Pastoral Care and Boarding

HARROW INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL HONG KONG

Leadership for a better world

Boarding Ethos

Harrow International School Hong Kong is the only international school in Hong Kong, which provides the opportunity of a boarding education. In the Lower School, the Class Teacher is responsible for all aspects of each child’s educational and personal wellbeing; in the Upper School, the House Master or House Mistress has the primary role in the pastoral care of students. Resident in each House is a House Master or House Mistress, and a Resident House Tutor, but all Upper School teachers are Tutors in one of the Houses and the House Pastoral teams play a major role in supporting the boarders and day students.

The quality of relationships and community life, and the personal formation of character are fundamental to life at Harrow Hong Kong. All students, whether day or boarders, are members of a House; there are currently three boys’ and three girls’ Houses in both the Prep School (Y6-Y8), and Senior School (Y9-Y13). The Houses provide rich opportunities for interacting with students from a wide range of backgrounds and for developing more profound relationships with teachers and each other. This comes in part from the daily challenge of living with other people, through which students develop the intricacies of human interaction. The real strength of a House is the vertical integration of different year groups, which effectively creates a large family unit, allowing responsibilities to fall to older students to care for and support younger students. The result is the creation of a close-knit, family atmosphere in which boarders feel that it is their home during term time, and in which all students feel happy, secure and valued. When it comes to the numerous competitions between the Houses that take place in a myriad of academic and extra-curricular activities, it finds expression in a healthy competitive spirit.