From the Master
If there is one thing that unites almost all our parents and pupils it is their desire for English language proficiency. It is one of the most important parts of our education here at Wellington, so much so that we have a team of 12 specialist teachers across the school. Regular readers and attendees of our weekly meet the Master events will know that we are reviewing our language policy this term. The aim is to reinforce the spoken elements of English across the school and help to accelerate the progress of all our second language learners by simplifying the demands on our English usage.
I know very well that many of our families are anxious about the best ways to help their child develop more confidence and competence in English. There may be little or no English spoken at home, and as a result, a young learner must rely on his or her time in school to develop fluency. This is challenging given the constraints of time for even the most confident linguist, so I sought the advice of our English language coordinator in the Senior School, Mrs Rebecca Dong. She suggested three key areas in which pupils can accelerate their language competence.
The first is a language-rich environment: our pupils have the opportunity to immerse themselves with ‘mainstream’ learners and English native speakers. This fosters confidence and greater integration, through higher proficiency in listening and speaking. Pupils exposed to this level of intensive English become more confident in speaking and more familiar with specialist academic vocabulary. In turn, this can mean it is easier for students to fit in at overseas universities.
Secondly, literature cultivation: our library and classrooms offer a huge range of literary resources. This access to various graded readers, masterpieces of English literature and bespoke reading guidance gives each Wellingtonian the chance to develop a genuine love of reading, explore new genres in writing and stimulate more profound levels of discussion and imagination. Nothing kickstarts a passion for language faster than falling in love with a great book.
Finally, Mrs Dong encourages pupils and parents to focus on IELTS and TOEFL courses: the rigour and precision of these qualifications open a new world on language competence. Pupils who thrive under these programmes find that their exam skills, grammar, academic writing styles, and academic reading skills are all boosted as a result of the preparation for the tests.
Our language acquisition programmes have been revitalised this year, with greater flexibility in the support offered by specialist staff, as well as a focus on rapid integration into mainstream classes in order to boost confidence and competence. Our reviewed language policy will be available to parents later this term, and our commitment to improving parent information around the language and literacy programmes is reflected in the parent briefing schedule.
In an environment which seeks to offer genuine immersion in the English language, we expect all our language learners to make strong progress. It is a goal that unites us all across the community, so with greater levels of insight and shared purpose, we can continue to offer the finest language-rich programmes in the city.
As ever, if you would like to know more about our academic courses and projects, please do not hesitate to contact us. The team leader for English language acquisition is Mrs Jane Arden and she can be emailed at: email@example.com. Mrs Arden will be able to direct your questions or concerns to the appropriate member of staff.
MEET THE MASTER
Duke of York’s Room
This week’s Meet the Master slot is open to parents of pupils in Years 2 to 6. If you would like to attend, please confirm via email with Ms. Emma Shi
by Wednesday 9th October.
PARENT BRIEFING: MATHS AND NUMERACY IN THE SENIOR SCHOOL
0900hrs – 1015hrs, Wednesday
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 Eammon Williams, the Head of Mathematics Department, will give details of the mathematic’ programmes in the Senior School. It starts at 0900hrs in the Common Room.
Please come and find out at the Parent Briefing about mathematics in the Senior School. Mr Williams will talk about the Key Stage 3 curriculum and how it is applied within our school and how it supports our pupils. In addition, there will be an explanation of the mathematics examination options for pupils entering at Key Stage 4 and 5 (Years 10-13).
FROM MRS WOOD, STUDENT GUIDANCE AND WELFARE
Mental Health Day
Thursday, 10th October
Mental health problems affect people of any age, race, religion or income. The most commonly diagnosed mental health problems are anxiety, bipolar disorder, depression, eating disorders, schizophrenia, OCD, personality disorders and phobias. 9 in 10 people who have a mental health problem say they have experienced stigma and discrimination as a result.
Similar to other types of discrimination, people who experience mental health stigma describe feeling isolated, ashamed, misunderstood and demeaned. Talking about mental health can be really helpful. You don’t need to be an expert. The more we talk about mental health, the more we can break down the taboos surrounding it – enabling young people to look after their own health, reducing the stigma around asking for help, and allowing them to support peers.
The focus for our thoughts and activities in recognition of World Mental Health Day is ‘Let’s Talk’. We aim to break the silence of talking about mental health issues. Please join us as we start the conversations during this week. The more we discuss the issues of mental health, the more our young people will understand that have issues of this nature is perfectly normal.
Ten tips for talking
- Mental health isn’t just about illness. It is also about wellbeing.
- Showing you’re happy to talk and listen will mean a lot.
- You don’t need to set aside hours. Just opening up the conversation helps.
- You could chat while doing something else, like driving or preparing dinner.
- Explain that every one of us has mental health.
- You don’t have to be an expert or have the answers.
- Hypothetical situations might be easier to talk about than personal experiences.
- Familiar ideas might include feeling stressed, depressed, low or anxious
- You could suggest learning together.
- There a lots of good information resources on the internet.
We all have mental health
We all have mental health, like we all have physical health. It’s important we take care of both as they are part of our overall wellbeing. When someone experiences a mental health problem, it can affect their thinking, their mood, and their ability to relate to others as they usually would. Actually, you might be surprised how common mental health problems are. So, even if your family isn’t affected directly, you or your children will know someone who’s going through the experience right now. Considering all this, you’d think we’d speak about mental health more, wouldn’t you? But it’s still often a topic we avoid. If discussing mental health isn’t everyday and ordinary in your house, you’re not alone. It’s really important though, and just being open to speaking and listening as a parent can make a real difference.
If you are concerned about your child’s mental health and you are not sure what to do please contact us, we can help you find the guidance you need,
FROM THE HEAD OF PE AND SPORT
Senior School Sports’ Day
Tuesday, 8th October
Senior School students will participate in the annual Sports’ Day on Tuesday 8th October. Events start at 0830hrs and will involve students representing their house in a number of athletic activities, ranging from long-distance running and field events, such as the javelin and the triple jump, to short distance sprints and a team relay. Pupils are reminded that they should come to school in their PE or sports’ kit, which they are permitted to wear throughout the whole day. Parents are invited to watch the afternoon events, starting at 1415hrs and finishing at around 1645hrs. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or speak to me in person at the College. I look forward to seeing you there to soak up the atmosphere, cheer on the houses, and support the sporting success of our students.
FROM MS ROGIC, THE CHARITY COORDINATOR
Friday, 11th October
Pink Day 2019 Wellington pupils, parents and staff will celebrate Pink Day. We would like to invite our pupils to show their support for the Tianjin Cancer Hospital Prevention Centre by wearing an item of pink clothing on Friday October 11th and donate 10RMB / item of pinkness. Once again, our amazing Wellington mums will organize Pink Day Sale at 1400hrs at the school Atrium. All funds raised across the ISCOT schools will be donated to the TICC’s charity campaign – a hugely worthy cause.
We would also like to remind members of our community that they can join the Wellington tables at the 10th Pink Ribbon Gala Dinner, a wonderful event with good food, dancing and a superb charity auction. This year it will be held in Shangri-La hotel on October 26th from 1830hrs. Please contact Maja Rogic at email@example.com for more information if you are interested.
FROM THE MARKETING DEPARTMENT
Tianjin’s Second Annual “Healthy Life” Fair & Back to School BBQ
Wellington College International Tianjin Football Pitch
Our school is co-sponsoring the AmCham China, Tianjin’s Second “Healthy Life” Fair and Back to School BBQ on Sunday 13th October. Please join us with an action-packed day of games, live music, delicious food, and a raffle with amazing prizes.
Highlights on the day
- This year’s mini games will include a fierce relay race, strong-man (plus strong woman) tug-of-war, as well as a series of mini games.
- Vendors will provide games for the whole family, including but not limited to American football, water gun combat, baseball, face painting, scooters, mini golf, etc.
- After the games, a lunch will be provided with cold beverages.
The theme of this event will be “Healthy Life,” so be sure to bring your kids so they can learn a thing or two about living a healthy and happy life!
Come to cheer for our Wellington mini games players and we look forward to seeing you then!
Individual ticket price
Children (4-12): RMB80
Children (0-4): Free
***Entry fee includes lunch and beverages (including beer), activities for whole family. Tickets should be ordered and paid for in advance. No tickets will be sold at the door.
For detailed information on booking tickets, please scan the QR code on the poster below or contact the College Reception 022-87587199.
Mrs Yuan and Mrs Zhang
EAL (Beginner level)
Every Tuesday of Week A
EAL (Advanced level)
Every Thursday of Week B
Traditional Chinese Medicine
Notice: Any changes of time/date/venue please follow the notice according to the course organiser.
Monday 07 October 2019
Week 7 (A)
11:00AM – 12:00PM
Senior School assembly: Blucher House (JP) (Theatre)
Tuesday 08 October 2019
Senior School sports’ day (RG) (Sports Centre)
8:30AM – 9:30AM
FOW: EAL – Beginner Level (LL) (MB 234)
8:45AM – 10:00AM
FOW: Pilates (LL) (Black Box)
10:15AM – 11:15AM
FOW: Mandarin class (LL)
Wednesday 09 October 2019
IoL Workshops (to 10th) (AH)
8:45AM – 10:00AM
FOW: Yoga class (LL) (Black Box)
9:00AM – 10:15AM
Parent briefing: Maths and numeracy in the Senior School (ES) (Main Building)
2:30PM – 3:30PM
Nest parent briefing: Bilingual education (DZ) (Main Building)
3:05PM – 3:45PM
Junior School assembly (RA) (Theatre)
Thursday 10 October 2019
World mental health day (SW)
8:00AM – 5:00PM
Korean culture trip to Beijing (SK)
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 2-6 (ES) (Main Building)
Friday 11 October 2019
Pink Day (in aid of local cancer charities) (MR)
8:30AM – 11:00AM
FOW: Art class (LL)
8:45AM – 10:00AM
FOW: Pilates (LL) (Black Box)
Saturday 12 October 2019
ISCOT Tournament MS Boys and Girls Football (h) (RG) (Sports Centre)
Saturday Activity Programme (SAP) (EvK)