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The 2021-2022 academic year is already open for applications, with the first day of school being August 25, 2021. We would suggest early application as we do have limited seats in some year levels. 
Wellington College Bilingual Tianjin Nursery can accept applications for children of the right age of both Chinese and expatriate families who would need to undertake school’s placement assessment. We would recommend a personalised appraisal of your status by contacting our admissions team. The team will help evaluate your status and will be able to answer any question you may have about the enrolment process. 
Prospective parents and pupils will be expected to meet the class teacher for an interview, including an in-class assessment, to ascertain the level of language and motor skills. Language proficiency at this stage is deemed less important than the ability to mix socially with the peer group and to respond positively to the teacher. The assessment informs the Admissions Committee as to whether your child is ready to access the Wellington College curriculum.

We are able to offer limited onsite tours on a one to one basis by appointment and approval as per the current regulations. Please contact our hotline numbers to book an appointment with our admissions officers.

 

Yes. For the 2020-2021 academic year, Wellington offers 13 school bus routes with over 60 pickup points across the majority of family living areas in Tianjin. Please check with the Admissions office for eligibility.
Wellington College Bilingual Tianjin Nursery and Wellington College in England hold a uniquely close relationship at all levels from governance to pupil and faculty exchanges. This relationship allows for an exchange of ideas and professional learning and ensures that we uphold our Values, Identity and the highest quality of education.
Though the language of the College and the curriculum is in English, we recognise the importance of Mandarin to our pupils and their families. In all years, pupils are taught by Mandarin specialist class teachers on a daily basis who can adapt to those taking their first steps in learning Chinese as well as those who may be bilingual or have parents for whom Mandarin is their first language. School also works outside the formal classroom learning, offering a wide variety of Chinese cultural activities as well as organising celebrations of traditional Chinese festivals.
Sport is an integral part of each pupil’s development, wellbeing and education. As such, our pupils engage in separate Physical Education and Swimming classes weekly. Through our ASA programme, as well as Sports Days and other school sport competitions, our pupils enjoy access to our gymnasium, football pitch, 100-metres all-weather synthetic running track, basketball and Tennis courts, and two swimming pools, including one especially for younger children, and one 25-metre, six-lane competition pool.
We define people who can fluently speak and use two languages as “bilingual”.  They must be able to switch freely between the two languages. We call language the carrier of culture, which means learning a language is also learning a culture. Therefore, our children are learning two different cultures, consciously or unconsciously, in the progress of acquisition of these two different languages. The exposure of bilingual education greatly helps children in language acquisition including cognitive and emotional development as they grow. Compared to children with a single language background, researchers have found more active areas in the cerebral cortex of bilingual children. While those who receive bilingual education prove to be more able in thinking outside of the box and empathise with others.

Here at Wellington, we aim to allow children to “walk” freely between these two forms of language and culture. We help them to develop a bilingual person’s mindset to think in various ways and feel comfortable in different cultural environments.

By creating a bilingual environment we develop children’s ‘native sense’ in two languages, and we try our best to let them learn to express themselves in a native speakers’ way.
A strong sense of community forms the foundation for all that we do at Wellington. In addition to school events throughout the year from concerts to sports and our much-coveted annual Musical, Wellington is proud to be an active member of the greater community. Wellington College Tianjin is also a proud host of the Festival of Education, or EdFest, hosted annually at each of the Wellington College China campuses. EdFest provides an opportunity for debates about education and the place it has in a rapidly changing world.  Education’s disciplines and expectations can no longer be taken for granted and are being revisited, revised and renewed. The significance that Chinese culture places on learning means that the city is likely to become pivotal in the reshaping of world education in the 21st century. 
Stepping into the Nursery is the children’s “first step” into the real world. This is a milestone in their lives and parents can play a crucial part in a child's transition from home to school.

Parents are the key to easing separation anxiety. Parents need to feel secure that children will transition into their new environment by sending positive messages and allay any fears they may have about starting school. A few examples that parents can do to prepare their children include: reading books about settling into a new school; arrange for a school tour in advance; meet with the teachers; and do a role-play of the Nursery at home.

Parents can learn about the daily schedule at school with their children and help them prepare their bags, blankets for taking a nap, uniforms, water bottles and so on. Parents can also help their children label their belongings with name tags to develop a sense of ownership and responsibility. Furthermore, parents can bring a blanket or a toy that the children are attached to, to give comfort to them at school.

Most children who are about to go to the Nursery,  are ready to leave home and see what the world looks like. This is marked as a “right of passage” for children to become a member of society and requires them to be as independent as they can be. The parents are encouraged to create more opportunities for children to practice their social skills, such as how to express their needs and how to communicate with their friends.
Maintaining a positive relationship between teachers and children. Our goal is to develop a positive relationship so that teachers and children trust each other. This helps children’s development in their social and emotional skills. A positive relationship builds a solid foundation which helps children develop good manners, independence, confidence and reading skills.

Learning doesn’t only happen in the classrooms. Teachers hope to enrich children’s learning at home in various ways by explaining new ways to connect children and their parents. We encourage parents to use this opportunity of home learning to explore and try different activities with their children. Cooking, planting, housework and others help children improve their internal motivation as these activities become enjoyable to them.