2022-2023 School Events


Faculty Conference, September, 2022

 

At 4:30 pm on September 8, 2022, more than 400 Chinese and foreign teachers from our school gathered to celebrate Teachers' Day and commend outstanding faculty members. Principal of the International Kindergarten, Zhang Jinling presided over the teacher conference.

Dr. Clifford Pang, the chairman of the school council, was unable to attend the meeting, but he was concerned about the development of the school, so he specially prepared a speech, and entrusted School Director Zhang to speak a few words to the teachers on his behalf.

Dr. Zhang Xinyou, the School Director said affectionately that Dr. Pang was the founder of Clifford EnglishSchool and the chief designer of the internationalization of bilingual teaching; without his foresight and correct leadership, there would be no sustainable development of Clifford English Experimental School.

In the letter, Dr. Pang expressed his holiday greetings and best wishes to all the faculty and staff, and highly praised the teachers for forging ahead despite difficulties, their professional dedication, living up to expectations, and creating brilliance again and again. On behalf of the school council, Dr. Pang also congratulated the outstanding faculty and staff, and welcomed the newly hired Chinese and foreign teachers who brought new ideas, new methods and new strength to our school. He said that China’s private education policy is currently in a stage of major adjustment, and standardizing and high-quality development has become the main theme. Our school is far-sighted and has been in the right direction for more than 20 years. However, it is still necessary to persevere, continue to focus on "standardized development" and "fine management", and work towards the goal of "better and stronger". He pointed out that diversity, specialization, and internationalization of running schools are the advantages of private schools and the foundation of their existence, and will also be the long-term strategy of our school's future development.

Zheng Xiaobing, the Principal of the middle school, Margaret Thompson, the representative of foreign teachers, and Yuan Yuan, the representative of Chinese teachers, responded respectively.

Principal Zheng Xiaobing, on behalf of the school administration, put forward two thoughts on the future development of the school. One is to seek quality in the specification, and to highlight our school's advantages of "fine management, high-quality teaching, diversified school running, and individualized cultivation". It is to promote development and to give full play to the advantages of the existing teaching programs with various characteristics, and cultivate more outstanding graduates for the international community. As the new principal of the middle school, he also expressed that he will, with his high loyalty and enthusiasm for the education cause, live up to the heavy trust, work hard and make progress to create a harmonious, vigorous and healthy school spirit.

Margaret Thompson, a foreign teacher from the International Program, especially emphasized innovative teaching in her response speech. She believes that children are naturally curious, motivated and inquisitive. How to control and guide their inner curiosity is the key to teaching innovation. Teachers should learn to let go and truly be "student-centered", focusing on cultivating students' interests, hobbies and specialties, so that children have more autonomy in learning and use knowledge to explore the world.

Yuan Yuan, the representative of Chinese teachers, said in her speech that innovative brand teachers are needed by the times and the driving force for the sustainable development of the school. Teachers should improve their information-based teaching capabilities, learning guidance capabilities, and teachers' professional development capabilities, and exercise themselves in teaching practice, moral education practice, class management, and all-round education. She also pointed out that it is necessary to cherish jobs, overcome job burnout, boost enthusiasm, and improve performance.

In the new school year, Clifford English School will follow the school-running direction guided by the school council, tap its potential, focus on management, improve quality, strengthen its characteristics, produce high-quality products, promote development, strive for higher and better school-running standards, and continuously meet the social needs of the students.

After the speeches, the Outstanding Teachers for the 2021-2022 school year were presented their awards. For Elementary Bilingual we had an Outstanding Teacher - Mari Turner. A representative for the Chinese and Western departments then took an oath of professionalism and commitment - for the Western teachers, Ryan Otto, from Elementary Bilingual gave the oath. 

After all the formalities, photos were taken of the new teachers and the award winners. 

 


Opening Day Ceremony - August 29th. 2022

 

Monday, August 29th was the first day of the 2022-2023 school year! The day started with Clifford's Opening Day Ceremony. Over 2,000 elementary students were in attendance along with all of the Chinese and foreign professional teaching staff.  


2021-2022 School Events


Mr Vince  Upper Elementary Dean  (July, 2022)

 

Respect, Responsibility and Self-Discipline

 

Throughout the 2021-2022 school year, during English classes, Upper Elementary has recognized the top students in each class who have demonstrated outstanding Respect, Responsibility, and Self-Discipline as part of our Character Education program. 

The winners each month were announced in front of their class and able to choose an English book, which was presented to them by the Dean.  This was then followed by taking part in a grade level photo with all the winners, which were displayed on a special board on the fourth floor. 

At the end of this year, Upper Elementary held an assembly for each grade level to honor all the winners and to recognize their accomplishments. 

Along with recognizing the past winners, each class recognized one student, in each of the three areas of Respect, Responsibility and Self Discipline, for demonstrating the behaviors throughout the whole school year.  Each winner was called up onto the stage in front of their peers and presented with a certificate and an English book as their reward. 

We are very proud of, not only the winners, but of all the students for learning and understanding the importance of showing respect, being responsible, and having self-discipline.  These character traits will serve them well not only through their school years, but throughout their lives.

Grade 4

Grade 5

Grade 6 


Class of 2022

Grade 6 Graduating Classes (June 2022)

 

As we reach the end of the year, the Grade 6 students have taken their final Chinese and English exams. They did take a little time to make some memories by taking class photos they will keep to look at over the years. With over 350 Grade 6 students, it was a little difficult to set up the whole class photo, but we managed. Here you can see all the classes from A to J with their Western and Chinese teachers and Teaching Assistants. We wish all our graduates great success in the future as the move onto the next stage of their education.


2022 March into Reading 


Peer Reading (March, 2022)

 

During “March into Reading” the students have a time every week where they can read together with a student from a different grade level.

Lower Elementary students are paired with a student from Upper Elementary. Each week they read together in the library for 40 minutes.

Sometimes the younger students read, and the older students help them, at other times the older students read and the younger students enjoy the story.

This is a very positive reading experience for all, and sometimes the students even meet each other at other times to talk.

 

Students really love their March into Reading Peer Reading time.


Guest Readers (March, 2022)

 

As part of Elementary Bilingual’s March into Reading, we had parents, students and teachers reading to classes all through the month.

Parents were also able to come in and read this year, and I’m please to say there were parents coming in to each grade. It’s always great to see parents reading and being good role models to our students.

Students were able to sign up to read in up to four other classes. Most students in G4, 5 and 6 signed up for all four reading sessions, reading in all grades from G1 to G6. Many students in Lower Elementary also signed up to read, some even to higher grades.

Many Western and Chinese staff also read to classes, including the School Director, School Principal and Administration staff.

We had a total of 2,722 Guest readers over the three weeks!

What a great way to grow interest in reading books for fun, as well as practicing oral reading skills. The students have had a great time listening to so many stories!

We look forward to next year, when hopefully many parents will also be able to come and read to the classes too. 


Drop Everything and Read (DEAR) (March, 2022)

 

For 20 minutes every Tuesday and Thursday in March all of the English classes and English teachers will “Drop Everything And Read” – which means all other activities will stop during the English class and everyone will “read”!

Students enjoy this quiet time just reading to themselves. It’s a time to relax and become part of the book they are reading. These days, our students rarely have a time just to sit and enjoy reading. We hope this time encourages student to try and find time every day to read a little just for their enjoyment. 


2022 Book Fair Success - (March, 2022)

 

Our Oink n Oink Elementary Bilingual Book Fair was a great success. Because there were so many fantastic books, we managed to sell 141,400RMB of books, which is close to our record, just 20RMB short!

The school earned over 14,100RMB worth of free books. We will use our free books for classroom and library books supporting our Science and Social Studies curriculum.

We were very pleased with the students who did a great job choosing their own books. This was made easier due to the great books that were available. Some people also bought their books through the Oink‘n’Oink wechat which enabled parents and students to choose books together.

Thank you parents for entrusting your child to buy English books for their enjoyment. Hopefully next year you will be able to come and share the joy of choosing books with your child.

 Thank you to all the students, parents and friends for supporting the March into Reading Book Fair.

 


Christmas Concert

Christmas Concert (December, 2021)

 

On December 21st the Elementary students in Grade 1 and Grade 2 held a “Christmas Concert”.

 

The Grades One and Two students had a joyful time celebrating the Christmas Season.

Santa was there to help Miss Lin with the singing of lots of fun Christmas songs.

The students had learnt the songs during the month December in the Music classes.

In the English classes the students have been learning about Christmas during their studies of Seasons.

The students sang around 20 songs they learned. Two of their favorites are “Hello Reindeer” and “S-A-N-T-A” They sang these songs to greet Santa who came for a visit to sing with the students!!

 

Students also sang “Rainbow Colors”. We had fun singing and doing the actions for the “Snow flake, Snow flake” song. We finished with “We Wish you a Merry Christmas” and “Good Bye Reindeer”. The teachers and students really enjoyed our annual Christmas concert again this year!

 

The student looked great with their “Santa” hats on and enjoyed a Candy Cane when they returned to their classes!

 

“Merry Christmas” everyone!


Halloween

G1-3 Elementary Bilingual Halloween

Halloween is one of the most enjoyable holidays we celebrate all year, especially for children. Having a day that is filled with spooky ghosts, creepy gremlins and all sorts of make believe creatures only intensifies the magic that surrounds the day. Halloween is a time for kids to collect as much candy as they can and sit with their friends comparing and sharing their candies.

The students at Clifford had the chance to be any imaginary person or creature that they could think of. The students in Grades 1 – 3 started the day by presenting their costumes to the rest of the school in the Parade in the Recreation Center. They were also entertained with a presentation of photos from past Halloween celebrations and they sang the “spooky” songs they have been learning in Music class. Students were judged by a panel of teachers to see who had the best costumes and those who won were awarded with a certificate and Halloween themed book. The teachers then took their students to another classroom and to the English and Chinese Administration for “Trick or Treat”, where they collected candy. After all the candy was collected the students returned to their main classroom where they spent the remaining class time playing Halloween games or making a Halloween craft. For this special day the students were treated to a Buffet Lunch by the school. It was a delightful day and all the students looked amazing in their Halloween costumes!

G4-6 Elementary Bilingual Halloween

 

Students in the upper elementary building (G4, 5 & 6) had a great time at Halloween this year. More than 80% of the students dressed up for this special event! There were princesses, ghosts, cartoon characters, and scary faces, to name a few of the many interesting and creative costumes. The students celebrated by receiving some candy by trick-or-treating. First they went to receive candy from the English and Chinese administrative staff and then they visited various classrooms in the building. This year, students also voted on their favorite costume in each classroom, and those students received a certificate and Halloween themed book prize each. After the trick-or-treating activity, students were engaged in Halloween activities in the classroom making scary bookmarks, crafts and artwork! Some classes had a scary movie to watch too! For this special day the students were treated to a Buffet Lunch by the school. Everyone had a great time and we look forward to another successful event next year too!


Halloween is Coming

This year Clifford Elementary will celebrate Halloween on Friday October 29th, 2021.

All English classes will have fun Halloween activities throughout the day.

LE classes will have a Halloween Parade, Trick or Treat and classroom activities.

UE classes will parade to other classrooms, have Trick or Treat and classroom activities.

It’s a fun day for all, so encourage your child to join in!

Get your child’s costume ready now, so they can make the most of the fun on Halloween!

 


Faculty Conference – September 9th, 2021

 

 

This year’s annual faculty Conference was held in conjunction with Teacher Appreciation Day on September 9th at 4:30pm.

Dr Zhang, the School Director, welcomed all the new and returning teachers to the meeting, and expressed his sincere thanks to everyone for their hard work in the past year.

The chairman of the Clifford School Board, Dr. Pang, gave a keynote speech. He greeted and thanked all staff, and congratulated all 28 of the Chinese and Western Faculty who will be presented with “Outstanding Faculty Member” awards. He also welcomed the more than 70 new staff members who have joined Clifford School this year.

Dr Pang talked about the new regulations and the implementation of the Private Education Law of China, which came into effect on September 1, 2021.

He outlined the main points –

1. That Private education should also serve public interests.

2. It appreciates the unique advantages of private education.

3. It recognizes the legal status of private schools in the national education system.

4. It stresses the importance of both "strong support" and "strict rules" for private schools.

Dr Pang made the following observations.  First, the new law "encourages private schools to develop new strengths and uniqueness, as well as meet our stakeholders’ demand for diversified education."  Second, the new law emphasizes both "supportive" and "regulating" measures on private education, in terms of its function, capacity, and enrollment policy. Third, this is an era where artificial intelligence (AI) has shown enormous development; in education, it is also a growing field. Fourth, educational quality requires that our teachers demonstrate professional skills, sound instruction, and innovation. 

Dr Pang concluded that the new school year has come, accompanied by the new law on the promotion of private education.  It is a trial where challenges and opportunities coexist.  Let us lead the way with confidence, and contribute to this country with better and more unique education that caters to the diverse needs of our community.

Andrew Gomez, Associate Principal of the International Kindergarten Program thanked Dr. Pang, for his insightful and informative speech and the explanation regarding how the new government regulations affect Clifford schools. Mr Gomez stated that our school is uniquely qualified to provide a global perspective when teaching our curriculum as we have over 130 experienced western teachers coming from various international backgrounds. This enables the students to learn about various topics from more than one viewpoint. He went on to say that by creating our AI program we are adding another dimension to our students learning. Learning about AI also helps students with critical thinking and increase their curiosity to learn. Students will learn to look at the world through new eyes. By focusing on staff lead professional development we can learn how to better connect with our students. Each teacher has the opportunity to look at the curriculum and instead of delivering it to our students, discovering it with them. We can look at the individual needs of the students and scale our lessons to better fit their needs. He concluded by stating that as teachers we are part of the profession that creates all other professions. “I hope that we can all recall a teacher who loved us and changed our lives. It’s my hope that we can all become that teacher to our students this year.”

After the speeches, the Outstanding Faculty Members for the 2020-2021 year were awarded their certificates by members of the school administration. This year, the Elementary Bilingual Outstanding Teacher was Ms Ashley King (5.2 class teacher). Well done and congratulations Ashley!

 

Finally, two staff members gave the school oath that all faculty promise to do their best for the next school year. The Western teacher representative this year was Ms Ashley King, from the Elementary Bilingual Program.