West Acre

Prior to arriving at Harrow International School Bangkok, I worked at a boarding school in rural Shropshire in the UK. There, I was head of whole school Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) and Housemistress of a boys' boarding house.

I taught Geography and History in the UK and have many years of experience working with children of all ages, having taught from Reception up to A level. My own children are now at university and they too went to boarding schools so this understanding underpins my work with the girls in West Acre.

West Acre is a happy and thriving house. The girls are very inclusive and, with so many nationalities living here, they learn lots about other cultures. Currently, we have girls from the UK, South Korea, Myanmar, Bhutan, China, Cambodia, Malaysia, Nepal, Belgium, Hong Kong, India (Sikhim) and Thailand. They range in age from 9-18 years old which allows for the older ones to act as sisters to the younger ones and to also be role models for them.

West Acre girls are very busy with a wide variety of activities both during the week and at weekends. During the week they can often be found baking, playing board games, doing exercise, playing the guitar, gardening and much, much more. At the weekend we always offer a trip which allows the girls some time away from the house. The trips on offer vary each week but include going to shopping malls, places of cultural interest, go-karting and to tourist attractions such as Dream World, Koh Kret and the Grand Palace.

I love adventure and cycling. I encourage the girls to enjoy a balanced lifestyle not only in terms of exercise and diet but also allowing themselves time to do what they enjoy outside of their studies, be it music, reading or simply socialising with friends. It is through such activities that they learn to embrace the world around them and develop into charismatic young women who are aware of the opportunities available to them, have the confidence to take on challenges and discover how to lead a contented life.

JO JEFFERIS
House Mistress West Acre