Sino-Macleans Joint Venture
Macleans College and the Jiangsu Foreign Language School in Suzhou, China, have agreed to a joint venture beginning later this year.
The joint venture is known as the 2 + 1 Co-Operation Agreement and follows in-depth discussions between the Principal of Macleans College, Mr Byron Bentley, and the Principal of Jiangsu School, Mr Zhou Bin last year.
Further discussions were held in June this year at Jiangsu School involving the Venture Director, Mr Warren Yardley, and International Student Counsellor, Ms Sarah Milne.
The venture means that students in a specially formed international class at Jiangsu School will study their normal subject lessons in the Chinese education framework for two years. In addition, these students will receive tuition in English and a Science subject using the Cambridge International Examinations syllabus at IGCSE and AS levels. (IGCSE International General Certificate of Secondary Education; AS means A Level Subsidiary and this is the first year of the two year A Level course).
The Jiangsu students will then come to Macleans College for their final year. The expectation is that the students will then apply to Auckland University or other universities in New Zealand or around the world.
Macleans College teachers will be invited to visit the Jiangsu School for a limited time to deliver training and aspects of the CIE programmes. Jiangsu, in return, will send teachers to Macleans College.
An Enhanced English programme will be available on the Macleans College web site for Jiangsu students to access to develop their English writing and speaking ability. In addition, another programme, Vital English, is located on the homepage of the Macleans College web site. This involves testing the students’ English ability so they can be placed at the correct level of revision. Once a particular level has been satisfactorily completed, the student can move to a higher level.
The aim is to provide Jiangsu students with every opportunity to enter main-stream classes when they arrive at Macleans College. The aim is also for students to obtain their literacy and numeracy requirements so they can achieve University Entrance.
Jiangsu Foreign Language School is a four-star provincial high school. Located in the picturesque areas of Shihu, it boasts of an excellent environment and top-class facilities. Courses are delivered in small classes with a clear emphasis on foreign language learning. The school’s administration is systemic and mindful of details. Over the past few years the school has stepped up its internationalisation process and established sister schools with a number of outstanding international schools. A significant number of Jiangsu Foreign Language School’s students have been accepted by the University of Cambridge, Imperial University in the United Kingdom; Michigan University in the United States; University of Toronto, Waterloo University in Canada; Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University in Australia, and other world famous universities.
Macleans College is a state-owned co-educational high school in Bucklands Beach, East Auckland, New Zealand. It is located in a picturesque and tranquil environment, with secure, comfortable surroundings for life and study. The college has more than 2500 students and enjoys a high reputation of outstanding academic achievements. In the past few years, students at Macleans College obtained the greatest number of Premier Scholarship in NCEA exams, and in the 2010 examinations gained a total of 106 scholarships. In the CIE exams, six students were ranked Top in the World and seven students were ranked Top in New Zealand. Macleans College is rated the top achieving school in New Zealand. Many former students now study in top universities around the world.
The first class of 25 students is expected to be formed in September; and representatives from Jiangsu are expected to visit Macleans College this year.