On March 22.,2019, the Global Director of GIA, Mr.Stephen and General Manager of GIA in China, Mr.Li Haochen visited Hefei Ivy Experimental Academy to authorize “GIA China Bilingual Academic Center “to Bilingual Department of the school. So far, GIA China Bilingual Academic Center had been located in Hefei.
GIA leaders walked into different classrooms all the morning to check the implementation of teaching and the construction of each function room. They had close contact with teachers and students, and they listened to the classes. They listened to and witnessed the vivid and effective classes of teachers and children.
In the afternoon, The GIA Authorized Ceremony of Hefei Ivy Experimental Academy and the Opening Ceremony of GIA China Bilingual Academic Center were held in the school conference room. All the members of school board in Hefei Ivy Experimental Academy ,all bilingual teachers, representative of parents gathered there. On this occasion, in the presence of the national flags of China and the United States , Mr.Stephen authorized “GIA China Bilingual Academic Center”to the Bilingual Department of Hefei Ivy Experimental Academy.
The ceremony was attended by the Global Director of GIA, Mr.Stephen;General Manager of GIA in China, Mr.Li Haochen; the Principle of Bilingual Department of Hefei Ivy Experimental Academy, Ms.Yang Xiaohua; the member of school board, Mr.Bei Wenbiao; the member of school board, Mr.Li Jihe; the member of school board, Ms.Lv Hong; Executive Director of Hefei Ivy Experimental Academy, Mr.Wen Xue, the Principle of International Department, Mr.Bryan; and International Education Expert,Dr.Rebecca.
First, Mr.Bei Wenbiao expressed his heartfelt thanks to Mr.Stephen and Mr.Li Haochen and thanked them for their coming all the way to China to authorize “GIA China Bilingual Academic Center” to Hefei Ivy Experimental Academy. He hoped that all of the school members can remember this meaningful day, and always practice the four core values of GIA and try our best to run an international school with “Chinese Characteristics and International Features” .
Then,Mr.Stephen addressed the ceremony. In particular, he said that as a “New, High-end, International” school,we should provide the best “soil, irrigation, nutrients ” for the growth of the students and look forward to the day when every student here grows into a towering tree.
Mr.Li Haochen affirmed the achivements made by the Bilingual Department members of Hefei Ivy Experimental Academy in his speech. He said either from the classes of Chinese teachers or the classes of foreigner teachers, he can see the application of GIA teaching method and the harvest of the kids. Also, he showed his trust and expectations in the development and the future of the school. He mentioned that while practicing four core values of GIA,we need to combine it with nine-year compulsory education. It’s our obligatory responsibility and mission to carry out bilingual teaching and research in line with Chinese national conditions.
Finally, Ms.Yang Xiaohua, Principle of Bilingual Department of Hefei Ivy Experimental Academy, she expressed her deep gratitude to all the leaders and parents present . In the conclusion, she said we should cherish the pleasant and high-end atmosphere of learning and working now, and be deeply gratified by the efforts made by teachers and students.Also, higher expectation for the future development of academy and school should be raised. Principle Yang pointed out that as a researcher of bilingual teaching, as a Chinese teacher with international education feelings as well as an international teacher, we should not forget teachers’ responsibilities and original heart given by the Times, just to be responsible for the growth of each child and fulfill our duties and make good preparations for every lesson.
Principle Yang led all the teachers and students to oath:“cherish now and start from me, to study hard and to work hard, to be a responsible person. Try to finish everyday learning and working. Serve the motherland, serve the earth, and to be the best one of yourself”.
At 2:00p.m., Principle Yang hosted and held GIA Bilingual Lectures and Seminars of English Teaching. At the meeting, Mr.Stephen made many valuable comments on teaching methods and content. He said , “as a new type of bilingual school, our teachers should be more aware of the charm of bilingual teaching. In terms of bilingual teaching ,our school is a flagship school.”
Principle Assistant Ms.Yan Ran ,reported on the specific practice of GIA teaching. At the meeting, English teachers all talked about their thoughts and suggestions, which pushed the atmosphere of academy to the climax. People present reached a consensus on teaching research and evaluation of common concern.