Wycombe Abbey International School has eight senior Houses, five for boys and three for girls. Each House has a Housemaster or Housemistress and Tutors. All Housemasters, Housemistresses and Tutors are full time Academic teaching staff. Together, they closely monitor pupils' welfare as well as their academic progress and social development. Senior pupils also offer positive support for the younger ones, whether by helping them to find their way around, playing games with them or assisting them with 'Prep'.
Each House offers an exciting array of activities - ranging from pure fun to the more serious inter-House competitions, which covers almost every facet of School life academic, sport, music and drama. This range is deliberate to encourage every pupil to feel they have something worthwhile to contribute, and also to help expand each pupil's horizons so that they truly gain an all-round education.
With their own colours, flag, motto and emblem, House members develop a strong sense of loyalty to their House and pride in its achievements, which cultivates important qualities such as a sense of belonging, team work and self-confidence.
As Head of Austen House, I work to inspire self-confidence, resilience and independence in every girl under my care. When a new pupil joins Austen House, she enters a community that will support and shape her for years to come. While she studies academic subjects in class, her friendships will teach her invaluable skills and her House Tutor will act as a strong, compassionate role model.
Many of my mentors were teachers and university professors, who inspired me to believe in myself and pursue my interests, whether they were comparative grammar and knitting or riding trains across a continent and diving shipwrecks. It was this support that moved me to become a teacher and Housemistress, so that I could provide the same positive experience to a new generation of girls.
I am a great believer that you should take on new challenges - and I expect the boys in Blake House to follow this philosophy. Important also are respect, good manners and courtesy. I enjoy all sport, especially Rugby and Cricket and have recently started Rowing. I have played Rugby at Club and Provincial level in South Africa and the UK. School should be a mixture of hard work and fun and this is the same in the House. My wife is Head of Primary and KG and we have two boys at WAIS.
My name is Pauline Cuthbertson and I’m delighted to be the Housemistress for Cavell here at Wycombe Abbey InternationaL School, Changzhou.
I come from and was educated in Scotland, one of the four countries that make up the United Kingdom. I graduated with an Honours Degree in Biochemistry from Stirling University in 1997 before undertaking research in a laboratory for two years. From there I worked in the pharmaceutical industry before attaining my PGCE in Biology from Edinburgh University in 2004 and I’ve been in teaching ever since. Working in both an academic and industrial environment, has given me real life experiences which I believe is invaluable and of great benefit to the children in my care.
I have a grown-up daughter and a young grandson who still live in Scotland.
I have been living and working here in Changzhou for one year and hope to be here for many more.
I am extremely honoured and excited to be the housemistress of Dove, the newest girls’ house at WAIS. I will be with the girls from the very beginning of their experience at the school and will ensure that it will be a life changing experience. In the spirit of our founder, Dame Frances Dove, I will nurture and encourage the girls through this wonderful experience that they have embarked upon.
Having been a teacher for over twenty years, myself and my team of truly wonderful tutors have the experience to enable the girls to excel, academically, physically and socially, equipping them with all the skills required to succeed at the very best Universities in the world.
I am delighted to have brought my two children, Lizzy and Freddie, along with me to experience the fantastic opportunities offered at WAIS.
Literature is my first love, but I also have a wide range of interests. Having played rugby for Kuwait, sung in a band, and having travelled extensively, I realise the value of diversity, and this, along with academic excellence is what WAIS provides. In the spirit of our founder, let us watch our girls soar!
Having spent my youth and a large part of my career in various countries around the world I have discovered that where you are, is less important than who you meet. This has played a vital role in developing me as a teacher and tutor and I have always tried to ensure that all pupils would feel safe and at ease around me. I also believe that the happiest people are those who meet challenges and overcome them so my pupils know they will be pushed hard in my class but they also know I will not abandon them to struggle alone. Being able to share ups and downs with others is, I feel, the best way to create a lasting bond with someone and I am always ready to join my students in pursuing their interests, be they athletic, musical, artistic or academic. As I wrote earlier, who you meet is more important than where you are and my wife and children will always ensure that I feel at home wherever I am, not matter how tough the challenges are! Here in Elgar I will encourage, excite and support the boys so that they may achieve the best in life.
As an English teacher I'm interested in the power of language. As a child I was often in the library developing a strong love of literature and creative writing. I'm keen to encourage the boys to learn to use their knowledge of English creatively as the best way of gaining mastery of a language is by being brave. I was lucky enough to go to a school that encouraged participation in sport and I loved cross country running and rugby.
I love trivia and quizzes and don't believe there is such a thing as "useless" information. I have an encyclopedic knowledge of the James Bond films and I enjoy sharing this essential part of British culture with everyone I meet in China.
I have many interests and hobbies of which travelling, sport and reading would be my constant companions. Outside of conventional sports, growing up in New Zealand I have always been surrounded by the outdoors and have completed many mountain and overnight tramping expeditions, canyoning treks and week-long cycling expeditions. I have always had a joy of learning and discovering new knowledge, and my aim as Housemaster is to ensure our pupils will also have this passion for education. I feel privileged to teach geography since it is a fantastic subject which can help students to look at the world, not only with a sense of awe and wonder but also with a critical eye.
I firmly believe that education is about becoming a member of a school community and playing a full and active part in the life of the school, particularly extra-curricular clubs and activities. I am quick to volunteer to help and believe having other interests is an important part of life.
My family and I are delighted to be a part of Wycombe Abbey International School. Education is about the individual, finding and nurturing strengths, managing weaknesses and helping pupils be the very best they can be in all that they do. This includes their studies, but it includes so much more here. My own interests include travel, rugby, skiing, mountaineering, cycling, scuba-diving and competition skydiving. Coming here is another chapter in our adventure. Our daughter can receive a world class education, I can work with a team of world class teachers and I also get to bring some of my extra-curricular passions to our pupils. My promise is this, that I will strive every day to be the best I can be and I expect Turner staff and boys to do the same.