The house system works to ensure that every pupil feels like they are supported and that they belong. Primarily, a pupil’s House is their home during the day; it provides them with a house master and tutor with whom they can share their achievements as well as any potential concerns. It also serves to build a much more tangible sense of community throughout the school, as the Houses contain pupils from every age group, all of them encouraging one another and working together for the good of their house.
Pastoral care is central to the College’s ethos; it affects and influences every aspect of our role as educators, as well as the developmental process of the pupils in our care. The house system is specifically designed to give each pupil a place where they are recognised as an individual and their unique needs, potential, limitations and capabilities are also understood and accepted.
The house system ensures Wellingtonians become crucial members of a team from the moment they join the College. If one imagines a year group as a horizontal structure, including every pupil across a given year in age, then the House is a vertical structure, which has some members of each year group.
Over the course of the year, several house-based competitions and events will bring Wellingtonians together, not just in their houses and across year groups, but in a wider sense, involving the whole community. This system, coupled with our wellbeing lessons and approach to learning that embodies the Wellington Values and Identity, provides a healthy and stimulating environment where every child will have a sense of belonging and fulfilment.
At Wellington College International Hangzhou, we have chosen to use some of the most storied and prestigious Houses for our pupils. Each of these Houses has a rich and deep history. Participation in these Houses helps our pupils become a part of the Wellington story and builds a strong connection between them and Wellington pupils around the world.
The Houses at Wellington College International Hangzhou are; The Benson, The Picton, The Stanley, The Wellesley and The Combermere.