Harrow Traditions

Visitors to Harrow Shanghai will see a great many long-lived traditions and will hear some unique terminology. While the origins of many of these, founded at Harrow London over the centuries, may have been lost in time, they remain a common language and set of behaviours among all those who are fortunate to attend a Harrow School.

  • Beak is a teacher, also known as a Master

  • Bill is registration, held every morning at 08:00.

  • Bluer is the uniform’s dark blue blazer jacket. Greyers are the common grey trousers.

  • A Hat is the name for the famous Harrow headwear.

  • Capping is the polite act of acknowledging a beak or visitor in passing on campus by a pupil touching the brim of their hat.

  • Ducker is the swimming pool.

  • Monitor is a prefect.

  • Trials are internal School examinations.

  • Send up is a Housepoint.

  • Skew is a recorded incident of bad behaviour or poor work.

  • Remove is the equivalent of Year 10 at Harrow and Shell Year 9.

  • Fifth Form is the equivalent of Year 11. Sixth Form is the combination of Lower Sixth and Upper Sixth, the equivalent of Year 12 and 13.

Tina Quan

Teaching Assistant

Tina graduated from Worcester University. She has over 5 years teaching experience. In Tina’s opinion, teachers should be students’ friends as well as their masters. A teacher is a person knowledgeable also a good sample for students.​