As the cradle of elites, British boarding schools have cultivated many world-class scientists, writers, politicians andartists. Prime Minister Churchill, Nobel Prize winner Kipling, novelist Orwell,and the new generation actor ‘Curly Fu’ – Cumberbatch, are all outstanding representatives of boarding school graduates.
In early April, a new reform was launched in CKWA, which is to combine the elite boarding system of the top British private schools withthe traditional class teacher model in Chinese schools, so as to stimulatechildren’s internal drive, make them better learners and better selves.
So how about the boarding school life of our students? How to benefit their growth? CKWA will bring you a new understanding of boarding life.
Evening-study programme provide personalized and customized support, guide students to achieveself-discipline.
Teachers establish close relationships with children with kindness and respect, which actively builds up students’ self-confidence.
How to help students overcome the fear of difficulties, get out of the comfortzone, and keep breaking through themselves?
How to nurture and cultivate students’ social skills and leadership in the local environment?
Next, let’s walk into CKWA Boarding School and unlock thesecrets.
Personalized evening-study support, customized students’ progressplan
The two-periods evening-study is the core element of theboarding school system.
From April 6 this year, CKWA upgraded the BoardingSchool, made it improved as an independent education unit. Dormitory is nolonger just a teaching subsidiary part to meet the requirements of safety andcomfort. Besides 8 hours of teaching time, boarding time has become an equallyimportant part of education ecology as day education.
In this regard, Principal Xu Tao said frankly that the school had planned for more than half a year before officially launching the boarding programme. After investigation, it is found that children’s after-school life also needs a group environment.
Therefore, the school set up small class units with nomore than 24 students. The boarding supervisor is the big parent in this unit.Both the supervisors and the evening-study teachers can provide bilingual tutoringand good communication, so as to ensure that the school’s educational philosophy can be well implemented.
Different from the separate day-class and evening-class teaching teams in other schools, we ensure the academic team of evening programme have close communication with day-class teachers for a basic understanding of students’ learning and growth, which helps personalized tutoring. Principal Xu Tao believes that education must be happening in anecology, and providing boarders a kind of family atmosphere is very important.
For the evening programme, we group students of differentlevels according to the learning status at day school, English and academic levels are mainly considered, generally a group covering two or three grades.
Principal Xu said that every two weeks, the evening academic team will have a professional meeting to exchange opinions andexperience. For some students, we basically supervise them finish homework atthe beginning stage. For students whose homework is not a big problem, we should guide them to preview and have challenging tasks. We are also different fromschools with military management aiming for college entrance examinationresults, we motivate students’ enthusiasm. The purpose of our evening programis to strengthen students’ ability of time management and self-learning. It’sbetter to teach children how to self-study than to give them knowledge. Theinner drive is what we aim to cultivate.
Build students’ confidence with kindness and respect
It has a prominent position in CKWA educational missionto establish a sense of rules for children. If a student makes a mistake or breaksthe regulations, he or she is supposed to accept the consequence according tothe school policies. “Consequence education” is an important part of CKWAboarding school system.
“When facing bad-disciplined children, many parents,including some teachers, tend to just simply solve the problem, instead of guiding and motivating them to realize the mistakes.” Princiapl Xu Tao believes that establishing a positive and intimate relationship with childrenis the core method of cultivating children’s inner drive.
For CKWA boarding school programme, we strictly select teachers who are qualified at both Chinese and English with rich teaching andlife experience as boarding supervisors, considering they are easier to establish a positive and close relationship with our boarders and give better accompany as children grow up.
Break the comfort zone and challenge yourself in variousactivities
At first, the exercise time of boarding students was arranged by teachers to do some simple sports. After running for a period, students came up with many brilliant ideas. The school respected students’opinions and made some adjustments. Many other options were derived from theinitial exercise: badminton, basketball, cricket, yoga, etc.
Paul said that the boarding programme is an importantpart of the school. As the International boarding supervisor, his responsibilities are more about behavior management, that is, correcting children’s behavior problems and communicating with their parents timely. Withthe improvement of CKWA boarding school system, what he most hopes to developis the Enrichment Programme. He plans to launch more activities according tothe needs of students, including monthly birthday dinner, which brings children relaxation, and the happy rivalry between houses, which emphasizes collaboration of a team.
The school set grade 3 as the minimum grade for boarding program. Principal Xu Tao believes that for younger children, parent-child relationship is the first place, and they need more family company. Everyone has an instinct for pursuing comfort, so it always needs someone to push asmall step forward. When children see the progress brought out by efforts, they will gradually form the consciousness of making efforts, the habit of puttingefforts, and they will be more confident in facing difficulties.
Cultivate children’s leadership and stimulate their inter drive in a community
“A good education is to let children see the palace and give meaning to each brick. Motivate children work hard for their dreams, then their future ispromising”, stressed Principal Xu Tao. The purpose of the boarding school is to stimulate children’s interdrive in a broader education ecology. “In our traditional education, student leaderswere to be selected. They were the little spies of teachers and carried out teacher’sorders. We changed children’s perception of leadership. Students leaders arenot for helping teachers, but to care about people around them”. In order to improve children’s ability tocare for and help others, four committees were set up, including House Captain,Awards Committee, Events Committee, and Teacher assistant for the eveningprogramme.
“We encourage young teenagers to participate incollective decision-making, instead of adults deciding everything. Through this practice, children’s inner drive will be developed. Learning is everywhere, not only limited to textbooks and classrooms, but also in the process of stimulating inter drive in a broader education field and a wider educational ecology. ” said Principal Xu Tao. Whatthe Boarding Programme in CKWA aims to do is to stimulate children’s innerdrive and make them become better learners and better themselves.