At Wellington College International Hangzhou, we aspire to create a caring, international community that develops well-rounded individuals with strong values and the skills and identity to thrive within an ever-changing world. In fact, this is our vision statement. Community is at the centre of all we do at Wellington, and we continuously strive to work together with our parents, staff and pupils to develop that strong sense of community that makes international schools unique. In our founding academic year, we have been joined by passionate families who share our vision. In this series of ‘We Are Wellington’ articles we aim to tell the stories of those families and highlight the special contributions they make to our community.
This week’s article in the series is from the parents of Edward (Year1), where they recorded the progress of their son as well as the growth of Wellington College International Hangzhou after joining in the founding year.
Having a multicultural background
Originally born in China, both my husband and I grew up in the capital city of Beijing then moved to Singapore and North America for our adult life. Our son Edward is a proud Canadian, his father spent a long time there and Edward inherited his father’s love of the Atlantic Provinces of Canada which are famous for the natural scenery and multicultural environment.
When we moved to Hangzhou, we were looking for the best education available for our only son; and an international school was our first choice. Once we learned about Wellington College International Hangzhou, we were immediately drawn by its reputation as the top institution in the British education system. After meeting with the school management team and touring the campus, we had cleared all our doubts about the new school and believed this school would create the best education environment for our child, together with a well experienced faculty.
The first year at Wellington College International Hangzhou has gone beyond our expectations for what the school has achieved in only a short period of time. There are been very few hiccups science the beginning and the school management has made very open communication and swift corrections on improvements. It is a demonstration of the value and quality that Wellington College stands for and the professional team that has been recruited.
Enjoying a caring, learning community
Our favourite events so far are the parents coffee meetings and end of year musical play. The parents meeting helps build a family atmosphere to engage parents; while the musical play was a fantastic program allowing pupils to show their talents, hard work and team work.
The most unique thing about a Wellington education is the core values embedded in the school’s education activities. The pupils are here not only for academic study but also shaping their personalities, characteristics and their view of life. This is achieved through the systematic execution of how the teachers interact with children and parents and through little things such as wearing uniforms and helping each other.
Embracing the Wellington Values
Our son is an energetic boy with lots of curiosity, where he could also lose focus and easily get distracted. After one year at Wellington College International Hangzhou, he has become more disciplined at school and home. He is also building up a sense of being kind and polite to people and respecting the differences of others.
We enjoyed the developments of our son and especially when he performed on stage and in Christmas singing events. We can sense the hard work he and the teachers put into it and, most importantly, he is quite proud of his own achievements.
If you would like to join the Wellington community, no matter whether you are planning on moving to Hangzhou or you are already based in Hangzhou, or if you would like to learn more about the Wellington Values and Identities, you can arrange an on-site visit by clicking HERE. Our admissions team are on stand-by to host you for a personalised campus tour and to help you discover what makes Wellington special.