HAILEYBURY INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL TIANJIN
SENIOR SCHOOL NEWS
FROM THE INTERNATIONAL VICE PRINCIPAL & HEAD OF SENIOR SCHOOL
Welcome back after the break and a Happy New Year to all of you. I hope that you enjoyed the Chinese New Year break, wherever you were. Xin nian kuaile!
We had a heartwarming senior school opening ceremony during the week to celebrate our return after the new year. It was pleasing to see our school leaders and principal speak about the virtues of the dog; loyalty, integrity, spontaneous, honest and trustworthiness.
I had the pleasure of welcoming back to school all the students on Sunday. It was great to see the new students with their parents and individually welcome them and explain our senior school structure. For our current students, it was great to see the them arrive safely and looking refreshed and ready to throw themselves back into school life. Later that night we held a senior school meeting in the theatre where we spoke to all our students regarding the importance of how hard they must work for the remainder of the academic year.
This semester is very important on a number of fronts. The year 12 group of students will have their final examinations beginning May 28 and concluding June 5, with the VCE GAT Exam on Wednesday 13 June. So this semester is an important time for all of them in how they manage their time and efforts over the next 3 months. For our Year 10 and 11 students it is also an important time as they will be making decisions on the future subjects and pathways. To help both parents and students of Year 10 and Year 11 we will be holding some key events based on VCE structure and University Expo presentations.
Mr Yanni Galanis
INTRODUCTION OF THE VCE ENGLISH
Our Haileybury VCE English programme is intended to meet the needs of students with a wide range of expectations and aspirations, for students whom English is an additional language.
The study of English contributes to the development of literate individuals capable of critical and creative thinking. This study also develops students’ ability to create and analyse texts, moving from interpretation to reflection and critical analysis.
VCE English focuses on how English language is used to create meaning in texts. Texts selected for study are drawn from the past and present, from Australia and from other cultures. Other texts are selected for analysis and presentation of argument.
Through engagement with texts, students studying English become confident, articulate and critically aware communicators and further develop a sense of themselves, their world and their place within it. English helps equip students for participation in a society and the global community.
Our goal for our students is to extend their English language skills through thinking, listening, speaking, reading, viewing and writing and enhance their understanding, enjoyment and appreciation of English.
Students will be prepared for the literacy and academic requirements of further study.
CHINESE AND WESTERN EDUCATION
In China, we say 讲课 to mean “teach a class” and 听课to mean “attend a class”. In Chinese, the word 讲 means “to speak” and the word “听” means “to listen” so the words 讲课 and 听课imply that teachers primarily speak, and that students primarily listen. These two Chinese words suggest that teachers should lecture their students.
Western education follows a different model. Students need to take initiative in their studies. Students must be extroverted 外向, independent 独立, and have the ability to study effectively by themselves 有很强的自我学习能力. Western-style education involve discussion, debate and requires the students to ask lots of questions in class. Students must make positive contributions to the lesson by expressing their own ideas asking questions to the teacher. International pedagogy requires dialogue between teacher and student; not a monologue.
Paul Perversi comes from from Melbourne and his original degree is a B.Sc(hons) in Mathematics and Mathematical Statistics from LaTrobe University. He also has a Diploma of Education and a Masters degree in Dispute Resolution from Latrobe, a Bachelor of Letters in Politics and Public Policy and a Masters degree in Educational Leadership and Administration from Deakin University, and a Masters degree in Criminology from the University of Melbourne. He is currently completing a Doctorate in Health Informatics through Deakin University's School of IT.
In a career spanning almost 40 years, Paul has been a senior manager in Information Management and Analysis in the Victorian Public Service, a professional firefighter, a front line Child Protection practitioner and a constable with the Australian Federal Police. Paul has taught Mathematics in two renowned private schools in Victoria: Wesley College and The Hamilton and Alexandra College. He has also taught for 5 years in South China, three of those years at The High School Affiliated with South China Normal University (Hua Shi Fu Zhong). Paul's enduring interests concern music, walking, and Eastern philosophy and culture.
Choosing the right career can be difficult, but having a defined career direction will help you to get started. With a little hard work, some planning, and some serious self-reflection, you can set yourself on a path towards a fruitful, fulfilling career.
o Consider Your Interests, such as your dream career, hobbies, what you enjoy or enjoyed in school.
o Consider Your Skills, think about what you are or were good at in school, what skills you excel in, your interpersonal skills, ask someone who know you well.
o Consider Your Current State. Think about the education you will have as you enter a career and your financial situation.
o Consider Your Future, what careers you have easy access to, location, your future financial security and your future job stability.
Just keep trying and do more research. Also career surveys can help you to explore yourself, such as Hollander vocational interest scale: http://www.apesk.com/holland/index.html
Ms Jacqueline Cui
Student welfare has been very busy the first week welcoming new and old students. It was a great to receive all the new students and their parents on Sunday 25th February. The parents and students listened to the leaders of the school and were given a tour of the key areas they need to know in Senior School.
Safety education was also part of the welfare program in the first week, where the homeroom teachers educated their classes on safety issues such as traffic, electricity charging boxes and the boarding house.
Mothers Day is approaching and plans have been put in place for gift making by the students which will be great fun and provide an opportunity for some pleasant surprises for the parents.
Welfare will be arranging a special program for Year 10 during homeroom. It will involve morning reading and vocabulary for the students. We will provide some more information and photos for you over the coming weeks.
Ms Ada Xu