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Wellington College Opens in Shanghai

September, 2014
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Wellington College International Shanghai opened its doors on 25 August 2014, with over 300 pupils aged 2 to 15 years old.

The name ‘Wellington’ has an enviable reputation in education for its quality of learning and teaching. The purpose-built Wellington Shanghai campus offers a modern and state-of-the-art environment in which Wellington’s pupils can live, learn and excel.

wcis-2The appearance and design of Wellington deliberately evokes the classical style of Wellington College in the UK. The corridors and classrooms are welcoming with an effective sense of space, while the walls abound in display boards showing off the students’ work. All of the classrooms have interactive whiteboards, Mac computers and the very latest resources in the wide and varied field of Information Technology. The science laboratories, the art studios and the Design & Technology suites and workshops are designed to encourage enjoyment in both practical and theoretical work. The Performing Arts Centre offers dedicated practice rooms, dance studio, mini-theatre ‘Black Box’ and an imposing 500-seat College Theatre for major concerts and productions or regular all-school assemblies. The Wellington sports facilities are the equal of any school in China. There is the Sports Centre, with its multiple indoor facilities, three outdoor pitches for football and rugby, the cricket square and nets, a 400m Tartan running track, tennis and basketball courts and a 25m swimming pool and a learner pool for the young ones.

wcis-4The expertise of the Wellington staff is not just confined to the classroom, as Wellington also boasts top coaches and practitioners in any extra-curricular field, whether sports, music, the arts, drama, or dancing. These will be the principal figures behind the Wellington Academy Programme, which offers a range of activities to children from all over Shanghai, both in the evenings and at weekends, and headed by ex-England footballer and TV pundit, Carlton Palmer. (For further details, contact academy@wellington-shanghai.cn)

At the opening ceremony, Founding Master David Cook said: “Today, 25 August 2014, is a day that none of us at Wellington is ever likely to forget. Our team is full of memories of parents visiting the campus site a few months ago, all clad in protective helmets, to learn more about our plans and ambitions for the College in Shanghai. Now those ambitions are a reality and our founding pupils, parents and staff are showing a deep commitment and determination to make the College the very best environment for our pupils to thrive in.” At the Inaugural Parents’ Assembly in the afternoon, Cook talked of his own lifetime love of learning, for history, and how that was instilled in him by inspired and sometimes eccentric teachers, including a professor who wielded a sword in class! This was his ambition for all Wellingtonians.

Eleanor Prescott, Head of the Senior School, who herself came to Shanghai from Wellington College in the UK, talked about the very close and vibrant links between the two schools, and how the current UK head, Sir Anthony Seldon, had this potent vision of taking the Wellington name, and its unique Eight Aptitudes model of education, to China. Sir Anthony will be visiting Shanghai at the end of September.

Two former-Wellington UK pupils, Gerry Stileman and William Fitzgibbon, who are working at Wellington Shanghai as interns, talked about how the school had inspired them to academic success and how they were honored to be in at the start in Shanghai. “This is a real honor and a privilege,” Gerry said. 

Wellington in Shanghai has fully embraced the educational ethos and values of its prestigious and forward-thinking partner in the UK. Great times lie ahead for Wellington College, Shanghai, and indeed the wider community in the city.

To check more information about the exciting new school, please visit: www.wellington-Shanghai.cn

 

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