West Acre

By the time that the girls leave West Acre they are courageous, reflective and aspirational leaders who are ready to live their best lives, whatever that might be for them.

It is an absolute privilege to be stepping into the role of Housemistress of West Acre. Having spent seven years working and living in boarding houses in the UK, I am exceptionally excited to embark on this new challenge of leading a girls’ house in an International School. My husband Chris and I cannot wait for the year ahead!  

It is our aim in West Acre to maintain a warm, secure and supportive community in which the girls are able to flourish. Harrow Bangkok, just like all busy boarding schools, provides a wealth of opportunities for pupils to lead fulfilling lives, develop their character and gain a greater understanding of themselves. Our vision for this in West Acre is centralised around three key values, which myself and the house team embody and model on a daily basis: Respect, Recognition and Reflection. These values have both an inward and outward looking focus; we respect ourselves as well as others; we recognise the achievements of all, whilst remaining accountable for our actions; and we reflect on the experiences of ourselves and others, so that we can learn from them and move forward.  

Alongside encouragement for the girls to stretch themselves to their academic potential, the house is a hive of activity with laughter, excitement, conversation and friendships. There are numerous and varied in-house activities for the girls when they return from school at the end of the day, including baking, art, dancing, table tennis, air hockey, badminton… the list is almost endless, with suggestions regularly and gladly received from the girls! Weekends are equally busy with trips away from the school site, for example, go-karting, Dreamworld, Sea Life Bangkok and visits to shopping malls. There is never a dull moment, with so many opportunities to discover new talents and interests! 

By the time that the girls leave West Acre they are courageous, reflective and aspirational leaders who are ready to live their best lives, whatever that might be for them. It is a privilege to have played a part in equipping them for a fulfilling life; I am excited to see where their future takes them. 

Ruth Simmons

RUTH COWAP
House Mistress West Acre