On 17 June, two teams travelled to Singapore for the History Bee & Bowl Asian Championships. The competition was held at the Hwa Chong Institution, one of Singapore’s oldest schools, and Harrow Hong Kong competed against teams from 35 other schools representing Japan, Korea, China, Taiwan, Hong Kong (Renaissance College and Creative College), The Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore, India and The Maldives.
The middle school team, Kevin Zheng (Y9, Churchill), Julien Levieux (Y9, Churchill), Jake Brockwell (Y8, Banks), Oscar Kennedy (Y8, Banks), Nicholas Fothergill (Y6, Banks) and Russell Kwok (Y7, Shackleton) performed very well, reaching the knockout stages of the competition. They finished in third place overall to claim bronze. As a result, the middle school team has qualified to attend the International History Olympiad in Berlin in July 2018.
In addition to claiming third place in the team bowl competition, Kevin, Russell and Julien made the individual Bee finals, with Julien finishing in fourth place. Russell was also outstanding in the additional Geography Bee competition, claiming second place overall.
The junior varsity team also performed very strongly, finishing in thirteenth place overall in a field of 21 teams, but narrowly losing the fight for a quarter final place. In the individual event, Vincent Wei (Y10, Peel) made it all the way to the final, but missed out on the medals. The junior varsity team was made up of Gary Feng (Y11, Churchill), Jonathan Lau (Y11, Churchill) and David Wong (Y11, Peel), all of whom have been instrumental in raising the profile of the tournament over the last three years, and they were excellent ambassadors for the School throughout.