All students at FCG are assigned to one of four Houses, which is in one sense a team, but in a broader sense is a collective grouping that provides them with an identity and sense of belonging beyond their Grade or circle of friends. Each College's Day House is named after an individual whose values, achievements and character the house draws inspiration. Two are prominent figures in Chinese culture, Jao Tsung-I; Bing Xin, and two are prominent Heads of Fettes College – past and present, Potts and, Harrison. Students take pride in their House and find it a fantastic motivator, as they challenge themselves and encourage each other to achieve success not for themselves, but for their House. House provides them with a deeply enshrined sense of the importance of bringing their friends and peers along with them; understanding that the achievements of a happy, successful community will always be greater than the sum of the achievements of its individual members. The House, holding collegiality and competition in balance, is at the centre of this important element of the Fettesian ethos. House competitions run throughout the school year and cover all areas of the school including Sport, Academics and the Arts.
Boarding is an integral part of a Fettesian education: it ensures that students receive a truly immersive educational experience. Much more than high quality residential care, FCG boarding is an extension of both home and school where students are supported academically and in personal matters by the House Parents and Boarding Tutors who are all qualfied teachers working in the school. Further support is provided by Boarding Carers who focus on the students'day-to-day needs.
In the boarding house our students learn valuable life skills such as resilience, timekeeping, self-motivation and tolerance. Modelled on Fettes College UK, our approach builds independence throughout a student' s time in FCG boarding with a particular emphasis on acquiring the skills required for living at university and integrating with people from different cultures.
Our boarding programme offers a wide range of age-appropriate on- and off-site activities throughout the evenings and weekends designed to promote opportunities for team building, challenge, and collaboration. Our high staff to student ratios ensures all our boarding students receive individualised care and attention, and the small size of each boarding house allows for a home-from-home feel. We understand the importance of differentiating our boarding provision, not just in terms of activities but in the way we interact with students of different ages. All our House Parents and Boarding Tutors are fluent English speakers enabling our boarders to practice English in real-life contexts. Working mainly in Chinese our Boarding Carers develop close bonds with the students and provide another avenue for students to seek support from a trusted adult.
In boarding our students simultaneously develop a sense of self and of belonging, We are always looking for ways to encourage them to expand their horizons by trying new activities, setting personal goals or taking on leadership responsibilities.
Fettes College Guangzhou
Address: Fettes College Guangzhou, No. 2, Xinxue Road, Phoenix City, Nan 'an Village, Xintang Town, Zengcheng District, Guangzhou City