Malvern College Qingdao
We are an international middle school that aims at cultivating future leaders and bridging to the world’s top-ranking universities. Embodying the spirit of Malvern UK, 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.
Cultivating World Citizenship
MCQ has sent hundreds of graduates to 35 different countries and regions, such as the UK, the USA, Canada, Australia, Switzerland and Singapore, with over 92% of students being accepted into top 100 universities.
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 and students 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.
Ms Byrne is the current Head of House, and Mrs Jones is the current Deputy Head - Ms Byrne came to MCQ from Ireland, with 10 years teaching experience; Mrs Jones is from England with 25 years teaching experience. They work hard together to ensure that Morgan house remains a home for the girls living there.
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 in Ms Turner, and Mrs Watts is the Deputy Head.
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 House Mr Gill, Deputy Head of House Mr Groucott and Assistant housems Anne Zhang and Sherry Huang are an incredibly dedicated team that create a strict, successful and happy house where students feel part of a family and are extremely proud to carry the honour of being an Elgarian.
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 House for Wordsworth is Ms Williams, with Ms Toohey being the Deputy Head.
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 House is Ms Hsu, and the Deputy Head is Ms Coetzer.
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 house is run by Mr McLaughlin along with his Deputy Mr Kearney. 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 is the newest House at MCQ and 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 Viljoen and the House Deputy is Mrs Crooks. 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.
We are proud of every one of our Campbell students and are grateful for the help of wonderful House Assistants, who take excellent care of all the Campbell girls.
Aston is a new house, which is now well into its second year. The Ethos of the house, currently upheld by its HsM Mr Cradock and DHsM Mr Morris, is based on 3 of the Malvern Values:
Resilience, Open mindedness and Kindness. We expect every boy to try something new, whether that is academically or with the house cup, we expect all boys to work together for their house and for their friends. We expect all boys to show support and kindness to all inside and outside of Aston and when representing the House.
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 present House Master of Lewis House is Mr K. Wilson: the Deputy House Master is Mr R. Wade; the main House Assistant is Miss M. Zhang.
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 Catto, and the Deputy Head is Mr Kobtzeff.
Foster is the family name of not one but seven brothers who were all educated at Malvern College, England between 1886 and 1908. The brothers were called the ‘Fostershires’ and all played cricket for the county of Worcestershire. Having the ability to face challenges with confidence and with good humour, the brothers showed persistence and perseverance in the face of difficulty. As members of a cricket team they also displayed an awareness that collaboration is a vital quality in every team. By working together with their team members, the brothers succeeded to bring about the greater good, aiming to win cricket matches. And, Foster House boys carry this spirit forward into their lives.
Foster's current house leader is Mr. Andrew Huthings. Deputy house leader is Mr. Amantle Maneto, and housing assistant is Nathan Chen.
Mr Hutchings studied Geography and Environmental Sciences at the University of Surrey. Prior to making the move into teaching, he worked in public service in the UK. He then went on to the University of Leeds to study for a Master in Education and PGCE in Geography. He moved to Malvern College Qingdao in 2020. As well as teaching Geography, Mr Hutchings was also involved in the Duke of Edinburgh Award, together with pupil leadership and mentoring training. He likes good tea, is a trained barista, and in his occasional spare moments, enjoys reading, cycling and off-road running.
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.
92% of MCQ graduates from the last three years have received offers from top 100 universities and colleges.
Our students have received over two 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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