Date registered: August 10, 2015
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Thank you, Ayra , for taking the trouble to post on this forum on your very important results day.
You are great ambassador for your school, not only for your fantastic results but for your time spent helping my family, in particular my son.
I am impressed with your school already!
I have emailed you directly with some more questions.
Many thanks, Dave, for your post and congratulations on your IGCE results. Fabulous results for students who don't speak English as their first language. It is results day here in the UK too.
Thank you for giving me your email address. I will email you directly later today. I have tried already via the school website and have already sent an email to the info@ address.
Hi. My husband is considering a 2 year secondment to Chengdu and my son who is 14 will be coming with us. His education is a major consideration for us and we would not want to jeopardise this and if we could not locate the right school my husband would not take the job. His UK school has said that to get back into the UK education system for his A levels he should attend a school which does IGCSE's. None of the international schools would appear to follow the British curricula but the CDOIC does follow the UK education system.
I have concerns however that all of the students are Chinese and I would prefer for his integration that there were at least a few other non native Chinese speakers as none of us speaks / understands and Chinese (yet!) .
Any advice would be extremely welcome. Thank you
Thank you so much for your very detailed reply. It makes me want to hop on the next plane over!
Regarding your school choice are you able to say why you are choosing the Confucius school. My son is quite bright and sporty and doing well over here in the UK and his education is of paramount importance.
Hi. My husband is considering a 2 year secondment to Chengdu and I would appreciate advice on several areas before we commit ourselves. None of us speak any Mandarin (yet! - though it would be our intention to learn ) and the thought of relocating to an area where very little English is spoken is rather daunting.
It would be our hope to integrate with the whole community rather than just expats, but to help us settle in I think that being near other English speakers would be helpful. Which is the best expat community to live in?
We would prefer to bring our 14 year old son with us rather than send him to a UK boarding school but have concerns over the quality of International schools and we don't want to jeopardise his education. Does anyone have any recommendations for schools? Is it necessary to live near the school ?
He plays rugby union in the UK and would be keen to continue but I can't find any clubs for mini junior rugby. What do expat teenagers do in their free time in Chengdu?
I have also read a lot about spicy / greasy food and how this is difficult to avoid. How easy is it to shop if you are unable to read food labels? Are the usual fresh foodstuffs
( meat, vegetables, fruit ) available
or if not can anyone recommend a website I could look at which would help me to familiarise myself with the usual foods available in Chengdu?
In a nutshell, I would appreciate any advice on the the do's and don'ts , things to bring, cost of living , local customs to note so we do not unnecessarily offend anyone etc.
I have read that the climate isn't great and
the sun doesn't shine all that often in Chengdu. Is that actually true?
We are keen skiers and understnd that there is a ski resort in Chengdu, but it is at a very high altitude. Does anyone have any thoughts about it?
I will be leaving my job in the UK and would therefore like to spend my time helping my family to settle in to Chengdu. Can any one recommend any charitable work / groups which would be good to join to help us to adapt quickly.
Thank you !