beijing offers students a wide range of opportunities to grow and discover their potential. We are proud to see that confidence, independence, humility, friendship, courage and leadership have become characteristics of Harrow Beijing students. They are also the embodiment of Harrow Beijing's development of holistic education as a core value. We believe that the comprehensive development of academic and social skills can help students prepare for the challenges of the future.
In Name of Art
This week, the Harrow Beijing Art Department enjoyed greatly the annual art exhibition this year entitled,'In the Name of Art'.  It showcased the great art works by our GCSE and A Level students. The exhibition themed 'In the Name of Art', displays the talents and creative thoughts of  Harrow Beijing GCSE and A Level students in various forms of artistic creation, including painting, sculpture, installation art, video projections as well as many others. 'Our title for the exhibition is 'In the Name of Art'. This highlights the main facets of an art student: the ability to critically view and interpret their world and further develop it into personalized artworks. This requires a growth mindset and our students have worked hard in order to fulfil this key component of the GCSE and A Level programme. We want them to take this forward in their new endeavours and to top universities around the world. ' --Ms Letitia Evans-Minto   Upper School Head of Art 'The exhibition is very much about sharing and celebrating the incredible talent of these remarkable students, and enjoying and appreciating as art lovers the exceptionally fine work that they have produced. It is also a celebration of the incredibly strong and vibrant arts culture that exists and is continuing to grow at Harrow Beijing.' --Mr Thomas Nolan   Head of Upper School 'Visual art is a key component of us as humans and our experience in the world. Art reflects the world for the time in which we live. As a result, it helps us understand our history, culture and lives as well as the experience of others through the pieces of work they have produced. This gives students an opportunity to express themselves, learn fine motor skills as well as presentation skills through the outcomes of their work.' --Mr Aidan Bryan   Upper School Director of Studies Harrow Beijing helps art students to study in the world’s top art schools Harrow Beijing encourages art-loving students to develop their professional talents and prepare them for further studies at the world's top art schools through a globally recognized international curriculum and personalized university application guidance. This year, our graduates recieved offers from the world's top art schools such as Rhode Island School of Design,The New School, Art Center College of Design, Pratt Institute-Main, Courtauld Institute of Art, the University of London and the University of the Arts London to study Illustration, Art and Design, Fashion and Textile, Game Design, Architecture, Product Design and many other popular majors. Achieve the simultaneous development of artistic skills and cultural ability Harrow Beijing students can choose not only art subjects in A Level courses, but also other liberal arts and science subjects to achieve the simultaneous development of artistic skills and cultural ability and to expand the possibility of future development. Our teachers will also assess objectives in keeping with the key components of what universities are looking for, and help students develop necessary skills in terms of idea development, material exploration, sketchbook layout and presentation as well as other aspects through one-to-one tutoring and group work so as to fully prepare for university applications and future learning. How can an art education benefit you? 'Learning Art at Harrow Beijing helps me to express my perception to the world in a more dynamic way. It gives me more artistic insights and i think in a more contemporary and creative way. I like art because because it gives me opportunities to not just observe but to respond to what's around me.' said by A Level student Arina L. 'The Art education at Harrow Beijing allows me to understand and learn the techniques necessary to express my ideas through art and overcome complex emotions. A formal art education also gives me the tools necessary to apply to art universities in the future, expanding my options.'  said by GCSE student Natalia A.
Football FOBISIA Bangkok
After over three years, Harrow Beijing finally attended an international competition again! The U12 Boys and Girls and U14 Boys Football teams took a trip to Patana, Bangkok to compete in the FOBISIA Football Tournament. Whilst the students were very excited to receive their new football kits and merchandise, they were still more excited about testing their abilities and playing football against some of the best schools in Asia. Meet Our Teams U12: U14 The heat in Thailand proved difficult at times for our young stars but they all persevered and represented the school with courage and humility. The underlying theme of this trip was for each student to understand the value of Fellowship and Sportspmanship and how to apply it regardless of the result. There were many occasions when our students faced challenges, but ultimately, they were able to overcome any adversity through teamwork, and the values of courage, honour, humility and fellowship. 'Becoming a good sportsperson is not easy as it’s so much more than winning a game,' the Head of Football at Harrow Beijing, Mr Martin Hilton said. At Harrow Beijing winning is important but showing respect to other students and officials, trying best and feeling a sense of belonging underpins our sporting philosophy. There were many notable performances throughout this tournament and a special mention for the below students for their outstanding contribution to their teams: Rain Y,Daniel G,Pony L,Felix T,Luke S,Boris L,Elsa W,Amanda T,Mila Z,In particular, Mila Z was named Player of the Tournament for U12 Girls as she scored a whopping 18 goals over the three-day event. The U12 Girls’ team had an amazing competition and narrowly missed out on the championship after a penalty shoot-out loss in the final. Although this was heartbreaking and a character-building experience, this was the first time a girls’ team at Harrow Beijing has ever reached the final of an international football competition so we extend hearty congratulations to all involved! The boys' teams also had great success on and off the pitch with our very talented U12 Boys Gold team finishing as the top goal scorers in their league. The U14 Boys team, led by the passionate Mr Lingwood, showed again that they are an extraordinary group as they faced adversities and pulled together as any great team should. We look forward to working with all teams again next season and hope that other future stars will shine for us on the international stage as we continue to strive for excellence within our football program.   As a school, we are also extremely thankful for all of the parent support we had throughout this tournament. Our parent supporters showed up daily to cheer, support and watch every game – a true representation of Fellowship. ‘I would like to say a huge thank you to all of the following coaches for preparing the students for this tournament, Mr Collar-Roy, Mr Woodward, Mr Lingwood, Mr Longmuir, Mr Hill, Miss Short, Miss Zara, Miss Burgess and Mrs Inns. Without these coaches, the trip would not have been as successful as it was,' Mr Martin Hilton said.
The Three Little Pigs
The Three Little Pigs
At Harrow Beijing, we offer a range of drama programmes and performing opportunities for students from Early Years to Year 13. The annual Lower School musical 'Three Little Pigs' ended up with a great success last week. The wonderful performances once again demonstrated the talents and efforts of Harrow students and made a deep impression on the audience. The Lower School Production of Roald Dahl’s The Three Little Pigs is a musical version based of one of the poems from Roald Dahl’s much-loved collection of Revolting Rhymes. It’s not the same old story, but it is a classic tale with a twist. Lower School children enjoyed the charm of world literature through the musical, and made the characters more vivid with their interpretation. 'This play let me know the story of 'Three Little Pigs' again and helped established a new vision of it.'- Ray W, Year 6 'I cooperated with students from different year groups in this performance. I made many new friends.'- Sylvia X, Year 5 During the preparation for the production, students learned valuable skills: Understanding of the Script - To perform a character vividly requires not only a skilled recitation of the script, but also a deep understanding of the storyline and language. Creativity - Had the opportunity to create and design the sets, costumes, and props. The Creation and Expression of the Role - Learned to use body, expression and language to create a distinct character. Teamwork & Communication - Communicated and cooperated with other classmates to create a perfect scene together. Playbill Cover Competition Children participated in the playbill cover competition which not only drew on their infinite imagination, but also integrated their understanding of the play and increased their sense of participation. Some students' works: Background Design In the Lower School Production Design LSA, students studied set design and were inspired by the patterns they found all around them. They took photos to document the patterns and designs that they felt fit into 'The Three Little Pigs'. Costume Design The children 'dressed' the characters in costumes of their own design. They used colors and painting to give characters lively images. 'Overall, The Three Little Pigs production was a fun and educational event that benefited students in many ways. It was a hands-on learning experience in the creation of a dramatic production. It helped the students build confidence in front of an audience, improved their public speaking skills, and helped them build resilience and a belief in themselves.' ——Ms Katie Aldrich       Lower School Specialist Drama Teacher       Director of Lower School Production 'Three Little Pigs' Get skills in drama: Lower School students have Drama class once a week and have the chance through LAMDA and other Drama related LSA's to take their skills further. Lower School Drama focuses on using drama to build skills that students will use in all aspects of their life, such as language, teamwork, observation, focus, vocal development and more. Through play-based drama exercises and hands-on projects like make-up design, character creation, puppets and more students build skills that make them well-rounded learners.
Alumnus’ Story
This year, Harrow Beijing has achieved excellent results in standardized English tests! Harrow Beijing helps our students meet the language requirements for all of the world’s leading universities and the level of language they have developed stands them in excellent stead for both their future studies and for their lives as global citizens and leaders. Transferring from a public school and worrying about limited English skills? How to cope with the English teaching and learning environment? Let's find out the answers through the learning experience of a Harrow Beijing alumnus -- Albert Z. Albert transferred to Harrow Beijing from a key public school in Haidian District in Year 10. Though he was doing well there, he stepped right out of his comfort zone to embrace greater opportunities. ‘Upon my arrival, I couldn’t help but notice the vast gap between my English level and that of other students who had been in Harrow for many years. Consequently, I struggled a little with my studies at first. Year 10 is the first year of the IGCSE curriculum, and therefore, improving my English became the top priority. My teachers recommended practice books based on my English level at the time. These books are all accessible in the school library. I used my time outside the class to read these books and built a solid foundation. As my English level gradually increased, my teacher recommended more advanced books,’ Albert said. Academic writing in English is a common ‘barrier’ that many students encounter. A number of courses here put great emphasis on writing, such as Economics and Geography, let alone English and English Literature. Albert used to face a similar challenge. ‘Initially, I found these subjects especially challenging and reached out to my Language & Learning teacher for additional support. He would give me extra writing topics after each class and feedback via email after I finished the essays. I’m extremely grateful that he would respond to my emails, even during the holidays. Sentence by sentence, he would mark my grammatical mistakes and improper word usage. It the end, he would also comment on my essays from a broader angle, including content and structure. The individual guidance helped me to improve tremendously, enabling me to achieve a 7.5 in my IELTS writing section with an overall score of 8,’ Albert said. Each term, Harrow Beijing hosts GSE tests to monitor the English level of the students. Based on the score, Language & Learning teachers set new, personalised targets for the students to achieve and make study plans for the ensuing months. Newcomers to Harrow Beijing are timetabled with a greater number of Language & Learning classes where appropriate in order to support students at their differing levels of ability. These classes have an extremely low student-to-teacher ratio which means that each student is able to interact with their teacher on a regular basis and receive ample pastoral support. At Harrow Beijing, the low student-to-teacher ratio enabled Language and Learning teachers to tailor study plans for individual student. In addition to professional guidance in Language & Learning courses, Harrow Beijing offers a wide variety of extracurricular classes, providing students with a wide range of opportunities to improve their English skills while expanding their interests and improving their overall ability. ‘During LSAs, I took the LAMDA Speaking in Public classes offered at Harrow and overcame my apprehension about expressing my ideas in front of a large audience. Preparing for my speeches simultaneously advanced my writing as I paid great attention to the choice of vocabulary to match the imagined audience. In each class, my teacher helped me to enhance the sharpness of my thinking in providing a logical and well-structured speech under time pressure. This veritably helped me with the studies of other subjects such as Economics where I became capable of giving a chain of reasoning to arrive at an answer with considerable ease,’ Albert added. Harrow Beijing has had an established LAMDA Centre since 2014, offering a full suite of courses for students in every year group, in the LSA program, and in Year 12 and 13 Electives, in Acting, Speaking in Public, Prose and Poetry, Musical Theatre, The Shakespeare Qualification and The LAMDA Pcert Diploma. ‘I am very grateful for the support I received from my Language & Learning teachers and other subject teachers at Harrow Beijing. Their help was the key to my great progress. Having a relatively high English level not only boosted my grades but also facilitated the growth of my confidence in expressing myself,’ Albert said. At Harrow Beijing, each student is unique. Through personalized guidance, we are committed to helping our students achieve academic excellence, create limitless possibilities, and prepare them for future admission to the world's top universities and life dreams.
Parent Survey
The parent survey shows how much Harrow Parents value English Teaching and the International Curriculum at Harrow Beijing. This is not surprising given Harrow Beijing’s  A level, GCSE and IELTs results. The Harrow Values, inherited from Harrow London, of Courage, Honour, Humility and Fellowship are highly valued by parents and integrated into all aspects of a Harrow Education from the Early Years to the Senior Phase and beyond. Outstanding academic results, high levels of English and a school community that lives the Harrow Values are some of the reasons behind Harrow’s strong reputation in the community. Parents believe that Harrow Beijing School Leadership provides the direction that the school needs to sustain and improve its great record of academic, holistic and pastoral success. The vast majority of parents consider the School Campus to be one that supports the educational needs of our students, the young leaders of the future. In accordance with Harrow Values the school creates an environment that respects children and helps them learn. This goes to our fundamental belief that students that love going to school do well at school and develop a lifelong love of learning. Dr Ahmed Hussain-Governor, Harrow Beijing Chief Education Officer, AISL Harrow Dear Harrow Beijing Community: My role in supporting Harrow Beijing as Acting Head Master has allowed me to meet very many students, staff and engage with a significant number of parents representing all phases of the school. I am truly grateful for the candid feedback these discussions have provided. It is profoundly important that as a leader, me and my team listen to and understand the perceptions and perspectives of parents. Since the end of February, there has been 102 opportunities for parents to be on the school premises and to engage in presentations, workshops, school tours, visits to classrooms, small group meetings with leaders, witness the product of student learning, attend assemblies and attend multiple student performances, including the incredible Guys and Dolls that attracted over 700 attendees. Our intention has been to provide parents certainty on the educational offer Harrow Beijing provides and how it prepares students for success, in the School and beyond. There have been very many opportunities to learn about how our education maximises opportunities for English language acquisition and its application across the curriculum coupled with our approach to ensuring students are prepared for entry to the world’s leading universities. There have been multiple opportunities for parents to share their thoughts with the school, for instance recently a parent survey revealed that 92% of parents feel that the leadership of the school meets expectations and provides the direction that the school needs to sustain and improve its great record of academic, holistic and pastoral success. Furthermore, 91% of parents feel that teaching and teachers meet expectations and provide a good education to students. Nevertheless, we remain committed to using feedback from parents, and all stakeholders, to shape strategic plans.  In early May, I have also led the second quality assurance review of the academic year of Harrow Beijing in collaboration with colleagues from Harrow in London. This process evaluates the performance of all AISL Harrow schools against a framework of Harrow Standards which are the most rigorous set of expectations consistent for all Harrow schools. It was recognised that Harrow Beijing displayed the following areas of strength: University offers that exceed those for similar students in similar schools. Sustained improvement in public examination outcomes. A strength in supporting English language acquisition. A climate for learning in the classroom reflective of a respectful environment in which the Harrow values are imbued by all members of the community We will continue to strive to work with our parents to maximise the collective impact we have in our students. Excellence will be achieved through our partnership and commitment to open and authentic collaboration. Harrow Beijing is committed to working with you are partners in the education journey your children take with us. Yours sincerely, Dr Ahmed Hussain
Graduate's Story
As one of the world's top universities, the University of Oxford has extremely strict admission standards. It is widely recognised that applicants to Oxbridge need to go through an interview with a designated college in order to be accepted into the two oldest universities in the English-speaking world. As the number of applicants to Oxford has risen in recent years, the acceptance rate has fallen and the difficulty of getting an interview has increased. Year 13 Vovo N was invited to interview at St Anne's College, Oriel College and Pembroke College, Oxford. After five rounds of interviews, he was finally offered a place at Oxford. University of Oxford, Chemistry 'The interview is a great challenge for every student applying to University of Oxford. I tried to relax during the interviews and regarded them as opportunities to communicate with the professors. Harrow Beijing has provided me with several mock interviews to help me prepare. I think the mock interview with Dr. Gabb and Mr. Byrne helped me a lot ,' Vovo said. Compared to top US universities, Oxbridge puts more emphasis on applicants' depth of understanding of their major. Vovo shared some of his insights into Chemistry as well as the broader discipline of natural science. 'Many people hold with the stereotype that Chemistry is not particularly math-oriented. They might think that it’s not a typical science subject. I think that is completely wrong and I perceive Chemistry as a very experimental and theoretical discipline. The more advanced parts of Chemistry are tightly linked with Mathematics, for example, the branch of Computational Chemistry requires expertise in maths and programming. In the field of natural sciences, Physics can be used to describe facts objectively, Biology is a larger and more convoluted subject, whereas Chemistry, I have always regarded it as an art. Using Physics to do Chemistry might be accurate but would kill creativity and invention. There are many overlaps between the field of Physics and Chemistry, but each subject has distinct focuses and values and I like those of chemistry more,' Vovo shared. Vovo also published a paper titled “A View on electrochemical methods of Determining β- Blockers by Utilizing Carbon-Based Electrodes”, which has been accepted by the 2nd International Conference on Materials Chemistry and Environmental Engineering (CONF-MCEE 2022). It will be published in conference proceedings and submitted to Engineering Village (EI Inspec), Scopus, Conference Proceedings Citation Index (CPCI), and other databases for indexing. In the Six Form students study A-Levels. Students study 3 or 4 subjects which they currently choose from the following: Art and Design, Biology, Business Studies, Chemistry, Design and Technology, Drama and Theatre Studies, Economics, English Language & Literature, Geography, History, Mathematics, Further Mathematics, Media Studies, Music, Psychology, Spanish, Physics and Computing. Compared with other international curriculum systems, A-Levels provide more professional and in-depth knowledge, which can better connected with university courses. Vovo chose Chemistry, Physics and Further Mathematics for his A-Level courses, which enabled him to focus more on the fields he was interested in and to gain a deep understanding of the subject knowledge, thus standing out from the other University of Oxford applicants. Vovo also shared how he utilized the resources in and out of Harrow Beijing to delve deep into Chemistry:   'I read some college-level textbooks, such as Organic Chemistry by Jonathan Clayden, A Guidebook to Mechanism in Organic Chemistry by Peter Sykes, and Physical Chemistry by Peter Atkins. This allowed me to have a deeper understanding of some chemical concepts and made my thinking more flexible. I also read research papers on natural science and philosophy to broaden my horizons. Teachers at Harrow were very happy to answer the questions I had on the college-level textbooks. I also took part in the Chemistry Club LSA, where the teacher would instruct us to do some chemistry experiments,' Vovo said. Harrow Beijing has a strong science teaching team, which not only teaches students subject knowledge, but also pays more attention to the cultivation of relevant skills, and helps students develop initiative, independence and cooperative spirit in learning. Every year many Harrow Beijing graduates are admitted to Ivy League universities in the US or Russell Group universities in the UK to study science-related subjects such as electrical engineering, chemistry, astrophysics or medicine. ‘I really like the vibe and atmosphere at Harrow Beijing. I feel relaxed and enjoy learning at school with congenial friends,’ Vovo mentioned. Harrow Beijing's core values of courage, honor, humility and fellowship are embedded in every day of teaching and are deeply rooted in every Harrovian. Our students will encounter good mentors and friends at Harrow Beijing and these will become a more valuable asset in the future. Vovo advised younger Harrow students to figure out their area of interest and determine the major they would like to pursue in college sooner rather than later. He hopes they can maintain their hunger for knowledge.
Lower School PD Week
Lower School PD Week
From 9 to 12 May, Lower School Personal Development Week activities were in full swing! Pickling and planting, STEAM themed activities, water sports, painting, orienteering, archery......, There were a lot of ways to learn through onsite and offsite activities at Harrow Beijing! Let's take a look at the wonderful PD Week at Harrow Beijing Lower School! Year 2 Year 2 students making their own STEAM themed game parks Exploring the fascinating world of Science and Technology through robotics,  lego car and soap making DIY chocolate lollipops Year 3 & 4 Painting Opera Masks and playing Go Games to experience traditional Chinese Culture Learning to make sushi, pizza and becoming a gourmet for a day Year 5 Experiencing archery, action training, and Caribbean art Lower School students from all year groups also enjoyed a variety of sports and aquatics activities, to inject full vitality into campus life! Ms. Sarah Davey-Head of Lower School : ‘Our PD week activities have challenged our students to try something new, work with their peers and to demonstrate their broad subject knowledge in differing contexts. There were many creative opportunities as well as fun to be had during the week. Staff were so impressed with the confidence and can-do attitudes displayed by the students during the week and the staff enjoyed joining in on the activities with the students. It’s a hugely beneficial week for the students where they are able to learn outside the classroom by linking their learning to real world experiences.’ Offsite activities are extensions of the school education and provide students with excellent opportunities to get out into the wider world. During the PD Week, Harrow Beijing provided opportunities for our students to participate in various off-campus projects that extended their learning radius, helping students challenge themselves, and developing their team spirit and leadership. 1-Organic Farm Trip Year 2 and Year 3 students came to the organic farm and learnt about how this helps the world around us. They planted sweet potatoes, pickled vegetables, learnt about animal farming, fed the animals and finally cooked sweet potatoes. 2-Cool Watersports Year 4 and Year 5 students went to the Olympic Rowing Park and took part in sailing, kayaking, and stand-up paddle boarding activities. During the day, students were grouped together for games and tried their hand at a variety of different watersports, before finishing the day with some competitive raft building and relays. 3-Jungle Flight and Orienteering Activities Year 4 students completed a Jungle Flight high ropes course at Chestnut Valley. They took part in orienteering activities and completed a Leave No Trace workshop. 4-Survival Training Year 5 students came to Shimenshan for survival training. The games deepened the sense of trust with their peers, and also promoted the development of communication skills and problem solving skills. Holistic education is vital at Harrow Beijing. We hope to bring excellent experiences to our students through rich and high-quality activities to support their knowledge exploration and ability development in and out of the classroom, and to master the life skills necessary for the future world.
Pre Prep Sports Day
Pre Prep Sports Day
Last week, Lower School held their Sports Day event, with students from all year groups at Pre Prep level competing for House glory in both individual and team challenges. The Pre Prep students demonstrated exceptional sporting skills in the competition and were exemplary in demonstrating the spirit of collaboration and teamwork in the House team events. The games also attracted many parents who watched and cheered enthusiastically for the children. The exciting, competitive atmosphere and nature of the event is always a great opportunity for parents to witness the personal development and growth of their children across a range of areas, including in our Core Values of Harrow Beijing: Courage, Honour, Humility and Fellowship. 1.Sprint 2.Fill the Water Pipe 3.Relay 4.Turbo Javelin 5.Team Challenge Congratulations to the winners! In sporting competition, Courage helps children to strive for victory in the face of adversity.  Honour encourages all participants to have the highest possible personal standards. Humility allows students to recognize that one’s self is a work in progress and thus to accept failure bravely and confidently where appropriate.  Fellowship is demonstrated both in team events where students build constructive relationships and support each other fully, but also during solo sports where all members of the school community encourage each other to thrive and do well.  Without doubt, sport is filled with examples of leadership but also develops a range of positive life skills and values, which is the reason why Harrow Beijing focuses on cultivating students' sports skills, offering a huge variety of opportunities to compete and develop.
International Gourmet Festival
Recently, the City Campus Friends of Harrow (FoH) group took the lead in organizing the International Gourmet Festival with families from all year groups participating. City Campus parents carefully prepared a variety of foods from across the globe and both parents and teachers took the opportunity to sample the incredible range of delicacies on offer. From theme and content design, coordination and organization, menu preparation to elaborate site layout, every detail was taken care of with great attention to detail from our FoH team. It was a great opportunity for parents to talk with teaching staff about a variety of issues surrounding early childhood education and development in a friendly and supportive atmosphere. Carol Xia-Chair of City Campus FoH: 'The International Gourmet Festival has always been one of Harrow Beijing's classic home-school events. Parents at City Campus use the day to show their appreciation to teachers and staff with a range of food and drinks. I would like to thank the teachers for their meticulous care and instruction of our children and I would also like to thank every staff member from security to administration for their dedicated care they show to all of the students when they are in school. This year's International Gourmet Festival is particularly special. We had cuisines from Inner Mongolia and Xinjiang, both of which were packed full of ethnic characteristics, not least because some of the special ingredients were flown in just for this event.  In additional to the catering aspect of the event, we were able to showcase a fascinating range of ethnic clothing and gave multimedia presentations about food and ethnic cultures, all of which helped to build understanding and appreciation of our wonderful community. Everyone seemed to thoroughly enjoy the event and I would like to thank all the Friends of Harrow representatives and parents who participated in this event!' The event culminated in a wonderful dance performance by several parents. The children were so happy and excited to see their parents come to school and participate in school life! After the event, parents and teachers said it was an unforgettable experience. They not only enjoyed the food, but the experience also helped to further strengthen community bonds between all involved. The cooperation between home and school is an integral part of a child’s development. At Harrow Beijing, this well-established home-school community culture has a hugely positive impact on children's learning and educational experience. Harrow Beijing provides a wealth of activities to encourage parents to participate in their child's school life and witness their growth, and we look forward to many more similar events in future.
Guys and Dolls
Guys and Dolls
After more than seven months of intensive preparation and polishing, the Harrow Beijing Upper School annual musical finally came to a live audience, with the production of 'Guys and Dolls' being a resounding success! Both students and teaching staff delivered an outstanding audio-visual feast to the audience of more than 700 people with performances almost comparable to professional actors! Broadway Musical at Harrow Beijing 'Guys and Dolls' is a classic 1950 Broadway musical, revolving around a gambler's legendary experience and develops an up-and-down storyline, incorporating love, friendship and other plot lines. Guys and Dolls spawned hits like 'If I Were a Bell,' 'Luck Be a Lady,' and 'You're Rockin’ the Boat.' With catchy songs, memorable characters, and a humorous plot, it has become a true classic of American musical theater. As a lot of the action takes place in the ‘Hot Box’ piano Jazz Club in the musical, the Harrow Beijing Theatre was transformed to a jazz cabaret venue, making the audience feel truly immersed in the experience. Collaborate to Create a High Level of all English Stage Production (Enjoy the video produced by Harrow TV to go behind the scenes of ‘Guys and Dolls’.) 'Guys and Dolls' has been in preparation since September of 2022. Over 110 Harrow Beijing students took on a variety of roles such as actors, orchestra, dancers, set design, lighting & sound designers, stage crew, lighting & sound technicians, bar tenders, Maître D’s and marketing. Students were involved out front and behind the scenes, no matter whether the roles were big or small, working together towards the final outcome. The student marketing team designed beautiful merchandise such as branded hoodies, tote bags, pins and t-shirts. The Harrow values of 'courage, honor, humility and fellowship' have been fully and perfectly demonstrated by our students as part of this immense production. Teachers from the Performing Arts, Music and Drama departments of Harrow Beijing also worked together to guide students from different professional perspectives. 'They are in great shape, but there is always more. You can't ever relax until it's over. I hope our students can be their best and enjoy every moment of participation,' Mrs Danielle Byrne, Director of Performing Arts and China LAMDA Representative said. On the day of the performance, Harrow Beijing students impressed the audience with their fluent English dialogues, the reappearance of the characters and the magnificent stage performance, and finally presented a high-level English musical that lived up to our expectations. Become the Excellence of Role Models ‘This year, the play looked for elder cast members from Year 11 to Year 13. It demonstrates a sense of responsibility and maturity to younger students and it fosters a culture of positivity,' Mrs Bryne said. During the preparation of the performance, the Year 13 students gave full play to their leadership and talents. Apple W was the assistant director, Leah W, the student lead for set design and Noor B the dance captain. The Year 13 Graduation team and ‘Bread of Life’ bakery organised and prepared show-themed snacks such as ‘Mindy’s Cheesecakes’. Noor B added ‘One of the great things about the show is that it provides chances for us to work with others and learn from different people. Some younger students are really interested in working as a team with students from the senior phase and we learned a lot from prep phase as well.’ Harrow Beijing Drama Education Drama education, which integrates language and literature, performing arts, music and other comprehensive literacy learning, is one of the highlights of a Harrow Beijing education. Harrow Beijing offers drama courses and a variety of extra-curricular activities, providing students with a wide range of opportunities to experience the charm of drama, gain knowledge & expression skills, and build confidence. We are proud to have been a Centre of LAMDA Excellence since 2014,  entering over 3,570 Harrow students for examinations during that time. We are offering a full suite of courses for students in every year group in the LSA program and in Year 12 and 13 Electives.  The courses available are in Acting, Speaking in Public, Prose and Poetry, Musical Theatre, The Shakespeare Qualification and The LAMDA Pcert Diploma. Mrs Danielle Bryne-Director of Performing Arts and China LAMDA Representative: 'I would like to extend my thanks to the staff and student teams for their commitment. The incredible cast and crew worked tirelessly through weekends and into evenings to bring this production to the Harrow Beijing community. My sincere thanks to the parents of all involved who have supported the show. The organisation and creative planning of this year's production has truly been a team effort.'
Harrow Beijing is welcoming the incoming ne...
From 3 to 12 April, the new Head, Mr Philip Akerman, visited Harrow Beijing and had in-depth communication and interaction with our management teams, teachers, students and parents as part of his transition into the school. Mr Akerman was able to gain a thorough understanding of Harrow Beijing and is incredibly excited to join the team over the summer. Meet with the New Head: Mr Philip Akerman 1.What made you choose education industry for career development from the very beginning? Mr Akerman: I graduated in 2001 with a first class degree in Chemistry, and whilst I had clear routes into either research or industry, I had developed a real passion for working with young people. Throughout my time at university, I had volunteered as a children and youth leader, and this enabled me to see a career in education which would allow me to combine my love of science with the opportunity to develop children and young people, which is very satisfying. 2.Why did you decide to come to China to lead a school as a Head? Mr Akerman: I became the headteacher of my current school as I wanted to make a real difference to the lives of the children and families in my community in London. I am pleased with the work we have done together in London; we are now the most popular school in our area because of the strong reputation we have for excellence in education. I have built a strong leadership team who can now continue that work. After 11 years at my school, it is time for a new professional challenge. Leading a school in Beijing represents that new challenge for me professionally. China specifically excites me, as it is such a dynamic place with a rich culture; the Chinese people I met also have such high aspirations which deeply impresses me. Harrow Beijing has strong foundations and superb resources. This mixture of high aspirations, strong foundations and access to top resources means there is huge potential to be a world leading educational institution. 3.What experiences, hobbies, or any programmes you've been involved in have deeply influenced you as an educator? Mr Akerman: Spending a year studying at the University of Freiburg, Germany was a formative experience for me. Not only was it fascinating in learning a new language and being part of a different culture, I was lucky enough to work with a very demanding professor who challenged me to be the best I could be. Whilst it was uncomfortable at first, I made huge progress quickly and this showed me that with hard work and dedication, huge growth and development is possible. This experience gave me the confidence to apply for a government accelerated leadership programme called ‘Fast Track Teaching’ in 2002. This programme combined high quality teacher training (PGCE) with a two-year leadership development programme. This programme stretched and challenged me and caused me to see the potential to further improve the schools I was working within. 4.As a father and educator, what are some of the educational philosophies you follow? Mr Akerman: My children are hugely important to me.  Like all parents, I want my children to realise their full potential, to be the best they can be… but also to be happy and confident in what they do. As a father, I seek to watch them closely, so I can see their unique strengths, to support and to challenge them. Sometimes this involves being patient and encouraging gently, whilst at other times it involves guiding or pushing them into new experiences so they can develop a way of seeing the world. I take deep pride in seeing them grow and develop, and my hope is this will enable them to become leaders in the future. There is a special bond between parents and children, and this has given me a renewed appreciation and sense of responsibility as an educator. I understand each child at Harrow Beijing is a son or daughter and that we have a special role in supporting families to develop their children.  I consider this a great honour. It is an exciting time for Harrow Beijing as we welcome our new incoming Head, Mr Philip Akerman, and we look forward to him joining us in this August and starting a new chapter with Harrow Beijing ahead.
 Upper School Sports Day
Upper School Sports Day
In the beautiful spring sunshine and breeze, the highly anticipated  Upper School Sports Day kicked off! Traditional sports vs. Fun team sports.The students run, leap and sweat heartily. Show off your individual sports skills and in doing so fight for the honor of  your House! Physical education has always been a very important part of an all round education at Harrow Beijing. Sports activities are integrated into the daily life of Harrow students. We are  committed to helping our students develop their core motor skills, team spirit and social and emotional management skills in collaboration with teachers and other students. The participants displayed their strength in various sports. In the 800 meter race, the students tried their best to show their speed and endurance. Their performance in long jump, high jump, shot put, javelin and discus also showed athletes' strength and skills, and was greeted with the cheers of the parents and teachers watching the competition. In addition to the traditional athletics events, the teachers also designed many novel and interesting competitions, such as the bucket relay, yoga football, "carrying water" race, the tug-of-war and many more. These projects not only test the students' athletic ability, but also demonstrate their intelligence and teamwork spirit. These energetic sports promote the friendship and communication between students and make everyone understand and respect each other more. Congratulations to Churchill House! “Honor and determination often rest with us Churchillians. Throughout this Sports Day, our House spirit was demonstrated thoroughly to the other Houses. This experience has fortified the bonds between each individual in Churchill. Only when the solidarity among each member in our House is as firm as a rock, can we achieve the ultimate success. Finally, I would like to express my sincere gratitude to every Churchillian in our House ”. ——Vovo and Shirley, Churchill “Sports Day is a much loved event in the school calendar. It provides an excellent opportunity for each House to promote House spirit and demonstrate the Harrow core values. Song Qing Ling did exceptionally well in all of the events throughout the day because they challenged themselves to try their very best, even in the events they were not so familiar with or  skilled at, and for that we are extremely proud of everyone. Excellent work Song Qing Ling and huge congratulations to all of the medal winners! Let's keep it up! ” ——Amy and Arina, Song Qing Ling “Sports Day was the perfect event to unite the House as a whole and promote House spirit. It was pleasing to see everyone giving it their best shot and the sense of achievement when individuals received medals for their outstanding performances. I want to express gratitude to all staff that helped make  this come together. It truly was a precious experience,  especially after quite a challenging period for everybody.” ——Adrien, Ju Ching Chu “Sports Day of 2023 went amazingly well. It is fabulous to see the enthusiasm from students and teachers in participating in various activities, especially after such a lengthy lockdown. This year, we have continued with the Harrow traditions, we are encouraged to take part in regular sports events such as the high jump and 800 meters run, as well as novelty sports  that were also welcomed by students. Throughout the day, teams from each House demonstrated excellent co-operation and brought several highlights with their incredible performances. It is a wonderful opportunity to boost students' sportsmanship and one of the many truly unforgettable  experiences for me at Harrow.” ——Christina, Kong Zi “The Sports Day this year is not only fun as usual but also special and memorable for myself and our fellow Year 13 students since this would be our last at Harrow. As a member of the Curie House. We have demonstrated exceptional enthusiasm and incredible House spirit, giving remarkable performances and actively engaging in events so that we came second overall. But regardless of the result, I would like to genuinely appreciate the effort of all for leaving me with such wonderful memories.” ——Sally and Apple, Curie Each student exemplified Harrow's core values: courage, honor, humility, and fellowship in the sports day. We hope that in the future study and life, students can take this positive sportsmanship, for their own life to create a better future.
University Offers
Perfectly timed with the arrival of the spring warmth and blossoming flowers, there has been wonderful news for the Harrow Beijing Class of 2023 who have received offers from University of Oxford, University of Cambridge, Yale University and many others from the world’s top 100 universities and colleges. 'Alongside the strongest Oxbridge offers received earlier in the academic year, this has been repeated for US Ivy League universities with students in Year 13 receiving multiple offers from Yale, Berkley, Columbia and UCLA. This demonstrates that A Levels are highly effective qualifications for securing places in US universities and that Harrow Beijing has established the systems for supporting students in achieving it. We remain confident in sustaining improvement in the quality of the Harrow education that we deliver because of curriculum development and our pedagogical approaches.' ——Dr Ahmed Hussain, Governor of Harrow Beijing, Chief Education Officer of AISL 'I would like to extend my congratulations to our students for their recent exceptional university offers. These outcomes are no accident and are testament to the hard work of our students and teachers, and the support and guidance of our world class Sixth Form team, whose expertise and experience is second to none in China. We wish all of our Year 13 students the very best of luck in the upcoming A Level examinations and we can't wait to celebrate their successes at the Graduation Ceremony in June.' ——Mr Thomas Nolan, Head of Upper School Student Voice 'My favorite thing about Harrow Beijing is the close-knit relationships everyone has with each other. Despite having a lot of people, Harrow Beijing doesn’t feel like an overwhelming school. There’s always someone out there to support you and talk to you. I feel like no one in school is out of place.' —— Nik M A, received offer from Yale 'Harrow Beijing is very good at building my confidence in interacting with other people, I believe that the LAMDA program that Harrow promotes has really helped me. I started doing LAMDA when I joined Harrow in Year 5. At the time, I could barely speak English, LAMDA really helped me to gain the confidence to speak in front of the public, which was extremely helpful in the interview process for college application.' ——Dora W, received offer from University of California, Berkeley Once again, congratulations to Harrow Beijing Class of 2023! We wish them all the best as they continue to pursue their dreams!
Student Art Exhibition
Recently, we had a chance to catch a glimpse of Harrow Beijing teachers through the paintings of Year 10 student Alex Z. Alex has been with Harrow Beijing since Year 6. Speaking about the inspiration behind the creations, Alex said: 'We have all experienced unprecedented challenges during the pandemic. I saw the great efforts made by our teachers and staff to keep students safe and ensure that lessons run smoothly, and so I wanted to pay tribute to these lovely people by creating their portraits.' The charm of art is infinite. Talking about the connection with art, Alex believes that art can immerse him in the fun of exploring the world, and through which he can express different emotions and ideas. In Alex's artworks, besides academic teachers, there are also some Harrow Beijing administrative staff. Harrow Beijing has been committed to providing quality services to make sure our students thrive in a warm community. We are incredibly proud that those efforts have been recognized by our students. Alex's tutor, Mrs Rachael Inns, is very impressed by his dedication to art and his outstanding skills in portrait and oil painting. 'Alex and I have conversations about who inspires him as an artist and any projects he is working on. We also discuss other forms of apparently simplistic modern painting and have had some great debates on how simplicity can become complex, depending on the observer and what they project onto the painting,' Mrs Inns told us. Ms Letitia EvansMinto, the Upper School Head of Art, added: 'Beijing has a dynamic, vibrant and continually changing and expanding art scene and market with top artists coming out of the city. It is a privilege to be able to live in such a melting pot of diverse creative fields, all coinciding together and being celebrated in and around the many beautiful art districts. Our school is also a place with such talent, energy and drive, with leadership skills being the common thread throughout all of the subjects and cohorts. Students such as Alex spearhead their own initiatives to not only give back to their school community in a heartfelt and meaningful way, but for Alex to put it on a platform via a public exhibition knowing that the sentiment will be shared and felt by many more than those he has depicted visually is a wonderful example of courage.'
Last Night of the PROMS
On 4 March, it was an absolute pleasure for Harrow Beijing to host the Beijing International Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Maria Nauen, for 'Last Night of The Proms'. This was an unforgettable evening of music and reconnection of our Harrow community. Mrs Rachel Dent, Head of Harrow Beijing 'Harrow Beijing is a very special community and parents are a key component of that community. Throughout the last 4 years, you have supported us in so many ways that we genuinely hope this concert goes some way to expressing our gratitude and appreciation. My thanks to the Beijing International Chamber Orchestra's wonderful performance. Thanks also to Mrs Danielle Byrne and the many staff and students who have worked behind the scenes to make the night possible.' Dr Ahmed Hussain, Chief Education Officer of AISL 'On behalf of AISL Harrow, I would like to say thank you to the parents of Harrow Beijing for their commitment, togetherness, and resilience to stick with this school community. In the past few days here at Harrow Beijing, I've seen our students whose English is way beyond those in similar schools. Their reading and writing skills are equivalent to native level English students.  It's together that we achieve success for the children. I'm fully confident we will help your children achieve the very best they possibly can.' The evening program included a variety of popular classical film scores such as 'Moon River', 'The Lion King', 'Mission Impossible' and more. We were proud to see not only Harrow Beijing staff play with the orchestra, but seven talented students play alongside them in this celebration of a new chapter of welcoming audiences back to campus. The Prefect team also represented the student body, as well as our music ambassadors, who played a range of music at the champagne reception. These students showed the true spirit of our core values of fellowship and courage.
Lantern Festival Celebrations
We were excited to welcome all of our students and teachers back to school, and as part of Lantern Festival and school reopening celebrations, Harrow Beijing organized a series of cultural activities to celebrate new year and reunion. Early Years to Year 1 Festive vibes were in abundance at City Campus, where various cultural activities were taking place. Early Years to Year 1 children engaged in activities such as paper-cutting, handcrafting and guessing lantern riddles throughout the week, experiencing the charm of traditional Chinese culture in a joyful atmosphere. Lower School Lower School students crafted lanterns and cards to express their best wishes to friends and loved ones. In addition, activities such as pitch-pot and shuttlecock games were popular with everyone. Guessing teachers' names from photographs taken when they were babies was a special lantern riddle which the students particularly enjoyed. The lantern riddles and the way in which they required students to critically engage with the content were rather popular across both Lower School and Upper School, and it was wonderful to observe everyone taking part in this long-celebrated tradition. Students can also claim house points by guessing the right answer to their lantern riddles. Upper School Prep Head Boy and Head Girl shared their thoughts on the new term and sent their best wishes to the entire school community at assemblies. Students and teachers also performed the Jasmine Flower and Czardas to showcase their musical talent. Making sticky rice dumplings is another regular activity we take part in at Lantern Festival each year, and students prepared some colorful sticky rice dumplings to share with their families. Form tutors also led tutor group activities such as making the paper lanterns and a Lantern Festival Quiz.
Key Event Calendar
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Term Dates
Term Dates 2023/24
Term One 31 Aug 2023 – 26 Jan 2024
Students return to school 31 Aug
Mid-Autumn Festival 29 Sept
National Holiday 1 - 7 Oct
Winter Holiday 22 Dec - 1 Jan
Student return to school 3 Jan
Term One finishes 26 Jan
Spring Festival 29 Jan - 19 Feb
Term Two 21 Feb – 5 Jul 2024
Students return to school 21 Feb
Tomb Sweeping 4 - 5 Apr
Spring Break 24 - 30 Apr
Labour Day Holiday 1 - 3 May
Dragon Boat Festival 10 Jun
Last Day of School 5 Jul
Summer Holiday 8 Jul - 31 Aug