Here at Wellington College Hangzhou we take great pride in our house system. It is the medium through which most of our pastoral support is provided. In Huili School Hangzhou, pupils in Grades 1 and up belong to a house, and from Grades 4 to 7 belong to a particular house tutor group. The homeroom teachers and house tutors meet with pupils daily, where they celebrate success, discuss difficulties and support each other.
An important aspect of the house system is, undoubtedly, house competitions. It is through these competitions and other non-competitive events that a group of children really come together and work as a team. Working effectively as a team develops a sense of trust amongst pupils and provides another layer of support for them outside of academic staff. Working closely with others allows pupils to see their perspectives and points of view, broadening their outlook and improving their ability to problem solve.
The House Singing competition at Wellington College in England is one of the most anticipated events every school year. It all begins with picking the right song or medley of songs, deciding on accompaniment options, choreographing the right moves, practicing until pupils nearly grow tired of the music and then finally delivering that spectacular performance. The first ever Wellington College Hangzhou Singing Competition will take place at the end of this month.
The singing competition offers an opportunity for every pupil to demonstrate their values and identities. Each pupil needs to show respect to others and share a sense of responsibility while working as part of the team. It takes tremendous courage to get up on the stage, and when successful, this will hopefully leave pupils inspired to get up on stage again in the future. Every pupil in the class or house tutor group is involved in the performance, so it is naturally inclusive.
The theme for this year’s singing competition is ‘A Night at the Movies’. Pupils and their teachers have chosen a wide variety of songs from various films, including; The Lion King, Rocky, The Greatest Showman, Zootopia and Grease. The range of music represented is fantastic; from classic to modern, inspiring to light-hearted and happy to sorrowful. I am very excited to see what spin our different groups put on the songs they have chosen.
Each afternoon of performances will have two or three judges using the same set of criteria and choosing a winner for the afternoon. The criteria headings for which groups will be judged on include; participation, originality, choreography and general organization, and finally, musicality. The final criteria, musicality, will be worth the most points, as we want the most important aspect of the singing competition, to be the quality of the singing.
- Monday April 29th – Grade 2/3 Huili School Hangzhou and Year 1-3 Wellington College International Hangzhou
- Tuesday April 30th – Grade 4/5 Huili School Hangzhou and Year 4-6 Wellington College International Hangzhou
- Thursday May 2nd – Grade 1 Huili School Hangzhou
- Friday May 3rd – Grade 6/7 Huili School Hangzhou