At VMA, community is at the heart of our boarding program. We are committed to foster students' sense of collectivity s and get them to engage in healthy living. Students in our boarding program will learn to share with one another, develop independent living practices, contribute their services to their community and exercise their leadership. Through the support and guidance of their house parents, students will have a sense of security and belonging, and develop values that will build their moral character. It is through this community that we strengthen each child’s Chinese identity and prepare them to be confident young citizens who can find their own success in the world alongside their peers.
VMA students mainly come from different parts of China. For those who have left home for the first time, it might be not easy to adjust to a new environment that is comprised of students of various geographical and socio-economic backgrounds. However, this small yet diverse community will help students to settle down in this new environment, encourage them to develop their own ideas, character and opinions, and guide them to understand and embrace the differences among students. In this sense, our boarding program is what we envision our boarding program to be – an extension of what VMA has to offer student’s in their daily lives at Dameisha.
In our three residential areas, all of which are cozily located along the Dameisha Beach, our house parents have formed a team of professionally dedicated support members to support students in after-school life. In addition, we also have a fine student dormitory committee. Its members are democratically elected by students, so it can really listen to and provides solutions to issues that students and parents care about. Dormitory committee also assist dorm parents in multiple dorm activities.
- Comply with the basic rules and regulations of our school regarding appropriate behaviors in residential areas
- Make good use of rooms, lounges and dormitory common areas
- Develop a healthy lifestyle and good dietary habits
- Develop tolerance, humility and learn to live in harmony with people from different backgrounds
- Build a spirit of service, cultivate a sense of community and belonging
- The role of house parents
- Accompany students in dormitory, provide students with support and help during their boarding life
- Ensure students' personal safety
- Help students develop proper awareness of health and wellness
- Help students plan and organize their own major festivals and activities
- Have students clean regularly and practice living independently. An audit of good living practices will be conducted frequently.
- To guide students to form good living habits through “model dormitories” award
- Dormitory committee
- Dormitory committee was established to ensure the interests of the students are taken care of. The members of the committee were elected by students, aiming at cultivating students' sense of responsibility, community participation and exercising students' leadership. The dormitory student committee is committed to hear students' voices, organize and coordinate activities in the dormitory area, create and share experiences with students and further build a harmonious and closely bonded student community.
- Dormitory activities
- For students who need to stay at school during the weekends or holidays, having after-school activities is extremely vital for their own personal growth. During these weekends or holidays, dormitory committee members and house parents will be responsible for organizing activities, including movie times, tea talks, singing and dancing performances, interest projects, etc.