Mount Kelly Hong Kong operates a traditional British house system. There are four houses, whose names and characteristics are derived from famous historical figures connected closely with the South West of England, the region around our sister school, Mount Kelly. Our House system is built upon healthy competition in which everyone in the Mount Kelly Hong Kong School Community can contribute. The houses are called Scott, Hepworth, Chichester and Brunel. Every pupil is assigned to a house for the duration of their time at Mount Kelly Hong Kong.
We endeavour to keep family members in the same house. Staff are also assigned to houses. There are numerous academic, sporting and cultural events organised throughout the school year which sees Mount Kelly Hong Kong Houses competing against each other for honours. House Points are earned by pupils during the course of the year and contribute towards the overall school house competition. House Points are awarded to pupils for good work and good behaviour. All School House points are recorded weekly and count towards the House Cup at the end of each term. The School also has an honours board which celebrates pupils’ who have achieved house point milestones. Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum certificates are awarded termly.
The Houses meet regularly to talk about coming competitions, to celebrate individuals who are contributing well to the House and to reinforce their own identity in which individuals can find another ‘team’ aspect to school life. Staff Heads of Houses lead these meetings supported by colleagues, as well as a pupil House Captain and Vice-Captain elected at the start of each term.
The Houses are encouraged to be competitive and to strive to do their best individually for the sake and benefit of the whole of their House. At the same time pupils must appreciate the efforts and victories of others, remembering that as long as they have done their best nothing more can ever be asked. The House system has the added benefit of bringing the all ages of the school community together and it enhances the bond and the responsibility of the older pupils to be role models and to care for the younger children in our community.
The four school houses are named after four famous British historical figures who have a strong connection with Devon and the South-West of England.
Brunel Housel is named after Isambard Kingdom Brunel (1806-1859) (born in Portsmouth, Devon) who was a famous civil and structural engineer. The work for which Brunel is probably best remembered is his construction of a network of tunnels, bridges and viaducts for the Great Western Railway.
Brunel was also responsible for the design of several famous ships. The ‘Great Western’, launched in 1837, was the first steamship to engage in transatlantic service. The ‘Great Britain’, launched in 1843, was the world’s first iron-hulled, screw propeller-driven, steam-powered passenger liner. The ‘Great Eastern’, launched in 1859, was designed in cooperation with John Scott Russell, and was by far the biggest ship ever built up to that time.
Brunel was also responsible for the redesign and construction of many of Britain’s major docks, including Bristol, Cardiff and Milford Haven.
Hepworth House is named after Dame Barbara Hepworth DBE (1903–1975) an English sculptor. Her work exemplifies modernism in art and she helped to develop modern art (sculpture in particular) immeasurably.
Hepworth was born in Yorkshire and trained at the Royal College of Art in London. She was a leading member of the St Ives, Cornwall art colony where she lived and worked from 1939. Her home and studio now form the Barbara Hepworth Museum.
Scott House is named after Captain Robert Falcon Scott, CVO (6 June 1868 – c29 March 1912) born in Plymouth, Devon a British explorer. He was a Royal Navy Officer and explorer, who led two expeditions of scientific exploration to the then unknown Antarctic Continent: the Discovery Expedition, 1901-1904, and the Terra Nova Expedition, 1910-1913. The Terra Nova Expedition carried out the most comprehensive scientific programme yet undertaken in the Antarctic. Scott also led a party of five which reached the South Pole on 17th January 1912, only to find they had been preceded by Roald Amundsen’s Norwegian expedition. On their return journey Scott and his four comrades all perished from a combination of exhaustion, starvation and extreme cold. Findings from this Expedition were the first to support the theory of Continental Drift, and many of the records are still being used in science today.
Chichester House is named after Sir Francis Charles Chichester KBE (17 September 1901 – 26 August 1972) (born in Devon),, a British adventurer aviator and sailor, who was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II for becoming the first person to sail single-handed around the world and the fastest circumnavigator, in nine months and one day.