"About education and growth, I want to share three sentences with you:
Ability is more important than knowledge.
Health is more important than scores.
Happiness outweighs excellence. "
——WAIS Secondary School Principal Hao Jun
This July in Wuhan, while the sound of cicadas were rising from all directions and the heat waves were raging, Yan, a student graduating from Ganghua Primary School, chose to apply for WAIS this year. It wasn't until they got the offer that he and his mother breathed a sigh of relief.
Liu, who graduated from Wuhan Foreign Language School’s Primary School, Wang, from Shuiguohu No.2 Primary School, and Ren, from Honglingjin School all chose WAIS. So why did they choose WAIS? Let’s find out !
(The following is in the first-person dictation by the parents)
“ I hope my son can build up self-confidence while studying at WAIS, and not just getting good grades.”
(Mrs Li is a teacher from Wuhan University who has insight into education. Her son had been in private schools since primary school. The teachers from WAIS were particularly impressed by Mrs Li.)
“I am willing to send my child to a private school.
Private schools are more down-to-earth, and communication between school leaders, teachers and parents will be more free and relaxing.”
The curriculum of WAIS are more attractive.
I really don't want my child to join too many training classes after school. Regardless of the troublesomeness, lots of parents are still willing to send their children to after-school classes, which are not only costly but also time-consuming.
The curriculum of WAIS secondary school is designed specifically, and on the other hand, it takes into account the needs of parents. The arrangements on Saturday helps parents save a lot of manpower, material resources, time and expenses.
I’ve always thought that if you only focus on the knowledge itself, no matter how good your grades are, you can easily be defeated by "you are just good at grades". In addition to good grades, people have self-confidence if they have their own hobbies and can develop their specialties.
WAIS moved me. I believe that here, children will develop in the direction as I expect: to read informative books, to participate in qualified club activities, to choose the life they want, and to live as their own choosing.
(In order to choose a more suitable education for the children, Fu's mother sent her two children to WAIS very early. The older children will go directly to the WAIS Secondary School this year, and the younger children will be in Primary School.)
I hope my children to be confident, independent, curious and caring. I hope that they can care for and be kind to the people around them while loving themselves, so that they can make themselves happy and bring happiness to others at the same time.
I am grateful to WAIS for providing the soil of love for my children and letting them be nourished by the environment.
The allocated school in our living area in Hankou is pretty good, but we still insisted on sending our kids to WAIS, because the philosophy of WAIS is different from that of an ordinary public schools. WAIS upholds the educational attitude of "harmony without difference", which is a kind of "education with warmth".
In particular, small-class teaching allows teachers to see and hear each child and pay attention to each child's personal development.
In school, the principals, directors and even the security guards all can name student’s names and care for the child's growth and needs. It’s quiet assuring.
I am fully aware and approve of the school's transdisciplinary integration curriculum, philosophy and teaching methods. Learning is not just about grades, but the bigger class is society and the world.
After entering WAIS, I felt that the biggest change for my child is the increase in self-confidence. They used to be timid and shy, but now they can express themselves in front of others bravely.
In July, when the well-known teacher team joined the school, it made me more confident in the future development of the school.
At the same time, I became more confident that I had chosen the best school for my two children, which is most suitable for their physical and mental health and the integration of knowledge and ability.
("If it was not because of the pandemic, we were preparing for the second-level of Go player in the August game." Mrs Wang, who lives in Shuiguohu, is a pioneer in education and has a developed plan of education for her children. After sending her eldest daughter into Wuhan Foreign Language School’s High School, she now focuses on cultivating her younger daughter. In addition to self-discipline and excellence in learning, the younger daughter has a wide range of interests. She likes Go, dancing, fencing, writing, calligraphy... In July, she participated in the National Go competition in Hangzhou, commonly known as the "Go College Entrance Examination". )
We chose WAIS because of its small class teaching characteristics. With no more than 26 students in each class, the teacher will have more time and energy to pay attention to the children and guide them to learn efficiently. With higher learning efficiency, children will have more time of their own. When children have spare time, they will have energy to develop in other areas.
I know that the average secondary school, no matter what kind of classes, there will be a very large amount of homework. The child's energy is limited. Under this circumstance, he can't do anything outside of study. Go, dancing...all have to stop.
In the curriculum arrangement, WAIS can be entertaining. It has a variety of professional equipment, and special tutoring by outstanding teachers in various subjects on weekends to ensure that students digest the content of daily learning...
We are determined to choose Wuhan Australian International School for these reasons!
—— WAIS Family from Year 7 (the child graduated from Wuhan Foreign School’s Primary School)
WAIS has a group of excellent teachers, personalised curriculum, small-class teaching characteristics, and 8 hours of academic support on weekends for free. I hope that children can become comprehensive talents, not just learning machines. It is hoped that WAIS can train children into not only excellent academic performers, but also comprehensively developed students who are skilled in their fields.
—— WAIS secondary school Family (the child graduated from the Red Scarf School)
The curriculum planning in WAIS is relatively scientific, which not only consolidate the national curriculum, but also break the discipline barriers, integrate the discipline contents, and the students' thinking ability has been well developed.
I remember once they had a transdisciplinary inquiry activity which was related to animals and plants. In that Chinese class, children learned how to write an essay to describe a fish. And in art class, the teacher taught them how to draw a fish, and they also learnt the expressions related to fish in English class. Then the science teacher guided the study of fish, along with knowledge about their living habits, living environment and so on.
In this collaboratively planned transdisciplinary unit, children will find the classroom very interesting, and they can absorb much more knowledge than just reading books.
——Mr Yang, a father of WAIS Primary School
In my opinion, the core value of the WAIS integrated course lies in the consistent training of learning goals and learning abilities.
The teacher encourages all students to ask questions and cooperate in inquiry, not only by exploring the knowledge itself, but also exploring the formation process of knowledge, exploring the connection between knowledge and the real world. In the process of inquiry, children's critical thinking is developed.
——Mrs Wu, a mother of WAIS Primary School
"These three sentences from Principal Hao summed up all my expectations for my children."
(How does WAIS cultivate students? Mrs Yan, who lives in Qingshan, specially praised the principal's three sentences.)
——Mrs Yan, a mother of new Year 7 student from WAIS
Finally, regarding education and growth, Principal Hao of the Secondary School has something to share with you:
Ability is more important than knowledge.
Alfred North Whitehead, a philosopher and mathematician, once said: "Philosophy begins in wonder. And at the end when philosophic thought has done its best the wonder remains." This remainings include ability.
At WAIS, if you want to achieve excellence, you need to go through a long period of polishing, and to assist the necessary learning methods to truly enhance your "ability."
The grades achieved in elementary school can only represent the past and will soon become a permanent certificate on the wall. Entering Secondary School, you will face new challenges and a new starting line. Without a healthy body and mind, how would you deal with the pressures of studies, interpersonal communication, and future development?
At WAIS, health not only refers to a strong body but also refers to a stable mood and a stable mind. In addition to good grades, we also want to see you healthy.