From the Head Master
Harrow Bangkok stands firmly on a robust foundation, blending exceptional academic excellence, innovative teaching and learning practices, and fostering a deep sense of community in a caring and vibrant environment.
I am honoured and delighted to join the remarkable Harrow Bangkok community as your new Head Master. As I step into this role, I am filled with enthusiasm and excitement, inspired by the rich heritage and exceptional reputation of this institution not only in Bangkok and Thailand but across the world.
From the moment I arrived, I have been warmly welcomed by our dedicated staff, supportive parents, and enthusiastic students. I have already had the pleasure of meeting many of our students and have been touched by their genuine warmth and eagerness to engage with me. I aim to be a visible presence within the school, ensuring that I am accessible to all and fostering an environment of open communication and collaboration.
My journey into the field of education and school leadership was deeply influenced by my own experiences as a student. I was fortunate to have had exceptional teachers and inspiring headmasters who instilled in me a love for learning and a desire to serve the community. Growing up in a family that valued service to others further fueled my passion for education as a means of making a positive impact on society.
My professional journey in education has been a fulfilling one. I have had the privilege of working in outstanding schools in the UK, both as a teacher and a leader. Over the past two decades, I have served as the head or principal of three schools, gaining invaluable experience that I hope to bring to Harrow Bangkok. My goal is to leverage this experience to continue nurturing a thriving learning community that excels in all aspects of education.
Outside of school and work, I have a deep passion for art, particularly Renaissance Italian art, and a love for various forms of music. I also have a keen interest in sports and believe in the valuable life lessons that sports can impart.
As an avid reader, I find inspiration in the works of authors like Thomas Hardy and F. Scott Fitzgerald. These writers have touched my life with their beautiful storytelling and rich imagery, reminding me of the power of literature to shape our perspectives and imaginations.
I am genuinely excited about my time in Thailand and look forward to exploring the vibrant city of Bangkok, and experiencing the beauty and unique communities of Thailand.
To our students, I encourage you to make the most of your time at Harrow Bangkok. Embrace every opportunity for learning, both inside and outside the classroom. Co-curricular activities, be it in music, drama, sports, or any other field, will shape you in profound ways. Enjoy the journey of self-discovery and growth.
To our parents, guardians, and the wider Harrow Bangkok community, I extend my gratitude for your warm welcome and support. I firmly believe that a strong partnership between home and school is the cornerstone of a student's success. I am committed to building trust, fostering open communication, and working collaboratively to provide the best possible educational experience for our children.
I look forward to a wonderful journey ahead, filled with learning, growth, and shared experiences. Together, we will continue to uphold the legacy of excellence that Harrow Bangkok is known for, and I am confident that our future will be bright and inspiring.
With warm regards,
James Murphy-O’Connor | Head Master Harrow Bangkok