The wide range of activities on offer at Wellington provides pupils with opportunities to not only develop in areas they are already keen on, but also to try new things and meet new friends across year groups. Whether it is sports, art or debating, you can find a careful balance of fun and educational activities on offer.
As at Wellington College and Eagle House in the UK, here in Tianjin education goes much further than the walls of the classroom. Whilst never losing sight of the importance of academic endeavour, we provide a wide-ranging Activities Programme that reflects our Wellington Aptitudes approach to education. Vital aspects of our mission at the school are to encourage the pupils to try new things, to help them stay physically and intellectually healthy, and to guide them in the discovery of lifelong interests and opportunities for self-expression. All these contribute enormously in the growth of truly rounded, balanced individuals, all of whose aptitudes have been cultivated and developed.
The Activity Programme is also a great opportunity to make new friends in a different setting to the classroom or House.
After School Activities (ASA)
Our main ASA Programme runs on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays after lessons have finished, from 3.45pm to 4.45pm. This includes a broad and exciting array of activities, covering all the major disciplines, such as sports, art, music and drama, supplemented by a multitude of other pursuits, many of which will reflect a particular interest of the teacher overseeing the activity. Currently, there are over sixty activities on offer over the three days. There will be some rotation of activities during the year.
New activity choices are made each term, the school uses an online system for making these selections. The school will try to allocate pupils to activities they have chosen as far as possible, though first choices cannot always be guaranteed.
In the Junior School, reflecting the younger age and demands of the school day on the pupils, we only expect involvement for two of the three afternoons; indeed, we would actively discourage three activities a week, especially in the lower end of the Junior School. Our Activities Programme is not simply a ‘late stay’ facility, and plans to involve younger pupils in more than two afternoons per week should be discussed first with the activities coordinator.
Lunch Time Activities (LTA)
In the senior school we also offer lunch time activities. While Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays are occupied by assemblies, tutorials and house time respectively, Tuesdays and Thursdays offers another opportunity for students to extend their learning. The primary aim of these sessions is to provide opportunity for extra support in all disciplines. In addition to these sessions, there is also a sports focus on Tuesday and a multitude of other LTA options on Thursdays.