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BCIS to Host the First Parent Workshop on International Education

May, 2015
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Being an effective parent has never been more difficult than in today’s rapidly changing world. This informative and insightful workshop is designed to highlight the key attributes of the effective parent. Participants will learn how their child’s brain changes from early childhood in to adolescence and beyond — changes that can have a dramatic effect on the child’s learning and behavior. Gaining understanding of these changes can help parents adapt their parenting skills to help their children mature into high-achieving and socially responsible adults.

nick_workshopThe workshop is a whole-day event, which will be divided into three main sessions and a fourth section of Q&A at the end. The sessions are titled “An Introduction to International Education,” “Becoming an Effective Parent at an International School” and “Strategies to Support Your Child at Home.” Together, the sessions will help participating parents to work towards the following outcomes:

* Understanding the benefits of an international education for their child

* Understanding the different kinds of international school and how to select the best for their child

* Understanding the parental attributes necessary to support their child at an international school

* Learning strategies to maximize their child’s learning at an international school

The Parent Workshop will allow participants to experience the foremost practices/approaches in international education, and provide a dialogue between them and prestigious international educators – Nick Bowley and his wife Rhona.

After graduating from the University of Cambridge, Nick Bowley began volunteer work as a teacher in a school in a poor area of Africa. It was this experience that led him to decide to make education and travel his two chief occupations in life. He returned to London and gained his teaching certification, where he met his future wife and life partner, Rhona. From there, the two of them embarked on their 40-year journey into the world of international education together, which has taken them to education leadership roles in 10 schools, in eight different countries on three continents.

While also serving as a Head of School, Nick also served on the IB Regional Heads’ Representative Committee for the Asia Pacific Region, the Council of International Schools (CIS) and the Association of China and Mongolia International Schools (ACAMIS). In addition, he is also a trainer for the Principals’ Training Center for International School Leadership. In 2007, after becoming the acting Head of School at BCIS, a post he held for one year, he also became a high-level consultant for CIS. In 2010, BCIS was lucky to have Nick return as Head of School, a position he continued until his retirement in 2013. After retiring, and for the first time in 40 years, Nick and Rhona moved back to the UK to live. During his time as Head of School at BCIS, Nick and his team talked about the concept of “Rigorous Personalized Learning” as a way to allow both Chinese and foreign students learning in the IB to unlock and express their individual personality, and develop good social values. Not only does Nick have extensive knowledge in educational theory, but he has also accumulated a great deal of experience in both teaching and education management. While at BCIS, Nick used to share his expertise in articles and letters to parents every week, which have now been compiled into a book — “The Educator.” This book has become an indispensible educational asset at the school. Mr Bowley is also now an honorary Board Member at YueCheng Education, which enables him to continue contributing to the development of BCIS.

Rhona Bowley is not only Nick’s wife and life partner, but also one of his best work partners as well. After studying in both the UK and Ireland to gain a masters in English Literature and Education, Rhona studied in the US to gain certification in Teaching English as a Second Language. While spending much of her career teaching across multiple grade levels in different international schools, Rhona has in recent years focused her attention on schools offering the IB Diploma Programme (DP), teaching Higher Level English Language and Literature. She believes that there is a common factor running through the study of all languages — language should never become a barrier to learning. In 2013, before retiring from BCIS and in her last time as a homeroom teacher, she helped foster an outstanding graduating class that shined with both academic excellence, and great contributions to the wider community. Even the few students who struggled in their DP studies managed to successfully gain admission to their first-choice universities. The impression Rhona left behind was one of wisdom and academic rigor, and her secret weapons were understanding and gaining an affinity with her students. This connection to her students is something that Rhona greatly misses in her retirement.

If you are interested in international education, and wish to discuss the subject in more detail with these two renowned experts, and friends of BCIS, then please register your interest by emailing Yisha Niu at Yisha.niu@bcis.cn.

Registration/Price Information:

BCIS Parents – 1080 RMB

Non-BCIS Parents – Early Bird Special Price of 1280 RMB until May 1, after which the full price is 1580 RMB.

The final deadline for registration is May 22. Spaces are limited, so we encourage all interested parents to register promptly. You can register your interest by emailing Yisha Niu at Yisha.niu@bcis.cn, after which we will send payment instructions.


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