Member’s News | Chengdu Westminster School


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.

在中国,九月的开始意味着老师和同学们将陆续返校。而在英国,即将到来的九月也具有特殊意义,它不仅是一个新的学年的开始,同时也是全英因为疫情自三月“停摆”以后的全面复课的开始。因疫情爆发而停学至今,成都威斯敏斯特学校的校长Rodney Harris相信中英两国的老师们面对新学年的到来都是期待与不安并存的。然而老师们都期望有一个持续而完整的学年,期待新一届的学生们能够取得学业上持续的成功。

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?

短短几个月,大家都经历了一个不断变化的,前所未有的特殊时期,调整自己,适应变化已经成为常态。在这短短几个月里,人类的伟大品质,坚韧,顽强,在新形势下更凸显珍贵。对于学校来说,重新构思课程的执行,减少教育过程中出现的干扰因素,成为了不得不面临的重要课题。然而这一切并不容易,特别在形势多变的当下,各类教育专家各抒己见,听取有充足数据支撑且经得起推敲的意见尤为重要。

Rodney Harris认为想办法适应现在的状况虽然至关重要,但是各个学校的老师们也需要深入思考,对于一所学校来说,真正的价值在哪里;学校和教室,能提供哪些网络课堂不能提供的东西?

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.

校园时光对学生来说总是弥足珍贵:丰富的知识的习得,多维技能的获取,这些了不起的人生积累,都是每个个体在同老师们,身边的同学们甚至学校社区里的教职人员的互动中点滴累积的。

2020 年受疫情影响,学生们都似乎已经适应了虚拟课堂的存在,但是在线的学习,他们所经历的教育过程远不及从真实存在的学校环境那样丰富和实在。每个教育工作者都不能忽视学校里集体生活的重要性,不能忽视学生和他们的老师,教职员工和周围同学们的有效互动在教育过程中的价值。

在成都威斯敏斯特学校(筹)倡导的教育理念里,课堂上跟同学们的讨论,学会聆听他人并积极回应,论辩,甚至午餐过程里的闲聊,或者去运动场的路上的嬉谈,都是教育发生、学生们汲取知识的重要契机。如果没有教育发生的真实场所,没有同学老师的陪伴支持,没有他们引以为豪的活动课程,没有成长关怀课程以及学院制寄宿生活,学生在成都威斯敏斯特学校(筹)的体验将失色不少,这是他们不愿意见到的。

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。

Harris和他的团队积极乐观地克服各种困难,他全力支持和督导各部门的工作。他们对社会的承诺,从未改变。

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.  

新学年的开始总是伴随着新人的加入,威斯敏斯特也不例外。在九月,筹备中的成都威斯敏斯特学校即将再迎来两位重量级教学管理团队的成员。这是继去年教务总监、小学校长、中方执行副校长兼初中校长、运营总监到位后,今年他们教学管理团队发生的新变化。

Debbie Harris

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

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. 

与此同时,Viktoria Calendino(新西兰)也选择加入我们,担任小学部外方副校长。她精通四国语言,有近20年的教学管理和一线教学经验。她曾在新西兰和马来西亚知名国际学校任职,在迪拜教育理事会担任幼小段主任,也曾作为课程设计、教师培训专家为长三角地区知名国际学校提供专家咨询。作为难得一见的顶尖的低龄段多语教学专家课程设计专家以及师培专家,她将为威斯敏斯特带来丰富的幼儿园段及小学段教学新视野。

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