Harrow Leadership and Service programme

The Leadership and Service programme at Harrow Shanghai is central to our vision and mission and is firmly embedded in both curricular and co-curricular provision from Early Years through to Senior School. There are numerous opportunities for pupils to be involved in leadership and service activities, which extends into a pupil’s school and personal life. Pupils are encouraged to look beyond themselves, in an environment where giving to others develops learning and brings its own intrinsic rewards. 

As our pupils progress through the programme, they are given increasing levels of responsibility. In the Senior School, there is an expectation that the leadership and service programme is purposeful and increasingly pupil led. Our goal is that when pupils leave Harrow, they will be global citizens, possessing international mindedness, and a clear understanding of the value of commitment and service to others.

Since the start of the academic year our Harrow students in each phase have been involved in a whole variety of the activities and projects.  Here is a quick flavour:

Pre-Prep School 

Fun Run

Fun Run around the Harrow campus in House t-shirts raising money for ‘Home Sweet Home’ charity. 

Eco Club 

Eco-club are checking if lights and projectors are turned off. The most eco-friendly classroom receives an award in assembly every Friday. Pre-Prep classes are also tasked with designing and decorating their bin, to raise awareness of environmental issues and to develop teamwork skills.

Tang Mama Project 

Year 4 are focused on the UN Sustainable Development Goal of ‘Clean Water’. The students are designing and creating sustainable bags to raise awareness and money for the Tang Mama Charity. Other fundraising activities have involved making and selling soap and running a charity music concert. 

Reading Leadership 

The Year 4 Reading Ambassadors have been reading  with the Reception children twice a week. 

Prep School 

Year 5 Camp 

Students took part in a series of team-building games designed to familiarise themselves with the Prep School environment and their teachers. 

Year 6 Corporate Event 

Teams of bankers, consultants, accountants and lawyers were involved in aquatic challenges, product design, marketing and culinary creations. 

Year 7 Beach Clean Up

Our students witnessed first-hand the effects of plastic pollution and were making a positive difference cleaning up plastic waste on Nanhuizui beach. 

Year 8 Leadership Camp

The students focused on solving problems creatively and demonstrated resilience. 

Years 7 and 8 Survivor Weekend

Raft building, food rationing and preparation, shelter construction and the design of serviceable make-shift clothing were challenges that forced the students to collaborate, innovate and co-operate as a team.

Junior Award Scheme for Schools (JASS)

All Prep students have been working on their JASS Awards, with Year 5 working on Bronze, Year 6 on Silver and Years 7 and 8 on the Gold Award.

Senior School 

Boalian Temple and Monastery

Our students and staff have been working on various garden and maintenance projects to help the monastery develop and improve.

Business Enterprise and Fundraising

Year 9 students were given the opportunity to create their own company and sell goods within the school. Part of the profits from their companies were donated to the Student Council’s charity fund. 

Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award

The Shells (Y9) and Removes (Y10), as part of their Award training, have been preparing for their adventurous journeys by learning how to select suitable camping locations, put up a tent, perform basic first aid and read maps.

UN Sustainable Development Goals

Goal 15: Life on Land – Year 10 students explored the balance between mankind and the environment with a study of deforestation in Indonesia. This culminated in Harrow hosting a Zoom discussion forum on this issue with three other Shanghai schools.  

Goal 16: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions – Developing confident and competent public speakers and presenters is one of the main leadership development goals. Senior students were tasked with preparing a Pecha Kucha presentation on “Obstacles to Peace”.