While I breathe, I explore, I hope
在刚过去的2019 国际教育展, 总校长Arturo Ruelas以演讲嘉宾的身份接受了大会国际教育网的编辑专访。
At the recent International Education Exhibition 2019, our Head of Schools, Arturo Ruelas, attended the event as a guest speaker and gave an exclusive interview with the China International Education Network.
Below are a few clips and highlights from the exclusive interivew:
The interview has been edited for brevity and clarity.
It’s our values that are taught in our lessons and each staff member from the principal to teachers, the counsellor and security guards, they reflect these values. You will see these values are reflected in the whole environment of the school.
Other schools may just focus on academics or test results. I believe that is not the real education. Education should focus on the development of students: their social and emotional skills, well-being, characters and etc, the academic achievement will just follow.
At the same time, that is also our advantage. This type of education is the one that students will remember. They will graduate from our school with lots of experiences and good memories.
We look at 3 different things:
Students’ academic performance – as part of the information we gather to know about the students;
Students’ character – through the interview process, we can see and observe their personalities and moral qualities;
Family involvement – we embrace parents as our partners in education as they play a vital role in supporting a child’s education at all stages.
Children are born not knowing the language, it is the environment that they learn the language from. The language of instruction is not just to teach the subject, it is also the language of the environment.
Our teachers are professional, they know how to teach their subject and English language at the same time. In this way, the students are learning English all the time; everywhere they go, they are learning it. When they first enter the school, they may not feel confident in English, feel lost or confused for a little while but quickly they will learn as they are immersed in English.
We have the program, the teachers and environment to support them.
The best time is the beginning of each school division, i.e. at the beginning of primary, middle or high school. I think that is the best time to transfer if you are thinking of moving your child from one school to another school.
If a family is not satisfied with the school that they are currently at or the education they are receiving, I still encourage them to make the transfer to a new school that you want to see if they can do a better job with the child.
We have the support to receive students in any grades. Our teachers are very professional and well-experienced that they know how to manage new students and old students.
International school – there’s no one specific flag that we fly. Our philosophy, our values, and what we teach should be inclusive of all countries, all people, all languages. That is a truly international education.
Our teachers reflect that, they come from all over the world;
Our curriculum reflects that, students will learn world history;
Our culture reflects that, we respect the host country we are in. We are in China, so it is our priority to teach the Chinese language, customs, culture, literature and so on, while we are also learning other world languages.
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