COVID-19 & the College
- School closure due to COVID-19 was announced in late January during the Spring Festival break, when the majority of students and staff were traveling.
- Online education, including lessons and assessments, started from early February 2020. Class 2021 resumed lessons on campus from 11 May 2020 with strict COVID-19 measures in place, including suspension of all extra-curricular activities and trips and following a reduced timetable. Some students and staff were unable to return to campus due to relevant official travel restrictions.
- Since late January, Class 2021 have not had the opportunity to sit external examinations, including SAT and GCE AS & A-level examinations. In late summer, IELTS and TOEFL were re-introduced in China with COVID-19 measures in place.
- As the academic year 2020-2021 started, over 30 teaching staff had not been able to enter the country, resulting in blended learning of both online and on campus teaching.
Move to Antuo Hill campus
- The College had expected to move to the brand new purpose-built Antuo Hill campus in August 2020. However, COVID-19 resulted in delay in the construction and limitations of provision of facilities and services at the new site.
- Class 2021 started the new academic year on 18 August at the old campus and moved to Antuo Hill on 31 August. Along with COVID-19, the changes and move presented challenges to their learning, college preparation, and ECA participation and student leadership opportunities.