ASA Update| Block 2 Begins

Last week, over three days of competition, all Grade 1 to 7 pupils participated in 49 different events competing to earn points for their Houses. Most of the competitions were team events and it was wonderful to see the pupils taking it so seriously, working hard in their teams and coming up with plans, strategies and tactics of how to overcome the other Houses.

Some of the events were individual ones. My favourite was the Grade 1 art competition. I loved seeing the caricatures of Mr. Mills and the pupils’ interpretations of the task. There was a lot of creativity and imagination going into their art work. Well done to Mr. Lucas for designing this inspiring competition.

Beside the numerous sports competitions, pupils also competed in mathematics challenges, spelling bee (spelling) competitions, as well as such things as Lego construction and tower building.

Developing the right philosophy for our competitions was vital. Of course every competition had winners, but individual achievement was less important than the principle of working towards achievements for the House. There is no ‘I’ in team. Every point earned by a pupil in a team was just as important a contribution as coming first in an individual event or being the overall House winners. This was especially critical in the final event, where everyone took part and everyone’s points mattered.

After all of the scores were tallied, the overall winners in this competition were Si House. They participated as a team and they won as a team. Well done Si House.

Block 2 begins! 

Selection and allocation of Block 2 ASAs have now been completed. The first week has started with pupils venturing off to new classrooms and teachers.  ASAs provide many excellent learning opportunities for the pupils, whether this is learning a new activity, developing collaborative skills, building perseverance, or advancing their project management skills.  These essential skills can be often overlooked when considering the main theme of the activity. It is important for pupils to bear this in mind when involving themselves in the tasks set. The abilities they develop and refine will help them in later life, whether it is in running a business, managing global meetings, or saving people’s lives on an operating table.  The more successful and accomplished they are with the skills they develop here, the better the outcomes will be for them and others as they go through life.

Our program consists of a range of activities and I cannot wait to visit each activity we offer.  Our dedicated staff have been working hard to tweak and adapt the old activities and resourcing new and exciting activities. I know Ms. Gaul and Ms. Fong are very excited about all the Performing Arts activities and have some amazing ideas for future school productions and performances.

The introduction of Ms. Donkin and Mr. Long into the sport element of the ASA program will be a very good addition and being able to offer specific female sports coaching from two highly experience coaches will be excellent for building a strong foundation for our girl’s after-school sport programmes.

In addition to the increased number of sports activities being offered, the addition of Ms. Hou, one of the school’s synchronized swimming coaches, along with her vast knowledge and high technical understanding will benefit pupils greatly. I believe it will not be long before our pupils will be competing in regional events as a result of her elite level of coaching.

All of us at Wellington College Hangzhou value and place emphasis on taking responsibility though service to others and the charity tasks Ms. Wang managed over Block 1 with the pupils will continue to grow as the year progresses.

It was pleasing to witness pupils proactively emptying the recycling boxes that we have in various parts of the school. As a school we are very keen for this to continue and look forward to seeing our pupils increasing their commitment to sustainability and environmental protection.

Showing perseverance and determination can be demonstrated through the pupil’s commitment to their activities throughout each week and I will be taking a strong interest in the students who regularly go above and beyond to make the most of these important opportunities.