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What a Fantastic Year in this Tianjin International School

November 13
22:33 2019

The master of Wellington College International Tianjin, Mr Julian Jeffrey, wrote a letter to the parents of their students at the end of the school year. In the letter, he said, “To the evident delight and relief of your children, and not a few members of staff, the end of the school year is almost upon us. August 22nd 2018 seems a long time ago, but the drive for school improvement is undimmed and I can assure you that the plans already in place for the next 12-24 months are all centred on increasing pupil engagement and achievement.”

What a Fantastic Year in this Tianjin International School

The vision and mission of Wellington College International Tianjin are to seek and develop “well-rounded individuals with strong values and the skills to thrive within an ever-changing global society.” For this to become a reality, Wellington college international Tianjin needs to keep challenging and supporting all pupils, “and as we approach our 10th anniversary of the establishment of Tianjin International School, it has never been more apparent that Wellington is well-placed to deliver that vision. Examination results at all levels continue to meet (and exceed) our ambitious targets; the evidence of the development of English for second-language learners consistently shows results outstripping expected levels of progress; and more and more of our pupils are competing at national and international levels in music, the arts, academic events and sport. We have celebrated such achievements each week this year, and as we gain in both experience and confidence, I know the quality of our teams and participants will continue to improve,” as the master said.

This year,the students of  Wellington College International Tianjin have shown their own personal strengths and achievements. For some, the stunning musical adaptation of West Side Story will be the lasting memory. For others, the community spirit and sense of fun so apparent in the Summer Fair will be the defining moment. Graduation, the Autumn, Christmas and Summer concerts, the Junior School summer gala or the Spring Festival celebrations also stand out amid the busy calendar. The Master, Mr. Julian Jeffrey, pointed out that his highlights have included all those and more: hearing from pupils and parents about the tireless care and support they received during their university application process; watching young people perform on the stage for the first time; meeting Old Wellingtonians who visited the school and talked so passionately about their time with us. You can see why a review of the year in such a letter inevitably ends up leaving out as many things as it includes!

The coming year promises to see more opportunities for pupils to reach new heights and scale new challenges. Wellington College International Tianjin is working towards another record set of examination results for Years 11-13, and progress has already started on meeting the recommendations from the Annual Review. Next year, if they sustain their progress, Wellington College International Tianjin will have achieved three years’ worth of ‘good and excellent’ gradings in Annual Review for the first time in its history. Next year will be a busy, purposeful year for Wellington College International Tianjin, this excellent Tianjin international school has planned 44 school trips, 27 musical performances and art/design shows and over 100 sporting fixtures. The aim, as ever, is to give children access to an enviable range of educational experiences, and in so doing, enrich their lives through learning.

Inevitably, at the end of any year, schools gather to say farewell to pupils and staff who are moving on. Mr Julian Jeffrey gives his warmest thanks for the hard work and wide-ranging contributions of the following: Mr Owiti, Mr Findlay, Ms Paine, Mrs O’Donoghue, Mrs Turdeich, Ms Healey, Mr Ratcliffe, Ms Dingli and the wonderful interns: Thomas, Beth, Bryony and Owen. These people have given selflessly of their time and effort, and they move on to fresh opportunities in their lives with Mr Julian Jeffrey`s very best wishes. And Mr Julian Jeffrey also says farewell to Mr Lewis, for three years of exemplary leadership on pastoral matters and safeguarding. Due to his work behind the scenes with staff training and policy development, the students of Wellington College International Tianjin are much safer. He has also proved a wise and compassionate leader when dealing with issues of anti-social behaviour and wellbeing. He moves on to a senior management position at a new school in Nanjing, and I wish him well in his new role.

In August, a group of highly skilled and experienced teachers from the UK and New Zealand joined the big family of Wellington college international Tianjin. Mrs Melissa Meyers, who is the new Deputy Head in the Junior School. She will support Mr Ali who adds the role of Second Master to his existing portfolio. Mr Roundell will be so familiar to the children from his years in the school, moves up to take on the safeguarding and pastoral responsibilities, whilst Ms Huckfield assumes the mantle of leader of staff training and development.

As well as changes to the teaching staff, the school buildings will continue their renaissance as this Tianjin International School moves towards its 10-year anniversary. The interior of the Nest and Junior School will be painted throughout, as part of a major three-year project to paint the whole school.  They plan to paint new colours across the main building too, echoing the Wellington colour scheme which will be seen in the Atrium and first floor. The fresh air system will be extended to the second and third floors of the Main Building after the successful introduction of the system last year in the Nest and first floor. The new security entrance will be more robust and feature a waiting area for visitors as well as providing more secure access to the estate. Nest pupils will benefit from the outdoor learning space that will be created at the side of the building, opening up several new opportunities for the experiential learning programmes of the Nest.

It has been a busy and rewarding year for Wellingtonians, as the school continues to grow both in terms of numbers of pupils as well as academic results.  More and more graduates accessing the top tier of world universities from this Tianjin International School, whilst the younger pupils continue to make accelerated progress in English and maths. Through this passionate letter, the students and staff can feel the excitement of Mr Julian Jeffrey.

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