The Week Ahead 30 August 2019
02 September 2019
From the Master Julian Jeffrey
Dear parents I was so delighted to see such a strong turn out from so many of you for the first in our series of academic briefings for parents. These, as you know, take place every other Wednesday from 0900hrs and this week’s focus was on the assessment forms we use across the school. Sessions such as these provide an invaluable way for us to connect directly with our parents, but also afford you the chance to ask questions directly to those in school with specific responsibility for the topics under discussion.Wholly understandably, and certainly more than for any other subject, the acquisition of English among our pupils is the single most commonly asked question I get from new parents. Developing fluency and genuine literacy in children is a key feature in our academic programmes across the school, from Eaglets to Year 13. We have long had a successful support programme in place for those who need extra help in the process of language learning; it is an inevitable part of being an international school with over 30 different nationalities among our pupil body. We do not rest on our laurels though – schools which seek to improve do so through a process of continual self-review and a restless energy to learn from the best – and therefore I am very pleased to be able to bring news of a host of measures we have put in place from the start of the new year to help all our learners, however confident they are in the use of English, in order to accelerate their learning.
FROM THE SCHOOL GUIDANCE AND WELFARE LEAD
2nd September – 6th September
For our Anti-Bullying week this year we have an exciting programme of events planned by the student Positive Community group. The purpose of this week of events is to help children of all ages understand what bullying is, and to consider the impact that bullying behaviours can have on an individual. It is important for all of us understand that bullying is more than just unkindness; bullying is a deliberate act to instil fear, and a sense of worthlessness, as a consequence of sustained action or inaction, over a period of time, by an individual or group who perceive themselves to be superior.
Throughout the week, the student-led group will provide opportunities for all the pupils to participate in activities which educate on and promote the importance of a community where everyone feels a sense of self-worth. Many of the activities planned stress the importance of kindness, one of the Wellington values; a value which, when practised, brings happiness to the one who bestows it as well as the recipient.
We all have a responsibility to ensure that each member of our Wellington community feels safe and is valued for who they are. Particularly during this week, we encourage you to talk to your child about how they treat others, and how they would wish to be treated.
Mrs Yuan and Mrs Zhang
EAL (Beginner level)
Every Tuesday of Week A
EAL (Advanced level)
Every Thursday of Week B
Traditional Chinese Medicine
Notice: Any changes of time/date/venue please follow the notice according to the course organiser.
There are exciting initiatives in the Nest and Junior Schools, with the further development of the Read, Write, Inc programme for all pupils from Reception upwards; more emphasis on Talk4Writing (T4W) as a part of summative assessment tasks; closer and more rapid interventions for pupils deemed to be in need of short, focused bursts of specialist language support; and more regular and accurate baseline tests to help assess levels of literacy across the school year.In the Senior School, as well as using rigorous baseline testing (the British Council’s APTIS test) for greater precision in diagnosing language levels, tracking of pupil progress will be pinned more fully against Age Related Expectations and re-assessed regularly over the year. Language support will be in evidence in mainstream classes, ensuring that pupils who need extra help to access the academic vocabulary and technical demands of the curriculum are better placed to reach the highest levels of attainment. Allied to all these initiatives is our on-going Year of Books, aimed at fostering a wider culture of reading and a more profound love of literacy.The overall aim of all these developments is twofold: to boost language competence and confidence in all our pupils, but also to ensure that, where specialist support is required, such interventions are precise, rapid and goal-orientated, so that children work as much as possible within the mainstream curriculum.These are exciting times for the growth of English language acquisition here at Wellington, and the details are far too involved for an article of this nature, so if you would like to know more, then you are warmly invited to our next parent briefing. This is at 0900hrs on Wednesday 11th September. Specialist school leaders on English and literacy will be on hand to guide parents through the programmes and answer any questions you may have on the subject. I very much hope to see you there!Best wishes