Historical School Newly Displayed, Model in Education for All-around Development
-- Introduction of Wuzhong District Dongshan Experimental Primary School
[History] Suzhou Dongshan is a millennium-old town, situated in the south of the Yangtze River, possessing beautiful landscape and centuries-old history. This place of humanistic connotations breeds a famous school known for its education quality - Dongshan Experimental Primary School. The school dates back to 1818 when it was first established as “Yangyun Academy”, later renamed as “Wuhu Academy”, “Yangzheng School”, “Dongshan Tier Two County-run Primary School”, “Dongyi Central Primary School”, “Dongshan Central Primary School”, “Wuxian Dongshan Experimental Primary School”, etc. In the past two centuries, the school has come through all the vicissitudes in changing times, while inherited and improved. Generations of people devoted their passion, diligence and wisdom, making the school an education star of the region today. Since pre liberation time till 1980s, the school trained numerous students for Suzhou, the country and even the world. Successful stories of students have been told in the country’s and world’s arena of politics, economy, culture, technology, education, military, foreign affairs and law. Examples are Zheng Silin, Zhu Senlin, Ye Xuhua, Ye Xutai and Su Huiyu. They made Dongshan a real “County of Celebrities” and “Town of Professors”.
[Basic Information] The school, located at Xinzhen Area in the south of Dongshan Town, covers an area of 90 mu (65 mu for primary school, 25 mu for kindergarten) and has a total building area of 35,200 m2 (24,300 m2 for primary school, 10,900 m2 for kindergarten), all equipped with advanced education facilities, reaching the provincial first-class standard. By combining traditional and modern elements, the school fully reflects historical and cultural connotations of the century-old school and the millennium-old town, and injects new vitality to education in Wuzhong District. The school now has 104 full-time teachers, of which, 75.6% hold an intermediate or senior title, and 78.8% have obtained a bachelor’s degree or above; 44 backbone teachers at the district level or above, including 1 provincial special-grade teacher (municipal famous teacher), 4 municipal academic leaders and 25 district-level academic leaders. Adhering firmly to the concept of “inheriting essence of century education and reaching a new high in education among famous schools”, and carrying forward the spirit of “Tradition, Efforts, Explore and Excel”, the school has successfully trained four special-grade teachers, including Gao Benda, Zhang Hongming, Wu Jin’gen and Ye Huimin, as well as a large number of famous teachers. In the meantime, thanks to the great cultural tradition in Dongshan, the school has been fruitful in developing both young talents and academic activities. For example, some teaching materials and extra-curriculum events were developed featuring the rich history and beautiful landscape of Dongshan. For another example, the school has twice successfully hosted national and provincial seminars on schooling, not to mention that it has won more than one hundred national and provincial awards for its teaching quality and rich extra-curriculum activities, including “Model Primary School in Jiangsu”, “Civilized Unit in Jiangsu”, “National Advanced Group in Employee Self-study Reading Activities”, “National Red Flag Brigade”, etc. In recent years, the school has further reached a new high in education by earning such titles as “Famous School in Suzhou” and “Experimental Base of Math Textbooks for Primary Schools in Jiangsu”. At present, under the leadership of Wu Jin’gen, a special-grade math teacher in Jiangsu and a renowned principal in Suzhou, the school is moving towards a better future of education by embracing dreams, following the concept “train students to find their dreams”, the spirit of running school “beautiful spring scenery will come when purple swallows are rowing up in the cloud”, the purpose of running school “build a renowned school in Suzhou by adhering to the people-oriented philosophy and carrying out adaptive education to cultivate talents of good ethics and morality”, the school motto “integrity (good ethics & morality)”, the school spirit “pragmatic & upright”, the teaching style “deep research for innovation”, and the learning style “learn by asking questions”, and leading students to realize linkage of “study, research and exploration”.