RGS China – the official launch, Nanjing, January 2019
On Friday 11 January 2019, RGS Headmaster, Shaun Fenton and RGS International Director, Sean Davey, attended the official ground-breaking ceremony and RGS China brand launch in Nanjing.
The ground-breaking ceremony was a special occasion as it marked the exciting building phase for the first Sino-British school in the ancient city of Nanjing. It was thrilling to have the support and endorsement of senior government officials as well as Carma Elliot, Head of the British Council in China and Tony Clemson, Deputy-General for the British Consulate. This special ceremony was followed by the brand launch at the Grand Mansion Hotel with speeches and media coverage.
Phase 1 of RGS Nanjing, the Kindergarten, will open in September 2019. Therefore, the support of the Head of Early Years from Reigate St Mary’s (RSM), Mrs Samantha Selkirk and also by Mrs Sherry Churchley (whose son attends RSM kindergarten and originates from Nanjing) was very well received by all attendees. The following day, over 500 prospective parents attended an RGS Nanjing information event to learn about this special collaboration and how to register their child ahead of the official opening. With special speeches and presentations from RGS and our partners Kaiyuan Education, there was huge interest and demand for places.
RGS Nanjing is the first of an anticipated five schools to be established in China in the next 10 years. We look forward to the varied educational opportunities this will provide for our own pupils and staff, particularly through cultural and international exchange and interaction.