Thu, Oct 18, 2007 - Page 2 News List

TES wows students with Shilin campus

'LABOR OF LOVE' With state-of-the-art classrooms and a tradition of excellence, Taipei European School is giving its students an eyeful of its brand new campus

By Jenny W. Hsu  /  STAFF REPORTER

Children play on the new Taipei European School campus in Shilin District, Taipei, yesterday.

PHOTO: CHU PEI-HSIUNG, TAIPEI TIMES

Taipei European School (TES) held a ceremony yesterday to unveil its new primary campus in Shilin (士林).

The state-of-the-art school represents a milestone in the Taiwanese foreign community and a recognition of the high-quality learning environment provided by the school, TES board of directors chairman C.V. Chen (陳長文) said.

Calling it a "labor of love," Chen said the new establishment was only possible because of the collaborative efforts of a hardworking administrative staff, dedicated parents and tremendous support from the government.

The new, NT$545 million (US$17 million) campus is home to approximately 640 students aged three to 11, said Charles Garrett, deputy director of the British Trade and Cultural Office and chairman of the TES Board of Governance.

The school's Yangmingshan campus will remain in use for students aged 12 to 18.

Garrett said the state-of-the-art technology used at the Shilin campus, such as electronic white boards in each classroom, had "revolutionized" traditional teaching methods.

TES chief executive officer John Nixon said that after all the help the school had received from donors, "it is time to give something back."

Each year, TES collaborates with the Taipei City Government by allowing 20 Taiwanese teachers to work alongside foreign TES teachers for a period of two weeks.

In addition to the new campus, the school has been recognized for its academic excellence.

Garrett said grades at the British section of TES were higher than the average scores at schools in the UK.

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