On the afternoon of April 17th, 2019, Rong Qiao Sedbergh School was visited by His Royal Highness the Duke of York from the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, who was accompanied by Wu Hailong, the President of Chinese People’s Institution for Foreign Affairs and Chen Chuxin, the Vice President of Fujian’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries.
The Duke of York received a warm welcome from the students and staff. Guided by the School’s senior management, the royal guest toured the campus and was very impressed by the facilities built in such a short period of time.
As the first dual curriculum international school in Fujian Province, Rong Qiao Sedbergh School has a very close working relationship with Sedbergh School UK, which was established in 1525. The royal visit will expand the students’ international perspective.
The school tour finished in the lecture theatre where students, parents, staff and visitors were waiting to welcome the Duke of York. The audience enjoyed two student demonstrations of traditional Chinese culture – Guzheng (also known as a Chinese zither) and Chinese calligraphy. Mr. Lin Hongxiu, the President of Rong Qiao Group, firstly welcomed the Duke of York and his delegation of this visit, saying “We are very proud to be the first UK-China dual curriculum school in Fujian Province. We hope the students of Rong Qiao Sedbergh School will form a bridge between China and the rest of the World”. The Duke of York responded by encouraging more global exchange and commended Rong Qiao Sedbergh School as an example of the successful partnership between the Great Britain and China in education. He is looking forward to visiting RQSS again in the future to see the development of the School.
The Duke of York awarded iDEA certificates to four RQSS students. Three of the students were awarded both Bronze and Silver Awards, and they are the first young people in China to achieve this distinction. iDEA (Inspiring Digital Enterprise Award) is an international programme launched by the Duke of York. Young people from all over the world can take part in this award programme. Through a series of challenges in digital techniques, enterprise skills and creativity, participants are recognised for their achievements with bronze and silver certificates. Finally, the Duke of York signed a Commemorative Plaque celebrating education as the link between China and Great Britain.
The Royal visit culminated in a tree-planting ceremony, representing the friendship between our two countries. The Duke of York hoped that, like the tree, the students of Rong Qiao Sedbergh School will grow with much care and protection.
Rong Qiao Sedbergh School adopts a UK-China dual curriculum and strives to develop students to achieve the competences required for success in the global community. The second phase of the school buildings and additional state-of-the-art facilities will be ready for the second academic year.
This visit from the Duke of York recognised the School’s high standard education. When Andrew Fleck, the Principal of Sedbergh School UK attended the Opening Ceremony of Rong Qiao Sedbergh School, he said that Rong Qiao Sedbergh School shares the core values of Sedbergh School and blends the best educational practice from China and the West. Like the students of Sedbergh School UK, the School’s graduates are also members of the Sedbergh School Alumni Association, having access to resources including University mock interviews, sharing enterprise skills and work experience. Rong Qiao Sedbergh School is committed to becoming an example British-Chinese education.
Rong Qiao Sedbergh School students in Grade 9 and above study IGCSE and A level qualifications which are fully accredited by Cambridge Assessment International Education. Students in the Kindergarten follow an immersive English language Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) programme, with a strong Chinese language and culture component. Students in the Junior and Lower Senior Schools follow the bespoke RQSS blended dual curriculum, meeting all the requirements of the Chinese compulsory curriculum, in preparation for IGCSE and A level study, enabling students to apply for the top universities in the world.