The start of September heralds the return to school after the summer break for students and teachers alike in China. For schools in the UK, not only will it be a new school year, but the first time since March that classes will have fully resumed since the national lockdown. After the disruption to the last academic year, teachers in China and the UK are looking forward with a degree of trepidation to the year ahead. Everyone greatly hopes for an uninterrupted year, the opportunity for the next generation to make sustained academic progress.
The message from CWS Head Master —— Rodney Harris
01 形势多变 期待新思考
New Challenges…People have all lived through the challenges of recent months, devising ways of adjusting to new and unprecedented situations. The remarkable resilience of the human spirit has shone through in so many different ways. Schools have had to re-think how courses are delivered, and how to minimise the impact of any disruption to education. Not an inconsiderable task, when the situation is constantly in a state of flux, and expert opinions are often based on an absence of a significant data base. However, whilst learning to adjust and devise new strategies in the current situation is important, this should also be a time when teachers think ever more deeply about what are valued most in their schools. What does a school, a classroom, offer that a computer screen can never provide?
02 教育发生 视角更“新”
New perspectives…The school years are precious moments for pupils; there is so much to learn, so many skills to develop, and the incalculable gains that are to be made from interacting with teachers, peers and adults in the wider school community. In 2020, students have all adapted to remote learning, but facing a computer screen does not offer the myriad of educational benefits that accrue from the school environment. Discussing with classmates, listening to others and responding, debating, the informal conversation over lunch or on the way to play sport; these are ways in which pupils learn, and which are central to the educational ethos of Chengdu Westminster School. The co-curriculum, the pastoral care, the boarding experience are lost when schools cannot operate on site. Westminster forget at their peril that the shared experiences within the school community are an integral part of the education process, together with the wider support that is available to pupils from teachers, specialist staff and their peers.
03 从日常皆“新” 到“新”以为常
New normal… For Rodney Harris the past few months, when he would otherwise have been directly working with his CWS colleagues, have been a learning time too. From the UK, he have kept in daily contact with his preparation team, through the computer screen with hours of daily video conferencing have become his new normal.’ The curriculum planning, the academic discussions about pedagogy and the structuring of all aspects of school operation have continued apace. Time has been devoted to designing the post-Covid-19 school, to best provide a safe environment for pupils and staff. The team has been energised by the opportunity to discuss ideas ever more deeply, and throughout the period, the dialogue with, and training from colleagues from Westminster School has continued. They have conquered any technical difficulties with good humour, and this has enabled Harris to keep in step with and to oversee all the work that is being carried out in school admin, construction, design and procurement. The commitment of their entire preparation team has remained undiminished.
过去的几个月，尽管每一天，Harris都和 CWS 成都的同事们一起工作，这段“非常状态”，每天盯着屏幕，和学校筹备团队远程会议，成了我全新的日常。课程筹备，关于教学法的讨论，学校筹备的方方面面都在稳步推进着。后疫情时代，学校在为未来学子和筹备组的教职员工构建一个更为安全的氛围上，投入了很多精力。以筹备组的教师为例，他们有了更多的时间深度交流教学理念，且来自威斯敏斯特公学的线上教师培训和各类分享会，也让整个教学团队尤为士气高涨。
04 高中校长、小学副校长 到职履新 新人新象
New teachers…The start of the academic year is always a time of new beginnings, and at CWS they are especially delighted to welcome two new members to their Management team.
Debbie Harris joins as Principal of the Senior School. An alumnus of Oxford University, where she studied Maths, Debbie’s career includes nineteen years of experience from Westminster School; including Senior Management responsibility for the Co-Curriculum, for the development and implementation of a new Professional development system, as well as Mistress in charge of girls quite apart from teaching Maths at all levels through to Oxbridge entrance.
Debbie Harris 正式加入成都威斯敏斯学校（筹）并担任高中外方校长。她毕业于牛津大学数学系，在威斯敏斯特公学任教超过 19 年，为威斯敏斯特公学打造了全英最好的活动课程体系。她同时也是英国国宝级教育专家，在制定和实施教师职业培训体系上成就斐然。更为重要的是，Debbie Harris 长期活跃在数学教学的一线，从小学数学基础，再到牛剑录取必修的高级数学课程，她都经验丰富，信手拈来。
Viktoria Calendino joins as deputy principal of the Primary school, and brings a wealth of kindergarten and primary experience from international bilingual education in three continents. Most recently, Viki has been working in Shanghai as an education adviser and teacher.
Contact Chengdu Westminster School
Tel: 028- 6223 0066