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上海赫德双语学校

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Mr. Warren Johnston Chief Academic Officer of HD Schools

Welcome to HD Shanghai Bilingual School, a new dual curriculum, bilingual school in Shanghai bringing together the best of Chinese and British education. HD Shanghai Bilingual School is greatly influenced by Hurtwood House UK which has an outstanding academic and creative record and is recognised as one of England’s most successful and exciting schools, putting the vigour and enthusiasm back into education. HD Shanghai 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 Shanghai 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 Shanghai 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 Shanghai Bilingual School’s motto: Education creates character. Developing and nurturing students’ characters is a great responsibility for all schools and HD Shanghai 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

Dear Parents:


Thank you for choosing HD Shanghai Kindergarten, and entrusting the great responsibilities of enlightening the children to us. Shouldering the expectations of parents, I feel there is a long way to go with all my enthusiasm and pursuit of preschool education.


The HD Shanghai Kindergarten is one that make all of us proud. It is open and pluralistic, and focuses on the inheritance of Chinese traditions and the absorption of the nutrients of world culture. Children grow rapidly in such a wonderful atmosphere, and actively prepare themselves for running to the field they would like to reach. As a professional educator, what I need to do is to protect the nature of the kids, and become a fair wind or pushing wave when they decide to set sail.


Where there is love, there is education. It is expected that parents could also join in the ranks full of love and care and never be absent in the children’s growth and education. It is us that will witness each step taken on their way to a better future.


The way ahead is long, but I shall search high and low. To grow with the children would be my biggest happiness for my life.


Kindest regards!



Mary Feng

Principal of HD Shanghai Kindergarten

Mary Feng Principal of HD Shanghai Kindergarten
Jade Yu Principal of HD Shanghai Primary School

As a Chinese citizen, I hold Chinese culture dear. China has a rich history, which should be treasured, and I believe that the values of cultural spirit and wisdom should be central to our time in school, one that rooted in Chinese culture and serving Chinese families. As the Principal of Primary School of HD Bilingual School, I believe that our students can be immersed in the world of Chinese literature, experience the elegance of Chinese language and understand the profound depth of Chinese culture. Above all, they will learn to recognize the cultural values of their home country and gain a sense of strength from this. Our students will practice what they learn and develop sharp perceptions and honest behaviors, to grow into well-rounded Chinese citizens with a global vision.


Based on the idea, we are committed to exploring the creative educational mode which adapts itself best to a bilingual environment. During the primary school period, we strictly follow the path of the national curriculum standard, and use approaches such as big thematic units, interdisciplinary integration and whole-book reading to make Chinese learning a rich experience, applicable to children’s life. It is expected that the learning experience and exploration alongside proper training and memorization will be promoted in the process.


I always believe that the nature of education it to establish links between self-ego, outside world and future society. The children will enjoy a free, comfortable, easy and natural growth, and we are always by their side.


Jade Yu

Principal of HD Shanghai Primary School

Dear parents,


Welcome to Shanghai HD Secondary School.


As an educator, my passions and interests are deeply rooted in bilingual teaching and bilingual education. How will our students gain proficiency in both Chinese and English, acquire bilingual thinking, and finally to embody globalized talents with intelligence, empathy and courage in a multicultural environment? How does a team of high-quality and dedicated Chinese and foreign teachers support students and an environment conducive to the aforementioned outcomes? It is a significant undertaking that has long attracted me. How shall we cooperate with our professional teachers, work together with our parents who hold the same values to educate our Chinese secondary students to have a profound appreciation of Chinese culture alongside true international-mindedness? As an educator who has worked in the Chinese public education system, private schools and schools for children of foreigners in China, I confidently say that Shanghai HD is a unique school with a special mission. Here in HD, we firmly believe that every student has great potential. We attach great importance to interpersonal relationships and establishing trust and respect for all. We strive to foster a learning environment which is comprehensive, caring, and student-centered. We aim to help students to find and construct a purpose of study through creative and interactive learning processes based on exploration and lifelong learning.


In the Secondary Program, we are particularly committed to students’ moral education and highly value our students’ approaches to their learning. The former addresses the question of which kind of learners we educate and value whilst the latter addresses how to help all students to study more efficiently. We strongly believe that noble moral character and efficient study methods will best support our Chinese learners to strive for excellence in academic performance and a brighter future.


Robert Forster said so in his poem The Road Not Taken

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I,

I took the one less traveled by,

And that has made all the difference.


You may have chosen a road less traveled for your children. But on this road, you are not alone and we are together on this journey. We appreciate your trust and look forward to your arrival.


Sophie Che

Chinese Principal of Shanghai HD Secondary School

Sophie Che Principal of Shanghai HD Secondary School
Christopher Van Volkom Principal of HD Shanghai Secondary School

Middle and high school education is an extremely important time in a young person’s life. The experiences they have in school now will greatly impact their lives and must set them on a course for long-term success as they transition from children to young adults.


At HD Shanghai Bilingual Secondary School, our education teams use 3 HD Core Values to support students to undergo an internal transformation by focusing on academic excellence (Wisdom), excellence in approaches to learning (Courage), and excellence in character (Empathy). These values are the pillars that ensure all HD students are set on a trajectory towards achieving their goals and living happy, rewarding lives.


Wisdom is the ability to use knowledge and experience to make good decisions and to be a creative problem solver. Through strong connections between academic excellence and demonstrating wisdom, HD empowers students to focus on more than just earning top marks on examinations (which they do). We produce bilingual students who can apply knowledge and make connections between their studies, themselves, and the greater world. This helps motivate students and prepares them for top universities and professional life as they leave HD being experts in applying their learning.


Courage is the key to confidence, resilience, and being a goal-oriented person. In order for students to successfully transit into independent adults, they must learn how to reflect and plan for their own success. HD students learn to demonstrate ownership of their own learning and lives by consistently working with mentor teachers, counsellors, and peers to plan, set goals, reflect, and adapt their strategies for success. Giving up is never an option. Through parent-school partnerships, high expectations are set for all students which results in them being confident individuals ready for all the challenges they’ll face in their lives.


Empathy is another essential quality for lifelong success. Development of this attribute is grounded in our students’ strong sense of Chinese identity and culture. From this viewpoint, students explore various world perspectives and understand the need for all individuals to demonstrate love and care for others and our planet. Leadership, community service, and moral education programs work to develop HD students’ understanding and desire to contribute to a better society through actions and excellence in character. 


HD students leave the school being role models with all the tools needed to fulfill their dreams. Academic Excellence (Wisdom), Excellence in Approaches to Learning (Courage), and Excellence in Character (Empathy) serve as their roadmap to happiness and success throughout their lives.


We look forward to supporting your child’s pathway to excellence at HD Shanghai Bilingual School!


Christopher Van Volkom

Principal of HD Shanghai Secondary School

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