Like her namesake in England, Harrow International School has a strong and well developed House system which encourages friendly rivalry and develops traditions within a supporting, community environment. The six Houses operate from Year 1 upwards and each has created its own identity and character. The colourful Houses, named after Winston Churchill (Blue), Pandit Nehru (Red), Lord Byron (Green), Helen Keller (Yellow) Queen Suriyothai (Purple) and ChatumongolSonakul (Orange) meet regularly to develop teams, participate in competitions and support their own Community Service.
House leadership is developed with the senior pupils taking on organisational roles, encouraging, motivating and supporting the younger pupils; whether it be with reading at lunch time, helping to organise books and homework, running games for the new pupils in the first term or taking on longer term projects like supporting a specific charity. The Sixth Form role models demonstrate the Harrovian spirit of participation and resilience – pupils are taught and encouraged to move out of their comfort zones and to take on new challenges. Each House is led by a Head of House and a team of Tutors helps ensure that the pastoral progress of each individual is closely monitored and supported.
Many school activities are House related, covering a wide and varied spectrum of interests. From Art to Drama, Golf to Sports Day, Academics to Charities, the House plays a pivotal role in a student’s development. The journey from child to adult is a strange one at times, and the House ensures that this transition is as smooth and interesting as possible.