DCB Wins British International School Award!
DCB is proud to announce that we have won our second British International School Award! The ceremony took place in London on 23 January and saw DCB recognised in the “Teaching Initiative of the Year” category for our Blended Maths programme.
Eleven schools applied for this distinction with four schools shortlisted, and DCB named as the final winner! In the award announcement, DCB’s programme was described as “individualised and contemporary.” The College’s Head of Maths Camille Brown and Deputy Head of Senior School Chris Stanley were in attendance to accept the prestigious accolade.
“This achievement has certainly been a whole department effort,” said Ms Brown. “I am extremely proud of our teachers who took the risk in building and delivering instruction using this teaching and learning model, College leadership for their support, and to parents and students who have been open to this new scheme.”
DCB won the overall award for British International School of the Year in 2011, and it is truly wonderful to be recognised again.
“To win the British International School Award is delightful news for Dulwich College Beijing and recognition of the innovation, creativity, and risk taking that constitute the Dulwich educational environment,” said DCB Headmaster Simon Herbert. “Well done to the DCB Maths Department for the Blended Learning project. We are very proud to have won this award among such strong global competition.”
The College once again gives thanks to all of our parents and students who offered their support during the pioneering of the Blended Maths Programme.
To learn more about our Blended Maths, click this link http://www.dulwich-beijing.cn/page.cfm?p=911
Read more about The British Internatinal School Award here http://www.bismagazine.co.uk/awards/about/
As part of our partnership with The Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC), five practitioners will visit seven Dulwich College International (DCI) schools in the upcoming four months! Last week, the first to visit was Guy Jones, director, dramaturge, and facilitator whose directing credits include The Winter’s Tale and Twelth Night, Disnatured, Spokesong, and What Will Survive of Us. DCB had the chance to sit down with Mr Jones and ask about his time at DCB.
Tell us about your week!
It’s been a real privilege to meet the students here. They have been great and up for things and they have made my first time in Beijing very welcome indeed. We have been looking a handful of Shakespeare plays, Henry V with Year 9, A Midsummer Night’s Dream with some of the Junior School, and Romeo and Juliette with Year 10. [I’ve been] trying to bring new ways of thinking about Shakespeare as lots of young people come with a certain level of anxiety or sense that it’s not for them or that it’s just too hard to understand and therefore not worth the effort.
I’ve been bringing techniques and exercises that we use in the rehearsal room to open up what Shakespeare might be and encourage them to think that it’s not necessarily about sitting down and thinking about the language and examining the contemporary context of that work. There is a way of looking at Shakespeare which is about feeling the language and feeling what the plays are about and kind of putting that language into your body in some way.
So I’ve been tackling those plays and some small bits of text in a way that is slightly different from the way that they’ve been used to thinking about Shakespeare and hopefully given them a little toolkit that they might be able to take forward if they engage with those plays in any other way in the future.
How was your experience working with DCB students?
They’ve been generous and they’ve been brave. And you’ve got such a brilliant, responsive, diverse group of students here who have taught me as much as I’ve taught them, hopefully! What’s lovely about the students is that they are really up for taking risks. I have given them exercises that have gently taken them outside of their comfort zones, using their bodies to express the language, switching on a different part of their brains than they’re used to in their everyday lives. It’s been lovely to watch little lightbulbs go on and conversations happening between people where you can see people are connecting with that language in a slightly different way.
What advice would you give to students who are aspiring writers, actors, or directors?
Be brave. This isn’t a career path that is particularly set. You have to find your way as much as possible and know who you are. Make connections with people who share the same values as you do. Really investigate what those values are. The second piece of advice is to be yourself. Really look inwards and work out what your strengths are and what it is that you might bring to a play to a text, to a writer, to an idea, to a rehearsal process. Be brave and be yourself.
DCB Student Recognised at CSR Awards
Service to others, a fundamental part of the Dulwich ethos, was in full evidence at the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Awards, organised by the British and American Chambers of Commerce on 3rd May 2017 . These awards recognise the most outstanding and long-lasting commitments to those less fortunate throughout China. The only student who gained an award was our own Tony L (Year 13) for his Project Nightingale. Tony was awarded an Honourable Mention in the Integration category.
At the start of his Year 12 year, Tony founded Project Nightingale with fellow students Harry, Maggie and Isabella. The project has inspired musical collaborations with migrant schools over the last two years. Tony explained, 'We identified that children in migrant schools have much less opportunity to interact with music and experience the joy music has brought to us. We started going to a migrant school in Tongzhou and taught music every Saturday.’ He added that getting up to do this every week was hard and seemed like a chore initially, but then it made him feel well set up for the weekend!
It was extraordinary for a school based student-led project to be honoured and recognized from over 80 entries this year. Tony was the youngest person at the awards and competing against huge corporations, banks, and real estate companies. Well done Tony and team for this project, which has already been handed on to others, to ensure a continuing legacy.
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