News and Blogs
For more news and blogs on LEH Foshan, please click the below:
- Campus Construction Update (Jan 2020)
- BLOG: HOW TO IMPROVE YOUR ENGLISH LEVEL?
- NEWS: LEH FOSHAN BECOMES AN AFFILIATE MEMBER OF BSA
- NEWS: LEH Foshan becomes the first school in the new COBIS Provisional Member School Category
- BLOG: How to support your child’s transition from Primary to Secondary School
- Press release: LEH to open first overseas school in Foshan
Campus Construction Update (Jan 2020)
Lady Eleanor Holles (LEH) International School Foshan is preparing for its grand opening in September 2020. The School will focus on encouraging students to be bold in their learning, on achieving exceptional academic performance and developing remarkable young adults able to play a positive role in society and to become the leaders of tomorrow.
We are pleased to announce that after months of hard work, construction of the School is close to completion as we prepare to welcome students in September 2020.
Mr. Steve Allen: An Experienced Head master with a Reputation for Excellence
LEH International School Foshan is delighted to introduce Mr Steve Allen, the founding Head Master. Mr. Allen has over 30 years of experience educating young people at leading UK Independent Schools and top British Schools across Asia. Under his leadership, Shrewsbury International School in Bangkok became the top academic school in the region with students achieving outstanding examination results and winning places at the top universities of around the world; 95% of students were accepted by their first-choice university.
As an educator, Mr Allen's approach is student-orientated. In addition to producing exceptional exam results, Mr Allen strives to produce confident and creative thinkers, excited by problem solving and entrepreneurship, prepared to take on new challenges. "Our goal is that LEH students become expert learners, unafraid to tackle new and challenging ideas, prepared to take risks, and able to learn from their mistakes," said Mr Allen.
An Enhanced and Dynamic British Curriculum
The dynamic, British curriculum offered at LEH will allow students to tailor their studies whilst providing a broad and balanced academic base on which to build. The British curriculum focuses upon students learning collaboratively in small classes, developing curiosity through asking searching questions and developing a deep, personal understanding through collaboration and personal commitment. Our talented British teachers will get to know each student well, working with the students to develop their academic skills and craftsmanship leading to excellent academic results.
As students progress through the School and develop a clearer understanding of their personal learning journey they will be able to focus their studies to suit their personal ambitions and university aspirations. Throughout their time at LEH, teachers will counsel students carefully about their choices and provide full support for their university applications.
The 58,000 sqm campus boasts an impressive selection of high-quality facilities designed to create an environment where students can safely explore their interests and passions alongside new ideas and embark on their journey to becoming expert learners.
The collaborative classrooms have been designed as a space where students have the room to learn and the freedom to experiment. The Science & Technology facilities are fully equipped for students to curiously and confidently engage in the practical study of biology, chemistry and physics as well as modern design engineering and robotics.
Given the importance of student wellbeing at the school, it is no surprise that the campus is equipped with excellent sports facilities. In addition to the curricular requirements of Physical Education, students will be able to participate in extracurricular sports clubs including badminton, basketball, touch rugby, football and swimming.
"Our campus has been designed with the needs of secondary-age students at its heart, " Mr. Allen explains. "It offers a secure and positive learning environment where students can develop a quiet self-confidence, together with the courage, creativity and support to achieve their personal goals."
Equally important are the creative spaces that are available to all students as part of their curricular and extra-curricular activities. Students will have access to superb music and drama facilities that will enable them to develop and excel, learning to extend their creative skills beyond school life.
Finally, the school's en-suite boarding facilities will provide a home-away-from-home for students, allowing them to spend more time on their studies and interests and less time stuck in traffic. The quality of care and communication will ensure students thrive at School and will allow for high quality family time when they are at home. LEH emphasises the value of community and Mr Allen believes boarding provides students with life-long friendships and a future network of peer support.
Experienced British Teachers and A Lifelong Network of Alumni
Even more important than the exceptional facilities are the high-quality, experienced British teachers who have the students' wellbeing and success at heart. These teacher's share Mr Allen's vision of nurturing expert learners and have a wealth of experience in creating the foundations to ensure their students excel in all walks of life.
Over the past 300 years, LEH's sister school, LEH UK, has produced a rich network of alumni who have accomplished extraordinary achievements in their chosen fields from cutting-edge technologies, national government and professional services to world class sporting and creative arts Recent alumni include senior business leaders for major international organisations such as Dyson, Apple, the United Nations, the British Government and Deutsche Bank. Students have also gone on to become best-selling authors, professors, and government leaders.
Hope Favours the Bold
In 2020, LEH International School Foshan is excited to welcome a new generation of young learners who will one day go on to become leaders in their chosen field. With Mr Allen's leadership, a rich alumni network and exceptional teaching and learning opportunities, the future are bright for the students beginning their academic journey with LEH in 2020.
With the guidance of talented and dedicated teachers, students will discover new passions and explore new avenues of learning. LEH International School Foshan is thus an ideal environment for young people with hopes of achieving great things. as the school motto says, "hope favours the bold".
Ms Carolyn Jones, House Mistress and EAL Teacher at LEH Foshan wanted to share some tips with students on how to improve their English level. “I am a lifelong learner and I hope to share this passion with all the students so that this paves the way to future success, whether this is at university or their career.”
Please do take a look – it covers reading, writing, speaking, listening and vocabulary. By far the most important tip, is don’t be afraid to make mistakes – that’s what learning a language is all about – practice makes perfect!
1. Read independently and for pleasure
Books should include an array of fiction and non-fiction.
2. Search in English
Switch your search engine to the English version, this will help with skimming and scanning skills and give you a wider choice of sites to choose from.
3. Read a book you’re already familiar with
Have you seen the movie? Read the book in your own language? This will make it easier to understand and guess vocabulary, you are also more likely to remember the language in it.
4. Watch films / TV programmes
Watch films / TV programmes in your own language with English subtitles.
5. Read English newspapers and magazines
6. Read graded readers
These books are especially written for your level. Read a whole novel. You can do it! You’ll feel great afterwards.
7. Explore different forms of reading material
Check out works in both their book forms and books on tape, CD, or digital recording forms.
1. Start your own English Blog
You could keep an online journal/diary about your language learning experience, your local area, things that interest you or local news.
2. Keep a news diary
This could be about things you read or listen to.
You could also write predictions for breaking news items, these could be revisited later on and amended.
3. Write a review!
Have you visited a great restaurant? Watched a good film? Read a good book? Share your opinions by writing a review.
4. Use brainstorm
To become a better writer brainstorm as many ideas and thoughts onto paper without worrying about grammar or spelling. Then think about the structure. After that, write your piece using good grammar and spelling. Finally, read it through or give it to someone else to check for mistakes.
5. Keep an eye on your punctuation
Keep an eye on your punctuation as it can totally change what you’re trying to say. Check out the difference in meaning between these two sentences: “Let’s eat grandma!” and “Let’s eat, grandma!”
6. Speak with other English learner
It’s fun to learn English, to speak with other English learners! However, be careful not to include any slang words in your writing!
7. Read, read, read!
8. Read a chapter of a book / a news article / a review and try to summarise the contents.
9. Write for fun!
Short stories, poems, blogs, articles, letters. Just do it!
1. Listen to English music & read the lyrics
Look up unfamiliar vocabulary.
2. Make use of learning games
Play English language learning games on your phone and other electronic equipment.
3. Watch English language films & TV programmes
Turn on the subtitles in your own language if you get lost.
4. Watch English language exercise videos
Educational and healthy too!
Listen to the news, Ted Talks and attempt to write down what speakers are saying.
1. Listen to songs and sing along!
Once you have listened to your favourite songs and read the lyrics, sing along to them to work on your pronunciation.
2. Teach your siblings / family / friends some English
Teaching someone with lower levels in English will help to permanently fix knowledge in your own mind.
3. Record yourself
Record yourself talking and review to catch grammatical mistakes and help to correct pronunciation.
Attempt to hold a conversation in English once per day.
5. Speaking improves your grammar!
The most natural way to learn grammar is through talking.
6. Try shadowing
Shadowing is when you listen to someone speaking in English and you imitate and copy everything they are saying. This will help you improve your pronunciation, intonation and also enable you to better use connected speech to sound more natural speaking in English.
7. Talk to yourself or in front of a mirror
By talking to yourself, you are training your brain to think in English and to recall and remember all those words you have learned in the past. In front of the mirror, you could imagine different scenarios that require you to converse in English.
8. Read aloud
Record yourself if you are comfortable doing so.
9. Slow down your speaking
Take some time to think about what you want to say.
1. Keep a vocabulary list
This could be in a notebook, cue cards or as a note on a mobile device.
2. Go through your vocabulary list regularly
Try to use new words in writing tasks and in conversations.
3. Label things with Post It notes
This is a great way to revise new vocabulary without even concentrating on the task at hand.
4. Create a graphic organiser for key topics
Reading is the key pathway for word acquisition.
6. Create concept cubes for tricky words
Draw or print a six-square cube (which will eventually be folded into a three-dimensional cube). On each of the squares write down one of the following: The vocabulary word, an antonym, a synonym, the category it belongs to, the essential characteristics and an example.
7. Find derivatives of words
Use a dictionary or the internet to find derivatives of that word and expressions that use it. For example—’care’: careful, carefree, careless, take care!
8. The best way to use a new word is to use it
Try to use it in a sentence.
9. Make flashcards
There are a number of online sites and apps that make these for free.
Mnemonics help us remember tricky spellings or lists of information! Mnemonics are probably the oldest form of memory aids and can be categorised as following— Images, rhyme, acrostics and acronyms. E.g. ‘because’—Big Elephants Can Always Use Some Exercise!
11. Play games
Boggle or Scrabble can really help!
12. Learn some spelling rules
It is not enough to only learn English words. You still need to have an understanding of grammar. Search online for free grammar courses and tutorials.
1. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes
We all learn through them, be confident.
2. Set goals!
Specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and timely goals.
3. Take regular breaks
30 minutes per session is enough! Stretch your legs, listen to some music, make yourself a snack.
4. Think POSITIVE!
What will you be able to do once you have a good command of English.
House Mistress and EAL Teacher
Ms Carolyn Jones has a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature as well as a Diploma in Teaching English as a Foreign Language. Previously, she held positions in international schools as House Mistress, Head of Gifted and Talented Programme as well as teaching English Language.
13th August 2019: We are delighted to be an affiliate member of the Boarding Schools’ Association (BSA).
BSA champions boarding and promotes boarding excellence. They represent over 600 boarding schools overseas and the UK and focuses on the highest standards in the boarding sector, supporting the care and safeguarding of students as their number one priority. In addition, they provide professional development and training for all boarding staff. We look forward to working closely with BSA!
For more information on BSA, please click here.
9th July 2019: The Council of British International Schools Annual Conference (COBIS) has congratulated LEH Foshan as the first inaugural school member in the new Provisional Member School Category. To date, no other start-up school has been allowed to join. COBIS described it as an "outstanding achievement."
COBIS is the global association for international British schools overseas comprising both British International Schools of global quality and corporate Supporting Members. This Provisional School Member School Category is recognition that LEH Foshan pre-qualifies for COBIS’ rigorous quality assurance standards and starts the process of the COBIS compliance scheme to become a full school member in the future.
As a student-centred association, COBIS coordinates and delivers a number of student events, competitions, and awards. Celebrating student achievement and success is a key feature of COBIS membership and all these events are designed for the benefit of students across the global COBIS network, and are available to all in COBIS Schools. COBIS currently works with 262 schools in 80 countries covering 135,000 students around the world.
For more information on COBIS, please click here or follow them on Twitter @COBISOrg.
13th June 2019: I am sure we can all remember the feeling of the first day at Secondary School. Unfamiliar names and faces; the big ‘room to grow’ uniform; bags of shiny new stationery; timetables, bells and the endless mazes of corridors and classrooms. The move from Primary School to Secondary School is a significant milestone in the life of a child and not one that anyone forgets easily. It’s a time for change, opportunity and independence as well as a time for great excitement, anticipation and nerves!
Whilst some children settle in the first couple of weeks of term, for others it will be longer process and in some cases, children may be up and down over a period of a term or more. It is important to remember that we are all different and we cope with change in different ways. Those timid nervous children who we may expect to struggle can sail through the transition, whilst their seemingly more confident counterparts can be more resistant to change.
Moving up isn't always easy or straightforward for children, or their parents, but there are things you can do to help smooth the transition.
Broadly speaking, transition is found to be smoother if a student becomes thoroughly involved in the school and if they are made to feel like they belong. Here are some helpful tips to help children and parents through the transition process:
Friendships: Losing old friendships and the thought of forming new ones can be a daunting prospect for some children. It is very common for friendship groups to change frequently in the first couple of years of Senior School and, although this can cause some anxiety and sadness, it is quite normal and it is part of growing up. If you do have any concerns talking them through with your Personal Tutor, or House Parent, can be very helpful.
Keeping friendship circles as wide as possible will enable students to make slower, more careful, judgements about long term friendships. The wide variety of extra-curricular clubs and the vertical house system at LEH Foshan provide ideal opportunities to meet people across every year group so getting involved is important. Eventually students fall into a group that is right for them, although it can feel like they are the only one struggling to find their place.
Longer term, it can help if your child is used to making new friends so encourage different clubs and activities in and out of school. Always be on hand to listen, advise and share your own friendship experiences, although avoid projecting your own school experience onto your child.
Try to attend all induction days and activities to make the most of each opportunity to get to know the other parents, children, and teachers. Getting lost on the first day is a fairly common concern and the more opportunities you can give your child to get to know key areas and people in school, the more confident they will become finding their way around. At LEH Foshan we run an orienteering activity, targeting key locations, which is great fun!
Often students arrive at their Secondary School knowing only a handful of people. Induction days give you the ideal opportunity to make arrangements for the summer holidays. Try and keep in touch with other members of the class and any older ‘buddies’ the school may have organised.
Get into routines: Once you have organised the uniform, school shoes and the stationery, aim to get your child more involved in planning their own school routines (activities, club or home learning schedules) in order to encourage more independence and ownership or what they are doing and when – this may take some practice! It is important to keep an eye on how your child is coping with new routines and responsibilities through talk about their day, asking questions (without sounding too interested of course!) and listening to news from school. Encourage good habits such as organising school bags the night before school, using checklists and calendars to keep on top of schedules and tasks. Don’t be afraid to take a step back whilst continuing to keep a watchful eye.
Home learning: With a wider variety of subjects and teachers comes a more complex home learning load. Deadlines can vary and teachers differing preferences may initially be confusing. It may be helpful to keep a home learning timetable on a noticeboard at home so that everyone knows what should have been set and when it is due in. We encourage parents to look at a child’s home learning diary from time to time to ensure it is being used effectively. Most importantly if your child is having difficulty or is worried about home learning, encourage them to talk to their Personal Tutor at school. The teachers are always less scary than students imagine.
Traveling to school: One of the major changes for some children when moving from Junior School to Senior School is how they physically get there. For the first time in their lives, children may find themselves getting to school by themselves, cycling, travelling on public transport or school bus. For most children this will be a hugely exciting step on the ladder of independence and for others it may well be a scary one. Talk to your child and allow time to consider different travel options. It is important to involve your child in discussions about how they will be travelling to school and discuss any worries beforehand. Have practice runs before the start of term (at the beginning and end of the day), try to find other children who may live locally or travelling the same route, talk about safe travel, use of mobile phones and what to do in an emergency. Throughout the term check in on how their travel arrangements are going, has anything changed? Do they have any new worries they didn’t have before?
Use of mobiles: A large number of students will receive their first mobile phone as they transition into secondary school, particularly when, as mentioned, they are starting to travel alone. However, it is important that as parents you set some ground rules before you hand over the phone so that expectations are clearly understood. Research the age limits for social media and don’t believe them when they claim to be the only one without a certain game or app. Ask the school for advice on social media sites if unsure and, where possible, attend digital parenting and online safety events in school. Make sure your child understands the school rules around mobile phones (For example, LEH Foshan will not allow access during the school day) and remind them of their safety if they are travelling on public transport.
Keep in contact with the school: Inevitably your day to day contact with the school will reduce, as students are expected to take more responsibility for themselves. However, make yourself aware of key contacts in your child’s school and, should you have any concerns, do not be afraid to talk or ask questions about how your child is settling in. Don’t leave it until June to report that your child has been struggling with a particular aspect of school life since September. A school will be better equipped to help the earlier you speak to them and the more information you are able to share. We are here to help!
Stay informed. The more parents know and understand about what is happening in school, whether that’s news and events or curriculum information, the better equipped they are to support and engage with their child about school life. School websites, school calendar, social media platforms, information evenings and weekly newsletters are fantastic resources and will keep busy parents one step ahead when it comes to remembering key dates and events.
This is a wonderful adventure that you are about to embark on with your child so try to be patient and focus on the positives as there will be many! When your child has had a tough day or week at school, it is very difficult for them to look beyond all the things that went wrong. Listen without interrupting when they want to offload and where possible try to ask about the things that went well. Finally, if you just need some reassurance speak to your child’s school. They are the experts and there is not much they will not have seen before!
Information Source: LEH UK, Edited by LEH Foshan.
LADY ELEANOR HOLLES TO OPEN FIRST OVERSEAS SCHOOL IN FOSHAN
Foshan & Hong Kong, 11 June 2019 : Renowned for the past 300 years as a pioneer in female education, UK-based Lady Eleanor Holles School is bringing its education philosophy and track record of student success, to Foshan, a city of seven million in the Greater Bay Area of southern China.
Opening in 2020, Lady Eleanor Holles International School, Foshan (LEH Foshan), is bucking the trend of other international schools opening in China by focusing exclusively on secondary education for boys and girls.
Upon completion, LEF Foshan will provide up to 750 girls and boys, from age 11 to 18, with the opportunity to experience an enhanced British curriculum, combining high academic standards with a wide range of extra-curricular activities.
“Secondary students have specific needs, and by focusing exclusively on this age group we are able to design a campus, deliver a curriculum and build a team of specialist educators where the needs of 11 to 18 year old students are our key priority,” explains founding Head Master, Steve Allen.
Building on the success of its founding school in the UK, LEH Foshan will offer the British curriculum, leading to IGCSEs and A Levels. “It is a robust and widely-recognised international curriculum that opens doors and is designed to support and challenge our students as they strive for the top universities around the world,” explains Mr Allen.
Mr Allen brings a wealth of experience in Asia-based British international schools Mr Allen was previously the Head Master of Shrewsbury International School in Bangkok. Under his leadership, Shrewsbury posted record IGCSE and A Level results, and guided its students to the top universities around the world, including Harvard, MIT, University of Chicago, Oxford, Cambridge and LSE. Prior to Shrewsbury, Steve held senior leadership roles at Ardingly College in the UK and Shatin College in Hong Kong.
“The opportunity to extend the experience and teaching philosophy of LEH in the UK to a new school, in such a dynamic and fast-growing region of China, was too hard to resist,” says Mr Allen. “We have brought together a talented team of secondary specialists to create a school dedicated to encouraging creativity, critical thinking, teamwork and leadership in our students.”