The Week Ahead 13 December 2019

From the Master

Dear parents

Welcome to the final Week Ahead of 2019. The Michaelmas term ends at 1515hrs on Wednesday 18th December.

Aside from the prospect of a great holiday, there is still time left for the school to host three remarkable events next week. The first, on Monday, sees the official unveiling of the Wellington Tianjin A Level Centre Shuping Scholarship, an amazing opportunity for a local youngster to come and study at the school on a means’ tested scholarship that ultimately will offer financial support throughout their time with us at school. Thanks to the vision and commitment of the school’s founder and chairman, Mrs Joy Qiao, we will be able to offer applicants of outstanding academic and personal qualities, who previously would not be able to contemplate such access, the chance to access the A Level programme here.

On Tuesday, we have our annual Christmas Concert, the third and final such production of the term after the very successful Nest and Junior School shows of the preceding weeks. This year sees our most ambitious programme yet, with orchestral, solo and choral sections combining to magical effect. As ever with the work of our Music department, the commitment to excellence means that you can be sure of a wonderful spectacle as over 180 pupils from across the Junior and Senior schools come together for this concert. It all starts at 1800hrs in the theatre and all parents are cordially invited. Pupils from the Senior School who are not performing will be supporting the event as well, with late buses and supper arranged for them on that day.

Finally, on Wednesday, we have the privilege to be awarded Microsoft Showcase School status. We will be only the seventh school in China to win this accolade, and the first international school. This recognition from Microsoft reflects the very hard work done on boosting the IT provision and education across the school in the past three years, and gives us access to a range of Microsoft training and support programmes as well as opening up the school to visitors who wish to learn more about the ways educational technology is applied in a school setting. The initial emphasis for Wellington will be on the ‘classroom of the future’ and coding programmes such as Microbit and Kudo; I look forward to briefing our parent community further on this very exciting development in the coming months.

With three such busy days ahead, it is little surprise that we all need a holiday, but I would like to remind parents of pupils in Years 11-13 that your children have important mock examinations as soon as we return in January. They should be revising for between 35-60 hours over the coming break. All pupils have been given access to exhaustive revision materials by their teachers, so please check that the work is being completely properly.


Best wishes for a peaceful holiday

Julian Jeffrey



Senior School Arrangements Next Week


The Senior School will finish at 1600hrs on Monday and Tuesday, and School will end at 1500hrs on Wednesday 18th December. Buses will run at these times.

Senior School pupils will be attending a Christmas concert at 1800hrs on Tuesday 17th December, so Senior School pupils will leave school at 2000hrs on that day. Buses will be provided.

End of Michaelmas reports will be published via Parent Portal by 1700hrs on Wednesday.


Years 11-13 Mock Examinations

8th – 17th January


All pupils in Years 11, 12 and 13 will be sitting mock examinations from 8th -17th January.

The expectations are that they spend the following amount of time on their revision during the holidays:

Year 11 – 4 hours per subject plus past papers

Year 12 – 10 hours per subject plus past papers

Year 13 – 14 hours per subject plus past papers

Please make sure that your child is sleeping and eating well and that he/she has somewhere quiet to do their revision.

Why do we do mock examinations?

They are a good way to find out where your child’s strengths are, as well as identifying the areas that require attention. Mocks are also a really good way to hone revision techniques and for pupils to familiarise themselves with the pressures of public examinations. Please support us in ensuring that your child understands the importance of these examinations. Pupils who do not pass their exams will have to re-sit them.


Spring Festival Temple Fair

Dining Hall

1500hrs – 1700hrs, Friday

17th January


A week-long celebration of Chinese culture starts on Monday the 13th-17th January in the College. The finale to the week is the much awaited ‘Spring Festival Temple Fair’ on Friday 17th January. Please come along and enjoy the celebration with us. Proceeds from the event will go to those charity organizations we have been supporting across the school. If any parents or friends from the Wellington community would like to be involved in organising a stall or offering any other support for the event, please contact Ms. Nina Lee in the Marketing department.



Monday 16 December 2019

All Day

Week 17 (A)


8:45AM – 10:00AM

FOW: French class (LL) (MB 125)


11:00AM – 12:00PM

Senior School assembly (JMS) (Theatre)


Tuesday 17 December 2019

8:30AM – 9:30AM

FOW: English class (beginner level) (MB 234)


8:45AM – 10:00AM

FOW: Pilates (LL) (Black Box)


10:15AM – 11:15AM

FOW: Mandarin class (LL) (MB 113)


1:00PM – 2:00PM

FOW: How to use Chinese daily life apps (LL) (MB 113)



Christmas concert (FG) (Theatre)


Wednesday 18 December 2019

All Day

Nest pyjama day (DZ) (The Nest)


8:45AM – 10:00AM

FOW: Yoga class (LL) (Black Box)



Michaelmas Term ends (ES)



UCAS applications deadline (JMS)



Reports published (RA)