Pastoral and Boarding

David MacKinnon

David MacKinnon

Head of Pastoral
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David MacKinnon

David MacKinnon graduated from Queen’s University in Canada with an honours degree in Life Sciences.  After getting his teaching degree, David went on to earn a Master’s Degree in Educational Technology from the University of British Columbia.

Although his specialism is maths and biology, he also has experience teaching chemistry, physics, swimming and even a bit of History.  David was a founding member of the Wellington College International Tianjin group, where he was a housemaster of the Orange.  While in Tianjin, he was also responsible for the after-school activity program and was the lead for teaching and learning in the Senior School.

David loves to play sports in any way, shape, or form, including; ice hockey, rollerblading, football, basketball and volleyball.  When he isn’t busy working at the school, he can be seen with his two lovely children, aged two and four years old.  He believes that every student has the potential to do great things and it is our role as educators to unlock that potential.  He also believes it is the school’s job to educate the whole pupil and help them develop into responsible, caring global citizens.

Alison Armstrong

Alison Armstrong

Boarding Mistress
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Alison Armstrong

Alison Armstrong moved to Hangzhou with her family in July 2018 to take on the responsibility of leading boarding at Huili School Hangzhou.  She has over 20 years of experience teaching in independent education in the UK.  Alison has a Bachelor of Education degree with honours in Physical Education and Sport. Prior to joining Huili she was a dedicated and passionate Boarding Housemistress for eight years at Barnard Castle School in the North of England.  She was responsible for a boarding house of approximately 50 girls aged 11-19 from around the world, where her role was to lead all aspects of female boarding, supporting their personal, academic, social and emotional needs through school – up until university.  She has experience in academic tracking, behaviour support and management and an excellent understanding of the UCAS and QCAS. Guiding pupils through Oxbridge and the Russel Group university process requires specialist understanding which she has learnt over the years.  This process, and the reference system for Universities both within the UK and Internationally is another area of her expertise. During her career Alison has always been heavily involved in, and passionate about the pastoral care and welfare of pupils and brings with her great experience.  She has taken on numerous roles and responsibilities that have been instrumental in developing her experience.  As Head of Personal Social and Careers Education, she rewrote, led and delivered the school’s PSHCE curriculum.She has been responsible for organising and leading school sports tours to South Africa, New Zealand and Chile and Argentina, where she thoroughly enjoyed the various cultural experiences and high quality sports fixtures – they were trips of a lifetime for all involved.
Her philosophy is that we are responsible for equipping pupils with the crucial skill sets required to help them prepare for an uncertain future and for the many jobs of the future that do not currently exist.  She believes in encouraging resilience and motivating pupils to break down problems and to find a creative solution in order to challenge themselves and their a personal capacity by looking at behaviour and mind-set towards an ever-changing world.

Joining Huili School Hangzhou, to set up and lead a brand new boarding house and boarding programme as part of Wellington College has been the pinnacle of opportunity. It is a chance or her to put all her skills to fruition.  The prospect of working with pupils from another culture helping them prepare for global citizenship and share her wealth of experience was as opportunity not to be missed.  Her ambition / aspiration is to create and develop the best boarding experience possible for the pupils within her care and to support their development. She aims to provide an environment of warmth, trust and empathy through working positively together, but also independently, with support while fostering trust giving individuals the chance to grow and flourish.

Daisy Zhang

Daisy Zhang

Counsellor
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Daisy Zhang

Daisy is a Nationally Registered Psychology Counselor and has training and experience both from China and abroad in many areas of counselling.
Graduating from Zhejiang University, Daisy got her MS in Human Development & Family Studies in Iowa State University with full a scholarship. Whilst in America, Daisy worked at organizing activities for Health Centre residents as well as guiding and encouraging those residents to overcome personal issues in their lives. Daisy also worked as a Graduate Teaching Assistant and so has excellent experience employed in school settings and working with children. She used to teach an AP psychology course. More recently she has worked as a counselor in Zhejiang University Mental Health Education and Counseling Center.
Daisy is a member of the China American Psychoanalytic Alliance (CAPA) and her psychological training includes psychodynamics, play therapy, Systemic Family Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), mindfulness & meditation, hypnosis, crisis intervention, etc.
Daisy works with, listens to and supports any children within our school who, for whatever reason, feel they need support in their personal lives. With counseling training and experiences with adults, she is also glad to support faculty and staff, individually or in a group.

Lucy Donkin

Lucy Donkin

Assistant Boarding Mistress
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Lucy Donkin

Lucy has worked as a primary teacher for the past 5 years in both the UK and Egypt. Lucy qualified as a primary school teacher in 2014 after completing her PGCE in Primary and Special Educational Needs at the University of East London. Prior to completing her PGCE Lucy attended Liverpool John Moores University where she graduated in Sports Development and Inclusive Education.

Before qualifying as a teacher Lucy worked as a sports coach in both London and Lincolnshire coaching sport to children who had special educational needs including physical and behavioural needs, in particular cerebral palsy and autism.

In 2014 Lucy travelled to Egypt to work in an international school teaching Grade 3 students with English as an additional language. After one year she then moved to the Physical Education Department working with the lower primary and foundation stage. Working with children of all abilities and ages has given Lucy a real insight to the progress children can make from the first day they join a school.

In her spare time Lucy is a keen sports woman where she enjoys playing and coaching both rugby and football. Before moving internationally Lucy used to play semi professional football, however gave this up to become a teacher. When Lucy was in Egypt she met her future husband, who encouraged her to try rugby and this is where she discovered a love for the sport and became the local girl’s coach as well as a playing member of the adult’s team. Lucy believes that sport has helped her become a more resilient and understanding person, which is something she would like to pass onto the children she teaches.

Callum Donkin

Callum Donkin

SEN Teacher
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Callum Donkin

For the past three years Callum has been working in Egypt, firstly at the Modern English School, Cairo as a teaching and learning specialist. He then moved onto The British School Cairo where he worked in Year 4 as a classroom teacher and also teaching Physical Education.

Before working in Cairo, Callum was working in an autistic independent school in Brigg as Head of Key Stage 4 and PE Lead. Callum grew up in Yorkshire, England, and went to school in the farming town of Beverley. Following this Callum went to Bishop Burton where he received a sporting scholarship for rugby and graduated with a degree in Sports Coaching Development and Fitness.

Whilst in Egypt working as a teaching and learning specialist Callum completed his PGCE from the university of Sunderland. After completing this, Callum continued his education and studied an International Special Educational Needs Coordinators (ISENCO) course from the university of London.

Callum has a passion for all sports especially rugby. He has played rugby at a semiprofessional level since the age of 15 but due to injury had to retire early. His love for rugby took him into coaching and then later, teaching. Callum still enjoys playing and coaching rugby, and for the last two years started and developed Egypt’s first ever Touch Rugby Programme.

Callum’s love for teaching started after working with vulnerable children and children with additional needs. He strongly believes that all children are individuals and learn in their own way.

Lily Zhong

Lily Zhong

SEN Teacher
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Lily Zhong

Lily Zhong has 19 years teaching experience in both English and Special Education Needs. Before joining Huili School Hangzhou as an SEN teacher in 2018, she was employed in Dulwich College Beijing for 13 years, where she worked with children who either had EAL needs or a wide variety of learning needs, such as dyslexia, dyscalculia, ADHD etc. She is keen on supporting pupils and encouraging them to achieve their full potential.
She gained her BS degree at Shenyang Technology University. Following that, she studied her Postgraduate Certificate in Children’s Development and Educational Psychology at Chinese Academy of Science. In addition, she has attended numerous domestic and international training, such as Cambridge English(UK), Teaching ESL (Australia), SENIB workshops, Understanding Learning Difficulties etc. which provided her with updated knowledge and vital skills that are necessary to be a successful and creative teacher.
Lily is married and has a daughter aged 12. In her spare time, she enjoys music, reading, travelling, and most of all, spending time with her family.

Joyce He

Joyce He

SEN Teacher
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Joyce He

Joyce graduated from Jiangnan University with a degree with distinction in advertising. Later she completed her master’s degree with merit at the University of York, specialising in Social Research. Five years ago, she found her great passion in education after working as a volunteer English teacher in Qiannan and joining the TFC (Teach for China) program in Yunnan. Her overseas learning and various rural and urban work experiences have provided her with flexibility in working in a diverse community. She has experience in both local and international school. She has taught children of different backgrounds and of different ages from 9 years to 15 years. She believes that the best teacher inspires. Everyone can benefit from appreciating the differences of others. Before Wellington, she worked as a Coach Mentor in HZCIS, where she co-created one English book with her junior high students within one year of boarding experience.
Outside the classroom, she always designs and shares her new projects with people around her. She enjoys writing, drawing and traveling. She believes that to share is to love. The happiest thing for her is to share and connect with the students around her.