At the heart of everything we do at Harrow in Shanghai, indeed in all the Harrow community of schools, is the belief that effective schools are built on strong relationships between people. This is the true meaning of community and how it relates to a school, certainly one with the heritage and pedigree of Harrow.
Some aspects of life at Harrow: the uniform, the school language, the singing of the school song, or the boaters, might perhaps seem a little eccentric. But they all help to develop within our students a strong esprit de corps, as well as an overwhelming sense of belonging to the Harrow family of schools, or, put more simply, something far bigger than each of them.
This is both humbling and inspiring – giving our students invaluable experiences as they mature and prepare themselves to make their mark in the outside world. It is also another way of acknowledging each other, a key characteristic of all the Harrow schools.
Through partnership, service and teamwork, we want our students to become outward-looking and compassionate, to understand the privilege of coming to a school like Harrow, and to develop the desire to be a tolerant, respectful and supportive influence, or a leader, beyond the school gates.
We also believe in a healthy sense of competition, which brings out the best in all our students, whether it is in tests, examinations, house matches or, for many the highest accolade, representing the school. We all like to win, but everybody at Harrow recognises that we cannot all win all of the time, and an important aspect of our education is to learn that there is a right way to lose, just as there is a right way to win.