DCB Open House - “Why the Creative Curriculum works”, Dan Nichol, Deputy Head of Junior School
Friday, 15 January 2016, 10:30am – 12:00pm
Wodehouse Theatre, Legend Garden Campus
The Creative Curriculum
The curriculum is ever evolving, it cannot remain static and there is a need for a more personalised approach based on our international setting, in the context of the children’s opportunities and experiences. Education only flourishes if it successfully adapts to the demands and needs of the time – this is something we strive to achieve at DCB. We achieve this by nurturing, supporting and improving the creativity of our learners and also our teachers – developing creative approaches to teaching in all aspects of the curriculum.
At Junior School, we are prepared to engage our children in their learning journey and take each individual child on this journey, ensuring success for ALL. By providing rich and varied contexts for your chilld (ren) to acquire, develop and apply a broad range of knowledge, understanding and skills, the DCB JS curriculum enables students to think creatively and critically, to solve problems and to make a difference for the better. Our curriculum equip them for their future lives as global citizens and workers. This workshop will provide you as parents with an insight into the daily workings of that your child’s learning journey is like, from ages 7 to 11.
The programme is as follows:
10:15am Registration and Light Refreshments
10:30am – 12:00pm “The Creative Currirulum” by Dan Nichol, Deputy Head of Junior School, with a Question & Answer sessions after workshop
12:00 – 12:30om Campus Tour
More information & RSVP – Flora.Zhang@dulwich-beijing.cn
Kindly indicate the age of your child/children and your language preference so that a customised tour can be arranged.
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.
It’s a cause for celebration at Dulwich College Beijing as students and teachers are rejoicing in yet another year of marvelous IB scores as the International Baccalaureate organisation has just announced its June 2016 Diploma Programme results.
This year DCB entered 75 students into the full IB Diploma Programme, widely recognised as the most rigorous high school qualification globally. While the world average Diploma score is 30.07, DCB students achieved a phenomenal 37 point average (out of a possible 45), and over 24 percent of our students scored above 40. Notably, three members of our Class of 2016 achieved a stunning score of 43 and two pupils attained a nearly perfect score of 44!
‘We are delighted by the excellent IB outcomes this year, which are a result of the hard work and collaboration from our students and the dedication from our teachers,’ says DCB Headmaster Simon Herbert. ‘This year’s graduates deserve congratulations for their excellent results and university placements, which have been achieved alongside a full commitment to Service, Sport, Music, Drama and Leadership.’
IB grades are rated on a scale of 1-7, with 7 being the highest grade. Below are DCB’s highlights from this year’s exam:
- 66% of grades a 6 or better in all subjects
- 91% of grades a 5 or better in all subjects
- 100% of grades a 6 or better in Music, Theatre and Visual Arts combined
- 100% of grades a 6 or better in Mandarin, French, Spanish and German combined
- 82% of grades a 7 or better in Mandarin A, Mandarin B and Mandarin Ab Initio combined
Students from this year’s cohort will move on to prestigious universities including Stanford, University of Pennsylvania, Harvard, Dartmouth, Juilliard, Oxford, and Cambridge to name just a few. Others will join the global ranks at world class universities throughout the USA, UK, Asia, and Europe. Congratulations to the Class of 2016 on your splendid achievements!
Class of 2016 IB Average vs World Average of 30
Students Attend their First Choice University
Different Nationalities Represented in our Student Body
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