As the end of the summer break draws near, Rong Qiao Sedbergh School (RQSS) has been preparing new students for the new academic year. On 26th August, the school ran an orientation program that provided students with the opportunity to meet their teachers and peers, and gain insight into what life at RQSS would be like.
The school is proud to have a strong academic team of 70 teachers with a 1:1 ratio between Chinese and foreign teachers. Most of the Chinese teachers hired are leading professionals at their subject areas and have won a number of academic prizes and awards. The foreign teaching staff come from countries with world leading educational systems, such as UK, US, Australia, Canada, New Zealand and Singapore. They also have extensive experience in both teaching and management. In addition to the academic team led by Mr. Olly Wells (Foreign Principal) and Ms. Kelly Lin (Chinese Principal), three gap students, recent graduates of Sedbergh School in the UK, were introduced to the audience. They will be members of the boarding houses and will play a key role in helping the new students adapt to their new community.
Following the introduction of the teaching staff, a student named Kyle Han who had just returned from the summer camp in Sedbergh School, shared his experience from the exciting trip. “It was fun, challenging and inspiring. I have never done so many experiments in a science class, and never knew I could learn English in that way”, said Kyle. Apart from academic classes, various outdoor activities were arranged to build up the students’ confidence and resilience. Living in the boarding house was also a core part of the summer program. It gave the students an opportunity to experience a supportive living environment which promotes life-long friendships.
The summer camp is planned and organized in accordance to the educational ethos of Sedbergh School, which actively supports the academic, personal and emotional development of each student. As its partner school, Rong Qiao Sedbergh School will share the same values and likewise create an inclusive learning environment for students to develop holistically.
With the aims of recognising excellence and developing students’ motivation, the school offered scholarship awards to several outstanding students. The scholarship criteria, including excellence in a variety of fields, reflect the core values of Rong Qiao Sedbergh School whole-rounded education. The Special Award winner, Michelle Chen, not only has achieved good academic results, but is also outstanding in other aspects like arts and sports. “I am honoured that there are so many exceptional teachers who will teach me and help me to develop a global perspective.
The final session involved demo lessons. Students were led to a number of classrooms where they were able to experience the differences between typical public schools and Rong Qiao Sedbergh School. The small class sizes allowed the opportunity for each student to engage interactively with peers and teachers. The mathematics class, given by Mr. Jeffery Zheng, received a lot of positive feedback from students. At the end of the class many students had further discussions with Mr. Zheng. On the playground, children enjoyed playing rugby and explored how fun sport can be.
Here at Rong Qiao Sedbergh School, we focus on student’s holistic development and hope our students can learn authentic knowledge and practical skills in an enjoyable way.