A new level of responsibility
Since opening in September 2012, Harrow International School Hong Kong has welcomed both boarders and day pupils and offered classes for children from three- to 18-year-olds.
Along with a strong academic programme, the school also looks to develop pupils with leadership attributes through six aspects: service, charity, teamwork, creative expression, leadership, and facing new challenges.
As part of this, the school has a prefect system where senior pupils take on more general responsibilities, thereby gaining new experience as both team players and leaders.
If interested, senior prefects can also apply to be Head Girl or Head Boy. A judging panel comprised of teachers assesses the candidates before a final face-to-face interview with the school head.
This year, the respective choices are Emma Bilney and Victor Hui, who are both in Year 13 and looking forward to the challenges ahead.
“I decided to submit my application because I want to challenge myself,” says Bilney, who admits to being shy when she first started at the school. “My parents also supported my decision.”
The “top job” requires her to organise both internal and outside activities and to take part in the related planning, which will involve quite lengthy meetings.
“Frankly speaking, I sometimes feel the pressure, especially when I need to get consensus or make decisions. However, that is part of learning to collaborate and be a leader.”
Still, though, she makes time to play tennis and run, and her plan at present is to go to university in Britain, possibly to study psychology.
For Hui, being Head Boy means more responsibilities, but he is ready to take those in his stride and is looking forward to acting a mentor for younger pupils.
“I want to make changes,” he says, hoping to improve the School community and contributing more of his time in charity work for the Hong Kong society.
Though, maintaining his own academic performance and being an effective organiser of extra-curricular activities means that the young man has had to develop his time management skills.
“Fortunately, I like music very much, and that helps to relieve any sense of extra pressure,” says Hui, who has hopes of studying electrical engineering at university in the US.
“I am hoping that one day, I will be a creator of new things that benefit the world – maybe, ending hunger.”