The Week Ahead 21 June 2019

Dear parents
Thank you to all those parents who attended the recent morning briefing on the school’s development plans for 2019/20. I hope you found it useful. One point which I mentioned in the session was that, from August, our briefings to parents will undergo something of a change. The first is that they will take place every two weeks, with the time (09:00hrs) and the venue unchanged. The shift to a two-week cycle will also see a change to the programme, with a greater emphasis on the academic course content and assessment forms across the school. This is in response to feedback from parents who would like to know more about the school’s courses and teaching programmes. This will be supported by more detailed handbooks, available online from August, which will help to outline the learning journey at Wellington in greater depth.The third change will be the introduction of more university briefings for parents of younger children. We recognise that planning for university admission starts early and, as a result, we will be offering twilight sessions at 17:30hrs across the year for parents and children of all age groups to come along and meet the university team and hear about the ways the school supports the application process.  I have listed the various briefing sessions for parents below; all parents are welcome to attend any session. Finally, the weekly Meet the Master sessions will continue as they have this year, with a monthly opportunity to meet the Bursar included to offer insight on non-academic matters. As ever, full details are in the term diary, published in August, or on our website, which shows events up to three  months ahead of time:(https://www.wellingtoncollege.cn/tianjin-international/school-life/calendar/). 

Parent briefings 2019/20:

Michaelmas term

Wednesday 21 August 2019

14:30 – 15:30

Nest parent briefing: Getting your child ready for school

Wednesday 28 August 2019

09:00 – 10:15

Parent briefing: Assessment at Wellington

Wednesday 11 September 2019

09:00 – 10:15

Parent briefing: English language development at Wellington

Wednesday 25 September 2019

09:00 – 10:15

Parent briefing: The Junior School numeracy programme

Wednesday 09 October 2019

09:00 – 10:15

Parent briefing: Maths and numeracy in the Senior School

14:30 – 15:30

Nest parent briefing: Bilingual education

Wednesday 23 October 2019

09:00 – 10:15

Parent briefing: Science at Wellington

Wednesday 06 November 2019

09:00 – 10:15

Parent briefing: Mandarin courses for native speakers – Years 2-13

Wednesday 20 November 2019

09:00 – 10:15

Parent briefing: The arts in the Senior School curriculum

Thursday 21 November 2019

17:30

Parent briefing: university applications (for parents of pupils in Years 7-9)

Thursday 28 November 2019

17:30

Parent briefing: university applications and BridgeU

Wednesday 04 December 2019

09:00 – 10:15

Parent briefing: How Wellington teaches life-long skills

Wednesday 11 December 2019

14:30 – 15:30

Nest parent briefing: Parenting young children

 

Lent term

Wednesday 15 January 2020

09:00 – 10:15

Parent briefing: The humanities at Wellington

14:30 – 15:30

Nest parent briefing

How grandparents can support a child’s learning & development

Wednesday 12 February 2020

09:00 – 10:15

Parent briefing: Mandarin courses for non-native speakers – Years 2-11

Wednesday 19 February 2020

14:30 – 15:30

Nest parent briefing: Language acquisition in young children

Wednesday 26 February 2020

09:00 – 10:15

Parent briefing: Technology education at Wellington

Wednesday 11 March 2020

09:00 – 10:15

Parent briefing: The wellbeing curriculum at Wellington

14:30 – 15:30

Nest parent briefing: Learning through play – literacy

Wednesday 25 March 2020

09:00 – 10:15

Parent briefing: Sports’ education at Wellington

 

Summer term

Wednesday 22 April 2020

09:00 – 10:15

Parent briefing: Annual Review 2020 feedback

14:30 – 15:30

Nest parent briefing: Fostering a growth mindset

Wednesday 06 May 2020

09:00 – 10:15

Parent briefing: Managing successful transitions from Year 6-7

Wednesday 20 May 2020

09:00 – 10:15

Parent briefing

What is independence in learning and how does it help children succeed?

Wednesday 27 May 2020

14:30 – 15:30

Nest parent briefing: Learning through play – numeracy

Wednesday 03 June 2020

09:00 – 10:15

Parent briefing: School development plans for 2020/21

Thursday 18 June 2020

17:30

Parent briefing

University admissions – getting ready for applications to elite universities

 

I hope that these provide further opportunities for parents to learn more about the school and its programmes. You will know by now how important openness and communication are for us here at Wellington, and I think these are good ways to help keep our community informed of all the work going on within the school gates.

 

All that it leaves me to do now is to wish all our families a very happy and peaceful summer holiday. I hope to see you all thoroughly refreshed and ready for the new year on 21st August when term starts for all pupils.

 

Best wishes

 

Julian Jeffrey

MASTER

*Reminder*

This week the school for all pupils will finish at 1550hrs from Monday to Thursday, and the buses will departure from school at 1600hrs.

On the final day of the term, Friday 28th June, school will finish at 1500hrs, and the buses will departure at 1510hrs.

There are no ASA this week and pupils will have prep time instead.

FROM THE DIRECTOR OF EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY 

Surface Pros during the holiday: Y10, 11 and A Level Induction Year

Dear parents, as you are aware, here at Wellington College International Tianjin we value developments in technology which help our pupils to access educational content and support their academic success. We also believe in empowering our pupils for the future, one aspect of which is educating them on the use of new technologies. These are the reasons why we started our ‘anytime-anywhere’ learning programme, supplying your children with state-of-the-art Microsoft Surface Pro devices.

In order to allow for revision and research over the long summer holiday, we have decided to allow all Year 10, Year 11, and A Level induction year pupils to keep their Surface Pros throughout July and August. I would urge all of them, however, to justify this trust placed in them and take good care of these devices, bringing them back on the first day of school.

I wish you all a great summer holiday!

FROM MS CHAPMAN, ENGLISH DEPARTMENT

Macbeth

Theatre

1320hrs, Monday, 24th June

1800hrs, Tuesday, 25th June

Please come along on either Monday lunchtime or Tuesday evening of this week to watch the students perform Shakespeare’s classic tragedy Macbeth. The students have been working exceptionally hard on memorising lines of challenging Shakespearean language. The event is free and no ticket is required. Please note that the estimated end time of the performance on Tuesday is 1900hrs. There will be light refreshments available after the evening show.

FROM THE HEAD OF SCIENCE DEPARTMENT

Science Fair

Black Box

1330hrs-1530hrs, Tuesday 25th June

The Wellington College Science Fair is an opportunity for students to apply scientific method to conduct independent research and promote an ongoing interest in Science through exhibition and demonstration. Creative thinking is encouraged so that all involved think outside of the box to determine solutions to their chosen question. This provides exploratory experiences through self-designed models and encourages problem-solving teamwork. A further aim of the Fair is to develop a scientific approach to raise awareness of environmental challenges such as sustainability, global warming and an alternative to plastic, all of which promote a scientific mind.

Pupils enjoy learning through such exhibition and feel a sense of ownership as they make the presentations with their own hands. The students get an opportunity to showcase their talent in front of others and feel proud of their achievements as well as learning in unique ways to find solutions to their challenge.

Art

Every Friday

8:30-11:00

MB125

Mrs Markovic

ksenija.jakic@gmail.com

Mandarin

Every Tuesday

10:15-11:15

MB125

Mrs Yuan and Mrs Zhang

yizhang001@foxmail.com

EAL (lower level)

Every Monday

8:30-9:30

MB231

Mr Findlay

paul.findlay@wellingtoncollege.cn

EAL (higher level)

Every Friday

8:30-9:30

MB231

Mr Findlay

paul.findlay@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

Glamour Handmade Course

Every Wednesday

14:00-15:30

MB125

Mrs Chen

kevingutongxuan@163.com

Traditional Chinese Medicine

Every Thursday

9:00-10:30

MB207

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 24 June 2019

All Day

Year 12 Higher Education Day (ii) (JMS) (Main Building)

 

All Day

Week B

 

8:30AM – 9:30AM

FOW EAL (Beginners) (PF) (MB 235)

 

1:20PM

Macbeth (LC)(Theatre)

 

3:05PM – 3:45PM

Senior School Assembly (JMS) (Theatre)

 

Tuesday 25 June 2019

8:45AM – 10:00AM

FOW Pilates (ES) (Black Box)

 

10:15AM – 11:15AM

FOW Mandarin Class (ES) (MB 125)

 

1:30PM – 3:30PM

Science Fair (CI) (Black Box)

 

6:00PM – 7:00PM

Macbeth (LC)(Theatre)

 

Wednesday 26 June 2019

8:45AM – 10:00AM

FOW Yoga (ES) (Black Box)

 

2:00PM

Milepost 3 Trip and Exit Point (RA) (Main Building)

 

6:00PM – 7:30PM

Jasmine Concert (FG)

 

Thursday 27 June 2019

9:00AM – 10:30AM

FOW: Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) (ES) (WCA Room)

 

9:00AM – 12:00PM

FOW Reading Group (ES) (MB 125)

 

10:45AM – 12:00PM

FOW: Yoga (ES) (Black Box)

 

3:05PM – 3:45PM

Junior School Assembly (RA) (Theatre)

 

Friday 28 June 2019

8:30AM – 9:00AM

Nest Assembly (DZ) (Theatre)

 

8:30AM – 9:30AM

FOW EAL (Advanced) (PF) (MB 231)

 

8:30AM – 11:00AM

FOW Art Class (KM) (MB 125)

 

8:45AM – 10:00AM

FOW Pilates (ES) (Black Box)

 

3:30PM

Summer Terms ends (ES)

 

3:45PM

Nest: Pupil reports published (DZ)

 

5:00PM

Senior School reports published (DP)

 

5:00PM

Junior School reports published (RA)

 

Saturday 29 June 2019

10:30AM

A Level Scholarship Interviews (external) (YY) (Main Building)