When speaking of school boarding facilities, we often think of the traditional school boarding type: parents choosing to have their children stay at school because they are either too busy, or their families reside far away. We also tend to visualize multiple students sharing small living quarters, studying in rather crowded conditions, and staff that can only provide the students’ with very basic living services.
However, at Xi’an Liangjiatan International School, our boarding program provides students with a full range of personalized services, including social and emotional support, academic tutoring, community events, and college planning. The dormitory management team is staffed by professional international educators who manage all aspects of student development, including living, parenting, academic and psychological counseling, and after school activities.
Our program has always been focused on “student-centered & community-driven” approaches promoting wholistic-education, personalized care, and added guidance for students. Students are given opportunities to learn with their peers, live in a diverse community among other international students and faculty, while growing and preparing for a smooth transition toward their future university life.
Boarding Student Interview: XLIS boarding provides me with “a soft landing”
What does a day at Xi’an Liangjiatan International School’s boarding program looks like? (XLIS) How do the students feel about it? We interviewed Jingxuan, an MYP3 student, who shares a glimpse into her real-life experience as a boarding student.
XLIS：How long have you been part of the XLIS boarding school?
JX：I am a new student and joined XLIS in August 2022. It has now been nearly eight months.
XLIS：What does your after-school time look like?
JX：Every Monday and Wednesday after school, I attend dormitory after-school classes in art and math, and sometimes I have basketball training; Every Tuesday and Thursday, I attend Extra Curriculum Activities (ECA), and chose playing tennis this semester. After dinner, boarding students will have an evening study hall together in the dormitory. The supervising teachers will be there to help us with any questions or problems. After studying, we can stay in the student lounge or go back to the rooms to rest. I usually chat and read books with my friends. Before lights out, as an MYP student, I need to turn in my electronic devices. I hand them to our dormitory supervisors before sleeping.
XLIS：How have you been so far?
JX：My boarding life has been great so far, especially in the mornings as we can get up much later than our non-boarding classmates! Moreover, there are many other students living and studying with me in the dorm so I can make a lot of new friends in a short time even as a new student. The school facilities are also very convenient, I can go to the swimming pool, the gym, and the basketball court to exercise in my free time, and sometimes I can also go to the library and read books.
XLIS：How are your studies going?
JX：The group study evenings are very efficient for my studies, and when you have any questions, you can ask the teachers or the other students for help. Every night, we have supporting teachers from different subjects that come over and support us in the study rooms. The dormitory after-school program has helped me a lot in my studies and enriched my academic life.
XLIS：How do you get along with the dormitory teachers and students?
JX：The teachers in the dormitory are like our friends, they care about us very much and we are all together like one big family. We can chat, watch movies, play board games, and share food together. They are the first to show up when we need help with our life and studies. The other boarding students are also very friendly, and they helped me to adapt quickly as a new student. They made me feel right at home, the whole experience was a soft-landing in my new school.
XLIS：In your opinion, what have you gained by living in the dormitory?
JX：Friendship, care, and passion.
XLIS：What challenges you have faced?
JX：Shopping around the school is not convenient, so if I want snacks and bubble tea, I have to wait until the weekend to enjoy them.
Mr. Alex Rambaud
Post-graduate Degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Roehampton, London.
Alex Rambaud has been with XLIS for 10 years. He has held numerous academic and administrative positions at XLIS and is a passionate advocate for student wellness, empathy, and community service. He holds a Post-graduate Degree in Educational Leadership from University of Roehampton, London, a CERTESOL from Trinity College, London, three Cambridge TKT certificates, and five IB certifications covering all three programmes. He is a certified first-aid responder and holds and ECIS child protection certification. Alex grew up travelling the world thus becoming fluent in 4 languages, developing his cultural intelligence, and acquiring a deep understanding of the challenges that international students face as they move from one country to the next.
Mrs. Lu Liu
Master of Educational Leadership and Management at Flinders University
Dormitory Coordinator, Mrs. Lu Liu is an experienced educator and school administrator, specializing in international education. She possesses a Master of Educational Leadership and Management from Flinders University, Australia. Mrs. Lu also holds a Cambridge University TKT, an American TESOL certification, ECIS child protection certification, and is a certified Chinese teacher by the Headquarters of the Confucius Institute. Ms. Lu has experience as a principal assistant for the secondary school at XLIS, which allowed her to build a strong rapport with the teachers and students, while developing a deep understanding of the programmes (MYP-DP) curricular requirements. Mrs. Lu is skilled at organizing school events and possesses excellent organizational and communication competencies.
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