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Zhencun Li-Chief Academic Director of HD Schools

What is good education? In other words, what kind of education should we provide for our children to help them adapt to an uncertain future? 

This is the question I have been thinking about since I joined HD.

I believe good education is based not on restricting but on opening up. 

Where there is life, there is an instinct for growth. Good education, thus, strives to echo and amplify this instinct. But the truth is, despite our best intentions, we tend to check rather than cherish children’s instincts and blunt rather than polish their natural rough edges. What education is supposed to do is to provide sunshine and raindrops for flowers to flourish, expecting each to bloom in season. Good education is about fully opening up: Open up the windows so children can fly in the sky; open up the door to truth so children can explore; open up children’s minds so they can breathe freely… Only in an open instead of restricted campus can you see a diversity of smiles, minds and states of growing — “Diversity is the origin of happiness”. Only when we comprehend this key truth can we unlock the door of education.

Good education is not about “teaching”. It is about discovery.

More often than not, we misunderstand the term ‘education’. We simplify education into one-size-fits-all approach set by adults to inculcate, preach and reconstruct our children according to given criteria. In the West, the term ‘education’ originates from the Latin word ‘educare’. The prefix ‘e’ indicates ‘out’, which refers to eliciting or drawing out. I prefer the interpretation that given methods are used to elicit and activate the potential inside children’s bodies and minds. Every child is endowed with some talents that are unknown to us. Education is not about forcing children to conform to a procrustean mold. It is about using our professional sensitivity to explore and capture children’s unique natural qualities. We should try our best to nurture, encourage, guide and accompany them. 

Good education is not only about students’ growth, but also about teachers’ development. 

When it comes to education, we often pay more attention to children’s development and overlook the conditions of teachers who are accompanying students. No one can ever teach children the knowledge they do not know. Teachers who are not lifelong learners can hardly inspire students to study. Education is a delightful practice in which no one is just a bystander. We are passionate to learn and eager to grow. We enjoy reading and never stop thinking. We teach by doing not by saying. Good education is not a one-way process of targeting students, but a two-way process in which students and teachers help each other fulfill potentials and make progress together. As Karl Jaspers said, “Education is a tree shaking another tree, a cloud nudging another cloud, a soul awakening another soul.” That is to say, to deliver good education, we should start with teachers and motivate them to learn and develop. 

Bearing in mind these thoughts about education, every staff member here at HD works hard every day to be an educator devoted to learning and developing, an educator who can think independently, to open the field of education, to enlighten every child, to kindle passions, to inspire …

And then, brimming with joy, we wait for the children to prosper… 

Zhencun Li

Chief Academic Director of HD Schools

Welcome to HD Qingdao Bilingual School, a new dual curriculum, bilingual school in Qingdao bringing together the best of Chinese and British education. HD Qingdao Bilingual School is putting the “fun” back into education. Starting school and going to school should be fun, a place that students want to go. They should look forward to each new day with excitement and enthusiasm. With our passionate and inspiring staff HD Qingdao Bilingual School will do just that.


With small classes we will be able to personalise education for each child. Teachers and principals will get to know each child as an individual, their wants and needs, and above all they will develop a warm relationship with each child, so they feel safe and cared for by all at the school.


Becoming bilingual is no easy task but one that I am committed to and very experienced in. HD Qingdao School will create an environment where students are immersed in each language and taught by qualified, native speakers of English or Chinese. Students will learn, apply and practice both languages and develop excellent language skills.


It is a great privilege to take children at a very young age as they begin school and I have a wealth of experience in nurturing young lives and seeing them develop and grow. I am always humbled by the dedication and hard work of teachers as they strive to develop each child academically and emotionally. As Headmaster I am committed to taking an active part in this.


School is not all about academics and this is reflected in HD Qingdao Bilingual School’s motto: Education creates character. Developing and nurturing students’ characters is a great responsibility for all schools and HD Qingdao Bilingual School takes this very seriously. Through pastoral and moral education students will develop empathy for others, responsibility for their own actions and the resilience to overcome life’s challenges.


Please take some time to read through this website and to visit our school. My door is always open with a warm welcome waiting for prospective and current parents.

Mr. Warren Johnston

Chief Academic Officer of HD Schools

Mr. Warren Johnston-Chief Academic Officer of HD Schools