The Wellington Aptitudes and Values


The Wellington community of schools seek to provide an all-round, or holistic education for our students, placing as much emphasis on life outside of the setting, as much as life within it.

At the heart of this, the Wellington way, is the eight aptitudes approach to structuring, developing and reflecting on all the learning that takes place within the setting. The intellectual basis from which this is adapted is the work of Professor Howard Gardner at Harvard, on the ‘multiple intelligences’ that all humans possess. In identifying eight separate intelligences, the learning process can be expanded from the more traditional logical and linguistic learning into a well-rounded, holistic education. We have a commitment to develop and enhance for your children the following aptitudes which are found within all of our pupils: Linguistic, Logical, Social, Personal, Cultural, Physical, Moral and Spiritual.

The Wellington Aptitudes and Values


Words, spoken or written, in English, Mandarin or any other modern language are the cornerstone of a Wellington Education. We want our pupils, irrespective of their age, to develop a love of reading; being able to decode words and make sense of written and spoken word, produce their own creative and imaginative stories and passages without the limits or restrictions of ‘sense’. Pupils will express themselves effectively, developing their own narratives and explanations by connecting ideas or events.


The world of logic, reasoning and numbers need no introduction. Mathematics is obviously essential, but developing this aptitude takes pupils in to the world of numbers, shape, space and measure. Pupils think of ideas, finding ways to solve problems and new ways of doing things. They plan, making decisions about how to approach a task, solve a problem and reach a goal, changing strategy as needed and reviewing how well an approach worked. Pupils recognise, create and describe patterns; they explore the characteristics of everyday objects and shapes and use mathematical language to describe them.


Making relationships, understanding similarities and differences between families, cultures and traditions enhance a child’s ability to be accepting and tolerant of others in the wider social community. Possessing the ability not just to think for themselves, but also for others promotes a sense of camaraderie, appreciation and team spirit. Pupils will play cooperatively, taking turns with others. They take account of one another’s ideas and show sensitivity to others’ needs and feelings, forming positive relationships with adults and other children.


Vital aspects of growing up in the 21st Century are understanding yourself: knowing who you are, what you can personally achieve, what you aspire to; and perhaps most important of all, what to avoid. Wellington College Bilingual Shanghai seeks to instil self-confidence and self-awareness in all pupils, supporting them to manage their feelings and behaviour. Pupils will be confident to try out new activities and speak in familiar groups. Talking about their thoughts and ideas, pupils will be empowered to say when they do and do not need help. Pupils will choose the technological opportunities around to extend their learning, adjust their behaviour to different situations and take changes of routine in their stride.


What is right? What is wrong? We want all Wellington College Bilingual Shanghai pupils to make well informed decisions in life. We want them to have appropriate role models who champion the five core values consistently. We encourage pupils to learn from their mistakes. We will never forget that we are educating the leaders of the future and we will ensure that they are equipped to make the right decisions as adults, by showing a ‘can do’ attitude, taking risks and learning from trial and error.


Spirituality can be defined as involving deep feelings and beliefs. At Wellington College Bilingual Shanghai, pupils must develop an inner strength, fortified by an appreciation of their own positives and development areas. The pupils talk about how they and others show feelings, they give their attention to what others say and respond appropriately. They enjoy meeting challenges for their own sake, rather than external rewards or praise and are proud of how they accomplished something rather than just the end result.


Pupils at Wellington College Bilingual Shanghai discuss their own lives and the lives of family members, whilst being sensitive to understanding that not all children enjoy the same things. They appreciate the similarities and differences amongst the social group and talk about the features of their own immediate environment and how environments might vary from one to another, in relation to places, objects, materials and living things. Pupils sing songs, make music and dance. They explore and experiment with colour, design, texture, form and function; they represent their own thoughts, ideas and feelings through design and technology, art, music, dance, role play and stories.


A healthy lifestyle and developing an ability in a wide variety of physical activities are vital objectives for all Wellingtonians. Pupils will move confidently, handling tools and equipment effectively. They will know the importance for good health of physical exercise and a healthy diet, and talk about ways to keep healthy and safe.


In April 2010, the whole Wellington College community voted to adopt five values to help put wellbeing at the heart of everything we do. By collectively upholding these values, we will make the experience of living, working and studying at Wellington College one that enhances and enriches life. We have our own set of personal values and the five Wellington values are not intended to supplant those. However, when we act in the name of Wellington, we will uphold these five values above all others. Whether pupil, early years’ educator, administrator or Head Master, the five core values of being a Wellingtonian are Courage, Respect, Integrity, Kindness, Responsibility.



The ability to confront fear, pain, danger, uncertainty or intimidation. To take calculated risks in the pursuit of goodness.


A positive feeling of esteem for a person, group, entity or quality, resulting in acting with fairness. This can include self-respect which involves not compromising one’s values just to gain approval from others.


Consistency and authenticity. Acting in consort with one’s values or beliefs.


Showing consideration for others and acting selflessly for their benefit


Being reliable, dependable and accountable for one’s conduct. Fulfilling a duty. Acknowledging the need to sefve communities in which we operate.