The Week Ahead 30 September 2016



Dear Parents,

Thank you very much for your support of this week’s special Chinese cultural activities and events.  These have included traditional painting, calligraphy, music, archery and tea ceremonies, amongst many others, and culminated in yesterday’s excellent Drama performance, by Year 11 students, of the Chinese play ‘Sunrise’, and today’s Traditional Dress Day.

Cultural respect and appreciation is very much part of a Wellington education, and ‘Respect’ is one of the five core Wellington values.  This is particularly apt for our China context, given our host country’s long historical tradition, through millennia, of good manners and considerate etiquette, hallmark characteristics of genuine respect.  We believe it very important that we strive to model this value at all times in School life, and beyond.  And we believe that respect is equally important between and across all pupil year groups, and similarly between staff, parents, and all members of the community.   

Respect can be defined in many positive ways.  Just as for the value ‘Responsibility’, which we considered in this column a few weeks ago, respect should of course apply both towards oneself and to others.  And as a genuine appreciation of every one we come into contact with, and as a desire to promote the best for every individual, respect should be a fundamental characteristic of all teachers, in their daily aim of maximizing their pupils’ potential.  (This is quite the opposite, for example, of the dictator’s demanded, or compelled, negative form of ‘respect’, which is then really just another word for fear.) 

Your children’s teachers are privileged both to encourage and to witness, daily, our young people’s development and practice of the positive value of respect.  Besides such cultural and moral examples as referred to above, there are specific pastoral approaches and school policies we apply to promote respect for others, and self:  anti-bullying assemblies, healthy eating week, and pupil leadership opportunities would be to name just a few.  As an example of the latter, I have just enough space left to refer to yesterday morning’s meeting of our Student Pastoral Committee, at which I was very pleased to hear so many considerate ideas, respectfully shared with Mr Lewis, on how to further support the Wellbeing of all our students. 

Our theme this week also chimes with the upcoming Chongyang Festival on 9th October, and its emphasis on respect and veneration for family elders, which is another great Chinese tradition.

We hope all our Wellington families enjoy an excellent National Holiday next week, and wish safe journeys for all those who are traveling.  

Michael Higgins,

Please can parents ensure that they drop their child off between 0800hrs and 0815hrs, given the start of school is 0815hrs.  If children arrive late they are missing important information, and reflection time which helps to support their learning.  School finishes at 1530hrs, please ensure that you pick your child up promptly.  If your child usually goes on the bus, but you are picking them up, please ensure that the class teacher or bus ayi knows.

ASAs finish at 1630hrs. Here again could parents please ensure that they arrive on time, as we have several children who are not being picked up until 1650hrs, which is unfair for your child, as they are having to wait in the parents’ room.

Thank you in advance for your help and support. 

There are no Junior School’s After School Activities (ASAs) on Monday 24th October due to parents’ evening.

Upcoming Parents Meetings:

Wednesday 12th October 2016
Understanding Assessment Grades for Year 1 – Year 6
1530hrs – 1600hrs
The Theatre

Friday 14th October 2016
Understanding Assessment Grades for Nest pupils
1530hrs – 1600hrs
PreN and Nursery will be in room N102 
Reception will be in room N203

A reminder to students in the Chinese Sixth Form who will be sitting public exams October/November series that these will be held in Rooms 310 and 311, beginning on 12th October until 10th November. Students writing exams should consult their Statement of Entries for the correct dates and times and notify their subject teachers regarding missed lessons.  If they have any questions, see Mr. Smith in Room 331, or contact him via email at

Milepost 3 will be taking a trip to the zoo as part of the exit point for their unit, “Express Yourself”. Year 6 will go on Wednesday 12th October, Year 5 will go on Thursday 13th October. I am sure they are all looking forward to the trip!

Mr Robert Bradley



Tavia Mao’s (Yr 13) mother and her company Nasca Linien donated dinner to the students and staff at the Jian Hua Charity sleepover.

The students and staff who participated in the Jian Hua Charity Sleepover would like to extend their special thanks to Nasca Linien very kindly for donating sandwiches, fruit and drinks for dinner. The students greatly enjoyed their meal and the donation allowed us to provide more funds directly to the Jian Hua Charity.

On Friday the 23rd of September, Wellington College International Tianjin were hosts to the ISCOT Year 4-6 Football competition. Each school offered four teams, one for each division. I am proud to announce that after a long afternoon of hard work, determination, and perspiration from every participant, Wellington dominated the competition, earning first place in three out of the four divisions, and secured second place in the remaining division. Some notable performances came from:

Matheus in Y5 for his goal-scoring power and silky skills in midfield. 

Crispin in Y6 for being the glue that tied his team together.

Riley in Y6 for her formidable goalkeeping skills. 

Jerry in Y4 for his leadership and resilience.

A big thank you goes out to all the parents and staff who came to support our pupils on the day, the coaches and student referees who made the day possible, and of course the pupils themselves, who embodied the spirit of Wellington in their conduct.

Maths Day, Tuesday 11th Oct

The Mathematics department will be running a Maths Day, which will involve a house team competition and a selection of other activities. Those interested in taking part in the house competition should see their House Master.