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Message from the Principal




Last week, I was interviewed to talk about “A good school from my perspective”. In my opinion, a good school boosts pupils’ learning and enthusiasm for life where pupils and teachers have opportunities to show their highlights.



A good school is committed to implementing whole-person education and continues to practice. School vision and mission are closely connected by cultivating talent through virtue, kindness, and integrity. In the meantime, a good school also encourages pupils to work hard and have a good habit of reflecting, promoting academic excellence.        



A good school focuses on learning, embedding a deep understanding of its history and culture, identity and a sense of mission. Facing the world and the future, schools develop pupils’ broader vision and prepare them for the future.


教育非常美好的是,我们的学生可以借由帮助他人,成就自己。最近,中小学都在逐步推行导师计划(Mentoring Program), 我们的目标是选出年级中全面发展的学生,经由导师们的指导,更好地引导学生成长。同时这些学生需要通过领导、参与一个学生活动或项目来激励更多学生不断挑战自我,走向卓越。在这个过程中,学生都将不断提升自我管理能力、帮助他人的意识以及服务学校社区的精神。

The beauty of education is that our pupils can make achievements by helping others. Currently, our Primary and Junior High pupils are developing a Mentoring Program. The program aims to select pupils with all-round development from each grade and provide them with mentoring for better growth. At the same time, these pupils need to practice leadership / participate in pupil activities or projects to motivate more peers to challenge themselves and become excellent. Throughout the program, pupils will continue to improve their self-management ability and enhance the awareness of helping others and the spirit of serving the community.



As I mentioned last week, sometimes adversity can better unite people. In this challenging stage, the government, the school, faculty, and parents face significant challenges. However, we all work together to overcome these difficulties. It is also a learning opportunity for pupils to experience life’s challenges and learn how to calmly deal with particular situations, echoing the essence of education. They will recall this experience and remember the responsibility and unity our community demonstrated in the future.       




Ivey Wang

Principal of Huili School Hangzhou



Sixth Form Matters




Assessment week


After the Winter Break, pupils will be sitting their mock examinations from (3 - 10 January). It is an opportunity for pupils and teachers to assess pupils’ understanding and learn what needs to be improved on for the external assessments in summer and for pupils to gain experience of what taking the examinations will feel like. It can be stressful for pupils as they study hard and try to cram as much as possible in preparation for the examinations. It is important to strike a balance between studying hard, studying smart, and studying and resting.



Studying hard vs smart studying


Pupils can spend hours away at their desks engrossed in their notes and textbooks but still struggle when it comes to writing down their answers on the examination papers. So instead of dedicating just time to the studying cause, pupils must also be organised and plan their studying well. This may look different in different subjects, but smart studying will target particular areas of knowledge or skills so that the process of studying is broken down into smaller and more manageable chunks.



Suggestions for studying smart



Self assessments


Before settling into studying, pupils would benefit from self-assessment to ascertain their strengths and weaknesses. This can include a list of all the topics they need to know and then judge how well they think they understand each topic. For example, they can ‘traffic light’ each skill where ‘green’ means they understand it well, ‘yellow’ means that they understand the topic to some degree, and ‘red’ means that you have little or no understanding of the topic.





Pupils then gain a picture of their current understanding and target their weaker areas (red and yellow) first.





These are useful tools when needing to learn definitions or short answers. For example, you could have a question on one side with the answer on the back like this:





Or you could use pictures to help you remember:





Doing not reading


Many pupils think that reading notes is an effective way of studying. However, what pupils need to do in examination conditions is not recognise something but recall the information. This means that pupils need to practise exam-style questions to get a feel of how they will be assessed. If the pupils are familiar with the language, the examination style layout, and the type of questions they will be asked before the assessment, they will feel more at ease when sitting the paper. Pupils need to ask their subject teachers for examination-style practice questions and their answers so they can practise in their own time and assess their understanding.



Balancing study and rest


Dr. Bea from the Cleveland Clinic likens our brains to sponges. He says that “they can only soak up so much information before they’re saturated, then they have to dry out a bit.” Hence the brain needs frequent rest. Research has found that taking breaks can improve your mood, boost your performance and increase your ability to concentrate and pay attention. However, it doesn’t work as efficiently when you don’t give your mind a chance to pause and refresh. So my advice is to space out your revision rather than cramming it all together. For example, if you organise five hours of study into one hour a day, you’ll remember more than if you study for five hours on one day. Form tutors have been working with pupils to create manageable revision timetables.


当然,我们会安排模拟测试来帮助学生做好准备。 评估周结束后,学生要反思考试体验,总结经验、吸取教训。虽然不能每次考试都拿满分,但我们希望学生们在老师的全力支持下,拿出自己最好的表现,发挥出自己的水平。

The most important point to remember is that we have mock examinations to help prepare our pupils. After Assessment Week, pupils must reflect on their experiences and note what went well and how they could improve for the actual examinations. Of course, it is not realistic to expect 100% in every exam, but we hope that pupils want to do themselves justice and try their very best, knowing that their teachers will support them every step of the way.



Hatty Leung


Head of Sixth Form



Junior High Matters



近两周,全球激励领导力竞赛(The Global Catalyst competition)项目在初中部如火如荼地举行。八、九年级学生开展了一系列的活动,如鲜花和钢笔义卖、家庭旧书回收等,并将筹得的善款捐献给慈善机构。

The Global Catalyst competition projects ran across Junior High for over two weeks. Several of our Grade 8 and 9 pupils are carrying out various projects such as selling flowers and pens or reusing unwanted books from home to raise awareness for those less fortunate than ourselves and raise money for charity.



Their enthusiasm to ensure inclusivity and develop their leadership skills has been admirable. The results of this competition will be available next week, and we look forward to sharing the good news of the success of our pupils.



Due to the current situation, some activities are subject to changes. We will keep very close contact with the Education Bureau and will make sure to keep you updated. The school office will send more information regarding the arrangements for junior high events soon.




Laura Perry


Head of Junior High



Upper Primary Matters


This week I am proud to say that our Grade 3 pupils gave an excellent speech on independence in our whole school Flag Raising ceremony. Our young speakers reminded us of how independence happens naturally, in nature, when young animals are left to fend for themselves. They highlighted how survival could be cruel, but their challenges to become independent make them stronger as a species – survival of the fittest. 



As human civilisation evolves, we still rely on our communities to support our independence. We use parenting and schooling to guide our young to gain the skills needed to be well-functioning teenagers and adults. Here at Huili, it is rewarding when we see pupils exhibit the values that we embed that are part of the foundations of our school. Many of our pupils will evolve to be positive role models in our communities and exhibit them independently with integrity.





Furthermore, I see pupils overcoming their challenges in becoming independent daily. I see collaboration between them to support and encourage each other rather than condemn and critique. Huili school focuses on wellbeing and nurturing pupil growth, and this is ever more important as we help them manage their time in a fast-paced world.



I wish you all a happy weekend.


Jenny Stones


Deputy Head of Primary



Lower Primary Matters




Within our lower primary school, we instil a secure foundation of conceptual understanding in mathematics within our pupils. Conceptual understanding can be described as an integrated and functional grasp of mathematical ideas. Pupils with a conceptual understanding know more than isolated facts and methods about the subject. They understand why a mathematical theory is important, how to apply it in solving real problems and how to identify the contexts in which it is useful. When a child is fully independent in their thinking and processing of their conceptual understanding, they can arrange and organise their knowledge logically, enabling them to process and learn new ideas by making connections with past experiences and understanding what they already know.



Positive impact on pupils:



Interaction with concrete materials enhances student retention of stepwise procedural options in mathematical problem-solving.



Provides an opportunity for increased interaction with content and increased response frequency for all pupils.



Methods to teach place value, fractions, addition, subtraction, multiplication, algebra, and word problems are supported by research.


数学的概念理解以学生个人的思维和理解为基础,可能会在具象和抽象学习阶段之间转换。在引入新概念或新挑战时,或在学生感到有难度时,也可以回到具象或图形演示的学习阶段。 我们面向所有学生提供教学辅助工具,并鼓励学生们在解决数学问题时积极使用辅助工具。

Conceptual understanding in mathematics builds on the individual child’s thinking and processing. It moves between concrete and abstract and can return to the concrete or pictorial representation stage when introducing new concepts, adding a challenge, or if a pupil is not feeling secure about a new concept or skill. Manipulatives are available for all pupils and encouraged to solve maths problems within our learning environment. 



Conrad Botha


Head of Early Years and Lower Primary



English Department Matters


In the English department, our goal is to provide complete immersion in an exciting, ever-evolving language. We recognise that our bilingual pupils truly flourish when offered the opportunity to excel both inside and outside the classroom. Therefore, as the weeks progress, we will occupy this space to bring you the latest and most exciting news from the English department here at Huili Junior High.




本周,我们举办了一场精彩的英语作文比赛,作文主题是“旅行“,激发了学生的无限创造力。在此,祝贺比赛获奖学生:Dora C (第三名)、Walter L(第二名)和Karen Zh(第一名)。同学们为本次比赛付出了许多努力,写出了三篇紧扣主题、内容丰富的精彩文章。英语教研组能有这么多有创意、有才华的学生,我们感到非常幸运。十二月的英文作文比赛已经启动,主题为“哎呀!”。这一话题下,我们鼓励学生用英文写出自己曾经犯过的错误或失误,并总结经验教训。希望同学们踊跃参与,并在本月提交作品。我们翘首以待,期待这场比赛的获胜学生。

This week, we empowered our pupils’ creativity with an exciting writing competition that challenged pupils to explore the theme of travel in a written article. Congratulations to our winners: Dora C (3rd place), Walter L (2nd place) and Karen Z (1st place). All worked exceptionally hard and wrote a fantastic trio of articles. Our three winners showed great diversity in the content of their articles and were fully engaged with the subject. We feel fortunate to have such creative, talented students in the English department. The December writing competition is already well underway: a personal narrative entitled ‘Oops!’ encourages pupils to write creatively about their mistakes and the lessons they learned. So please do encourage learners to get involved and submit their entries this December. We love reading them and look forward to three brand-new winners very soon.



The World Scholar’s Cup 2021 was due to take place in Ningbo this week, with a large number of talented students travelling to pit their wits, persuasive writing and problem-solving skills against pupils from all over China. The department has been working closely with pupils to hone their collaborative writing and debating skills. Stay tuned – we hope to reschedule the visit for early next year.



There are always exciting things happening in the English department here at Huili. Please check out this space every week to keep abreast of the latest ways we celebrate the English language. We are proud of our work and department; we can’t wait to show you how we inspire our pupils to explore and immerse themselves in the language we teach.



Allister Edwards


English Teacher



Performing Arts Matters




The Chinese New Year Gala auditions are now closed, and we received over 180 videos submissions. We are amazed by the skills and talents of our pupils and touched by their passion for performing arts.



We review each video and will contact all parents with the decision on Friday, 24 December. At Huili School Hangzhou, we endeavour to offer our pupils opportunities to showcase their passion for performing arts. Unfortunately, we have limited spaces for solo performances for the Chinese New Year Gala. Therefore, we will offer most pupils an opportunity to perform during the second semester (Spring Recital or Summer Concert).





We hope that parents can access the theatre to be part of our Chinese New Year celebrations. Nevertheless, we will also live stream the concerts.



If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact our performing arts team: performingarts.hsh@huilieducation.cn.


Alejandro Montoya


Director of Performing Arts



Dukebox Matters




Please click on the link below to tune into our Dukebox radio throughout the week to enjoy various shows, including “Marty James breakfast show”, “The big yellow bus show”, “Motown/Rock shows” among others - https://dukeboxradio.cn/



Don’t worry if you missed any of the live shows as you can access them on our exclusive “Listen again” service: https://dukeboxradio.cn/china-catchup/



Please have a look at some of the wonderful content available in our podcast section: https://dukeboxradio.cn/podcast-archive/  



Here are the most recent podcasts created by our pupils and staff.



Martin Bailey


Dukebox Presenter