Dipont A Level Centre at Nanjing Jinling High School

 
 
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About the Host School

 Jinling High School was founded by American missionaries in 1888 and given the historic name of Fowler Biblical School.It is a key school in Jiangsu province, honored as a provincial and national “model school”. It is also one of the most famous national model schools in China.

For more than a century, over one hundred thousand graduates have been groomed. Among them are hundreds of eminent alumni, such as the people's educationalist Tao Xingzhi, the master architect, Lv Yanzhi (designer of Dr. Sun Yat-sen's Mausoleum), the thermo physicist Wu Zhonghua, the economists Wu Jinglian and Li Yining, the biologist Fu Xin-Yuan, the mathematician (and leader of differential coefficient geometry) Tian Gang, Nobel laureate in Literature Gao Xinjian, and member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences Qi Kang. The school is hence widely acclaimed as a 'cradle for the elite'. 

The school enjoys a central location in the city, boasting a beautiful campus of 50,000 square meters. The school is well equipped and staffed with 260 well-qualified teachers. 

Our aim is to develop all of our students as passionate, confident, lifelong learners. We believe in the promotion of education to enable all-round development and value its importance as the cornerstone of a student's whole life. 

In the new century, Jinling High will carry forward its mission and tradition and further its reforms through explorations and innovation. We are nurturing tomorrow’s leaders of high level of academic and social achievements with Jinling High’s characteristics. The school is heading towards a comprehensive, research-and-innovation-oriented and internationalized world-class school, and is advancing its mission of contributing to the great revitalization of China. 

About the A Level Centre

In order to provide teachers and students with a broad international prospective and more choices for international universities, and help Jinling High School build on its high reputation at home and abroad, Jinling High School set up a Cambridge A-level Centre in the campus within the framework of “Cambridge International A-level program” of Jiangsu Education Association of International Exchange. When students have finished three years study at the A-level Centre in Jinling High School and passed CIE exams held by Cambridge International Examinations (CIE), they will be able to apply for universities in all the English speaking universities all over the world, including America, the UK, Australia, Canada, New Zealand and Singapore. These countries include the top universities, such as Harvard University, Princeton University, Yale University, Cambridge University, and Oxford University.  

Our exam results for most students are strong and nearly all students possess a good level of English at the time of entering the centre, ranging from pre-intermediate to intermediate level. Students in the JLHS centre can access all the facilities on campus. These resources include the library, study rooms, computer labs, chemistry and physics labs, art rooms, studios, lecture rooms and sports gym.

 Extracurricular activities include: Charity Club, Students Union, Model United Nations (MUN), Debating Club, Basketball Club, Chemistry Club, Western Culture Club, Astronomy Club, Buddy Club, Reading Club, and Guitar Club. 

Jingling High School Cambridge A-level Centre is managed by Jingling High School. The Centre Principal, authorised by the CIE, takes the responsibility of teaching management and the CIE provide the syllabus, scheme of work, and recommended resource list for each academic subject. 

All the foreign teachers have teaching certificates and rich experience of teaching A-level courses. Jingling High School also provides excellent bilingual teachers to join the teaching team in basic curriculum and coaching in the core curriculum.  

 

Lifestyle

Expatriate teachers normally live in accommodation off campus and, as in all centres, are assisted by our Chinese support staff to find their ideal home base. JLHS provides an allowance for every expatriate teacher that covers the cost of a one or two-bedroomed apartment of good quality in the downtown area, but teachers can choose to add to this if they wish (some add an additional 50 to 200 GBP equivalent in order to obtain a larger or more luxurious apartment). 

Nanjing is the capital of Jiangsu Province. It is a modern city, but has a history that spans about 5,000 years. It was the capital city of China during the Ming dynasty, and for a brief time before the establishment of the People's Republic of China in 1949. It is also a multicultural city with a population from many other areas in China and the rest of the world. Expatriate teachers from different cultures and religious backgrounds can certainly find a lifestyle that suits them in Nanjing.

 Attractions include some fascinating museums, beautiful gardens and historical sites, including some of the original Ming city walls and city gates, palaces and temples. 

All our teachers are well supported by our CLO, CC and Dipont before and after they arrive in China. Three-months advance rent is often required by landlords, and the school will advance this prior to the monthly allowance being paid if required. 

For further information on Nanjing, please see:

http://www.travelchinaguide.com/cityguides/nanjing.htm

http://www.chinahighlights.com/nanjing/

http://nanjing.jiangsu.net/

http://www.chinavista.com/nanjing/home.html

http://www.muztagh.com/nanjing/index.html

 

 

 

Teacher Case Study

Juning E. Guay – Physics and Chemistry 

I am privileged to be a part of the teaching staff of Jinling High School this year. My years of experience as an ESL teacher in Guangdong, as Physics, Chemistry and Maths teacher in Nanjing Foreign Language School and as the Head of Science in the Australian Program for Jiangsu Ahead Education company have equipped me for this current career pursuit and at the same time given me the passion to educate Chinese students. My roles in those former institutions have enabled me to efficiently play my part in the Nanjing Jinling center. My tasks do not only involve teaching what is provided in the course syllabus, but also facilitating an enthusiastic classroom atmosphere, providing an English-speaking environment, and inspiring the students to be more creative. I take this as an opportunity to be a part of forming the future of young minds and preparing the students for their future studies abroad. Thus, besides giving me the task to educate and influence, it also gives me an opportunity to be a part of something great - equipping brilliant kids to possess positive personalities, wider horizons, critical thinking and competitiveness. Needless to say, I am also learning and growing as an individual and as an educator.  

The team that I work with are very supportive. The center provides user-friendly facilities, regular observation by the school heads, constructive evaluations, good working environment among other benefits. These give me the feeling of being in a family that would aim at developing both teachers and students. 

I am an introvert kind of person, however, being alone in China encouraged me to be more sociable. Luckily, Nanjing is a big city with friendly residents and a large number of foreigners, so I was able to make friends with local and foreign people. Being an ancient city, Nanjing not only provides a large variety of social activities and entertainment, but also an experience of China's culture and history. These aspects allow me to express my different interests and enjoy my work and life in a foreign land.

 

 

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Student Case Study

When did you start at the A Level Centre and how would you describe your experience there?

I enrolled as an A-Level Student in September 2008. It is an enjoyable but challenging experience for me.

What are the benefits in studying A levels?

Firstly, studying in A Level gives me an opportunity to study business-related courses which are not provided in the Chinese system. I need to be self-disciplined as A Level courses are not about memorising and also require self study. The educational instruction is different from the Chinese section.

What has been challenging for you?

The language: All the books are written in English, with much jargon we have never learnt or met before. Especially for business- related subjects, writing a good essay requires a high level of English.

Time Management: The A-Level centre follows the Chinese school schedule and long school days can make it difficult for us to manage after school activities due to limited time.

What grades have you obtained?

In AS, I achieved: an A in Maths, a B in Physics, an A in Business Studies and a D in Chemistry.

What are your plans for university?

I plan to apply for both the US and UK Universities. My first choice is the UK and I would like to study Finance and Accounting. I am really looking forward to offers from LSE or Warwick.

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