New school builds on two schools’ strengths

China Daily (Canada) - - ACROSS AMERICAS - By NA LI in Toronto re­nali@chi­nadai­lyusa.com

A sign­ing cer­e­mony be­tween China Bei­jing Zhicheng High School, the Canada Thorn­ton Academy School and Can- Chin In­no­va­tive Ed­u­ca­tion Al­liance (CCIEA) marked the launch of Canada Bei­jing Zhicheng Ex­per­i­men­tal School on Aug 6 in Toronto.

Founded in 1923, the pres­ti­gious China Bei­jing Zhicheng High School was des­ig­nated a model school in 2005. Thorn­ton Academy in Cook­stown is a tra­di­tional, in­de­pen­dent board­ing school for stu­dents Grades 7 to 12.

“This co-op­er­a­tion em­bod­ies the in­creas­ing glob­al­iza­tion of Chi­nese ed­u­ca­tion and its pres­ti­gious schools as well as the in­ter­na­tion­al­iza­tion of Cana­dian ed­u­ca­tion,” said Howard Lin, pro­fes­sor and co-di­rec­tor of the Canada-China In­sti­tute for Business and Development at Ry­er­son Uni­ver­sity.

“We are glad to set up our first Sino-for­eign co­op­er­a­tive school in Canada,” said Hongjun Wang, vi­ceprin­ci­pal of Bei­jing Zhicheng High School. “We be­lieve the tra­di­tional Chi­nese ed­u­ca­tional re­sources and lo­cal Cana­dian ed­u­ca­tion re­sources will in­te­grate their re­spec­tive mer­its into a pow­er­ful com­bi­na­tion.”

This fall’s open en­roll­ment will bring 180 do­mes­tic stu­dents and in­ter­na­tional stu­dents, es­pe­cially Chi­nese, to the new school.

“With ex­cel­lent teach­ing ex­pe­ri­ence and ex­per­tise in per­son­al­ized tu­to­rial set­tings, we will be keep­ing a pat­tern of teach­ing in small classes av­er­ag­ing in 8 to 15 stu­dents, so that there can be more in­ti­mate in­ter­ac­tion be­tween teach­ers and stu­dents,” said Ji Bing, chair­man of the board of Thorn­ton Academy.

“Canada has ex­cel­lent ed­u­ca­tional re­sources while China has a huge stu­dent pool,” said Wang Caiyun, sec­re­tary gen­eral of CCIEA. “Through build­ing the re­la­tion­ship be­tween Canada and China ed­u­ca­tional sec­tors, the two sides can com­ple­ment each other’s ad­van­tages.”

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