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“WELLINGTEN TALKS” Debuts in Shanghai -Discussing The Future of Education Master of Top UK College Highlights Globalised Nature of Education

29 April 2016
As the UK-China relationship continues to strengthen, Wellington College International Shanghai, the second international school establishedby the UK’s  Wellington College, has held its first “WellingTEN Talks” session on April 18th. The series of short presentations and discussions involved leaders in education reflecting on current issues in education. Participants in the first session included Julian Thomas, Master of Wellington College; Ni Ruiming, Master of Shanghai Pudong High School; and Gerard MacMahon, Master of Wellington College International Shanghai. The panelists discussed what schools should do to cultivate pupils’ individuality, prepare pupils to be successful in life and how to prepare pupils to meet current global challenges. “WellingTEN Talks” is a Wellington College tradition. A WellingTEN Talk is a formula to deliver inspiring ideas in a short time, engaging audiences by highlighting areas for further intellectual development and exploration. As the first “WellingTEN Talks” in China, the theme of the session was "A Proud Tradition, Educating for the Future – the importance of making education global". The event aimed to take advantage of the “golden age” in China-UK relations, discussing the urgency and importance of cultivating the next generation of 21st century international leaders.

英国惠灵顿公学校长Julian Thomas在首度于中国举办的“惠灵谈”进行主题演讲。

Mr. Julian Thomas

At the seminar, Julian Thomas, the 14th Master of Wellington College UK, outlined Wellington’s method for cultivating future leaders, "At Wellington College, we uphold the Wellington aptitudes, which means we have a determined and deliberate focus on producing well-rounded and balanced pupils. We firmly believe the essence of education lies in bringing out the inherent talents of children in all areas, allowing a pupil to become the best version of his or her self. Over their period of studying we develop their eight aptitudes, including moral and spiritual, cultural and physical, logical and linguistic, social and person aspects. We believe that if those aptitudes can be developed to the greatest extent they will have the basic skills needed to become international leaders in the 21st century." Master Julian Thomas went on to say, "Wellington College has a global orientation to be outward-facing and forward-thinking, passing on to Wellington pupils the aptitudes of a diverse education, and providing opportunities for different cultural and educational exchanges. By providing the world's best education for pupils, we hope that our pupils are inspired, intellectual, independent, individual, and inclusive. Pupils with these identities will stand tall in the 21st century."

上海浦东中学校长倪瑞明在首度于中国举办的“惠灵谈”上进行主题演讲

Mr. Ni Ruiming

Ni Ruiming, Master of Shanghai Pudong High School, who has 20-year of experience in school management, said, "In the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) test, the most influential worldwide study in global education, Shanghai pupils have ranked first for two consecutive terms. This achievement shows the strength of primary education in Shanghai. We are pleased to say that we place an equal importance on continuous self-improvement. However, we are also aware that Shanghai pupils are under great pressure, and display a limited capacity for innovation and problem solving. ”

上海惠灵顿国际学校校长Gerard MacMahon在首度于中国举办的“惠灵谈”进行主题演讲。

Mr. Gerard MacMahon

Gerard MacMahon, Master of Wellington College International Shanghai, who has served for 12 years as the school master of schools in the UK and Middle East, stressed the advantages of the Shanghai campus while talking about the importance of international education, “Shanghai is one of the most internationalised cities in China. Pupils have free access to world class culture and lifestyle, which lays a good cognitive foundation for becoming international leaders. In addition, Wellington’s curriculum in Shanghai is designed so that all pupils become well-rounded adults, well equipped with the skills, knowledge, attitudes and values essential to meet the challenges of society in the 21st century.” Julian Thomas also mentioned that one of the major goals of the Wellington College is to build upon the success of their overseas schools. He reaffirmed Wellington’s intention to look for new opportunities and to expand into new territories, whilst taking the lead in advancing international education.

三位校长一同接受媒体访问。 Group Interview with three Masters

英国惠灵顿公学校长Julian Thomas、惠灵顿(上海)双语幼儿中心园长Vanessa Szucs-Hussain、上海惠灵顿国际学校校长Gerard MacMahon共同在惠灵顿(上海)双语幼儿中心共同种下“WE ARE WELLINGTON”(我们是惠灵顿)之银杏树,象征着惠灵顿大家庭中各成员的紧密合作,也寓意幼儿中心这惠灵顿大家庭的第七位成员的蓬勃发展以及惠灵顿学子在此寓教于乐的学习环境中茁壮成长。

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