It is my honor and pleasure to write this welcome message and to share more about Wahaha Schools with you by extending a welcome from Wahaha International School (WIS) in particular.
Since 2020 I have been part of Wahaha Schools where I served as the Vice Principal of Wahaha Bilingual School from July 2022. I was then appointed to serve at WIS and I plan to fulfill this role with great gratification. Prior to these appointments, I spent six years in the city of Qingdao where I was first introduced to international education with Chinese cultural background. It opened a completely new world to me in spite of the fact that I have already taught in three different countries prior to moving to Qingdao.
With experience accumulated throughout the years, in diverse cultural backgrounds, and working with different educational groups, I am really proud to be a part of Wahaha Schools – It is a unique educational group that truly cares about education, and values each child and their individual growth. WIS as part of it, follows such inspirational guidance and enriches it with a vision towards international education, which is not only innovative in the way of curriculum and approach but also with enormous respect and integration of the Chinese culture. A mix like that is one of the pillars of our aim – to have future global citizens, accept them from various backgrounds, educate them in China with a strong sense of international mindedness, and “fly out” into the world.
Using the International Baccalaureate (IB) as a framework in both accredited programs of PYP and MYP in combination with specific courses tailored for our students, we thrive to find firstly one of the learner profiles in each student and extend it to exploring them all throughout the year(s).
Personally, education, especially prior to the high school level, should focus on discovering the best in each student either in academic subjects, developing social skills, specific sports, different arts, or any other aspect of life. Education at this stage should be a platform for children to recognize their potential in a specific field, be fully encouraged to surpass their own expectations in it, and have resources and teachers as main carers! At the same time, they are fully supported in areas that they tend not to excel in as that’s what their future will bring, lifelong learning. Such an approach comes across in all parts of Wahaha Schools and perfectly fits in the WIS model and mission that we share with all members of our community.
A very special thanks for expressing your interest at WIS.
Ms Jelena Vugdelija