The Week Ahead 12 September 2019

From the Master

Dear parents

I wrote in my first week ahead piece of the year about the challenge for many pupils of starting a new school year, highlighting that, “acclimatising to a new environment can provoke feelings of anxiety among some children, and of course for many of our pupils, this will be their first days in school.” Looking back over the past three weeks, I have seen how quickly the vast majority of them have settled into their new surroundings. A busy school almost inevitably drags its pupils along with it, encouraging them to try new things to enjoy, and it made me reflect on what it was in our school that helped to forge such a strong positive community spirit among our pupils, even within days of starting a new term.

We have just completed our anti-bullying week in school, a project led by pupils, for pupils. Many of the most impactful sessions that we witnessed involved children talking about how they feel when they are in school, and how the behaviour of others can materially impact upon their sense of wellbeing. All meaningful life is lived communally; people must, after all, live and work together in order for a society to reach a harmonious state. This is often taken for granted in the adult world – perhaps the reason why harmony so frequently breaks down – and in many schools, this is no different. All too frequently, schools ignore the need to guide and educate their pupils in successful communal living, preferring an unequal emphasis on the individual at the expense of the greater whole. This is, in my view, a mistake.

Schools have a moral purpose beyond the classroom. Having what it takes to lead a life in harmony with those around us is not easy and relies much on learned behaviour. Like all the best ‘learning’, the development of a child’s social skills such as empathy, compassion, tolerance and understanding, come through the day-to-day interactions with others. In this way, the way we treat one another assumes a central part in an education; it is why Wellington cherishes values such as respect and integrity so highly. Part of this lies in an understanding that ‘real’ life, the bits of life which are hard to deal with, upset us or cause us anger and despair, has a habit of creeping up on us without warning. We are seldom prepared for bad news when it comes. This helps to explain why our responses to such setbacks are often excessively emotional and, at times, almost visceral. To prevent such overreactions is, of course, impossible – we would cease to be genuinely ‘human’ if all the emotion were bred out of us – but schools can help to foster the spirit of trust and community among its members.

In this way, young people can be instilled with the core virtues of successful communal living. The best schools recognise this responsibility and build these into their programmes of study. The biggest lesson I was taught during anti-bullying week was how important it was to our pupils that they supported one another when someone needed help; that they listened when their friends wanted to talk; and that they treated all their peers, young and old, with respect. Pupils showed how much it meant to them to be part of this Wellington community and how committed they were to making it a more harmonious one for all.

Best wishes

Julian Jeffrey

MASTER

MEET THE MASTER AND BURSAR

Duke of York’s Room

1400hrs-1500hrs, Thursday

19th September

 

This week’s Meet the Master and Bursar slot is open to parents of pupils in all year groups. If you would like to attend, please confirm via email with Ms. Emma Shi

(emma.shi@wellingtoncollege.cn) by Wednesday 18th September.

From Services Supervisor:

Friday 20th September

1400hrs

 

A reminder about the food committee schedule: The first food committee for 2019-20 Academic Year on 20th September 2019 for Main Building which is from Junior School (including Year 1) to Senior School. The Nest food committee will be on 27th September 2019 which covers Eaglets to Reception.

FROM THE HEAD OF SENIOR SCHOOL

Parents’ Evening: Year 11 (A Level Induction Year) Open House

Atrium

1700hrs – 1830hrs, Tuesday

17th September

 

Parents’ evening for the parents of pupils in Year 11 (A Level Induction Year) will be held on Tuesday 17th September from 1700hrs to 1830hrs. Pastoral care at Wellington plays a crucial role in developing every child to his or her full potential, but it can be a part of school that is unfamiliar to many parents. If you would like to meet your child’s tutor and Housemaster/Housemistress, please use this opportunity to do so. The meeting point is in the Atrium at 1700hrs where, after a welcome from our senior teachers, you will have an opportunity to ask questions about the House system, have a tour around your child’s House, and talk to her/his tutor and Housemaster or Housemistress.

FROM THE UNIVERSITY GUIDANCE TEAM

USAP and USAD Parent Briefing

Common Room

1700hrs – 1800hrs, Thursday

19th September

 

We would like to congratulate those who have passed the USAP and USAD entry tests and have been selected to represent Wellington for this year’s USAP and USAD competition. A parents’ meeting will be held regarding the competition’s learning plan, pupil expectations and trip expenses next Thursday, September 19th. The meeting will start from 1700hrs in the Common Room.

FROM THE HEAD OF MANDARIN DEPARTMENT

Mandarin trip: Year 11 and AL Induction Year

0830hrs – 1300hrs, Wednesday

18th September

 

In order to encourage further our pupils’ interest in exploring modern Chinese culture and history, the Mandarin Department is organizing a trip for Year 11 Chinese native-speakers to the Five Avenues area on Wednesday morning of 18th September 2019. As a part of the A Level Induction Chinese Curriculum, pupils will gain a better understanding of the historical background of modern literary works they are learning by visiting Tianjin History Museum and former residences of celebrities in the Five Avenues.

Pupils will set off at 0830hrs and be back at school before 1300hrs. For further details, please see the parent letter handed out on Thursday (5th September). For any further information about the trip, please contact at yang.zhou@wellingtoncollege.cn.

FROM THE DIRECTOR OF MUSIC

Lunchtime Concert

Black Box

1325hrs – 1355hrs, Friday

20th September

 

On Friday 20th September, we will have our first lunchtime concert of the academic year, which will feature a selection of instrumental soloists. This is a special platform for pupils who perform at a high level to showcase their talent and is the result of their hard work and preparation. In this twenty-five minute set, we will hear music by Tchaikovsky, Hurlstone, and Chopin. Please be seated at 1325hrs in the Black Box. We hope to see many of you there.

FROM MS ROGIC, THE CHARITY COORDINATOR

Charity Sleepover

Black Box

1600hrs, Friday

20th September

 

Once again we are very excited to announce an exciting opportunity to support Jian Hua school with our annual sleepover on September 20th 2019 here at Wellington. It will start at 1600hrs and it will take place in the Black Box.

Admission fee is 50 RMB and students should collect a sponsorship form from Ms Rogic in order to raise as much money as possible for this wonderful cause. This year we are aiming to break our record of 5000 RMB.

Students will need to bring:

  • Sleeping bag and pillow
  • Pyjamas or comfortable sleeping clothes
  • Breakfast
  • Money for takeaway dinner and snacks

Participating pupils will need to be collected from school by 0900hrs on Saturday morning. Buses are not provided for this event. If you have any questions regarding any aspect of the sleepover, please email: maja.rogic@wellingtoncollege.cn. Thank you for your support!

Art

Every Friday

8:30-11:00

MB125

Mrs Markovic

ksenija.jakic@wellingtoncollege.cn

 

Mandarin

Every Tuesday

10:15-11:15

MB125

Mrs Yuan and Mrs Zhang

yizhang001@foxmail.com

 

EAL (Beginner level)

Every Tuesday of Week A

8:30-9:30

MB234

Mr Furse

David.Furse@wellingtoncollege.cn

 

EAL (Advanced level)

Every Thursday of Week B

8:30-9:30

MB234

Mr Furse

David.Furse@wellingtoncollege.cn

 

Pilates

Every Tuesday

8:45-10:00

Black Box

Mrs Stofkova

dstofkova@yahoo.com

 

Pilates

Every Friday

8:45-10:00

Black Box

Mrs Stofkova

dstofkova@yahoo.com

 

Yoga

Every Wednesday

8:45-10:00

Black Box

Mrs Havlíková

havlikann@gmail.com

 

Yoga

Every Thursday

10:45-12:00

Black Box

Mrs Havlíková

havlikann@gmail.com

 

Traditional Chinese Medicine

Every Thursday

9:00-10:30

MB113

Mrs Markovic

ksenija.jakic@gmail.com

 

Notice: Any changes of time/date/venue please follow the notice according to the course organiser.

UPCOMING EVENTS

 

Monday 16 September 2019

All Day

Week 5 (A)

 

11:00AM – 12:00PM

Senior School assembly (JMS) (Theatre)

 

Tuesday 17 September 2019

8:45AM – 10:00AM

FOW: Pilates (LL) (Black Box)

 

10:15AM – 11:15AM

FOW: Mandarin class (LL)

 

4:00PM

ISCOT League MS Boys and Girls Football vs TEDA (h) (RG) (Sports Centre)

 

5:00PM

Senior School parents’ evening: AL Induction Year Open House (DP) (Main Building)

 

5:00PM

USAD and USAP Parent Briefing (LF) (CR)

 

5:00PM

Nest: parents’ evening (DZ) (The Nest)

 

Wednesday 18 September 2019

8:30AM – 12:30PM

Mandarin trip: Year 11 and AL Induction Year (YZ)

 

8:45AM – 10:00AM

FOW: Yoga class (LL) (Black Box)

 

3:05PM

Junior School Assembly: Class 6A (RA) (Theatre)

 

4:00PM

ISCOT League HS Boys and Girls Volleyball vs TIS (a) (RG)

 

Thursday 19 September 2019

9:00AM – 10:30AM

FOW: TCM class (LL)

 

10:45AM – 12:00PM

FOW: Yoga class (LL) (Black Box)

 

2:00PM – 3:00PM

Meet the Master and Bursar: all year groups (ES) (DoY)

 

5:00PM

Nest: parents’ evening (DZ) (Main Building)

 

Friday 20 September 2019

8:30AM – 11:00AM

FOW: Art class (LL)

 

8:30AM – 2:30PM

Reception Class trip (DZ)

 

8:45AM – 10:00AM

FOW: Pilates (LL) (Black Box)

 

1:25PM – 1:55PM

Lunchtime concert (FG) (Black Box)

 

2:00PM – 3:00PM

Food Committee meeting (Main Building) (LL) (Duke of York room)

 

3:45PM – 4:45PM

H&S Committee meeting (VW) (FOW room)

 

4:00PM

Charity sleepover (MR) (Black Box)

 

Saturday 21 September 2019

9:00AM

Saturday Activity Programme (SAP) (EvK)

 

12:00PM

ISCOT Tournament MS Boys and Girls Badminton (@ TEDA) (RG)