David Shirley | Founding Principal, YueCheng Banbidian Kindergarten

CIS is very pleased to announce that David Shirley has been appointed as the Founding Principal of the Banbidian Kindergarten.

CIS continues to support YueCheng Education who are preparing to open their second kindergarten, YueCheng Banbidian Kindergarten. This kindergarten will share the same curriculum as the YueCheng Courtyard Kindergarten opening this October, where children will benefit from personalized, play-based learning with a strong foundation in Chinese culture in a dual-language Chinese-English environment.

Following an extensive worldwide search carried out by CIS Leadership Searches, we are very pleased to announce that David Shirley has been appointed as the Founding Principal of the Banbidian Kindergarten. 

Through our in-depth screening, CIS carefully assessed all applicants, understanding their philosophy, motivation, skill-set and experiences against the needs of the school. Contending candidates were personally video-interviewed by CIS and reviewed before being invited to Beijing for final interview and this successful appointment being made. 

On the search process, YueCheng Education commented:

“We particularly appreciated the preparatory visit to Beijing by CIS in order to ensure that they could identify candidates who were precisely aligned to the values and aims of the organization. We are delighted with the outcome of the search.”

Mr. Shirley is an Australian citizen who has a wealth of experience in educational leadership in Australia and Hong Kong. He has served in different kinds of school, large and small, and most recently has been Founding Principal of a group of kindergartens in Hong Kong. 

Mr. Shirley will commence duties on August 1st, 2019 and will spend his first year leading preparations for the opening of Banbidian Kindergarten in September 2020. He will also support the leadership and faculty of the Courtyard Kindergarten in its first year of operation.

On his appointment, David commented:

“I am excited to accept the position of Founding Principal of the Banbidian Kindergarten and would like to recognize the professionalism that CIS and Pauline O’Brien demonstrated throughout the entire process. Their messaging and feedback was timely, responsive and very supportive. Pauline’s understanding of the requirements for role, the organizational structure and the roadmap ahead allowed me to gain the information I needed to prepare and feel confident throughout the course of the interview process. YueCheng Education is an exciting and growing educational organization and I am honoured to be joining them!”

Yuecheng Education is looking forward to David Shirley joining the team of first-class educators serving the growing YueCheng Education community and extend him a very warm welcome.