A Place Where Dream Begins——Shanghai Thomas Primary School Open Day.
What kind of factors should a school have? What would an ideal education look like? What kind of talents do we need to cultivate to meet the needs of the times? Maybe we could get a different answer from Shanghai Thomas Primary School.
On Sunday, Dec 29th, Shanghai Thomas Primary School opened its doors to the public for its first Open Day! All seats were occupied, parents were excited to experience the glamour of international education.
Where does first-class
education come from
Mr. Zhang Wuhua, Chairman of Shanghai Thomas School, Dean of the Ambright Education Research Institute, President of Ambright Education Group, delivered a welcome speech on behalf of the school. Focusing on training students to ask “four questions and four explorations”, he expounded his views on the importance of planning children’s education ahead and the concept of linking up primary and secondary education. Shanghai Thomas School enjoys a wealth of world-class education resources from Cambridge and Stanford University, STEM-iBET course from Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, and top primary educational resources from Israel, aiming at cultivating students with “bilingual skills (Chinese and English), dual abilities (learning ability and innovation ability), bicultural awareness (traditional Chinese culture and global culture)”. He hoped that after receiving a K-12 education in STS school, the students could become ‘winners’ when graduating because of their global perspective and excellent academic ability.
学校党组织负责人刘友霞阐述了整体办学的实践框架。从学校缘起、发展定位、实践探索三个方面，介绍了学校“创办国际化科技化优质化一流名校”的发展目标，融合创新的育人模式，培养创新者的课程图谱，推进STEM-IBET特色课程的本土化实施，开展基于十大高级实验室的PBL项目化学习，以及着力打造 “一化三制”（ 小班化教学、走班制管理、导师制培养、学分制评价）的育人特色等内容。
Creating first-class school
needs integrated Innovation
Ms. Liu Youxia, Party Representative of Shanghai Thomas School, gave an impassioned speech. She depicted to the parents about school’s orientation of building an international, and a first-class scientific high school. She also introduced the educational mode of integrated Innovation, the curriculum blueprint of innovator cultivation, the localization of STEM-iBET course, the PBL learning based on ten advanced laboratories, and the school features including small class size, mobile learning system, tutorial system and credit system, etc.
上海托马斯实验学校将会创设怎样的育人环境？小学部的课程与评价体系又是什么样？小学部顾巍校长对此做了解读。她表示托马斯学校精心设计了 “333活力成长课程（基础学力课程、生活实践课程、潜能开发课程）”以及“三个活力要素评价（学力、活力、潜力）”，旨在培养孩子拥有终身成长，收获幸福的能力，真正体现 “修德，立人，行世界”的校训宗旨。
Creating a suitable growth
path for students
What about the educational environment in STS? What are the courses and appraisal system? Ms. Gu Wei, Head of Shanghai Thomas Primary School answered in details. She said, STS exquisitely designs the ‘333 vigorous growth course’ (elementary course, life practice course, potential development course) and ‘three appraisal elements’ (academic ability, vitality, potential) to cultivate students’ ability to attain lifelong growth and happiness, reflecting school’s motto of to be virtuous, scholarly and globally engaged.
Ms. Zhong Jingru, who is in charge of primary school curriculum, gave a comprehensive introduction of the primary school curriculum. Shanghai Thomas Primary School will use three sorts of classroom ‘small-scale class in the classroom, middle-scale class in the school, large-scale class in the society’ to guide students to learn on their own. STS respects the characteristics of students’ physical and psychological development and establishes effective links among the subjects to arouse the enthusiasm and interests of the students, and develop their systematic thinking habit. To ensure the implementation of school goal of cultivating students with “bilingual skills, dual abilities, bicultural awareness”, STS will also organise colorful and thematic campus activities.
After that, parents communicated with school leaders face to face about the curriculum, teaching and student admission.
A guided school tour was offered to all the parents and students. They were impressed by the elegant learning environment, marvelous buildings and outstanding facilities.
Shanghai Thomas School Campus Landscape
Although the time for the open day was short, it has still sowed the seeds of willingness to join Shanghai Thomas School. We sincerely hope that our future students could grow sturdily and enjoy golden harvests in Shanghai Thomas School.