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Friday 26 May 2017

Friday 26 May 2017 Dulwich Newsletter 

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From Headmaster

Dear Parents, 

 

I enjoyed a productive week in Dubai at the Dulwich Heads' Steering Group event, but it is good to be back at DCB. We discussed strategy for the DCI schools and shared best practice. I presented on STEAM and Entrepreneurship and the inter-disciplinary concept of project based learning. I look forward to providing you with more information in due course on the exciting way forward.

 

This week started well with the wonderful Graduation Ceremony. This was a moving event to mark this significant achievement in the lives of our Year 13 students. It was lovely to see so many parents and wider family supporting the graduating class of 2017. Thank you to Mr. Hawkins, Ms. Liu, Ms. Wang and the team for their superb organisation. After enjoying the sight of Mr. Hawkins leading the graduates through the College to the resounding cheers of younger students, we headed to the beautifully decorated Wodehouse Theatre for the ceremony itself, followed by drinks, canapés and photos at the Lakeside. Well done to all the graduates, to the IB leadership team of Mr. Pankratz, Ms. Palmer and Mr. Balcombe, to the university counselling team of Mrs. Pankratz and Ms. Deeds, and to all form tutors and teachers who have worked with the Year 13s this year.

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On the subject of university counsellors, I would like to allay one or two concerns. We have a larger Year 12 group coming through next year, so we have already advertised, within our recruitment plan, for an additional university counsellor for the College. We shall therefore have three full university counsellors, plus an assistant counsellor. This will maintain the levels of care and attention given to our students by our excellent team!

 

The second superb event in the Wodehouse Theatre this week was the Junior School 'Sounds of Summer'. This was a very entertaining evening of classical music and jazz, from the Junior School orchestras and choir. Mr. Paul Jarman, our visiting 'Diversity' guest conductor, expressed how much he had enjoyed working with our committed students. They did themselves proud and gave the audience a show to remember.

 

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I would like to mention one piece of music from the above performance, called 'Making a Better World', which was particularly apt, given the horrific events which took place in Manchester in the UK this week. Our thoughts are with all those who suffered loss or injury. In our College, we have spoken about terrorism, in age appropriate ways, to the children, using materials recommended by UK teaching associations. It was noted that the President of China telephoned the Queen to express solidarity between China and the UK. In our own way, we shall mark our sympathies by re-performing that song on Founder's Day and dedicating it to the people of Manchester. This will take place at 3.05pm on the main stage this Saturday.

 

Several students, teachers and parents displayed true Dulwich spirit last Saturday, by tackling the Great Wall Marathon or Half Marathon. It was a raging hot day, so even by 9am it proved to be quite a formidable challenge. Three students, Callum Nicolas, Brendan Fosh and Will Herbert, who ran together throughout, managed second place for their age group in the Half Marathon and raised money for the 'Wheels for Life' at UFCH Hospital. Mr. Hogarth, the Mo Farah of DCB, once again paced himself perfectly in the full Marathon and raced home in 6th place overall in the men's event. Mr. Lane drew on his marine-like strength to grind through the 42km and we also commend Mr. Birch, Mr. Stewart, Ms. Stevens and DCB parents Mr. Khan and Ms. Hamlani for their gutsy performances in the Half Marathon.

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Our Early Years Reception classes at Legend Garden enjoyed arts and crafts time with their friends, teachers and parent-helpers in the newly revamped outdoor area. A lovely afternoon was enjoyed by all.

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Founder's Day is a marvellous community event. Ms. Baran, Ms. Wu, Ms. Jiang and the marketing team have worked extremely hard with excellent collaboration from the Music Department, Operations Department and our parents who have prepared the international stalls. It should be a lovely community event and a truly 'Dulwich day'. Our CEO, Mr. Guertler, and Regional Director, Mr. Todd, will be joining us and we look forward to welcoming them. It will be a hot one, so don't forget your hat and sunscreen!

 

See you on Saturday.

 

Kind regards,

 

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Simon Herbert

 

Headmaster

 
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Founder's Day this Saturday - 27 May 2017, 2.45pm - 9.00pm!
 
Please click here to see the 2017 Founder's Day Programme and check out our short videos from last year on our home page at www.dulwich-beijing.cn

Key highlights you can look forward tomorrow include: 
 
*  The Flag Parade at 3.00pm. Make sure you join us behind your national flag!

*  We will have the following flags represented this year:  China, United Kingdom, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bermuda, Bolivia, Brunei, Canada, Colombia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine, United States, Vanuatu. 

 International Food Festival: Our parent community will be hosting their International Food Festival where 18 countries/regions showcase their local delicacies from 3:15 pm.  The national/regional tents this year include: Bolivia, Canada, China, Europe, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, UK, USA.  All profits from the International Food Festival and beverage stands will be donated to a charity chosen by the Friends of Dulwich – Love & Hope - and to the Dulwich Student Enrichment Fund (50%/50% split).
Country/Region Hamper Raffle:  Each year our parents come together to celebrate their home countries' cultures and traditions.  As part of this, they prepare beautiful gift baskets with fabulous items from their home countries, to be raffled on Founder's Day. Tickets can be purchased on Saturday at RMB25 for one or RMB100 for five.  The winners will be announced at the Raffle Hamper stand by 5:10pm.  

*  30 + Activities: including the students' favourites, Slippery Slide, Foam Frenzy, Absolute Zero Ice Cream, Community Football Matches, and many more!

*  Community Football Matches -  4.30pm: DCB Staff vs DCB Parents ( Mr Herbert playing for both sides)  & 5.30pm: DCB Students vs DCB Staff
Live performances  throughout the day(3.00pm – 9.00pm) with 850 students involved! Parents will receive a separate email from the Music department with the information when their children are expected at the main stage. Please also check this Friday's newsletter for details.

*  Evening food vendors: Taj Pavilion, The Yard Restaurant, Fish Nation, Swan Pub, and Legend Heights

Here are a few tips for the day:

TRANSPORT

If possible, please walk or cycle to the event. Bicycles can be parked at the Rugby Pitch car park.

If driving, please park in the river road main car park. The car park by the rugby pitch will be closed to all vehicles, and only pedestrians and cyclists will be able to enter. If your driver drops you off, please ask him to park off site to allow families driving themselves to have the car park spaces. Please remember it will be a working day on Saturday for most companies, so plan ahead for some additional traffic on the road.

WEATHER

It looks like it will be hot: please remember sunscreen and hats.  There will be lots of water activities and children like to get wet, so please bring a change of clothes and/or swimsuits for the little ones.

We will have shaded resting areas for parents and encourage you to bring picnic blankets to enjoy the event (picnic blankets will be also on sale at the DCB Marketing stall).

In case of rain or pollution, the day will take place indoors! It looks quite unlikely for this to happen; however, if so, parents will be informed via email, text message and our website on Saturday morning.


SAFEGUARDING

Please bring your DCB parent lanyards for a quick entry to the fields. The event is open to the broader community and all your friends are invited but they will have to sign up at one of the welcome receptions. 

EY and JS children have to be accompanied by their parents at the event please. Our staff will be manning the activity booths and cannot look after the children. 

The Lost & Found station will be located in the centre next to the First Aid stand. 

FINAL REMARKS

Plan your day - this is a very busy day, with a lot of activities so I would suggest looking at the programme and schedule before the day. There will be rugby, netball and football matches, Early Years play area, splash zone, raffle hampers, pop idol and so much more - don't miss out!  Please read the programme carefully here for timings

We are trying to  go Green with our Founder's Day this year. Please bring your own cups and water bottles if possible and try to reuse the cutlery from the Food Stalls. Support our students who will be encouraging you to recycle and sort your own rubbish on the day. 

Due to the large number of people coming and activities taking place throughout the day, pets are not allowed.

We are looking forward to seeing many of you at Founder's Day!
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Friends of Dulwich Annual General Meeting and Executive Committee Election – June 1, 2017: ALL INVITED 


We would like to invite our parent community to Friends AGM that will take place on June 1st, 2017 at 9.00am  in the Legend Garden Campus. 

 

At this meeting, parents will receive the Friends' report on activities and finances for the whole 2016-17 academic year, since the previous AGM. 

 

It will be also the time to elect and announce positions on the Executive Committee for the next academic year.

 

The following positions are currently open for 2017/18:

 

Chair of Friends
Vice-Chair
Secretary
Coffee and Books Coordinator
Event Coordinator


If you are interested in any of the above positions, please contact Kasia Baran at kasia.baran@dulwich-beijing.cn for more information on the roles and responsibilities.

 

Nominations for election may be made by the nominee directly, or any DCB parent with the consent of the nominee. Individuals may nominate for more than one position but may only be appointed for one position. 

Where a position is uncontested, the nominated candidate will be automatically appointed and announced at the AGM. Where there is more than one nominee for a position,  parents may vote for the candidates at the AGM.

 

We would like to us this opportunity to thank our Friends Executive Committee for their incredible contribution this year and encourage more of our parents to get involved next year.  

 

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Columbia Business School Venture for All – Summer School hosted at DCB

 

Summer programme for Senior School students (aged between 14 and 18) interested in learning about Entrepreneurship, Leadership, Innovation, and starting new ventures

 

Dates: June 26th – July 2nd, 2017 
Times: 9:30 – 16:30

 

Application Requirements:

 

1) CBS application, essay questions and optional teacher's recommendation letter

2) Phone interview might be required for admission

For more information and application form please contact: iris.tian@dulwich- beijing.cn

 
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Please click below for information on our upcoming community events and an updated version of our 2017/18 calendar. 

 

Community Events - May calendar

 

2017-2018 DCB School Calendar 

 

 
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Friday 19 May 2017

Friday 19 May 2017 Dulwich Newsletter 

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Mr Herbert is currently away from the College presenting at a DCI Steering Group event and a STEM conference in Dubai. He will be back in Beijing on Saturday 20th. 

 
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Friends of Dulwich Connection Lunch Next Week!


Date: Wednesday 24 May 2017

Time: 9:00am-3:00pm

Venue: Huairou Farm House

Cost: RMB200 per person

 

Join fellow parents to enjoy a pleasant walk-around and a nice organic lunch at the Huairou Farm House. Bus leaves DCB carpark at 9:00am and returns before 3:00pm. Contact "kouxiaokoucoco" (Wechat ID) or email maggie.jiang@dulwich-beijing.cn to join.

 Founder's Day is approaching!

Our annual Founders's Day is less than 3 weeks away. Click below to see what to expect:

Would you like to make a contribution to the largest community event of the year? This is what you can do:

1) Contribute to Founder's Day Hampers!

As a Founder's Day tradition, countries prepare  'hampers' of special treats or memorabilia representative of their culture, which can include non-perishable food, wine, books, restaurant vouchers, decorative items, etc. Posters of hampers will be displayed in the reception area before the Founder's Day and shared on our Wechat.  The actual hampers will be raffled on Founder's Day with lucky winners drawn in the afternoon. . 

If you're willing to make contributions to your country's hamper, please email ashley.wu@dulwich-beijing.cn who will connect you with your country rep. 

Participating countries/regions  for hamper lucky draw this year include: Austria, Belgium, Bolivia, Canada, China, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Switzerland, Taiwan, UK, USA. 
 
2) Go Green and Donate  Books and Toys!


Students from Interact and DCB Sustainability Club are determined to raise awareness on sustainability across campuses. They'll not only be collecting and selling second-hand toys and books but also sorting garbage on Founder's Day. Labelled trash bins will replace regular ones and be put around the field. Please support our students' initiative by donating used toys and books to your campus  receptions. Meanwhile, while you're enjoying drinks and delicacies at the food stalls, please be mindful to reuse your disposable cutleries and sort your own trash. 

3) Join our Flag Parade!


This year's Founder's Day will start straight with Flag Parade at 3:00pm. Come join the Flag Parade and celebrate the diversity of our community. Walk with your country's flag with pride! If you wish to participate  the Flag Parade, please report to the flag zone beside the Main Stage by 2:45pm sharp.   
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Friends of Dulwich Annual General Meeting and Executive Committee Election – June 1, 2017: ALL INVITED 


We would like to invite our parent community to Friends AGM that will take place on June 1st, 2017 at 9.00am  in the Legend Garden Campus. 

 

At this meeting, parents will receive the Friends' report on activities and finances for the whole 2016-17 academic year, since the previous AGM. 

 

It will be also the time to elect and announce positions on the Executive Committee for the next academic year.

 

The following positions are currently open for 2017/18:

 

Chair of Friends
Vice-Chair
Secretary
Coffee and Books Coordinator
Event Coordinator


If you are interested in any of the above positions, please contact Kasia Baran at kasia.baran@dulwich-beijing.cn for more information on the roles and responsibilities.

 

Nominations for election may be made by the nominee directly, or any DCB parent with the consent of the nominee. Individuals may nominate for more than one position but may only be appointed for one position. 

Where a position is uncontested, the nominated candidate will be automatically appointed and announced at the AGM. Where there is more than one nominee for a position,  parents may vote for the candidates at the AGM.

 

We would like to us this opportunity to thank our Friends Executive Committee for their incredible contribution this year and encourage more of our parents to get involved next year.  

 

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Columbia Business School Venture for All – Summer School hosted at DCB

 

Summer programme for Senior School students (aged between 14 and 18) interested in learning about Entrepreneurship, Leadership, Innovation, and starting new ventures

 

Dates: June 26th – July 2nd, 2017 
Times: 9:30 – 16:30

 

Application Requirements:

 

1) CBS application, essay questions and optional teacher's recommendation letter

2) Phone interview might be required for admission

For more information and application form please contact: iris.tian@dulwich- beijing.cn

 
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Please click below for information on our upcoming community events and an updated version of our 2017/18 calendar. 

 

Community Events - May calendar

 

2017-2018 DCB School Calendar 

 

 
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89 Capital Airport Rd, Shunyi District, Beijing, 101300

BEIJING RIVIERA CAMPUS
1 Xiang Jiang North Rd, Jing Shun Rd, Chaoyang District, Beijing, 100103

 

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Friday 12 May 2017

Friday 12 May 2017 Dulwich Newsletter 

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From Headmaster

Dear Parents, 

 

It has been a joy to see our Junior School children engaging in the diversity of International Week. Each form group was allocated a country by Mr. Ross during assembly and the students in each class have studied the customs, language, food, culture and costumes of these countries. It has certainly been a fun way to learn more about others and pay respect to different cultures. I am now looking forward to our Founder's Day (May 27th) even more, especially the international food stalls run by our parent volunteers!

 

Early Years children have been enjoying their newly formed School Council. Who said that our younger students do not have opinions or know how to voice them? Ideas centred around playground equipment, lunch options and classroom facilities and also included some brilliant suggestions following Earth Day, such as the reduction of the use of plastic. Chloe L suggested, 'Making a plastic man out of plastic bottles and display him and have him say, "Don't buy water in plastic bottles – use water bottles instead." ' Well done to the Year 1 and 2 students involved from both campuses. Many children will have a chance to participate, as new members will be involved each term.

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Our community links continue to flourish - more of our musicians are being asked to provide performances for events in Beijing. Last Saturday, May 6th, the Chamber Orchestra and Jazz Combo were invited to perform at the Commonwealth Society of Beijing's Charity Dinner. It was a formal affair, according to Ms. Bonner, with money raised for Roundabout and other charities. The students played beautifully, and helped set the atmosphere for a wonderful evening. 

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I would like to thank Ms. Jones for her determination to help Syrian child refugees. Her idea was for teachers and children to notch up kilometres through walking, running, cycling or swimming. The goal was to reach 4,257km, the distance that refugees must travel between Damascus to London in order to reach asylum. DCB beat this by 310km, making our total 4,567km, with 17,171 RMB raised. A particular mention must go to the children in 8MSY, who managed to travel 1,869km – which is 41% of the entire total.  The 3 students who ran, walked, cycled, or swam the farthest distance are: Jaewon C (200km), Ivy K (113km) and Jenny L (78km). Jenny and Jaewon have received a Head's Commendation in assembly. I shall catch up with Ivy when she has finished her GCSEs!

On Thursday, we had our final Board of Trustees meeting of the year.

 

I would like to express my thanks again to Ms. Jie Wang (Chair) and Mr. Ben Cheng for all their commitment, balanced judgement, constructive comments, teamwork, and constant support for the school. They now leave the roles, as their own children graduate this year. It has been an absolute pleasure to work with Jie Wang and Ben.

 

It has been a delight to welcome Dr. Cameron Pyke, the Deputy Head (External) from Dulwich College London, to join us for the Trustees' meeting, as he is in DCB for two days as part of the annual Charter Inspection visit. Dr. Pyke has met with students, parents and teachers and has already given very positive feedback about the overall ethos, academic rigour and holistic vision of the College. We welcome Dr. Pyke's perspective as a 'critical friend' and are delighted that his visit has gone so well. Thank you to all those who have shared their views with him.

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Have a good weekend.

 

Kind regards,

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Simon Herbert

 

Headmaster

 
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 Founder's Day is approaching!

Our annual Founders's Day is less than 3 weeks away. Click below to see what to expect:

Would you like to make a contribution to the largest community event of the year? This is what you can do:

1) Contribute to Founder's Day Hampers!

As a Founder's Day tradition, countries prepare  'hampers' of special treats or memorabilia representative of their culture, which can include non-perishable food, wine, books, restaurant vouchers, decorative items, etc. Posters of hampers will be displayed in the reception area before the Founder's Day and shared on our Wechat.  The actual hampers will be raffled on Founder's Day with lucky winners drawn in the afternoon. . 

If you're willing to make contributions to your country's hamper, please email ashley.wu@dulwich-beijing.cn who will connect you with your country rep. 

Participating countries/regions  for hamper lucky draw this year include: Austria, Belgium, Bolivia, Canada, China, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Switzerland, Taiwan, UK, USA. 
 
2) Go Green and Donate  Books and Toys!


Students from Interact and DCB Sustainability Club are determined to raise awareness on sustainability across campuses. They'll not only be collecting and selling second-hand toys and books but also sorting garbage on Founder's Day. Labelled trash bins will replace regular ones and be put around the field. Please support our students' initiative by donating used toys and books to your campus  receptions. Meanwhile, while you're enjoying drinks and delicacies at the food stalls, please be mindful to reuse your disposable cutleries and sort your own trash. 

3) Join our Flag Parade!


This year's Founder's Day will start straight with Flag Parade at 3:00pm. Come join the Flag Parade and celebrate the diversity of our community. Walk with your country's flag with pride! If you wish to participate  the Flag Parade, please report to the flag zone beside the Main Stage by 2:45pm sharp.   
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Friends of Dulwich Annual General Meeting and Executive Committee Election – June 1, 2017: ALL INVITED 

We would like to invite our parent community to Friends AGM that will take place on June 1st, 2017 at 9.00am  in the Legend Garden Campus. 

 

At this meeting, parents will receive the Friends' report on activities and finances for the whole 2016-17 academic year, since the previous AGM. 

 

It will be also the time to elect and announce positions on the Executive Committee for the next academic year.

 

The following positions are currently open for 2017/18:

 

Chair of Friends
Vice-Chair
Secretary
Coffee and Books Coordinator
Event Coordinator


If you are interested in any of the above positions, please contact Kasia Baran at kasia.baran@dulwich-beijing.cn for more information on the roles and responsibilities.

 

Nominations for election may be made by the nominee directly, or any DCB parent with the consent of the nominee. Individuals may nominate for more than one position but may only be appointed for one position. 

Where a position is uncontested, the nominated candidate will be automatically appointed and announced at the AGM. Where there is more than one nominee for a position,  parents may vote for the candidates at the AGM.

 

We would like to us this opportunity to thank our Friends Executive Committee for their incredible contribution this year and encourage more of our parents to get involved next year.  

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Columbia Business School Venture for All – Summer School hosted at DCB

Summer programme for Senior School students (aged between 14 and 18)  interested in learning about Entrepreneurship, Leadership, Innovation, and starting new ventures

Dates: June 26th  – July 2nd, 2017 
Times: 9:30 – 16:30

Application Requirements:

1) CBS application, essay questions and optional teacher's recommendation letter

2) Phone interview might be required for admission

For more information and application form please contact: iris.tian@dulwich- beijing.cn
 
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Please click below for information on our upcoming community events and an updated version of our 2017/18 calendar. 

 

Community Events - May calendar

 

2017-2018 DCB School Calendar 

 

 
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89 Capital Airport Rd, Shunyi District, Beijing, 101300

BEIJING RIVIERA CAMPUS
1 Xiang Jiang North Rd, Jing Shun Rd, Chaoyang District, Beijing, 100103

 

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Friday 5 May 2017

Friday 05 May 2017 Dulwich Newsletter 

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From Headmaster

Dear Parents, 

 

Service to others, a fundamental part of the Dulwich ethos, was in full evidence this week at the Corporate Social Responsibility Awards, organised by the British Chamber and American Chamber of Commerce. These awards recognize the most outstanding and long-lasting commitments to those less fortunate throughout China. I am delighted to report that the only student who gained an award was our own Tony Liang (Year 13) for his Project Nightingale, which was runner-up in the Integration category. Mr. Hawkins, Ms. Palmer, Tony's father and I were there to support him at this event at the Opposite House Hotel.

 

Project Nightingale has inspired musical collaborations with migrant schools over the last two years and Tony and his team are involved every Saturday morning. Tony told me that getting up to do this every week, 'Is hard and seems like a chore initially, but then makes you feel well set up for the weekend!' Tony was competing against huge corporations, such as banks, real estate agents and conglomerates. It was extraordinary for a school based student-led project to be honoured. Well done Tony and team for this project, which has already been handed on to others, to ensure a continuing legacy.

 

The photos below show Tony with his father, and also with the Chair of the British Chamber, Clare Pearson.

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Well done to Year 6, who enjoyed an excellent trip to Ji County. We thank Mr. Hennessy and his team for their hard work and Wild China for the programme of hiking, camping, fun and cultural knowledge. Ms. Grant and Mr. Hennessy devised a 'Plan B' in case of pollution, which I know parents appreciated. Fortunately, Thursday's sandstorm did not affect the trip.

 

On the subject of pollution, you will receive a message on Beijing school closure policy from Ms. Baran. I know some parents were wondering when and how a decision is made. Please read that note and do come back to us with any questions.

 

Finally, thank you to all our parents, drivers and ayis who always dutifully wear school lanyards around the neck (not in a pocket or handbag), where they are visible and easy to identify. This is very helpful and saves a lot of time for those ensuring the safety of the children. If ever you forget your lanyard, do not be surprised when asked to wear a visitor's badge.

 

Have a good weekend.

 

Kind regards,

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Simon Herbert

 

Headmaster

 
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FOUNDER'S DAY 2017

Second – hand Books and Toys Drive Next Week!

 

This Founder's Day, student teams - Interact, the SDG club, and the Service Prefects will be supporting the Dulwich community in a school-wide initiative to Go Green. The proposal revolves around two central themes: to reuse and to recycle.

 

To recycle, labelled bins will be situated around the area from 3:00pm-7:30pm, with student volunteers supervising the proper allocation of rubbish. The sorted waste will then be appropriately recycled by collaborating companies.

 

To reuse, Junior School will be setting up their annual second hand - book stand, and Senior School students will be supporting this with a toy drive, reselling beloved toys looking for a second home to those who are interested. Proceeds will be used to support further service projects within the school, and unsold toys will be donated to Roundabout. 

 

Going Green isn't just an initiative—it is a mindset, and in order to achieve this, we need to recognize our privilege and the responsibility that it entails. Our wishes are that what is put in place on Founder's Day will pave the way for further steps towards environmental sustainability.

 What to do:

 Bring your unwanted toys and books to one of  the Dulwich reception desks between May 5 – 25th. (They have to be in a good condition, ready for resell). 

*  Mark  your calendars for DCB 2017 Founder's Day - May 27th - a community event you cannot miss!

*  Bring  some cash on the day to give our toys and books a second chance and support DCB future sustainability projects!
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Please click here to see what to expect on the day:

 

Highlights of the Founder's Day traditions include:


* 30+ Family Friendly Activities run by DCB teachers and students
* International Food Festival featuring delicacies and cuisines from 16 countries and regions, all run by DCB parents!
* 6-hour long Music Programme on the Main Stage (hundreds of students involved)


New this year:


* 45-minutes Immortality Service by English Department
* Student led second-hand book and children's toy sales for Charity
* Staff vs Parents football game

* And more!


Use your May break to clean up your shelves from unwanted books and toys and bring them to DCB in the coming weeks to support Founder's Day charities. Find our how to get involved in your country's food stall or a flag parade. It is still not too late! Email Ashley.Wu@dulwich-beijing.cn for details. 

Friends of Dulwich Annual General Meeting and Executive Committee Election – June 1, 2017: ALL INVITED

 

We would like to invite our parent community to Friends AGM that will take place on June 1st, 2017 at 9.00am  in the Legend Garden Campus. 

 

At this meeting, parents will receive the Friends' report on activities and finances for the whole 2016-17 academic year, since the previous AGM. 

 

It will be also the time to elect and announce positions on the Executive Committee for the next academic year.

 

The following positions are currently open for 2017/18:

 

Chair of Friends
Vice-Chair
Secretary
Coffee and Books Coordinator
Event Coordinator


If you are interested in any of the above positions, please contact Kasia Baran at kasia.baran@dulwich-beijing.cn for more information on the roles and responsibilities.

 

Nominations for election may be made by the nominee directly, or any DCB parent with the consent of the nominee. Individuals may nominate for more than one position but may only be appointed for one position. 

Where a position is uncontested, the nominated candidate will be automatically appointed and announced at the AGM. Where there is more than one nominee for a position,  parents may vote for the candidates at the AGM.

 

We would like to us this opportunity to thank our Friends Executive Committee for their incredible contribution this year and encourage more of our parents to get involved next year.  

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Please click below for information on our upcoming community events and an updated version of our 2017/18 calendar. 

 

Community Events - May calendar

 

2017-2018 DCB School Calendar 

 

 
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89 Capital Airport Rd, Shunyi District, Beijing, 101300

BEIJING RIVIERA CAMPUS
1 Xiang Jiang North Rd, Jing Shun Rd, Chaoyang District, Beijing, 100103

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Friday 28 April 2017

Friday 28 April 2017 Dulwich Newsletter 

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From Headmaster

Dear Parents, 

 

On Thursday this week, the College Leadership Team spent the day discussing the College Development Plan for next year, along with key measurements and longer term planning. I would like to thank Mr. Barton, Ms. Grant, Mr. Hawkins, Mr. Mumford, and also Ms. Baran and Ms. Qin for their hard work on this. The aims are exciting and are grounded in the highest standards and expectations for your children and the College. The next stage is for the leadership teams of each section of the College to draft their own plans based on today's work. I look forward to sharing these with you in due course.

 

Last Saturday, children from the Little Tree Orphanage spent the morning at Dulwich College Beijing. We firmly believe that our links with the community are crucial and we are grateful to Chilli Yao, one of our Teaching Assistants here at DCB, for making us aware of this local orphanage. This visit by Little Tree is the first of many and allows the children and their carers some fun in a different environment. The children enjoyed football, art, snack time and racing around on the trikes. Many thanks to the Dulwich teachers who came to help.

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Educational links with Chinese schools were also strengthened this week, as we welcomed many teachers from Chinese rural schools to join us at DCB, for presentations and workshops. This is part of the China Development Foundation and we are grateful to Clare Pearson for her initiative and to Mr. McKee for the organisation at this end.

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Our Chinese department deserves the highest praise for the production of Mulan last Friday. From the costumes, the confident performances by native and non-native speakers, through to the collaboration of teachers, students, and parents, it was a stunning piece of work. Very well done to the directors Ms. Zhang and Ms. Pan, the student scriptwriters and to Ms. Jane Li and Caroline Li for the rehearsals during the Chinese Drama ECA.

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Our Junior School students excelled during the MADD (Music Art Drama and Dance) Festival at Dulwich College Seoul. Thank you to our accompanying teachers and of course to our friends at Seoul for hosting. It was, by all accounts, a very successful trip. Please see Ms. Grant's newsletter for full details.

 

As you know, we are always keen for our students to hear from distinguished speakers about resilience, determination and overcoming difficulties in life. It was therefore a true pleasure to invite Ms. Ellie Simmonds, British Paralympian swimmer supreme, to talk to our Junior School students. Ms. Simmonds was utterly engaging, showed her Paralympic Gold Medals, allowed children to wear them, and played a video of her free style world record breaking win in the last Paralympic Games. We were delighted by the visit and the mature and astute questions from these Year 3-6 students.  Thank you to Mr. Lydall for organising this.

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Finally, on the subject of medals, our sportsmen and women have made us proud again, with four out of six ISAC teams winning their basketball tournaments last weekend. An extraordinary haul - well done to the students and coaches.

 

I hope you have a good weekend and enjoy the holiday on Monday.

 

Kind regards,

 

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Simon Herbert

 

Headmaster

 
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Countdown to Founder's Day 2017 !

 

Founder's Day 2017 is fast approaching! As a celebration of who we are as a community and everything we value as a school, this biggest community event of the year highlights our diversity and includes performances and mini-events that showcase our four pillars of Dulwich education.

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Please click here to see what to expect on the day:

 

Highlights of the Founder's Day traditions include:


* 30+ Family Friendly Activities run by DCB teachers and students
* International Food Festival featuring delicacies and cuisines from 16 countries and regions, all run by DCB parents!
* 6-hour long Music Programme on the Main Stage (hundreds of students involved)


New this year:


* 45-minutes Immortality Service by English Department
* Student led second-hand book and children's toy sales for Charity
* Staff vs Parents football game

* And more!


Use your May break to clean up your shelves from unwanted books and toys and bring them to DCB in the coming weeks to support Founder's Day charities. Find our how to get involved in your country's food stall or a flag parade. It is still not too late! Email Ashley.Wu@dulwich-beijing.cn for details. 

Friends of Dulwich Annual General Meeting and Executive Committee Election – June 1, 2017: ALL INVITED

 

We would like to invite our parent community to Friends AGM that will take place on June 1st, 2017 at 9.00am  in the Legend Garden Campus. 

 

At this meeting, parents will receive the Friends' report on activities and finances for the whole 2016-17 academic year, since the previous AGM. 

 

It will be also the time to elect and announce positions on the Executive Committee for the next academic year.

 

The following positions are currently open for 2017/18:

 

Chair of Friends
Vice-Chair
Secretary
Coffee and Books Coordinator
Event Coordinator


If you are interested in any of the above positions, please contact Kasia Baran at kasia.baran@dulwich-beijing.cn for more information on the roles and responsibilities.

 

Nominations for election may be made by the nominee directly, or any DCB parent with the consent of the nominee. Individuals may nominate for more than one position but may only be appointed for one position. 

Where a position is uncontested, the nominated candidate will be automatically appointed and announced at the AGM. Where there is more than one nominee for a position,  parents may vote for the candidates at the AGM.

 

We would like to us this opportunity to thank our Friends Executive Committee for their incredible contribution this year and encourage more of our parents to get involved next year.  

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Friday 21 April 2017

Friday 21 April 2017 Dulwich Newsletter 

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From Headmaster

Dear Parents,

 

Sport takes pride of place this week at the beginning of this letter to you. Sport is one of our four pillars here at DCB, as you know, and I am delighted to have seen Early Years, Junior School and Senior School children engaging with such passion and commitment in a variety of sports. This is so good for their health and wellbeing and at this time of year, when exams are approaching for some, it is even more important to take a break and get some exercise.

 

Our youngest students enjoyed their Early Years Sports Day this week, which took place in glorious weather at the Riviera Campus. The range of sporting activities was impressive, with a good mix of competition and fun, thanks to Mr. Du and Mrs. Lydall.

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Our Junior School children participated in their swimming gala on Monday, which was a lively event. Our swimmers competed in classes and according to levels, which created the most competitive environment for all. Thank you to Coach Gao and Mrs. Lydall. 

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As promised from last week's letter, here is a follow-up to the ACAMIS article. Our U19 Boys' Football Team won the tournament convincingly and our U19 Girls' Football Team lost narrowly in the final on penalties! The matches were exciting, the student and parent supporters were enthralled and all visiting teams spoke highly of the quality of the play and their enjoyment. There was a real sense of community on the South Pitch throughout the tournament and our coaches Mr. Hurworth and Ms. Sadler deserve our praise. Many thanks also to Mr. Lydall and Mr. Boli Liu for organising the tournament. The determination of the Dulwich Beijing boys and girls was really quite remarkable and sets the bar high for next year. The boys also won the trophy for Sportsmanship, which is voted by the coaches from every team involved. For a host team to win this, it really is special, and exemplifies what Mr. Hurworth has been trying to achieve with this team – professionalism both on and off the pitch. The Dulwich values were in clear evidence. I noticed that the DCB girls gave a standing ovation to their opponents and eventual winners (DCS) in the Wodehouse Theatre, which was commendable as a gesture of respect.

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Last Sunday, a number of Dulwich 'fun runners' from all areas of the College, competed in a 8.5K or 3K run near Yosemite compound. It was an enjoyable community event and saw Michael Zhou from Year 8 come fifth in the Men's section, which is some achievement. The whole event gave me the idea that this is something that Dulwich can do, but better, next term! I wonder if our parents would join in, bring their children and link it to a good cause? Let me know what you think the next time you see me.

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Our musicians performed at a new venue last week - Legend Heights restaurant next to the West Dome. It was a beautiful evening of Chamber Music, with a buffet included during the musical interludes. Thank you very much to Ms. Chou for the organisation of this inaugural event.

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Our University Counselling Department has also been busy and we are delighted with the wonderful list of offers to our students this year. Mrs. Pankratz represented DCB as one of the panelists at the BritCham Education Forum on 'Trends in UK University Admissions' last Tuesday. The event was very well attended, with over sixty participants, including university reps, educational institutions and professionals from BritCham member companies.

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Finally, two of our diligent and supportive Board of Trustee members, Ben Cheng and Jie Wang (Chair), are stepping down this year, as their daughters come to the end of their Dulwich careers. We will say more of their significant contribution towards the end of the year, but at this point I simply thank them for their incredible service to the College and give notice that we will be seeking to find two new trustees. Letters on how to apply to become a trustee come out on Monday.

 

I hope you have a good weekend.

 

Kind regards,

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Simon Herbert

 

Headmaster

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REGISTER FOR THE NEW DCP CLUBFOOTBALL SKILLS LEAGUE!

 

DCP (Dulwich Community Programmes) is pleased to announce that, in cooperation with ClubFootball, we will run a new football skills league programme for Junior School students on Mondays from 24 April, 2017!

 

ClubFootball Skills Leagues are level 2 of ClubFootball's 3-level Football Development Programme and are open to boys and girls who already have basic skills and are ready to progress to a more match-oriented type of training programme. In the 120 minutes of training every Monday, students will receive a first half of technical training, and a second half of match play.

 

Day: Mondays
Time: 3.40-5.40pm
Dates: April 24, May 8, 15, 22, 29, June 5, 12, 19.
Years: Y3-Y6 students
Venue: Dulwich College Beijing, West Dome. 
 

For more information please refer to the DCP email  or contact ClubFootball directly: 

 

*  E-mail: coaching@clubfootball.com.cn

*  WeChat: WGQXJuniors

*  Website: www.clubfootball.com.cn

*  Tel: (8610) 5130-6893/4/5/6 

 
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Friday 14 April 2017

Friday 14 April 2017 Dulwich Newsletter 

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From Headmaster

Dear Parents,

 

I hope you all enjoyed a lovely Spring Break. This is such a beautiful time of year in Beijing, as the trees are in blossom and the weather warms up. Let's hope that the pollution stays away so that our students can take full advantage of playing outside during their breaks and after school.

 

One group of students delighted with the warmer weather is the U19 ACAMIS Varsity football squad. The tournament has started well, and as I write this, both boys' and girls' teams defeated WAB comfortably on Thursday. Our girls drew with Dulwich College Shanghai and the boys won 2-0. The tournament finishes on Saturday, so I shall be able to provide full details of results in next week's newsletter. What I can say is that DCB teams are looking strong and very well prepared, so well done to coaches Mr. Hurworth and Ms. Sadler. I am delighted that there was so much support today from younger students in the school – this really gave our teams a boost. I would also like to commend our tremendous parents who are supporting and hosting. We are so grateful to all those families who have willingly received guests. I can certainly vouch for the extra enjoyment that ensues, although we may need to do more food shopping tomorrow, with eight boys currently in the Herbert household!

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As you know, the teachers and support staff participated in a professional development day on Monday. I would like to praise the leadership teams in all three schools for such creative ideas. The carousel of activities in Early Years, visiting author in Junior School and coaching and observation focus in the Senior School were all well received. I joined the three schools throughout the day. Thank you in particular to all teachers who presented.

 

Parents also benefited from the expertise of two visitors this week. Julia Cook writes for younger readers and manages to incorporate serious themes into very readable texts. 'The Judgemental Flower', for example, deals with prejudice through the metaphor of differently coloured flowers. Ms. Grant would be happy to supply parents with further details if you would like to purchase any of Ms. Cook's work. Renowned educator Mr. Lance King visited DCB again and gave a powerful presentation on 'Resilience - Learning To Fail Well'. It is crucial that our students do not think that success comes easily and we hope that they will treat failure as part of the learning and improvement process. It was pleasing to see so many parents at these presentations. I am also grateful to Mr. Mumford, who gave several briefings to Early Years parents across different campuses and Key Stages, and to Ms. Grant and Mr. Nichol, who organised an Open Morning for prospective parents to gain insight into the Junior School's 'Creative Curriculum', which provides academic rigour through the promotion of topic links and innovative thinking.

 

It was a pleasure for Helen and me to host a drinks party for the academic leadership teams from the three schools at our home on Thursday. This provided a chance to say thank you to them for all their hard work and inspiration. We are very lucky to have such talented and dynamic people working so tirelessly for DCB.

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Finally, we enjoyed the annual pleasure of the Year 13 Leavers' Assembly on Wednesday this week. Well done to all performers, who showcased such a wealth of talent. We wish all our Year 13s the best for the examinations and look forward to the Graduation Dinner and Ceremony.

 

I hope you have a good weekend.

Kind regards,

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Simon Herbert

 

Headmaster

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REGISTER FOR THE NEW DCP CLUBFOOTBALL SKILLS LEAGUE!

 

DCP (Dulwich Community Programmes) is pleased to announce that, in cooperation with ClubFootball, we will run a new football skills league programme for Junior School students on Mondays from 24 April, 2017!

 

ClubFootball Skills Leagues are level 2 of ClubFootball's 3-level Football Development Programme and are open to boys and girls who already have basic skills and are ready to progress to a more match-oriented type of training programme. In the 120 minutes of training every Monday, students will receive a first half of technical training, and a second half of match play.

 

Day: Mondays
Time: 3.40-5.40pm
Dates: April 24, May 8, 15, 22, 29, June 5, 12, 19.
Years: Y3-Y6 students
Venue: Dulwich College Beijing, West Dome. 
 

For more information please refer to the DCP email  or contact ClubFootball directly: 

 

*  E-mail: coaching@clubfootball.com.cn

*  WeChat: WGQXJuniors

*  Tel: (8610) 5130-6893/4/5/6 

From Students in SDG Club: Paper Cups in DCB

 

Dear Dulwich Community,

 

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a collection of seventeen aspirational objectives created by the United Nations to ensure the wellbeing of all global citizens. The SDG club at Dulwich College Beijing has been striving to achieve as many of these goals as possible. At school, we are constantly trying to initiate small projects that can have big impacts.

                 

Number 13 on this agenda is climate action, which ties in to respect for the environment and reduction of waste. The daily use of disposable paper cups (which tend to be single use) produces a significant amount of waste on a daily basis, almost all of which is not recycled. In the 2015-2016 academic year, the DCB community used over 300,000 paper cups, the majority being used a single time.

                

As a whole school initiative, students will find that upon returning from spring break, there will no longer be any paper cups around campus. A one-week grace period will be given as a transition and as of Monday April 17th, 2017 please be advised that the DCB campus will not be providing paper cups at any of the water dispensers.

 

Students are strongly advised to start bringing reusable, named water bottles on a daily basis. This is so that paper waste isn't created every time we need a drink. This may be slightly inconvenient, but we are striving to improve our school environment. By reducing everyday waste here at school, DCB can take a small step in contributing to protecting our planet.

 

Thank you for your cooperation.

 

The SDG club

 
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Masters in Technology Parent Workshops:   Please Send Us Your Feedback!

 

Masters in Technology (MIT) is a student-led club consisting of 20 students from Years 11 - 13 that actively promotes the proficient use of technology within the school community. We are delighted to announce that they will be hosting a series of workshops aimed to assist parents in efficiently using various forms of technology with regards to areas of popular interest. 

 

If you are interested in attending, please register by filling out the online survey. (https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/8G5PRJ2). For more information, please email: mit@dulwich-beijing.cn

 

Date: Wednesday 19 April 2017

Time: 9:45am – 10:45am

Venue: Senior School Classrooms, Legend Garden Campus

 
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Friday 31 March 2017

Friday 31 March 2017 Dulwich Newsletter 
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From Headmaster

 

Dear Parents,

The arts scene has been sparkling again this week, from visual arts to musical performance and drama. I would like to commend Mr. Bangay, Mr. Stewart, Ms. Knowles and all the Year 13 artists for the superb IB Art Exhibition which takes pride of place in our main atrium. Please do come and see the fine pieces, which are the result of two years' development of ideas and concepts from our outstanding students. The themes are extraordinarily mature and the work of a very high quality. Well done to all!

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On Wednesday night our Year 10 drama students excelled themselves through their 'scripted performances'. These are original scripts chosen by the students. Each small group of students performed in front of peers, parents and staff. It was a thrilling evening and no theme was too dark or off limits for these courageous young actors. Mr. Randall and Ms. Davies also deserve our thanks for their dedication and expertise in crafting and refining each performance.

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I think you would agree that performing in front of others is a daunting prospect for many students. Failing along the way is inevitable and important, as is the ability to bounce back. This is why we at Dulwich place such value on resilience. I would like to draw your attention to a presentation for parents on 12th April from Mr. Lance King, internationally renowned author and educator. He has spoken at Dulwich before and was very well received. He will ask the question, 'How can parents support their children so that they too can see challenges as opportunity and setbacks as springboards to success?' I would recommend this presentation to you. Please see our Upcoming Events section for more details.

On Tuesday evening, we were treated to a musical extravaganza from the Saxophone Quartet, Big Band, Wind Ensemble and Symphony Orchestra. All our music teachers were involved, whether playing, conducting or compering. Ms. Bonner was particularly active and popped up everywhere. It is difficult to select highlights, as the musicianship was all of the highest quality and we heard such a wonderful range, from Stevie Wonder, James Brown and Game of Thrones theme, to Beethoven, Tchaikovsky and Rimsky-Korsakov. I think three soloists deserve special mention for their confident and expert performances: Jason Ryu on trombone in Gershwin's 'I Got Rhythm', William Chen on violin in Saint-Saën's 'Danse Macabre' and Jack Lim on drums in Prima's 'Sing Sing Sing' and Romberg's 'Softly, as in a Morning Sunrise'.

 
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It is affirming to be part of a network of schools, with supportive and like-minded colleagues. This week, on Friday, I shall be in Shanghai celebrating the opening of Dulwich College Shanghai Minhang. We wish our colleagues in Shanghai the greatest of success.

Finally, I would like to share some very good news. Last weekend, Julinna Wu went to Hong Kong for the Hong Kong Young Writers of the Year Award ceremony. Julinna was the only DCB child to be shortlisted for any of the coveted awards in the Fiction 1 (under 8 years old) category, which is an achievement in itself. However, not only was Julinna's entry, 'Murder in Old Shanghai', good enough to be shortlisted from hundreds of entries, it went one stage further and won! This is an absolutely outstanding achievement and we are all very proud of Julinna. Please see the Junior School newsletter for the full 'short' story.

I hope you and your families enjoy a wonderful Spring Break. Please remember that 10th April is a professional learning and development day for staff at DCB, so the students should return on the 11th, in their summer uniform.

Kind regards,

 

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Simon Herbert

Headmaster

 
 

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From Students in SDG Club: Paper Cups in DCB

Dear Dulwich Community,

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a collection of seventeen aspirational objectives created by the United Nations to ensure the wellbeing of all global citizens. The SDG club at Dulwich College Beijing has been striving to achieve as many of these goals as possible. At school, we are constantly trying to initiate small projects that can have big impacts.                

Number 13 on this agenda is climate action, which ties in to respect for the environment and reduction of waste. The daily use of disposable paper cups (which tend to be single use) produces a significant amount of waste on a daily basis, almost all of which is not recycled. In the 2015-2016 academic year, the DCB community used over 300,000 paper cups, the majority being used a single time.        

As a whole school initiative, students will find that upon returning from spring break, there will no longer be any paper cups around campus. A one-week grace period will be given as a transition and as of Monday April 17th, 2017 please be advised that the DCB campus will not be providing paper cups at any of the water dispensers.

Students are strongly advised to start bringing reusable, named water bottles on a daily basis. This is so that paper waste isn't created every time we need a drink. This may be slightly inconvenient, but we are striving to improve our school environment. By reducing everyday waste here at school, DCB can take a small step in contributing to protecting our planet.

Thank you for your cooperation.

The SDG club

 
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College magazine 2016/17 Winter issue

2017-2018 DCB School Calendar 

 
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Masters in Technology Parent Workshops:   Please Send Us Your Feedback!

Masters in Technology (MIT) is a student-led club consisting of 20 students from Years 11 - 13 that actively promotes the proficient use of technology within the school community. We are delighted to announce that they will be hosting a series of workshops aimed to assist parents in efficiently using various forms of technology with regards to areas of popular interest. 

If you are interested in attending, please register by filling out the online survey. (https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/8G5PRJ2). For more information, please email: mit@dulwich-beijing.cn

Date: Wednesday 19 April 2017

Time: 9:45am – 10:45am

Venue: Senior School Classrooms, Legend Garden Campus

 
 
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Friday 24 March 2017

 Friday 24 March 2017 Dulwich Newsletter 
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From Headmaster

 

Dear Parents,

The week started in a hugely positive way, with a visit from the Director of Cambridge Maths, Mrs. Lynne McClure. Lynne is a friend with whom I worked at my last school, who now has the role of developing a UK government funded Cambridge global Maths curriculum for the 21st century. Before arriving at DCB, Lynne met with her Chinese counterpart, who is responsible for the Maths curriculum throughout China. Lynne was determined to hear directly about the international award winning Maths project developed here. I therefore introduced her to Camille Brown (Head of Senior School Maths) and Chris Stanley (Senior School Deputy Head). My thanks to Camille and Chris for sharing ideas and linking in so successfully.

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On the subject of Maths, some of our Junior School students have excelled themselves. Four children from Year 6 attended the two day Maths FOBISIA competition in Kuala Lumpur, accompanied by Miss Haldane and Mr. Hennessy. The DCB team, composed of Victor Yin, Henry Zhang, Tess Hunter and Duncan Leung, came first out of 36 schools. Miss Haldane says, 'This was a fantastic team who worked collaboratively, drawing upon each other's skills.' Very well done to all!
 

We often mention to parents that our Dulwich students like to lead and take responsibility. I am pleased to say that this was the case again last weekend. The 'China Young Entrepreneurs Association' Startup Competition, organised by Ian Dong and Edward Schamp, with assistance from Tony Chan, Brandon Pang, Joe Sakakibara, and Jun Ha Youn, was a tremendous success. There were several schools present, including BWYA, BCIS, Keystone Academy, Beijing No. 80 High School and Beijing No. 2 High School. The competitors debated, presented, discussed and learned so much about business and entrepreneurship. The highlight, said Mr. Newman (Senior School Head of Economics and Business), were the links made with US universities MIT and Stanford, whose representatives gave feedback to students on their business pitches.

The arts scene has been thriving this week, with Mr. Heath's College-wide celebration of World Poetry Day on Tuesday, with all staff encouraged to read aloud or play the recording of Ted Hughes reading his poem, 'The Thought Fox'. On Wednesday and Thursday evenings, audiences enjoyed an adventurous and powerful piece of drama, 'The Red Shoes', performed solely by Key Stage 3 actors and actresses. The choreography, musical accompaniment and direction were first rate. All the actors and actresses performed with great maturity and made the hard-working director, Miss Davies, very proud.

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I hope you and your families enjoy a relaxing weekend.

Kind regards,

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Simon Herbert

Headmaster

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From Admissions Office: Re-enrollment

The re-enrollment period for the 2017-2018 academic year is taking place now! Parents please be reminded that you need to inform the school if your child(ren) are not returning to DCB in the 2017/2018 academic year by Friday 31 March. 

Your child will automatically be admitted to the College for the 2017-2018 school year unless we receive notification of withdrawal from the family indicating otherwise. Any changes in payment arrangement, passport information, visa status and/or bus service can to be emailed to DulwichReenrolment@dulwich-beijing.cn. If your child(ren) will not be attending DCB please complete the Withdrawal Form and email it to DulwichReenrolment@dulqich-beijing.cn or submit it to our Admissions Office. New sibling applications can be found on our website or in Admissions Office. Again, the deadline to reply is 31st March 2017. 

 
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Masters in Technology Parent Workshops:   Please Send Us Your Feedback!

Masters in Technology (MIT) is a student-led club consisting of 20 students from Years 11 - 13 that actively promotes the proficient use of technology within the school community. We are delighted to announce that they will be hosting a series of workshops aimed to assist parents in efficiently using various forms of technology with regards to areas of popular interest. 

If you are interested in attending, please register by filling out the online survey. (https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/8G5PRJ2). For more information, please email: mit@dulwich-beijing.cn

Date: Wednesday 19 April 2017

Time: 9:45am – 10:45am

Venue: Senior School Classrooms, Legend Garden Campus

 
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Friday 17 March 2017

Friday 17 March 2017 Dulwich Newsletter 
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From Headmaster

 

Dear Parents,

On Thursday we welcomed some important educational visitors to our Legend Garden Campus. Mr. Huang Kan, Vice Director of Beijing Municipal Education Commission, and Mr. Ren Jun, Deputy Director of the International Collaboration & Exchange Division within the Commission, came to discover more about Dulwich. They are responsible for the international schools within the Commission and it was an honour that they spoke so highly of DCB.

We offered our guests a tour, a presentation in the Boardroom and introduced them to some teachers and students, who were as impressive as ever!  Mr. Huang and Mr. Ren both commented on the values and ethos of the College and how our holistic and pastoral aims help the students succeed. They enjoyed hearing our plans and agreed to help us develop partnerships and collaborations with more schools in Beijing, including Chinese local schools and Chinese international schools. I would like to thank Becky Jing, Xiaoxiao Qin and Crystal Yang from our Government Relations team for organising the event so efficiently.

On the subject of collaboration with other schools, two events last weekend exemplify this and indicate how our students are already benefiting. Firstly, last Sunday, twelve DCB students, Ms. Chou and Mr. West joined forces with students and teachers from WAB, YCIS, ISB, Keystone and the Central Conservatory of Music Middle School to form the Beijing International Youth Symphony Orchestra. They rehearsed on Sunday 5th and 12th March, and performed a concert at 4pm on Sunday 12th March. Secondly, last weekend also saw the Association of Global Debating Spring Invitational tournament take place at DCB for the second time. This event drew in over 130 elite debaters from across China, all ready to pit their skills against each other. Courage, high level competition, rhetorical skills and teamwork were the order of the day. It was a thrilling time for our debaters, who enjoyed meeting their peers from schools such as Tsinghua International, Beijing No. 55, Beijing Linchuan Yuren, the High School Affiliated to Fudan University, Shanghai Third Girls' High School and Yinchuan First Middle School, to name a few. The Dulwich students made us proud, as can be seen in Mr.Hawkins' newsletter.

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Our Junior School students have been busy improving their culinary skills and nutritional knowledge through a visit from UK chef Darren Tinkler and his team. 'Putting The Fun Back Into Food', an event organised by our caterers, Chartwells, showed how to keep meals balanced, healthy and tasty.

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On other health matters, the testing of the new AQI system is ongoing and I am pleased to say that on Thursday, which was not a pleasant day outside, all machinery was functioning very well indeed inside the building and we enjoyed excellent filtration. We are keeping our eyes on this and I am sure you are checking the online rates within the College from time to time – please contact Mr. Barton or me if you have any questions.

Well done to all our Year 4 students for a delightful version of Shakespeare's 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' on Thursday evening. The children regaled us with their humorous take on this charming woodland play full of spells, fairies and misunderstandings. We thank Mr. Corben and his team of Year 4 teachers for working so hard with the students and producing such a fun performance.

Have a good weekend and a happy St. Patrick's Day if you are reading this on Friday. I am reliably informed that the Gaelic message would be "Lá fhéile Pádraig sona dhaoibh!"

I look forward to seeing you at the Headmaster's Forum on Tuesday 21 March 2017 at 9am in Edward Alleyn Theatre. Please RSVP to Nina.Zhou@dulwich-beijing.cn by Monday 20 March.

Kind regards,

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Simon Herbert

Headmaster

 
 

Notifications

 

From Admissions Office: Re-enrollment

The re-enrollment period for the 2017-2018 academic year is taking place now! Parents please be reminded that you need to inform the school if your child(ren) are not returning to DCB in the 2017/2018 academic year by Friday 31 March. 

Your child will automatically be admitted to the College for the 2017-2018 school year unless we receive notification of withdrawal from the family indicating otherwise. Any changes in payment arrangement, passport information, visa status and/or bus service can to be emailed to DulwichReenrolment@dulwich-beijing.cn. If your child(ren) will not be attending DCB please complete the Withdrawal Form and email it to DulwichReenrolment@dulqich-beijing.cn or submit it to our Admissions Office. New sibling applications can be found on our website or in Admissions Office. Again, the deadline to reply is 31st March 2017.

 
 

Dulwich Science and Art Photography Competition

Student, staff and alumni from all the Dulwich College International schools participated in the third annual Science and Art Photography Competition. The competition challenged entrants to represent science through art in the context of the following categories: Active Animals Living Plants Man and the Environment Science in Action New Beginnings.Please see winning photos from DCB below. Congratulations to all winners!

Visit www.dulwichphotos.com for a full photo gallery. 

 
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Please click below for information on our upcoming community events and an updated version of our 2017/18 calendar. 

Community Events - March calendar

College magazine 2016/17 Winter issue

2017-2018 DCB School Calendar 

 

 

Key Stage 3 Drama Production: The Red Shoes

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Date: 22 & 23 March 2017

Time: 7:00pm

Venue: Wodehouse Theatre

In order to give our Key Stage 3 students the limelight to show just how creative, disciplined and mature actors they are, we decided not only have KS3 actors, but KS3 dancers, lighting technicians, sound technicians, set designers, set creators, back stage crew and a 5 piece band! Kneehigh's version of the Red Shoes is based on a poem by Anna Maria Murphy, and the lilting of the words echos the dancing nature of the story throughout. The themes of the play are dark and the ensemble style of the piece requires.

Wear Red Shoes and Win a Prize! To add even more fun to the night, we have some special prizes prepared for all who put some extra effort to their evening attire and wear red shoes to the show!

 
 
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Masters in Technology Parent Workshops:   Please Send Us Your Feedback!

Masters in Technology (MIT) is a student-led club consisting of 20 students from Years 11 - 13 that actively promotes the proficient use of technology within the school community. We are delighted to announce that they will be hosting a series of workshops aimed to assist parents in efficiently using various forms of technology with regards to areas of popular interest. 

If you are interested in attending, please register by filling out the online survey. (https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/8G5PRJ2). For more information, please email: mit@dulwich-beijing.cn

Date: Wednesday 19 April 2017

Time: 9:45am – 10:45am

Venue: Senior School Classrooms, Legend Garden Campus

 
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Friday 10 March 2017

Friday 10 March 2017 Dulwich Newsletter
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From Headmaster

 
 

Dear Parents,

I thoroughly enjoyed my weekly visit to Little Riviera and Riviera Main Campus on Thursday. The children were lively, engaged and a delight to be with as usual. The learning was exciting and fast paced; I especially noticed how the work of our Teaching Assistants is invaluable in providing language enrichment in the classrooms.  

At our Legend Garden Campus, our Year 13s were treated to some brilliant tuition from their teachers during the 'English Retreat' last Saturday. Mr. Heath and his team of Year 13 teachers all gave insightful lessons on the literature studied in the IB course. From Gabriel García Márquez, Tennessee Williams and Arthur Miller, to George Orwell, Marjane Satrapi and more, each class focused on exam guidance and deep diving into the literature. The students were receptive, collaborative and very grateful to their teachers. Well done to all.

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Today I have been at the FOBISIA Heads' Business Meeting. Fortunately, I did not have to travel far, as the meeting took place in Beijing this year. We discussed sporting competitions, major events and how to deal with critical incidents. In the meantime, also on Friday, the Senior School held an Open Morning. I am grateful to the senior school leadership for organising this and to the teachers for being willing to welcome so many visiting parents. Dulwich College Beijing is certainly proving to be a popular place to visit. 

Last week saw the majority of work on the fresh air units completed and, as you will see from the monitored results via the website ( https://qlear.build/201670?local=en ), the PM2.5 levels are well under the guidelines desired by the World Health Organisation. We are currently in a full testing phase, not just at the Legend Garden Campus but also at Riviera Main Campus and Little Riviera. Please rest assured that we shall check that our systems function perfectly whilst also ensuring that we are environmentally aware and energy efficient. 
 

Have a good weekend. Enjoy the warmer weather.

Kind regards,

 
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Simon Herbert

Headmaster

 
  
 

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Individual Photos for New Students and All Toddlers Next Week

Individual photographs for all new students who joined us after October 2016 and individual and class photos for our Toddlers classes will be taken next week. 

Please see the schedule below and refer to our email for more details:

Date:   Thursday, 16th March 

Time: 8.30am - 3.00pm 

Venue: Legend Garden Campus

Date: Friday, 17th March

Time: 9.00am -10.20am

Venue: Little Riviera 

Time: 10.30am-12.00pm

Venue: Riviera Main Campus 

 
 

From Admissions Office: Re-enrollment

The re-enrollment period for the 2017-2018 academic year is taking place now! Parents please be reminded that you need to inform the school if your child(ren) are not returning to DCB in the 2017/2018 academic year by Friday 31 March. 

Your child will automatically be admitted to the College for the 2017-2018 school year unless we receive notification of withdrawal from the family indicating otherwise. Any changes in payment arrangement, passport information, visa status and/or bus service can to be emailed to DulwichReenrolment@dulwich-beijing.cn. If your child(ren) will not be attending DCB please complete the Withdrawal Form and email it to DulwichReenrolment@dulwich-beijing.cn or submit it to our Admissions Office. New sibling applications can be found on our website or in Admissions Office. Again, the deadline to reply is 31st March 2017.

 
 

Dulwich Science and Art Photography Competition

Student, staff and alumni from all the Dulwich College International schools participated in the third annual Science and Art Photography Competition. The competition challenged entrants to represent science through art in the context of the following categories: Active Animals Living Plants Man and the Environment Science in Action New Beginnings.Please see winning photos from DCB below. Congratulations to all winners!

Visit www.dulwichphotos.com for a full photo gallery. 

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Please click below for information on our upcoming community events and an updated version of our 2017/18 calendar. 

Community Events - March calendar

College magazine 2016/17 Winter issue

2017-2018 DCB School Calendar 

 

Key Stage 3 Drama Production: The Red Shoes

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Date: 22 & 23 March 2017

Time: 7:00pm

Venue: Wodehouse Theatre

In order to give our Key Stage 3 students the limelight to show just how creative, disciplined and mature actors they are, we decided not only have KS3 actors, but KS3 dancers, lighting technicians, sound technicians, set designers, set creators, back stage crew and a 5 piece band! Kneehigh's version of the Red Shoes is based on a poem by Anna Maria Murphy, and the lilting of the words echos the dancing nature of the story throughout. The themes of the play are dark and the ensemble style of the piece requires.

 
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Masters in Technology Parent Workshops:   Please Send Us Your Feedback!

Masters in Technology (MIT) is a student-led club consisting of 20 students from Years 11 - 13 that actively promotes the proficient use of technology within the school community. We are delighted to announce that they will be hosting a series of workshops aimed to assist parents in efficiently using various forms of technology with regards to areas of popular interest. 

If you are interested in attending, please register by filling out the online survey. (https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/8G5PRJ2). For more information, please email: mit@dulwich-beijing.cn

Date: Wednesday 19 April 2017

Time: 9:45am – 10:45am

Venue: Senior School Classrooms, Legend Garden Campus

 
 
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Friday 03 March 2017 Dulwich Newsletter 
 
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From Headmaster

 

Dear Parents,

This week it was the turn of our Junior School to hold an Open Morning. Thank you to Ms. Grant, Mr. Nichol and all our Junior School teachers for opening their classrooms to our visitors. Feedback was very positive and the visiting parents went away with a clear view of our ethos, values and curriculum. 

Our Wodehouse Theatre has been a hive of activity. Last weekend saw the entertaining ISTA Drama Festival, in which sixteen of our students collaborated with peers from other schools and performed some beautifully choreographed and moving pieces. On Thursday evening the stage was lit again, this time for a charity fashion show, organised by Year 12 students Akriti Purohit and Brendan Fosh. The students put on a great show and were supported by enthusiastic staff, all wearing eye catching outfits. Most importantly, money was raised for a worthy cause: Educating Girls in Rural China. We were honoured to welcome the directors of this charity for the evening. Well done to Akriti and Brendan for taking the lead on this.
 
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In the Senior School, four Chemistry students have reached the final of the Royal Society of Chemistry Competition, beating 600 teams across China. We wish Emily Li, Shenyi Cui, Soomin Hwang and Andrew Park the best of luck on the 25th and 26th March. Well done to the students and their teachers.

Thank you to those parents who completed the recent survey from the Dulwich International Group. Your time is appreciated and you will receive full and unadulterated feedback. As a parent myself, I expect to receive feedback when I have spent time giving my views, so the survey results will be communicated to you in full very soon. Teachers and students (from Years 5 to 13) also completed the survey, so we shall consider all the feedback carefully and make adjustments to our practice and service where necessary. Our aim is to offer the very best in international education, and constructive criticism is always welcome. Of course, a snapshot survey can only go so far and we hope that you will not wait for a survey to express your concern or indeed satisfaction with regard to your child's education.

For the weekly update on air quality, the message from Mr Barton, our Director of Business Administration, is that work has progressed through evenings and weekends and will be finished soon. There are still some heating and cooling units to complete that will help us regulate temperatures. Testing will take place to ensure full confidence in the system. Riviera Main Campus and Little Riviera will also receive attention, although we are pleased to see that they are already performing highly with regard to pollution proofing.  

 

Have a good weekend.

Kind regards,

 
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Simon Herbert

Headmaster

 
 

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Please click below for information on our upcoming community events and an updated version of our 2017/18 calendar. 

Community Events - March calendar

College magazine 2016/17 Winter issue

2017-2018 DCB School Calendar 

 

Key Stage 3 Drama Production: The Red Shoes

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Date: 22 & 23 March 2017

Time: 7:00pm

Venue: Wodehouse Theatre

In order to give our Key Stage 3 students the limelight to show just how creative, disciplined and mature actors they are, we decided not only have KS3 actors, but KS3 dancers, lighting technicians, sound technicians, set designers, set creators, back stage crew and a 5 piece band! Kneehigh's version of the Red Shoes is based on a poem by Anna Maria Murphy, and the lilting of the words echos the dancing nature of the story throughout. The themes of the play are dark and the ensemble style of the piece requires

 

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Masters in Technology Parent Workshops:   Please Send Us Your Feedback!

Masters in Technology (MIT) is a student-led club consisting of 20 students from Years 11 - 13 that actively promotes the proficient use of technology within the school community. We are delighted to announce that they will be hosting a series of workshops aimed to assist parents in efficiently using various forms of technology with regards to areas of popular interest. 

If you are interested in attending, please register by filling out the online survey. (https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/8G5PRJ2). For more information, please email: mit@dulwich-beijing.cn

Date: Wednesday 19 April 2017

Time: 9:45am – 10:45am

Venue: Senior School Classrooms, Legend Garden Campus

 
 
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Friday 24 February 2017 Dulwich Newsletter 

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From Headmaster

Dear Parents,

 

I am delighted to report that the International Schools Choral Music Society concerts at DCB and at the Forbidden City Concert Hall were a huge success. The students from DCB and nineteen other international schools worked tirelessly and happily as they collaborated and expressed their creativity during the two and a half days of rehearsals. The Big Band Concert on Friday night saw Mike Vax, acclaimed US jazz trumpeting legend, drive the students to extraordinary musical heights, with hits ranging from Gershwin's 'I Got Rhythm' to Procol Harum's 'Whiter Shade of Pale'. Saturday evening's concert, which showpieced the choir, big band and orchestra, provided treat after treat for the audience. These included pieces by Brahms, Vaughan Williams, Rutter and Berlioz, and even the world première of double Grammy Award winning composer Christopher Tin's, 'A Bird Came Down the Walk'.

 

All the students relished the opportunity to rehearse at DCB with talented and dedicated practitioners, and we thank Martin Adams, Mike Vax, Bob Hasty and Richard Gill for giving so generously of their time to inspire a new generation of musicians. To achieve such a high level of performance in front of an audience of hundreds, after such a short time practising together, was wonderful and we must thank all the music teachers and guest practitioners for their dedication. In addition, I would like to reiterate my thanks to our marketing and communications department and also to our Director of Performing Arts, Mr. Paul West, and his team for their conscientious and meticulous preparations.

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Tuesday 21st February was a special day in Early Years as they celebrated a hundred days of being in school. All the classes celebrated '100 Day' from Reception to Year Two at the Riviera Main Campus, and Nursery and Toddlers at the Little Riviera Campus. These campuses were chosen as purpose built Early Years sites, offering the best facilities for such a child-centered day. As Mr. Mumford said, 'It was fantastic to see the imagination, thought and effort that had gone into the day from the teaching staff. The result was a wonderful coming together of excited and very engaged children across Early Years doing what they love to do best… learning through play.' The photos below show the construction of the Chinese symbol for 100, made from 3D pyramids.

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I am currently in Suzhou at the Heads' Steering Group Meeting. This has been a useful opportunity to discuss exciting projects across the Dulwich International Schools. We have also focused on the use of IT in our classrooms and how technology can allow our students to be innovative and express their creativity. I look forward to reporting back to the leadership teams at DCB.

 

The new air quality ducting looks to be having a very positive effect. Last Sunday was a busy day for finalizing the ducting in several areas and the benefits of this should be obvious when results are analysed. Mr. Barton is working closely with the contractors to ensure the highest of standards and we shall provide an update on progress for you next week.

Have a good weekend.

 

Kind regards,

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Simon Herbert

 

Headmaster

 

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Please click below for information on our upcoming community events and 2017/18 calendar. 

 

Community Events - February calendar

 

College magazine 2016/17 Winter issue

 

IB Students Present First Charity Fashion Show

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On Thursday 2 March, DCB will host its first ever charity fashion show in the Wodehouse Theatre! The show will feature both student and teacher models, and has been organised entirely by IB students. All proceeds from the event will go towards the Canadian charity Educating Girls of Rural China (EGRC), which helps fund teenage girls' high school and college educations in Gansu province. Get ready to witness a truly spectacular event and take part in a most worthy cause!

For ticketing information, please contact Maggie.Jiang@dulwich-beijing.cn

Key Stage 3 Drama Production: The Red Shoes

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Date: 22 & 23 March 2017

Time: 7:00pm

Venue: Wodehouse Theatre

 

In order to give our Key Stage 3 students the limelight to show just how creative, disciplined and mature actors they are, we decided not only have KS3 actors, but KS3 dancers, lighting technicians, sound technicians, set designers, set creators, back stage crew and a 5 piece band! Kneehigh's version of the Red Shoes is based on a poem by Anna Maria Murphy, and the lilting of the words echos the dancing nature of the story throughout. The themes of the play are dark and the ensemble style of the piece requires

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Friday 17 February 2017 Dulwich Newsletter 

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From Headmaster

Dear Parents,

Last weekend saw the excellent Dulwich International Model United Nations (DIMUN) event take place for the seventh year at Dulwich College Beijing. There are several reasons why this is one of our favourite events of the year at DCB. First, it is student led, in all aspects of its organisation and logistics; second, it involves cooperation with many other international schools; and third, it encourages risk-taking, public speaking and active listening to others. This year there were twelve international schools present, including representation from Manila, Seoul, Shanghai and Tianjin, and over 200 students. The theme was 'Migration' which was certainly apt and provoked interesting speeches throughout the weekend. I cannot speak highly enough of the work put into this from our students, in particular Yi Wen Lee, Jenny Kim and Jackel Cheung, who have all received official commendations.  

This week is just as active, with the preparations and rehearsals in place for the International Schools Choral Music Society concerts, which are due to take place at DCB this evening and at the Forbidden City Concert Hall on Saturday. The photo below shows a rehearsal conducted by double Grammy Award winning composer Christopher Tin. There is a real buzz around the College as we welcome our guests from many other schools and engage in so much collaboration and creativity. I wish Mr. West, his team and all participants the very best for Friday and Saturday and I look forward to reporting on this next week. 

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Also this week we have enjoyed visits from several members of the Dulwich College International Group. Mr. Brian McDouall, our Director of Schools, informed me that this may be his last visit to Beijing. Although we are of course aware that Mr. McDouall is retiring this year, it was still a shock to think that the DCB founding Headmaster, whom many of you know so well, will not return. Many of our teachers and administrators, who were privileged to serve under his leadership, have said some teary farewells, and also gathered for a re-union photograph taken with Brian.

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Last night, Helen and I represented DCB at the Diplomats' Awards Dinner organised by the Global Times. We collected a prize in the category 'Best International School in Beijing'. On the same evening, our Director of Business Administration Mr. Shaun Barton, and his wife Sylvia, headed to the British Embassy to attend an event commemorating the 45th anniversary of UK-China links. Three of our music students (Alex Jiang on violin, Nina Toh on flute and Amanda Ding on piano) provided the classical entertainment during the evening and were accompanied by Mr. Balcombe (not musically!).

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Our CEO, Mr. Guertler, along with our former and current Bursars Mr. Allan and Mr. Barton joined me in meeting with four parents from our air quality task force on Thursday. We discussed the progress made across all areas of the campus. We are delighted by the current results and we are not complacent. We are determined that all work still to be completed will achieve the best possible results. Mr. Guertler reinforced the DCI message that student wellbeing is placed at the forefront of all decision making. The ducting at Legend Garden will be completed by 2nd March, as will the upgrade to both Riviera main Campus and Little Riviera. There is ongoing work to perfect airlocks and ensure that heating and cooling units are functioning at their best. We are not forgetting CO2 and there will be a full audit of levels throughout the College shortly after all ducting is complete.

 

On another point of information for parents: you will have received a link to a survey. We sincerely hope that you will take a few minutes to complete this. The same satisfaction survey is going to parents of all Dulwich International Schools. We welcome your feedback and will be responding to this in due course.

 

I look forward to seeing many of you at the Forbidden City Concert Hall tomorrow evening for ISCMS. Let the music begin… 

Have a good weekend.

 

Kind regards,

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Simon Herbert

 

Headmaster

 

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Please click below for information on our upcoming community events and 2017/18 calendar. 

 

Community Events - February calendar

 

The year-at-glance school calendar 2017-2018

 

College magazine 2016/17 Winter issue

 

IB Students Present First Charity Fashion Show

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On Thursday 2 March, DCB will host its first ever charity fashion show in the Wodehouse Theatre! The show will feature both student and teacher models, and has been organised entirely by IB students. All proceeds from the event will go towards the Canadian charity Educating Girls of Rural China (EGRC), which helps fund teenage girls' high school and college educations in Gansu province. Get ready to witness a truly spectacular event and take part in a most worthy cause!

For ticketing information, please contact Maggie.Jiang@dulwich-beijing.cn

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10 February 2017

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Due to technical changes to our system, this week's newsletter does not contain separate tabs. As such, please scroll down to see the latest news from Senior School, Junior School, and Early Years. We apologise for the inconvenience.

From the Headmaster

Dear Parents,

I hope that you enjoyed the Chinese New Year break, wherever you were. Xin nian kuaile! All is well in the College and the students have arrived back looking well refreshed and ready to throw themselves into work, ECAs and all aspects of DCB life.

To start this week's newsletter, I am happy to announce that an important Junior School leader celebrated a special birthday this week! We shall not reveal a lady's age but will simply say that Ms. Grant enjoyed many treats on Wednesday, including a whole school rendition of "Happy Birthday" from the Junior School students, and bouquets of flowers on the steps of the main entrance. It is impossible to sum up just how much Ms. Grant has given to the Junior School and the warmth of the community on her big day was a delight to see. The paparazzi were present, as can be seen below:

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On another positive note, I am delighted to let you know that Dulwich College Beijing was awarded British International School of the Year for Teaching Initiative. We were informed during the holiday that our Blended Maths project, initiated by Mr. Stanley and now led by Ms. Brown, gained first place among all the global nominations. Well done to the team and a clear affirmation that at Dulwich, teachers and students can take risks, trial new ideas and show creativity. Here is a picture of the team collecting the award in London.

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Another member of staff who recently displayed some obvious Dulwich values is Mr. Hogarth. I discovered that during the holiday he ran the Las Palmas Marathon in Gran Canaria and completed the 26.2 miles (42.2 kilometres) in a personal best of 2 hours 59 minutes, finishing the race in 37th place! That is seriously fast and we are surprised he is still smiling in the photo below which was taken in the middle of the race. Well done Mr. Hogarth and good luck in the Great Wall Marathon in May.

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Our air quality measures are advancing steadily and results continue to be very pleasing. We have a task force meeting with parents next week and will provide updates on the ongoing ducting work.

 

Also next week, as I hope you know, we have the special International Schools Choral Music Society (ISCMS) concerts, which we have the privilege to be hosting this year. Friday night's concert will take place at DCB and on Saturday we shall be at the magnificent Forbidden City Concert Hall. If you enjoy statistics, here are a few which might convince you to attend:

361: The number of performers on the Forbidden City Stage at the 2017 Gala Concert

52: The number of participants from Dulwich College Beijing

20: The number of schools participating in ISCMS 2017

1204: The number of bottles of water performers will be provided with on Concert Day

21: The number of hours the performers will spend rehearsing in the 3 days leading up to the Gala Concert

107: The number of players in the ISCMS Symphony Orchestra 2017

235: The number of singers in the ISCMS Gala Chorus

1400: The number of audience seats in the Forbidden City Concert Hall

2: The number of Grammy Awards won by this year's commissioned composer, Christopher Tin

2: The number of World Premières being performed at the 2017 Gala Concert

308: The number of strings attached to the Violins, Violas, Cellos and Double Basses on stage this year

88: The number of music stands required at the 2017 Gala Concert

2088 (and counting!): The number of emails Paul West has sent about the 2017 Gala Concert

Tickets are selling fast but if any parents are still hoping to be there for this exceptional event, please book your tickets online at https://yoopay.cn/event/ISCMSXGala2017VIP?mode=DY 

Have a good weekend.

Kind regards,

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Simon Herbert

Headmaster

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Please click below for information on our upcoming community events and 2017/18 calendar. 

Community Events - February calendar

The year-at-glance school calendar 2017-2018

College magazine 2016/17 Winter issue

ISCMS Gala Concert Tickets at Forbidden City on Sale Now!

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Date: Saturday, 18 Feb. 2017

Time: 7:00pm

Location: Beijing Forbidden City Concert Hall

Tickets are now officially on sale for the International Schools Music Choral Society (ISCMS) Gala Concert taking place at the spectacular Forbidden City Concert Hall on Saturday 18 February! The tenth anniversary festival, hosted by DCB, will feature three days of intense music making for over 300 students from international schools around Asia, all culminating with a remarkable concert at the renowned venue.

This year, the ISCMS Orchestra will be conducted by Robert Hasty – a celebrated conductor from Chicago. The ISCMS Chorus will be conducted by Richard Gill, one of Australia's most important choir directors, and the ISCMS Big Band will be led by exuberant, world-renowned trumpeter Mike Vax. Two-time Grammy Award Winning Composer Christopher Tin has written a piece especially for the Festival – and will be working with the Choir and Orchestra in the World Premiere at the Gala Concert.

Get your tickets now before they sell out – this is student music making of a professional standard, and a fantastic programme for all to enjoy!

You can buy the ticket through Yoopay link: https://yoopay.cn/event/ISCMSXGala2017VIP?mode=DY or scanning below QR code.

Early Years

Early Years Newsletter Spring Term number 3

Reminders

It's still cold! Please make sure your child has a hat, gloves, thick coat and suitable shoes for the cold weather.

Dear Parents,

A warm welcome back after the Chinese New Year holiday. Happy New Year in the Year of the Rooster!
 

Assemblies

This week's assemblies were presented by our newest teacher recruit to Early Years, Heather Wright. Her assemblies on both campuses were fantastic and the children loved them. The theme was 'love reading and love your library'. She introduced us to her 'Librarian Hat', a clever hat made out of a book, and then asked the children what a Librarian did. There were some interesting answers. The teachers were then asked why they loved reading, which acted as a great incentive to the children as they could see how enthusiastic teachers are about books. Later, the children were asked to guess the names of book characters. They were very good!

Finally, Heather asked them what books they'd like most to add to the Library collection.

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This week's learning focus is how we use our Maths areas. This week, we feature Maths areas at the  Riviera Campus

Teachers at Dulwich are highly skilled in delivering a rich and engaging maths curriculum to our children.  
Each classroom has a designated Maths Area. Children will use the Maths Area in a variety of ways. The Maths Learning Wall supports independent learning and enquiry. Rich, child-initiated displays provide a useful guide for pupils and act as a memory aid for embedding learning. The Maths area provides opportunities for children to investigate higher level Maths challenges and communicate their understanding through Maths pictures, written explanations and discussion of their work.

The Maths curriculum is delivered in a range of ways.  Pupils receive direct teaching on key mathematical skills.  In addition, they also participate in carefully planned Maths Flow activities to embed learning and develop higher level thinking.  

In one photo you can see children learning through sand play. The children estimated the number of spoons of sand it would take to fill the tube and carefully checked their estimation by counting the spoons aloud. They discussed how accurate their estimation was.

In another photo we can see a child using her knowledge of number and place value to reassemble a 100 square.  The child was encouraged to explain her problem solving decisions to an adult, demonstrating her understanding of number.

To find out more about Maths in Dulwich Early Years, please come to our Maths workshop on the 28th February. Details to follow.

In the photos here children are using the Maths Area to make shapes. This little boy made a diamond shape with scissors ! The children in the other photo were counting numbers collaboratively and actively, using number pads and making full use of the space in class.

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Art Gallery

This week, Mr Dong's Artists are creating Chinese opera masks together. The opera masks are on display in Riviera Main Campus and will soon be seen in Legend Garden Campus.

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TOP TEACHER TIPS

For your child's well-being,  manage the amount of screen time your child has with electronic devices. Too much time will not help them properly relax, sleep and rest their brain !

Have a great weekend,

 

David Mumford

Head of Early Years

david.mumford@dulwich-beijing.cn

JUNIOR SCHOOL

Welcome Back

I hope that you all enjoyed the festivities of Chinese New Year and had a happy, healthy and peaceful break. Happy Year of the Rooster.

Junior School Value

This week the Junior School value changed to Courage. The children have asked themselves, "If you are forced to do something brave, is that courageous?"

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This Week

Welcome

Junior School would like to welcome Alicia Sirles who joined us this week as the fourth teacher in the EAL department. Alicia comes from Texas USA, where she has been teaching EAL before venturing on her first overseas post to DCB. Ms Sirles will be working with Year 5 and Year 6 students for the remainder of the year.

PE Change Of Sport

All Junior School children changed sports in their Games lessons this week. They started to learn the skills and techniques of basketball and in their PE lessons the children will either  learn swimming or table tennis. Please ensure that your child has the correct kit on both PE and Games days. I would also like to remind you that children should provide a doctor's note if they are missing PE or Games lessons.

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Year 3 Super Start - Our World Rocks

To begin our new topic, Year 3 dressed up as Cave people for the day. They spent their English lesson listening to Caveman Steve being interviewed – he is a most intriguing character who has a strong appetite for hunting as well as eating all kinds of wild animals. Our goal is to be able to learn about the life of cave people so we can write a diary entry...

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Year 4 Electrifying Inventions

Year 4 are excited to announce that they have started their new topic 'Electrifying Inventions'. They began their topic by exploring a range of weird and wonderful inventions ranging from chopsticks with fans to slippers with headlights. After that, they discussed each one to decide whether it was positive, negative or interesting. During our topic, everyone will have the opportunity to create their own inventions and we are full of ideas!

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Year 5 'Blast Off' Stunning Start

Year 5 enjoyed a day full of activity for their 'Blast Off' Stunning Start on Tuesday. The children worked collaboratively on three art projects: drawing a mural, making papier mache planets and creating a display of the planets. In the kitchen the students were busy making space rock cakes. This involved following a recipe and decorating using a space theme. In the following weeks they will learn more about the orbit of the Earth, countries that competed to race to the Moon and work on a group project about the planets. If there are any parents who work in related fields and would be willing to present to the children, please contact the Year 5 team.

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NEXT WEEK

ECAs

I would like to remind you that ECAs will start next week on Tuesday 14th and Wednesday 15th  February and will run for 7 weeks until the last week of term. You should have received a list of activities on offer by email and instructions on how to sign up online to choose the ECAs. All children should have chosen their activities and if they have not yet done so they need to let their class teachers know.

 

ISCMS 

From Wednesday 15th  to Saturday 18th  February, DCB is hosting the 10th ISCMS Festival. Over 300 students (50 from DCB) from 20 different international schools will be rehearsing hard for the Gala Concert which will be held on the Saturday evening. This is an excellent opportunity for students to hear amazing music in a live setting and it would be great to see Junior School students coming along to be inspired in their own future music making. 

The final concert, on Saturday 18th February, will be held at the Forbidden City Concert Hall. The music includes a world premiere of a work by Christopher Tin (who wrote Baba Yetu and has two Grammy awards for his music used in the game Civilisation IV: Calling All Dawns). There will also be orchestral music such as Brahms' Academic Festival Overture and Berlioz's Hungarian March, and two huge works for choir and orchestra - Vaughan Williams' Serenade to Music and Rutter's Gloria. You can register for tickets on YooPay at https://yoopay.cn/event/ISCMSXGala2017VIP 

Please come along and support the DCB Music Department and all the musicians at this wonderful event. If you have any questions please contact me at nina.haynes@dulwich-beijing.cn 

 

Inter-House Verse Speaking Competition

All children will need to choose a poem this weekend or early next week so that they will have time to learn it in order to perform the poem from memory in their classes during the week beginning 20th February. A winner from each class will be chosen to go into the Year Group Final. The year group winners will then be congratulated in the Newsletter and will perform in our Book Week assembly.

 

Year 3 Charity Day

On Friday the 17th February Year 3 will hold their Charity event to raise money for the Jing Cai migrant school.   For this event all Junior School children are invited to wear Pyjamas to school. They will also need up to 30 RMB as a donation. This will include 10 RMB to wear pyjamas, 10 RMB to watch a short Pixar or Disney clip at lunch time and 10 RMB to enjoy popcorn!  3RH and 3AG will then arrange a time to visit the Jing Cai migrant school to deliver their donation. 

 

Culture Speakers – Volunteers Needed

We currently have parent volunteers to be culture speakers in school and give talks about Christianity, Hinduism and Buddhism. However, we are still looking for a parent or friend with specific knowledge of Islam, Sikhism and Judaism. If you follow one of these faiths and are happy to come into school to speak about it, please contact Mr Ross at Stephen.Ross @dulwich-beijing.cn - thank you in advance for your support.

COMING UP

Non-fiction book week

Non-fiction Book Week will take place in the week beginning Monday 27th February. For one lesson each day, students will focus on a different genre of non-fiction. There will also be a 'Drop Everything and Read' event where a bell will be rung and everyone will stop what they are doing for five minutes in order to enjoy some reading. Please do ask your child about what she or he has most enjoyed reading during non-fiction book week!

 

PARENT WORKSHOPS

Parent Workshops For Term 2

FEBRUARY: 

  • Love & Logic Parenting Programme: Thursday 9th, 16th & 23rd February, 11am-12pm, JS Library. Led by Chris Harmon & Bernadette Enright. 
    We are starting a 6-week course entitled 'Parenting- the Love and Logic Way.' This is aimed at supporting parents of primary-school aged children (aged 4-11) and will continue to enhance the relationship between parent and child in the family home. Please see the attached poster for more information. If you have any questions, queries or would like to participate in this course, please contact Christopher Harmon (JS Head of Additional Educational Needs) directly- Christopher.harmon@dulwich-beijing.cn

 

NEXT WEEK

COMING UP

  • Junior School Parent Bookworms: Thursday 23rd February, 9am-10am, JS Library. Led by Kristen Billings.  
  • Maths for Years 3, 4, 5 & 6: Friday 24th February, 9:30am-10:30am, 308. Led by Rachel Haldane & Patrick Webb.

MARCH: 

  • JS Open Day (prospective parents): Wednesday 1st March, 9:00am-11:30pm, Junior School. Led by Ruth Grant and Dan Nichol
  • Love & Logic Parenting Programme: Thursday 2nd, 16th & 23rd March, 11am-12pm, JS Library. Led by Chris Harmon & Bernadette Enright.
  • Junior School Coffee Morning: Wednesday 8th March, 9am-10am, Coffee & Books. Led by Ruth Grant and Dan Nichol.
  •  Junior School Parent Bookworms: Thursday 9th March, 9am-10am, JS Library. Led by Kristen Billings.
  • PSHE/Culture- The heart of Junior School: Tuesday 14th March, 11am -12pm, JS Library. Led by Stephen Ross.
  • Junior School Parent Zentangle: Wednesday 15th March, JS Art Room. Led by Ann Carmichael & Sally Corben.
  • Developing Creativity with your Child: Tuesday 21st March, JS Art Room. Led by Ann Carmichael. 

 

Ruth Grant 
Head of Junior School
ruth.grant@dulwich-beijing.cn

JS Chinese New Year Performance 2017

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SENIOR SCHOOL

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Value poster designed by Karen Kim.

The weekend at the start of the break saw DCB and DCS compete in both the boys and girls finals of the ACAMIS Basketball Tournament. Well done to all the students and coaches involved.

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Congratulations to Chris Stanley, Camille Brown and the DCB Mathematics Department who won the award for the Teaching Initiative of the Year at the British International School Awards, presented in London. The award was given in recognition of the Blended Maths programme in Years 7 and 8.

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All Year 9 and 11 parents and students, please remember the Options Evening which takes place in the Wodehouse Theatre and Main Reception from 4pm on Wednesday 1st March. You would have already received detailed information on this from Mr Stanley.

Good luck to all the organisers and participants involved in the student led DIMUN VII conference, which will be well underway by the time you read this. http://dimun.info/

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From the Student Council

It is only the first week back from the CNY Holidays and STUCO has immediately kicked off with not one but two projects. We are planning on hosting a charity event to donate to the Syrian Refugee Crisis. Additionally, we have started working on ideas for the empty space behind the New Dome to provide something extra for all the students. Of course, with the help from the form representatives, we are able to collect ideas from the student body about both projects. Finally, we will be starting to sell tickets for the Formal soon, so as soon as the announcement comes out head to the STUCO TV area and get your ticket! With the two projects and the Formal, Term 2 is going to be an exciting and productive term. 

Lily Zhao

Student Council Second Chairperson

Year 10

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Myanmar School Project

Over Chinese New Year, with the $1500 raised, Rivka Keshen and I flew to Myanmar to represent The Myanmar School Project on its first successful trip! After flying to Yangon, and spending the night in an airport hotel, we took another flight to Bagan, where we were met with our local contact Ei, who had set up the program. As soon as we arrived, we drove to Pata Pai Teik Monastic Education School and started teaching. We had purchased a lot of school supplies in Beijing but we also used some of the money raised to buy notebooks and sports equipment locally. The sports equipment was probably one of the students' favourite gifts, as throughout the week they started arriving at school earlier and earlier in order to have time to play badminton, football and volleyball, or sit on the swings. We also purchased 16 benches for an Early Years classroom. 

Teaching at the school was heartwarming, and so much fun, because of the sheer excitement of the students, and their enthusiasm for learning. One of my fondest memories has to be when the entire school sat down to learn 'If you're happy and you know it'. Even those who could not pronounce the words at all, or didn't get the melody, were belting it out at the top of their lungs. After we left that evening, it turned out they had kept practising the song, and when we came back it was so much better. Reflecting on it all, there is so much work that still needs to be done to support education in Myanmar, but we are so proud to have played a small part in pushing it in the right direction and, if I can tell you one thing, it is that we will definitely be back.

The Myanmar School Project meets every Thursday lunchtime in room 111, and we welcome anyone to join! After such a successful visit, we are hoping to now find a new leadership team who will take over the project next year, as we will be in year 13. Thank you to everyone who contributed to the project; this was a life changing experience!

Elisabeth Henssler

Year 12

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Biology Olympiad

On the last day of term before Chinese New Year a group of dedicated Biology students stayed at school to compete in the Royal Society of Biology's Biology Olympiad. The 2 hour paper covered all elements of Biology from Cell Biology to Ecology. All students performed well and we achieved one Commended, one Highly Commended, and two Bronze awards. A very well done to all of the participants!

Participants

Y12: Zoe Kim, YeJi Lim and Melinda Li

Y11: Isabella Meo, Emily Li, Lin Yin Tan, Darren Lu and Ashley Wong.

Dr Hidden

Head of Biology

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ACAMIS Basketball – Varsity Boys - Champions

Despite a disappointing performance at the ISAC tournament in Tianjin, expectations remained high as the boys entered the 2017 ACAMIS tournament as back-to-back champions. We arrived at Beijing South with a bit of time to spare—just enough for Alex Pugeat to make the single largest purchase of fried chicken in recorded fried chicken purchasing history. I reminded him that it was only a five hour train journey—he assured me that purchasing literally all of the chicken at KFC was a necessary part of tournament preparation. The chicken transport duties fell to rookie William Fosh, who struggled valiantly to balance a rolling bag beneath the burden of six heaping bags of chicken and sodas. We arrived in Suzhou without issue, and the players went home with their host families, bellies full and ready for to play some basketball.

We drew the host school, SSIS, in the opening game and managed to hold off a late run in the third quarter to grab a 44 – 36 victory, behind a combined 22 points from Peter Parn and Alex Pugeat. In an unfortunate turn of events, Senior Steven Sheng went down with a severely sprained ankle, and would be forced to support the team for the remainder of the tournament on crutches. In the second game, DCB handily defeated the WAB JV team 50 – 13, behind a career high 25 points, including three 3s, from Junior shooting guard Tim Chua. The boys had a lot of momentum going into the last game of the day against Dulwich College Shanghai, coached by former DCB basketball legend Steve Andersen. Our relentless press created numerous turnovers, and cleared the way for our shooters to make it rain in a 47 – 23 defeat of the Panthers.

The second day of play started well, as DCB began by downing the UISG boys 47 – 22 on the back of strong defence and effective shooting from Freshman William Fosh, who came off the bench to drop 7 points, including a 3-pointer. The second game saw us face off against QSIS in a physical match. On the back of 12 points from Sophomore point guard Wayne Chen, including two 3-pointers, DCB controlled the game, winning 35 – 14. This paved the way for us to take the top seed going into a tough semi-final match against SSIS in front of a raucous home crowd. It was a tightly contested game—one in which some critical shots were hit—including a big 3 from Senior shooting guard (and Captain) Harry Zhao, who finished the game with 7 points. But in the end, the win had to be attributed to the big men—Nathan Turner, Brendan Fosh and Alex Pugeat—who dominated the boards, and allowed DCB to sneak away with a 32 – 30 victory.

With the semi-final win, the stage was set for a replay of the 2016 ACAMIS Championship with DCB taking on DCS. As expected, Coach Andersen had made adjustments to counter our press and contain our shooters. Ultimately, it was fierce defence under the leadership of Senior point guard (and Captain) Tiger Ng that restricted scoring opportunities for the Panthers and allowed DCB to maintain control of the game on the way to a 29 – 23 win, and an unprecedented back-to-back-to-back run as ACAMIS Champions. It was truly a team effort, led principally by Head Coach Corey Kong—but executed by the two captains, Tiger and Harry, who brought this team together at the most critical point in the season. Each player contributed and each player was willing to sacrifice for the good of the team.

The DCB Varsity Basketball teams—both boys and girls—embody the values of discipline and commitment. I could not be more proud of what they have accomplished this year.

Mr Tomlin

Head of Basketball

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ACAMIS Basketball – Varsity Girls – Second Place

ACAMIS Basketball 2017 was held at the Suzhou Singapore International School. Coming off the back of an almost faultless season and victories in both BYIB and ISAC, our excitement and anticipation over ACAMIS were high. The first day of the tournament saw DCB U19 Girls up against SSIS, WAB and DCS. The morning games solidified DCB's winning intent. Thanks to some fanatical teamwork, defense, and outstanding rebounding both offensively and defensively, the girls were able to effectively limit the other team's scoring opportunities in both games.  This paired with excellent application of DCB's strong transition and fast break the girls went to lunch with two strong wins, 75-14 and 46-19 respectively. The afternoon saw DCB and DCS face off for the first time in the tournament. The game remained close throughout, each team pushing the other to shift their plays, tactics and defence. The last quarter started as a tied game, both teams fighting fearlessly for each possession and each point. The match was physical but DCB were patient and slowly chipped away at DCS, finally coming away victorious 34-30.

The second day of competition saw the last of the round robin games against USIG and QSI. Once again solid, all-round performances from the whole squad saw DCB come out on top in both games, 36-14 and 43-16, booking their place in the semi finals as top seeds. After lunch, DCB again played QSI. The opposition struggled to really even get going, looking physically fatigued throughout. DCB ran through their offences with precision and again fought hard to collect rebounds at both ends of the court. Final score: DCB-32 QSI-13. Everything was now in place for the final day of competition with both the boys and girls teams set to play against their Shanghai Counterparts DCS.   

With nerves and tension running high after an electrifying DCB boys win, the girls began their own warm up. It was clear from the first whistle that DCS were looking for revenge after their earlier defeat. After a scrappy start, nerves settled and both teams started racking up points. With a long history of competition between the teams, the players know each other well both on and off the court this enables them to disrupt each other's play. Each inbound, every offence, every rebound, each turnover was highly contested and hard fought. Both teams displayed physicality and athleticism from start to finish. DCS started to build a small lead after a few missed opportunities to capitalize on free throws early in the second and third quarters. DCB fought back valiantly to a one point differential with two minutes left on the clock in the final quarter. Unfortunately after an outrageous, long range basket from DCS, DCB entered the final minute of the game 3 points adrift and were unable to catch DCS with the final ending in a heartbreaking loss but a very well deserved second place in the tournament for DCB. The preparation and planning has already begun for next year's competition.

Ms Stevens

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Soong House Update

Soong has been busy with House events all year. Recently, we had House Geography, where our House members proved their vexillological (flag science) knowledge.  

There was also house music video, which was a huge collaborative effort lead by Annette Yan.  The song was "My House", and we showed in it how Soong House is the best House.  

Thank you to everyone who has participated in a House event recently!  It is thanks to you that we have been able to do so much.

As a whole, our House's talent has really been showing. All we need to do now to win is to take it up a notch. If we can get more and more people to commit to events, we are sure to win the House Cup. 

Matthew Chen

Year 12

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Team Translation

We have a team of volunteers who help to translate this newsletter into Chinese every week and are always looking to expand this team. Parents who understand the workings of the Senior School and DCB make the best translators and we would love to have you on the team. Please let me know if you would like to support our community through helping with translation. Richard.Hawkins@dulwich-beijing.cn.

A huge thank you to Candy Yin and the wonderful volunteer translation team: Lily Zhou, Xiangyang Li, Chelsey Wu, Kurt Zhang, Joy Chen and Jaelyn Luo.

Also, many thanks to the student led CAS team who translate the newsletter into Korean. The feedback from the parent community has been excellent this year. The team is as follows: Lucy Kang (Team Leader), Jacob Cho, Andrew Park, Ashley Hong, Jenny Hwang, Soomin Hwang, Joohee Jang, Karen Kim, Zoe Kim, Brian Lee, Nara Lee, Parker Lee, Jack Lim, Yeji Lim, Yeeun Seok and Lucy Woo.

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Messages

Mr Hawkins will be in Coffee & Books on Wednesday mornings from 8.45 to 9.30am.

This week's Dulwich Value: Courage

Richard Hawkins

Head of Senior School

Richard.Hawkins@dulwich-beijing.cn

 

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20 January: Newsletter

  
  
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please click above or follow the links for updates from: Senior SchoolJunior SchoolEarly YearsEvents Team.

 

Dear Parents,

Having flown back from a rainy London, I arrived to a snowy Beijing. However, on entering the main reception this morning from the chill outside, I immediately felt warmly welcomed back, not only by the giant rooster of course, but also the staff art exhibition and the Chinese short film festival. I really don’t think I have seen the Atrium looking any more dazzling and vibrant. Well done to everyone involved in this art and film work. We certainly have talented students and staff.

Recruitment went very well and we have more superb new teachers joining us in August. I was even asked to interview on behalf of one of the other Dulwich Colleges, which proves just what a close group of schools we are.

Last night saw a wonderful evening of celebration of the Chinese New Year by the Dulwich staff at the Tang Palace restaurant. It was a very enjoyable experience, even for the College Leadership Team who were forced to show ‘synchronised’ dance moves. I would like to thank all those who contributed to the organisation of this event, in particular our Social and Wellbeing Committee. 

 

The Chinese New Year theme was also reinforced through the excellent Temple Fair this week run by our Chinese Departments, and indeed the Junior School cultural workshops and show on Friday, which were a huge success. 

On the subject of pollution proofing, for which I promised updates until completion, the attention to detail has been ongoing and impressive. Having prioritized the areas that were causing the greatest concern, it is clear that the air quality and CO2 levels, in classrooms and public spaces, are achieving excellent levels, better than we had envisaged. Fresh air is being ducted into classrooms and the CO2 is well under our Health and Safety requirements. At present, we are working within a very healthy school environment. We are aware that there is some work still to do, which will be completed during the evenings and at weekends after the Chinese New Year. Work has stopped for the next two weeks as we value the importance of allowing the local workforce to spend time with their families during this important holiday.

To finish on another encouraging note, we have just heard that DCB has been granted The Diplomats’ Award for Best International School in Beijing. Helen and I shall be attending the ceremony on 16th February and I shall give further details after the event. For now, I would like to thank all our teachers, support staff, parents and students for your help in making DCB a truly special place.

Enjoy the holiday with your families, wherever you are planning to be.

With kind regards and gong xi fa cai!

 

Simon Herbert

Headmaster

 

                                                                   NOTIFICATIONS

Please click below for information on our upcoming community events and 2017/18 calendar. 

Community Events - February calendar

The year-at-glance school calendar 2017-2018

College magazine 2016/17 Winter issue


Reminder: Notice of Withdrawal From Term 3

If your child will not be returning to DCB in Term 3 (11th April 2017 to 23rd June 2017), please send written notification to the Admissions Department (Admissions@dulwich-beijing.cn) by Tuesday 31st January 2017 in order to qualify for a refund.  

 

New Fencing Classes on Offer

BJZ will provide a special DCP fencing class for students in Year 3 - 6. Classes will be held every Wednesday afternoon, 3.40-4.40 pm starting from 8 February.  Only 640 RMB for 8 classes! To register, please contact  Jordan at jordan.burns@dulwich-beijing.cn 

 

ISCMS Gala Concert Tickets at Forbidden City on Sale Now!

Date: Saturday, 18 Feb. 2017

Time: 7:00pm

Location: Beijing Forbidden City Concert Hall

Tickets are now officially on sale for the International Schools Music Choral Society (ISCMS) Gala Concert taking place at the spectacular Forbidden City Concert Hall on Saturday 18 February! The tenth anniversary festival, hosted by DCB, will feature three days of intense music making for over 300 students from international schools around Asia, all culminating with a remarkable concert at the renowned venue.

This year, the ISCMS Orchestra will be conducted by Robert Hasty – a celebrated conductor from Chicago. The ISCMS Chorus will be conducted by Richard Gill, one of Australia’s most important choir directors, and the ISCMS Big Band will be led by exuberant, world-renowned trumpeter Mike Vax. Two-time Grammy Award Winning Composer Christopher Tin has written a piece especially for the Festival – and will be working with the Choir and Orchestra in the World Premiere at the Gala Concert.

Get your tickets now before they sell out – this is student music making of a professional standard, and a fantastic programme for all to enjoy!

You can buy the ticket through Yoopay link: https://yoopay.cn/event/ISCMSXGala2017VIP?mode=DY or scanning below QR code.

 
       
 http://www.dulwich-beijing.cn/ 

13 January: Newsletter

  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please click above or follow the links for updates from: Senior SchoolJunior SchoolEarly YearsEvents Team.

 

Dear Parents,

I write to you from a snowy London, where I have visited Dulwich College London for meetings and will be conducting staff recruitment interviews throughout the weekend. Recruitment has been going very well and I am grateful to the senior leaders, deputies and heads of the three schools in the College for their hard work so far. We are absolutely stringent in selecting only the very best staff for Dulwich College Beijing and I am happy to report that we have filled many vacancies already.

It was a pleasure to welcome your children back to school this week. The boys and girls all certainly seem very well rested and raring to go. I hope that you all enjoyed the Christmas break, wherever you were. I spent time in Beijing and was able to keep in touch with the pollution proofing developments. The results so far have been outstanding. Data is now available for all to see and single digits for PM2.5 are the norm. That is not to say that we are finished. There is ongoing ducting to be completed and further analysis of the new fresh air system, which will ensure excellent PM2.5 and CO2 results. In both PM2.5 and CO2, we have insisted on far more rigorous levels than are standard, because we want the very best possible healthy environment for learning, as I have said before. I would like to thank Mr. Allan for his attention to this, along with Mr. Moss and the Operations team, our contractors, our new Director of Business Administration, Mr. Barton, the small task force team of parents and, of course, DCI for all their support and advice. Everyone has worked well as a community on this and I sincerely think that all this work is now bearing fruit.

Finally, I wonder if you have seen the decorations for Chinese New Year in the main atrium? I cannot let this newsletter pass without reference to these amazing embellishments. They are beautiful and I would like to thank the following people: Head of Senior School Chinese Ms. Grace Gong; Mr. Jacob Dong, and parents Mr. Fujun Li and Ms. Liudmila Singaevskaya for their designs of the huge cockerel (rooster, for our US friends); personal learning assistants Ms. Jeanette Chen and Ms. Jerky Bugtong who designed the model of DCB and the Chinese short film festival strip; bus monitors Ms. Zhao Zhigang and Ms. Gao Xue, who assisted with the cinefilm. What a wonderful example of teamwork - we thank them for their hard work in creating an inspiring and fun environment.

With kind regards,

 

 

Simon Herbert

Headmaster

 

                                                                   NOTIFICATIONS

Community Events - January Calendar

 

Reminder: Notice of Withdrawal From Term 3

If your child will not be returning to DCB in Term 3 (11th April 2017 to 23rd June 2017), please send written notification to the Admissions Department (Admissions@dulwich-beijing.cn) by Tuesday 31st January 2017 in order to qualify for a refund.

 

Vote for Timeout cover and win a family trip from WildChina!

Do you want to see our school on the cover of Time Out Family? Please click blue link 'Read more' below to vote for Dulwich College Beijing.    

You could even win a fantastic family getaway weekend in Yangshuo with award-winning travel company WildChina by doing so! What are you waiting for?

This prize includes

- A two-night stay, including breakfast, for a family of four in the Moondance Boutique Hotel, Yangshuo.

- One full-day WildChina Yangshuo Tour with private guide and driver (including bamboo rafting for four people).

- The value of this prize is 7,000RMB. Flight and all other meals are not included.

Do you want to see our school on the cover of Time Out Family? Please click here (http://www.timeoutbeijing.com/family/features/Family-Family_competitions/156051/Vote-for-Time-Out-Familys-next-cover-and-win-a-family-trip.html ) to vote for Dulwich College Beijing.     

 

Dulwich Community Programme – Register now!

Please register for 2017 DCP Winter & Summer Term Programmes!  Click here to find out details of courses for this year:   http://www.dulwich-beijing.cn/uploaded/DCP/2016-17/2017_DCP_Winter_and_Summer_Term_broucher_(January-June)_2017_01-03.pdf

Registration deadline is extended to Friday, 20 January, 2017.

 

New Fencing Classes on Offer

BJZ will provide a special DCP fencing class for students in Year 3 - 6. Classes will be held every Wednesday afternoon, 3.40-4.40 pm starting from 8 February.  Only 640 RMB for 8 classes! To register, please contact  Jordan at jordan.burns@dulwich-beijing.cn 

 

Chinese New Year Hongbao for Support Staff 

As a DCB tradition, our parent organisation, the Friends of Dulwich, organises a distribution of Hongbao (red envelopes) for our support staff each year, to express gratitude to ayis, security guards, maintenance workers, gardeners, bus drivers and bus monitors for their hard work and wonderful service to the school. 

Donation boxes have been placed at the Receptions, Student Service Center, Coffee & Books, Senior School Canteen and with the campus administrators of each school. Students, parents, teachers and staff are all welcome to make donations. If you are willing to donate, please enclose cash in an envelope marked with ‘Hongbao’, and drop it in any of the donation boxes by Tuesday,  January 17. Early Years and Junior School parents were also given the option of handing in their donations to their class teachers.

Please be aware that this donation will be as an addition to the Hongbao made by DCB to every individual Chinese member of support staff; not only those on contract but also the sub-contracted areas such as ayis, guards, maintenance teams, gardeners, bus monitors and drivers.

Representatives from Friends  of Dulwich will pool the cash from the donations and then prepare and distribute a Hongbao to each of our 242 support staff before the Chinese New Year break. 

On behalf of Friends, we appreciate your support and generosity in advance!  

 

ISCMS Gala Concert Tickets at Forbidden City on Sale Now!

Date: Saturday, 18 Feb. 2017

Time: 7:00pm

Location: Beijing Forbidden City Concert Hall

Tickets are now officially on sale for the International Schools Music Choral Society (ISCMS) Gala Concert taking place at the spectacular Forbidden City Concert Hall on Saturday 18 February! The tenth anniversary festival, hosted by DCB, will feature three days of intense music making for over 300 students from international schools around Asia, all culminating with a remarkable concert at the renowned venue.

This year, the ISCMS Orchestra will be conducted by Robert Hasty – a celebrated conductor from Chicago. The ISCMS Chorus will be conducted by Richard Gill, one of Australia’s most important choir directors, and the ISCMS Big Band will be led by exuberant, world-renowned trumpeter Mike Vax. Two-time Grammy Award Winning Composer Christopher Tin has written a piece especially for the Festival – and will be working with the Choir and Orchestra in the World Premiere at the Gala Concert.

Get your tickets now before they sell out – this is student music making of a professional standard, and a fantastic programme for all to enjoy!

You can buy the ticket through Yoopay link: https://yoopay.cn/event/ISCMSXGala2017VIP?mode=DY or scanning below QR code.

 
       
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16 December: Newsletter

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please click above or follow the links for updates from: Senior School, Junior SchoolEarly YearsEvents TeamIB & University.

 

Dear Parents,

Here we are in the final week of the term. It seems incredible to look back to the beginning of August, when we welcomed our new staff. What a job they have done and what a welcome they have received from the Dulwich community, as have our new students also. We hope that these newest members of the Dulwich family feel part of something very special.

I would like to thank all the Dulwich teachers and administrative staff for their hard work during this long first term of the year. Teamwork and collaboration, within each school and between the three schools, has been one of the overarching themes for the year and I am delighted to have seen this in practice. There have also been so many presentations and workshops organised for parents and I am grateful to the Early Years, Junior School and Senior School teams for their willingness to engage with such a variety of themes. An understanding of the values, pedagogy and holistic nature of the College leads to stronger links between school and home and I have been impressed that so many of our parents attended these events.

On the subject of events, our Dulwich Christmas always holds a special place in the calendar. This year’s performance by our musicians was superb. The afternoon started with the Christmas bazaar and I would like to thank those parents who took the time to decorate the Atrium and to sell gifts, primarily for charity, from their stalls. As for the concert itself, this was another success for our ever-busy Music department. As Mr. West mentioned, this concert gives our community the chance to come together at the end of a long term and not only listen to music produced by orchestras and choirs from both the Junior and Senior Schools, but also to sing along to some well known carols. We left the Wodehouse Theatre full of Christmas cheer – thank you to all involved.

Our Early Years children were treated to an afternoon of ‘Teddy Bear Gymnastics’ this week. This was risk taking and athleticism at its best. Mrs. Lydall and her team should be commended for this wonderfully prepared activity. This, too, looks like becoming an annual tradition. Even the large, rather sad looking bear below seemed to enjoy it.

                                       

In other sporting achievements this week, we are proud to declare that Skia Kung won the U15 Girls FOBISIA Tennis Championship. A super result for Skia who is only in Year 9.

We hope that there will be plenty of blue sky days in Beijing over the Christmas period. Even if this is not the case, you can rest assured that the pollution proofing in the College will continue. Yesterday, Mr Guertler (our CEO), Mr Allan and I met with parents to explain the actions we continue to take to further improve air quality.  As well as continuing with the installation of more PureLiving secondary filtration units (completion date 21st December), we have worked with Mr. Jiang Qing to install additional filtered fresh air in the Nursery and Toddler classrooms (completed 4th December).  We also continue to develop our data sharing capability, with a screenshot of the average readings from 8 individual monitors for the last 3 days shown below - the black line shows the outside PM2.5 reading in ug/m3 with the inside average shown in blue.  We have also received the fresh air system audit report from the China Academy of Building Research and are now working with several vendors to see what work they could complete during the Christmas break to further improve air quality.   As a reminder, the sports hall filtration will be upgraded 17th – 22nd December. 

May I wish you a very Merry Christmas and safe travels.

 

Sheng Dan Kuai Le 圣诞快乐! 

 

Simon Herbert

Headmaster

 

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Community Events - January Calendar


Admissions Opening Hours during Winter holidays 

Please note that our Winter holidays will start on Monday 19th December and classes will resume on Monday 9th January 2017.  

 Our Admissions opening hours during holidays will be as follows:

19th Dec. 2016 - 23rd Dec. 2016, 9.00am – 4.00pm

26th Dec. 2016 - 2nd Jan. 2017, School  Closed

3rd Jan.2017- 6th Jan. 2017, 9.00am – 4.00pm

For more information please email Admissions@dulwich-beijing.cn or call +86(10) 6454 9016.

 We wish everyone a safe and joyful holiday and a Happy New Year! 

 

TEMPORARY FACILITY CLOSURE

Please note that several facility improvements will be taking place at DCB during the Winter holiday.  The projects will involve some temporary facility closure. Swimming pool, sports hall and fitness room will be closed from December 17- 22.  

The duration of the closures has been minimised to ensure as little disruption as possible to the DCB community. Thank you for your understanding and continuous support.

  

 
       
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9 December: Newsletter

  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please click above or follow the links for updates from: Senior SchoolJunior SchoolEarly YearsEvents TeamIB & University.

 

Dear Parents,

There are two reasons why I enjoyed ‘An Evening with Chevening’ at the British Embassy on Wednesday this week. Firstly, it was a chance to represent Dulwich and meet some talented scholarship graduates. Secondly, it was an opportunity to listen to the students of our Chamber Orchestra, who were on superb form.

The Chevening Scholarship is the UK government’s international awards scheme aimed at developing global leaders and is funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. The Chinese scholars I met had all spent a year competing a Masters at a top UK university, such as LSE and UCL, and had brought their expertise back to Beijing. Interestingly, they were all very passionate about their time in the UK and were grateful to the Embassy for the opportunity. It struck me as another example of strong UK-China partnerships. It all starts with forging links through personal stories. Dulwich’s own ‘Building Bridges to the World’ came to mind. These graduates are aged 28-35 and wanted to know more about Dulwich. One of them is now working in the media and would like to visit the College and interview students. All of them were extremely impressed by our musicians, and two people asked me if our students were professional musicians!

I was also proud last weekend to hear that four of our students (Edward Schamp, Ian Dong, Tony Chan and Brian Wen) had organised the China Young Entrepreneurs Association competition. Read more about this in Mr. Hawkins’ newsletter. The event deserves recognition and I commend the boys for this endeavour. Student led events and projects have grown significantly at DCB and all three schools are encouraging the students to take on new challenges and responsibilities.

You do not have to look too hard to find inspiration at DCB. On Friday last week, students had the chance to play volleyball alongside one of the greats from China, Olympic gold medalist Feng Kun. She brought with her also played on I'equipe nationelle achinoise Chen Qi. Our Varsity Teams were delighted. Mr. Burns seems to be able to draw in any number of world famous athletes and we look forward to meeting Ronaldo or Messi soon.

                  

Thank you to Dr. Kamal for organising the Key Stage 3 debating competition. I was lucky enough to be one of the judges for the final and was immensely impressed by the standard of debating. What better time to debate the motion, ‘This house believes that Globalism is more important than Nationalism?’ The arguments were delivered eloquently and intelligently. Debating has untold benefits for our students, including the ability to listen to others’ views, to gain confidence in public speaking and to be flexible in our thinking. Congratulations to both teams for an entertaining display.

                   

Finally, we know that the holidays are coming soon when we see the Early Years Winter Celebrations kick into action. Santa was here again, and his accent seemed to have slipped from Aussie to Scouse. He does travel around the world quickly, so our youngest children were not fazed by this! Well done to all our Early Years teachers, children and parents for their joint work to make this a memorable event.

I look forward to seeing many of you next week at the Dulwich Christmas Concert.

Kind regards,

 

Simon Herbert

Headmaster

 

                                                                   NOTIFICATIONS

Community Events - December Calendar

Updated Contact Details

We would like to ask parents to email Admissions@dulwich-beijing.cn with updated information i.e. home address, mobile/home telephone or email address if these have recently changed.


DCP Football Demonstration Class Cancelled

Due to limited enrolment, the DCP Football demonstration class scheduled for Saturday, 10 December, in the West Dome is cancelled.  We apologise for any inconvenience caused by the cancellation and hope to have the coaches come at a later date.

 

Dulwich Dinner Dance Lucky Draw

Below are the raffle numbers winning some of the prizes from the Dinner Dance.  Please bring your raffle tickets to Coffee and Books to collect your prize in the next two weeks.  

1829, 0835, 1696, 0005, 1041, 0987, 0215, 1616, 1500, 0592, 1975, 0011, 0828, 0128, 1818, 0205

 

Dulwich Dinner Dance Raises Funds for the Ai You Youth Project!

Saturday November 19 marked one of our biggest events of the year, the long awaited Dulwich Dinner Dance! This superb community event saw the Park Hyatt ballroom transformed into the Minguo period, complete with elegant ladies and gentlemen, refined dancing (well, for most of the evening), a fashion show, a raffle, a kung fu display, and some spectacularly good red wine! The student Big Band and later the staff band provided the musical entertainment. We are hugely grateful to our hardworking parent group, Friends of Dulwich, and to all of our guests who helped to raise money for the  Ai You Youth Project, a foundation that provides financial assistance to children effected by congenital heart disease. We are happy to report we were able to raise over 417,052 RMB for this most worthy cause! 

 

 
       
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2 December: Newsletter

  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please click above or follow the links for updates from: Senior SchoolJunior SchoolEarly YearsEvents Team.

 

Dear Parents,

It could be said that risk taking and resilience are two of the most highly valued attributes of a Dulwich education. I have the pleasure of watching the College in action every day and am delighted to see that our Early Years, Junior School and Senior School teachers promote these attributes enthusiastically, both inside and outside the classroom. It is the College’s job to encourage the children to take risks within a secure environment and in this way to become more resilient.

In no area is risk taking more evident than on the stage as part of a theatrical performance. Exposed and in the limelight, there is little escape from the gaze of the audience. It was therefore a huge pleasure this week to see the Senior School production and our students delivering their lines with such confidence and obvious enjoyment. The play ‘Teechers’, by John Godber, was performed with humour and emotion, through the dialogue and the physical action. Well done to directors Ms. Harison-Denby and Mr. Randall, and the whole cast. Special mention to Matthew Crooks for keeping his cool, most of the time, as the stressed and downtrodden teacher Mr. Nixon. He fended off the overt attentions of Gail (Alice Hawkins) and Hobby (Alexandra Pillsbury) and dealt with the desperate Salty (Robert Yang) and the scary Oggy Moxon (Rivka Keshen) with great skill. Elisabeth Henssler was quite superb as the scene stealing Mrs. Parry, complete with fat suit – memorable. All the students involved not only took risks; they also managed to laugh at themselves, which is all the more impressive.

Another impressive performance, this time on the sports field, came from the 81 students who headed to Phuket for the Football 7s tournaments. Mr. Hurworth was delighted by the attitude of all the players, who showed team spirit and the best of sportsmanship throughout. This was our largest entry and most successful year at the tournament, with Ms. Sadler’s Varsity Girls winning outright and the U15 Boys gaining silver. The Varsity Boys lost in the semi-final to the eventual winners and the U15 Girls won the Plate Competition. Our younger players had a tougher time but are now aware of the stiff competition and how to prepare. Our thanks go to the parents for their support and the coaches for their dedication.

 

In other sports news, there was a swim meet last weekend at Dulwich College Suzhou. Coach Gao, Mr. Nichol and Ms. Blundell were very happy to see Ryan Chang gain a Gold Medal and Jeffrey Chang a Bronze, with the overall squad picking up fourth place through their sterling efforts in the pool.  On the tennis front, Coach Alan Ma visited Dulwich College on 28 November along with his team of professional coaches.  Coach Ma works with some of the best tennis players in the world, including Peng Shuai.  The evening started with a presentation to parents about the establishment of an elite tennis programme at DCB.  Following a productive discussion, Coach Ma and his coaches worked with DCB students during an on-court training session. Coach Ma also brought his daughter, Veronica Li, former captain of the Stanford University tennis team, to talk with DCB students.  Veronica helped parents understand the benefit that elite sport can provide for students when applying to top universities in the United States.

The Cambridge International Examination Awards were hosted in the Wodehouse Theatre this week. Our Year 12 student Jenny Huang picked up her Best in the World Award for Foreign Language Chinese. I would like to thank our Marketing and Events team and also Ms. Lina Li from CIE for the organisation of the event. 

My final message leads back to the theme of resilience and risk taking. On Wednesday morning, we were privileged to welcome Ms. Susie Rodgers to our Key Stage 3 assembly. Ms. Rodgers epitomizes all that is best in sport. Although missing two limbs from birth, Ms. Rodgers has overcome this handicap to gain Gold in the Rio Paralympics as a swimmer of the butterfly stroke. The students were enthralled by the video footage, by Ms. Rodgers’ anecdotes and life story, and they asked mature and insightful questions. We are certainly lucky at Dulwich to have visits from such inspirational guests.

Have a good weekend.

Kind regards,

 

Simon Herbert

Headmaster

 

                                                                   NOTIFICATIONS

Community Events - December Calendar

Updated Contact Details

We would like to ask parents to email Admissions@dulwich-beijing.cn with updated information i.e. home address, mobile/home telephone or email address if these have recently changed.

 

Dulwich Dinner Dance Raises Funds for the Ai You Youth Project!

Saturday November 19 marked one of our biggest events of the year, the long awaited Dulwich Dinner Dance! This superb community event saw the Park Hyatt ballroom transformed into the Minguo period, complete with elegant ladies and gentlemen, refined dancing (well, for most of the evening), a fashion show, a raffle, a kung fu display, and some spectacularly good red wine! The student Big Band and later the staff band provided the musical entertainment. We are hugely grateful to our hardworking parent group, Friends of Dulwich, and to all of our guests who helped to raise money for the  Ai You Youth Project, a foundation that provides financial assistance to children effected by congenital heart disease. We are happy to report we were able to raise over 417,052 RMB for this most worthy cause! 

 

 
       
 http://www.dulwich-beijing.cn/ 

25 November: Newsletter

  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please click above or follow the links for updates from: Senior SchoolJunior SchoolEarly YearsEvents Team.

 

Dear Parents,

Last weekend was extraordinarily busy and fun-filled, even for DCB. There were around five hundred students engaged in a variety of events on Saturday, along with dozens of staff and several visiting schools. It was a veritable smorgasbord of activities (good luck to the translators this week!), and there was something to please everyone.

In Room 308, Mr. Balcombe was rounding off his annual Code Camp, which saw some dedicated ‘coders’ in full collaborative mode. We thank Mr. Balcombe for his energy and support for this popular event each year. Basketball dominated the Sports Hall, the swimming pool was full, and in the West Dome we enjoyed watching the volleyball successes of our U14 boys and girls, who were unbeaten.

However, the main event of the day was surely the first ever International Schools Chinese Debating Competition. This was the original idea of Ms. Gong, our Head of Senior School Chinese. It was superbly planned and executed with help in particular from Ms. Jane Li, all members of our Senior School Chinese Department, and colleagues from BIBA (Beijing International Bilingual Academy). I enjoyed meeting the Principal from BIBA, Dr. Pang, and was honoured to introduce the event and welcome all our guests, who came from eleven schools, including Tsinghua International School, Dulwich College Suzhou, Dulwich College Shanghai, Shanghai Qibao Dwight High School and seven schools from Beijing. There were fifty student volunteers from DCB, thirty teacher judges from seventeen schools and ten parent judges, all helping to make the event run smoothly. The reactions from competitors, parents and visitors were overwhelmingly positive and this is likely to become an annual event, even if not hosted in DCB each year. We are very proud of Ms. Gong and the Chinese Department for their vision, dynamism and determination.

These values were also on display in the evening on Saturday for the long awaited Dulwich Dinner Dance. What a superb community event it turned out to be! Zimo Zeng, Jean Li and the Dinner Dance Committee did not let us down. In fact, the evening exceeded all expectations. The Park Hyatt ballroom was transformed into the Minguo period, complete with elegant ladies and gentlemen, refined dancing (well, for most of the evening), a fashion show, fan dance, the longest raffle in the world, a kung fu display and the auction of some spectacularly good red wine. Mr. West and Ms. Chen Xiao Nan proved to be amusing and engaging compères for the evening and the student Big Band and later the staff band provided the musical entertainment. Our thanks to all involved, to our hugely supportive and hardworking Friends of Dulwich and of course to all the guests who helped to raise money for the worthy Ai You Youth Project. 

Music and Drama play such a large part in the life of DCB and we look forward to the school play next week and the Diversity music event. Helen and I were pleased to welcome all the Drama and Music staff to our home last week to thank them for all they do both inside and outside the classroom.

Our Early Years team at the wonderful Riviera Campus, which includes Little Riv, had a four day visit from our colleagues Ms. Kate Beith (Deputy Director of Dulwich Schools) and Ms. Melody Stuckey (Head of DUCKS at Dulwich College Suzhou). The visit served as an audit of our Early Years teaching and learning environment and was a wonderful sharing of best practice. Thank you to our visitors and also our teachers for their hard work and collaborative approach. 

In terms of the wider community, Dulwich College International will be hosting its first ever International Old Alleynian (IOA) reunion event in London, UK. It will be held at Dulwich College on Sunday 11 December. Currently there are thirty-three alumni attendees and this number is expected to grow quickly. Dr. Cameron Pyke and Mr. Christopher Parsons will be attending from Dulwich College, possibly accompanied by Dr. Joseph Spence, the Master of Dulwich. Please refer to the poster below if you are interested in attending, catching up with old friends, and making new acquaintances from the Dulwich network.

On Monday snow was forecast but the students felt a little disappointed, with only a small scattering and barely enough to make a snowball. However, the winter theme tonight promises to be far more exciting, with the inaugural ‘Dulwich Christmas Tree Lighting’, singing of carols, an early visit from Santa and perhaps even some artificial snow! I look forward to seeing some of you there.

Have a good weekend.

Kind regards,

 

Simon Herbert

Headmaster

 

                                                                   NOTIFICATIONS

Community Events - November Calendar

Updated Contact Details

We would like to ask parents to email Admissions@dulwich-beijing.cn with updated information i.e. home address, mobile/home telephone or email address if these have recently changed.

 

REMINDER: Important Survey from the Beijing Municipal Commission of Education

The Beijing Municipal Commission of Education launched a new online data management system (DMS) and all schools registered under the Commission as International Schools for Children of Foreign Personnel are required to have all the necessary information on their staff, students, and parents ready online in DMS. The goal of this new practice is for the Commission to have the complete information and to closely monitor the operations in schools in a more efficient and timely manner. 

In order to capture all required the most updated information, we would like to ask all parents to fill in the survey below. It will only take you few minutes. As the Commission’s system is in Mandarin, we would like to ask all parents who are able to write in Mandarin to fill in the Chinese version of the survey. The school will translate data for all families who submit their answers in English. Please follow the input example closely. 

Survey in Mandarin: https://www.dulwich-beijing.cn/cf_forms/view.cfm?formID=66

Survey in English: https://www.dulwich-beijing.cn/cf_forms/view.cfm?formID=67

 If you have any questions or encounter any technical difficulties please contact Louise Niu in our Admissions office at Louise.Niu@dulwich-beijing.cn.  

This information will NOT be used to update our school records. Also, please ensure that Campus Administrator has the hard copy of your child/ren’s most updated valid passport.

 

 
       
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18 November: Newsletter

  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please click above or follow the links for updates from: Senior SchoolJunior SchoolEarly YearsEvents Team.

 

Dear Parents,

It was my pleasure this week to welcome Mr. Ivan Levy and Ms. Patricia Mathias to the College. Mr. Levy leads the Dulwich International Schools Foundation and Ms. Mathias represents the Magic Bus charitable organisation. In addition to strengthening the Dulwich links with Magic Bus, which provides educational opportunities to the least fortunate children in India and Myanmar, the visit also gave our students the chance to talk about their own charitable endeavours and to discover how a group-wide focus can benefit a greater number of people. Mr. Levy and Ms. Mathias were amazed by the maturity, sincerity and compassion of the Junior and Senior School student representatives they met. Well done to the students!

On the theme of links, I would like to commend Ms. Guo, one of our new Chinese teachers, and two Year 11 students, Harshita Kumar and Danieck Li, who connected via video with Year 7 and Year 8 students from Dulwich College in London. This formed part of the Dulwich College London ‘Linguistic Week’ and served as a genuine sharing of thoughts in Mandarin. Harshita and Danieck stayed late in the school day in order to participate during the morning assembly in London. Mr. Suddaby, a Mandarin teacher in DCL, was delighted with the collaboration and he thanked our Chinese department, students and Mr. Lavine Zhang, our ICT technician, who made this possible. Mr. Suddaby and the London team also deserve thanks for the idea and we look forward to enjoying further connections with our friends and colleagues in London.

Four of our Year 2 students were very helpful to Mr. Mumford, Mr. Astbury and the Early Years team on Thursday, when they showed prospective parents around Riviera Main Campus. They proved to be excellent ambassadors for the school. The ‘Early Years in Action’ Open Mornings have been a success and we were pleased to see so much interest in the school. Mr. Mumford explained the ethos, values and benefits of a Dulwich education and parents then toured the school and asked questions afterwards. Thank you to all involved, including our teachers of course, who welcomed our guests during a busy working day.

This evening our Year 3 and 4 soloist musicians will perform in an informal concert. It is a wonderful chance for them to gain confidence and to play their pieces in front of an appreciative audience. We wish them all good luck.

Finally, we know that winter is approaching when our College ice rink opens for the first time. This is a moment that many staff and students look forward to. Mr. Burns, Head of DCP, somehow managed to persuade world champion figure skater, Ms. Chen Lu, to come to the College to speak to parents and oversee the first skating session. We hope to see Mr. Burns himself take to the ice soon, along with all the Heads of School, for a winter ice dance extravanganza.

Have a good weekend.

Kind regards,

 

Simon Herbert

Headmaster

 

                                                                   NOTIFICATIONS

Community Events - November Calendar

Updated Contact Details

We would like to ask parents to email Admissions@dulwich-beijing.cn with updated information i.e. home address, mobile/home telephone or email address if these have recently changed.


Friends of Dulwich Enrichment Fund – DEADLINE EXTENDED TO FRIDAY, 26 NOVEMBER!

The Friends of Dulwich is pleased to invite applications for the Enrichment Fund for academic year 2016/17.

The fund available is RMB120,000 – 20% more than last year. 

To encourage more applications, the deadline has been extended to Friday, 26 November 2016.

Please login to the Friends Page on the Parent Portal for the Guidelines and Application Form.

If you have questions regarding the fund or how to apply, please email Iris.Tian@dulwich-beijing.cn.


REMINDER: Important Survey from the Beijing Municipal Commission of Education

The Beijing Municipal Commission of Education launched a new online data management system (DMS) and all schools registered under the Commission as International Schools for Children of Foreign Personnel are required to have all the necessary information on their staff, students, and parents ready online in DMS. The goal of this new practice is for the Commission to have the complete information and to closely monitor the operations in schools in a more efficient and timely manner. 

In order to capture all required the most updated information, we would like to ask all parents to fill in the survey below. It will only take you few minutes. As the Commission’s system is in Mandarin, we would like to ask all parents who are able to write in Mandarin to fill in the Chinese version of the survey. The school will translate data for all families who submit their answers in English. Please follow the input example closely. 

Survey in Mandarin: https://www.dulwich-beijing.cn/cf_forms/view.cfm?formID=66

Survey in English: https://www.dulwich-beijing.cn/cf_forms/view.cfm?formID=67

 If you have any questions or encounter any technical difficulties please contact Louise Niu in our Admissions office at Louise.Niu@dulwich-beijing.cn.  

This information will NOT be used to update our school records. Also, please ensure that Campus Administrator has the hard copy of your child/ren’s most updated valid passport.

 

DCB SCHOOL PHOTOS ORDERING

Your children’s individual, class and large format full school photographs can be now ordered online!
Each student should have already received an envelope with directions of how to access the KidsPhoto Studio website for ordering school photos. The photos can be viewed online and the large format full school photos are also displayed at our receptions, if you wish to see them prior to order.
For e-safety reasons, we have individual login passwords for each student. You can purchase printed versions of individual, class and full school photographs and digital files of individual photos only. The deadline for orders is on Tuesday, November 22nd.

For your convenience, we do recommend parents to view and purchase photos online. The staff from the KidsPhoto Studio will be available at Legend Garden and Riviera Main campus reception areas on November 21st & 22nd between 8:00am – 4:00pm to answer any further questions and collect cash orders, in case you encountered any difficulties with online purchase.

Please note that cash orders can be placed ONLY during these two days and payments have to be received directly by the studio staff, not passed onto teachers or campus administrators. The photos will be delivered to the school before the Christmas holidays (by December 16th).

For any enquiries please contact KidsPhoto Studio directly at 132 4170 2044 (English) or 1368 156 9170 (Chinese) or via email at kidsphoto_beijing@163.com

 

 
       
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11 November: Newsletter

  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please click above or follow the links for updates from: Senior SchoolJunior SchoolEarly YearsEvents Team.

 

Dear Parents,

You will receive this newsletter on the 11th November, which is of course a significant date throughout the UK and the Commonwealth of Nations. First World War hostilities formally ended at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month of 1918. Remembrance Day was marked in Dulwich by the sale of poppies and by an extraordinary assembly put together by Catherine McCaw, the Senior School Head of History, and a group of Year 12 students. Not only did we remember the brave actions of those involved in the First World War, but also those who have lost their lives in more recent wars throughout the world. The students learnt about the Syrian crisis and the futility of war was exemplified through meaningful photos and video clips. It was a brilliant analysis and reminder of how fortunate we are. Ms. McCaw and her team of helpers deserve our thanks for this presentation which was both sombre and informative.

Money was also directed towards another charitable cause this week. The Dulwich ‘Pink Day’ raised awareness of breast cancer and our students, parents and teachers all played their part, through buying pins, paying to wear pink, running around the sports pitches or buying coffees and cakes from Coffee and Books. Well done all for this community effort.

It has been a while since the last newsletter, owing to the staff professional learning days last week. I would like to thank the teachers and administrative staff for honing their practice, learning new skills and working with others to offer the very best educational experience to all our students. Both Thursday 3 and Friday 4 November proved very useful. I would like to thank in particular Mr. Chris Harmon, Head of Additional Educational Needs (AEN) in the Junior School, and Ms. Christine Ainsworth, Head of AEN in Early Years, for organising a conference on AEN, with a focus on wellbeing. This conference at DCB was attended by delegates from six other countries and included an excellent keynote presenter, Professor Barry Carpenter, CBE. The feedback has been very positive and our own emphasis on the wellbeing of our students has been heightened.

Also last week, I attended two key events to represent Dulwich. The first was the visit by Lord Sassoon to the British Embassy. Lord Sassoon is the new Chair of the China-Britain Business Council, an organisation which seeks to respect and enhance the China-Britain relationship. Secondly, I attended the FOBISIA Heads’ Conference in Bangkok which allowed Heads of British International Schools from across Asia to share challenges and highlights, hold a business meeting and discuss interesting sporting developments.

This week has been as entertaining as ever and our Year 5 children excelled themselves on Thursday evening under the guidance of their class teachers and Head of Year Mrs. Emily Hennessy. Their D’Inspiration performance which highlighted famous people from the worlds of technology, science, humanitarianism, sport and civil rights, was a joy to watch.

During the pollution follow-up meeting convened recently, I promised parents that I would give regular communication on the latest actions. I am now in a position to give deadlines and more detailed information. I would like to reiterate that the only way to obtain clarity is through direct contact with me or Mr. Allan, as opposed to social media channels, which lead to confusion. Since our well-attended Town Hall meeting on 26 October, we have been working extremely hard to further improve air quality at the College. As I mentioned during the Town Hall, there are many areas of the College where air quality is very good. We also know that there are some areas that do not meet our expectations.  However, please make no mistake – this is a priority for me and my leadership team.  In terms of progress, we are pressing ahead with the installation of the additional filtration units in the restaurant, Junior School dining hall, SSC and main reception area, all of which will be completed by 15 December at the latest. 

We are also going to install further units in additional learning spaces, as well as corridors, theatres and libraries.  Our assessment of the best way of improving the air in the Sports Hall and Swimming Pool is now complete and work will be undertaken during the Christmas break.  We have also just completed our assessment on our air quality monitoring solution, which will ensure data is available from January.  Lastly, as our air quality is also dependent on our fresh air system, we are commissioning a specialist to audit our system and make recommendations.  All these measures, taken together, will ensure our air quality continues to improve. If you take your own measurements, I would respectfully ask that you share those readings in the first instance with my Operations team, to enable you and the team to compare and discuss the results that we take with our own specialist air quality monitors.  The Frequently Asked Questions are now on the parent portal, as promised. Thank you as always for the support and understanding that you continue to show to the College and its students, as we come together as a community to improve air quality.

Finally, a word or two in support of the Dulwich Dinner Dance Committee. We are very much looking forward to this event on 19 November and hope to see many of you there.

Have a good weekend.

Kind regards,

 

Simon Herbert

Headmaster

 

                                                                   NOTIFICATIONS

Community Events - November Calendar

Updated Contact Details

We would like to ask parents to email Admissions@dulwich-beijing.cn with updated information i.e. home address, mobile/home telephone or email address if these have recently changed.


Friends of Dulwich Enrichment Fund – DEADLINE EXTENDED TO FRIDAY, 26 NOVEMBER!

The Friends of Dulwich is pleased to invite applications for the Enrichment Fund for academic year 2016/17.

The fund available is RMB120,000 – 20% more than last year. 

To encourage more applications, the deadline has been extended to Friday, 26 November 2016.

Please login to the Friends Page on the Parent Portal for the Guidelines and Application Form.

If you have questions regarding the fund or how to apply, please email Iris.Tian@dulwich-beijing.cn.


REMINDER: Important Survey from the Beijing Municipal Commission of Education

The Beijing Municipal Commission of Education launched a new online data management system (DMS) and all schools registered under the Commission as International Schools for Children of Foreign Personnel are required to have all the necessary information on their staff, students, and parents ready online in DMS. The goal of this new practice is for the Commission to have the complete information and to closely monitor the operations in schools in a more efficient and timely manner. 

In order to capture all required the most updated information, we would like to ask all parents to fill in the survey below. It will only take you few minutes. As the Commission’s system is in Mandarin, we would like to ask all parents who are able to write in Mandarin to fill in the Chinese version of the survey. The school will translate data for all families who submit their answers in English. Please follow the input example closely. 

Survey in Mandarin: https://www.dulwich-beijing.cn/cf_forms/view.cfm?formID=66

Survey in English: https://www.dulwich-beijing.cn/cf_forms/view.cfm?formID=67

The initial submission deadline has passed, however we are extending it till Monday, November 14th, as we are still waiting for more submissions.

 If you have any questions or encounter any technical difficulties please contact Louise Niu in our Admissions office at Louise.Niu@dulwich-beijing.cn.  

This information will NOT be used to update our school records. Also, please ensure that Campus Administrator has the hard copy of your child/ren’s most updated valid passport.

 

DCB SCHOOL PHOTOS ORDERING

Your children’s individual, class and large format full school photographs can be now ordered online!
Each student should have already received an envelope with directions of how to access the KidsPhoto Studio website for ordering school photos. The photos can be viewed online and the large format full school photos are also displayed at our receptions, if you wish to see them prior to order.
For e-safety reasons, we have individual login passwords for each student. You can purchase printed versions of individual, class and full school photographs and digital files of individual photos only. The deadline for orders is on Tuesday, November 22nd.

For your convenience, we do recommend parents to view and purchase photos online. The staff from the KidsPhoto Studio will be available at Legend Garden and Riviera Main campus reception areas on November 21st & 22nd between 8:00am – 4:00pm to answer any further questions and collect cash orders, in case you encountered any difficulties with online purchase.

Please note that cash orders can be placed ONLY during these two days and payments have to be received directly by the studio staff, not passed onto teachers or campus administrators. The photos will be delivered to the school before the Christmas holidays (by December 16th).

For any enquiries please contact KidsPhoto Studio directly at 132 4170 2044 (English) or 1368 156 9170 (Chinese) or via email at kidsphoto_beijing@163.com

 

Dulwich Dinner Dance – TICKETS SOLD OUT, SILENT AUCTION TAKING PLACE CURRENTLY.

Date: Saturday, 19 November 2016

Time: 6:00pm till late

Location: Park Hyatt Beijing

Tickets are all sold out for the Dinner Dance this year. However, parents can still be involved as a donor.  As a fundraising event, the Dulwich Dinner Dance is a wonderful opportunity for the entire Dulwich Community to get together, with all profits donated to Ai You Young Heart Project, which provides financial aid to children suffering from Congenital Heart Disease (CHD).

The Friends’ Organising Committee for the Dinner Dance has sourced art works from Early Years and Junior School students and put together an art exhibition. The art pieces are on display at the Main Reception areas of Legend Garden and Riviera Main Campus. Parents may bid for the pieces if they wish to be a donor to the Ai You Young Heart Project. Bids start from RMB200 in the Silent Auction. Please contact Ms Wu Lan at lunasinluz@gmail.com or scan the QR code below if you would like to bid for any of the artworks.

 
       
 http://www.dulwich-beijing.cn/ 

28 October: Newsletter

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please click above or follow the links for updates from: Senior SchoolJunior SchoolEarly YearsEvents Team.

 

Dear Parents,

I would like to thank all the Friends of Dulwich who helped with the Roundabout Book Fair at DCB. RMB 57,182 was raised through the sale of books, the mobile coffee stall and the student performances over the three days. What a wonderful piece of teamwork.

Some parents also gave their time on Wednesday evening to attend the presentation and question-answer session on air quality. I am grateful to the parents who shared their views with such clarity and conviction. As both Headmaster and a parent myself, I can assure all parents and students that I shall continue to focus on this issue until all is resolved. I am well supported by our Director of Business Administration, Mr. Ross Allan, along with the Dulwich College International Chairman, Mr. Fraser White, and CEO, Mr. Christian Guertler. We shall communicate all actions. The large public areas will be tackled forthwith, starting with the Atrium (Main Reception). A list of Frequently Asked Questions will appear on the parent portal next week. Another smaller meeting is scheduled for some follow-up points, and this group, which includes our parental Health and Safety Committee representative Catherine Ho, will feedback through the usual routes. I shall keep you informed.

Last week we were congratulating Junior School sports teams and this week it is the turn of their Senior School peers. Well done to the DCB Girls 2nd Tennis Team, Annika Menon and Mika Yokota, who won the ACAMIS title with an impressively consistent display – and all this when they are only Year 8 age in an U19 tournament! Please read the review of this, and our boys’ second place, in Mr. Hawkins’ Senior School newsletter. You will also find more details of the ISAC football tournaments, in which DCB won three trophies out of six, with the Girls U13 and U14 teams, as well as the Boys U14 team, bringing home gold medals. As Mr. Lydall says, ‘The results are a testament to the hard work put in since the start of the academic year by the players and coaches, all expertly guided by our new Head of Football, Mr. Hurworth.’

Another message from Mr. Lydall this week brings good news on sports communication for parents and students. Please read the below:

SOCS Sport is here!

“We are delighted to announce the launch of the DCB SOCS Sport site. SOCS Sport is a dedicated web-based platform that I hope will develop quickly into the focal point for sports communication between parents, students and staff.

SOCS is used by the majority of top UK independent schools and is generally considered to be the market leader in school sport communication. The key features of the DCB SOCS Sport site are the sports calendar, live fixtures and results as well as a variety of other team information. I hope that the introduction of SOCS Sport will have a significant impact on the quality of sport related communication that we are able to provide at DCB.

Please access SOCS Sport through the school website: learning, sports, fixtures and results.”

http://www.schoolssports.com/school/?id=28565&Custom=On

Teamwork seems to be a theme in this week’s newsletter (appropriately enough when our current Dulwich Value is Collaboration), and no more so than in the visit by the extraordinary Red Arrows, the famous British aeronautical display team. They represent the best of teamwork, trust and communication, flying in formation at supersonic speeds whilst performing in front of thousands of people each year. I remember them as a child and no official large public celebration would be complete without a fly past by the Red Arrows. I had the pleasure of showing Group Captain Finn Moynihan around the College. I was a little worried when we lost the other Arrows at one point but fortunately they managed to find each other, as usual, this time near the dining hall.

This week I had the chance to attend the DCB Young Musician of the Year competition for Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4/5 students. The quality was as high as ever and I commend all the performers. Likewise, our Early Years mothers, and one father, deserve commendation for their sparkling performances in the Spider and Pumpkin Halloween Show for their children. Well done all!

And finally, another piece of good news. It is with pleasure that I can reveal that DCB has been shortlisted for a British International School Award for Teaching Initiative. Mr. Stanley began the Blended Maths project with his team and now Ms. Brown is developing this further. We are through to the last four schools from around the world. The prize ceremony takes place in London in January 2017.

 

Have a good weekend.

Kind regards,

 

Simon Herbert

Headmaster

 

                                                                   NOTIFICATIONS

Community Events - November Calendar

Updated Contact Details

We would like to ask parents to email Admissions@dulwich-beijing.cn with updated information i.e. home address, mobile/home telephone or email address if these have recently changed.

 

Friends of Dulwich Enrichment Fund – APPLY NOW!

The Friends of Dulwich is pleased to invite applications for the Enrichment Fund for academic year 2016/17.

The fund available is RMB120,000 – 20% more than last year. 

Please login to the Friends Page on the Parent Portal for the Guidelines and Application Form.

Apply now - applications close on Friday, 11 November 2016.


DCB Open House Events In November

We will be organising two open house events in November. The events are open to prospective parents only but we hope that parents will help to share the news with your friends and family.

Senior School Open House
Date: Friday, 11 November 2016
Time: 9:00am to 12:00pm
Venue: Legend Garden Campus
 
Meet the Senior School leadership team including Head of Senior School, Mr Richard Hawkins at DCB’s first Senior School Open House this academic year.  Topics that will be covered include ‘The DCB Senior School Curriculum’, ‘Transitioning from Junior to Senior School’, ‘How to Raise a Resilient and Successful Teenager’ and ‘DCB’s Approach to University Counselling'. A campus tour and Q&A session will follow the programme.

Kindly register on YooPay - https://yoopay.cn/event/NovSSOpenHouse or send an email to Flora.Zhang@dulwich-beijing.cn to reserve your seat.

DCB Open House – Early Years in Action

Date: Thursday, 17 November 2016
Time: 8:30 - 10:30am
Location: Riviera Main Campus

Learn more about DCB's approach to teaching and learning in the Early Years at our Open House event on 17 November.  David Mumford, the Head of Early Years, will be doing a presentation on ‘Early Years at DCB – a UK curriculum designed for the hands, hearts and minds of international young learners’.

Campus tour and Q&A session will be held after the presentation. Please register via YooPay - https://yoopay.cn/event/NovEYOpenHouse or via email to Flora.Zhang@dulwich-beijing.cn.


Dulwich Dinner Dance - LIMITED SEATS AVAILABLE! BOOK NOW!

Date: Saturday, 19 November 2016

Time: 6:00PM till late

Location: Park Hyatt Beijing

The Dulwich Dinner Dance is one of key social and fundraising events for the DCB community. This year’s theme is "Minguo"民国 and it will be held at Park Hyatt Beijing on 19 November 2016. Minguo was an era of great change and brilliant new ideas where some of China’s greatest minds emerged.  It was also a stylish, modern and romantic era. 

As a fundraising event, the Dulwich Dinner Dance is a wonderful opportunity for the entire Dulwich Community to get together, with all profits donated to Ai You Young Heart Project, which provides financial aid to children suffering from Congenital Heart Disease (CHD).

An individual ticket costs RMB1,180. The price is reduced to RMB1,080 per ticket for a table of 12. Tickets will go on sale from 19 October onwards. Please contact Ms Wu Lan at lunasinluz@gmail.com if you would like to reserve a seat.

The Dinner Dance Committee is currently seeking donations from individuals or organisations. If you are interested in becoming a sponsor of this wonderful charity event, please contact our sponsorship coordinators Selina Han at pinkhan@foxmail.com or Erika Ji at 1150888948@qq.com for more details.

 
       
 http://www.dulwich-beijing.cn/ 

21 October: Newsletter

  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please click above or follow the links for updates from: Senior SchoolJunior SchoolEarly YearsEvents Team.

 

Dear Parents,

Last weekend was a busy one for many teachers and students. The Boys Varsity Volleyball Team won ISAC over at BSB, beating ISB in the semi-final and BSB in the final. The spirit and sportsmanship were excellent throughout and we congratulate the boys and their coach, Mr. Newman. In the meantime, back at DCB our Chinese teachers were attending some excellent professional development. Grace Gong, Head of Senior School Chinese, managed to persuade Ms. Shelly Zhou, famous actress and current Professor of Drama at Peking University, to train our teachers and 50 others from 14 international schools around Beijing. The teachers learned of the important educational links between drama and language teaching and learning. This will have an immediate impact in the classroom and we appreciate Ms. Zhou’s visit.

We were delighted to welcome the International School of Amsterdam to DCB on Thursday. The Year 9 students from this school in Holland all study Mandarin and were here to meet our students and work with our Chinese Department. I am keen to see DCB students make connections with their counterparts around the world, thereby developing a broad mind, international outlook and respect for others. It was interesting that the initiation of the link came from one of the Mandarin teachers in Amsterdam, who was advised by a Beijing parent to contact Dulwich first. We hope our guests had a lovely day.

In our Early Years, the highlight this week was the ‘Early Years in Action’ morning. This allowed prospective parents a chance to view the wonderful learning environment at Riviera Main Campus. David Mumford, John Astbury, Nicola Fennemore and the whole Riviera team did a superb job and I even have four Headmaster’s Commendations to award to Year 2 children who gave tours to the visitors! David Mumford gave a presentation and then the visiting families had a chance to chat with teachers and leaders. Of the 29 families who attended, 1 would like to sign up immediately, 5 would like to join in Jan 2017, 13 in Autumn 2017 and 5 in 2018. This reflects the strength of Riviera and its teachers, and we are grateful also to our marketing and events team for their organisation and support.

It has been an amazing week for football in the Junior School!

At the Suzhou tournament last weekend both Boys A and B teams won the plate competitions and the girls played well to come 4th overall in their competition. This week all year groups have sent teams to BSB for invitational tournaments. On Tuesday the U11 boys and girls both won 2nd place (coaches, Jack Alford, Sara Hunter). On Thursday the U9 Girls team won 1st place (coach, Redemta Ndirangu) and today we have just heard the news that our U8 Boys and Girls (coaches Joshua Howarth and Stephen Hurworth) both gained 1st place - well done all for the huge effort and teamwork!



In last week’s newsletter letter I mentioned that there would soon be a presentation and question-answer session on pollution. The plan is to share with parents exactly what DCB is doing to provide the healthiest environment possible for our students and your children. This is an important matter for all of us and I am pleased to say that this will take place next week, on Wednesday 26th October at 6pm in the Wodehouse Theatre. Please see the ‘Upcoming Events’ section of this newsletter for full details. I look forward to seeing as many of you here as possible.

Thank you to the very many parents who drive carefully and considerately. Unfortunately, a small number of parents/drivers are dropping off their child at Gate 7 and causing traffic jams. Please view the important drop-off messages this week in the individual school newsletters. Reminder: the bridge to the College is the access point to DCB, not Gate 7. If your child cannot walk through injury, please contact your Head of School. Our students will be reminded of this by their Head of School.

Our visit from the pilot Tracey Curtis-Taylor, who delivered the Shackleton Lecture, was a great success. We all thoroughly enjoyed hearing of her inspiration to fly solo from UK to Australia in a small biplane and how all her journeys have helped her build resilience along with a sense of adventure. We are most grateful to Ms. Curtis-Taylor for spending time with us.

 

Finally, there will be a ‘fun run’ soon in collaboration with two other international schools in Beijing (ISB and BSB). Please see the Upcoming Events if you would like to join in with this collaborative chance to exercise!

Have a good weekend.

Kind regards,

 

Simon Herbert

Headmaster

 

                                                                   NOTIFICATIONS

Community Events - October Calendar

Updated Contact Details

We would like to ask parents to email Admissions@dulwich-beijing.cn with updated information i.e. home address, mobile/home telephone or email address if these have recently changed.

 

Friends of Dulwich Enrichment Fund – APPLY NOW!

The Friends of Dulwich is pleased to invite applications for the Enrichment Fund for academic year 2016/17.

The fund available is RMB120,000 – 20% more than last year. 

Please login to the Friends Page on the Parent Portal for the Guidelines and Application Form.

Apply now - applications close on Friday, 11 November 2016.

 

Air Quality Measures at DCB – A Town Hall Meeting

Date: 26 October 2016
Time: 6:00 – 7:00pm
Location: Wodehouse Theatre, Legend Garden Campus

At Dulwich College Beijing, the health and well-being of our students is a top priority. For that reason, DCB takes Beijing’s unique environmental factors, including pollution, extremely seriously. To fully address this sensitive issue, DCB cordially invites our parent community to attend an informative discussion on how DCB addresses air quality at school.

The talk will feature two key presenters: Headmaster Simon Herbert, and Louie Cheng, President of PureLiving China, China’s leading indoor environmental health and safety consulting firm. Topics will include how we tackle pollution at Dulwich, the vast improvements made to classrooms and facilities over the summer holiday, as well as our plans for further improvement going forward.

Please note that this event is open to DCB parents only. A Q&A session consisting of five panelists – Simon, Louie, DCB’s Director of Business Administration Ross Allan, DCI’s Director of Operations Shane Frecklington and Steven Hu, DCI’s Associate Director of Operations, will follow the talk.

Refreshments will be provided at the event. Please RSVP via Yoopay here - https://yoopay.cn/event/TownhallOnAQI 

For more information, please contact Flora Zhang at Flora.Zhang@dulwich-beijing.cn


Dulwich Dinner Dance - SAVE THE DATE!

Date: Saturday, 19 November 2016

Time: 6:00PM till late

Location: Park Hyatt Beijing

The Dulwich Dinner Dance is one of key social and fundraising events for the DCB community. This year’s theme is "Minguo"民国 and it will be held at Park Hyatt Beijing on 19 November 2016. Minguo was an era of great change and brilliant new ideas where some of China’s greatest minds emerged.  It was also a stylish, modern and romantic era. 

As a fundraising event, the Dulwich Dinner Dance is a wonderful opportunity for the entire Dulwich Community to get together, with all profits donated to Ai You Young Heart Project, which provides financial aid to children suffering from Congenital Heart Disease (CHD).

An individual ticket costs RMB1,180. The price is reduced to RMB1,080 per ticket for a table of 12. Tickets will go on sale from 19 October onwards. Please contact Ms Wu Lan at lunasinluz@gmail.com if you would like to reserve a seat.

The Dinner Dance Committee is currently seeking donations from individuals or organisations. If you are interested in becoming a sponsor of this wonderful charity event, please contact our sponsorship coordinators Selina Han at pinkhan@foxmail.com or Erika Ji at 1150888948@qq.com for more details.

 
       
 http://www.dulwich-beijing.cn/ 

14 October: Newsletter

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please click above or follow the links for updates from: Senior SchoolJunior SchoolEarly YearsEvents Team.

 

Dear Parents,

It was a pleasure to see the students back in their schools so happy and refreshed after the holiday. I hope you managed to enjoy some special family time, wherever you were.

We stayed in Beijing and, despite some adverse weather, enjoyed a restful week. I would like to thank Mr. Hurworth and Mr. Burns for organising a superb football camp during the holiday. 

Mr. Hurworth is actually away in Suzhou now with many Year 3 and 4 children at a Dulwich football tournament until Sunday, so he really will need another holiday soon!

Also during the week, the Herbert family enjoyed a visit or two to the China Open Tennis, to see some great matches and to support the Roundabout Charity. Mrs. Mary Kate Brown does an amazing job for Roundabout and even managed to negotiate the installation of a Roundabout book stall within the tournament grounds. 

We were proud that two of our students were heavily involved as volunteers at the China Open tournament, having been selected from a huge number of applicants. Both Elizabeth and Victoria Ji were responsible for assisting the ball boys, ball girls and supervisors in their work. The girls showed an excellent attitude and have clearly picked up on service to others. This is an excerpt from an article sent by Elizabeth (Year 11):

‘We brought bottled water to the supervisors. These supervisors have an evaluation grid they have to complete in order to select the best ballkids to stay until the finals. We also had to take these evaluation grids back to the main office and transfer all comments that were written down on the paper onto a shared link, where they store all the scores for each ballkid. We were also able to plan a ballkids’ competition. My sister and I thought of 5 fun unique games that you can play without changing much from the basic tennis rules. Throughout this activity we were able to make friends from France and Australia. We really like to help people no matter what kind of work we have to do. Overall, we believe that it was a great experience volunteering for the China Open.’

This week I have enjoyed a ‘Meet the Headmaster’ gathering, a lunch organised by Mrs. Pankratz with university admissions officers from Rice, Vanderbilt, Cornell and Chicago, and a lunch with our Korean parental representatives. I would like to thank our Korean representatives for all they do to communicate school news and our ethos to the Korean community. 

I have realised that the life of a Headmaster is never dull. I glanced at my diary on Monday and saw that I had a chess match to play, against a Chinese grandmaster who has been national champion six times! Mr. Ye Jiang Chuan has even played against Kasparov, Karpov and Short. Mr. Burns, our Head of DCP, persuaded this grandmaster to visit and play against ten Junior School children at the same time and then against me, which I am sure was not the highlight of his career. I tried not to let DCB down too badly and to keep the game going as long as possible, before finally having to resign my king. 

I would like to highlight an opportunity for parents to attend an inspiring talk from a risk-taking adventurer! Each year, all the Dulwich International Schools invite one special speaker to give what is known as the Shackleton Lecture. The Shackleton Lecture series commemorates Old Alleynian and renowned explorer Ernest Shackleton. The series features leading explorers speaking to students about grit, determination and courage to help them uncover a sense of adventure in everyday life. This year’s Shackleton Lecture is hosted by Tracey Curtis-Taylor, a British aviator renowned for her long distance flights in vintage open cockpit aircraft. In 2015 – 2016, Tracey completed the 23,000km journey from Farnborough, England to Sydney, Australia in a 1942 Boeing Stearman, in honour of Amy Johnson’s flight from Britain to Australia. We have opened this opportunity to parents also. The lecture will take place on Monday 17th October from 2.30pm – 3.30pm in Room 308 at Legend Garden. You may book your seat on yoopay or ask See Kay Leong for further details (seekay.leong@dulwich-beijing.cn).

Earlier in this letter I mentioned the weather. There will soon be a presentation and question-answer session on pollution. Work has been carried out during the summer, particularly in classrooms (with 54 extra ceiling mounted filters). Work in larger areas is to take place soon. As the Headmaster and also a parent myself, this is a priority, and the health of our students will always be top of my agenda. I would like to ask you two things. First, please keep a look out for the date of the pollution presentation, which will be led by representatives from Pure Living, the school leadership (Mr Allan, who is our Bursar, and myself) and the DCI Operations Department. Second, please do not bring your own personal ‘laser eggs’ to school in order to walk around taking readings in our corridors and classrooms. This is unhelpful to our students and teachers, no matter how well intentioned. Instead of this, please attend the presentation and question-answer session and hear of the progress being made and the challenges ahead. Of course, you can also see me at any point after this – just book a meeting through Ms. Zhou.

In terms of the car park, the new permit system will begin on Monday 17th October. Thank you to all the many parents who have applied for this. We are committed to stop any dangerous or selfish driving in the car park and are delighted that so many of you have supported this aim. Point to note: the permit needs to be displayed at drop off and pick-up (i.e. when actually driving in the car park). It does not need to be left on your dashboard after you have parked and come into the school for any reason.

Finally, I would like to finish this week’s newsletter with an amazing piece of academic news about two Year 12 students. Jenny Hwang achieved ‘Best in the World’ for her result in IGCSE Foreign Language Mandarin and Brooklyn Han (whose family moved to the UK during the summer) obtained the award ‘Best in China’ for his IGCSE in Music. We are extremely proud of these two students and their teachers. This impressive feat will be celebrated at a ceremony in Beijing on 30th November, organised by the Cambridge International Examination Board. Here is Jenny after receiving the news.

Have a good weekend.

 

Kind regards,

 

Simon Herbert

Headmaster

 

                                                                   NOTIFICATIONS

Community Events - October Calendar

Reminder: Notice of Withdrawal From Term 2

If your child will not be returning in Term 2 (9th Jan 2017 to 31st Mar 2017), please send written notification to the Admissions Department (Admissions@dulwich-beijing.cn) by Saturday 15th Oct 2016 in order to qualify for a refund.

 

Updated Contact Details

We would like to ask parents to email Admissions@dulwich-beijing.cn with updated information i.e. home address, mobile/home telephone or email address if these have recently changed.

 

Summer Photo Competition Winners on Display Next Week!

As the temperatures continue to cool down and warm weather feels like just a memory, head to the Main Lobby of the Legend Garden Campus next week and reminisce about ‘Summer Fun’, the theme of this year’s Summer Photo Competition! The winners of the annual competition, which is open to all students, parents, and staff of DCB, will be on full display!  Don’t miss seeing amazing memories from the DCB community enjoying the best season of the year to its fullest. 

Our judge for the competition, Jack Xu said he looked at the story each photo was telling as well as the skills of the photographer to determine the winners. Jack has been a photographer for 10 years and his CV includes events for the American embassy, including a shoot of US President Obama! 

Category: Students

1st Place

Flemming Li, Year 13  —  Boston Downtown, Massachusettes


 

2nd Place

Susha/Xenia Edwards, Year 8 —  Nantucket Island

3rd Place

Kaleo Zhu, Year 8 —  Seaside, OR, USA

 

Category: Parents

1st Place

Nick Low —  The Beach in Guam 

2nd Place
Heuijong Lee  —  Moliets, France 

 

3rd Place

Huo Xin — Deschutes River in Central Oregon 

 

Category: Staff

 

1st Place

Mark Pankratz — Venice, Italy

2nd Place
Kasia Baran —  Zoo in Poland

 

3rd Place

Michael Zhang —  Kyoto, Japan

 

Friends of Dulwich Enrichment Fund – APPLY NOW!

The Friends of Dulwich is pleased to invite applications for the Enrichment Fund for academic year 2016/17.

The fund available is RMB120,000 – 20% more than last year. 

Please login to the Friends Page on the Parent Portal for the Guidelines and Application Form.

Apply now - applications close on Friday, 11 November 2016.

 

Seeking Volunteers for the Roundabout Book Fair @ DCB 

DCB will be hosting the Roundabout Book Fair on 22, 24 & 25 October 2016.

Volunteers are needed on the following dates:

Set up – 21 October 2016, 9:00am onwards

Fair Days- 22, 24 & 25 October. 2 shifts per day: 9:45am to 12:30pm, 12:30 – 3:00pm

Take down – 26 October, 8:30am onwards

To sign up, please contact Friederike at mhm-wob@t-online.de or telephone 188 8884 0157 or WeChat ID: Friederike197.

 

DCB Open House – Early Years in Action

Date: 19 October 2016

Time: 9:00 to 10:45am

Location: Riviera Main Campus

Contact: Flora.Zhang@dulwich-beijing.cn

Learn more about Early Years at our very first open house event of the year!

David Mumford, the Head of Early Years, will be doing a presentation on ‘Early Years at DCB – a UK curriculum designed for the hands, hearts and minds of international young learners’.

Campus tour and Q&A session will be held after the presentation.

The open house is open to prospective parents only, but we would be grateful if current DCB parents can help to spread the news to your family and friends.

Dulwich Dinner Dance - SAVE THE DATE!

Date: Saturday, 19 November 2016

Time: 6:00PM till late

Location: Park Hyatt Beijing

The Dulwich Dinner Dance is one of key social and fundraising events for the DCB community. This year’s theme is "Minguo"民国 and it will be held at Park Hyatt Beijing on 19 November 2016. Minguo was an era of great change and brilliant new ideas where some of China’s greatest minds emerged.  It was also a stylish, modern and romantic era. 

As a fundraising event, the Dulwich Dinner Dance is a wonderful opportunity for the entire Dulwich Community to get together, with all profits donated to Ai You Young Heart Project, which provides financial aid to children suffering from Congenital Heart Disease (CHD).

An individual ticket costs RMB1,180. The price is reduced to RMB1,080 per ticket for a table of 12. Tickets will go on sale from 19 October onwards. Please contact Ms Wu Lan at lunasinluz@gmail.com if you would like to reserve a seat.

The Dinner Dance Committee is currently seeking donations from individuals or organisations. If you are interested in becoming a sponsor of this wonderful charity event, please contact our sponsorship coordinators Selina Han at pinkhan@foxmail.com or Erika Ji at 1150888948@qq.com for more details.

 
       
 http://www.dulwich-beijing.cn/ 

30 September: Newsletter

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please click above or follow the links for updates from: Senior SchoolJunior SchoolEarly YearsEvents Team.

 

Dear Parents,

An astonishingly busy week for students, teachers and parents of DCB. Just a glance through the Early Years, Junior School and Senior School newsletters will give you an idea of just how much has been going on in the schools. It has been a pleasure to see such energy and passion.

Our Legend Garden Early Years teachers met with Ms. Kate Beith (DCI Deputy Director of Schools) this week as part of an environmental audit. I would like to thank all our Early Years teachers for their willingness to share best practice and for their hard work in making their school so special. Riviera staff will have their turn later in the term.

Mr. John Todd (Regional Director of China Schools) was also with us and told me how much he had enjoyed meeting our students. In fact he went further, saying that the atmosphere in the College really was quite special, with students of all ages speaking to adults confidently and engagingly. He was truly impressed and I think our students deserve to be commended for this, as do the teachers, for developing such a rapport.

On the subject of commendations, I was delighted today to be able to present a Headmaster’s Commendation to one of our youngest students. Daniel He, a toddler in Ms. Van Ginkel’s class, took it upon himself to show kindness to a classmate, helping Yuna to put on her socks, shoes and bracelet! She seems to be enjoying the attention. The photos speak for themselves.

Kindness and Collaboration (two of our Dulwich Values) have also been seen in abundance in our Junior and Senior Schools this week. Both Junior and Senior Schools held superb Sports Days, for which we thank Mr. and Mrs. Lydall, Mr. Durbin and all the PE staff. The Year 6 students performed brilliantly in their dramatic musical ‘Disaster Strikes’, which illustrated some of the ways we can help others involved in natural disasters. Utopian and dystopian themes were also covered in the most entertaining and informative way in the Senior School too, through an English Department Utopia Day and through the screening of the excellent, award winning film, ‘The Remnant’, of which I have written in previous newsletters. The director of the film, Karmia Olutade, spoke highly of all the students involved and their sincere dedication to environmental issues. We are all so proud of the actors.

This week has included a number of firsts for me. I enjoyed my first Board of Trustees meeting and would like to thank the parental representatives who put in so much work in support of the College. The conversations were fruitful and we were fortunate to be joined by Mr. Christian Guertler (CEO of Dulwich College International), Dr. Cameron Pyke (Deputy Head External from Dulwich College London), Mr. Brian McDouall (Director of Schools for Dulwich International), and Mr. John Todd (Regional Director of Schools). Helen and I also enjoyed an evening with the Headmasters (Principals) and their spouses from other international schools in Beijing. It is important to discuss highlights and concerns together as a group, for invariably we share similar issues as like-minded colleagues. I am pleased to say that many favourable comments were directed towards DCB, its teaching staff and students.

Our parents have been really active this week, in dinner-dance discussions, charity and year group committees, safeguarding and university presentations, and all manner of workshops. This is impressive and indicates the high levels of parental engagement throughout the College. In turn, I would like to support our parents by giving the following message. The Friends are now launching applications for the Enrichment Fund 2016-17. The guidelines and application form can be found on the Friends’ Section of the Parent Portal.

Finally, it is time for Golden Week. Well done in particular to all our new teachers for not only surviving but thriving in the first half of term.

May I wish you all a very good holiday, whether you are remaining in Beijing or travelling further afield.

Kind regards,

 

Simon Herbert

Headmaster

 

                                                                   NOTIFICATIONS

Community Events - October Calendar

Reminder: Notice of Withdrawal From Term 2

If your child will not be returning in Term 2 (9th Jan 2017 to 31st Mar 2017), please send written notification to the Admissions Department (Admissions@dulwich-beijing.cn) by Saturday 15th Oct 2016 in order to qualify for a refund.

 

Updated Contact Details

We would like to ask parents to email Admissions@dulwich-beijing.cn with updated information i.e. home address, mobile/home telephone or email address if these have recently changed.

 

Friends of Dulwich Enrichment Fund – APPLY NOW!

The Friends of Dulwich is pleased to invite applications for the Enrichment Fund for academic year 2016/17.

The fund available is RMB120,000 – 20% more than last year. 

Please login to the Friends Page on the Parent Portal for the Guidelines and Application Form.

Apply now - applications close on Friday, 11 November 2016.


The British Motorsport Festival (BMF)

A one- of –a –kind motorsport event for all the family taking place tomorrow! 

Please check the website for details: www.britishmotorfestival.com


Seeking Volunteers for the Roundabout Book Fair @ DCB 

DCB will be hosting the Roundabout Book Fair on 22, 24 & 25 October 2016.

Volunteers are needed on the following dates:

Set up – 21 October 2016, 9:00am onwards

Fair Days- 22, 24 & 25 October. 2 shifts per day: 9:45am to 12:30pm, 12:30 – 3:00pm

Take down – 26 October, 8:30am onwards

To sign up, please contact Friederike at mhm-wob@t-online.de or telephone 188 8884 0157 or WeChat ID: Friederike197.

 

DCB Open House – Early Years in Action

Date: 19 October 2016

Time: 9:00 to 10:45am

Location: Riviera Main Campus

Contact: Flora.Zhang@dulwich-beijing.cn

Learn more about Early Years at our very first open house event of the year!

David Mumford, the Head of Early Years, will be doing a presentation on ‘Early Years at DCB – a UK curriculum designed for the hands, hearts and minds of international young learners’.

Campus tour and Q&A session will be held after the presentation.

The open house is open to prospective parents only, but we would be grateful if current DCB parents can help to spread the news to your family and friends.

Dulwich Dinner Dance - SAVE THE DATE!

Date: Saturday, 19 November 2016

Time: 6:00PM till late

Location: Park Hyatt Beijing

The Dulwich Dinner Dance is one of key social and fundraising events for the DCB community. This year’s theme is "Minguo"民国 and it will be held at Park Hyatt Beijing on 19 November 2016. Minguo was an era of great change and brilliant new ideas where some of China’s greatest minds emerged.  It was also a stylish, modern and romantic era. 

As a fundraising event, the Dulwich Dinner Dance is a wonderful opportunity for the entire Dulwich Community to get together, with all profits donated to Ai You Young Heart Project, which provides financial aid to children suffering from Congenital Heart Disease (CHD).

An individual ticket costs RMB1,180. The price is reduced to RMB1,080 per ticket for a table of 12. Tickets will go on sale from 19 October onwards. Please contact Ms Wu Lan at lunasinluz@gmail.com if you would like to reserve a seat.

The Dinner Dance Committee is currently seeking donations from individuals or organisations. If you are interested in becoming a sponsor of this wonderful charity event, please contact our sponsorship coordinators Selina Han at pinkhan@foxmail.com or Erika Ji at 1150888948@qq.com for more details.

 
       
 http://www.dulwich-beijing.cn/ 

23 September: Newsletter

  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please click above or follow the links for updates from: Senior SchoolJunior SchoolEarly YearsEvents Team.

 

Dear Parents,

I write this from a sunny Shanghai where I joined all the other Dulwich College Headmasters this week for Steering Group. It has been wonderful spending time with these colleagues and sharing news and views. They have been most welcoming and it has been an exciting few days discussing our vision for the Dulwich Colleges in the group. I presented on a couple of exciting collaborations that DCB is currently investigating, and will share these with you when they come to fruition. I look forward to returning to Beijing on Sunday and to the buzz of DCB on Monday. I shall endeavour to keep my absences to a minimum, although inevitably there will be times ahead when I shall need to be away. I would like to reassure parents that during these absences, our excellent Heads of School will remain in constant contact with me. I also welcome any communication from parents and shall continue to reply as soon as possible.

Next week we welcome Kate Beith (Deputy Director of Dulwich International Schools, with specific focus on Early Years) and Melody Stuckey (Head of DUCKS at Dulwich College Suzhou) who will be busy leading an auditing team which includes David Mumford, our Head of Early Years. Our campus at RMC will be audited at a later date. We also welcome John Todd (Dulwich Director of China Schools) who will be visiting our College for two days, and we welcome his input and collaboration with our staff.

This week our Staff Social and Wellbeing Committee launched their annual events calendar with an invitation to staff and their families to come together for a social evening. I thank all members of this committee for the time and effort dedicated to the wellbeing of our staff. A healthy and enjoyable work environment is crucial in itself and of course to the success of the College. Our staff have recently been commended for their energy and determination by the organisers of the Global Corporate Challenge. I would like to particularly mention our new teachers, who joined us this academic year. They have settled very well and their dedication and enthusiasm have been a pleasure to see.

Collaboration was in evidence this week between Early Years and Senior School, with the arrival in the EY classrooms of our Year 12 CAS students. May I thank our Early Years teachers for welcoming these students and encouraging their creativity. My own son Will worked with Year 2s and described the experience as, ‘Great fun and exhausting, with such amazing children!’

In our Junior School this week, all year groups enjoyed the World’s Largest Lesson, aiming to gain a better understanding of some of the Sustainable Development Goals. Year 3 focused on poverty, Year 4 on ecosystems, Year 5 on water contamination and Year 6 on natural disasters and disease. Well done to all for examining these themes so thoroughly.

Last week I mentioned car parking. Please note that from Monday, October 17th, only cars with permits behind their windscreen will be allowed into the car park. The permits will display the parent’s name and child/ren's class/form group. These permits are not permanently stuck on the windscreen of cars but must be displayed when entering the car park and during drop-off and pick-up times.

In other news, we are also pleased to announce that the Dulwich College International group is planning to open a sister school in Beijing. This is projected to open in 2019 and will be a K to 12 Chinese international school for students who are PRC nationals. It will be based in Grasse Town, offering a curriculum that will blend the Chinese compulsory curriculum with the very best of a Dulwich College international education. A letter of intent has now been signed with the Luneng Group and the hard work now begins to bring the project into reality. The next step will be to seek the support and approval of the relevant licensing authorities.   

Dulwich College Beijing, which will remain the international flagship school in Beijing, is excited about the opportunities which will arise for our students from having a sister school so close at hand. Dulwich College Beijing will continue to offer the highest academic standards, rich culture, performance and sporting provisions that are integral to the holistic Dulwich College ethos. We are still in very early stages of development, but as soon as details about this exciting project become available we will be sure to let you know. If you would like to receive further information about the Chinese international school, please register your email with our Head of Admissions, Marketing and Communications, Ms. Kasia Baran, on kasia.baran@dulwich-beijing.cn

Finally, the wedding celebrations of Mr. Jordan Burns, Head of our Dulwich Community Programmes, and his wife Li Chao took place last weekend at Pinotage Restaurant. It was a beautiful occasion and enjoyed by all, including staff children and of course the happy couple themselves. We wish Jordan and Li Chao all happiness. 

Have a very good weekend.

 

Kind regards,

 

 

Simon Herbert

Headmaster

 

                                                                   NOTIFICATIONS

Community Events - September Calendar

Reminder: Notice of Withdrawal From Term 2

If your child will not be returning in Term 2 (9th Jan 2017 to 31st Mar 2017), please send written notification to the Admissions Department (Admissions@dulwich-beijing.cn) by Saturday 15th Oct 2016 in order to qualify for a refund.

 

Updated Contact Details

We would like to ask parents to email Admissions@dulwich-beijing.cn with updated information i.e. home address, mobile/home telephone or email address if these have recently changed.


Seeking Volunteers for the Roundabout Book Fair @ DCB 

DCB will be hosting the Roundabout Book Fair on 22, 24 & 25 October 2016.

Volunteers are needed on the following dates:

Set up – 21 October 2016, 9:00am onwards

Fair Days- 22, 24 & 25 October. 2 shifts per day: 9:45am to 12:30pm, 12:30 – 3:00pm

Take down – 26 October, 8:30am onwards

To sign up, please contact Friederike at mhm-wob@t-online.de or telephone 188 8884 0157 or WeChat ID: Friederike197.

 

DCB is looking for  our new Early Years Librarian! If you know anyone who would be interested in this local hire position, please forward them the advert below. 

Do you a have wide knowledge of children’s literature and love working with children? Do you have teaching skills and a keen interest in working with students of varying reading levels? Then consider applying to join DCB’s stellar Early Years team as an Early Years Librarian! While encouraging reading and teaching basic information skills is instrumental to this role, the successful candidate will be able to organise, catalogue, and classify library resources as well as select, maintain, and acquire appropriate resources for the Early Years Library. This position will assist the Head Librarian in special programming to include author visits, Panda Book promotion, Beijing Literary Festival, and other related events. 

To request the full job description, or for questions or enquiries, please contact DCB’s HR Manager at Rebecca.Xue@dulwich-beijing.cn.

To be considered for this position, interested applicants can send their CV and cover letter to the email address above by September 26.

 

DCB Open House – Early Years in Action

Date: 19 October 2016

Time: 9:00 to 10:45am

Location: Riviera Main Campus

Contact: Flora.Zhang@dulwich-beijing.cn

Learn more about Early Years at our very first open house event of the year!

David Mumford, the Head of Early Years, will be doing a presentation on ‘Early Years at DCB – a UK curriculum designed for the hands, hearts and minds of international young learners’.

Campus tour and Q&A session will be held after the presentation.

The open house is open to prospective parents only, but we would be grateful if current DCB parents can help to spread the news to your family and friends.

Dulwich Dinner Dance - SAVE THE DATE!

Date: Saturday, 19 November 2016

Time: 6:00PM till late

Location: Park Hyatt Beijing

The Dulwich Dinner Dance is one of key social and fundraising events for the DCB community. This year’s theme is "Minguo"民国 and it will be held at Park Hyatt Beijing on 19 November 2016. Minguo was an era of great change and brilliant new ideas where some of China’s greatest minds emerged.  It was also a stylish, modern and romantic era. 

As a fundraising event, the Dulwich Dinner Dance is a wonderful opportunity for the entire Dulwich Community to get together, with all profits donated to Ai You Young Heart Project, which provides financial aid to children suffering from Congenital Heart Disease (CHD).

An individual ticket costs RMB1,180. The price is reduced to RMB1,080 per ticket for a table of 12. Tickets will go on sale from 19 October onwards. Please contact Ms Wu Lan at lunasinluz@gmail.com if you would like to reserve a seat.

The Dinner Dance Committee is currently seeking donations from individuals or organisations. If you are interested in becoming a sponsor of this wonderful charity event, please contact our sponsorship coordinators Selina Han at pinkhan@foxmail.com or Erika Ji at 1150888948@qq.com for more details.

 
       
 http://www.dulwich-beijing.cn/ 

16 September: Newsletter

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please click above or follow the links for updates from: Senior SchoolJunior SchoolEarly YearsEvents Team.

 

Dear Parents,

I hope you enjoyed the Moon Festival. I spent much of the day interviewing potential Bursars (Directors of Business Administration). I shall let you know the outcome of this as soon as possible. We have been most impressed by the final candidates shortlisted.

The most important piece of news for the College this week is the result of the China Expert International and Expat Life Awards. In last week’s newsletter, I mentioned that Helen and I would be attending the ceremony and had fingers crossed. In the end, it was even better than we could have expected, as DCB took home the first prize and top award for Best International School! This was voted for by over 4,500 expatriates online. This is a credit to our teachers, administrative staff and students and is a reflection of all the hard work, creativity and energy that we see every day at DCB. Well done, all!

                                                   

On Saturday last week, the AustCham (Australian Chamber of Commerce) BBQ took place on the College fields. It was a successful event and I am grateful to our events team for their support. Our Year 12 IB students came into school on Saturday for an induction morning, for which I thank Mr. Balcombe, our IB Coordinator, Mr. Pankratz, our Head of Key Stage Five, and all those staff who presented and gave up their time at the weekend for our students.

This week, I also enjoyed my first Friends of Dulwich Committee Meeting, during which I gave an update on life across the College. I would like to thank all the parents who attended and for their ongoing work on the Committee.

            

I hope that you enjoy reading the individual school sections of the newsletter and discovering the extraordinary range of activities that have taken place even in this slightly shortened week. Thank you to our Heads of School for their hard work in collating all the articles and to our translation teams for bringing these to a wider audience.

Have a very good weekend.

 

Kind regards,

 

 

Simon Herbert

Headmaster

 

                                                                   NOTIFICATIONS

Community Events - September Calendar

Reminder: Notice of Withdrawal From Term 2

If your child will not be returning in Term 2 (9th Jan 2017 to 31st Mar 2017), please send written notification to the Admissions Department (Admissions@dulwich-beijing.cn) by Saturday 15th Oct 2016 in order to qualify for a refund.

 

Updated Contact Details

We would like to ask parents to email Admissions@dulwich-beijing.cn with updated information i.e. home address, mobile/home telephone or email address if these have recently changed.

 

DCB is looking for  our new Early Years Librarian! If you know anyone who would be interested in this local hire position, please forward them the advert below. 

Do you a have wide knowledge of children’s literature and love working with children? Do you have teaching skills and a keen interest in working with students of varying reading levels? Then consider applying to join DCB’s stellar Early Years team as an Early Years Librarian! While encouraging reading and teaching basic information skills is instrumental to this role, the successful candidate will be able to organise, catalogue, and classify library resources as well as select, maintain, and acquire appropriate resources for the Early Years Library. This position will assist the Head Librarian in special programming to include author visits, Panda Book promotion, Beijing Literary Festival, and other related events. 

To request the full job description, or for questions or enquiries, please contact DCB’s HR Manager at Rebecca.Xue@dulwich-beijing.cn.

To be considered for this position, interested applicants can send their CV and cover letter to the email address above by September 26.

 

2016 DCP Autumn Term Programmes Places still Available!

DCP (Dulwich Community Programmes) Autumn Term Programmes have already started from 1st September, but are still places available. Students are welcome to join throughout the term! 

Legend Garden Campus

Riviera Main Campus

1. DCP Kickers Football

1. Tech-kids

2. Tennis

2. In-line Skating

3. Swimming

3. Rhythmic Gymnastics

4. Rhythmic Gymnastics

4. DCP Kickers Football

5. Tech-kids

5. Science Club

6. In-line Skating

6. Basketball for Kids

7. DCP Music

7. Tennis

For the most updated DCP Autumn Term Programme details, please check the DCB parent portal!

 
       
 http://www.dulwich-beijing.cn/ 

9 September: Newsletter

  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please click above or follow the links for updates from: Senior SchoolJunior SchoolEarly YearsEvents Team.

 

Dear Parents,

 

We are pleased to announce that our Year 12 student, Kayla Cao, has starred in an award winning film and received high praise from the director. If you are a Senior School parent, you may have read last week that a number of our students have featured in a musical, The Remnant. All these students gave remarkable performances. Kayla was the main character and was joined by Claire Dvorchak, Asuka Kosugi and Maggie Hu. We are proud that our students performed so impressively and that the film won the prestigious Director’s Choice Award at the Portland Film Festival. Well done to all involved! There will be a special screening, with an introductory presentation from the director, on the evening of 27th September in the Edward Alleyn Theatre. Please look out for ticketing information on our newsletter next week.

In the Junior School, Year 3 students discovered how learning can be linked to play and fitness. They were rolled around inside enormous footballs and then threw themselves down large slides towards inflatable strawberries. They recorded their heart rates before and after and identified how exercise has an effect on their bodies. Next week they will be learning about muscles and the skeleton. The Junior School teachers and teaching assistants have worked hard to keep up with these energetic little Year 3s and have done a superb job in helping them to settle into their new school. 

House Chess is now underway in the Senior School. Last year’s tournament was a great success, with students from Year 7 to 13 competing against each other and also against teachers. En passant, we think that Mr Press may be the new Anatoly Karpov but time will tell. What is certain, is that we have a most distinguised chess visitor coming to the College today. Sun Qinan , the Chinese grandmaster, will be joining us and demonstrating some moves. It is an honour indeed to welcome him and to spread the news about this wonderful game. 

                             

Pun of the week must go to Head of Early Years Mr Mumford, who described the food at the forthcoming special Roald Dahl Day as ‘Dahlicious’ (good luck to our Chinese translation team with that one). The Early Years assemblies this week focused on the Paralympics in Rio. The children learnt that these athletes have not been held back by a disability but have achieved amazing feats. The children then watched an extraordinary video which promoted respect for all in our society worldwide. 

On a health and safety note, those who drive their children to school, or have drivers, are asked to abide by the parking rules in the drop-off car park. Please park correctly if stopping, respect other drivers and do not block the queue. The car park is a no-smoking area. Very soon we shall be introducing DCB Parking Permits. These will need to be displayed in car windscreens and will indicate the student’s name and form group. If a driver drives dangerously or without respect for the safety of students or other drivers, the right to park in the school car park will be removed. Please also inform your driver.

On Saturday this week, the AustCham (Australian Chamber of Commerce) barbeque will take place on the school fields. There will be a cricket match and also a chance to see some AFL or ‘Aussie Rules Football’ – a particularly exhausting and physical game. In the evening, my wife Helen and I will be attending an awards ceremony on behalf of the College. Dulwich College has been nominated for a China Expert International and Expat Life Award (ELA) in the International Schools category. The Expat Life Awards have been awarded annually since 2014 to the best providers of services and solutions for foreigners living in Beijing. We are honoured that the College has been nominated and I shall let you know next week if DCB comes home with a trophy!

                                                     

Finally, I wrote an email to all parents this week. If you did not receive this, please check all your mailboxes and then contact either our ICT team here at school or the class teacher/form tutor.

Have an enjoyable weekend and hope to see some of you at the barbeque.

Kind regards,

 

 

Simon Herbert

Headmaster

 

                                                                   NOTIFICATIONS

Community Events - September Calendar

Updated Contact Details

We would like to ask parents to email Admissions@dulwich-beijing.cn with updated information i.e. home address, mobile/home telephone or email address if these have recently changed.


Reminder: Notice of Withdrawal From Term 2

If your child will not be returning in Term 2 (9th Jan 2017 to 31st Mar 2017), please send written notification to the Admissions Department (Admissions@dulwich-beijing.cn) by Saturday 15th Oct 2016 in order to qualify for a refund.

 

DULWICH WIDE COMMUNICATION CHANNELS

Please remember to check for information on our Parent Portal and DCB WeChat group. 

 1. Our Parent Portal is simple to use platform giving you on-demand access to information about the College relevant to you and your family.  The Parent Portal is our key communication tool alongside the weekly College Newsletter. All announcements, forms and resources will be emailed to you and will also now be also uploaded to and stored on the Parent Portal, so that you can conveniently access these at any time. 

Detailed information on ECA activities, school lunches, trips updates, presentations from various parent information meetings, as well as information from our Friends of Dulwich will be available on the portal only for our existing DCB parent community. 

 

How do I enter our Parent Portal?

A button on the College website’s home page enables access to the Parent Portal. 

After clicking on the link to the Parent Portal, you will be prompted to log in with a unique username and password. The primary or key contact email address you provided to the College will be your user name, and initially, your password will be Dulwich123

Once you have logged in to the Parent Portal, you have the option to change your password. 

You can select a tab from the menu to access the school information appropriate to your children. All the information and resources will remain accessible to you throughout the academic year should you wish to look through them.

2. We encourage parents to join our DCB WeChat group to receive up to date information  on our news and events. Please upload the WeChat app to your phone and add ‘DulwichBeijing’ as your Friend or scan the QR below 

 

2016 DCP Autumn Term Programmes Places still Available!

DCP (Dulwich Community Programmes) Autumn Term Programmes have already started from 1st September, but are still places available. Students are welcome to join throughout the term! 

Legend Garden Campus

Riviera Main Campus

1. DCP Kickers Football

1. Tech-kids

2. Tennis

2. In-line Skating

3. Swimming

3. Rhythmic Gymnastics

4. Rhythmic Gymnastics

4. DCP Kickers Football

5. Tech-kids

5. Science Club

6. In-line Skating

6. Basketball for Kids

7. DCP Music

7. Tennis

For the most updated DCP Autumn Term Programme details, please check the DCB parent portal!

 
       
 http://www.dulwich-beijing.cn/ 

2 September: Newsletter

  
  
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please click above or follow the links  for updates  from: Senior SchoolJunior School, Early YearsEvents Team.

 

Dear Parents,

Today we welcome Ms. Annabel Parker, Head of Mandarin across the DCI Group, and Mr. Damien Charnock, Headmaster from Dulwich College Shanghai. They are here to discuss the ongoing Mandarin focus across the Colleges and the exciting curricular projects which our Mandarin departments are undertaking. It is always good to share best practice with our colleagues and our Chinese teachers are always willing to do so.

We also have a visit from Mr. Bob Jia, one of the founders of Beijing Number 4 School and currently Deputy Director of Fazheng International Education. Mr. Jia would like to find out more about our curriculum and tour our facilities, which reflects very well on the reputation of DCB. It is an honour to welcome Mr. Jia and to strengthen our links with our Chinese colleagues.

 

The theme of my letter to you this week appears to be that of welcoming others. It is therefore apt that most of the Headmaster’s Commendations this week go to those boys and girls from Early Years, Junior School and Senior School who have shown kindness, particularly to their new peers who have just arrived at DCB. It is wonderful to see the Dulwich Values brought to life. I look forward to meeting these students and awarding them their certificates later today.

Today is also the day of the special annual event known as Moonlight Madness and, as I write this letter, I can see the stage being constructed outside the West Dome. The excitement is also mounting and I wish performers of all ages the very best. Mr. West relishes this event for its spontaneity and fun and is sure to write about it in next week’s newsletter. I look forward to seeing many of you here this afternoon or this evening.

Early Years children this week have focused on risk taking and great credit goes to the Wolves and Frogs classes who have led assemblies, taking a risk themselves and impressing their teachers and friends with their courage. Our Junior School students also required courage to face the mighty Ms. Grant in the Kung-Fu arena (see photo). The students were lucky enough to watch an amazing Kung-Fu demonstration (not by Ms. Grant!), some of which was viewed through Virtual Reality goggles. Martial arts were just some of the sporting offerings in the new CAS/PE programmes for the IB students, launched this week by Ms Lees. Mr. Hawkins gives more details in his newsletter and extols the importance of balance and fitness for all our students.

Our teachers and administrative staff are also seeking balance, exercise, teamwork and fun and during their working week and have signed up in huge numbers to the energising ‘Global Corporate Challenge’ which will start in earnest next week. Teams of seven will be competing in friendly rivalry with others from DCB and around the world in a new initiative, which we hope will be a positive and even habit changing experience for the participants. It includes guidance on exercise, nutrition, balance and mindfulness. DCB leads the way as the very first school in China to be involved. If you see staff walking briskly during their breaks and lunchtimes next week, glancing at their ‘pulse tracker (fitbit)’, you’ll know what is happening. 

Have a lovely weekend.

 

 

Simon Herbert

Headmaster

 

                                                                   NOTIFICATIONS

Community Events - September Calendar

Updated Contact Details

We would like to ask parents to email Admissions@dulwich-beijing.cn with updated information i.e. home address, mobile/home telephone or email address if these have recently changed.


Reminder: Notice of Withdrawal From Term 2

If your child will not be returning in Term 2 (9th Jan 2017 to 31st Mar 2017), please send written notification to the Admissions Department (Admissions@dulwich-beijing.cn) by Saturday 15th Oct 2016 in order to qualify for a refund.

 

2016 DCP Autumn Term Programmes Places still Available!

DCP (Dulwich Community Programmes) Autumn Term Programmes have already started from 1st September, but are still places available. Students are welcome to join throughout the term! 

Legend Garden Campus

Riviera Main Campus

1. DCP Kickers Football

1. Tech-kids

2. Tennis

2. In-line Skating

3. Swimming

3. Rhythmic Gymnastics

4. Rhythmic Gymnastics

4. DCP Kickers Football

5. Tech-kids

5. Science Club

6. In-line Skating

6. Basketball for Kids

7. DCP Music

7. Tennis

For the most updated DCP Autumn Term Programme details, please check the DCB parent portal!

 
       
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26 August Newsletter

  
  
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please click above or follow the links  for updates  from: Senior SchoolJunior SchoolEarly YearsEvents Team.

 

Dear Parents,

The College is absolutely buzzing! Your children have started back with real enthusiasm and it has been wonderful to see them linking in with their friends and welcoming new students to the school and to the Dulwich family.

My first message this week is student focused. Yesterday I introduced the ‘Headmaster’s Commendation’ which is my chance to say well done to students from Early Years, Junior and Senior School who have excelled in an area of school life, from academic work, to service to others, to modelling a Dulwich Value. Teachers will recommend students who will then come to my office to receive a certificate to take home. Today we have our first recipient of this commendation. I would like to say well done to Junior School student Victor Yin from class 6CE. This commendation was awarded to Victor for his excellent problem solving and creativity in his Maths class. Well done Victor – I couldn’t understand the algebra myself but it looked very impressive!

On Thursday we enjoyed the Newcomers’ Fair in Coffee and Books, which was organised by our Marketing and Events Department to help new parents to settle into DCB and into Beijing. We do understand that transition for some of our new families means a change of country, school and job, so we do all we can to provide the best advice and care. The event included talks by Dr. Dorothy Dexter from United Family Hospital and Mr. Alex Gao from Pure Living. The International Newcomers’ Network was also represented and they would be happy to hear from you, even if you are not brand new to Beijing.

Being back in Coffee and Books reminded me of what a beautiful space it is and how lucky we are to have Friends of Dulwich parent-volunteers to serve coffee and tempt us with cake. In fact, this year we have over 80 volunteers, which shows just how willing our parents are to support and also the sales skills of our two parental Coordinators, Ms. Almen Lam and Ms. Feifei Liu.  Two new ‘coffee baristas’ were being trained by other parents on Thursday and not only this, there was a gathering of parents who were meeting to prepare and plan for the Friends’ Dinner Dance in November. So the place really was a hive of activity and I am grateful to our parents for being so dynamic. I am not the only one who thinks so and am delighted to say that a recent Council of International Schools report commented positively on our parents’ contributions to school life and made special mention of Friends of Dulwich. You will hear more on that soon.

As you are aware Jean Li became Head of Friends towards the end of last term. Jean and I are very pleased to announce that Mrs. Michelle Hrabar has accepted the role of ‘Co-Chair’. This is excellent news, as Michelle is such a great supporter of the College and always so organised, sociable and welcoming to all. Jean and Michelle will make a great team and I thank them in advance for their hard work in the forthcoming year.

Each week I shall give a few highlights from our three schools but of course greater depth can be found in the individual school accounts, so please click on the tabs. In Early Years Mr. Mumford led Parents’ Information Evenings at both Legend Garden and Riviera Main Campus. Assemblies in both Early Years campuses have focused on the values of kindness, respect for others, risk taking, working together, perseverance and being responsible. Today I enjoyed my first weekly visit to the wonderful Little Riviera and Riviera Main Campus to see all our vibrant children and teachers in this purpose built Early Years environment. As mentioned in last week’s letter to you, Riviera and Little Riviera have had a makeover during the summer holidays and are looking superb.

The highlight from the Junior School, apart from the induction of new staff who this week enjoyed a workshop on cultural differences, is the extraordinary interest in the Friday afternoon Football Club. Over 140 children have signed up! Well done to Mr. Hurworth (our Football Coordinator through the College) and all the keen teachers and students from the Junior School. It will be lovely to see our South Pitch brimming with keen young footballers after school. Of course we know that football (‘soccer’ to our American friends) is becoming huge in China and Chinese business groups have recently bought three English clubs in the Midlands, including the Premier League’s West Bromwich Albion. Perhaps this is a sign of things to come. A special note at this point to sporty mums and dads: if you would like to help with this Friday football activity in any way, or train as a coach or co-coach, please let Mr. Lydall (eddie.lydall@dulwich-beijing.cn ) or Mr. Hurworth (Stephen.hurworth@dulwich-beijing.cn) know. We would be delighted to welcome even greater parental support and engagement.

The Senior School has enjoyed a busy week, with a Trips Evening and Parents’ Information Evening on Thursday and also the introduction of the fascinating new IGCSE course Global Perspectives. You will hear more about this from Mr. Hawkins and Mr. Mitchell soon but it is worth saying that this course links smoothly with the IB philosophy of global mindedness and knowledge of world events. It will allow our students to consider global current affairs objectively and knowledgeably, which is part of our educative duty as a school. On the fun level, we also saw the start of the annual Tug of War competition and the visit of the dustbin bashing ‘Stomp’ music group in assembly, which was a lively treat for all Year 7-9 students. ‘Stomp’ use everyday objects to make music, so please excuse your children if they come home and make a loud noise in the kitchen.

May I wish all our students, parents and teachers a smooth start to the term. It really does seem to have been an excellent week all round.

 

Kind regards,

 

Simon Herbert

Headmaster

 

                                                                   NOTIFICATIONS

 Annual Dulwich Summer Photography Competition - deadline is coming! 

 This year’s theme:  SUMMER FUN

Please share with us your summer memories and participate in our annual photo contest.

  • Open to all students, parents and staff of Dulwich College Beijing 
  • Photos should be emailed to  greta.wang@dulwich-beijing.cn
  • Minimum of 1 megabyte – limit of 2 photographs per person
  • Please indicate where and by whom the photo was taken, including whether you are a student (include Year Group as of August 2016), parent or staff member
  • Only photographs based on the theme of 'Summer Fun' will be eligible
  • Deadline: 31 August 2016

There are two categories:

 (1) Early Years or Junior School Students 

 (2) Senior School students, parents and staff.

 From each category there will be one named winner and two honourable mentions.

 

 
       
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18 August: Welcome Letter from Headmaster

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

下方已附中文版。

Dear Parents, Friends and Dulwich Community,

 

Welcome back from your holidays! It was a pleasure to meet so many new parents during the Orientation Morning on Wednesday. It seems that Dulwich College Beijing is more popular than ever and our numbers are certainly buoyant.

I am delighted to say that the school year has started very well. Our teachers have been here planning and preparing since last Thursday and our new teachers have been back at school since the beginning of August, going through an extensive and rigorous induction programme. They are a dynamic group of teachers and we are excited that they have joined us. We wish them the very best and know that you will support them in their work and transition to Beijing.

This summer I travelled with my family to France and the UK. We enjoyed our holiday very much but it has also been a time of unease and worry in certain countries. The terrorist incidents in France and Germany this summer, along with attacks in Turkey and Bangladesh, were appalling. It brought home to me the importance of the values we try to instil in all our students. We shall continue to impart our ethos and culture as an international school community made up of over 40 nationalities. We shall advocate our Dulwich values and be tolerant of others, nurturing leaders of the future who learn to lead with compassion, philanthropy and global mindedness.

On a much brighter note, the summer was busy for some of our staff and students, none more so than Mr. Arvind Bangay, our Senior School Head of Art, who married his fiancée Shirley Wan, former Early Years teacher; Ms. Chloe Mayes, Key Stage 1 leader at Legend Garden, who married her fiancé Stephen; and Mr. Jordan Burns, Head of DCP and Sports Facilities, who married his fiancée Li Chao. Mr. Dan Nichol, our Deputy Head in the Junior School and Ms. Sarah Blundell, who will this year be a Year 5 teacher in the Junior School, announced their engagement; and Mr. Joseph Stewart and his wife Tao announced the birth of their beautiful baby, Rose Edith. We send them all our warmest congratulations. 

In the meantime, Mr Paul West, our Director of  Performing Arts, organised a superb Chamber Choir tour to the UK, assisted by Ms. Nina Haynes. The sixteen DCB musicians sang beautifully in some of the most famous and musically significant buildings of London, Oxford, Exeter and Cambridge. Mr. West adds, ‘They also enjoyed the best sights, culture, theatres and restaurants that the UK has to offer!’

The Global Round of the World Scholars’ Cup took place in Bangkok during the summer holidays. Three Junior and one Senior team competed with over 3200 students in debating, collaborative writing and multiple choice challenges. Our teams returned with a wealth of medals and trophies, and invitations for all teams to return to the Tournament of Champions round at Yale University in November. We congratulate all the students involved and thank Ms. Palmer and Mr. Hawkins for accompanying.

The summer is also a time for examination results and university placements for many of our students. We are still waiting for more IGCSE results, but are delighted to announce the 100% pass rate for the IB Diploma, a superb average point score of 37 and successful entry to eight Ivy League Universities, along with Oxford and Cambridge. We always say that headline figures are impressive but the hard work from our teachers and focus on every individual is what counts and I was delighted that three quarters of our graduating class achieved placement at their first choice university. The LAMDA Drama results have also been published and Ms. Harison-Denby says, ‘With a huge 79 students entered, 68 passed with Distinction. These are stunning and I thank my departmental colleagues for their dedication.’

Our Operations department is always busy during the summer and our facilities remain impressive. Without listing every detail of painting and refreshing of indoor and outdoor spaces at our three campuses, I would like to draw your attention to the new digital screen in the Legend Garden Atrium, the new perimeter wall, the flooring at Riviera and our continued emphasis on anti-pollution measures, which includes the cleaning of all the air ducts and the installation of 54 more primary air filters by PureLiving. The Early Years offices have moved location and can be found next to the Sports Dome. This allows for a larger nursery classroom. Our thanks go to Mr. Yeung and his team for all their hard work.

I look forward to seeing you at the Welcome Back BBQ on Friday 19th, which is always an enjoyable way to come together as a community.

I am very excited to be leading the College and working with staff, students and parents - the whole Dulwich family -  to make this a superb year.

Finally, I would like to wish you and your families the very best for the new term.

 

Kindest regards,

 

 

Simon Herbert

Headmaster

Dulwich College Beijing

 

NOTICES

 

WELCOME BACK BBQ

We would like to remind you about our Welcome Back Barbecue tomorrow evening, Friday, 19 August 2016. 

Despite the wet weather today, the barbecue will proceed as planned. 

We will confirm the location of the barbecue by noon tomorrow, so please look out for the latest information via email and WeChat.

Meanwhile, if you have not signed up, please do so immediately via this link - https://yoopay.cn/event/WelcomeBackBBQ2016

Please also read the below information regarding the barbecue.

As we expect many guests and parking is limited, we would appreciate your help in the following ways:

  • Please print your confirmation or save it on your phone. Present your confirmation at our Reception Desks in exchange for a food coupon.
  • Please bring your Dulwich ID for easy identification and quick access. Do bring a picnic mat and a frisbee for some outdoor fun! 
  • If you are driving, please park at the designated parents' parking across the main school compound.
  • There is no charge for food but non-alcoholic beverages, beer and wine will be sold on site by the Friends of Dulwich. Please bring along some cash to pay for your drinks.

TICKETS FOR STOMP

Theatrical percussion group STOMP is now in Beijing for the internationally acclaimed group’s 25th anniversary, blending dance, comedy, and rhythm and keeping audience members tapping their toes to the beat. With only a few weeks left of the group’s China tour, DCB and Friends of Dulwich have organised a very special trip for the Dulwich community to watch the group’s matinee performance. We are thrilled to offer DCB parents and staff an exclusive 15% off tickets to see the show on Saturday, 27 August at the PLA Theatre from 2:30pm

The show, which has been performed in 53 different countries and across six continents, originated in Brighton, UK and uses the body and ordinary objects, such as newspapers and bins, to create a one-of-a- kind, physical theatre performance that’s great for all ages!

Join in the first Dulwich community event of the year at what is sure to be a phenomenal show! Transportation to and from DCB Legend Garden parking lot will be provided.

Ticket sales (cash payment only, price range RMB 180-480) can be made at our Welcome Back BBQ event this Friday, 19 August from 5:00-7:00pm. Tickets can also be purchased next week from the Music Department at the Legend Garden Campus.

Don’t miss out! Tickets are limited.

 

尊敬的各位家长、朋友们和德威社区成员:

欢迎大家结束假期生活回到德威社区!我非常高兴在星期三上午迎新日活动中见到了众多新生家长。看起来北京德威英国国际学校比过去更受人们欢迎了,而我校今年教学等方面的数字也的确令人振奋。

非常高兴告诉大家,新学年伊始,一切都很顺利。老师们从上学期就开始了本学年的计划和准备工作。进入八月的首个星期四,新老师已经到校报到,接受全面、严格的入职培训。他们是一群非常有活力的教师,我们为他们的加入感到非常兴奋。祝他们一切顺利,同时,相信您会在他们的工作中和新居北京过渡中给予支持。

今年夏天我和家人旅游去了法国和英国。我们假期玩得非常开心,但有时候也为一些国家感到不安和担心。今夏在法国和德国发生的恐怖事件令人发指。这让我真切意识到我们努力灌输给学生的那些价值观的重要性。作为学生群体来自40多个国家的国际学校,我们应该继续重视德威学校的校园精神文化建设。我们应该倡导德威价值观,包容他人,培养未来具有同情心、博爱和全球性思维的领导者。

谈到积极的一面,这个夏天对我校一些同仁和学生而言真的很忙,尤其忙碌的有中学部的美术部主任Mr. Arvind Bangay,因为他和曾在学前部教学的未婚妻Shirley Wan步入了婚姻殿堂;丽京校区第一学段年级组长Ms. Chloe Mayes嫁给了未婚夫Stephen;德威社区课程(DCP)和体育设施总监Mr. Jordan Burns迎娶了未婚妻Li Chao;小学部副校长Mr. Dan Nichol与Ms. Sarah Blundell订了婚,Sarah今年将在小学部教五年级课程;还有Mr. Joseph Stewart和妻子Tao宣布他们的漂亮宝贝Rose Edith诞生。我们衷心祝贺他们所有人。

同时,我校表演艺术部总监Mr. Paul West在Ms. Nina Haynes协助下组织了一次别开生面的室内合唱团英国之旅。十六位DCB小音乐家在伦敦、牛津、埃克斯特和剑桥的著名音乐圣殿优雅倾唱。Mr. West还表示说“他们也很喜欢英国特有的美景、文化、剧院和餐馆!”

世界学者杯挑战赛复赛于暑假期间在泰国曼谷举行。我校三个小学团队和一个中学团队参加了辩论、协同写作、学者挑战的比赛,与3200多名学生同台竞技。我校参赛团队摘得多个奖牌和奖杯,他们已成功晋级获邀参加11月份在美国耶鲁大学举行的冠军赛。在此,我们向所有参赛学生表示祝贺,感谢带队老师Ms. Palmer和Mr. Hawkins。

暑期也是揭晓我校学生考试成绩和大学录取情况的时段。我们仍在等待余下的IGCSE成绩,但现在可以很高兴地宣布,我校IB文凭考试通过率100%,37分的超高平均分数,多位学生成功进入八所常春藤盟校,同时还有学生被牛剑大学录取。我们总是说头版数字令人印象深刻,但老师们的辛勤付出和对每位个体学生的关注才是关键所在,我很欣慰我校四分之三的毕业班学生收获了他们首选的大学录取名额。伦敦音乐戏剧艺术学院(LAMDA)考试结果业已公布,Ms. Harison-Denby说:“参考学生多达79人,其中68位成绩为“优”。这些成果真是太棒了,我向为此无私奉献的部门同事表示感谢。

在暑期,我校运营部的工作一直很忙,现在校园内的设备设施更加完善。不用详列三个校区内外部空间粉刷焕新的细节,我希望大家注意一下丽京校区教学楼中庭区崭新的大型数字屏、新的围墙,香江校区的地面以及我们继续抗污染所采取的措施(包括清洁所有通风管道,境纯中国安装54台空气过滤器)。学前部办公室更换了位置,现临近老气膜馆。我们因而扩大了幼儿班的教室。我们对Mr. Yeung及其团队为此付出的努力表示感谢。

我很期待19号星期五在“欢迎返校烧烤会”上见到大家,烧烤会活动让社区成员相聚一堂,这种方式一直以来深受大家喜爱。

主持北京德威学校工作,与教职同仁、学生、家长——整个德威社区成员——携手并肩创造一个不同凡响的新学年,我感到非常荣幸!

最后,祝您和家人新学期一切顺利!

此致!

 

 

何松民

校长

北京德威英国国际学校

 

重要活动通知


欢迎返校烧烤会

欢迎返校烧烤会将于2016年8月19日周五,明天晚上举行。如果您还没有报名,

不管天气如何,烧烤会都会照常进行。

我们明天中午将会通过微信或邮件通告烧烤会举行的地点。

如果您还没有报名,请尽快点击链接https://yoopay.cn/event/WelcomeBackBBQ2016 预订座位。

请阅读下面本次烧烤会的详细信息。

因为此次活动参与人数较多,且停车位有限,我们要求:

  • 请打印确认函或者存在您的手机上。用打印或存在手机上的确认函到板球场接待处兑换餐券。
  • 请带上您的德威通行卡,以便验证身份尽快入场。您还可以带上野餐垫和飞盘享受户外的乐趣!
  • 您的车辆可以停在位于大门对面的家长专用停车场。
  • 当天免费供应食物,德威之友将在现场售卖饮料,啤酒和红酒。购买饮料请带上现金。

 

 

世界级打击乐团STOMP全球巡演来袭——票价优惠哦!

音乐舞蹈演出团体STOMP,即“破铜烂铁”乐队,现25周年全球巡演北京站演出火爆加演中。这个被誉为“生活打击乐鼻祖”的英国音乐团体,具有化腐朽为神奇的能力,利用生活中不起眼又随手可得的工具,将舞蹈、音乐和戏剧表演完美地融合在一起。无需昂贵的乐器、精致的服饰、动人的台词和绚丽的舞台,STOMP用充满戏剧张力的肢体语言、震撼翻腾的打击音乐和创意幽默的情节桥段,碰撞出激情的节奏火花,让整个舞台充斥着浓厚的生活气息与旺盛活力。《STOMP破铜烂铁》最初源于英国布莱顿街头,现在足迹已经遍布了全球六大洲53个国家。演出适合所有年龄段的人观赏。

距离此次北京站巡演只剩下几周的时间,北京德威英国国际学校与德威之友联手为德威社区组织了一次特殊的剧院之旅——观看《STOMP破铜烂铁》日场演出。让我们兴奋的是,所有DCB家长及员工可享受15%的票价优惠观看827日(星期六)下午2:30在北京解放军歌剧院的演出。

参加新学年首次德威社区活动,发现精彩演出!我校提供往返DCB丽京校区交通服务。

演出票(仅现金支付,价格180-480元不等)在本周五“欢迎返校烧烤会”现场起售。

丽京花园校区音乐部将在下周继续售票。

票数有限,千万不要错过!

 

 
       
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17 June Newsletter

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

Dear Parents

 

Click above or follow the links  for updates  from: Senior SchoolJunior SchoolEarly YearsEvents Team.

 

My last newsletter. 

As always there’s plenty to report – the Year 6 Graduation; Make A Difference Day; Year 9 Project presentations; Prize-Giving; the end of term festivities and farewells; the Staff v Parent Cricket Match; the Mike Gatting Cricket Festival; a beautiful Chamber Choir concert to follow the triumph of last Friday’s Music and Drama Awards. And in stop press news, we have just heard that eight of our artists have had pictures selected for the UNESCO International Youth Art Exhibition (sponsored by Perfect World) at the UN’s headquarters in New York over the summer. But forgive me if I round off my tenure here at DCB on a personal note.

I have been very touched this week by a number of comments, presentations and kind words spoken on my departure, and I will treasure these and the gifts that I have received. It is a tremendous honour to be the headmaster of any school. But particularly so of DCB. It is position of trust that one holds for a period of time – be it long or short – and then passes on to another. Heads often fall into the trap of identifying so closely with 'their' school that they lose their own identity, and overplay their own role. Certainly, my time in Beijing has been almost completely taken up with the role of being the Headmaster of Dulwich College, and I will miss that privilege. However, I am under no illusion as to the source of any success we may have experienced in the last few years. It is a combination of wonderfully hardworking colleagues, incredibly committed and able students, focused and supportive parents, and the support, investment and professional guidance from Dulwich College International in Shanghai, and from the ‘mothership’ in London.

I was first appointed a head in 2002 – some 14 years ago – and joined the senior leadership team of a school in 1994 – 22 years ago, unbelievably. Running a school, or at least bits of one, has been my portion for most of my adult life. But now is the time to move on to pastures new. I will miss the rhythm of the school year: the adrenaline surge as the next would-be crisis emerges needing to be seamlessly dispatched; the sounds and sights of young people enjoying their school days – from the babble of friends walking to lessons, the banter of a sports practice, or the hubbub of a dress rehearsal, to the silent intensity of study or singular clarity of a rousing class presentation. I guess I'll hear these again, but from the other side of the fence. It is the greatest of privileges to serve young people – their freshness, their naivety, their swinging from over-inflated boldness to unfeigned self-doubt. I still remember the comment of my History Tutor who interviewed me for a place on her PGCE at Norham Gardens in Oxford. She had asked me why I wanted to be a teacher, and I began reeling off my well-planned patter. As I was speaking I felt the energy of my words, and knew I meant them. She smiled at me, and said, ‘David, you should be a teacher.’ I have never regretted the decision to work with young people. It is amongst the highest of all callings. To be a headteacher, perhaps even more so.

I said to the staff yesterday that my biggest regret has been not getting to know them better. We have some tremendous people in the College. Heads are almost, by definition, slightly removed characters. Nobody sets out to make the role a lonely position, but it invariably has to be like that. No matter what their personality, they need to stay a little bit apart from the crowd as they hold the authority of the office. When the head is held in respect and exercises authority wisely, that respect and authority can be passed down the chain to the classroom and to the individual pupil. Nevertheless, the representing of the school to the Beijing community, with government authorities, with our landlord, with businesses, with parents, and with the wider Dulwich family has been an inspiring and challenging one. It is always a wrench to leave any job that one has enjoyed and I leave DCB with a heavy heart, but also with a smile at the happy memories and the promise of a new tomorrow. 

I move on to a future that will, I hope, allow me to see more of my family and friends in the UK, and which will still keep me closely connected with the vision and energy of Dulwich. There was a fitting last hurrah – albeit not as an award winner – at the Founding Staff dinner on Tuesday. This was a lovely initiative from Dulwich’s Executive Committee – Fraser White, Christian Guertler and David Yung – to congratulate and thank those staff who have been with us here at Dulwich Beijing for ten or more years. Unbelievably, there are some 73 staff in this category and it was a pleasure to hear Founding Headmaster Brian McDouall tell the story of how DCB came about, using some very evocative pictures, and to hear directly from Founder of the Dulwich College International Group, Fraser White, on how the whole Chinese Dulwich Experiment began and where he sees it going into the future. It was a genuinely uplifting occasion. 

I sign off but will still be in Beijing a good deal next year and hope to see many of you again. It has been a pleasure.

 

With best wishes,

 

David Mansfield

Headmaster


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Community Events - August Calendar

Thank You to Our Translators!

We would like to thank the team of our volunteer translators who helped us with the Chinese version of this newsletter this year: Chelsea Wu, Jenny Lin, Judy Qiu, Kate Meng, Amy Zhang, Emily Geng, Tracy Zhang, Suzanna Jiang, Summer Li, Kurt Zhang, Monica Cai, Hongyang Tan and Jenny Liu. Your support is greatly appreciated!

 

Calling for New Country Reps to Help New Families with Transition

Moving to Beijing and a new school is exciting but the changes can also be overwhelming for newcomers. We are fortunate to have a supportive community of DCB parents that understand those needs and are willing to go an extra mile to help them. As we are living in such a transient community, every year we seek out new parents who would like to become country representatives in the supportive group. Sometimes newcomers  just  need advice on what to expect from a new city, where to buy things and eat, or simply wish to talk to someone who knows exactly what they are going through in their mother tongue.

If you are willing to help as a Country Representative next academic year or to find out more on what to expect from this role, please contact Kasia Baran at kasia.baran@dulwich-beijing.cn

 

 

 
       
 http://www.dulwich-beijing.cn/ 

10 June Newsletter

  
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

Dear Parents

 

Click above or follow the links  for updates  from: Senior SchoolJunior SchoolEarly YearsEvents Team.

 

I hope you all enjoyed a relaxing Dragon Boat Festival, commemorated this Thursday. I know like most of China we all, at least in general terms, were able to spare a thought for poet and statesman Qu Yuan whose sad legacy provides us a day’s break in the hectic run-up to the end of term.

Life is as busy as ever, even with only a week to go. We’ve seen our Year 6 students getting comfortable in the Senior School during their ‘Change Around Day’, with an ease that suggests they already feel at home and are excited about what lies ahead. Our Year 8 and 9 students have thoroughly enjoyed their visits to Hangzhou and Qingdao, engaging in team-building tasks and experiencing the entirely wholesome and necessary challenge of some time spent in reflective mode without the ubiquitous distractions of social media. Many thanks to all those teaching staff involved in the planning and running of these end of year trips which do so much to offer a distinct challenge and change of physical (and mental) scenery for students.

A particular highlight this week was provided by our Year 3 students through their show, ‘The Adventures of The Lost Rings’. With an eye to this summer’s Rio Olympics, they travelled the world and searched among some of its modern wonders in a quest that exemplified the Olympic ideals of Faster, Higher, Stronger. We could also add “Funnier” to that. It was a particular pleasure to see a much-loved bird-related joke revived: ‘toucan play at that game!’ The children were fantastic in their confidence, clarity of speech and energy. This last performance of the year was a great tribute to Rebekah Harmon and her team of Year 3 teachers, summing up a year of big ideas, plentiful fun and excellent teamwork.

Those same qualities could also be readily applied to the Friends of Dulwich and it was with a deep sense of gratitude that I joined my College Leadership Team colleagues on Wednesday afternoon in expressing appreciation, on behalf of all the staff, for the ongoing work and support of the Friends. As ever, this was an occasion marked with some genuine sadness as we bid farewell to some departing members of the team, with the reluctant goodbyes offset only by the welcome given to those taking up the challenge next year. There will be many such occasions over the next week, with farewells expressed in ceremonies both large and small. All matter and we should all take the time to say, however briefly, thank you and so long.

A number of parents have asked me for an update on the air quality measures we reported were taking place earlier in the term. Over the past 6 months, we have been hard at work to implement this clean air solution, which will ensure that students and staff enjoy even cleaner air, especially when the outdoor pollution reaches unhealthy levels.  With the support of Pure Living China, an indoor environmental engineering consultancy with over 5000 projects’ worth of experience, the College has taken the following actions:

  • Performed an audit to identify building leakage and opportunities for HVAC system improvement that will be undertaken over the summer break
  •  Installed automated high efficiency filtration systems into the ceilings of all classrooms at Legend and Riviera
  • Revised our operational plans for IAQ systems
  • Initiated plans for improvement of air quality in large spaces such as the lobby, gym, cafeteria, etc.

Since the installation works were completed in April, the filtration systems installed in classrooms have had a significant impact, which we are measuring. By the end of August, large spaces will have filtration installed and – as promised - professional-grade air quality monitoring stations will be installed strategically, resulting in clean air and real time IAQ information. Our target goal of indoor levels is to meet US EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) PM2.5 standards for clean air. We will report next term on the outcome of these improvements, but DCB in conjunction with DCI continues to work to provide the cleanest air we can for you, your children and all staff.

The final weekend of the year should be both busy and great fun. Tonight sees the Senior School Music and Drama Awards held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel and it is sure to be a warm, upbeat celebration of an especially strong year for the performing arts at DCB. Congratulations to all those students who are nominated. On Sunday, we are delighted to be welcoming back to DCB Mike Gatting, the former England cricket captain, who will lead a workshop for coaches, and oversee an inaugural Beijing School Cricket festival. This will be followed, from midday, by the Parents vs Staff cricket match. Please do join us for a drink and some food, and to enjoy what should be – weather permitting – a keenly fought contest. Last year, the parents won – just – off the final ball of the game. I did not make much of a contribution and am hoping for better in my swan-song! My genuine gratitude to Eddie Lydall for organising, and to Amit Purohit, whose initiative made the game happen and who is performing miracles in actually being here this weekend.

 

David Mansfield

Headmaster


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Community Events - June Calendar

Uniform Voucher

If you have any credit remaining on the E-VOUCHER, please be reminded that it expires at the end of the school year. Credit cannot be carried over to the next year, so please use it by June 17th, 2016.

 

Calling for New Country Reps to Help New Families with Transition

Moving to Beijing and a new school is exciting but the changes can also be overwhelming for newcomers. We are fortunate to have a supportive community of DCB parents that understand those needs and are willing to go an extra mile to help them. As we are living in such a transient community, every year we seek out new parents who would like to become country representatives in the supportive group. Sometimes newcomers  just  need advice on what to expect from a new city, where to buy things and eat, or simply wish to talk to someone who knows exactly what they are going through in their mother tongue.

If you are willing to help as a Country Representative next academic year or to find out more on what to expect from this role, please contact Kasia Baran at kasia.baran@dulwich-beijing.cn

 

Loyalty Pins

Last academic year, Dulwich College International began issuing Long Service Pins  for students  who have been with Dulwich for a given number of years to show our appreciation.

This month the students from  EY, JS, and SS who enrolled in DCB in the following academic years will receive the pins:

Admission date in  a given academic year 

 Long Service Pin

2012-13

Bronze Pin

2010-11

Silver Pin

2007-08

Gold Pin

Many thanks to parents and students for your ongoing support to DCB!


2016 Fencing Tournament 

Aspiring fencers from several international schools in Beijing gathered at DCB this past Saturday for the school’s very first Fencing Tournament! Olympic gold medalist Zhong Man, who competed at the 2008 Summer Olympics, served as our special guest at this exciting event. The sabre fencer also spoke to DCB Junior and Senior School students the day prior about his experiences as an Olympic champion, taught us a bit about fencing, and answered student questions. 
Congratulations to DCB students Cyril Delanoue (U15 ), Kenneth Kong (U9), and Yobo Gao (U9) who came in First, Third, and First in their respective categories during the competition!


DCP Summer Camps Information Day

Date: 15 June 2016

Time: 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Location: Outside of Main Entrance, Legend Garden Campus

The summer holidays are getting closer and the DCP has lined up many interesting Summer Camps. Registration is on-going at the swimming pool reception (Legend Sports Club)! In addition to our own on-campus programmes, DCP is cooperating once more with Imagine to provide exciting off-campus summer camps, including Watersports, Survival Camp, and Knight School.

In the coming weeks, we are also organising Summer Camp Info Days at DCB. Please feel free to come by to ask questions and register!  

 
       
 http://www.dulwich-beijing.cn/ 

3 June Newsletter

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

Dear Parents

 

Click above or follow the links  for updates  from: Senior SchoolJunior SchoolEarly YearsEvents Team.


A big thank you to the Sports Department, led by Eddie Lydall, and especially to Boli Lu, the sports organizational supremo, who have put together two outstanding shows in the last week. The Rugby, Netball and Tennis Tournament was as well run as ever and provided opportunities for many of our students to play competitively with teams from all over Asia. Congratulations to Skia Kung who won the U13 Girls Tennis and to our U13 Rugby boys, who were runners up to a very strong Australian side from Hong Kong. I really enjoyed watching Callum Jones, Leo Lin, and their teammates playing some great rugby. 

The second event of a busy few days for the Sports Department was the Senior School Sports Awards Evening hosted by Eddie Lydall and Rebecca Svantemann, and showcasing the success stories of this sporting year. Basketball has been leading the way under Mr Tomlin’s measured hand – our Varsity Boys rightly winning team of the year. James Zhao has been training with the Chinese U18 squad - a remarkable achievement. As ever our coaches – staff and students – volunteer their time so generously and with such quality. They are the unsung heroes of the sporting achievements, and the Coach of the Year award is therefore an accolade that deserves serious applause. This year’s winner, Natalie Stevens, is only in her first year teaching at Dulwich, but has been a superbly committed coach. Well done to her and to all our band of sports staff and volunteer coaches. 

The Delight of the Week was unquestionably the two KS1 productions of Jack and the Beanstalk at RMC and Legend Garden. They were both pacy, energetic performances in which the children oozed enthusiasm and engagement. There were some standout turns delivered by young actors for whom acting comes so naturally. Praise indeed goes to Jo Scantlebury who taught the children the songs. The staging was designed and constructed with help from the children and working parties of parents – many thanks to them - by Jacob Dong. He is such a talented colleague, with a wonderfully creative eye for design and especially for colour. A brief loss of power to the lights, during the performance at RC on Wednesday evening, only served to show how well our children embody the Dulwich Value of ‘Resilience’. The pupils simply did not miss a bit and the show went on. Many thanks to all the teachers and TAs who made the shows happen, especially to artistic director Zoe Smith at the Legend show. Zoe is leaving us this year but will take away memories of her production, so full of joy and vitality. Great work. 

It was good to welcome another group of Chinese teachers from Beijing schools here as part of the Domestic Study Programme on Monday. My thanks to Joe McKee, Lily Zhang, Becky Jing and especially all those colleagues who diligently produced material to help share some the principles and practices of education we use to our guests. Always most appreciated by all concerned.

Today we are privileged to have China’s Olympic gold-medal winning fencer in the Sabre, Zhong Man, at Dulwich. He will speak to students and demonstrate his skills. Tomorrow DCB hosts an all-day Fencing tournament, which will be worth popping into see. As too will the BritCham/AusCham BBQ from 11am on our fields. This is growing year-on-year into a mini-festival of cricket, rugby, and general Pommie/Aussie banter over a tinnie or two. Again, do come along.

As you’ll remember, last week the College had its Five Year Accreditation visit from three bodies – the Council of International Schools, the Western Association of Schools and College and the National Centre for Curriculum Study and Textbook Development. While we have to wait on the official release of the joint report by these bodies, I can tell you that the visiting team was overwhelmingly positive and effusive about what they saw. They were full of praise for the energy, imagination, dedication and pride they met at every turn. I’m very grateful to the staff, students and parents who contributed to representing the College at its best and we now look forward to receiving the validation of a very positive report in due course.

Please bear in mind that the College will be closed next Thursday for the Dragon Boat Festival, which I hope you and your family will be able to enjoy.

Have great weekend – end of term is beckoning!

 

David Mansfield

Headmaster


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Community Events - June Calendar

Uniform Voucher

If you have any credit remaining on the E-VOUCHER, please be reminded that it expires at the end of the school year. Credit cannot be carried over to the next year, so please use it by June 17th, 2016.

 

Community Events at DCB this Saturday:

Admissions Manager Required for August 2016

We are  looking for a talented professional who will provide direction and leadership for all admissions activities across the whole School. 

Role Overview:

As the Admissions Manager you will be responsible for leading the development, implementation and evaluation of the school’s admissions strategies in order to promote the reputation of DCB and meet our enrolment and marketing objectives.

To be successful in this role, you must:

•  Inspire, motivate and lead the Admissions team to successful outcomes;

•  Direct the daily operations of the Admissions office, ensuring that staffing, training and compliance meet school policies and regulatory standards;

•  Ensure a customer service oriented, individualised admissions process from enquiry to the first day of school;

•  Work productively and collaboratively with all of the school employees and departments to ensure that that all community members understand and fulfil their admissions responsibilities;

•  Ensure school admissions information systems are accurate and updated;

•  Develop good understanding of the educational market locally and prepare various market research and internal reports as required.

Requirements:

•  Bachelor’s degree in related Administrative or Business discipline;

•  At least five years of relevant or related work experience;

•  Effective interpersonal and communication skills to ensure excellent teamwork and customer service;

•  An ability to understand, analyse and interpret data;

•  Strong organisational and analytical skills and outstanding attention to detail;

•  An ability to prioritise, meet deadlines and work effectively under pressure;

•  Understanding of the educational market, especially in Beijing, would be a plus;  

•  Fluency in both written and spoken English;

•  Mandarin language skills would be an advantage.

Contact Us

If you have any questions about this position or would like to apply please forward your resume with a cover letter to Rebecca.Xue@dulwich-beijing.cn

Closing date for applications: 10th June 2016


DCP Summer Camps Information Days

Date: 8 & 15 June 2016

Time: 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Location: Outside of Main Entrance, Legend Garden Campus

The summer holidays are getting closer and the DCP has lined up many interesting Summer Camps. Registration is on-going at the swimming pool reception (Legend Sports Club)! In addition to our own on-campus programmes, DCP is cooperating once more with Imagine to provide exciting off-campus summer camps, including Watersports, Survival Camp, and Knight School.

In the coming weeks, we are also organising Summer Camp Info Days at DCB. Please feel free to come by to ask questions and register!  

 
       
 http://www.dulwich-beijing.cn/ 

27 May Newsletter

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

Dear Parents

 

Click above or follow the links  for updates  from: Senior SchoolJunior SchoolEarly YearsEvents Team.


Graduation is such an important rite of passage for us as a College as well as for the students moving on. This year’s superbly organized dinner at Nuo kicked off a wonderful weekend of celebration culminating in the traditional parade round the College to the applause of all parties, and the Graduation Ceremony itself on Monday afternoon. This is our seventh graduating class and many of the cohort have been at DCB since its beginning. They are genuinely our ‘products’ and give evidence that we, as a community, are doing something right. They are a formidable group of talents, but they also have character, kindness, humour and a vitality that inspires us all. It was good to welcome Melissa Chan back from the States, where she has just graduated, to give an address and encouragement. Head Boy Bryan Chiew and Head Girl Thalia Dudek, spoke with passion and humour about their time at DCB. Good luck and bon voyage to the Graduating Class of 2016. 

My speech is available on the website under Headmaster’s Blog. http://www.dulwich-beijing.cn/page.cfm?p=598  It made a case for IB being the most challenging of all post-16 courses and suggested that Confucius would have made a great IB teacher. Controversial to the last! But it is an important point that schools like DCB, assisted by the IB, do seek to add to the massive strengths of East Asian Confucian education by adding a twist of western approaches. Our students benefit, quite literally, from the best of both worlds.

On Wednesday we experienced a beautiful Junior School Concert – Sounds of Summer. Put together by members of at the whole Music Department, it was above all a testament to the absolutely fantastic work that Ms Nina Haynes has put in over the last two years. Participation in Junior School music, and its quality and range, are now stunning; her patience, consistent efforts, and ability have been a key element in this transformation. We have such able staff of academic teachers and Chinese assistants, as well as a team of supportive visiting music teachers, but Nina, under Paul West’s benign leadership, has performed wonders. Zong Xu Steinhoff is a ProgRocker in the making on drums, and Daniel Guo bemused us. How can an eight year old play Grieg like that, whilst only just being able to reach the pedals? The numbers in the choir, ensembles (14 cellos!) and bands are so encouraging and bode well for the future. Well done all.

Our friends from CIS (The Council for International Schools), WASC  (the Western Assocaition of Schools and Colleges) and NCCT –(the National Centre for Curriculum Study and Textbook development) have been with us this  week to re-evaluate us for their particular accreditations. All seems to have gone well and we will hear their feedback this afternoon following three intensive days of interviews and meetings with students, parents and staff. It is always good to get another pair of eyes on what we do to ensure the necessary tweaks needed to keep the College on track are identified. Our thanks to Ms Helena Sobulis, Dr Gary Davis and Prof Sun Jianrong for their hard work, positive and courteous engagement, and close attention to detail.

This weekend – it starts today – brings our annual Rugby, Netball and Tennis Tournament during which we welcome schools from all over Asia for two days of enjoyable competition. It looks like it will be a fine event, so do come along, support the DCB sides and enjoy the wonderful weather we have been experiencing. Food, drink and general bonhomie will be plentifully provided! 

With best wishes,

 

David Mansfield

Headmaster


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Community Events - June 2016

Uniform Voucher

If you have any credit remaining on the E-VOUCHER, please be reminded that it expires at the end of the school year. Credit cannot be carried over to the next year, so please use it by June 17th, 2016.

 

Summer School Programme from Stanford University's Pre-Collegiate Studies (SPCS) on Offer This Summer

This summer, DCB will host a series of stimulating courses from June 20 – July 1. The courses consist of two week long enrichment classes and are taught by postgraduate students from Stanford University, with a small number of instructors hailing from other renowned universities such as Harvard, Princeton, Berkeley, etc. Instructors are carefully selected by for their in-depth of knowledge as well as for their passion for working with younger students.

V-Campus – the company behind organising the programme – has been working with Stanford University's Pre-Collegiate Studies (SPCS) to offer the Honors Academies to students in Asia for more than 10 years. V-Campus has brought the Honors Academies to Dulwich College Shanghai since 2012, and will now offer the programme for the first time in Beijing.

Students can choose one subject to focus on and classes will be held from Monday to Friday, 9.00am to 3.00pm over the two week period. Lunch break will be from 12:00pm to 1:00pm, with lunch provided. All course materials and any required textbooks will also be provided for students and are included in the course fee of US$2,100.

At the end of the course, participants who have successfully completed the programme will receive a certificate from Stanford Pre-Collegiate Studies and a personal evaluation from their Stanford Instructor. 

Interested students can sign up directly by following the link to an  online application form. The courses on offer this summer are:

·  Year 5 - 6 Creative Writing

·  Year 7 - 9 Expository Writing

·  Year 7 - 9 Math Logic & Problem Solving

Please follow the links above for a short course description and sample syllabus for each of the courses. Questions and enquiries about the programme, contact V-Campus at mingyang.lim@vcampus.sg  or on WhatsApp or WeChat at +65 9455 0524.

 
       
 http://www.dulwich-beijing.cn/ 

20 May Newsletter

  
  
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

Dear Parents

 

Click above or follow the links  for updates  from: Senior SchoolJunior SchoolEarly YearsEvents Team.

 

This weekend sees the Y13 Graduation Dinner at the Nuo Hotel in Lido. Many thanks to Jenny Liu, Verena Henssler and to all the other parents who have helped organise this annual celebration. It is always a delight to see our young people heading out into the next phase of life, so beautifully attired and brimming with confidence. Next Monday sees the Graduation Ceremony proper but the dinner is a landmark occasion for students, staff and parents. 

The Atrium is sparking to life with new features. The Key Stage Three Art Exhibition is taking shape and showcasing the creativity of many of our younger Senior School students.  The Admissions ‘History Wall’ is also now in place; do have a read of it as you are passing.  Check out the story of Dulwich, its alumni and values. It was my privilege this week to give a talk to KS3 students on one very celebrated Dulwich alumnus, Ernest Shackleton. This week marks the 100th anniversary of his epic journey with five colleagues, in a 23 foot open boat, across 800 miles of the South Atlantic between Elephant Island and South Georgia. The voyage enabled Shackleton to get help for the rest of his expedition who were marooned on Elephant Island and running out of supplies. It was one of the great feats of derring-do and endurance that caught the early 20th century British public’s imagination and made Shackleton a national hero. Dulwich is proud of him and his example lives on to inspire our students here in China, in 2016. If ever you are in London, you can see the actual boat, the James Caird, on display in the newly built Science Faculty of the College. 

Early Years parents will be aware that we have been working for some time on proposals for a new Early Years Centre. Unfortunately the current plans have had to be shelved as we have run into some serious roadblocks. Provision for Early Years will continue in its current locations in Legend Garden and at Riviera for the foreseeable future.  DCI remains committed to providing the very best environment we can achieve for our little ones, and extensive upgrading of existing facilities will be taking place over the summer in Legend and and at Riviera. When new plans for Early Years development are available we will share them with the parent body. 

I always enjoy my monthly visits to the Friends of Dulwich committee meeting, which is opened up to all to hear the Headmaster’s report. This is a great opportunity for an exchange of views and helps the College leadership to stay grounded in the hopes and concerns of the parent body. As the new committee takes up office, my thanks again to Jean Li for stepping up to chair the group. It is powerful force for good in our College.

Between Wednesday and Friday of next week, we welcome three visitors representing three accrediting agencies – the Council of International Schools, the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, and China’s National Centre for Curriculum Study and Textbook Development. This is a “Five Year Reaccreditation Visit”, through which we will be demonstrating all we have done since 2011 to improve further the experience of our students. Accreditation with reputable bodies such as these offers a means by which you can be assured that DCB is a school of the highest quality, driven by clear values and a desire to improve for the benefit of all within its community. The visit, and subsequent report, will also contribute to our future planning. I look forward to sharing with you the main outcomes.

With best wishes,

 

David Mansfield

Headmaster


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Community Events - May 2016


Mobile Coffee Volunteer Recruitment
 for 27 &2 8 May:
Mobile Coffee is back for service for the upcoming Rugby, Netball and Tennis Lions Cup events on 27 & 28 May. Come and help us welcome all players and visitors simply by giving us your time as an on-duty service volunteer and/or by registering as a baker or for food donation(please note that all F&B in DCB should be "nut-free" and all donations must be sent by 8:30am 27 May and 28 May).
See the contact below for more details:
Sophia, 2652660307@qq.com, for overall arrangement.
Feifei, vikafei@hotmail.com, for volunteer recruitment.

Summer School Programme from Stanford University's Pre-Collegiate Studies (SPCS) on Offer This Summer

This summer, DCB will host a series of stimulating courses from June 20 – July 1. The courses consist of two week long enrichment classes and are taught by postgraduate students from Stanford University, with a small number of instructors hailing from other renowned universities such as Harvard, Princeton, Berkeley, etc. Instructors are carefully selected by for their in-depth of knowledge as well as for their passion for working with younger students.

V-Campus – the company behind organising the programme – has been working with Stanford University's Pre-Collegiate Studies (SPCS) to offer the Honors Academies to students in Asia for more than 10 years. V-Campus has brought the Honors Academies to Dulwich College Shanghai since 2012, and will now offer the programme for the first time in Beijing.

Students can choose one subject to focus on and classes will be held from Monday to Friday, 9.00am to 3.00pm over the two week period. Lunch break will be from 12:00pm to 1:00pm, with lunch provided. All course materials and any required textbooks will also be provided for students and are included in the course fee of US$2,100.

At the end of the course, participants who have successfully completed the programme will receive a certificate from Stanford Pre-Collegiate Studies and a personal evaluation from their Stanford Instructor. 

Interested students can sign up directly by following the link to an  online application form. The courses on offer this summer are:

·  Year 5 - 6 Creative Writing

·  Year 7 - 9 Expository Writing

·  Year 7 - 9 Math Logic & Problem Solving

Please follow the links above for a short course description and sample syllabus for each of the courses. Questions and enquiries about the programme, contact V-Campus at mingyang.lim@vcampus.sg  or on WhatsApp or WeChat at +65 9455 0524.

 
       
 http://www.dulwich-beijing.cn/ 

13 May Newsletter

  
  
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

Dear Parents

 

Click above or follow the links  for updates  from: Senior SchoolJunior SchoolEarly YearsEvents Team.

 

I hope those of you who attended Founder’s Day last Saturday enjoyed the event. It went really well and we were blessed by beautiful sunshine and clear skies. Many congratulations to Dulwich Idol winners Lauren Heath (Senior School) and Jenny Zhang (Junior School) and to all those who sang or performed on stage during the day. I loved the Les Miserables finale. All our thanks go to the many parents who set up and ran the national stalls, to our staff who made the whole thing run like clockwork and the music, drama and technical staff who ensured the action on the main stage was so slick. All our guests were very impressed and remarked, yet again, how well DCB do these things. Congratulations to the masterminds behind it Kasia Baran, Ashley Wu and Flora Zhang, and to their dedicated teams of assistants. 

Tuesday saw us cash in on the staging for Founder’s Day by having a second attempt at Midnight Madness after pollution and poor weather knocked it on the head during the autumn. It is, as always, a fun-filled event that gives the main stage experience to all those brave enough to grasp it. Even if the time of year meant slightly less moonlight, the levels of madness were just as high as ever! Thanks to Paul West for his patience and organizational oversight.

The Senior School Library recently ran a Poetry competition based on devising lines based on the titles from the spines of books. Piles of books, in the most unlikely combinations, have been sprouting around the Library as this competition seized the imaginations of staff and students. Some very creative offerings saw a range of winners, including a rather witty offering from Mr Hogarth which amused me: 

Justin Bieber,

Addiction.

An American Plague.

We’re in Trouble.’ 

We are delighted to announce that Jean Li is taking over as Chair of Friends from Louise Curd, who returns to the UK this summer. Jean has been a real stalwart supporter of both Friends and of Dulwich in general, for the last few years and will make an excellent chair, I have no doubt. The new Friends committee is being put together for next year and we are very grateful to all who volunteer to serve on this extremely important group. Coffee and Books has a team of seven to run it next year, so we expect great things to be brewing!

I spent the earlier part of the week away at the ‘Blue Sky’ event for Heads of Colleges and Directors from DCI. Plans were constructed for a new Professional Learning Framework and online platform to ensure all staff across the Group have access to an even higher quality of support and broader range of training throughout their time in Dulwich. Year by year the Group grows in sophistication and professionalism and this can only bode well for the future. We hope to see that message underlined in two weeks time when, between May 25th and 27th, the College has its Five Year Re-accreditation visit, overseen be representatives of the Council of International Schools, the US-based Western Association of Schools and Colleges, and China’s National Centre for Curriculum Study and Textbook Development.

With best wishes

 

David Mansfield

Headmaster


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Community Events - May 2016

Special Thank You to Our Founder's Day Sponsors:

Summer School Programme from Stanford University's Pre-Collegiate Studies (SPCS) on Offer This Summer

This summer, DCB will host a series of stimulating courses from June 20 – July 1. The courses consist of two week long enrichment classes and are taught by postgraduate students from Stanford University, with a small number of instructors hailing from other renowned universities such as Harvard, Princeton, Berkeley, etc. Instructors are carefully selected by for their in-depth of knowledge as well as for their passion for working with younger students.

V-Campus – the company behind organising the programme – has been working with Stanford University's Pre-Collegiate Studies (SPCS) to offer the Honors Academies to students in Asia for more than 10 years. V-Campus has brought the Honors Academies to Dulwich College Shanghai since 2012, and will now offer the programme for the first time in Beijing.

Students can choose one subject to focus on and classes will be held from Monday to Friday, 9.00am to 3.00pm over the two week period. Lunch break will be from 12:00pm to 1:00pm, with lunch provided. All course materials and any required textbooks will also be provided for students and are included in the course fee of US$2,100.

At the end of the course, participants who have successfully completed the programme will receive a certificate from Stanford Pre-Collegiate Studies and a personal evaluation from their Stanford Instructor. 

Interested students can sign up directly by following the link to an  online application form. The courses on offer this summer are:

·  Year 5 - 6 Creative Writing

·  Year 7 - 9 Expository Writing

·  Year 7 - 9 Math Logic & Problem Solving

Please follow the links above for a short course description and sample syllabus for each of the courses. Questions and enquiries about the programme, contact V-Campus at mingyang.lim@vcampus.sg  or on WhatsApp or WeChat at +65 9455 0524.

 
       
 http://www.dulwich-beijing.cn/ 

5 May Newsletter

  
    
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Click above or follow the links  for updates  from: Senior SchoolJunior SchoolEarly Years,

Events Team.

 

Dear Parents

A week shortened by the May Holiday on Monday has been no less frenetic here at DCB. In passing, I do hope you all had a great long weekend despite the weather. Examinations have started in earnest and Year 11s and 13s are well underway with their IGCSEs and IB exams.

The College has been alive with parents, it seems.  International Week in the Junior School and Early Years has brought many parents as well as staff in to share stories and experiences from their own cultures. I always enjoy popping in for a cup of tea, cucumber sandwiches (without crusts, of course) and scone with cream and strawberry jam, courtesy of Ruth Grant and Louise Curd. A British moment of sorts, though I suspect chicken curry is eaten rather more regularly in the UK than high tea! 

This week has also seen Liam Hennessy's Year 6s on expedition with Wild China, and Year 2/3 Transition preparations as parents and children move up from Early Years to Juniors. We’ve had workshops galore. Chloe Mayes and Judi Qiu talked to Early Years parents about how to help their children read more effectively and to use the library well. Jo Symons addressed the thorny issue of ‘difficult conversations’ with teenagers.

Most of the week, though, has been all about preparations for tomorrow’s Founder’s Day. Rehearsals, auditions for Dulwich Idol, stage building, canopy erection, stall set-ups - all point to Saturday. We are hoping for good weather. Dulwich Shanghai and Dulwich Zhuhai both had their Founder’s Days somewhat dampened over the last two weekends, so we are hoping for sunshine and ready to offer whatever libations or sacrifices the weather gods may ask! It looks set fair as I write today. Founder’s Day this year has been master-minded by Ashley Wu who, when she stepped in to cover SeeKay’s maternity, would have little suspected how much work goes in to putting on one of these events. All credit to her, Flora Zhang and their team, overseen by Kasia Baran. Thanks also to the musicians who have put together Dulwich Idol and the overall programme for the Big Stage. Good luck to the six finalists who will be singing for glory tomorrow.

Founder’s Day is an opportunity to remember our Founder Edward Alleyn, who established Dulwich London in 1619 after a career in the theatre, working alongside William Shakespeare, and as an entrepreneur. It also enables us to be thankful for, and proudly mark the work of, the Founder of Dulwich College International, Mr Fraser White. Tomorrow, we will be playing Harrow at Rugby and Netball for the Fraser White Cup. Though Fraser is unable to attend this year, we are delighted to welcome CEO, Christian Guertler, and Director of Schools, Brian McDouall, back to Beijing for the festivities. 

Do grab a copy of the newly published College Magazine. It will give you a great update on  what has been going on in each school. Give Ingrid Van Ginkel’s excellent article on why ‘Toddlers Make the Best Teachers’ a read. A beautiful piece. This edition comes courtesy of the excellent work of Yvette Ferrari, but special thanks are also due to Greta Wang who designed and set out the copy single-handedly. Greta has a great eye for design and we applaud her work, and that of her colleagues as well.

See you at Founder’s Day.

Every best wish,

 

David Mansfield

Headmaster


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Community Events - May 2016


 
       
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29 April Newsletter


 

 

 

 

 

Click above or follow the links  for updates  from: Senior SchoolJunior SchoolEarly Years,

Events Team.

 

Dear Parents,

This week Shakespeare has been centre stage. Last Saturday – St  George’s Day - was the 400th anniversary of his death. Celebrations in the UK are in full swing – even Prince Charles got in on the act - and here at DCB we have been marking the life and works of the great man. William Shakespeare was a business and artistic associate of our own founder, Edward Alleyn, who acted with him and this only enhances our affinity with Shakespeare’s work. This week staff and students have been photoboothing their favorite pieces of Shakespeare (note how, in tribute to one of Shakespeare’s favourite tricks, I have turned a noun into a verb, there) while Mr McKee and Mr Heath swapped Shakespearean insults in a very amusing live broadcast on Dulwich Radio. Apt and amusing quotations are to be found all over the school buildings.

Great news reached us last night that, for the second year running, our Junior School students have won the coveted Dulwich Film Award, the D’Oscars. Shienna Baek and Betty Hong’s production won best film of the night. Many congratulations to them and to Mr Reinhardt and Ms Carmichael for running the Film Making ECA. So good to see the visual arts thriving at DCB.

This week has also seen the IGCSE Drama examination pieces. Some great performances, cleverly set and produced. But, oh so bleak! I certainly double-locked my door after Wednesday’s show in case the Pillowman came a-calling! Teenage themes always abound in these IGCSE projects, but they are handled with dignity, intelligence and real depth of feeling by the students. There were chilling but equally moving representations of some sad truths for the audience to admire and think about on the way home.

The Year Fours camped out last night on the school field and are today off sailing as part of their residential trip. There will be a lot of sleepy Year 4s over the weekend, but they will have had great fun on bouncy castles and boats, despite the lumpy sleeping mattresses! 

More great work in Early Years this week as well, as our little ones tried to discover the College’s favourite mini-beast. I voted for dung beetles! KS1 pupils were using their Maths skills to find out DCB's Top of the Bugs. We’ll keep you posted! I also enjoyed a visit to a Year 6 classroom where the Second World War is being studied – huge numbers of great questions rained down on me, either suggesting the students had done extensive background research, or that they really did think I was around in 1940! (Let me be clear: I was not.)

I hope you have all put Founder’s Day is your diaries – next Saturday, 7th May on the school fields. This is a great opportunity for the whole Dulwich Community to come together. Fifteen food stalls, representing some of the many national groupings that make-up our family, will provide you with sustenance whilst the Music and Drama departments take us through a wonderful programme on the main stage. Dulwich Idol is always a high point but the grand finale concert will also be a treat. Witness our Fraser White Cup clash with Harrow for our U15 Boys (in Rugby) and Girls (Netball). Try out golf and fencing in the West Dome. Do come along – it will be a day to remember.

A final reminder to all parents who wish to apply for a trustee role. The deadline is next Wednesday, 4th May, at 4pm. Emails to me please. My thanks to those parents who have already placed their hats in the ring.

As we close, remember the Bard’s advice - ‘Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none’. And we won’t go far off course.

I hope everyone will enjoy both a pleasant weekend and the May Day holiday on Monday.

 

With kind regards, 

David Mansfield

Headmaster

 

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Community Events - May 2016


22 April Newsletter

 

 

 

 

 

 

Click above or follow the links  for updates  from: Senior SchoolJunior SchoolEarly Years

Events Team.

 

Dear Parents,

Just as Spring is starting to make way for Summer, this has felt very much like a week of transitions – or, to use a less cold sounding word – of changes, at DCB.

We’ve seen children from Year 2 visiting the Junior School so that they can make new friends and become familiar with the even busier environment they will be enjoying from August onwards. This is a challenging time for such young children, and for their families, so it was good to have a well attended parent workshop offered by our Junior School team to help make sure this is an exciting period in the children’s lives.

A similar process of moving up and moving on has been seen in our music and sport this week, where the departure of so many familiar faces among our oldest students, now that exam season is about to begin, has created opportunities for their younger counterparts to shoulder new challenges . The ACAMIS football tournament provided ‘big match experience’ for a great many of our up-and-coming players among the boys and girls of the Senior School. They travelled to Shanghai and represented us with honour and tenacity against some teams fielding more experienced players. I know that football at DCB will go from strength to strength thanks to the players currently being developed by our coaches. 

Also stepping up in Shanghai were the next, next phase of DCB sports stars in the form of our Junior School athletes. They are just back from the DCA games and I look forward to hearing in full about their exploits in what was, for many, their first experience of travelling to a large scale athletics tournament. 

Wednesday evening’s ‘No Strings Attached’ concert allowed us to see some performers from Key Stages 3 and 4 with whose work we are sure to become more familiar over the next few years as they increasingly take on leading roles. A typically varied programme offered us Bach, Count Basie and Taylor Swift among others, all played with a commitment to creating that swing without which, of course, it don’t mean a thing. It was a great pleasure for us to welcome the ISB Big Band and the spirit of support and co-operation shown between the young musicians was clear for all to see in the bravura closing number, “Sunny Side of the Street”. While we all (quite rightly) enjoy and benefit from the friendly competition that exists within the community of international schools, it is worth remembering from time to time that we are just that – part of a wider community of schools – and that we can work with and learn alongside each other for the benefit of all our young people.

Another most welcome guest this week was The Right Honourable Mr Peter Riddell, the Chair of the Governing Body of Dulwich College in London. Mr Riddell has had – and indeed continues to have – a distinguished career as a journalist and political commentator. He is an editor of The Times newspaper in the UK as well as a former US Editor and Chief Washington Correspondent for the Financial Times. Mr Riddell, accompanied by his wife, is making a tour of the international Dulwich Colleges and he began here in Beijing.  Next week, they attend the official opening of the new Dulwich College in Yangon. His keen interest in the achievements of our pupils and staff, his evident pleasure in the warm, welcoming atmosphere of the College, and his sincere desire to understand what makes DCB tick were evident to all who had the pleasure of meeting him. Back in the UK, Mr Riddell was one of three prominent figures appointed by the Prime Minister to lead an enquiry investigating claims about the use of torture against detainees in Guantanamo Bay. Whilst I am sure he himself must have posed many serious questions during the course of that inquiry, I wonder if he has often found himself on the receiving end of the kind of well-informed, incisive questioning that some of our IB students posed to him about his work. The insightful probing of our seniors is perhaps another image of the shifts and changes we see when working in a school; I’ve no doubt these students will be following in the footsteps of accomplished public figures like Mr Riddell, before too long.

Finally, one further story of change and growth to let you know about. I write today from Suzhou, where I am representing DCB at the opening of the new Dulwich International High School and, on behalf of us all, I send to the staff, students and parents of the new school our warmest best wishes for future success.

With kind regards, 

David Mansfield

Headmaster

 

                                                                       NOTIFICATIONS

Community Events - April 2016

International Car Show: 25 April – 4 May, 2016

Dear Parents,

The International Car Show will be held at the Shunyi Exhibition Centre from Monday 25th April to Wednesday 4th May 2016. Those of you who have lived in the vicinity for a few years will be aware that the Car Show, which takes place every other year, is one of the most popular exhibitions held in Beijing, and it therefore has an enormous impact on traffic in the area.

 As a result, please note several implications to our school daily activities during this period:

  • We expect bus delays in both the mornings and afternoons 
  • Junior and Senior School one hour ECAs will be cancelled 
  • DCP classes will not be offered, please refer to DCP Term 3 brochure here for updated schedule
  • All the late buses (4.50pm) will be cancelled
  • The late late buses (6pm) will continue to run for those Junior and Senior School students involved in a two hour after school practice in Sports or Music. Those two hour training sessions will continue as usual.

All bus students will be contacted separately by our Bus Coordinator with details. If you have any questions with regards to buses please contact Cecilia.Yang@dulwich-beijing.cn

As bus monitors may need to communicate with you during this period, please ensure that you let us know if your contact information, and particularly your cell phone numbers, have changed recently. Please contact your campus administrator (ava.wang@dulwich-beijing.cn for Senior School; sylvia.Liu@dulwich-beijing.cn for Junior School; crystal.Yang@dulwich-beijing.cn for Early Years at Legend; may.Wang@dulwich-beijing.cn for Early Years at Riviera) if you need to change your contact information.

 

Summer School Programme from Stanford University's Pre-Collegiate Studies (SPCS) on Offer This Summer

This summer, DCB will host a series of stimulating courses from June 20 – July 1. The courses consist of two week long enrichment classes and are taught by postgraduate students from Stanford University, with a small number of instructors hailing from other renowned universities such as Harvard, Princeton, Berkeley, etc. Instructors are carefully selected by for their in-depth of knowledge as well as for their passion for working with younger students.

V-Campus – the company behind organising the programme – has been working with Stanford University's Pre-Collegiate Studies (SPCS) to offer the Honors Academies to students in Asia for more than 10 years. V-Campus has brought the Honors Academies to Dulwich College Shanghai since 2012, and will now offer the programme for the first time in Beijing.

Students can choose one subject to focus on and classes will be held from Monday to Friday, 9.00am to 3.00pm over the two week period. Lunch break will be from 12:00pm to 1:00pm, with lunch provided. All course materials and any required textbooks will also be provided for students and are included in the course fee of US$2,100.

At the end of the course, participants who have successfully completed the programme will receive a certificate from Stanford Pre-Collegiate Studies and a personal evaluation from their Stanford Instructor. 

Interested students can sign up directly by following the link to an  online application form. The courses on offer this summer are:

·  Year 5 - 6 Creative Writing

·  Year 7 - 9 Expository Writing

·  Year 7 - 9 Math Logic & Problem Solving

Please follow the links above for a short course description and sample syllabus for each of the courses. Questions and enquiries about the programme, contact V-Campus at mingyang.lim@vcampus.sg  or on WhatsApp or WeChat at +65 9455 0524.

 

From Friends of Dulwich Charity Team

 

Remember You Xinyu, the little girl we collected all the money for at Moonlight Madness 2014? Here she is. Please read on for an update from Becky at Roundabout below. 

Recognize this beautiful girl? This is You Xinyu, the girl we helped a couple of years ago. She was diagnosed with leukemia almost two years ago. The adoptive parents sent her to Yanda Hospital for treatment. We asked the whole community to help her. In order for her to get the right bone marrow, the adoptive parents were able to find her birth mom with the help of media. They are back at Ma An Shan in Hebei Province, where her adoptive parents work. It's spring time, and this beautiful girl is taking a selfie.

 

15 April Newsletter


 

 

 

 

 

Click above or follow the links  for updates  from: Senior SchoolJunior SchoolEarly Years,

Events Team.

 

Dear Parents,

Welcome back! I hope you had a good break. Mine ended in Shanghai last weekend where I was presenting to the OESIS conference on some of the Blended Learning projects we are developing here at DCB. Chris Stanley’s Year 7 Maths programme, in particular, was highlighted and very well received by delegates, gaining acknowledgments and expressions of interest from some top US schools. 

I came into school today to see a massive banner draped from the ceiling of the atrium revealing the pictures of our Graduating Class of 2016. Today our Y13 IB students go off on study leave. They have left their mark - notably the transformation of the Student Services Centre into a jungle/orangerie! Their Leavers Assembly on Wednesday was a case study for the talents and good humour they have as a year group, full of “advice” for those who will follow them. We wish all our graduates well as they make their final preparations for the examination season.

As one group of our senior students leaves, it’s interesting to reflect on how the foundations for their journeys – educationally and personally – are laid. It’s been Book Week in Early Years and seeing the sheer enthusiasm our youngest children have for talking about favourite characters (and dressing up as them!) it’s not difficult to see where the love of learning and belief in applying your imagination comes from.

The theme of the week has been safety. We have welcomed Robyn Treyvaud, from CyberSafeKids in Australia, to lead a week of e-safety training for parents, students and staff. This has been a really helpful programme set up by e–safety coordinator, Serkan Ari. The week’s events and discussions have highlighted the positives and perils of social media, in particular, and further communications will be coming your way. As always these rain checks serve to remind us all to be consistently vigilant in overseeing the online world inhabited and used by our children. One of Robin’s key messages is that all of us – students and adults – need to think, every time we present ourselves online, about whether that “digital self” is a good representation of our personal values and beliefs. Increasingly, this is a world we talking about an “online life” and “normal life” makes less and less sense. It’s all one experience and we need to help our young people make sense of how best they can represent themselves.

We have also been delighted to welcome Mr Tim Gerrish OBE, from International Child Protection Advisors, to Dulwich Beijing. Tim will be leading a review of the whole Dulwich Safeguarding procedures across the group with colleagues from all our schools in an initiative headed up by DCI’s Deputy Director of Schools, Kate Beith. 

It is not everyday that we get to meet a member of the British Royal family. It happened this Tuesday at the banquet to celebrate the achievements of Care for Children, a China based charity working to replace orphanages with foster care in families for abandoned and orphaned children. It was a pleasure to watch and listen to our Chamber Choir perform so beautifully in the presence of His Royal Highness Prince Michael of Kent, cousin of Queen Elizabeth II, and grand-son of King George V. The choir, conducted with élan by Paul West and accompanied by Nina Haynes, met the Prince afterwards. 

This week also saw a visit to Dulwich by Eric Waugh from the San Jose Earthquakes, a football club in the US’s Major League Soccer (MLS). They run an excellent football development programme in Dulwich Shanghai and we are looking to opening up a similar option in Beijing from the autumn. On that note, we wish good fortune to our ACAMIS football squads playing in Shanghai at the moment. 

Letters on how to apply to become a trustee come out on Monday. As I mentioned before the break, we are looking for two. Do look out for them if you are interested in the role.

With best wishes

 

David Mansfield

Headmaster

 

                                                                       NOTIFICATIONS

Community Events - April 2016

 

2016 Founder’s Day –  Calling Country Reps for International Food Festival!

Preparations are already in full swing for this year’s annual Founder’s Day, scheduled for Saturday, 7 May!

We have already started reaching out to our parent country representatives for the International Food Festival – always the absolute highlight of the day!

If you have not been approached yet, but would like to contribute to your country stall or to find out more how to get involved, please contact us via email: Flora.Zhang@dulwich-beijing.cn or Ashley.Wu@dulwich-beijing.cn or come to our first meeting on Monday, April 18 at 10:45am in Coffee and Books. 

For those of you who are new to the College, Founder’s Day is the biggest annual community event of the year and reminds us how great it is to be a part of this school, where everyone pulls together to create the best possible experiences for our students and the community. The day highlights our diversity and includes games, performances, and mini-events that showcase Art, Drama, Music, service and academics.

The gates will open at 2:45pm for the day’s festivities, followed by the flag parade at 3:00pm. The celebrations will end at 9:00pm.

Please mark your calendars now for Saturday, 7 May 2016! 

Roundabout Donation

A Roundabout Donation Box has been placed in our Legend Garden Parking area this week just in time for spring cleaning.  Roundabout is always happy to receive your donations and to give them to those in need on your behalf. Some items may be sold to raise funds for needy causes.


They kindly ask that all donations are in a good, clean, working order. The dignity of our recipients is something that we always keep in mind while preparing donations, so please double check that nothing stained, torn, or broken has accidently slipped in with your bundle of donations. Your help in doing this helps to process items faster. For more information about Roundabout please see check their website  at: http://www.roundaboutchina.com

 

 

International Car Show: 25 April – 4 May, 2016

Dear Parents,

The International Car Show will be held at the Shunyi Exhibition Centre from Monday 25th April to Wednesday 4th May 2016. Those of you who have lived in the vicinity for a few years will be aware that the Car Show, which takes place every other year, is one of the most popular exhibitions held in Beijing, and it therefore has an enormous impact on traffic in the area.

 As a result, please note several implications to our school daily activities during this period:

  • We expect bus delays in both the mornings and afternoons 
  • Junior and Senior School one hour ECAs will be cancelled 
  • DCP classes will not be offered, please refer to DCP Term 3 brochure here for updated schedule
  • All the late buses (4.50pm) will be cancelled
  • The late late buses (6pm) will continue to run for those Junior and Senior School students involved in a two hour after school practice in Sports or Music. Those two hour training sessions will continue as usual.

All bus students will be contacted separately by our Bus Coordinator with details. If you have any questions with regards to buses please contact Cecilia.Yang@dulwich-beijing.cn

As bus monitors may need to communicate with you during this period, please ensure that you let us know if your contact information, and particularly your cell phone numbers, have changed recently. Please contact your campus administrator (ava.wang@dulwich-beijing.cn for Senior School; sylvia.Liu@dulwich-beijing.cn for Junior School; crystal.Yang@dulwich-beijing.cn for Early Years at Legend; may.Wang@dulwich-beijing.cn for Early Years at Riviera) if you need to change your contact information.

1 April Newsletter


 

 

 

 

 

Click above or follow the links  for updates  from: Senior SchoolJunior SchoolEarly Years,

Events Team.

 

Dear Parents,

I start this newsletter with amazing news on the achievement of our students. DCB is about far more than simply getting into great universities but we all appreciate that this is one important aspect of what we all aspire towards. At the end of this term we can report our finest ever catalogue of American university places. Harry Sha has been offered a place at Stanford; Cecily Chen at University of Pennsylvania; Charles Chiu at Harvard; Tony Yun at Juilliard. These are all firsts for DCB and the tip of the iceberg of successes. This year we have eight – yes, eight! – students with offers at Ivy League universities: Harvard, UPenn, three at Cornell, two at Brown, and Dartmouth. 10 percent of our cohort at Ivies! When this is added to offers from Stanford (more competitive than all the Ivies), Barnard (affiliated with Columbia University), Rhode Island School of Design (linked to Brown University), and our offers from Oxford and Cambridge, it means we have a line-up of destinations that any school would envy. In addition, many more wonderful offers have been received at other world class universities. We live in humbling times, and can do nothing more than congratulate these young people on their stunning levels of success. They are a credit to their parents, their school and, above all, to themselves.

In any other week, I would have led the newsletter with a report on the magnificent Senior School production of The Little Shop of Horrors. It was just superb. I thought I’d landed in the West End or Broadway by mistake. The quality of singing, the tightness of the band under Paul West’s expert direction, the faultless pace of Becky Davies’ production, its vibrancy and sheer enjoyment were infectious. The Wodehouse Theatre has never been so full of buzz and appreciation. Alex Chang and Claire Dvorchak were leads you’d pay big to see; Matthew Chen has a linguistic facility and physicality to die for and Miles Wang, well – lock up your daughters! Tony Liang, I’ll buy your first album. What a voice! Akriti Purohit, Hannah Zhu and Asuka Kosugi were the perfect chorus. What a show! How we loved it!  Drama under Augusta Harison-Denby has jumped up a notch, in under a year, and working within the professionalism of the new Performing Arts faculty under Paul West, it will only go from strength to strength. 

If you haven’t had a chance to catch the IB Art Exhibition in the Atrium, it is a real treat. The range and sophistication of ideas expressed in so many different media is a joy. All credit to our talented bunch of IB artists and to their teachers, especially Mr Arvind Bangay, who oversees his first exhibition as Head of Art. A visitor from the UK with a background in art & design was heard to comment that the standard of work was more akin to a final degree show.

Many parents will have become aware that we had an earthquake evacuation drill last week. It went very well and we moved all our students and staff out of the buildings, registering safely away from the campus in a matter of minutes. We have three drills a year – one each term, normally. One is for Fire, one for an Intruder Alert, and this one for an Earthquake. Students are taught how to respond and we then review practice to ensure it is tight and comprehensive. 

This week saw our Board of Trustees meet and, as ever, I am deeply grateful for the quality of the engagement, attention to detail and sensitivity of our parent trustees, under the chairmanship of Jie Wang. This year two members, Yudan Jin and Tristram Harper-Kennedy, step down. We will say more of their significant contribution towards the end of the year, but at this point I simply give notice that we will be seeking to find two new trustees after the break. So if you are interested in standing or have a possible trustee to tap on the shoulder, then do put on your thinking caps. 

Monday saw a Headmaster’s Forum on the subject of the importance of English fluency in an international setting. Many thanks to all the parents who support these and provide feedback on areas where we can make our College even better. Many Junior School parents were also in school this week to witness the work their children have done and to discuss progress in a delightful open house style.  

We have come to the end of another exciting term and many of us are looking forward to the holiday. Staff and students have worked hard and deserve a moment to catch their breath. To those preparing for competitive examinations, do use the break wisely but ensure you get a rest and some diversion. Whatever your plans, may I wish you a restful time and look forward to see everyone back ready to roll in a week or so.

 

With every best wish

David Mansfield

Headmaster

 

                                                                       NOTIFICATIONS

 

Holiday Reminder!

Please note that we will break up after school on Friday 1st April for one week’s holiday including 4th April which is Tomb Sweeping Day in China. We look forward to seeing all children on Monday 11th April, relaxed and reenergized.

 

Community Events - April 2016

 

2016 Founder’s Day –  Calling Country Reps for International Food Festival!

Preparations are already in full swing for this year’s annual Founder’s Day, scheduled for Saturday, 7 May!

We have already started reaching out to our parent country representatives for the International Food Festival – always the absolute highlight of the day!

If you have not been approached yet, but would like to contribute to your country stall or to find out more how to get involved, please contact us via email: Flora.Zhang@dulwich-beijing.cn or Ashley.Wu@dulwich-beijing.cn

For those of you who are new to the College, Founder’s Day is the biggest annual community event of the year and reminds us how great it is to be a part of this school, where everyone pulls together to create the best possible experiences for our students and the community. The day highlights our diversity and includes games, performances, and mini-events that showcase Art, Drama, Music, service and academics.

The gates will open at 2:45pm for the day’s festivities, followed by the flag parade at 3:00pm. The celebrations will end at 9:00pm.

Please mark your calendars now for Saturday, 7 May 2016! 

E-Safety Week Parent Workshops

Click here to RSVP


Roundabout Donation

A Roundabout Donation Box has been placed in our Legend Garden Parking area this week just in time for spring cleaning.  Roundabout is always happy to receive your donations and to give them to those in need on your behalf. Some items may be sold to raise funds for needy causes.


They kindly ask that all donations are in a good, clean, working order. The dignity of our recipients is something that we always keep in mind while preparing donations, so please double check that nothing stained, torn, or broken has accidently slipped in with your bundle of donations. Your help in doing this helps to process items faster. For more information about Roundabout please see check their website  at: http://www.roundaboutchina.com

 

 

International Car Show: 25 April – 4 May, 2016

Dear Parents,

The International Car Show will be held at the Shunyi Exhibition Centre from Monday 25th April to Wednesday 4th May 2016. Those of you who have lived in the vicinity for a few years will be aware that the Car Show, which takes place every other year, is one of the most popular exhibitions held in Beijing, and it therefore has an enormous impact on traffic in the area.

 As a result, please note several implications to our school daily activities during this period:

  • We expect bus delays in both the mornings and afternoons 
  • Junior and Senior School one hour ECAs will be cancelled 
  • DCP classes will not be offered, please refer to DCP Term 3 brochure here for updated schedule
  • All the late buses (4.50pm) will be cancelled
  • The late late buses (6pm) will continue to run for those Junior and Senior School students involved in a two hour after school practice in Sports or Music. Those two hour training sessions will continue as usual.

All bus students will be contacted separately by our Bus Coordinator with details. If you have any questions with regards to buses please contact Cecilia.Yang@dulwich-beijing.cn

As bus monitors may need to communicate with you during this period, please ensure that you let us know if your contact information, and particularly your cell phone numbers, have changed recently. Please contact your campus administrator (ava.wang@dulwich-beijing.cn for Senior School; sylvia.Liu@dulwich-beijing.cn for Junior School; crystal.Yang@dulwich-beijing.cn for Early Years at Legend; may.Wang@dulwich-beijing.cn for Early Years at Riviera) if you need to change your contact information.

 

25 March 2016

  
  
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Events Team.

 

Dear Parents,

May I wish those of you who mark it my heartfelt best wishes this Eastertide. Spring is in the air around Beijing; blossoms budding and the promise of new life after a dark and very cold winter is always very welcome.  The gloom of Good Friday always points us to the joy of Easter Sunday, and that positive affirmation of hope, irrespective of circumstances, is a key message for all of us.

It has been a pleasure to welcome to DCB this week our newly appointed Head of Early Years, Mr David Mumford. David has spent two days with us and has gained an insight into the world he will inhabit from August. He has met staff, parents and, most importantly, children and very much enjoyed his visit. He will be a huge asset to the team next year and we wish him well as he makes his move from Kuala Lumpur.

Joe McKee and I were delighted to be invited to a ceremony in Sanlitun on Wednesday evening in order to receive a China CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) Award on behalf of the College. This award was given via the combined forces of the British Chamber of Commerce China, the China-British Business Council and AmCham China for DCB’s work in developing Chinese teachers from Beijing and Western China. One of our four pillars is to develop our links with the community, which we do through the fantastic work of the Friends of Dulwich, the charity and community service undertaken in the schools, and also through this work done by our teachers to train and support Chinese colleagues in Beijing and beyond who are looking to understand and use more western pedagogies. Well done to Joe, Becky Jing and David Yang in particular who make these projects happen. 

These last two weeks have seen a number of Dulwich sponsored events at The Bookworm Beijing Literary Festival. The visit of the noted broadcaster and journalist Xinran on Saturday evening to our own Edward Alleyn Theatre was a powerfully moving experience for those present. Subjects under discussion included the experiences and expectations of China’s women today, the differences between life in the countryside and in the city, and the legacy of the one-child policy. Monday saw a full house at The Bookworm for a lively discussion between three writers of science fiction and fantasy from Poland, Israel and China. We very much enjoy our involvement with this major cultural event in the life of Beijing’s international community and I’m very grateful to all our staff who generously give their time to help organize and lead events, and to those who support through their attendance.

Last weekend saw more debating success for DCB, this time in the World Scholars Cup held at Keystone Academy. Debating the theme ‘An Imperfect World, ’ DCB took all four first place prizes in the various age-specific overall competitions, and took huge numbers of trophies as individuals and teams, being almost completely dominant in the Junior Division. Many thanks to all the staff who helped prepare the students. A special mention goes to those first placed students in a range of different sections - Fredric Kong (Year 9), Elenya Chuan (Year 9), Jennifer Zhou (Year 9), Silvia Shen (Year 12), Johanna Shen (Year 12), and Yi Wen Lee (Year 10). 

Recent cultural highlights to report include a cracking Diversity concert last Friday night which showcased how far choral music has come at DCB under Paul West’s tutelage. Three of our choirs performed beautifully – the valedictory celebration of David Bowie with Paul West’s own arrangement of ‘Heroes' was a standout for me and the confidence of our splendid Junior School Choir provided reassurance that the future for choral music at DCB is bright and strong. The main visiting act were the North Western Treblemakers, a vibrant a cappella group with a distinct contemporary r’n’b inflection, and starring DCB alumnus Jason Yuan, returning to his former stomping ground in suitably flamboyant style. This week also saw a visit to DCB by a touring group of dancers from Auckland University, New Zealand. They worked with our Junior School students and developed a lovely presentation for parents. Tonight sees our final Diversity Concert of the year. We are very much looking forward to hosting the Carducci-Eimer Piano Trio. Next week sees our Senior School Production of ‘Little Shop of Horrors’. It will be a blast. Do get your tickets while there are still some available. Best show in town, we’ve heard! After every concert or show we put on I always hear, a few days later, comments along the lines of “Wish I’d gone to that…sounds like it was amazing!” There’s a supposed modern-day ill of dubious value called ‘Fear of Missing Out’…but when it comes to the musical and dramatic opportunities at DCB, it’s completely true. Get your tickets for ‘Little Shop’ today and don’t be left out of the conversation when everyone is talking about it next week!

Have a great weekend and enjoy the glorious clear blue skies and warming Spring temperatures.

With best wishes

 

 

David Mansfield

Headmaster


                                                                       NOTIFICATIONS

Please note that April 1st is a normal school day, not a school PD day. School will take place as usual.


 

Re-enrolment for Academic year 2016/17

We would like to remind parents that re-enrolment for the next academic year 2016/17 has commenced. Your child will automatically be admitted to the College for the new academic school year unless we receive notification of withdrawal from the family indicating otherwise. If your child is leaving DCB at the end of the upcoming Term 3, (June 17th, 2016), please complete the Withdrawal Form and return it to the Admissions Office before the deadline of April 1st, 2016.

An email regarding this has been sent to parents last week - please read the email carefully and do approach our Admissions officers if you have questions. Re-enrolment information is also available on our Parent Portal


Headmaster’s Forum – Developing fluency in English: the international school essential

Date: Monday, 28 March 2016

Time: 6:00pm – 7:30pm

Location: Edward Alleyn Theatre

All DCB parents are invited to attend the Headmaster’s Forum, held once every school term. The topic for this Forum is ‘Developing fluency in English: the international school essential’.

The objective of the Forums is to update the parents on College matters, across various area of education and related topics. Parents may also take the opportunity to raise points during the ‘Question & Answer’ session after the talk.

Please RSVP to Ms Nina Zhou, Personal Assistant to Headmaster at Nina.Zhou@dulwich-beijing.cn.

If you have particular questions that you would like to hear addressed by the Headmaster during his talk at the Forum, please send them to Nina.

Drinks and snacks will be provided. 

http://www.dulwich-beijing.cn/cf_enotify/view.cfm?n=1470

 

March Student Photos - Orders from Monday

The school individual photos for new students are now ready to be ordered online. Each student who took photos last month should receive next Monday a photo sample with individual login information.

Please follow the directions on the photo sample to access the Kids Photo Studio website to place your orders.

Please note:

1. The link for online orders: www.kidsphoto-beijing.com. Each student will receive a unique login information on Monday Mar 28th.

2. The deadline for orders: April 15th, 2016. 

3. Payments can be made by credit card/AliPay/PayPal

4. The photos will be delivered to school by April 29th.  

5. For any enquiries please contact Kids Photo Studio directly at 132 4170 2044 (English) or 136 8156 9170 (Chinese) or via email at kidsphoto_beijing@163.com

 

DCP April Football Camp

DCP will run a 4-day Football Camp during Spring Break, from Tuesday, 5 April to Friday, 8 April at Legend Garden Campus. Registration is on-going.

Date: Tuesday, 5 April to Friday, 8 April

Time: 9:00am – 12:00pm

Location: LEGEND GARDEN CAMPUS Sports Dome and South Pitch

Contact: dcp@dulwich-beijing.cn

 
       
 http://www.dulwich-beijing.cn/ 

18 March 2016

  
  
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Click above or follow the links  for updates  from: Senior SchoolJunior SchoolEarly Years,

Events Team.

 

Dear Parents,

It’s literary festival season. Dulwich has been a regular sponsor of the Beijing Bookworm Festival which is taking place this week and next. Our own Joe McKee and Sandra Greenwell are hosting events – with one at DCB tomorrow evening in the Edward Alleyn Theatre: A Conversation with Xinran. We are delighted to welcome this noted Chinese writer and broadcaster whose books have done so much to build an understanding of China and its people for readers across the world. Do come along. We have already had three authors with us this week. Graeme Base and Philip Wilcox are here in Beijing for the Festival and have spent time running workshops for students in our Junior and Senior Schools. Next Tuesday, celebrated children's book author Ian Wynbrow will run a workshop for our Early Years students. But we were also delighted to welcome Tom Rob Smith, a Dulwich Old Boy, who is already a very successful novelist, television dramatist and screenwriter. His ‘Child 44’ is an internationally acclaimed novel and his dark psychological thriller ‘London Spy’ aired on BBC television last November. His advice to our students – about taking risks, and writing about ‘what you love’, not just ‘what you know’ – chimes perfectly with the values of creativity, commitment and risk-taking that we aim to cultivate.

I’ve just returned from the Edward Alleyn Theatre where a visiting troupe of chefs from Chartwells, our catering company, are putting on a ‘Ready, Steady Cook’ show for all our Year 3s and 4s, and later for Year 5s and 6s. This is not only good fun but also emphasises the value we place on healthy eating. I was very impressed by the knowledge shown by our young ones on what and what not to eat, and why. Thanks to Stan and Fabio for putting on this event. Healthy food at DCB continues to be a high priority and Chartwells are serving us very well in delivering good quality, day-in-day-out. 

It was great to see over 60 parents and potential parents at our latest Open House on Tuesday. Richard Hawkins introduced the key concept of resilience – the ability to stick at a task and not give up, and reminded us all that failing well is vitally important. Effective progress is made not by getting everything right but by learning from one’s mistakes. This event was the last hurrah (for the present) to be organised by our wonderful Head of Events, See Kay Leong. She goes off on maternity leave today and we wish her and her family all the very best for the next few weeks. We’ll see See Kay back in August. In the meantime we are very grateful to Ashley Wu who will cover the role in her absence. 

Last weekend we enjoyed the Association for Global Debate Beijing Spring Invitational at DCB. Twenty-five schools and some 120 debaters from all over China were debating the possible implementation of a Carbon Tax by the Chinese government. DCB students performed really well, especially as the style of debating was significantly different to our usual ‘British Parliamentary’ approach. It was a learning curve for us all.  Special congratulations to Fred Herbert & Ryan Zeng (Semi-finalists – and their Year 12 opponents in that semi-final went on to win the competition), Yi Wen Lee & Ashley Wong (Quarter-finalists, with Yi Wen also named second placed individual speaker), Yichi Song (Top Individual Speaker) and Alexander Wang (third placed individual speaker). Of the top ten speakers at the competition, according to the judges’ rankings, five came from DCB, including all of those top three mentioned above. Profound thanks go to Kat Tosi for setting this up mammoth event and overseeing it, to Grainne Flanagan who ran our teams, and to Junggle Zhang and his team of students who ran the technical side of the event so carefully.

Wednesday saw the Year 4 production of Sub Zero (sponsored, apparently, by a popular brand of gum-sensitive toothpaste) which was a wonderful tour de force from Michelle Faulkner and her team of teachers and TAs, and starred all the children in our vibrant Year 4. We learned a lot about polar exploration, huskies (I counted nine) and the children’s addiction to Gummy Bears. Great routines and, to finish, a marvellous DCB rendition of the ‘Frozen’ song 'Let It Go’. 

May I draw your attention to our E-Safety Week which takes place 11-15 April this year. We are very grateful to Serkan Ari, our e-safety coordinator who has put the week together for us. In preparation we would like to engage your support in researching how you as parents control your children’s online consumption. This will feed into the work we do in workshops during e-safety week. Please fill in the parents' survey by going to https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/7TY6LZH . Your help is much appreciated.

We were pleased to welcome DCI’s Top Brass to Beijing this week. Fraser White (Executive Chair) and Christian Guertler (CEO) were here on business. The work of DCI goes on as Dulwich continues to seek to provide the best education possible to the communities we serve.

With every best wish,

 

David Mansfield

Headmaster


                                                                       NOTIFICATIONS

2016-17 calendar

Community Events_March 2016

College Magazine - Winter Issue

 

Re-enrolment for Academic year 2016/17

We would like to remind parents that re-enrolment for the next academic year 2016/17 has commenced. Your child will automatically be admitted to the College for the new academic school year unless we receive notification of withdrawal from the family indicating otherwise. If your child is leaving DCB at the end of the upcoming Term 3, (June 17th, 2016), please complete the Withdrawal Form and return it to the Admissions Office before the deadline of April 1st, 2016.

An email regarding this has been sent to parents last week - please read the email carefully and do approach our Admissions officers if you have questions. Re-enrolment information is also available on our Parent Portal


IB Visual Arts Exhibition Opening

Date: Friday, 25 March 2016

Time: 5:00pm - 6:30pm

Location: Main Reception @ LG Campus

Parents of IB art students are invited to attend the private preview of this year’s IB Visual Arts Exhibition. This exhibition celebrates the high standards achieved by our senior students and represents the culmination of two years’ study. The exhibition also gives our students a valuable chance to present and discuss their work in public before their final interviews take place.

You are welcome to enjoy a glass of wine and nibbles while admiring the work on show - some pieces will be on sale, prices by negotiation with the artists!


Headmaster’s Forum – Developing fluency in English: the international school essential

Date: Monday, 28 March 2016

Time: 6:00pm – 7:30pm

Location: Edward Alleyn Theatre

All DCB parents are invited to attend the Headmaster’s Forum, held once every school term. The topic for this Forum is ‘Developing fluency in English: the international school essential’.

The objective of the Forums is to update the parents on College matters, across various area of education and related topics. Parents may also take the opportunity to raise points during the ‘Question & Answer’ session after the talk.

Please RSVP to Ms Nina Zhou, Personal Assistant to Headmaster at Nina.Zhou@dulwich-beijing.cn.

If you have particular questions that you would like to hear addressed by the Headmaster during his talk at the Forum, please send them to Nina.

Drinks and snacks will be provided. 

 

DCP April Football Camp

DCP will run a 4-day Football Camp during Spring Break, from Tuesday, 5 April to Friday, 8 April at Legend Garden Campus. Registration is on-going.

Date: Tuesday, 5 April to Friday, 8 April

Time: 9:00am – 12:00pm

Location: LEGEND GARDEN CAMPUS Sports Dome and South Pitch

Contact: dcp@dulwich-beijing.cn

 
       
 http://www.dulwich-beijing.cn/ 

11 March 2016

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Events Team.

 

Dear Parents

With just a few weeks of Term 2 remaining, there’s no sign of anyone slowing down at the College. Our students and staff have been as energetic as ever, whether in the classroom, the theatre or on the sports field, as you’ll see from my highlights, as well as the further details contained in each school’s newsletter.

Our girls acquitted themselves very well last weekend at the inaugural Dulwich Senior Games, held in Suzhou. These games provide an opportunity for all the Dulwich Colleges to get together in the name of sport. Well done to our representatives, mostly Year 9s, for stepping up so effectively.

As commented on by Karen White in this week’s Early Years newsletter, there are few finer sights in our College than that of our youngest students proudly showing their parents the learning they have been enthusiastically engaged with during the year so far. The review meetings that have taken place this week have been truly and rightly celebratory for parents, teachers and, most importantly, the children.

Their peers in the Junior School have been equally busy in preparing for a series of challenges in front of diverse audiences. Rehearsals for Year 4’s upcoming “Sub Zero” show are taking place in earnest, whilst 65 Year 5 & 6 students are currently in Suzhou for the MADD (Music, Art, Drama and Dance) Festival. At same time, four of our Year 6s are in Guangzhou for the FOBISIA Maths competition, which we hope adds up to success for them.

For Years 1-4, this week brought a wonderful musical treat thanks to a superb morning performance of Saint-Saen’s Carnival of the Animals by the Wisemann Trio as part of the Diversity concert series. It was beautifully played by the Trio and confidently, clearly narrated by members of our own Year 4. Thanks to the Music Department for this delight.

Another Diversity related event that took place this week was an all-day visit by renowned physical theatre practitioner Mark Hill. Mark spent a day with various combinations of our Drama students offering them practical insights and means of thinking about the ways in which inner emotional states can be linked to, and represented through, the body: a great example of complex theory and demanding practice being linked in our students’ learning.

DCB is always pleased to act as the host for a variety of events connected with education, given that our staff’s expertise and our facilities are so highly sought after. Coming up soon, we will be involved in the Bookworm Beijing Literary Festival. Before that, the end of this week brings two major events at the Legend Garden Campus.

We are pleased today to be hosting the largest Universities Fair we have ever held.

Over 90 universities will be with us, offering a range of seminars as well as specific advice to interested parties. We are welcoming representatives from leading institutions in the UK, US, Europe, and across the Asia Pacific region. All our fellow international schools in Beijing and some from further afield have been invited. The eager response to these invitations underlines just how much DCB has become an acknowledged centre of expertise for understanding entry into prestigious US, UK and other international study destinations. My thanks go to all our staff involved in delivering this major event.

On Saturday and Sunday we will host the Association for Global Debate Spring Tournament in partnership with Harvard College Mentors for Urban Debate. It looks like a great first outing for what we hope will be a regular event. The Association for Global Debate oversees English language school debating tournaments for Chinese schools in over 30 cities around the country. They are by far the largest organization working in this area, which is seeing dramatic expansion as more and more Chinese students seek to develop their oratorical skills while also having great fun and meeting other young people from across China. Over 100 students from 25 schools (most of them Chinese) will meet at DCB to debate the merits or otherwise of a Carbon Tax in China. A DCB team will also take part and I wish them good fortune in what I suspect will prove an exceptionally challenging crucible of carefully crafted conversational conflict! I am very grateful to all our staff and students who are giving up their weekend to support this event, and most particularly to Kat Tosi, our Senior School Head of EAL, who has driven this project with all her characteristic passion and precision.

We will soon be making available a large collection box for donations to Roundabout, the charity that the Friends of Dulwich, as well as the College, have supported for some years. More details will follow soon but please have Roundabout in mind if a ‘spring clean’ of your home is on the horizon.

Speaking of the Friends of Dulwich, Tuesday 15th March sees their Annual General Meeting take place in Coffee and Books, from 9.00am. The Friends will be looking to recruit further parent volunteers to help with the wide range of activities they run that so enrich our whole community. Please do come along – and bring someone you know would enjoy being involved but who maybe just needs a little encouragement!

Finally this week, may I offer a gentle reminder to parents that all persons entitled to enter the College grounds on a daily basis must be wearing their lanyards. This policy is generally well followed but a few are forgetting. If you have lost your lanyard, a new one can be obtained at Reception. Please may I ask for your help in ensuring that drivers and ayis are completely aware of what is required, and so have the appropriate lanyard. Your active help in supporting our efforts to ensure the complete safety and security of all children and young people in the College is hugely valued.

With my best wishes

 

David Mansfield

Headmaster


                                                                       NOTIFICATIONS

2016-17 calendar

Community Events_March 2016

College Magazine - Winter Issue

 

Updated Contact Details

We would like to ask parents to email Admissions@dulwich-beijing.cn with updated information i.e. home address, mobile/home telephone or email address if these have recently changed.


Tina Quick's Visit - Resources for Parents

DCB was honoured to host author and psychologist Ms Tina Quick on Thursday and Friday, February 25 and 26. Ms Quick is the leading authority on Third Culture Kids (TCK) and advises parents and kids on all issues regarding repatriation.

Ms Quick spoke to various student groups, teaching staff and hosted a number of parent lectures. Her most noteworthy message was framed within the understanding that most TCKs' will experience significant loss and separation before the end of adolescence – more than most people experience in a lifetime. This information is surely useful for our departing students and parents in times to come.

We are happy to share with our parents materials from Ms Quick's presentations. Please login to our Parent Portal home page for her Power Point presentations, reading recommendations as well as informative videos for parents from two of her talks:

  • Repatriation – How can parents help themselves make the transition?
  • How can I help my child with yet another move?

Stay tuned for more Distinguished Speakers visiting DCB soon. In April we will host Robyn Treyvaud, an internationally recognised expert in online safety and digital citizenship as well as the founder of Cyber Safe Kids. More details on Ms Treyvaud exciting visit coming soon.

 

 

 
       
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4 March 2016

  
  
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Events Team.

 

Dear Parents

My week began on Sunday evening with a marvellous opportunity to hear the China Philharmonic 

Orchestra playing some beautiful music in the Beijing Concert Hall. The performance of 

Mendelssohn’s Violin concerto was just sublime. Some 25 staff were guests of Mr Li, the Director 

of the CPO, with whom we are exploring a number of possible projects to enhance music at 

Dulwich. We are very grateful to him, and honoured to have such valued access to world class 

music-making. Paul West took a number of students to ‘Carmen’., the previous night, just emphasizing 

what a rich diet of culture is available in this vibrant capital city. We – staff and students - are always 

keen to be enriched by the opportunities Beijing provides. 

 

Pollution is up again this week as the temperature increases so I felt this would be a good opportunity 

to remind you of recent actions taken to upgrade air quality management, and also let you know about 

those planned for the near future. As you may remember, over the Christmas break 50 new ceiling-mounted 

filters were installed in all the classrooms at Riviera and Little Riv, and a good number here at Legend. These 

covered the vast majority of Early Years and Junior School teaching areas, and also some of the Senior School. Sixty-two more have been ordered and should be installed before the end of April. These will help develop a 

comprehensive secondary filtration system across our campus. We are already seeing the impact of the new 

filters on air quality in classrooms. All windows and doors have been sealed to stop bad air getting in. This too 

has had an impact. We are working with Pure Living, our air quality consultants, on an ongoing basis to 

enhance and sustain air quality across the campuses. Major works are planned for this summer, which is the 

earliest we can close the campus for the three week period necessary for large-scale work to take place.  

Ceilings will be taken down so that ducting and AHUs (Air Handling Units) can be upgraded. These 

improvements will also have an impact on the air quality throughout the campus. Finally, we remain on track 

to introduce air quality monitors around the building. When pollution readings are over 300, we instate our 

pollution protocols, meaning only two doors can be used (after initial entry into school) – those by  my office 

and those by the Design Technology Department in the Old Block. Our aim is to keep all doors closed, and 

all students inside.

 

DCI and all of us at DCB are committed to making the air quality within the College as good as it can be for 

students, staff, parents and all others who rely on our facilities. However, as I have said before, this is no easy 

task. We have to carry out significant adaptations to a building that was not originally designed to be pollution

-proof, whilst also ensuring that the bad air, which inevitably does get carried inside, is scrubbed out as 

efficiently as possible. We are improving our systems all the time and working with professionals who can 

best advise on and support us in implementing the right solutions. By August of next academic year we aim to 

be recording consistently low levels of pollution throughout the College, and providing EPA air quality 

standards whatever the air quality outside.

 

Sunday saw a wonderful Family on Ice Day to mark the end of the ice skating season. I have enjoyed this year 

particularly as, evening after evening, our ‘Winter Wonderland', as originally conceived by DCI CEO Christian 

Guertler, has lit up the College grounds. Camilla Underhill has been coaching classes and individuals in the 

finer arts of (in my case) staying up vertically and, for others, of genuine self-expression on the ice. The lights, 

the wafting music through the sound system, and the mainly graceful movements of young people and 

adults across the ice have created a great addition to our College. We are very grateful to Camilla for her

work here at DCB. She has really put skating on the Dulwich map. This will beher last skating season 

as she and her family move on to Hong Kong in the summer, but she will leave us a rich legacy. 

 

It was good to welcome this week colleagues from around northern China to a seminar held by GL (the UK’s 

Granada Learning) at DCB on assessment and value-added analysis. DCB is leading the way in using data 

to support learning improvement. Our predicted grades for summer exams are again very good this year and 

we know exactly which students need help, and in which areas improvement is needed. Individual support is 

given to help them make the progress they should and hence on a regular basis our IB students gain at least 

a third of grade per subject higher than expected due to their hard work, and our targeted support.

 

This week, Academic Director Joe McKee and a number of other senior staff enjoyed meeting representatives 

from Niulanshan Junior High School and from the Beijing Institute of Education, with whom we will be working 

later in the year. It is always it is a privilege to learn from our high achieving Chinese neighbours and to share 

some of our best practice and philosophies with them. We have been regular collaborators with BIE and this 

partnership is one we are delighted to foster. 

 

This week also saw a visit from John Todd. John is currently Headmaster of Dulwich College, Suzhou. He will 

next year become regional director for DCI’s China and Korean schools, and so will be responsible for DCB. It 

was good to introduce John to the DCB family. I’m sure you will all get to know him in due course.

With best wishes

 

David Mansfield

Headmaster


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2016-17 calendar

Community Events_March 2016

College Magazine - Winter Issue

SOS Zika Virus Update

 

Updated Contact Details

We would like to ask parents to email Admissions@dulwich-beijing.cn with updated information i.e. home address, mobile/home telephone or email address if these have recently changed.

 

Summer School at Dulwich London (for ages 12-17) 

Our World have worked at Dulwich London for over 20 years and if you would like a high quality UK experience for your son or daughter, please consider their excellent schools. Good especially for English language enhancement and cultural development, they also offer courses in critical thinking  which will help your children develop the skills they need for IGCSE, IB Diploma  and international universities.  Students will actually stay at Dulwich College in London, our founding school in the UK.

Our World will offer you a 10% discount as Dulwich College Beijing parents. You will pay the deposit as required but the lump sum paid later will include the discount for the overall cost. All communication and payment is done directly with the company, though we are happy to support the process if you need advice. Please see the brochure on our parent portal  for more information and visit  Our World website at www.ourworldenglish.com for more details and  application. 

 

 
       
 http://www.dulwich-beijing.cn/ 

26 February Newsletter

 

 

 

 

 

 

Click above or follow the links  for updates  from: Senior SchoolJunior SchoolEarly YearsEvents Team.

 

Dear Parents

Today we are enjoying a visit to DCB from Tina Quick. She is giving advice to students, staff and parents on transition to a new country and, especially, to a university after school. One of the biggest challenges we face as educators and parents is not just in ensuring our young people find great berths at top schools but that, when they get there, they continue to thrive. College readiness is a key aim for us in our work with students. Tina’s expertise and insight are helping us with that process.

Reports coming back from last weekend’s DIMUN VI are stunning. Over 200 students, from eleven schools; impassioned debate; mature chairing; world-changing resolutions! But, above all, profound learning opportunities for students to develop confidence and skills in shaping and framing their ideas and then in practising and delivering them. Our grateful thanks go to Co-Secretary Generals, Silvia Shen and Johanna Shen, and to Sara Palmer and a team of colleagues who provided staff support.

I have just spent four days in Shanghai as part of various teams from across the Dulwich Colleges, seeking to improve and extend the offer we make to our students. With DCB Director of Sport Eddie Lydall, we reviewed sporting provision and some great proposals were made to support the further development of elite sport across the group, and to streamline our competitions. At the DCI Steering Group we learned of exciting developments in the teaching and learning of Mandarin that will, in time, benefit all, and improvements to professional learning structures that will add to what is already a great set-up. Our own Joe McKee, Academic Director at DCB, has been tasked with chairing some major work on behalf of the group in reviewing our Teaching Standards. 

It was a pleasure to join Senior School staff and students at the Prefects’ Dinner in Sanlitun last night. What a great bunch! Binyam Aschalew and Johanna Shen are leading a wonderful team. They replace Bryan Chiew and Thalia Dudek’s prefects who presided so well last year. Student leadership at DCB is of the highest order, and we thank them and colleagues, such as Mark Pankratz and Grainne Flanagan, who oversee and support these teams.

Many congratulations to Chris Stanley, currently Head of Maths, on emerging from a very competitive, impressive field of applicants to secure his promotion to Deputy Head of Senior School (Academic). Chris will work with Richard Hawkins next year in the new-look Senior School Leadership Team. Chris has introduced real innovation this year by developing the Blended Maths project in Year 7 and I’m sure he will bring his creativity, tight organisational skills and capacity for sheer hard work to the new brief. This is great news for the Senior School, and family Stanley. We wish Chris and Victoria the very best for the next phase of their journey. It is a measure of the successful development of staff here at DCB that internal promotions have provided us with a new Head of College, Head of Senior School and now Deputy Head of Senior School.

You will see that, later in this newsletter, we are passing on some downloadable material (also available in the Parent Portal) about the Zika virus from International SOS. If you want more information we will help as best we can, but may I suggest you contact your medical provider if you have specific concerns and questions. We advise that you inform yourself, as this mosquito-borne illness, affecting in particular unborn children, is becoming more of a world-wide issue.

Please may I add my own voice to a notice you will see from the Heads of Schools in their own newsletters this week? For the safety of our students, we need all those being dropped off in the morning by car, on the road parallel to the front of the main building, to enter the campus via the footbridge. The only exceptions to this are children in the Toddler class who are accompanied by adults, or students with mobility problems, such as those on crutches because of an injury. This is something where we need the active support of all parents. Please help us ensure the safety of all students by not dropping off your children in the road and letting them walk across this. The car park and the bridge are there to ensure safety and I will be most grateful for your help in re-enforcing this message.

I hope you are planning on coming to the Family Day on Ice on Sunday morning. It will be a pleasure to see you there and to enjoy some carefully prepared ice-dance presentations. Camilla Underhill and her protégées have been working really hard on the show. Come and have a warm drink and a bite to eat, and watch the ice-skating.

Best wishes

 

David Mansfield

Headmaster


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2016-17 calendar

Community Events_March 2016

College Magazine - Winter Issue

SOS Zika Virus Update

 

Updated Contact Details

We would like to ask parents to email Admissions@dulwich-beijing.cn with updated information i.e. home address, mobile/home telephone or email address if these have recently changed.

 

SCHOOL PHOTOS on March 3rd and 4th

Individual photographs for all new students who joined us after October 2015 and individual and class photos for our Toddlers classes will be taken next week. Each student will have two standard poses taken. 

Please see the schedule below: 

Legend Garden Campus:  

Thursday, 3rd March 

8.30am - 2.30pm 

Riviera Campuses

Friday, 4th March

9.00am -10.20am – Little Riviera 

10.30am-1.00pm – Riviera Main Campus 

Proper dress for the photographs is as follows:

Early Years: Daily Winter Uniform ( Note – there is no dress code requirement for Toddlers)

Boys: Red long sleeved polo shirt with navy trousers

Girls: Navy sleeveless dress (preferably) or red long sleeved polo shirt with navy trousers; hair accessories should be navy, brown or black

Junior School (Years 3 to 6): Best Dressed Uniform

Boys: Navy blue blazer, white long sleeved shirt, navy trousers, tie

Girls: Navy blue blazer, white long sleeved blouse, tartan kilt, tie; hair accessories should be navy, brown or black

Senior School (Years 7 to 11): Best Dressed Uniform

Boys: Navy blue blazer, white long sleeved shirt, grey long trousers, tie

Girls: Navy blue blazer, white long sleeved blouse, tartan kilt, tiehair accessories should be navy, brown or black

Senior School IB Students (Years 12 and 13): Smart Dress, according to IB Dress Code

Boys should wear a dark jacket and tie. Girls - appropriately smart business wear.

Photo Orders and Payment

In three weeks time each student will receive an envelope with  directions of how to access the KidsPhotoStudio website for ordering school photos. 

For e-safety reasons, we have individual login passwords for each student.  Parents will be able to purchase printed versions in different sizes and digital files online. 

No cash orders will be accepted.

If you have any questions about the photos ordering procedure, please contact Iris Tian at iris.tian@dulwich-beijing.cn.

 

Summer School at Dulwich London (for ages 12-17) 

Our World have worked at Dulwich London for over 20 years and if you would like a high quality UK experience for your son or daughter, please consider their excellent schools. Good especially for English language enhancement and cultural development, they also offer courses in critical thinking  which will help your children develop the skills they need for IGCSE, IB Diploma  and international universities.  Students will actually stay at Dulwich College in London, our founding school in the UK.

Our World will offer you a 10% discount as Dulwich College Beijing parents. You will pay the deposit as required but the lump sum paid later will include the discount for the overall cost. All communication and payment is done directly with the company, though we are happy to support the process if you need advice. Please see the brochure on our parent portal  for more information and visit  Our World website at www.ourworldenglish.com for more details and  application. 

 
       
 http://www.dulwich-beijing.cn/ 

19 February Newsletter

 

 

 

 

 

 

Click above or follow the links  for updates  from: Senior SchoolJunior SchoolEarly YearsEvents Team.

 

Dear Parents

I am delighted to be able to announce to the College community that we have appointed Mr David Mumford to the role of Head of Early Years. David is currently the Head of Early Years at the Park City International School in Kuala Lumpur. He was previously Head of an infants school in the UK, and Deputy Head of Junior School at the British School of the Netherlands. He has a huge amount of international experience and a reputation as a kind, supportive and hugely informed professional. David is writer of children’s stories, a keen sportsman, and a trained LTA tennis coach! I’m sure he’ll fit in at DCB with no trouble at all. We warmly welcome him to the Dulwich family.

David will build on the excellent foundation in Early Years that has been so carefully crafted by Sarah Humphreys, Karen White and, earlier, by Kate Beith. It is a rich aspect of our provision here at DCB. Early Years will have its own, brand new facility to work in and this is currently being designed. We will announce full details of these plans in due course. So, the future for Early Years at Dulwich Beijing is rosy. David arrives in August 2016. Until then, as you know, Karen White and John Astbury are holding the reins under the supervision of Ruth Grant. 

This has been another busy week for our Music Department. On Wedneday we enjoyed the latest in the Diversity concert serious. Cordelia and the Buffalo, a six-piece indie-rock and world-music influenced band from Berklee College of Music in Boston, USA, went down a storm. Two of our Key Stage Three bands supported them, and students received invaluable support through workshops during the day on mixing, sampling and other cutting edge modern musical techniques. These Diversity performances are a treat. Do come along to see them – the next three are in March.

Also proving a pleasure to listen to were the six performers in last night’s KS4/5 Musician of the Year competition. All six were of a very high standard, and offered an evening of music-making that, competition not withstanding, was a concert to cherish: varied, vibrant, accomplished. In the end, Sarah Chan emerged as our Young Musician of the Year, with Sunho Kwon (guitar) in second place, and Alex Jiang (violin) in third. Sarah’s cello playing was exquisite. Her rendition of Elgar’s Salut d’Amour, moved the entire audience and she is a worthy winner of this coveted title. Many thanks to Cindy Bulteel from ISB who was a most impressive adjudicator. Her insight, knowledge and specific feedback added greatly to a lovely evening.

Congratulations to the DCB winners of the Dulwich Science/Art Photography Competition 2016. This gets bigger and more impressive every year with hundreds of entries from all the Dulwich Colleges. Please do try to get a look at Angelina Yang’s evocative sunset piece, Christina Teng’s “Bamboo Paradise”, and Ms Carmichael’s wonderful image, “Frozen in Time”. They are stunning shots.

Daniel Nichol and Chris Harmon explained to some 50 parents about our provision for Higher Achieving students in the Junior School during our latest Open House this morning. A very important part of what we are seeking to do at DCB is to ensure that each child is properly stretched, intellectually and creatively, in the classroom and beyond.

Today sees the opening of the 6th Dulwich International Model United Nations Conference (DIMUN). Well done to Silvia Shen and her student team for putting this conference together. It is always a marvelous opportunity to learn and develop new skills for all of the 200-plus young people from schools all over China who participate. We are especially grateful to Agi Veres, UN Director in Beijing, for giving a very informative opening lecture. Through a video, she introduced us to two panda cubs who are now UN Sustainable Development Goal ambassadors!

Finally may I remind parents of two important changes of dates:

  • Founder’s Day is now on Saturday, 7th May
  • Moonlight Madness will be on Tuesday, 10th May

Please make a diary note. We’d love to see you at both these events, which are for the whole Dulwich community.

With best wishes

 

David Mansfield

Headmaster


                                                                       NOTIFICATIONS

School Calendar

2016-17 calendar

Community Events_February 2016

Updated Contact Details

We would like to ask parents to email Admissions@dulwich-beijing.cn with updated information i.e. home address, mobile/home telephone or email address if these have recently changed.

 

Summer School at Dulwich London (for ages 12-17) 

Our World have worked at Dulwich London for over 20 years and if you would like a high quality UK experience for your son or daughter, please consider their excellent schools. Good especially for English language enhancement and cultural development, they also offer courses in critical thinking  which will help your children develop the skills they need for IGCSE, IB Diploma  and international universities.  Students will actually stay at Dulwich College in London, our founding school in the UK.

Our World will offer you a 10% discount as Dulwich College Beijing parents. You will pay the deposit as required but the lump sum paid later will include the discount for the overall cost. All communication and payment is done directly with the company, though we are happy to support the process if you need advice. Please see the brochure on our parent portal  for more information and visit  Our World website at www.ourworldenglish.com for more details and  application. 

 
       
 http://www.dulwich-beijing.cn/ 

29 January Newsletter

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Click above or follow the links  for updates  from: Senior School, Junior SchoolEarly Years, Events Team.

 

Dear Parents, 

Happy Chinese New Year! 

Thank you to all the parents who supported the Roundabout Book Fair that we hosted this week. It raised a total of nearly 58,000 RMB from the sale of books, including profits from the Friends’ Mobile Coffee Shop and table fee collected by the College at the Dulwich Christmas Bazaar. All this will be donated to 15 year old leukemia patient Han Xinglong, who is awaiting a bone marrow transplant. Our donation goes towards his treatment. This is just one aspect of the charity work that goes on behind the scenes at DCB, led by students, staff and, magnificently, by the Friends of Dulwich. We had a very productive meeting of staff and parents yesterday on coordinating charitable activities across the College. So much is happening and we will endeavour to ensure fuller communication of all this work is made. For example, I am delighted to share that some 21,000 RMB was collected from parents, staff and students to give as Hong Bao for the Support Staff this Chinese New Year. Many thanks to all.

Following on from the events of last week, our New Year celebrations continue apace. The Early Years performance was a delight on Wednesday, full of colourful costumes and well orchestrated dance and song routines. Parents were enthralled. It has been a great term for the Early Years. The Teddy Bear Olympics last week in the Sports Dome was a triumph for Emily Lydall and a great innovation. John Astbury and Karen White have led the little ones with a sure hand since Sarah Humphreys’ departure. 

The Junior School CNY show will take place this afternoon and promises to be a fine affair as well. Tuesday saw some twenty different Junior School workshops teaching the children traditional Chinese arts and crafts like paper-folding, lantern making and calligraphy. Many thanks to Sylvia Liu and all the Chinese staff who made this possible. It coincided with the Junior Swimming Gala – beautifully organized and run - and the IB Y13 solo performances. Another full day at DCB.

Our thanks to the Staff Welfare committee for putting together a thoroughly enjoyable Chinese New Year staff party last Friday. Jordan Burns and Monica Cai did a great job as comperes in keeping the pace going, suitably humiliating members of the CLT whilst keeping a smile on everybody’s face!

Today our sportsmen and women are participating in the ACAMIS games at ISB - reports of victory over DCS are already floating back on the bush telegraph! Always a source of jubilation! 

This has been a short term but a fruitful one. I hope you have a good break and have a relaxing time with your families.

Xin nian kuai le

 

David Mansfield

Headmaster


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Reminder:

Dulwich College Beijing  is closed for a full two weeks over Chinese New Year - Saturday 30th January – Sunday 14th February. 

We look forward to seeing you back in school on Monday 15th February refreshed and ready for the next half term!

Xīn nián kuài lè!


School Calendar

2016-17 calendar

Community Events - January 2016

Community Events_February 2016

Updated Contact Details

We would like to ask parents to email Admissions@dulwich-beijing.cn with updated information i.e. home address, mobile/home telephone or email address if these have recently changed.

 

Summer School at Dulwich London (for ages 12-17) 

Our World have worked at Dulwich London for over 20 years and if you would like a high quality UK experience for your son or daughter, please consider their excellent schools. Good especially for English language enhancement and cultural development, they also offer courses in critical thinking  which will help your children develop the skills they need for IGCSE, IB Diploma  and international universities.  Students will actually stay at Dulwich College in London, our founding school in the UK.

Our World will offer you a 10% discount as Dulwich College Beijing parents. You will pay the deposit as required but the lump sum paid later will include the discount for the overall cost. All communication and payment is done directly with the company, though we are happy to support the process if you need advice. Please see the brochure on our parent portal  for more information and visit  Our World website at www.ourworldenglish.com for more details and  application. 

 
       
 http://www.dulwich-beijing.cn/ 

22 January Newsletter


 

 

 

 

 

 

Click above or follow the links  for updates  from: Senior SchoolJunior SchoolEarly Years,Events Team.

 

Dear Parents, 

I know Headmasters are meant to be reserved and balanced, but last night’s Chinese production was just outstanding! 'Butterfly Lovers' was a triumph. This is our second Chinese play and it was a wonderfully accomplished piece of work reflecting so well on the Chinese Department, headed up by Jenny Liu. A huge thank you to her and all her staff for the time, effort, skill and imagination that went into this. The actors were poised, impressive and powerful, and showed a facility that gave the whole show a professional feel. The final climax of the dance of the fairy-light illuminated butterfly lovers was exquisite. This show was conceived and put together in just three weeks, making it even more of an achievement. 

The play was the culmination of a few days of celebration of the Chinese New Year. The annual Temple Fairs – at the Riviera Clubhouse last weekend, and yesterday at Legend - were a buzzy maelstrom of activities and stalls offering no end of seasonal trinkets and produce. The school assemblies were beautifully designed set pieces including large numbers of students and parents. The sight of twenty of our parents – all mums – in their traditional finery delivering the beautiful folk song ‘Jasmine Flower – Mo Li Hua' in the Senior School Assembly was a treat for us all.  We all enjoyed the various interpretations of the story of Sun Wukong – the Monkey King – so ably put together for these assemblies. Our Mandarin programmes are flying and the confidence so many have to be able to act in both English and Mandarin is testimony to the fact that our bi-lingual ambitions are being met very effectively.

It was a pleasure to welcome Simon Herbert and Ruth Grant back from the UK where they have been recruiting staff for next year. Some great new colleagues have been signed up to ensure the continuity and quality of delivery is ensured for all students next year. Expat staff turnover is at its lowest ever this year at 17%, which is encouraging. Despite the poor press Beijing has received due to heavy pollution in pre-Christmas period, staff see the tremendous benefit of working in such a vibrant, successful and forward-think environment. 

We include in our newsletter again today an invitation to participate in a Summer School in the UK at Dulwich College London. We will be sending a member of staff to accompany this trip and so all students will have that extra little bit of reassurance. The course we particularly recommend is the Global Young Leaders with focus on debate and critical thinking (11-25 July). This will give students not only a chance to improve their academic English, see London and key sights around England, but also to hone their thinking and debating skills. Could be very useful. Apply direct to Our World in the UK.

This evening the whole staff will, we hope, have a great time celebrating at the Chinese New Year Staff Party. It is always an opportunity for the expats to share in the importance of the dawning of the new year with their Chinese colleagues. Thanks to the Staff Wellbeing Committee who have made this event possible. 

The Year of the Monkey is going to be a good one!

With best wishes,

 

David Mansfield

Headmaster

 

                                                                       NOTIFICATIONS

School Calendar

2016-17 calendar

Community Events - January 2016

Community Events_February 2016

Updated Contact Details

We would like to ask parents to email Admissions@dulwich-beijing.cn with updated information i.e. home address, mobile/home telephone or email address if these have recently changed.

 


Summer School at Dulwich London (for ages 12-17) 

Our World have worked at Dulwich London for over 20 years and if you would like a high quality UK experience for your son or daughter, please consider their excellent schools. Good especially for English language enhancement and cultural development, they also offer courses in critical thinking  which will help your children develop the skills they need for IGCSE, IB Diploma  and international universities.  Students will actually stay at Dulwich College in London, our founding school in the UK.

Our World will offer you a 10% discount as Dulwich College Beijing parents. You will pay the deposit as required but the lump sum paid later will include the discount for the overall cost. All communication and payment is done directly with the company, though we are happy to support the process if you need advice. Please see the brochure on our parent portal  for more information and visit  Our World website at www.ourworldenglish.com for more details and  application. 

 

Reminder: 3rd Annual Dulwich International Photo Competition – deadline next Friday!

The Dulwich College Science and Art departments would like to invite you to enter our annual network– wide photo competition. 

This is an opportunity for individuals to express Art through Science. Science and Art are seemingly very different subjects. However, we challenge you to explore and create representative photos that incorporate both.

This year there is a ‘Friends of Dulwich’ category, open to all members of the Dulwich community. So parents: get snapping! 

Entry Groups
Year 9 and under
Year 10 to Year 13
Alumni, Faculty, and Friends of Dulwich

Categories
Active Animals
Man and the Environment
Living Plants
Science in Action
New Beginnings

Rules
Each photo should have a title and be accompanied by a short paragraph of text
Maximum of 3 entries per person
Black and White, or Colour
Minimum recommended file size of 2MB

Entries should be uploaded between 4th December 2015 to 29th January 2016 to: 
http://www.dulwichphotos.com

Chinese New Year Hong Bao Collection for Support Staff

Every year, Friends of Dulwich distributes gifts for the support staff at school.  DCB employs over 200 support staff - ayis, security guard, maintenance workers, gardeners, bus drivers, and bus monitors; all of whom work hard year round for the benefit of our children.  This year, we are asking all families to donate cash in the suggested amount of 50 RMB. We will pool the money and give each person a hongbao as a way to thank these individuals for making the school safe and clean for our children.

Contributions can be sent to the school in an envelope, labeled with your child’s name and “Friends CNY Gift”. Senior School students can leave the money at the main reception desks while younger children can hand it to their teachers. Please send this by 22 January so that we have enough time to organize the gift envelopes.

Thank you for your support!

 

Friends of Dulwich College Beijng

friends@Dulwich-Beijing.cn

15 January Newsletter


 

 

 

 

 

 

Click above or follow the links  for updates  from: Senior SchoolJunior SchoolEarly Years,Events Team.

 

Dear Parent,

It was a joy to welcome so many parents, both current and prospective, to our Open House this morning. We are always keen to let people know what is going well at Dulwich Beijing. Today Daniel Nichol, Deputy Head of the Junior School, outlined the Creative Curriculum enjoyed by KS2. Thanks to all for attending.

As we approach Chinese New Year it is always a pleasure to witness the vibrant and creative activities emanating from all quarters of the College. Our main foyer has already been transformed into a colourful jungle scene with tumbling creepers and monkeys hanging from every bough! A collection of beautifully painted Chinese parasols completes our display to mark the Year of the Fire Monkey.  Our Art Departments have excelled themselves this year. Many thanks. Do go and have a look, and also check out the exhibition of art produced by members of staff. It is of such high quality and variety. What a talented bunch of people!

The Shunyi Temple Fair starts our New Year celebrations tomorrow, at the Riviera Clubhouse. Do try and get along; it will be a treat. Wednesday sees our Early Years festivities. Friday sees our Juniors involved in workshops and displays. On Thursday we have a Whole College Temple Fair and in the evening the Chinese production of ‘Butterfly Lovers’. What a day is in prospect! Last year’s Chinese production was a delight. Do book your tickets and come and witness something very special.   The following week will see our Early Years and  Juniors festivities, including workshops, performances and  displays. Dulwich College Beijing is a British International school but it has its heart and soul in China. It is always a privilege for us to celebrate the culture, arts, crafts and history of this wonderful country.

This week saw the final of the Key Stage Three Debating competition, in which Alleyn narrowly defeated Wodehouse. I am always so impressed with the poise and confidence these young people have, not just the debaters on the stage but the contributors from the floor as well. We use debating alongside performance as a means of helping our students gain the self-assurance necessary not only to speak in public, but to speak with clarity and conviction. These skills are gold dust and so we are deeply grateful to Ms Grainne Flanagan and her team who make these debating opportunities real. We are also delighted, thanks to Ms Kat Tosi, to be working with the Association of Global Debate in hosting a Beijing Invitational Debating Competition in March when schools from all over East Asia will attend. This accompanies the DIMUN – our Model United Nations conference that takes place in February – in providing excellent learning contexts through which our students can venture out and then master the art of public speaking.

Each month, I have the privilege of presenting an update on activities in school to the Friends of Dulwich Committee. The first part of the meeting is an open forum for me to share and answer questions. I appreciate very much the opportunity to hear views and always receive a warm welcome. Again may I thank Louise Curd and her team for the sterling work they do. This term sees Mrs Bryony Dudek stepping down from the Committee. Bryony has been a stalwart of Friends for some seven years now. She has run the mobile coffee shop, been a driving force behind charity fund-raising, been a staunch supporter in practical ways of College sport, and generally added enormous value to us as a community. All our grateful thanks to her and we wish her well in her new ventures.

Have a great weekend. See you at the Temple Fair.

 

David Mansfield

Headmaster

 

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School Calendar

2016-17 calendar

Community Events - January 2016

Community Events_February 2016

Postcards from Beijing: A How-To Guide to Storytelling for a Global Audience, Tuesday January 19th 

Friends of Dulwich Culture Club presents:

Postcards from Beijing: A How-To Guide to Storytelling for a Global Audience

with Michael Jordan – an international journalist who has reported from 30 countries, and taught storytelling on four continents

Tuesday, January 19th 2016,  9.30am to 11.00am.

Coffee and Books Tutorial Room

Free Admission,

All invited!

To register please email:  mjjordan23@earthlink.net 

If you enjoy writing and would like to learn how to do more than jot a few lines for family and friends back home – via email or Facebook – then this lecture is for you.

Michael Jordan  will share his strategies and techniques for how to tell real STORIES that illuminate your daily adventure in China.

 *********ABOUT MICHAEL JORDAN********************

Michael Jordan recently moved to China from Africa, where he just covered a military coup-attempt and worked as a Health Communications Consultant, raising awareness of HIV through storytelling. In China, he is currently a Communications Consultant for the UN’s International Labor Organization office in Beijing, training staff in storytelling that illuminates ILO efforts to promote worker’s rights in the world’s second-largest economy.

This semester, Michael will also teach his unique storytelling formula at three of China’s finest universities. First, he returns to Hong Kong Baptist University in February – for a seventh time as Visiting Scholar – to teach his short intensive Foreign Reporting from Hong Kong course. Then, back here to teach Foreign Reporting from Beijing to graduate students at both Renmin University and the Beijing Foreign Studies University.

During his Jan. 19 talk at DCB, you’re free to ask any questions about any writing style you’d like to improve – even bring a sample of your writing to discuss with him afterward.

For examples of the “Postcards” he’ll specifically show you how to produce – and chronicles anything from your struggles to learn Mandarin, and your relationship with your Ayi, to your travels and observations of Chinese life – here are one dozen of Michael’s own writings, from Hong Kong and his earlier stints living in Central Europe and Southern Africa:

Small-Game Hunting (Hong Kong)

Battle of Wills — and Utensils (Hong Kong)

Confessions of a China Addict (Hong Kong)

With Reputation at Risk, Racism to the Rescue (South Africa)

“The Help” ... Lesotho-Style (Lesotho)

Sesotho: Both Bridge and Defense (Lesotho)

Mitteleuropa: Not Just a State of Mind (Austria)

Finns to Slovaks: Thanks for the hospitality! (Slovakia)

Lovely Day for Nazism (Slovakia)

Humanity in the Toilet (Slovakia)

A Love-Letter to Budapest (Hungary)

Seeing Things For Myself (Hungary)

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Reminder: Notice of Withdrawal From Term 3

If your child will not be returning in Term 3 (11th April 2016 to 17th June 2016), please send written notification to the Admissions Department (Admissions@dulwich-beijing.cn) by Sunday 31st January, 2016 in order to qualify for a refund.

 

Updated Contact Details

We would like to ask parents to email Admissions@dulwich-beijing.cn with updated information i.e. home address, mobile/home telephone or email address if these have recently changed.

 

Volunteers needed for Roundabout Book Fair on 23, 25 & 26 January!

Please mark the dates in your diaries – dates for volunteer work are:

Set up – 22 January, 9:00AM onwards

Fair Days – 23 January, 25 & 26 January – 2 shifts per day: 10:00AM to 12:30PM, 12:30 – 3:00PM

Take down – 27 January, 8:30AM onwards

Contact Friederike at 188 8884 0157 or J.Mueller-F.Hartung-Mueller@t-online.de to sign up!

 


Bakers & Volunteers needed for the Mobile Coffee Shop at Roundabout Book Fair and ISAC Volleyball & Basketball Tournaments on 23 January!

Bakers and volunteers are needed for the Friends’ Mobile Coffee Shop at the Roundabout Book Fair, as well as ISAC Volleyball (U12 Boys) and Basketball (Vasrity Girls) tournaments on 23 January!

Shift times for volunteers are:

8:30 – 10:00am

10:00am – 12:30pm

12:30 – 3:00pm

Please contact Bryony at nrbddk@yahoo.com or 13911306873.

 

The Dulwich Science Art Photo Competition 15-16

Well it is that time of year again!  We are  launching  our third annual network – wide Dulwich Science Art Photo Competition!    For more information, please see the poster below or check our website at:  http://www.dulwichphotos.com .  

The deadline for submissions is:  January 29th 2016.

Chinese New Year Hong Bao Collection for Support Staff

Every year, Friends of Dulwich distributes gifts for the support staff at school.  DCB employs over 200 support staff - ayis, security guard, maintenance workers, gardeners, bus drivers, and bus monitors; all of whom work hard year round for the benefit of our children.  This year, we are asking all families to donate cash in the suggested amount of 50 RMB. We will pool the money and give each person a hongbao as a way to thank these individuals for making the school safe and clean for our children.

Contributions can be sent to the school in an envelope, labeled with your child’s name and “Friends CNY Gift”. Senior School students can leave the money at the main reception desks while younger children can hand it to their teachers. Please send this by 22 January so that we have enough time to organize the gift envelopes.

Thank you for your support!

 

Friends of Dulwich College Beijng

friends@Dulwich-Beijing.cn

8 January Newsletter


 

 

 

 

 

 

Click above or follow the links  for updates  from: Senior SchoolJunior SchoolEarly Years,Events Team.

 

Dear Parent,

Welcome back after the break and a Happy New Year to all of you. I hope it is a prosperous and healthy one for us all. Term has started at a pace with Year 11s and 13s straight into their mock examinations. Good luck to them!

Those of you who were in Beijing over the holidays will know that high AQI levels continued to plague us. This makes the improvements we have undertaken to deal with pollution even more important. I informed you at the end of last term that we were employing two consultant firms to give us advice as to how to secure the site after it became clear that the very heavy pollution was still impacting air quality in some areas of the school.

We have reacted quickly and sealed off all windows and doors in classrooms and public spaces with beading; this work is currently being completed in some offices. We have installed ceiling mounted purifiers in all 19 classrooms at Riviera and Little Riviera, and 31 classrooms here in Legend (EY and JS), a total of 50. All classrooms and public spaces will be fitted as the machines are delivered in the coming weeks. All stand-alone filters were checked, and changed if required, and we also have brought in additional stand-alone units in the atrium, the restaurant, the sports hall and in the swimming pool. This means that the air is now scrubbed twice on entry into the building through the Air Handling Units, once through the ceiling-mounted filters, and again through the stand-alone machines in classrooms.

We are working over the next few months on adding ducting and ceiling mounted filtration in all corridors and public spaces. We will also install five real-time AQI monitors in different areas, hopefully over the Easter break, to allow any parent to view the AQI in that area. We hope these improvements will mean that, even during periods of very high pollution, the site will have air of international standard quality. We use the US EPA standards as a guideline.

At a recent review of our Safeguarding procedures one key issue has emerged – photography in school. We know that if photographs of children fall into the wrong hands they can be used inappropriately, and so we ask parents to decline from taking photos of children other than their own.  If pictures are taken (for example during drama productions) these images should not be placed in public areas or shared via any form of social media (eg on Wechat, Facebook or any other media where access could be beyond your immediate family). On our enquiry, some parents have exercised their legal right to request that their children are NOT photographed and we have a list of these children. Please respect the wishes of these families by not taking public photos that may unwittingly include them. Thank you for helping us with this gritty problem.

We said our farewells to Sarah Humphreys at the end of last term, and this week it has been a pleasure to introduce our new Early Years Leadership team to parents. Karen White is heading up our provision at Riviera; John Astbury is in charge at Legend. Overseeing both campuses, until the summer, is our Head of Juniors, Ruth Grant, who steps up to be acting Head of Primary, incorporating the Early Years. If any issues emerge that cannot be resolved by the form teacher, please do approach Karen or John. 

We are currently interviewing for Sarah's replacement. We have two strong candidates and hope to make an appointment soon. We will keep you informed of the outcome of these interviews. 

Have a great term.

With best wishes

 

David Mansfield

Headmaster

 

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School Calendar

2016-17 calendar

Community Events - January 2016

Parent Walkabouts at Dulwich

Last term Dulwich College Beijing saw the start of a series of parent walkabouts in the Senior School. During a typical walkabout, a small group of Dulwich parents has the opportunity to visit different lessons with a member of the Senior School Leadership Team. Each session involves a 15-minute introduction, an hour of visiting lessons and 30 mins of discussion about what wasobserved. This initiative has met with lots of interest so that all January sessions have been booked out in a week! 

One parent commented after a session

'Thank you for touring us around! This initiative not only allowed us to observe the vibrant and stimulating teaching and learning environment that is going on every day in DCB, but also introduced us to the approaches and methods the administrative team utilize to make sure the outcome of the joint effort of students, teachers, and parents remains at a high standard.'

If parents would like to sign up for sessions in February or March 2016, they may do so via online booking at https://yoopay.cn/event/SeniorSchoolWalkabout. Please only book for ONE session and note that a confirmation email will be sent to you once you are accepted. The sessions will be limited to 5 parents at one time to make sure the group is small enough to visit lessons without causing too much disruption.
https://yoopay.cn/event/SeniorSchoolWalkabout

 

Technology Training for Parents – 2016 Survey

Every year, a Senior School student club called Masters in Technology (MIT) holds technology workshops for Dulwich parents. The workshops cover a variety of topics from improving computer skills with Applications 101 (Ms Word, PowerPoint, Excel) to Photo Editing, Photoshopand iMovie as well as e-Safety and Parental Controls. They have all met with huge parental interest in the past and are a fantastic opportunity for students to improve their leadership and mentoring skills as well as share their knowledge.

The workshops this term will be held at Legend Garden campus on the 17th and 24th of February. Each session is one hour long, with laptops provided. They are offered in English, with some support in Mandarin, if needed.

Students are currently conducting a survey to find out what types of workshops parents are most interested in. Please open the following link to choose your preferences: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/LXBYRLW.

The final list of topics for MIT Technology Training this year with registration details will be confirmed after the survey is closed next Wednesday.

Many thanks for supporting this student - led initiative.

 

Volunteers needed for Roundabout Book Fair on 23, 25 & 26 January!

Please mark the dates in your diaries – dates for volunteer work are:

Set up – 22 January, 9:00AM onwards

Fair Days – 23 January, 25 & 26 January – 2 shifts per day: 10:00AM to 12:30PM, 12:30 – 3:00PM

Take down – 27 January, 8:30AM onwards

Contact Friederike at 188 8884 0157 or J.Mueller-F.Hartung-Mueller@t-online.de to sign up!

 


Bakers & Volunteers needed for the Mobile Coffee Shop at Roundabout Book Fair and ISAC Volleyball & Basketball Tournaments on 23 January!

Bakers and volunteers are needed for the Friends’ Mobile Coffee Shop at the Roundabout Book Fair, as well as ISAC Volleyball (U12 Boys) and Basketball (Vasrity Girls) tournaments on 23 January!

Shift times for volunteers are:

8:30 – 10:00am

10:00am – 12:30pm

12:30 – 3:00pm

Please contact Bryony at nrbddk@yahoo.com or 13911306873.

 

The Dulwich Science Art Photo Competition 15-16

Well it is that time of year again!  We are  launching  our third annual network – wide Dulwich Science Art Photo Competition!    For more information, please see the poster below or check our website at:  http://www.dulwichphotos.com .  

The deadline for submissions is:  January 29th 2016.

Chinese New Year Hong Bao Collection for Support Staff

Every year, Friends of Dulwich distributes gifts for the support staff at school.  DCB employs over 200 support staff - ayis, security guard, maintenance workers, gardeners, bus drivers, and bus monitors; all of whom work hard year round for the benefit of our children.  This year, we are asking all families to donate cash in the suggested amount of 50 RMB. We will pool the money and give each person a hongbao as a way to thank these individuals for making the school safe and clean for our children.

Contributions can be sent to the school in an envelope, labeled with your child’s name and “Friends CNY Gift”. Senior School students can leave the money at the main reception desks while younger children can hand it to their teachers. Please send this by 22 January so that we have enough time to organize the gift envelopes.

Thank you for your support!

 

Friends of Dulwich College Beijng

friends@Dulwich-Beijing.cn

11 December Newsletter


 

 

 

 

 

 

Click above or follow the links  for updates  from: Senior SchoolJunior SchoolEarly Years,Events Team.

 

Dear Parents,

Today we reach the end of a long and challenging term. The students, teachers and all the support staff have been magnificent. It is a humbling experience to be the Headmaster of Dulwich College Beijing. So many people contribute to making the College not just a successful place to be, but a happy and nurturing environment. This term I have had the privilege of eating lunch with groups from different years in the College. 5 year olds walk into my office with the confidence to ask me the boldest of questions. 13 year olds think nothing of sharing their passions knowing the school will accept them and support their interests, while 18 year olds reveal a sophistication in their understanding of global events that I find reassuringly positive. At all levels we are preparing our young people to face the world of change. But they will face it with a smile on their faces, with their eyes wide open and their heads held high. They will enter it on their terms, with a growing sense of self and with the depth of genuinely held values. 

We heard today that Charles Chiu, Head Boy in 2014, has been accepted into Harvard University. Charles was a top scholar – 45 points at IB – and a great all-rounder. But, perhaps more than anything else, he encapsulated the aspirations described in the previous paragraph. I am delighted for Charles and his family.  This is our first Harvard success and it paves the way for future students to follow. Many congratulations to Heather Pineda, Julie Pankratz and Joanne Li on their work in the University Counseling department. We have also heard today that three other students have been accepted by Cornell, and one by Barnard (the women’s College attached to Columbia). Full details will follow next term. So, this year we will have at least five entries into Ivy League universities. This is a wonderful achievement for these students and the staff who have supported them. What a great Christmas present for all of us.

Yesterday saw our 'Dulwich Christmas’ concert. The combination of choirs, wind bands and orchestras from Junior and Senior parts of the College was very special and we all walked out imbued with the spirit of Christmas. Paul West has built a fine team of music leaders and colleagues and what was evident from the concert was the camaraderie of the team, and the energy and enthusiasm shown by the students for music that springs from Johanna Scantlebury’s Early Years performers, through Nina Haynes’ great work with Juniors, to the wonderful contributions of Chris Hutchinson, Laurie Bonner, Gerard Dutton and Paul himself further up the College. All the peripatetic teachers and the TAs (Vinnie, Janice and Jessica) have contributed to making music marvellous at DCB. Great concert. Beautiful solo by Adele PlardSuper cool trumpeting from Chris Harmon. Well done one and all. 

Before the concert, Dulwich parents and outside providers set up stalls for the seasonal treat that is the Dulwich Bazaar. Foods of various aromas drifted around the atrium; products from around the globe and for every conceivable good cause were on sale. Daniel Hilton was selling stuff that he'd sourced from who knows where. The Book Sale continued in full swing. The Friends of Dulwich were selling mulled wine, and a spiced cider with a most definitive kick. Given both events had been rearranged because of Tuesday’s closure, all should be congregated for not missing a beat or dropping a ball. It was a day to remember. Thank you.

As I write, three reps from the School Council have popped in to give me a candy stick for Christmas. A KS3 group of three flautists is playing outside my office, to raise money for charity. The Senior School House Drama students are gathering for final rehearsal for this afternoon's competition, which rounds off our term. Jenny Liu has just brought me the materials produced by the Mandarin group who went to Japan. They are beautifully designed and are of highest quality. Some were published in a recent edition of Beijing Youth Today’s Middle School Times. What a rich environment we work in together.

I have left mention of air quality until last. It must not be allowed to define what we are at DCB. The closure on Tuesday was a regrettable aspect of life in this wonderfully diverse and sometimes infuriating city. I am glad we were able to open on Wednesday as normal. Please be assured closures will never be anything other than the very last resort. I have written to you all in a separate email yesterday about our plans to enhance still further our air quality protection. We will keep you informed on the progress of these plans next term. 

In the meantime, I hope you all find real rest and joy this Christmas time, be it here in Beijing or in some far-flung part of the globe. I will be back in the UK with my family. At a time when world peace is in peril, especially in Europe and the Middle East - we still remember our friends and family from Paris - may the message of Christmas be yours. May Peace and Goodwill be to all people. 

With best wishes

 

David Mansfield

Headmaster

 

                                                                       NOTIFICATIONS

Dulwich College Beijing will be closed for holidays from 14 December to 3 January. The classes will resume on Monday, 4 January.  See you all in 2016!

 

School Calendar

Community Events - January 2016

 

Click here to view highlights of Term 1 in sports from our  Sports Round Up newsletter. 

 

Volunteers needed for Roundabout Book Fair in January 2016!

Please mark the dates in your diaries – dates for volunteer work are:

Set up – 22 January, 9:00AM onwards

Fair Days – 23 January, 25 & 26 January – 2 shifts per day: 10:00AM to 12:30PM, 12:30 – 3:00PM

Take down – 27 January, 8:30AM onwards

Contact Friederike at 188 8884 0157 or J.Mueller-F.Hartung-Mueller@t-online.de to sign up!

 

The Dulwich Science Art Photo Competition 15-16

Well it is that time of year again!  We are  launching  our third annual network – wide Dulwich Science Art Photo Competition!    For more information, please see the poster below or check our website at:  http://www.dulwichphotos.com .  

The deadline for submissions is:  January 29th 2016.

4 December Newsletter


 

 

 

 

 

 

Click above or follow the links  for updates  from: Senior SchoolJunior SchoolEarly Years,Events Team.

 

Dear Parents

Those of you who saw last week’s Senior School production of 'Romeo and Juliet' will still be musing on a really very impressive piece of work. Augusta Harison-Denby and Mark Randall directed Shakespeare’s most famous romance, which saw wonderful performances from a range of actors. Aaron Lam and Rivka Keshen were very persuasive in the lead roles; Camille Hinton played Mercutio with confident ease and technical accomplishment – she clearly has a future in the theatre if she wants it; Alexandra Pilsbury’s Nurse dominated every scene she was in – her timing, her expressiveness and general sense of fun revealed a comedienne in the making; Alice Hawkins and Victoria Chiew both gave fine and mature performances. All the actors spoke clearly and, unusually for school Shakespeare, clearly understood their lines and made them intelligible to the audience. I really enjoyed the production and congratulate all parties involved, whether on the stage or working behind it.

Equally inspiring this week have been the Early Years Christmas Celebrations at Riviera and here at Legend. Under the excellent musical direction of Johanna Scantlebury, the little ones sang their hearts out to the delight of parents and staff. The games and other events put on were great fun, and the refreshments provided by parents mouth watering. We all felt Christmas was very much in the air as Joe McKee and Patrick Webb adopted alter egos that, for fear of corrupting young minds, I cannot fully reveal. But they wore a lot of red, said 'ho, ho, ho’ more than is usual for either, and smelt strongly of reindeer. These events marked a fitting last hurrah for Sarah Humphreys who is leaving us at the end of term. Sarah has been a wonderful Head of Early Years. Beloved by parents, staff and particularly by children, her ability to make learning fun and effective is infectious. A deeply caring and committed teacher, she has led our EY provision for four years with distinction. All of us on the College Leadership Team know what a fine colleague she has been. We wish her well as she heads back to the UK. I hope we see her in Beijing again. 

The early part of the week was dominated by the poor air conditions that eventually blew over on Tuesday evening. Beijing had five days of bleak air that caused distress for all of us. We are looking at ways to make the College even more pollution-proof. The filtration system is robust and effective. We have been pleased with the impact it has had over the last year, particularly in the classroom spaces. However, during these ultra high AQI days, the main school building itself came under exceptional strain, especially in the heavily used public areas. The best defense against pollution inside is achieved not just through a high quality filter system, but through keeping all doors and potential entry points into school as closed as possible. We have reviewed our procedures and will be making a number of adjustments over the winter break, especially on window seals, and air curtains. We closed all but two doors (out of nine), blocking them off to all usage, and this did make a significant difference to AQI levels in the public spaces.

This week we held interviews for the new Head Boy and Girl, and their deputies. We had eight amazingly strong candidates who have been put through their paces over the last few weeks. After the final round of presentations and group interviews, I am delighted to announce that Johanna Shen and Binyam Aschalew will be the new Head Girl and Head Boy, respectively, commencing in January. Supporting Johanna and Binyam will be a team of three outstanding Deputy Heads: Lesley Zheng, Rebecca Svantemann and Tim Bitterlich. They will replace Thalia Dudek and Bryan Chiew, and their deputies, Yan Wu and Richard Liu. They have been a fine team and represented the College really well. My deep thanks to Thalia and Bryan for their unstinting service and commitment. Good luck to Johanna and Binyam who we know will do a similarly outstanding job. 

It is a pleasure to announce that, from January 2016, Mr Paul West has been appointed as Director of Performing Arts across the College. His role is to ensure the range and quality of performance at DCB continues to improve and extend. The Drama and Music departments will work even more closely together to enhance what we offer to students and we look forward to the cultural pillar of performing arts going from strength to strength this year. Paul, ably assisted by Jessica Peng and staff from the Drama department, this week organised a wonderful visit to the Tianqiao Performance Centre to see a touring production of ‘The Phantom of the Opera’. 70 students and staff enjoyed Andrew Lloyd Webber’s internationally renowned musical. A fitting opening to Paul’s new position; we look forward to stage-sweeping chandeliers at DCB in due course! 

May I thank all those parents who have dropped Simon, Richard and myself well-wishing notes and comments following the email containing news of future plans for College and Senior School leadership circulated on Tuesday. Much appreciated. 

With best wishes

 

David Mansfield

Headmaster

 

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School Calendar

Community Events - December 2015

Community Events - January 2016


Parents vs Staff Cricket Game

Please also kindly take note that the Parents vs Staff Cricket Game orignally scheduled on Sunday, 6 Decemeber has been postponed to early next year. We will update again once we have a date.

Bakers and Volunteers needed for a good cause!

The Mobile Coffee Shop is seeking for bakers and volunteers for the Dulwich Christmas event on 8 December.

Shift times are: 2:30 – 4:00PM, 4:00 – 5:30PM, 5:30 – 7:00PM and 8:00 to 8:20PM (intermission).

All profits from the Mobile Coffee Shop is donated to Charity.

Volunteers needed for Roundabout Book Fair in January 2016!

Please mark the dates in your diaries – dates for volunteer work are:

Set up – 22 January, 9:00AM onwards

Fair Days – 23 January, 25 & 26 January – 2 shifts per day: 10:00AM to 12:30PM, 12:30 – 3:00PM

Take down – 27 January, 8:30AM onwards

Contact Friederike at 188 8884 0157 or J.Mueller-F.Hartung-Mueller@t-online.de to sign up!

 

The Dulwich Science Art Photo Competition 15-16

Well it is that time of year again!  We are  launching  our third annual network – wide Dulwich Science Art Photo Competition!    For more information, please see the poster below or check our website at:  http://www.dulwichphotos.com .  

The deadline for submissions is:  January 29th 2016.

 

27 November Newsletter


 

 

 

 

 

 

Click above or follow the links  for updates  from: Senior SchoolJunior SchoolEarly Years,Events Team.

 

Dear Parent

Happy Thanksgiving for yesterday. If you celebrated this festival, I hope your pumpkin pie was of the highest order! We all need some warming up as we face this spell of intensely cold weather. As we come to the last two weeks of term, students and staff (and no doubt parents) are tiring. One last push is needed as we complete what has been a very full and productive five months since we returned after the summer. University admissions are all but complete. IGCSE and IB courses are moving on apace. The ice rink is in full swing once again with its winter wonderland feel, and with Camilla Underhill so emphatically at the helm.

Music, drama and sports have enjoyed an eventful term, replete with activities, fixtures, concerts, and shows, and it’s very far from being all over. On Wednesday evening, the IB Music students offered a superb concert to a hardy audience who were delighted to brave the cold in order to hear a rather brilliant showcase of individual works completed as part of the students’ IB courses. This week we saw 40 of our students return from the Festival of Music in Seoul, which went really well. Reports of the high levels of inter–college collaboration and wonderful music-making are very encouraging. Yesterday saw a matinee performance of our Senior School Production of ‘Romeo and Juliet’. Many congratulations to Augusta Harison-Denby and her team for their first major outing as the new Drama Department. We are looking forward to the shows tonight and tomorrow. Full reports next week.

This week we enjoyed a visit from author Alan Gibbons. Alongside sessions with teachers and students, he offered an excellent presentation to some 50 parents on the subject of ‘How do I get my older child to read?’ Very useful information on finding the right level of text and helping a young reader gravitate from easy material to more challenging works. Many thanks to the Libraries team again for organising this stimulating additional event. 

Parent consultations have been happening throughout the College and I hope all parents feel they are getting the useful feedback they need about their sons and daughters. It is an important part of the learning process for families to understand how students are doing and what individual students can do to improve their outcomes. It was a pleasure to welcome 40 or so parents to the termly Headmaster’s Forum on Monday. These provide valuable feedback on how the College is perceived to be progressing and I always enjoy helping parents to grasp how and why we 'do the things we do' around DCB. I am very grateful to the supportive and thoughtful parents who attend. You are always welcome. If you were not able to attend on this occasion, please do come along next term.

Stay warm.

With best wishes,

David Mansfield

Headmaster

 

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School Calendar

Community Events - December 2015


Dulwich Dinner Dance Arabian Nights - Thank You to All!

“The annual Dulwich Dinner Dance for charity, ‘Arabian Nights', held on Saturday, November 14th, was an enchanting evening with a record number of 220 guests. Held in the Grand Ballroom of the newly opened NUO hotel, the event drew attendees from within as well as outside the Dulwich community, feasting on authentic Arabic specialties and dressed in a range of themed outfits, alongside stunning evening wear! 

The mesmerizing lights of the ballroom came in a distant second to the stars of the night…the Dulwich Chamber Choir, performing for the first time ever at the Dinner Dance and setting the tone for the evening with the aptly titled ’Arabian Nights’. They were followed by the entrancing and captivating belly dancing of the Lunatic Moirés, who entertained us during dinner. Ending in a participatory piece, the graceful dancers managed to lure the guests onto the dance floor to shake a leg…or ‘hip’ in this case! Once on the floor, it was an easy transition for everyone to move to the beats of the sensational Salsa instructor. Capturing the essence of our school community, the evening was also a celebration of diversity, showcasing the global melting pot that our school symbolizes. The student DJs played the latest dance hits to keep the crowd on the floor well into the night. All was in the name of charity – everyone not only had a good time, but alsoraised more than RMB 110,000 for a really deserving cause – Project Candy. This will help fund the construction of a new community centre for the left behind children of Hebei province. Thanks to everyone who contributed and especially to the generosity of our guests and sponsors. Well done Dinner Dance Team for raising the bar yet again!”

Anjana Kainikkara, Friends of Dulwich

Dinner Dance Photo Order

Photos from Dulwich Dinner Dance are now available for sale.  You may access them all online at: http://www.imaginestudio.cn/20151114.htm

If you wish to purchase photos please contact Imagine Photography Studio directly  at 180 1015 8503 (mobile) or 010 84727478 (land line). Photos are priced at RMB 30 for a 5X7 print or RMB 60 for a digital copy. Please indicate the photo number when you place your order.

 

Bakers and Volunteers needed for a good cause!

The Mobile Coffee Shop is seeking for bakers and volunteers for the Dulwich Christmas event on 8 December.

Shift times are: 2:30 – 4:00PM, 4:00 – 5:30PM, 5:30 – 7:00PM and 7:30 to 8:00PM (intermission).

All profits from the Mobile Coffee Shop is donated to Charity.

20 November Newsletter


 

 

 

 

 

 

Click above or follow the links  for updates  from: Senior SchoolJunior School, Early Years,Events Team.

 

Dear Parents

I am sure you were all as shocked and distressed as we at College were by the events in Paris last weekend. The world we live in is unpredictable and complex. Unfortunately, we see all too often the work of groups who hold philosophies that diminish the importance of individuals and devalue the lives we all have been given to lead. Our message this weekend is a positive one. Each child in our College really does matter. Not only to you, their parents, but to us, their teachers, to their friends, to the wider world, even to the universe itself. Each one of us has a place and a role to play and it is the quality of our collective relationships that builds a community that lasts and thrives, even in the teeth of the hatred and violence shown in France last Friday. 

The Dulwich Dinner Dance at Nuo Hotel on Saturday was evidence of our community at its best. We had record numbers, pushing 230, at what was a wonderful occasion. The Arabian Nights theme, and its accompanying troupe of very impressive dancers, entertained; the Dulwich Chamber Choir was excellent (if you haven’t purchased your copy of “I’m Gonna Sing!”, their fine CD, please do via the Music Office), the silent auction prizes were a testament to the hard work and great networking put in by the organizers, and to the generosity of many in our parent body. The dance floor demonstrated effectively that many of our parents and staff are very fine movers indeed. Mr Herbert and Mr McKee showed footwork that puts us all to shame. Including themselves. We thanked the organising committee on the day, but a final round of applause must go to Anjana Kainikkara and Sally Wilson for their magisterial oversight of the event which will have raised a good sum of money for supporting the education of left-behind children of migrant workers.

May I lend my congratulations to Eddie Lydall and his team for their management of the FOBISIA U15 Games last weekend? Pollution days meant the whole event had to be brought indoors and realigned. The integrity and competitive edge were preserved and even enhanced by the use of our two domes and the swimming pool, and we have received plaudits from all of the participating schools. We are very fortunate to have such excellent facilities here at DCB, but to adapt so quickly and effectively what was largely an outdoor competition for an indoor environment was an act of creative ingenuity by Eddie, Charlie Durbin and their team of staff and student volunteers. Our thanks to the sports coaches from other schools for their flexibility as well. Well done also to the many students participating – we won our fair share of the trophies on offer in swimming, basketball, football and athletics. A final word of praise to Bryony Dudek, and to the other FoD parents who were here for pretty much the whole event and gave such vital support. Coffee and Books became something of a hub for the significant number of visiting parents. 

You will be aware that snow is forecast for this weekend. If there is a very heavy fall and safe transportation to and from school is compromised, then we will make a decision on whether to open for Monday. We will place a notice on the website and will send emails and an SMS to each home. We are always loathe to close and so this would only be in the eventuality of very serious disruption caused by the weather and a consequent threat to the safety of students and staff.

With best wishes,

 

David Mansfield

Headmaster

 

                                                                       NOTIFICATIONS

From Admissions

Updated Contact Details

We would like to ask parents to email Admissions@dulwich-beijing.cn with updated information i.e. home address, mobile/home telephone or email address if these have recently changed.

 

School Calendar

Community Events - December 2015

 

SCHOOL PHOTOS ORDER REMINDER

Dear Parents, 

Your children’s individual, class and large format full school photographs can now be ordered online! We have heard that over 200 orders have been already made.  If you still have not done it, please do so this weekend not to miss your chance.

How? 

Each student received  an envelope with  directions of how to access the KidsPhotoStudio website for ordering school photos earlier this week. 

For e-safety reasons, we have individual login passwords for each student.  You can purchase printed versions of individual, class and  full school photographs and digital files of individual photos only. The deadline for orders is next Tuesday, November 24th.

 For your convenience, we do recommend parents to view and purchase photos online.

Cash orders

 The staff from the KidsPhotoStudio will be available at Legend Garden and Riviera Main campus reception areas next Monday and Tuesday, November 23rd & 24th between 8:00am – 4:00pm to answer any further questions and collect cash orders, in case you encountered any difficulties with online purchase.

Please note that cash orders can be placed ONLY during these two days and payments have to be received directly by the studio staff, not passed onto teachers or campus administrators. 

Delivery

The photos will be delivered to the school before the Christmas holidays (by December 9th).

Photos Retakes

There will be an opportunity to have your individual child photo retaken in a more traditional style (one pose only) during the whole school photo retakes in February 2016. If you are interested please contact Iris Tian at iris.tian@dulwich-beijing.cn

General enquiries

 For any general enquiries related to photos please contact KidsPhotoStudio directly at 13241702044 (English) or 13681569170 (Chinese) 

 

Roundabout Books and Toiletries Drive – 16 to 27 November 2015

In preparation for the Roundabout Book Fair at DCB in January 2016, the Roundabout is doing a book drive. All children and adult books are needed – please bring them to school between 16 to 27 November. Collection boxs are available at the Reception area of both Legend Garden and Riviera Campuses, as well as Coffee & Books.

At the same time, Roundabout is also collecting toiletries that will be donated to charities they support. So please bring along new and unused toiletries in any sizes – complimentary toiletries collected from hotel stays are fine too!

Headmaster’s Forum

Date: Monday, 23 November 2015

Time: 6:00 to 8:00PM

Location: Edward Alleyn Theatre

Hear our Headmaster David Mansfield speak on ‘Future Plans for DCB’ at the first Headmaster’s Forum this year. Please email Flora.Zhang@dulwich-beijing.cn to reserve your seat.

 

13 November 2015 Newsletter


 

 

 

 

 

 

Click above or follow the links  for updates  from: Senior SchoolJunior SchoolEarly Years,Events Team.

 

Dear Parents

Today we welcome five other international schools to DCB for the U15 FOBISIA Games. Best of luck to all involved and we hope the weather holds for them. Good that we have the domes just in case! Last weekend Simon Herbert, Ruth Grant and I were at the FOBISIA School Leaders Conference at Tanglin Trust School in Singapore. It was a delight to catch up with colleagues from around the region, including our own former Head of Seniors, Graeme Salt (now at DC Seoul) and Brian McDouall, former Head of DCB and now Director of Schools. It was a pleasure to hear some inspirational presentations, offering plenty of ideas to build into programmes for our own students for next year and beyond.

Whilst in Singapore I was privileged to attend the Remembrance Day Service at the Kranjii War Cemetery. It was a moving ceremony in which young people from the local British international schools, including Dulwich Singapore, participated. At DCB this week, on Wednesday 11th November, we had our own period of reflection on the perils of war and the importance of working for peaceful solutions, through our own Remembrance Assemblies. Through these we remembered the dead in all wars across the world since 1914. Junior School students considered why it is important to remember those who have gone – and how they themselves might like to be remembered – while the Senior School had a wide-ranging presentation on the effects of war and the lives of inspiring individuals who have dedicated themselves to seeking peace. This culminated in a short and dignified Act of Remembrance. The presentation was was ably put together by Catherine McCaw and her IB students, and was very poignant.

Last night brought Year 5’s ambitious and ingenious production of ‘Charlie and the Golden Ticket’. This was a cleverly designed piece based on Roald Dahl’s famous book, and borrowing from the wonderful 1971 Gene Wilder film, 'Charlie and The Chocolate Factory'. There was some excellent acting and singing, and beautifully constructed set design. We’ll long remember the river of chocolate and the Oompa Loompas! Grateful thanks to Mrs Hennessy and her team of teachers and TAs as well - most of all – to the children for a great evening’s entertainment. Well done all. Tonight we are looking forward to another feast as Tony Yun performs for us, in possibly his last outing as a student at Dulwich. Tony’s career as a concert pianist is already taking off and it has been a privilege to witness his transformation from talented Junior School boy to World Class performer. I am just so glad we have been able to support him and his family as they make the transition to who knows where. Wherever he goes, one thing is for sure: Tony Yun’s star is very much in the ascendant. 

We at Dulwich have always emphasised the importance of reading and give pride of place to the libraries in all of our schools. Visiting authors are commonplace at DCB, but this weekend sees a workshop for the unsung heroes of this process. Fifteen librarians from the Dulwich Colleges in Asia are coming to DCB to share best practice and plan for an even better service to students. May I thank Mrs Sandra Greenwell, DCB’s Head of Libraries, for being proactive and having the vision needed to set up this event. She is a source of inspiration to all of us and increasingly to the group as well. Next Monday and Tuesday we also host the Follett Librarians' workshop with over 60 participants. Follett run the Destiny library management system, which we use at DCB and across the group. These two events will enhance the service for all. We wish Sandra and her team well with these conferences.

This week saw the return of the Chinese Media Study Visit (this time, to Japan) organized for some 20 students by Jenny Liu and her team. It is the fourth of such visit she’s arranged following successful visits to Singapore, Taiwan and Hong Kong. In each destination, major TV studios and news outlets are visited and great work experience gained alongside the accompanying cultural immersion. Jenny’s Chinese Department has gone from strength to strength in recent years. Many of you will have seen the recently published Third Dulwich Beijing Mandarin Magazine, a wonderful compendium of work by students at DCB. I wish I was able to read it myself but must be contented with the comments that we receive back from those who can; these comments are so complimentary about the quality, sophistication and depth of the writing by Dulwich students in Mandarin. Our purpose as a College is to provide a first rate English medium education for students but also to ensure, especially for our heritage Mandarin speakers, that the level of their work and reading is stretched as far as we can. Jenny has put in structures to achieve just that. Many thanks to her and her team.

Writing this newsletter this morning, I can feel a general sense of anticipation arising as we all await the social event of the year on Saturday evening. The Dulwich Dinner Dance has surpassed all-comers in recent years and will again be a night to remember. To Anjana Kainikkara and Sally Wilson, as co-chairs of the organising committee, and their team of helpers, our heartfelt thanks for your work. It’s going to be great. Alibaba is well known in China for reasons with which we are all familiar, but after Saturday’s Arabian Nightsextravaganza even Jack Ma will be taking second place! The Dinner Dance is a lot of fun, and will also raise funds for Project Candy, which supports children left behind by migrant worker parents forced to find work in other parts of China. Today, this affects some 61 million children in China. We hope our festivities will contribute significantly to supporting this marvellous charity.

Have great weekend.

With best wishes

 

David Mansfield

Headmaster

 

                                                                       NOTIFICATIONS

From Admissions

Updated Contact Details

We would like to ask parents to email Admissions@dulwich-beijing.cn with updated information i.e. home address, mobile/home telephone or email address if these have recently changed.

SCHOOL PHOTO ORDERS NEXT WEEK

Please note that each student will receive next week an envelope with directions of how to access the website for ordering school photos and your unique password. The deadline for orders will be November  24th.

For your convenience, we do recommend parents to view and purchase photos online.  The staff from the KidsPhotoStudio will be available at Legend Garden and Riviera Main campus reception areas on Nov 23rd & 24th between 8:00am – 4:00pm to answer any further questions and collect cash orders, in case you encountered any difficulties with online purchase. Please note that cash orders can be placed ONLY during these two days and payments have to be received directly by the studio staff, not passed onto teachers or campus administrators. The photos will be delivered to the school before the Christmas holidays (by December 9th).

School Calendar

Community Events - November 2015

 

DCB Early Years Open House & Talk on ‘Helping Children Resolve Conflicts’ - 18 November 2015

Date: Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Time: 9:00 to 11:00AM

Location: Wodehouse Theatre, Legend Garden Campus

Contact: Flora.Zhang@dulwich-beijing.cn

All DCB parents are invited to come and as it is an Open House event, parents may invite their friends along. The programme is as follows:

9:00 – 11:00AM

Welcome and talk on “Helping Children Resolve Conflict” by Ms Sarah Humphreys, Head of Early Years and Ms Rachael Katz, Teacher of Early Years 

11:00 - 11:30AM

Campus Tour (for prospective parents)

The talk will help parents formulate strategies to help their children in resolving conflicts in their everyday lives by themselves. We hope that the children will develop problem-solving skills and become more independent. 

Kindly RSVP to Flora.Zhang@dulwich-beijing.cn if you are bringing a friend along.

 

Roundabout Books and Toiletries Drive – 16 to 27 November 2015

In preparation for the Roundabout Book Fair at DCB in January 2016, the Roundabout is doing a book drive. All children and adult books are needed – please bring them to school between 16 to 27 November. Collection boxs are available at the Reception area of both Legend Garden and Riviera Campuses, as well as Coffee & Books.

At the same time, Roundabout is also collecting toiletries that will be donated to charities they support. So please bring along new and unused toiletries in any sizes – complimentary toiletries collected from hotel stays are fine too!

Headmaster’s Forum

Date: Monday, 23 November 2015

Time: 6:00 to 8:00PM

Location: Edward Alleyn Theatre

Hear our Headmaster David Mansfield speak on ‘Future Plans for DCB’ at the first Headmaster’s Forum this year. Please email Flora.Zhang@dulwich-beijing.cn to reserve your seat.

 

25 September 2015 Newsletter


 

 

 

 

 

 

Click above or follow the links  for updates  from: Senior SchoolJunior SchoolEarly Years,Events Team.

 

Dear Parents

I hope you all have a very relaxing, restorative break over the Autumn Festival. DCB is as active as ever right up to that break with students considering a range of issues facing this world, as well as facing imaginary ones. The exhibition of the Year 13 Group 4 Collaboration Project in the Main Reception this morning was excellent. The Year 9 Dystopia Day is in full swing as I write, and students are being asked to think imaginatively and critically about how dark, invented scenarios can shed light on the world we actually live in. Thanks to Mr Heath and his colleagues for providing their support in running this thought-provoking day. Also today, we were delighted to welcome Mr Clifford Coonon, who shared his wealth of journalistic experience with Senior School students as part of their World Development course in Humanities. And, as you will see in the Junior School section, our Year 6 students have also been thinking globally while impressing us, locally.

The Wodehouse Theatre has again seen some marvellous productions in the last week. We all were standing and applauding in admiration and joyful appreciation of the wonderful ‘MozArt Group’ from Poland, who graced us with a performance to remember on Friday last week. The combination of technical expertise, comic timing and sheer creativity kept the full house enraptured; we must get them back again. Wednesday brought the Year 6 production, 'Fair Enough’. This was a really well constructed piece, informing us all of the importance of Fair Trade as an organization. It ensures workers and producers of minerals and various food commodities receive a fair price for their labour. The whole year group worked together and told the story graphically through well-delivered dialogue, song and dance. There was a strong sense of having fun whilst making serious points – a great reflection of what the children have been learning, and of how they have been learning it. Rarely has David Bowie’s ‘Changes’ been so poignant!

Cricket made another great leap forward at Dulwich over the weekend. Not only did the annual AusCham Barbecue and Embassy cricket match take place on our fields on Saturday, but on Sunday we had the privilege of welcoming back former England captain, Mike Gatting. Mike presided over a Festival in which eight of Beijing’s international schools participated. Some excellent coaching was set up for them by Director of Sport Eddie Lydall, and then quick cricket tournaments took place in our two domes. There was a real buzz amongst the 80 or so students participating and we will build on this with further quick cricket fixtures over the winter. The domes are such an impressive resource for this. Whilst on the subject of sports, a number of parents have asked about the temperature of our swimming pool. We keep the temperature on, or just above, 26 degrees centigrade. This is the standard required and monitored by the Hygiene Board in Beijing. This policy, followed by all schools in Beijing as far as we are aware, and certainly by the international schools, is designed to keep the water in the best condition for public health. 

After the break we will be welcoming Dr Cameron Pyke to DCB. He has taken over from Ralph Maynard as the Deputy Master External at Dulwich College London and will be inspecting the College here in Beijing, as he will all our Colleges annually. One of his duties is to meet up with our Board of Trustees. This comprises representatives from DCI and the College but also includes four parents, selected by interview for the role. Trustees are responsible for advising the College leadership on matters relating to the reputation of the College. While they have few formal functions, their input, support and role in two-way communication between the parent body and the College is invaluable. The four parent Trustees this year are Jie Wang (Chair), Yudan Jin, Ben Cheng and Tristram Kennedy-Harper. My thanks to all of them. 

You may already know that we have slightly adjusted our IT policy this year.  Until last year, we required all students in Year 8 and above to own a laptop – what is usually called a ‘one-to-one’ policy. These machines were always bought by parents for their children’s use. Historically, about 90% of students used Apple products, though we have always had a number of students who have preferred to use Windows-based machines, and have ben able to do so without any disadvantage. This year we have effectively moved the one-to-one policy down to Year 7 and have explicitly made our IT policy BYOD (‘Bring You Own Device’) as this approach is used widely across education (especially universities) and a range of industries. Given how much use of and exposure to computing technology we know the overwhelming majority of our children have, from quite a young age, it seemed increasingly artificial to wait until Year 8 before taking advantage of such devices within our pupils’ learning. Our Year 7s have thus been advised to buy a hybrid laptop-cum-tablet as such a device best fits the requirements needed for the sort of work being undertaken in Year 7. The current recommendation is to buy a Microsoft Surface 3 or Microsoft Surface Pro 3 which can then be used throughout Key Stage 3 and, potentially, into Key Stage 4. In order to best meet our educational objectives we would like a device which has a full laptop operating system, can operate as a touch screen tablet, has a fully detachable keyboard, is compatible with Flash applications and has an electronic pen which works independently from the touch screen. Currently, the Microsoft Surface is the only device we have found which fully meets these requirements but, as other devices meeting this specification emerge, they will serve equally well. Increasingly, computing is cloud-based and, as a College, we are also starting to use Microsoft 365 as a communications platform. Our broadband is of good quality and hence we need the devices that best facilitate the cloud-based work we want to undertake. We are not wedded to a particular company or machine, so parents may choose whatever works best for them and their children but we continue to give advice on basic specification requirements. We are always happy to respond to requests for guidance when considering an IT purchase to support your child’s learning.

I am pleased to have received some compliments about the bus service this year. We are continuing to work hard on this essential service for students, staff and parents. You may have noticed a new set of buses this year with brand new livery and a new design. All have air filtration systems fitted to ensure students have clean air on the journey to and from school, just as they have in school. We are working on a potentially interesting partnership next year to introduce the first ‘green’ school bus service in Beijing, using electric buses. Traffic around Beijing we cannot control, but we can hope to provide the best environment possible in which to experience and navigate it. 

Have an enjoyable break.

With best wishes

 

David Mansfield

Headmaster

 

 

                                                                       NOTIFICATIONS

From Admissions

We would like to ask parents to email Admissions@dulwich-beijing.cn with updated information i.e. home address, mobile/home telephone or email address if these have recently changed.

Reminder: Notice of Withdrawal From Term 2

If your child will not be returning in Term 2 (4th January 2016 to 1st April 2016), please send written notification to the Admissions Department (Admissions@dulwich-beijing.cn) by Thursday 15th October, 2015 in order to qualify for a refund.

 

School Calendar

Please click here to view the year-at-glance the updated school calendar for 2015-16.

NEW DCB  WEBSITE LAUNCH ANNOUNCEMENT

We are very excited to announce the launch of our newly designed website which went  live on Tuesday, September 22nd and is available at our web address: www.dulwich- beijing.cn. 

Our goals with the new website were to make it bilingual (Chinese version available),  easier to navigate and more user friendly to provide our visitors an easier way to learn more about Dulwich College Beijing.

Our new site is crafted to provide an optimal viewing experience with the responsive web design (RWD).  It is easy to read and  navigate with a minimum of resizing and scrolling across a wide range of devices (from desktop computer monitors to iPads, and smart phones). 

We hope that you find our fresh looking  site easy to use, clean, and informative.

We also wish to establish our new parent portal as an important source of information for all DCB parents.  You can access our parent portal straight  from the DCB  home page. We will be constantly updating our content with helpful information, articles, newsletters, and parent resources. 

For any questions, suggestions, feedback or comments regarding DCB parent portal and our new website, please email us at marketing@dulwich-beijing.cn

 


Summer Photo Competition  - Winners Announced

We are excited to announce the winners of this year's Photo Competition.  The response to this year’s contest, entitled Summer Adventure, was wonderful with so many amazing photographs. A huge THANK YOU to all who entered!

Winners were selected by our two judges: Mark Leong and Jack Xu.

Mark Leong is a documentary photographer whose work has appeared in many publications, including National GeographicTimeThe New Yorker and Fortune.   Currently his pictures of the shark fin trade are part of the “On Sharks and Humanity” exhibition at the China National Museum.  His children, who attend DCB, want to be photographers as well “because it is so easy.” You can view some of his work at his latest NG blog post at http://proof.nationalgeographic.com/2015/09/24/from-amateur-to-professional-a-25-year-photographic-journey/

Jack Xu is a visual artist and professional photographer. He has photographed fashion stories for VISION Magazine, and also worked with the American Embassy in Beijing.  Jack specializes in portrait, architectural and documentary photography. His work has been published in a variety of magazines and newspapers, including VISION and The London Times.

DCB Marketing Team extends its thanks to our judges for their generosity and critical expertise.

Below you will find the winning photos for each of the categories. If you wish to see more of the stunning images from this year’s competition with a list of runner-ups and honourable mentions, please check out DCB WeChat account or visit Legend Garden campus between October 5-23, when all the entries will be on display in our Main Reception.

1)  Parent Winners

 Lu Xin (Lucy)

La Honda California, United States

Beautiful, quiet little portrait. These are the kind of photographs one gets from spending a lot of patient time with a subject, waiting and watching.  (Or perhaps Luxin is just plain brilliant and shot these pics of a total stranger within 2 minutes). Mark Leong

 

Elena Timofeeva

Dombay, Caucasus, Russia

Photos of people posing on motionless vehicles don’t often impress me, but this one somehow really does.   The forward lean of the body, the tough-girl gesture, the shades, the pout and the blown-back hair are all full of attitude on a snowmobile that may be marooned there until winter.  The mountains are gorgeous and the pinkish old-school filter works fine.  Looks like the cover of an alternative rock CD (remember those?). Mark Leong

 

2)  Student Winner

Miksa Jordan Year 9

Hungary, River Tisza

Nicely composed, this photo does well to capture a dance-like moment that will never happen exactly the same again.  A weird action still from a science fiction movie or a zombie drama.  You can feel the ooze of the mud in your toes.  

 

3)  Staff Winner

Peter Knapp

Gansu, China

 

A great photo tells a story with a single glance. I am  naturally drawn to this photo, it  makes me  stop, think  and  keeps me interested with a great story behind. The photographer was also able to observe and figure out how to frame all the elements to create a perfect balance with a  great composition and gorgeous lighting! Jack 

Congratulations to all our winners and thanks again to all who entered!  We appreciate your efforts in capturing the beauty of 2015 Summer Adventures!


Sponsors Needed for the Dulwich Dinner Dance

The Friends of Dulwich Dinner Dance will be held on Saturday, 14 November 2015. Themed ‘Arabian Nights’, this year’s Dinner Dance will be supporting the Candy Project which helps support left behind children of migrant workers.  As always we will hold a raffle and a silent auction which both raise considerable sums for our nominated charity.

If you or anyone you know can offer raffle or auction prizes we’d love to hear from you.  They could be hotel stays, restaurant vouchers, jewellery, holidays and more!

Please help us make this the best Dulwich Dinner Dance ever!  Last year the Dulwich Dinner Dance raised 134,000 RMB for charity and hope to top this amazing achievement this year.

Contact Sally Wilson benwilson673@btinternet.com by 1 October for our sponsor letter which contains all information about the event and the charity we are supporting.

Thank You!

 The Friends Dinner Dance Team

 

Friends of Dulwich Enrichment Fund

Friends of DCB are very pleased to announce that this year’s Enrichment Fund will be 98,000RMB; nearly 13,000 RMB higher than last year.  This fund is collected from Moonlight Madness Friends of Dulwich profits and 75% of Founders Day Friends of Dulwich profits and are allocated to school projects that we consider will enrich the lives of our students.  Anyone can apply for project funding – students, staff and parents.  Application forms will be available after the National Day Public Holidays, so please start to consider your applications and look out for further information in due course.

 

DCP October Tennis Camp and Autumn Term Programmes

DCP (Dulwich Community Programmes) would like to wish you all a wonderful October Holiday. 

Please be reminded that we will run a Tennis Camp between 28 September and 2 October at Legend Garden Campus.

After the October Holiday, regular DCP Autumn Term Programmes continue as usual. Registration for those courses are on-going. Students from Dulwich and other schools are welcome to join! 

To get more detailed information about our programmes and events, Please visit the Parent Portal .

Tennis– 5 days

  • Date: 28 Sep to 2 Oct.
  • Time & Levels:

9:00-10:30am Beginners(5-12 years old);

10:30am-12:00pm Intermediate(8-12 years old)

  • Venue: West Dome
  • Price: 1,125 RMB


 
       
 http://www.dulwich-beijing.cn/ 

30 October 2015 Newsletter


 

 

 

 

 

 

Click above or follow the links  for updates  from: Senior SchoolJunior SchoolEarly Years,Events Team.

 

Dear Parents

The College is resplendent with students in seasonal dress – ghouls, Harry Potters, and pumpkins abound. It must be Halloween! I’ve just come back from watching two Early Years productions put on for the children by their mums (and a few dads) from the Legend Garden and RMC campuses. They were wonderful shows. The amount of effort, time and creativity put in to producing the staging and costumes was staggering. The children were wowed by zombies, dinosaurs, skeletons and scary vegetables! What a wonderful set of parents we have. Many thanks for your work on this.

  

Last week saw our first Open Day where we welcome guests, potential and existing parents to school. Heather Pineda spoke on Liberal Arts and Science degree and our university counseling approaches. This coincided with a very comprehensive Dulwich International University Fair – some 60 colleges from around the world were at DCB and offering advice on where and how to apply next year. Great work from our counseling team of Heather Pineda, Julie Pankratz and Joanne Li.

It was pleasure to welcome Simon Yield, Chief Operating Officer from Dulwich London, to DCB this week. Simon is taking a tour of the Colleges in Asia to witness first hand what we are about. We all are enjoying the increased opportunities we are having to connect with London. Further details of Summer Schools available at Dulwich London will be issued to parents soon.

It was an honour to see two DCB students, Joachim Zens and Sheng Wen representing China at the ninth UNESCO Youth Forum in Paris this week.  This is a real accolade for them as they are the only school age students amongst what is largely an undergraduate group. A great experience for them. We all enjoyed the Key Stage 4 & House 5 Debating final this week that showed off the sort of skills that make DCB students such formidable debaters. Owens won the competition, with Year 10’s Yiwen Li taking the honours for best speaker. Very impressive as she was the youngest participant on stage and up against some genuinely incisive minds and articulate voices.

Diversity continued this week with a fascinating concert from Alexander Suleiman. Not only a professor of Maths, he is also a fine magician who bewildered us all with his card tricks. He disappointed some by magicking away a torrent of water which we thought was destined for the Head of Senior School’s head! His cello playing was sublime, especially when accompanied by his equally accomplished colleague Professor Matthias Lang on guitar, and by our own Flemming Lion (piano) and Sarah Chan (cello). The finale of the evening was Saint Saens' ‘Dying Swan’ played with the Junior Strings conducted by Gerard Dutton. It was beautifully done.

As I write, the Dulwich Climate Conference is in full swing in Suzhou. Claire Phillips is leading our delegation at this inaugural event. We look forward to hearing reports from this important initiative by DCI.

Thank you to all who have replied to the parent survey on English language opportunities. Please do fill it in if you haven’t had a chance, by following the link: https://www.dulwich-beijing.cn/cf_forms/view.cfm?formID=47   

With best wishes

 

David Mansfield

Headmaster

 

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From Admissions

Updated Contact Details

We would like to ask parents to email Admissions@dulwich-beijing.cn with updated information i.e. home address, mobile/home telephone or email address if these have recently changed.

No School and No Newsletter Next Week
Reminder: School will be closed for students next Thursday and Friday (5-6 November) due to Staff Development days. There will be also no School Newsletter next week.

 

Dulwich Dinner Dance - Tickets Sales CLOSED
Ticket sales for the Dulwich Dinner Dance officially closes today - Friday, 30 October. For any last minute booking please email Anjana at anjanakainikkara@gmail.com as soon as possible!

The Friends Dinner Dance Team

 

School Photos
We were able to complete individual, class and school large group photographs this week. Thank you to all parents for cooperation. All photos will be available for viewing and ordering online in 3 weeks time. Parents will be given individual logins to access their child/chilren's pages. Payments can be made via Alipay/Pay Pal/ credit card or cash at reception desks. Parents are not obliged to purchase any photos. More details coming soon!

 

Friends of Dulwich Enrichment Fund

Friends of DCB are very pleased to announce that this year’s Enrichment Fund will be 98,000RMB; nearly 13,000 RMB higher than last year.  This fund is collected from Moonlight Madness Friends of Dulwich profits and 75% of Founders Day Friends of Dulwich profits and is allocated to school projects that we consider will enrich the lives of our students.  Anyone can apply for project funding – students, staff and parents.  Applicants should complete an Application Form and submit either electronically or on paper to Iris Tian at iris.tian@dulwich-beijing.cn by Friday, 6 November 2015. 

 

Roundabout Books and Toiletries Drive – 16 to 27 November 2015

In preparation for the Roundabout Book Fair at DCB in January 2016, the Roundabout is doing a book drive.

All children and adult books are needed – please bring them to school between 16 to 27 November.

Collection books are available at the Reception area of both Legend Garden and Riviera Campuses, as well as Coffee & Books.

At the same time, Roundabout is also collecting toiletries that will be donated to charities they support.

So please bring along new and unused toiletries in any sizes – complimentary toiletries collected from hotel stays are fine too!

23 October 2015 Newsletter


 

 

 

 

 

 

Click above or follow the links  for updates  from: Senior School, Junior SchoolEarly Years,Events Team.

 

Dear Parents

Last Friday and Saturday saw our first Diversity performances of the year. Andrew Harrison’s ‘Mr Darwin’s Tree’ was a great show, enjoyed by a combined audience of over 160. ‘Educational, emotional, though-provoking, insightful and even funny,’ was a phrase from a Year 11 student's review of the piece, summarizing well the core purpose of Diversity to educate and entertain in equal measure. Our next offering is a rare treat from polymath Alexander Suleiman who will be presenting his Music, Maths and Magic in the Wodehouse Theatre at 7.00pm on Monday evening. Do come along to enjoy his cocktail of classical music, numerical dexterity and clever sleight of hand. Tickets are still available from Yoopay at https://yoopay.cn/event/TRIPLEM-MusicMathsandMagic

On Wednesday we had a presentation to a parents group invited by the Health and Safety Committee by Paola Morris (our Director of Business Administration), Klaudia Tomaszun (Educational Visits Co-ordinator) and Anthony Yeung (Operations Director), on health and safety at DCB. We covered issues of air equality management, the swimming pool, policies and drills relating to fire, intruders and earthquakes, and educational visits. The most important issue for us, as I explained at the meeting, is strong, clear and open communication between school and home on our procedures and policies. Parents need to be deeply reassured that we do all we can to protect their children. This meeting was very positive and set out our polices clearly. The presentations from the meeting are available on the Parent Portal. https://www.dulwich-beijing.cn/page.cfm?p=114

This week we were pleased to welcome to DCB Mr Chris King, Headmaster of Leicester Grammar School and this year’s chairman of the UK’s HMC, the Headmasters and Mistresses Conference, which I mentioned two weeks ago. He was visiting Beijing and popped in to see our facilities. He was suitably impressed. It is good for him to witness in person what he and other UK based Heads will have heard on the grapevine of the successes of Dulwich Colleges out East.

I am delighted to hear that we are starting SCUBA diving classes at DCB. Many thanks to the Friends of Dulwich for providing the equipment via the Enrichment Fund. It is an exciting addition to our offer to staff, parents and students. As they do every year, the Friends of Dulwich are currently looking to allocate some 90,000 RMB in grants for projects to advance the provision for, and experience of, our students. Staff and parents can apply for grants. Do contact Iris Tian (Iris.Tian@dulwich-beijing.cn) if you’d like to apply for a grant or make a suggestion. Full instructions are available on our Parent Portal. 

Next week we will be putting out a survey to all parents to gauge demand for additional English language support that students may wish to have. We have an extensive in-school programme, but are considering providing additional opportunities to study English outside of normal school hours. This could include Summer School options both here in Beijing and in the UK, possibly including time at Dulwich College London. Please do fill in the short questionnaire so we can get a feel for your collective interest.

This week also saw a presentation to all KS3 students from Terry Townsend from EcoAction. Terry advises the Chinese government on issues of biodiversity and ecological sustainability. He is also a leading expert on the birds of China and, in particular, of Beijing. His talk was fascinating and a good precursor for the DCI Sustainability Conference taking place next week in Suzhou, which a number of our students will be attending. 

Finally, I was honoured on Monday to be invited to the leaving dinner of Frances Adamson, Australian Ambassador to China. She is returning to a very significant advisory role in the Canberra government. She has been a good friend of DCB and mentioned us in glowing terms in her valedictory speech. We wish her well. 

With best wishes

 

David Mansfield

Headmaster

 

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From Admissions

Updated Contact Details

We would like to ask parents to email Admissions@dulwich-beijing.cn with updated information i.e. home address, mobile/home telephone or email address if these have recently changed.


School Calendar

Please click here to view the year-at-glance the updated school calendar for 2015-16.

Community Events_Nov. 2015

Tickets on Sale Now!

Ticket sales for the Dinner Dance will close on Friday, 30 October. The theme for the Dinner Dance is ‘Arabian Nights’ and it will be held on Saturday, 14 November 2015 at the luxury 5-star NUO Hotel Beijing. Tickets are priced at RMB1090 per person and this includes cocktail reception, sit-down Arabic banquet and a live dance performance. DCB’s Chamber Choir will be opening the evening, and additional musical entertainment will be provided by student DJs Matthew Xie and Tristen Wang. Tickets are on sale at both Legend Garden and Riviera Main Campus Reception Counters.

 The Friends Dinner Dance Team

 

Friends of Dulwich Enrichment Fund

Friends of DCB are very pleased to announce that this year’s Enrichment Fund will be 98,000RMB; nearly 13,000 RMB higher than last year.  This fund is collected from Moonlight Madness Friends of Dulwich profits and 75% of Founders Day Friends of Dulwich profits and is allocated to school projects that we consider will enrich the lives of our students.  Anyone can apply for project funding – students, staff and parents.  Applicants should complete an Application Form and submit either electronically or on paper to Iris Tian at iris.tian@dulwich-beijing.cn by Friday, 6 November 2015. 

 

School Photos

Individual, class and school large group photographs will continue untill  Thursday, 29th October.  The full schedule  is also available on our parent portal under WHOLE COLLEGE ANNOUCEMENTS.

As in the past, each child will be in three photos: an individual photo, a class (or form group) photo, and a photo of the entire school. Parents who would like sibling or family photos may make an appointment with Iris Tian iris.tian@dulwich-beijing.cn. These photos are optional and will be taken on Saturday, 24th October. 

We do not take individual Toddler photos at this time of year; we will do this next March, when the children are well settled in school. 

 
       
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16 October 2015 Newsletter


 

 

 

 

 

 

Click above or follow the links  for updates  from: Senior SchoolJunior SchoolEarly Years,Events Team.

 

Dear Parents

This week we welcomed Dr Cameron Pyke from Dulwich College London to DCB. He is DCL's new Deputy Master External and his varied responsibilities include annually inspecting each Dulwich College overseas to ensure we are delivering education in line with London’s expectations. His insights are very useful, as are the links we are making through him back to the mother ship. It is a pleasure to have him amongst us. Amongst the many meetings he had, he took time out to join Simon Herbert, Joe McKee and me with a number of our Oxbridge applicants for what is becoming an annual cocktail party (of the non-alcoholic kind!) and discussion.  He helped us in our preparation of these notably able and articulate young people for interviews at the top two British universities, should they prove able to gain them once applications are made. Cameron also met with our Board of Trustees to hear their views on DCB’s progress, and will meet with a group of parents today for further opportunities for feedback. Last week I was in the UK at the HMC Conference, a gathering of heads of all the top independent schools in Britain, and of which a few international schools are also members. It was a great opportunity to spend time with Dr Joe Spence, Master of Dulwich College, London. He is a fine educationalist and a wonderful advocate of our schools here in Asia. He sends his best wishes to all parents, staff and students at DCB. We are justifiably proud of our close association with one of Britain's finest public schools and Dr Pyke’s visit has made it abundantly clear that this feeling is reciprocated.

It was a delight this week to be interviewed by Shienna, Julia and Minji for the Junior School Radio news programme. They quizzed me about the Sustainability Targets that have recently been released by the United Nations and which have been part of our World’s Largest Lesson programme over the last few weeks. They asked me the telling question, ‘we are always being told by adults to sort out our problems, why have adults not taken their own advice and been able to sort out the problems of the environment and resources?’ Great question! 

Many congratulations also to Lesley Zheng, Silvia Shen and Xinmeng Zhao who, we have recently heard, have won the 'Top IGCSEs in China' Awards from Cambridge International Examinations for their 2015 results. They will receive their awards on 23rd October. One hundred and eighteen of these prizes were given this year and eight, including our three, have gone to students at the five Dulwich Colleges around China: a real testament to our commitment to academic success.

Well done also to Rosie Ding, in Year 6, who won a creativity award competition to design a Charity Poster for the China Tennis Open. Rosie’s piece, 'If Van Gogh loved Tennis’, is a great example of the imaginative work we see displayed around the College. It was a treat to see Rosie’s work on posters all round the National Tennis Centre. If you are visiting the Legend Garden campus over the next few weeks, you will see even more examples of students’ creativity, with the annual ‘Big Draw’ event having taken place. Seeing students of all ages spill out of classrooms and into every available space around the College, in search of storytelling through pictures, is truly inspiring. In particular, the extraordinary transformation of walls, floors and windows by our Early Years artists, using only rolls of coloured tape, is a sight to behold. Dentally distinguished dinosaurs and a distinctly doomy Darth Vader now stalk our halls, so be careful where you tread.

This week has also seen the next of our Diversity performances. Andrew Harrison, an actor from the UK, has been touring his one-man show ‘Mr Darwin’s Tree’ round three of our Colleges. He’s currently in Beijing. His workshops have gone down well with the students and we look forward to the two performances today and tomorrow. Tonight is sold out but a few tickets remain for Saturday, so do come along. The play is a tour de force in which Andy plays a range of roles to illustrate the tensions Charles Darwin faced as he came to terms with the religious implications of his theory of evolution developed in On The Origin of Species.

On Thursday, I had the privilege of speaking at the launch of an online curriculum produced by Cambridge University Press, Cambridge Assessment and CollegePre. We at Dulwich have helped in the development of this fine piece of software used to aid English language acquisition, and it was good to have the contribution of our expert staff, such as Kat Tosi, and our students acknowledged in a public and prestigious forum at the Grand Hyatt. 

A final vote of thanks to Charlie Durbin, Eddie Lydall, Assistant Head of Senior School and House Competition Coordinator Klaudia Tomaszun, and all the staff who finally, after two aborted attempts due to poor weather, ensured the Dulwich Senior School Sports Day was up and running to such great effect. Well done to Soong House in coming out as winners and to all those who gave their best.

Have good weekend.

With best wishes

 

David Mansfield

Headmaster

 

                                                                       NOTIFICATIONS

From Admissions

Updated Contact Details

We would like to ask parents to email Admissions@dulwich-beijing.cn with updated information i.e. home address, mobile/home telephone or email address if these have recently changed.

Tickets on Sale Now!

Ticket sales for the Dinner Dance will close on Friday, 30 October. The theme for the Dinner Dance is ‘Arabian Nights’ and it will be held on Saturday, 14 November 2015 at the luxury 5-star NUO Hotel Beijing. Tickets are priced at RMB1090 per person and this includes cocktail reception, sit-down Arabic banquet and a live dance performance. DCB’s Chamber Choir will be opening the evening, and additional musical entertainment will be provided by student DJs Matthew Xie and Tristen Wang. Tickets are on sale at both Legend Garden and Riviera Main Campus Reception Counters.

 

Sponsors Needed for the Dulwich Dinner Dance

The Friends of Dulwich Dinner Dance will be held on Saturday, 14 November 2015. Themed ‘Arabian Nights’, this year’s Dinner Dance will be supporting the Candy Project which helps support left behind children of migrant workers.  As always we will hold a raffle and a silent auction which both raise considerable sums for our nominated charity.

If you or anyone you know can offer raffle or auction prizes we’d love to hear from you.  They could be hotel stays, restaurant vouchers, jewellery, holidays and more!

Please help us make this the best Dulwich Dinner Dance ever!  Last year the Dulwich Dinner Dance raised 134,000 RMB for charity and hope to top this amazing achievement this year.

Contact Sally Wilson benwilson673@btinternet.com for our sponsor letter which contains all information about the event and the charity we are supporting.

Thank You!

 The Friends Dinner Dance Team

 

Friends of Dulwich Enrichment Fund

Friends of DCB are very pleased to announce that this year’s Enrichment Fund will be 98,000RMB; nearly 13,000 RMB higher than last year.  This fund is collected from Moonlight Madness Friends of Dulwich profits and 75% of Founders Day Friends of Dulwich profits and is allocated to school projects that we consider will enrich the lives of our students.  Anyone can apply for project funding – students, staff and parents.  Applicants should complete an Application Form and submit either electronically or on paper to Iris Tian at iris.tian@dulwich-beijing.cn by Friday, 6 November 2015. 

 

School Photos

Individual, class and school large group photographs will continue untill  Thursday, 29th October.  The full schedule  is also available on our parent portal under WHOLE COLLEGE ANNOUCEMENTS.

As in the past, each child will be in three photos: an individual photo, a class (or form group) photo, and a photo of the entire school. Parents who would like sibling or family photos may make an appointment with Iris Tian iris.tian@dulwich-beijing.cn. These photos are optional and will be taken on Saturday, 24th October. 

We do not take individual Toddler photos at this time of year; we will do this next March, when the children are well settled in school. 

 

Dulwich College Beijing Open Day

 Please share with your friends about the upcoming Open Day and the Dulwich International University  Fair! Our DCB parents are also welcome to attend. 

 


 
       
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09 October 2015 Newsletter


 

 

 

 

 

 

Click above or follow the links  for updates  from: Senior School, Junior SchoolEarly Years,Events Team.

 

Dear Parents

I hope you all had a pleasant and relaxing Golden Week and that we may all still enjoy some pleasant, golden days before the cold begins to set in. Unfortunately, conditions this week meant the Senior School was, yet again, forced to postpone its Sports Day. We will all hope for a better day this coming Tuesday. 

It is my pleasure to announce that we have appointed Mr John Astbury as Acting Deputy Head to run our Early Years provision at Legend Garden after Christmas. Sadly, Sarah Humphries is leaving at the end of this term, but we have a couple of months to ensure a smooth transition. John has been teaching in China for many years and is well known and admired by those parents whose children have come through his class at DCB. We are fortunate to have such an experienced and effective colleague ready to step into this role until a permanent appointment is made.

As you will see from the Junior and Senior School newsletters, this week we have been learning across the College about the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. The 17 goals the UN wants to see governments, communities and individuals focus on, over the coming years, are ambitious and profoundly relevant to all our futures – but perhaps especially to our children’s futures. The young people in our College today will be the adults of the 2030s. If they choose, they each have the ability to contribute to positive change, wherever their lives may take them, and especially within the three key areas identified by the UN – ending poverty, addressing inequality and injustice, and seeking sustainable ways of living on this planet. We were truly privileged, and inspired, to be introduced to these goals by Ms Agi Veres, the United Nations Country Director for China. Ms Veres helped us see that, although much has been achieved since the UN’s “millenium goals” were announced 15 years ago, we cannot stop “half way”. Please do ask your son or daughter about the sustainable development goals; we want our students to know that these are not some far-off, abstract concern which other people will work on and that have nothing to do with us. These goals can be addressed in our daily lives, through how we behave towards each other and the choices we make. Especially because they have the advantages which come from being at an international school, our students should be thinking about what actions they can take, great or small, now and in the future, to help turn these goals into realities.

The ten or so weeks from now until the winter break are very much the “sharp end” of the year in terms of how much learning our students of all ages will be focused on. Equally, as the days shorten and the temperatures outside drop, it is also a time for enjoying our community together and, as you will see from the “Upcoming Events” briefing, there are plenty of opportunities to do so. May I therefore put in a plug for the Friends of Dulwich Dinner Dance on November 14th, which this year is at the wonderful new Nuo Hotel in Lido. The ticket deadline is October 30th and tickets are available at Reception in both campuses, at Coffee & Books and also at most Friends' events this month.

Last year's event was an absolute triumph with record numbers of guests. This year we're hoping for even larger numbers, all enjoying the best ball of the season!  We are also still looking for sponsors, so if you would like to help please do contact Anjana Kainikkara at anjanakainikkara@gmail.com. Anjana is leading the Friends team putting this event together. We all really appreciate the time, effort and talent that she and many others give to make these events so successful. Please do consider coming even if you've never been to a Dulwich Ball before. Book a table, bring your friends and enjoy being part of the wider College community.

With best wishes

 

David Mansfield

Headmaster

 

 

                                                                       NOTIFICATIONS

From Admissions

Reminder: Notice of Withdrawal From Term 2

If your child will not be returning in Term 2 (4th January 2016 to 1st April 2016), please send written notification to the Admissions Department (Admissions@dulwich-beijing.cn) by Thursday 15th October, 2015 in order to qualify for a refund.

 

Updated Contact Details

We would like to ask parents to email Admissions@dulwich-beijing.cn with updated information i.e. home address, mobile/home telephone or email address if these have recently changed.

 

School Calendar

Please click here to view the year-at-glance the updated school calendar for 2015-16.

Sponsors Needed for the Dulwich Dinner Dance

The Friends of Dulwich Dinner Dance will be held on Saturday, 14 November 2015. Themed ‘Arabian Nights’, this year’s Dinner Dance will be supporting the Candy Project which helps support left behind children of migrant workers.  As always we will hold a raffle and a silent auction which both raise considerable sums for our nominated charity.

If you or anyone you know can offer raffle or auction prizes we’d love to hear from you.  They could be hotel stays, restaurant vouchers, jewellery, holidays and more!

Please help us make this the best Dulwich Dinner Dance ever!  Last year the Dulwich Dinner Dance raised 134,000 RMB for charity and hope to top this amazing achievement this year.

Contact Sally Wilson benwilson673@btinternet.com by 1 October for our sponsor letter which contains all information about the event and the charity we are supporting.

Thank You!

 The Friends Dinner Dance Team

 


Friends of Dulwich Enrichment Fund

Friends of DCB are very pleased to announce that this year’s Enrichment Fund will be 98,000RMB; nearly 13,000 RMB higher than last year.  This fund is collected from Moonlight Madness Friends of Dulwich profits and 75% of Founders Day Friends of Dulwich profits and is allocated to school projects that we consider will enrich the lives of our students.  Anyone can apply for project funding – students, staff and parents.  Applicants should complete an Application Form and submit either electronically or on paper to Iris Tian at iris.tian@dulwich-beijing.cn by Friday, 6 November 2015.  The Guidelines and Application documents are already available on our parent portal under FRIENDS tab (look for:  SCHOOL PROJECTS/ ENRICHMENT FUND). There will be also emailed to all  parents next week  (also in Chinese and Korean). 

 

School Photos Start Next Week

Individual, class and school large group photographs will be taken over a three-week period starting on Monday, 12th October, and ending Thursday, 29th October. Individual and class photos will be taken in the first two weeks, while the entire school large group photos will be taken in the third week.  The full schedule will be emailed  to all parents  as a reminder  today. It  is also available on our parent portal under WHOLE COLLEGE ANNOUCEMENTS.

As in the past, each child will be in three photos: an individual photo, a class (or form group) photo, and a photo of the entire school. Parents who would like sibling or family photos may make an appointment with Iris Tian iris.tian@dulwich-beijing.cn. These photos are optional and will be taken on Saturday, 24th October. 

We do not take individual Toddler photos at this time of year; we will do this next March, when the children are well settled in school. 

 

Summer Photo Competition  - Winners Announced

The response to this year’s contest, entitled Summer Adventure, was wonderful with so many amazing photographs. We are excited to publish the full list of winners today. Congratulations to all! We also would like to invite DCB community to visit Legend Garden campus as all the entries are currently on display in our Main Reception. 

Students:

1st Place:  Miksa Jordan Year 9

2nd Place:  Wendi Gradoville Year 13

3rd Place:  Marijana Lemm  Year 13

Honourable Mention: Diana Wang Year 11

Honourable Mention: Joachim Zens Year 13

Parents:

1st Place:  Lu Xin & Elena Timofeeva  

2nd Place:  Verena Henssler  

3rd Place: Lin Wen Wen 

Honourable Mention:  Maggie Lei 

Honourable Mention:  James Zhang

Honourable Mention: Min Zheng

Staff

1st Place: Pete Knapp 

2nd Place: Anton Musker 

3rd Place:  Mark Pankratz 

Honourable Mention: Paul West 

Honourable Mention: Laurie Bonner 

 

Dulwich College Beijing Open Day

 Please share with your friends about the upcoming Open Day and the Dulwich International University  Fair!

 


 
       
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18 September 2015 Newsletter


 

 

 

 

 

 

Click above or follow the links  for updates  from: Senior School, Junior SchoolEarly Years,Events Team.

 

Dear Parents

I write today from Shanghai where I'm participating, along with the Heads of the other Colleges, in the Dulwich College International Steering Group. It is good to be able to share some of the impressive achievements of our students and staff even this early in the academic year, and to look forward at how we can together, as a family of schools, provide even more opportunities to enrich every child’s school experience.

It is a great shame that, after weeks of glorious weather and clean air, we have had to postpone Midnight Madness on Friday. I am sure, though, that the Mozart Group will offer a wonderful evening's entertainment in the Wodehouse Theatre, so do come along. We will keep you informed about the new look Moonlight Madness being planned for the Spring. Equally, we look forward to welcoming back Mike Gatting on Sunday for the Gatting Cricket tournament and coaching sessions. Eight schools are involved and we hope the conditions remain suitable. It is reassuring to know we have our two domes as a fall-back if necessary. 

It was a pleasure this week to listen to Mr Terry Townsend, a director of a development group called Eco-Action, who was in school to talk to Year 4 pupils. Terry is leading expert on birds in China and introduced the children to some of the wonderful birds to be found in Beijing, which is one of the most best capitals in the world in terms of bird watching. You can read more about Terry’s visit in this week’s Junior School newsletter. One of our aims this year is to help our young people understand the importance of preserving the environment. A number of senior schools students will be attending a Sustainability Conference in Suzhou, organised by DCI, to raise awareness of climate change and issues affecting our planet's future. Students will also be enjoying involvement in 'The World's Largest Lesson' . On 25th September, the United Nations will announce the new Global Goals for Sustainable Development, which have been negotiated and agreed internationally by 193 governments. These are, in short: end extreme poverty; fight inequality and injustice; address climate change. To accompany the launch a challenge has been set up by a range of world leaders, celebrities and educators, many from the UK, to teach 'The World's Largest Lesson'. See  https://www.tes.com/worldslargestlesson for more details. The aim is that, across the planet, as many children as possible should hear about these Global Goals and begin to see their own individual role in helping to reach them. We at Dulwich, alog with other schools around the world, are seeking to do our bit. We are delighted that Ms Agi Veres, Country Director for the United Nations Development Programme in China, will be coming to DCB speak to the students on the sustainability goals. There will be more on this event after the half-term break.

It was a pleasure to listen to our own Paul West singing madrigals with the International Festival Chamber Choir last Saturday at the British Embassy. A good number of Dulwich parents and staff were there enjoying the last throes of summer. The variety of music and cultural offerings coming up on our calendar this year will be a treat and I hope many more parents and students will enjoy the Diversity concerts and productions beginning in October and taking place at intervals throughout the year. This year’s Diversity concerts have been spread out into a series rather than blocked into a single month; we hope this will be more convenient for you. I'm very much looking forward to seeing Andrew Harrison, a friend of mine from the UK and a wonderful actor, who will bring a number of his one-man shows to China and Korea. He'll be in Beiijng to launch Diversity in October.

With my best wishes

 

David Mansfield

Headmaster

 

 

                                                                       NOTIFICATIONS

From Admissions

We would like to ask parents to email Admissions@dulwich-beijing.cn with updated information i.e. home address, mobile/home telephone or email address if these have recently changed.

Reminder: Notice of Withdrawal From Term 2

If your child will not be returning in Term 2 (4th January 2016 to 1st April 2016), please send written notification to the Admissions Department (Admissions@dulwich-beijing.cn) by Thursday 15th October, 2015 in order to qualify for a refund.

 

 

School Calendar

Please click here to view the year-at-glance the updated school calendar for 2015-16.

 

Dulwich Dinner Dance - tickets on sale from Monday, September 21st.  See for details below. 

 

 

 
       
 http://www.dulwich-beijing.cn/ 

11 September 2015 Newsletter


 

 

 

 

 

 

Click above or follow the links  for updates  from: Senior SchoolJunior SchoolEarly Years,Events Team.

 

Dear Parents

It was a privilege this Wednesday to welcome to DCB Her Excellency Ms Barbara Woodward, British Ambassador to China. She was here to launch the ‘Inspiring Women’ initiative (see details in my blog on the subject). She spoke to the whole of KS3 and to a good number of our IB students. We were also privileged to have Ms Carma Elliot, Director of the British Council in China, with us as well. She has taken a lead in setting up the initiative, and along with the Ambassador and our own Mrs Hawkins, was part of a panel answering some incredibly insightful questions put by our students. It was great day, well organized by our teams, and showing DCB off in a great light.

 

There has been considerable media interest in DCB in recent weeks following our great set of examination results in the summer. Yesterday we were interviewed by Tencent, the largest news internet portal in China and owner of WeChat, as one of only five schools identified by them as examples of best international practice. Last week we were involved in a debate on education on China Radio International. It is encouraging that our message and reputation are getting out to a wider audience.

The College seemed a little empty this week, as KS4 are out on their China Week trips. Y11 have been rice-picking in Guangxi and Y10 have lived in yurts in Inner Mongolia. We look forward to hearing their stories next week. But the College as a whole has still been as bustly as ever. I particularly enjoyed seeing Y9’s Maori-style hakkas! It’s also good to witness the IB students developing their CAS engagement with various areas of service, including working with some of our youngest pupils, in Early Years. There is nothing better than seeing our largest and smallest students working together on common learning goals. It makes an all-through Toddler to Y13 school a living reality.

We have been running many parent focus, information and feedback sessions over the last few weeks. I hope all parents feel that they have effective ways of communicating with us and know to whom they can speak .  We understand that, for some, language is a barrier but we will always provide a translator if you wish to discuss any topic. We are keen to ensure that issues which sometimes appear significant, when buzzing around a WeChat group, are addressed by us and resolved to your satisfaction as quickly as possible. So do come and talk to us and we will do all we can to help and serve you and your children.

With every best wish

 

David Mansfield

Headmaster

 

 

                                                                       NOTIFICATIONS

From Admissions

We would like to ask parents to email Admissions@dulwich-beijing.cn with updated information i.e. home address, mobile/home telephone or email address if these have recently changed.

Reminder: Notice of Withdrawal From Term 2

If your child will not be returning in Term 2 (4th January 2016 to 1st April 2016), please send written notification to the Admissions Department (Admissions@dulwich-beijing.cn) by Thursday 15th October, 2015 in order to qualify for a refund.

 

School Calendar

Please click here to view the year-at-glance the updated school calendar for 2015-16.


Parent Portal - Reminder

Please don’t  forget to login to our parent portal for more information  on ECA activities, trips updates,  presentations from various parent information meetings and more!

  • A button on the College website’s home page enables access to the Parent Portal. After clicking on the link to the Parent Portal, you will be prompted to log in with a unique username and password. 
  • The primary or key contact email address you provided to the College will be your user name (one email per family), and initially, your password will be Dulwich123
  • Once you have logged in to the Parent Portal, you have the option to change your password. 
  • If you have any problems please email Esther.Yao@dulwich-beijing.cn

New on our parent portal this week:

  • Updated 2015-16 Staff Directory
  • Feedback from Junior School  Information mornings
  • Early Years presentation from Head of School 
  • SS presentation from Head of School 
  • DCP Yoga for Adults starting next Wednesday 
  • DCP October Break Camps

 

 

The world famous musical ­ comedy quartet at DCB next Friday!

            

Dulwich College Beijing is excited to host a very special guest performance by the  world famous musical – comedy quartet the MozArt Group during our annual Moonlight Madness on Friday, September 18th. 

The musicians of the MozART group are well educated instrumentalists who graduated from prestigious Academies of Music in Poland, but decided to play classical music in a humorous way. 

Please watch the clip below to see what to expect on the night:

http://v.youku.com/v_show/id_XMzQ1MjYxMzIw.html?from=s1.8-1-1.2

They say about themselves: 

"We exist despite the sober formality of great concert halls, despite the boredom of classical musicians' life, despite fanatic lovers of classical music, despite fans of rock, rap or pop who are afraid of classical music. We treat our Muse with a humorous irony and we're sure, she will have nothing against it!

All four gentlemen of the MozART group have been playing together since 1995. Since then, they have given concerts in all of Europe, Canada, the U.S.A and Asia and  received prestigious prizes  internationally. . The group is on their 3rd tour in China, visiting Hong Kong, Shenzhen, Beijing,  Zhuhai, and Shanghai and  we are very fortunate to  have them performing  just for us during our Moonlight Madness talent show night!

Don’t miss out:  

Friday September 19th, 2015

7.30pm – 8.00pm 

Exclusive performance  just  for our community!

Free Admissions

DCB Cricket Pitch

For more information on the group please check: www.mozartgroup.net

If you can’t get enough of The MozART Group, you can also catch them at Tsinghua University on Thursday, 17 September 2015 at 7:30PM. More details below:

Tickets: RMB 20 / 40 / 60 / 100 / 150 / 200 / VIP 280 RMB (20 / 40 are for students only)
Address: No.1 Qinghua Yuan, Haidian District, Beijing
Booking: 010 62782334 / www.hall.tsinghua.edu.cn/info/pwzx_hdap/2040

 

Gatting Cricket Festival

Date: Sunday, 20 September 2015

Time: 8:30AM to 1:00PM

Location: Cricket Pitch, South Pitch & West Dome @ Legend Garden Campus

Contact: seekay.leong@dulwich-beijing.cn

England Cricket legend Mike Gatting returns to Dulwich College Beijing for coaching workshops with students. 

Come and catch Mike in person and also watch cricket teams from Beijing international schools play against each other.

This is an event not to be missed by cricket fans.

Bring a picnic mat and spend a leisurely day with us. There will be vendors selling food and drinks throughout the day.


 

 
       
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28 August 2015 Newsletter


 

 

 

 

 

 

Click above or follow the links  for updates  from: Senior SchoolJunior SchoolEarly Years,Events Team.

Dear Parents

It was lovely to see so many of you at the Welcome Back Barbecue last Friday. It was a glorious summer’s evening of conversation and catch-up. The weather has been so kind to us over the past few weeks; we are all grateful when the world comes to Beijing and blue skies reign.  We took the opportunity to open officially the new West Dome on Friday as well. This is already becoming such a valuable part of our provision; students and DCP users will be very grateful to all parties who made its delivery possible. 

This week we welcomed to DCB our CEO, Mr Christian Guertler, and Director of Schools, Mr Brian McDouall. They updated all staff on the progress of the Dulwich Group and painted a wonderful vision of how the family of schools will grow in the next few years. It is an exciting and genuinely inspiring future, which will offer opportunities for parents, students and staff as DCI becomes even more global in its reach. 

It was officially announced that, as part of the DCI commitment to even more developed University Counselling, our own Heather Pineda has been appointed to lead the team of University Counsellors across the Dulwich Group as DCI Director of University Counselling. This is a reflection of the great work she has done here last year. Heather will continue here at DCB and share her expertise and the excellent practice that she together with Julie Pankratz and Joanne Li have put together. 

This week has also seen range of parent information events throughout the College aimed at ensuring all parents are up to speed with how to get hold of information, how to handle concerns, and the nuts and blots of school life. I hope you all know who to contact if you have a problem. We will do our utmost to solve it, if we can, as quickly as possible. You will also have had information about the new Parent Portal, which we will be using as a one-stop shop for information, along side our other methods of communicating. 

I informed Early Years parents this week that we have had to put on hold our plans for the new Early Years building, which was to have been put up on North Field. We will however find another solution that brings all our Early Year provision together on or near the Legend Garden campus within a couple of years. Plans are in a development phase for this alternative provision and we will keep all of you apprised as these become formalised.

There will be no newsletter on Friday 4th September because of the truncated week resulting from the two day national holiday. Each of the three schools will be making its own appropriate arrangements for ensuring that we offset this interruption to pupils’ learning at this early stage of the academic year.

Have a great weekend. Enjoy the athletics, the warming sun and marvel at the wonder of Usain Bolt.

With best wishes

 

David Mansfield

Headmaster

 

                                                                       NOTIFICATIONS

Updated Contact Details

We would like to ask parents to email Admissions@dulwich-beijing.cn with updated information i.e. home address, mobile/home telephone or email address if these have recently changed.


Reminder: Notice of Withdrawal From Term 2

If your child will not be returning in Term 2 (4th January 2016 to 1st April 2016), please send written notification to the Admissions Department (Admissions@dulwich-beijing.cn) by Thursday 15th October, 2015 in order to qualify for a refund.

 

School Calendar

Please click here to view the year-at-glance the updated school calendar for 2015-16.


Parent Portal

We are delighted to announce that we launched our new and upgraded Parent Portal this week.

 Detailed information on ECA activities, trips updates,  presentations from various parent information meetings, as well as information from our Friends of Dulwich and school lunches will be available on the portal only for our existing DCB parent community. 

 

A button on the College website’s home page enables access to the Parent Portal. After clicking on the link to the Parent Portal, you will be prompted to log in with a unique username and password. 

The primary or key contact email address you provided to the College will be your user name (one email per family), and initially, your password will be Dulwich123. Once you have logged in to the Parent Portal, you have the option to change your password. 

All parent logins should be working  by now. If you have any problems please emailEsther.Yao@dulwich-beijing.cn

 

Reminder: Summer Photo Competition Deadline_28 August 2015

We have been running our annual Dulwich Summer PhotographyCompetition again this summer.

This year’s theme is: SUMMER ADVENTURE

Whether you were atthe beach, in the mountains, on a boat, or at a backyard family barbecue withyour yangrou chuan (lamb skewers), share your summer adventure with us by the deadline, 28 August 2015, and win a prize!

Open to all students, parents and staff of Dulwich College Beijing

Photos should be emailed to greta.wang@dulwich-beijing.cn

Minimum of 1 megabyte – limit of 2 photographs per person

Please indicate where and by whom the photo was taken, including whether you are a student (include Year Group as of August 2015), parent or staff member

Only photographs based on the theme of summer adventure will be eligible

There are two categories:

(1) Early Years or JuniorSchool Students

(2) Senior School students,parents and staff.

From each category there will be one named winner and two honorable mentions.

 

 
       
 http://www.dulwich-beijing.cn/ 

21 August Newsletter


 

 

 

 

 

 

Dear Parents

Welcome back. Term is already well underway and it is a pleasure to see the corridors and classrooms alive with energetic children pleased to be here and keen to get on with their lessons and the wide range of programmes available this year. 

Events for new parents and students have been coming thick and fast. I enjoyed very much seeing all the new families at the Orientation Day last Friday. It was great turnout and a happy occasion. Wednesday this week saw the Friends of Dulwich put on a Newcomers' Event in Coffee & Books, our in-school coffee shop, run so well by the Friends. The event put new and established families in touch with numerous agencies and providers around Beijing who can help make your landing in China as smooth and enjoyable as possible. If you would like to know more or be involved with Friends, do contact the chair, Louise Curd, atlou.curd@outlook.com . Tonight sees our barbeque on our playing fields. This is a great opportunity for the whole Dulwich Beijing family to get together and catch up on the summer’s activities, over a burger!

A number of parents have asked about the extra two days holiday that have been granted by the Government on 3rd and 4th September. All schools in Beijing - international, private and government - are required to comply with this. As these were called after the completion of our calendar, we have replaced the 3rd September with a full day’s school on 1st April, 2016, which was to have been a Professional Development Day. The 4th September will be a home learning or online learning day for all three schools in the College. Plenty of work and projects will be set to cover all areas that would have been taught at school and we will be assessing all work produced. Teachers will be available online via email and will also have designated work to complete at home. 

Some exciting events are coming up. We are delighted to be welcoming the British Ambassador, Her Excellency Barbara Woodward CMG, OBE, to DCB in September. More on that later. Two of our students are busily preparing to represent China in the October UNESCO World Youth debating event in Paris. DCB staff have been asked to help contribute to the preparation of the 31 Chinese student delegates, in developing debating skills on the back of our DIMUN work. 

Also in September we are being visited by experts from the FCD (Freedom from Chemical Dependency) to give staff, parents and students advice on drug and alcohol–related matters and policy in China. FCD works with schools and other organisations in the United States and around the world to provide students with the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to make intelligent, healthy choices about the use of alcohol and other drugs. There will also be a combined meeting with other International Schools for all parents in the international community, allowing you to hear advice and to discuss the issue surrounding illegal drug use  - a pertinent matter, following an incident last year involving students from another international school in Beijing.

This week we received our IGCSE results and are, again, delighted by them. An amazing 74% of all grades were at A or A*. These join our record-breaking IB results that I reported last week.  It would be remiss not to mention the names of the five students gaining the top points score of 45: Head Boy Charles Chiu, Jinju Choi, Brian Hwang, Michelle Lim and Kay Liang. Many congratulations to them. Our graduates have secured places at some of the world's top universities. This Autumn, DCB alumni will be heading off to Oxford, Cambridge, Cornell, Imperial, UCL, Berkeley, NYU, Swathmore, Rhode Island, Wellesley and UCLA, to name but a few. Well done to all our graduates and to the parents, teachers and guidance counsellors who helped them on their way. In the autumn DCB alumni will be heading off to Imperial, UCL, Berkeley, NYU, Swathmore, Rhodes Island, Wellesley, and UCLA, to name but a few. We also have two students going to Oxford (Jasmin Wang–Spooner and Ben Tan), one to Cambridge (Capucine Brunet) and one to Cornell (Yiu Min Gan). Well done to them all and to their parents, teachers and guidance counsellors who helped them on their way. We wish them well wherever they may be going. 

I hope to see many of you tonight at the Welcome Back Barbecue. We are also opening our brand new West Dome this evening. This is our second indoor sports dome, almost twice the size of the original which was itself the first to be opened in an international school in Beijing. We now have truly outstanding sports facilities for our students. It will be a pleasure to cut the ribbon with new Director of Sport, Eddie Lydall. 

With best wishes.

 

David Mansfield

Headmaster

 

                                                                       NOTIFICATIONS

 

School Calendar

Please click here to view the year-at-glance the updated school calendar for 2015-16.


Parent Portal

We are delighted to announce that we will be launching our new and upgraded Parent Portal.

 Detailed information on ECA activities, trips updates,  presentations from various parent information meetings, as well as information from our Friends of Dulwich and school lunches will be available on the portal only for our existing DCB parent community. 

 

A button on the College website’s home page enables access to the Parent Portal. After clicking on the link to the Parent Portal, you will be prompted to log in with a unique username and password. 

The primary or key contact email address you provided to the College will be your user name, and initially, your password will be Dulwich123. Once you have logged in to the Parent Portal, you have the option to change your password. 

All parent logins will be activated by next Monday, August 24.

 

Reminder: Summer Photo Competition Deadline_28 August 2015

We have been running our annual Dulwich Summer PhotographyCompetition again this summer.

This year’s theme is: SUMMER ADVENTURE

Whether you were atthe beach, in the mountains, on a boat, or at a backyard family barbecue withyour yangrou chuan (lamb skewers), share your summer adventure with us by the deadline, 28 August 2015, and win a prize!

Open to all students, parents and staff of Dulwich College Beijing

Photos should be emailed to greta.wang@dulwich-beijing.cn

Minimum of 1 megabyte – limit of 2 photographs per person

Please indicate where and by whom the photo was taken, including whether you are a student (include Year Group as of August 2015), parent or staff member

Only photographs based on the theme of summer adventure will be eligible

There are two categories:

(1) Early Years or JuniorSchool Students

(2) Senior School students,parents and staff.

From each category there will be one named winner and two honorable mentions.

Register for DCP Autumn Term Programmes. Join the DCP Open Afternoon on Aug 21!

The DCP (Dulwich Community Programmes) Team hopes you had a lovely summer holiday and are ready to start the new school year with all the activities it has to offer.

We are offering many exciting programmes this autumn for students from 4 years of age up, including Senior School students. We also offer the opportunity for adults to join our Saturday music programme.

Registration for courses has already started! Information about start dates and times can be found in our brochure, at the Sports Club and online.

Please click here to get detailed information.

 

2015 DCP Autumn Term Activities

Register for DCP Programmes Now!

Registration Time: From 18 - 28 August.

Option A: Registration and payment in person at the Legend Garden Sports Club at Dulwich College (cash and card) on weekdays 8:00am-9:00pm and weekends 9:00am-7:00pm

Option B: Registration and payment in person at Riviera Main Campus and Little Riviera (cash only) during school hours.

Option C: In addition, DCP staff will be on-site at Riviera Main Campus to take registrations (cash only) between 8:30-9:30am and 3:00-4:00pm on 19, 21, 24, 26 and 28 August.

 
       
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  • BEIJING LEGEND GARDEN CAMPUS
  • 89 Capital Airport Rd
  • Shunyi District, Beijing, 101300
  • BEIJING RIVIERA CAMPUS
  • 1 Xiang Jiang North Rd, Jing Shun Rd
  • Chaoyang District, Beijing, 100103

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