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HRH Prince Andrew Presides at Inauguration of Wellington College Tianjin

September, 2010
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The Governors and Headmaster of Wellington College International Tianjin welcomed HRH Prince Andrew, the Duke of York as guest of honor at the Inauguration of the College on Friday, 10th September 2010. Prince Andrew gave a short speech before unveiling a plaque to commemorate the occasion.
The College’s partner school, the prestigious Wellington College in the UK, is a royal foundation, dating from the reign of Queen Victoria in the 19th century, and has very close ties to the British royal family. Prince Andrew’s visit signaled the extension of these ties to the new Wellington College in Tianjin.

Occupying a striking location in the heart of Tianjin, the new College has the aim of becoming the leading international school in China. The buildings deliberately evoke the classical style of Wellington College in the UK, while inside they house state-of-the-art facilities, including a modern theatre, indoor swimming pool, a sumptuous library and up-to-date laboratories, computer suites and design technology workshops, in addition to the very best in educational resources and materials.

The Founding Headmaster, Mr David Cook, explained “we want to create the ideal environment where staff, students and their parents can form a genuine and meaningful educational community. Nothing has been left out. In our vision for the students, their academic performance will always be central, but we recognize that the building of responsibility, respect for others and self-esteem, so vital for success at adulthood, comes equally from participation in the many other areas of school life, all of which we cater for at Wellington”.  

wellington-inauguration-1sThe partnership with Wellington College in the UK is pivotal in the establishment of the College in Tianjin. Steeped in 150 years of tradition and heritage, Wellington has always enjoyed an excellent name in British education. More recently, under the inspirational leadership of Dr Anthony Seldon, it has acquired an enviable reputation for innovation and experimentation, producing a stimulating and exciting educational environment for everybody in the school. At the heart of the school ethos is the idea of child-centred learning, or as Dr Seldon described it: “To flourish in the knowledge economy of the 21st century, children need to have the confidence, strategies and skills to lead their own learning and not be solely reliant on teachers to impart knowledge.” This is the approach to all forms of education at the College in Tianjin.

Mr Cook stressed another invaluable benefit for Wellington in Tianjin from the partnership with Wellington UK: “our teaching staff are crucial. They are fully-qualified, highly motivated and drawn from all parts of the English-speaking world, in short a group of professionals who will ensure our students realise their full potential, whatever the subject or activity. The link with Wellington College in the UK has gone a long way towards ensuring that we attract such men and women to Tianjin. The renown of Wellington has gone before us.”

In a further illustration of the strength of the link between the two schools,  Dr Seldon attended the Inauguration, where he and Mr Cook held a question-and-answer session with new parents to conclude the historic visit of Prince Andrew. 

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