“The House System at Huili has been designed to promote a sense of belonging and security in every pupil. The children in our care spend a substantial amount of time each day with us and we take our guardianship responsibility extremely seriously. The role of the house team is to recognise and celebrate each child’s strengths while being ready at a moment’s notice to offer support whenever there are concerns to be addressed. Our house names have been chosen to embody the Huili Values on which we hope all our children will base their lives: Hui, Xian, Li and De. ”

Penelope Mulholland – Assistant Head Pastoral

House System

The house system at Huili School Shanghai is consistent in design and operation to that of our sister schools in both England and China. It is designed to give each pupil a place in which they are recognised and celebrated as an individual, where their unique needs, potential, limitations and capabilities are also understood and accepted.

In Grade 6 and above (Junior High School), each house is led by a housemaster or housemistress (HM) and a team of house tutors. On a day-to-day basis it is the house tutors who look after assigned pupils from a particular grade. They help to oversee both academic and pastoral matters and should therefore be the first point of contact for parents in Grade 6.

Pupils undoubtedly feel that their house is their home in the school and it is an undisputed fact that every pupil feels that their house is the best. The house areas offer a space for them to experience security and belonging. For many pupils, their house area is where they develop their most enduring friendships. It is also the place where they can meet with any one of our team of dedicated house tutors, who will support and guide them throughout their time at the school.

During Primary School, from Grade 1 to Grade 5, pupils are also assigned to one of the four houses. They begin to form a sense of house identity through house activities and competitions. On a day-to-day basis, it is the form tutors who deal with pastoral issues for their pupils within their classes. Therefore, for children in Grades 1 to 5, form tutors should be the first point of contact for parents.

The houses are also a means of encouraging a healthy spirit of competition and friendly rivalry, as pupils are able to display their talent and skill during inter-house competitions held throughout the academic year. Naturally, each pupil wants their house to triumph, and the various sporting, performing arts and academic house events are the perfect means for them to try to win points for their house and share in their housemates’ achievements. Individuals can help improve their house’s position by earning house point tokens for demonstrating a positive approach to learning while showing respect and kindness toward others.

Finally, the house system is a valuable means of offering pupils the opportunity to take on positions of responsibility and subsequently develop their leadership, organisational and interpersonal skills. Pupils are selected to be peer mentors, team captains, school ambassadors as well as house captains and deputies. We believe that the house system, with its competitions, positions of responsibility and sense of community, offers our pupils a safe and supportive environment in which to develop confidence, try new experiences, take risks and strive to be the best versions of themselves.