We Are Ready for School! Are you?

The staff induction process for all new teaching and support staff for Huili School Hangzhou is now in its third full week. All participants are actively engaging in the process and providing their own unique perspectives and expertise to ensure that, as a team, we are fully prepared to welcome our pupils for the start of the academic year.

We asked our teachers a few questions about their first impressions about Huili School Hangzhou, and what they are hoping to contribute to the school community.

Q: What do you want to contribute to Huili School Hangzhou?
  • I want to bring a really fun, passionate approach to learning – especially in the library so that the pupils can develop a love of books and learning. I believe in life-long learning and I want the children to look forward to coming to school each day!- Bethan Amena, Librarian
  • A school that ensures each and every one of our pupils is happy, healthy and progressing.- David MacKinnon, Head of Pastoral
  • I want to provide high quality education for the pupils.- Angela Wu, Nursery Chinese Teacher
  • To integrate core values in every aspects of my job.- Alice Wang, Chinese Teacher
  • Experience and leadership in boarding to develop the best boarding experience possible. To help, inspire and guide students holistically in their Huili journey.- Alison Armstrong, Boarding Mistress

The Senior Leadership Team shared their ideas and perspectives in relation to their specific school sections, and led in-depth discussions on pedagogy, teaching methodologies and what it means to be a Huili teacher.

Q: What have you been most impressed by, during the induction?
  • Collaboration, Friendliness, Commitment, Open mindedness.- Richard Armstrong, CCA Coordinator
  • Respect!!! When we are asked to answer a question, the group leader will deliver the microphone to every teacher personally. That is my first time to feel that kind of respect in a school.- Ares Yi, Swimming Coach
  • Great interactions among people with different ideas.- Lyu Mmingyue, Teaching Assistant
  • Enthusiasm and passion of the staff, and the inspiring discussions we’ve had.- Carina Ma, Teaching Assistant
  • I have been impressed with the structure of the days. They have delivered a lot of information, but in a way that we have all enjoyed. The induction has focused on bringing this new, large team together and that can be seen already! This team and SLT have inspired me to be the best that I can be, and this will be one features of this amazing first year.- Darren Amena, English/IPC Teacher

This Tuesday, Joy Qiao, Chair of Governors, visited Hangzhou to introduce the history of Wellington College China, and the Governance model that is shared across the group of schools, along with the deep ties and relationship we share with Wellington College in England.

Helen Kavanagh, Chief Executive Officer of Wellington College China, also attended, presenting the role that the Wellington College China Central Office plays in supporting the growth and development of each school, as well as impressing on the teachers the very special and important role that they play in ensuring each and every school meets the high quality expectations that Wellington College China represents.

Dr. Ahmed Hussain, Senior Director of Academics, Wellington College China, visited once again to contribute to  the academic induction, with teachers modelling what an exemplary Huili lesson should look like.

Pastoral Care is at the core of our educational ethos and takes shape through a range of elements throughout the School. David Mackinnon, Head of Pastoral Care at Huili School Hangzhou, provided a detailed outline of these elements, including the House System and the role of Housemasters, Housemistresses and teachers. During this phase of the induction, teachers were asked to share their own opinions and ideas about the role of the Pastoral Care in a school. By creating a common understanding amongst all staff members, we can truly enact the individual education we aspire towards, where every single pupil is treated as an individual and developed to their highest potential.

At Huili, the Boarding Programme is not simply a place where pupils sleep at night. It is a robust and fully developed boarding programme where pupils will be provided with a rewarding and enriching life experience. Alison Armstrong, Boarding Mistress, gave an overview of boarding to the induction participants, highlighting some of the advantages that boarding can provide pupils, as well as explaining some of the daily schedules and routines that boarding pupils will be engaging in.

The teachers, working for Huili Nursery Hangzhou, received training about early years’ curriculums and sign languages, which introduced new ideas in communicating with children. They are also preparing for the Nursery library together and waiting for the coming pupils.

Paula Wills from Olivia’s Place presented a session focusing on children’s development in a multilingual environment.

Q: What was your first impression of Huili School Hangzhou?
  • I thought the staff I was going to be working with were extremely helpful and friendly. The support staff that helped us settle into China were also fantastic, and in particular they have been able to help us with any questions that we had upon arrival.- Jason Billows, Director of Sport
  • Awesome!!! State of art! Very prestigious!- Richard Armstrong, CCA Coordinator
  • The school is set in a beautiful building that draws your attention as soon as it comes into view. It is a large building with fantastic resources and facilities for all to enjoy.- Darren Amena , English/IPC Teacher
  • Well-organised!- Jasmine Zhang, Mandarin Teacher
  • It looks fabulous.- Lynn Chen, Teaching Assistant

Staff members received first-aid training hosted by professionally qualified instructors. Teachers not only studied practical first-aid knowledge, but also rehearsed emergency situations. Safety is a top priority at all Huili schools, and as such we must ensure that all staff have a high level of safety awareness and training.

Q: What would you say to our incoming Wellingtonians?
  • Welcome to an extraordinary school.- Jennifer Gaul, Head of Music
  • You are so fortunate to be part of such a great community with dedicated and passionate teachers. In years to come I think you will look back on your time here with fond memories.- Bethan Amena, Librarian
  • It is a hugely positive school where the possibility to thrive, develop and grow both within the classroom and beyond is endless.  It is an incredible place to be.- Alison Armstrong, Boarding Mistress
  • I hope that all the students can have a happy and achievable life here.- Fengmin Wang, Math Teacher
  • You will be joining a community who make the world a better one to live in!- David MacKinnon, Head of Pastoral