A House System and a Sense of Community
We believe that life outside the classroom is as important for the development of pupils as is the formal teaching process. An education at MCHK incorporates the ethos of a British boarding school with the very best practices of an outstanding day school. Integral to this, is the traditional house system.
- House system – creating a sense of community and competitive spirit within the school the house system provides a strong pastoral environment in which pupils grow both collectively and as individuals. All pupils are allocated to a house allowing them to form bonds which last throughout their time at MCHK and beyond. Pupils attend assemblies, dine and compete in sporting events alongside their housemates and, in doing so, gain a real sense of ‘family’ and of mutual support.
We believe the house system is vital to a pupil’s development during their time at Malvern. It is a system which embodies the School’s qualities and ethos, and it encourages pupils to apply these to their daily lives inside and outside of academics.
Malvern College Hong Kong has six houses:
Sir Edward William Elgar, 1st Baronet of Broadheath, remains one of the foremost English composers. Many of his works are still hugely popular in the British and international classical concert repertoire. Elgar lived in Malvern in what is now boarding house No. 7 at Malvern College UK. Among his best-known compositions are orchestral works including the Enigma Variations, the Pomp and Circumstance Marches, concertos for violin and cello, and two symphonies. Elgar was appointed Master of the King’s Musick (as it was then known) in 1924.
Clive Staples Lewis was a British novelist, poet, academic, medievalist, literary critic, lay theologian, broadcaster and lecturer. He studied at Malvern College UK and held academic positions at both Oxford University and Cambridge University. Lewis is best known for his fictional works including ‘The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe’ and ‘The Chronicles of Narnia’. His novels have been translated into more than 30 languages, have sold millions of copies world-wide and have been adapted for the cinema. Lewis and fellow novelist J.R.R Tolkien were close friends. They both served on the English faculty at Oxford University. It is said that Tolkien got his idea of ‘The Shire’ and the ‘Mountains of Mordor’ when standing on the Malvern Hills.
Lord MacLaurin was born in Blackheath in 1937 and educated at Malvern College. He has held several high profile roles, including those of chairman of Vodafone and Tesco, and chairman of the college council at Malvern College.
Lord MacLaurin has always been passionate about sport. At Malvern College, he played in the First XI and in his 20’s played Minor Counties cricket for Hertfordshire. He was appointed Chairman of the England and Wales Cricket Board on its creation in 1997 and, in recognition of his inspirational business leadership, he was Knighted in 1989. He became a life peer in 1996 and took the title Baron MacLaurin of Knebworth.
Baron Weatherill, was the speaker of the House of Commons between 1983 and 1992. He was educated at Malvern College and on leaving was apprenticed into his family’s Saville Row tailoring business. He served in the Indian Army during World War II where he rose to the rank of Captain. He was elected to Parliament as Conservative MP for Croydon North East in 1964, a seat he held until his retirement in 1992.
Named after the world-renowned Morgan Motor Company, the builder of the iconic, hand-built British sports car, which is celebrated for its excellent craftsmanship and outstanding performance. Harry Morgan, the company’s founder, lived in the town of Malvern and based his company there. He built a strong connection to Malvern College, working closely alongside the College’s engineering department on his early Morgan cars, the prototype of which was developed at Malvern College in 1908, in a building that is now Malvern College UK’s medical centre.
After the outbreak of the Second World War in 1939, the College was used by the Royal Navy and Free French forces. Over 400 pupils and 100 staff were evacuated from the school to Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire. For one academic year the College used the State Rooms of the Palace as dormitories and classrooms, and lessons were even held in the bathrooms. Due to the high value of the works of art in these rooms, ink was not allowed in class. Instead, all work was done in pencil.
- House dining – community dining as a way to educate dining and social etiquette is at the heart of Malvern College’s family ethos. Pupils in P1-4, followed by P5-6 and FY1-3, eat lunch in their houses over two lunch sittings. All staff are allocated to a house and each day eat lunch with their house pupils.
- Evening activities – for one day a week, older pupils are required to stay at school until 8pm to organise and participate in a house/school events. A wide range of activities are offered including Young Enterprise, Charities, and the student magazine.
- Weekend field trips – pupils will join school-organised off-campus events on one weekend each month.