The Week Ahead 18 October 2019

From the Master

Dear parents

I was bowled over by the news this morning that the school had raised over 14,000RMB for our recent Pink Day. This is an event dedicated to providing support for local cancer charities and involved very significant support from all parts of our school community. One group which made a particularly impressive contribution was the Friends of Wellington (FOW). Volunteers from across the parent body who rallied to the cause by running stalls, baking delicious cakes, selling homemade arts, crafts and jewellery. Their selfless work, time and energy proved a major factor in helping the school to make the overall donation to the Pink Day organisers.

I have written before about the excellent work our FOW does to support the Wellington community. Even a brief glance at the school calendar, or any Week Ahead, reveals the extent of the engagement of our parents and other supporters of the school. There are now 11 regular FOW courses available each week, open to all parents from across our school. Enrolling children in the school automatically means that parents are members of the FOW, and they all have equal access to any (or indeed, all!) of these courses. It is a unique structure, led by volunteers and focused on making the community of parents stronger and more unified, and has played a vital part in fostering stronger links between our families. It is wonderful to see so many parents and friends of the school enjoying both the activities and one another’s company in such a purposeful programme of activities.

The proliferation of FOW activities reflects the health of the wider school. It has been so heartening to see how strong the commitment of our families has been in the development of cross-community understanding and collaboration. If your child has recently joined the school, or you are keen to find out more about programmes like keeping fit through yoga or Pilates; learning fresh skills in art or traditional Chinese medicine; or keen to become more fluent in English, mandarin or even French, then please contact Lily Lian, our FOW coordinator ( We also regularly open new courses, and this week we have a programme starting which will be invaluable in supporting families new to Tianjin or China: on Tuesdays from 1300-1400hrs, you can discover the apps which make life easier in this great city. I urge you to come along and try any of the courses on offer: there is genuinely something for everyone.

My very great thanks to all those parents and families who are active in the FOW. You continue to make a huge contribution to the success of our community and I am delighted to see how far the FOW has become a part of the fabric of the school.

Best wishes

Julian Jeffrey



Common Room

0900hrs – 1015hrs, Wednesday

23rd October


Every other Wednesday morning from 0900hrs-1015hrs, parents will have the chance to engage with the school in sessions that cover all aspects of your child’s education, from the Early Years to A Levels and university admissions. For this week’s meeting, Mr Cliff Iddison, the Head of Science Department, will give details of the scientific programmes in the Senior School. It starts at 0900hrs in the Common Room.


TIANMUN Conference

24th October – 26th October


33 delegates from our school are busy for preparing the 7th annual TIANMUN conference 2019. The TIANMUN conference will begin on Thursday afternoon, 24th October and will end Saturday afternoon, 26th October. In this conference, pupils of schools from all over China will work together to develop and debate innovative solutions to current world issues. The goal of TIANMUN is to increase students’ knowledge regarding international issues, policy making, and the activities of the United Nations. Essential life skills in public speaking, research and writing, negotiation, and powers of persuasion, leadership, organization, and interpersonal communication will also be acquired.



Monday 21 October 2019

All Day

Junior School: Parent meeting week (to 25th) (MM)


All Day

Week 9 (A)


8:45AM – 10:00AM

FOW: French (LL) (MB 125)


11:00AM – 12:00PM

Senior School assembly (JMS) (Theatre)


Tuesday 22 October 2019

8:45AM – 10:00AM

FOW: Pilates (LL) (Black Box)


8:30AM – 9:30AM

FOW: EAL – Beginner Level (LL) (MB 234)


10:15AM – 11:15AM

FOW: Mandarin class (LL)


1:00PM – 2:00PM

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



ISCOT League MS Football vs TIS; Boys (h), Girls @ TIS (RG) (Sports Centre)


Wednesday 23 October 2019

8:45AM – 10:00AM

FOW: Yoga class (LL) (Black Box)


9:00AM – 10:15AM

Parent briefing: Science at Wellington (DP) (Main Building)


3:05PM – 3:45PM

Junior School assembly: Class 6B (RA) (Theatre)


Thursday 24 October 2019

All Day

TIANMUN Conference (to 26th) (FC)


8:30AM – 12:30PM

Year 8 Mandarin trip (YZ)


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: Years 7-11 (ES) (DoY)


Friday 25 October 2019


Year 7 English curriculum trip (LC)


8:30AM – 11:00AM

FOW: Art class (LL)


8:45AM – 10:00AM

FOW: Pilates (LL) (Black Box)


1:10PM – 2:00PM

Master’s Society (ES) (Duke of York room)



Senior School reports: published (DP)


Saturday 26 October 2019


Saturday Activity Programme (SAP) (EvK)