Malvern College Qingdao
We are a bilingual middle school in Qingdao that aims at cultivating future leaders and bridging to the world’s top-ranking universities. Embodying the spirit of both global education, we are student-orientated, offering a high level of personalised, diverse and international education in order to provide our students the best opportunities for further education.
Malvern College Qingdao is a platform from which our graduates can step onto the international stage. Because of the diverse cultural input, students can naturally adapt to Western educational and cultural standards.
From the moment they begin their journey at MCQ, students are encouraged to consider their strengths and interests, supporting themselves in finding the very best opportunities for their academic futures.
A Multicultural Environment
Our staff come from over 19 countries including the UK, the USA, Canada, Australia, Germany, South Africa, Singapore, Japan, and Thailand. Teachers come bearing their knowledge, experience and culture, creating a vibrant environment in which students are exposed to the outside world. At MCQ, cultures coexist and interact - a mini melting pot that provides a mixed academic and cultural environment to help students to grow.
Morgan House was named after the British automobile brand, the Morgan Motor Company. An independent family-run automobile company established in Malvern, UK, it is the oldest privately owned automobile company in the UK. Morgan house was established at MCQ in 2014.
Mrs. Jones is the current Head of Morgan House. She comes from the UK and has more than 20 years of teaching experience. Grace Yang and Catherine Zhu are Deputy Head of House. They are both experienced teachers and very popular with children. Together, they work to make sure the girls feel at home at Morgan House.
The key characteristics of Morgan house are kindness, inclusiveness, and love. We think of ourselves as a family in Morgan, and we strive to make sure that every girl feels like she has a loving home. All girls in house are encouraged to help and guide one another, and to take part in house life. Every year at Morgan there is a new team of prefects assigned, who help run the daily aspects of school life, as well preparing for the House Cup events, which are very important to Morgan girls - last year we had two House Cup victories in table football and baking.
Victoria House gained its name from Queen Victoria who ruled Britain for more than 60 years between 1837 and 1901. It was a period of industrial, cultural, political, scientific, and military change within the United Kingdom, and was marked by a great expansion of the British Empire. Queen Victoria, who was responsible for those changes, portrayed lots of monarch qualities that made her a great Queen ever and those qualities could also be seen in the Victoria girls at MCQ. Queen Victoria was a national icon of personal morality, she showed integrity and humility, which could be found from the excellent behaviour of the Victoria girls in both classrooms and school activities. Queen Victoria portrayed ambition, risk-taking and resilience, she exercised great power to achieve her political goals, although this came with extreme dangers like assassinations and attacks, she never gave up her objectives. Victoria girls are also ambitious and resilient in academic field, they work hard and never refuse to take risks. Furthermore, Queen Victoria showed kindness and independence, she supported peace and reconciliation for the good of the people rather than her own interests, and “she was fiercely independent…, she strengthened the monarchy by redefining its role in British life”. The girls are kind and independent, they will help their peers and they are able to face troubles head on. Victoria’s current Head of House is Ms. Turner, who is from England and has over 10 years of teaching experience. She is also the head of the boarding house and is very popular with the girls at Victoria House.
Elgar House is named after the famous British composer and conductor Sir Edward Elgar. The house has grown and evolved significantly over the past few years to become a well established and fine example of a boarding house that reflects the Malvern Qualities that are embedded in all we do.
Head of Elgar House is Mr.Shrader, and the Deputy Head of House are Mr.Conroy and Mr.Hart. This extremely professional team has created a strict, successful and happy House where students feel a sense of belonging and take great pride in being part of Elgar.
Elgar have had a credible track record in House Cup; they are currently chasing their 3rd House cup success in a row and have a formidable force of musicians, singers, actors, sportsmen and cooks that dedicate huge energy to achieving success. Elgar also had a huge focus on behaviour and effort in lessons and were rewarded with a clean sweep of all 3 termly awards. This focus will continue and as in our chant, we always aim to get ‘Better and Better’ every day.
We see ourselves as a well-bonded family that focuses on respect for others and honesty in all that we do. It is our objective to send a group of well rounded, worldly wise and strong minded gentlemen out into the world year on year and are very proud of the alumni we have developed so far. Students never stop being an Elgar boy and we are always excited and proud of our returning students that miss the family and return to tell us of their experiences.
“Plain living and high thinking” – this quote by William Wordsworth, a British Romantic poet, is an apt description of the in-house culture of Wordsworth House. The house is named after William Wordsworth whose poetic theory has shaken the rule of English classical poetry and promoted the innovation of poetic structure and the development of the Romantic Movement.
The same can be said for the girls of Wordsworth House, a collection of quirky, innovative, intelligent and fun-loving ladies, who regularly display a wealth of creativity and ability. This can not only be observed in their house activities, but also in their conduct and drive in the classroom and on the sports field.
Apart from their individual successes, Wordsworth girls also pride themselves on lending a helping hand where needed. Most of the U6 girls in Wordsworth are school peer mentors and when wandering the corridors during study hall or free time, one will often find groups of girls huddled together over pages of notes or school art projects.
On weekends the house comes alive with laughter and fun, as the girls play silly games, cook, sing, dance or practice sports for upcoming house cup competitions. Wordsworth girls are not outwardly competitive but rather view competitions as an opportunity to make the most of their time at MCQ, collaborating with their peers, building lasting relationships and making memories that will last a lifetime.
The current Head of Wordsworth House is Ms.Kauser, and the Deputy Head of is Ms.Lubbe. Ms.Kauser comes from the United Kingdom and has nearly ten years of teaching experience. Ms.Lubbe is an English teacher from South Africa with 7 years of teaching experience. She is very popular with her students.
Ellerslie House is named after a private boarding school for girls founded in Great Malvern in 1922. 70 years later, Ellerslie School merged with Malvern College, becoming its first female House. Ellerslie House was also the first female House at MCQ. The meaning of the name Ellerslie or ‘Elderslie’ possibly refers to 'field of the elder trees’.
Just like the leaves of an Elder tree, the Ellerslie girls protect each other and the Ellerslie house from any harm. The prefect team have created a happy, comfortable house, providing protection for the other girls in the house. They assist the housems in running the house and have ensured that the girls feel part of a large family. The Ellerslie girls are strong and determined to do their best. The girls are full of passion and enthusiasm and remain positive at all times. Every Ellerslie girl has their own individual qualities but all are determined.
The Ellerslie girls are talented in many areas including a number of sports, dancing and singing. They are always willing to help each other, so that they are always improving and will always provide support to each other. House Cup is very important to the girls, so they show a lot of commitment and determination to perform at their very best.
The current Head of Ellerslie House is Ms.Hsu. She is an experienced ICT teacher and computer science teacher from the UK with 15 years of teaching experience. The Deputy Head of Ellerslie House is Ms.Coetzer, an excellent English teacher.
A boarding House named ‘School’ is a traditional aspect among most long-established British boarding schools. It originated from the time boarding schools where still church-based, and student halls were built next to the teaching buildings. It has since become a tradition to name the first student hall ‘School House’ - one of many that has been inherited by MCQ; opened in 2014, It is now home to 68 boys from L4 - U6. Students from School House have a proud tradition of continuing onto academic excellence including top universities such as MIT and UBC.
The current Head of House is Mr.Williams, and the Deputy Head of House is Mr.Kearney. Mr.Williams is an experienced geography teacher with nearly ten years of teaching experience. Mr. Kearney graduated from the University of St. Andrews. He is the Head of Biology and has nearly ten years of teaching experience.
The house staff as a whole are dedicated the core values of MCQ, which they pass on to the students in their care. In School House we are a community, where all staff and students collaborate well, making it possible for good pastoral links to be made and maintained. The School House system is strong and central to all we do; students learn to take responsibility for others and often make the friends they will keep for the rest of their lives. The boarders are encouraged to take part in extra-curricular activities such as sport and drama and regular trips are organised for them at weekends. Like all the Houses, School House comes together in a show of uniformity and sportsmanship every year for the House Cup. The dedicated Heads and Housems know that any student that has been part of School House will leave a well-rounded, global citizen, prepared for life ahead of them, having followed the Malvern ethos and qualities.
Campbell House is named in memory of Caroline Henry Thomas (Mrs Campbell), a Malvern UK graduate who went on to become a successful lawyer and member of the Queen’s College. Here at MCQ, Campbell House is a family of happy, helpful and caring students who enjoy spending time together. The current Head of House is Mrs.Crooks and the Deputy Head of Hosue is Ms.Lilley. Mrs. Crooks is an experienced English teacher from England.Our girls are dedicated to their school work and support one another in day to day school life, including training for the House Cup this year. We have an excellent group of 6th Form students and prefects who are not only good mentors for their younger peers, but are sure to become inspiring ambassadors of MCQ wherever they go in the future.
The name Aston derives from an old Malvernian Francis William Aston - a British physicist who invented Mass Spectrometry, engaged in isotope and mass spectrum research over a long period of time, and confirmed the existence of isotope. He won the 1922 Nobel Prize for his discovery of isotopes, and for his enunciation of the whole number rule.
In our inaugural year, the house cup was a brand new experience and we didn't know what to expect. We grew into the competition as the year progressed, and collected some commendable points. This year Aston a fully prepared for the intensity of the competition as well as the support required from the whole house, both in preparation and when competing. We aim to vastly improve on our placing this year, and also to use it to develop our house spirit.
The Head of Aston House is Mr.Morris, the Deputy Head of Aston House is Mr.Chen and Mr. Woodhouse. Mr.Morris is an English teacher from England with five years of teaching experience. Mr.Chen is an English teacher from Britain. Mr. Woodhouse has 15 years of teaching experience and is an excellent teacher of physics.
The current Head of House is Mr. Wade. The Deputy Head of House is Mr.Lilley. Mr.Wade graduated from the University of Wales Trinity St David with a Master's degree in Secondary School Art and Design. He has five years of teaching experience. Mr.Lilley is a physics teacher from the United Kingdom. He has fifteen years of working experience.
Lewis House is named after C.S. Lewis (1898-1963), an alumnus of Malvern College UK and one of the intellectual giants of the twentieth century. He was a Fellow and Tutor in English Literature at Oxford University before being elected to the Chair of Medieval and Renaissance Literature at Cambridge University. He is most famous for his books, especially The Chronicles of Narnia, which, to date, have sold over 100 million copies, and continue to attract thousands of new readers every year.
Lewis House should be a place where on the surface nothing seems to change. The students feel safe, secure and happy, because the routines and daily life of the House seem timeless and never changing. But at the end of their journey, when they leave Lewis House and look back, they see a place which helped make them young men, confident, self-assured, resilient and accepting of others. C.S. Lewis himself best sums up what Lewis House is all about when he said:
‘Isn’t it funny how day by day nothing changes, but when you look back, everything is different.’
MacLaurin House is named after Lord Ian Charter MacLaurin, former pupil of Malvern College UK and the former Chairman of the English and Wales Cricket Board. Lord MacLaurin has had a life long association with MCUK.
MacLaurin House opened its doors to the first students in 2016. Whilst being a relatively young House, the boys are passionate and loyal towards the House; they want to be here and they want to excel in all that they do. The challenge for all of us is to get the boys to channel their energy in the right direction, to respect and celebrate each other’s differences, to develop strong friendships and to become well-rounded individuals who are honourable, humble, show integrity and are always willing to serve others.
The House grows stronger each year and this is largely down to the leadership shown by the senior boys in the house. The Head and Deputy Head Boys, along with their team of prefects, strive to push the House forward and doing an excellent job at growing the House culture.
MacLaurin strives to be the House of gentleman. When I walk around the House I feel a great sense of pride in the young men growing up around me. MacLaurin House – the “Green Machine” is a special place and it has a lot to look forward to.
The current Head of House is Mr.Jones, and the Deputy Head of House is Mr.Cox. Mr.Jones is a business teacher from the United Kingdom. He has nearly twenty years of working experience. Mr.Cox, also from England, was an excellent math teacher.
The Head of Foster House is Mr. Hatchings, and the Deputy Head of Foster House are Mr.Cullinan and Mr.Van Zanten. Mr.Hutchings studied Geography and Environmental Sciences at the University of Surrey. Before taking up teaching, he worked in the British public service. He then did a Masters in Education and Geography PGCE at the University of Leeds in the UK. In 2020, he came to work at Malvern College Qingdao. In addition to teaching geography, Mr. Hutchings has also participated in the Duke of Edinburgh Award, mentoring and training of student leadership. He loves tea, is a trained barista, and in his spare time enjoys reading, biking and cross-country running. Mr.Cullinan is a history and geography teacher from the United Kingdom with nearly ten years of working experience. Mr.Van Zanten is a mathematics teacher from New Zealand. He has more than twenty years of teaching experience.
Weatherill House gained her name from the Bernard Bruce Weatherill (1920-2007). He was a former pupil of Malvern College UK who was became an apprentice tailor, at the age of 17, in the family firm Weatherill Ltd Tailors. Some of the clothes that he designed can still be seen at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, England. He enlisted in the British Army at the start of WWII and he eventually became a Captain. He was a sensitive man, interested in different cultures so he learnt Urdu when he was stationed in Bengal, and also became a vegetarian after witnessing the Bengal famine in 1943. Weatherill girls are also accepting and embrace differences between housemates as they know it enriches the community.
Weatherill enjoyed the debates but was a fair man who did not like arguments. The girls of our house reflect Weatherill’s values by being kind but fair, able to make independent decisions whilst still acknowledging others opinions.
He stood down from the role of Speaker in 1992 and became a Life Peer, taking the title of Baron Weatherill. In recognition of this achievement our house colour is light purple.
The Head of House is Ms.Auld, and the Deputy Head of House are Ms.Kirby and Ms.Bushnell. Ms.Auld is from South Africa and has been a biology teacher for 8 years. Ms.Kirby, also from South Africa, is an experienced physical education and biology teacher with 25 years of experience. Ms.Bushnell is a math teacher from the United Kingdom. She has five years of teaching experience.
Brontë is the newest house at Malvern College Qingdao – opening in February 2021. It is named after Charlotte, Emily and Anne Bronte who are famous English authors. In 1846 the three sisters worked together and published a volume of poetry. Women were less likely to be published then so this was a great achievement. The girls in Brontë house also work together well and are very encouraging towards each other. The Bronte team of prefects include older students who mentor younger and new girls, making sure that they feel welcomed into the House.
The Brontë sisters wrote many famous books including Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights which have been published in many different languages and are read world-wide. The girls in Brontë House are also incredibly talented and excel not only in the classroom but musically, artistically and on the sports field. Although they have only just started living together Brontë is a warm and happy house. The girls are great fun but also take their work seriously. After just one week they formed teams for the Chinese Craft part of house cup and have put two teams together for the football challenge. Just like the Brontës the girls here act like family and support each other like sisters.
The current Head of House is Ms Fraser and the Deputies are Ms Broadbent & Ms Beeby. They work together as a team with the assistants making sure that this is a place that the girls enjoy living in. Our house colour is white and our sports team is called ‘Angels’.
The house is named after Blenheim Palace, near Oxford; it stands in a romantic park created by the famous landscape gardener 'Capability' Brown. It was presented by the English nation to John Churchill, first Duke of Marlborough, in recognition of his victory in 1704 over French and Bavarian troops.
As of February 2021 we are the newest house to join the MCQ community. We currently have around 45+ students within the house, with plenty of room to grown. The house team is comprised of 5 members of staff: Mr A. Maneto (Head of House), Mr N. Gamble (Deputy), Mr M. Doran (Deputy), Mr D. Fu & Ms G. Chen. This is a collection of skilled practitioners who bring a wealth of knowledge and experience from the United Kingdom and the Far East.
Despite being a new house, Blenheim is built in the sprit of Malvern and encompasses all of the key values, including ambition, kindness and integrity. The initial aim is to embed Blenheim into the house system and create a community where students can reach their potential. We strive to be successful and provide positive global citizens as we believe "you have to nourish, to flourish".
Our students have received over three thousand offers for further study and have graduated onto top-ranking universities all over the world.
To guarantee a customised education for students, Malvern College Qingdao enjoys the highest proportion of foreign teachers to students among all the international schools in Shandong Province.
Our students participate in hundreds of domestic and international competitions annually. They have proven themselves on the international stage and have won a variety of trophies and certificates in more than 70 different contests.
Holistic style education is essential in cultivating a wide range of transferable skills, while also focusing on the development of students personalities. In Malvern College Qingdao, we want our students to be active rather than passive, to be leaders instead of followers, and to think creatively. Additionally, we hope students can use their outstanding skills in organisation, teamwork, and critical thinking, along with their broadened understanding of the world and their charisma to outrun their peers in every field.
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