‘It takes a village to educate a child’

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.
‘It takes a village to educate a child’
‘It takes a village to educate a child’

8 September,  2022

I am very fond of the expression ‘It takes a whole village to educate a child.’ Within that village it would be fair to say that teachers play an invaluable role. As this summer’s outstanding examination results and university destinations demonstrate, we have some of the most talented teachers in the world.

As this new term begins, we welcome our teachers back and indeed those who are new to Harrow, Beijing. These teachers all range in age, background and experience. For some, it is their first time in China; for others, China is very much their permanent home. All have exceptional qualifications from universities including Oxford, Cambridge & New York. During their interviews, it was evident that they shared a common goal of wanting to bring the very best out in our students and that they were passionate about teaching and in particular getting the opportunity to teach at Harrow Beijing.

Yesterday, as I took my daily walk through the corridors of the school both at Hegezhuang and City Campus, the classrooms were buzzing with activities and laughter. I was enthralled by the Year 1’s as they engaged in a very active mathematics lesson, whilst some of our new Lower Six got to grips with A Level Chemistry. Outside, I watched the football coaching get underway and the swimming pool was a hive of activities, as our pupils got to grips with the skills of water polo.

I very much hope that over the coming weeks and months you will have the opportunity to meet these wonderful people and appreciate as I do what opportunities they provide for your children.

—— Mrs Rachel Dent