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Winter 2013/2014

A New Look For The College The Wodehouse Theatre, Art Rooms and Ice What Defines a 21st Century Education? The Headmaster Shares his Thoughts

Superstars Interviews with the College’s Top Sportsmen

What Kind of Question is this? Factual, Analytical or Evaluative? Find Out How Good Questions Promote Learning





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C O N T E N T S News & Events.........................................2 From the Headmaster’s Desk..................6 China Week..............................................8 Questions about Questions...................10


Junior School Goes Wild for a Creative Curriculum......................12 Sports......................................................14 Arts..........................................................16 Designing the Future.............................17


Charity....................................................18 Student Artwork....................................20 Behind the Scenes..................................23 Graduates...............................................24 Friends of Dulwich.................................26 Connections............................................27 Snapshot.................................................29

Front Cover: The entrance to the new building Contributors: Cindy Colson, Holly Edwards, Nolan Brook, David Mansfield, David Archer, Sharon Leong, John Astbury, Daniel Nichol, Andrew O’Loughlin, Adrian Jauk, Sally Wilson, Alyson Howland and many fantastic Dulwich students Editors: Cynthia Maclean, Kasia Baran, Mark Scott


News & Events


Celebrating New Facilities – Ribbon Cutting Ceremony (Back row, from the left: Brian McDouall, DCI Director of Schools; Fraser White, DCI Founder and Executive Chairman; Ren Jun from the Beijing Education Commission; Shi Zong, General Manager, Legend Garden, Poly Group; Christian Guertler, DCI CEO; David Mansfield, DCB Headmaster. Front row, from the left, Year 6 students: Michael, Leah, David and Reiko).

Celebrating New Facilities with Lessons in Love



Exceptional IB Results 2013

Our students continue to achieve impressive exam results in the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IB DP). The 2013 IB results for Dulwich College Beijing graduates have been exceptional: • The largest graduating group of 92 students sat the exams this year and achieved a remarkable overall average of 36.7, compared to the world average of 29.81. • 30% of our students scored 40

Dulwich College Beijing celebrated the

worked and rehearsed with our students

points or more out of a maximum

opening of its new wing, the 600-seat

all week.

possible score of 45. • 70% of students achieved the maxi-

Wodehouse Theatre and the ice rink with two nights of musical theatre on Novem-

The show featured songs from ten clas-

ber 22nd and 23rd.

sics of musical theatre, including West

mum score in Mandarin. • Four of our students - Biko Miz-

Side Story, Oliver! and Grease, linked

uno, Benjamin Tan, Christina Lin

Parents, staff members and guests were

by a narrative delivered by Cupid and

and Sharmaine Wong - scored

treated to fabulous performances of

his ancient Greek companions. Throw

a perfect 45 out of 45, a result

Lessons in Love, a production written

in dashes of Brecht’s Epic Theatre and

achieved only by 108 students out

by Dulwich IB Drama students Yiu Min

the Commedia dell’arte, along with the

of the 60,000 students who sat the

Gan, Capucine Brunet and Eva Lee. Our

superb musical support of the Beijing

diploma examinations in May 2013.

student performers - over 130 of them!

Youth Orchestra in the pit, and the result

- were joined by West End stars Aoife

was nothing short of stunning.

Mulholland and Morgan Crowley, who


Please read the interviews with our 45 pointers in this issue of The College.



News & Events


Best (I)GCSE Results Ever Dulwich College Beijing is delighted to announce its exceptional International General Certificate of Secondary Educa-

• 74% of grades were A* or A in First Language Mandarin • 99% of grades were A* or A in Science

tion (IGCSE) results for 2013. Ninety-

Triple Award (Chemistry, Physics, Biol-

eight students entered the examinations


and obtained the best results in the

• 38% of grades were A*, compared to

school’s history. Each of the students

the average of 32% at independent

sat a minimum of eight exams, which in

schools in the UK

each case included English, Mathematics, at least one science and at least one

Dulwich College Beijing prides itself on

humanities subject.

academic excellence and the 68% of entries over the last four years that have

Here are the highlights:

reached A* and A in the rigorous IGCSE

• 74% of grades were A* or A (a 5%

examinations bear testament to this com-

increase from last year)


• 92% of grades were from A* to B • 100% pass rate in English Language and English Literature • 100% of students achieved A* in IGCSE Foreign Language Mandarin

Special congratulations go to Harry Sha, who was awarded the highest mark in the world for Cambridge IGCSE Mathematics. An extraordinary achievement!

Dulwich Festival of Music with Maestro Penderecki The second annual Dulwich Festival of

als and performances in three excel-

during the concerts included Jessie’s

Music had the Dulwich College Beijing

lent shows. After a wonderful Welcome

Girl, Moondance, Schubert’s Unfinished

campus buzzing from the 9th to the 12th

Concert, the three-day festival brought

Symphony, and Bridge Over Troubled

of October. Over 100 student musicians

together a wide variety of musicians,

Water.  The students worked tirelessly to

from Dulwich schools in Shanghai, Seoul

culminating in a Rock Concert on Friday

perform at a high level after only a few

and Suzhou arrived in Beijing to join our

and a Gala Concert (Choir, Jazz Band

days of practice with each other.

young musicians for four days of rehears-

and Orchestra) on Saturday. Repertoire Our music students were extremely pleased to welcome Krzysztof Penderecki, Poland’s greatest living composer, as the Guest of Honour at the festival.  Maestro Penderecki came to China for the 16th Beijing Music Festival, where he conducted the China National Symphony Philharmonic Orchestra in two Tribute to Masters concerts. Maestro Penderecki spoke with music students, parents and staff members about his life and work and answered many questions. The event finished with a spontaneous Happy Birthday sung by students to celebrate Maestro Penderecki’s 80th birthday.

The College Magazine (Beijing)


News & Events




Tim Rylands Visit

Tim Rylands and his partner Sarah came to Dulwich College Beijing for three days of training in November. They spent two days teaching Junior School students using a computer game called Myst for inspirational writing. The final day was a follow-up training day with the whole Junior School staff, along with some representatives from Early Years and Senior School.

Welcome to our two brand new DCB Libraries!

and start to juggle with them,” says Tim.

In September 2013, our students, teachers and parents got

and strategies to bring our creative curriculum to life. The train-

the chance to discover our two brand new libraries in Junior

ing has provided teachers with the much-needed tools and tricks

School and Senior School, both located in the new wing. The

to give it some extra flavour and clout!

“Children need to be inspired if they are going to pick ideas up

Staff members at DCB are now buzzing with a wealth of ideas

libraries, which are situated besides the theatre, offer a safe

Holly Edwards Literacy Coordinator, Year 5 Teacher

and warm environment for all to come and study, or sit down with a great book. The Senior School Library, located on the ground floor, is

Diversity Project II

equipped with a new teaching area at the back, which can be

From Monday 28 October until Sunday 3 November, Dulwich

used by teachers or by the librarian for sessions on how to do

College Beijing hosted The Diversity Project II, a seven-day


festival of music that united wide-ranging and unique musicians from across the globe.

The Junior School Library now benefits from a much better and larger space, which can accommodate all pupils in Key

The event featured performances on each of the seven eve-

Stages One and Two. The very comfy seating and displays in

nings and welcomed a percussionist and chamber musician Le

the library make the Junior School Library a fantastic place for

Yu, an Irish chamber music ensamble Trio Festivale, a British


pianist David Lau Magnussen, a saxophonist and multi-instrumentalist Le Teqiao, an award winning cellist Jacob Shaw, and

Our two libraries house a total of 28,651 titles to suit all

the Beijing Youth Orchestra. These performers brought a great

tastes and abilities. We are very proud of our collections and

range of musical styles, from experimental jazz to the electronic

ensure that they grow every year, with the addition of exciting

compositions of Dulwich composer in residence Benoit Granier.

new titles and series. It is very important for us to promote a

The festival culminated in a brilliant Gala Concert on Sunday 3

lifelong love of books and reading and we do this by offering

November, featuring music composed by Year 13 student John

a wide range of resources, encouraging our students to try dif-

Hui and a stunning performance of Grieg’s piano concerto by our

ferent genres and providing varied reading lists.

12-year‑old pianist Tony Yun, whom the audience insisted return

Cindy Colson, Head of Libraries


for an encore.



News & Events


Dulwich on Ice We are very happy to announce that our

the ice show Holiday on Ice. The Center

development for the skating scene in Bei-

beautiful new ice rink opened for lessons

Ice Hockey Programme is led by Co-

jing and the opportunities are endless –

on Monday, December 2nd. Dulwich

commissioner of the Beijing International

I envision developing a Dulwich Skating

Skating, headed by Swedish coach

Ice Hockey League, Canadian Curtis

figure skating team and ice hockey team

Camilla Ojansivu, offers classes up until


in collaboration with Center Ice Hockey, and, eventually ice hockey tournaments

March to skaters of all ages and abilities.

between international schools.”

Classes include  ‘Kids on Ice,’ Learn-to-

The Dulwich community has been very

Skate, Figure Skating (all levels), Syn-

excited with this new development – we

chronized Team Skating and Ice Hockey

had over 100 sign-ups in the first week of

The DCB ice rink will be open to the

(all levels). All classes except ice hockey


entire community and will be a fantastic way to continue outdoor sports in Shunyi

are led by Camilla, a former competitive figure skater and professional skater in

Coach Camilla says, “This is an amazing

during the long Beijing winters.

UKMT Senior Maths Challenge In early November, 70 of our IB students

a Silver certificate and 26 winning the

Dulwich College Beijing! Brian (Byungjun)

took part in the UK Mathematics Trust

Gold award, which is reserved for only

Hwang (Year 12), Helen (Chenyang)

Senior Maths Challenge, a 90-minute

the top 6% of all scores. On top of this,

Cao (Year 13) and Nick (Namseok) Lee

annual event involving 100,000 top

fifteen of our students qualified for the

(Year 13) scored 125 out of 125! This is

Mathematics students from the UK and

British Mathematics Olympiad Round 1,

the second year running that Nick has

around the world. Our results were

reserved for only the top 500 students.

achieved a perfect score. Well done to

outstanding, with nine of our students

Each year, approximately 20 students

all those students who took part and who

scoring above average, earning them-

(worldwide) achieve a perfect score

have represented our school so well.

selves a Bronze certificate, 30 achieving

and this year three of those were from

The College Magazine (Beijing)

Nolan Brook, Head of Mathematics


From the Headmaster’s Desk




An Education for the


21st Century

ere at Dulwich College

will be in the midst of their careers and

people to “the best that has been thought

Beijing, we work to

those in Early Years will be in the midst

and said.” Arnold realised that one must

produce an educational

of their tertiary education. By then online

grasp the inheritance of the past to make

experience that provides

university courses will be standard,

sense of the present and build for the

the best of the old, the essence of the

delivery will be truly global, and the

future. To understand quantum physics

now, and readiness for the future. In

requirements for employment will have

a student must first fathom Newtonian

business, leaders prepare their products

shifted significantly. Our job is to help

physics. To explain the current rise of

for the future by close evaluation of

today’s students be citizens of the future.

China, an understanding of the history

market trends and detailed analysis of

How do we do that?

of the 20th Century is essential. Even technology journalists write better for

what the market of the next ten to twenty years will demand. In schools we have

As an historian, I might be expected to

having read Shakespeare. Human nature

to do the same. Students taking their IB

say that the best preparation for tomor-

does not change even if its context does.

examinations in 2014 will be 34 years old

row is a full knowledge of the past. Way

Dulwich seeks to establish immutable

in 2030. By then Google glasses will be

back in 1869 Matthew Arnold (son of

and timeless qualities into its charges.

old technology, biotechnology will have

Thomas Arnold, the celebrated Head-

Character, commitment, hard work and

revolutionised medicine, and robotic

master of Rugby) published Culture

resilience were as useful in 1869 as they

delivery will have routinised nearly all

and Anarchy, in which he argued that

will be in 2030. Being a good team mem-

common functions. These IB students

education’s role was to expose young

ber of a successful football side or an





From the Headmaster’s Desk

excellent orchestra creates a sense of

learning. Innovation and creativity are

embrace innovation and engage with life

readerthe most futuristic technology

key elements of our curriculum, as IB

and other people are set to succeed in

company or financial investment house.

learners strive, according to the IB rubric,

whatever dimension of experience they

The past is always the best predictor of

to be “inquirers; knowledgeable; think-

choose to enter.

the future.

ers; communicators; principled; openminded; caring; risk-takers; balanced;

In the first three Key Stages as well we

However, the future is a world we cannot

and reflective.” IB success requires good

prepare students by introducing new

predict. Students must be prepared for a

presentation skills, thoughtfulness, risk

skills for their future development.

world of uncertainty. and necessary flex-

and character. It is great preparation for

ibility. Professor Seymour Papert, MIT

the world of tomorrow. This is why we

Our Early Years philosophy places owner-

mathematician, pioneer in Artificial Intel-

value the IB Diploma so much and why

ship of learning right back with the chil-

ligence and a student of Piaget, argues,

our students do so well in it. Students

dren. Our bi-lingual work in Mandarin and

are stretched and made to think indepen-

English reflects the need for language

���The one really competitive skill is the

dently; they have to become active learn-

proficiencies in two or three tongues.

skill of being able to learn . . . . We need

ers and put themselves out for others.

The creativity and innovation here is as marked as anywhere in the College.

to produce people who know how to act when they’re faced with situations for

In the IGCSE, many of the students

which they were not specifically pre-

follow courses provided by Cambridge

The new Creative Curriculum in Key

pared.” Many of today’s students will be

International Examinations. CIE’s ambi-

Stage Two demands that students con-

working in jobs that currently do not exist,

tion follows ours, in that “Cambridge

duct individual research, work collabora-

or working in a context where new ideas

learners [should] become confident,

tively and make links between areas of

are commonplace. Judging validity and

responsible, reflective, innovative and

knowledge. These Junior School children

identifying correct options in a new world

engaged.” These character traits are not

are using IT most impressively to create

order are vital skills for all students. Hav-

only a fine introduction to the IB but also

film and digital records of their ideas and

ing the confidence and resilience to use

to the changing, complex world beyond


the thinking and learning skills acquired

the portals of DCB. The great attrac-

in school are major requirements for

tion of an international education is its

In Key Stage Three we encourage inde-

young people of the 21st century.

emphasis on the whole child. The co-

pendence and help students take more

curricular programmes work alongside

responsibility for their own work output.

In other words, we have got to teach

the main curriculum to develop the body,

We are also reviewing the curriculum

young people to think for themselves, to

mind and spirit of each child. Confident,

content and delivery structure in line with

experiment, and to take risks with their

responsible, reflective students who

the English National Curriculum Review currently being undertaken in the UK. Clearly our job as educators is to stay ahead of the curve in terms of using technology and ensuring our pedagogy and curriculum knowledge are up to date, but to do this in the context of moral education, which teaches students “why” as well as ”how.” At Dulwich we think students of tomorrow will not only know how to utilise the latest app and be digitally literate, but will also be caring, dynamic, flexibly-minded human beings whose feet are on the ground and whose hearts are outwardly focused. David Mansfield Headmaster

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China Week Every year Dulwich students from Years 7 to 11 look forward to their China Week trips in September, a greatly appreciated aspect of the academic year. During these carefully planned excursions, students not only experience different aspects of our incredible host country but also leave their comfort zones and form stronger bonds with their peers and teachers. We would like to share with you some lovely reflections from this year’s trip reports.

Year 7 The Great Wall and Chengde Trip After a delicious lunch in a local house and half an hour sweating over paper cutting, we held out our incompetent hands as bowls of dough were doled out. Making dumplings was like trying to read Mandarin whilst blindfolded. Halfway through my second one, a smiling Mrs. Sun came to the rescue – taking a spoonful of filling, she sliced the circle of dough in two with an almost imperceptible flick of her wrist. It was calligraphy compared to my finger painting. Jennifer, Paloma and Sam


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Year 8 Xi’an Reflection Trip The Xi’an trip was the most memorable Dulwich trip I have ever attended. It filled me with experiences that I have never known before in my life. I learned new things, I went to new places and most of all I got to know some of my friends better. Peter Huang

Year 9 Shaolin Temple Trip Students there, kids our age, threw punches, made kicks, and broke metal sticks by slapping them against their heads. It was cool, and some moves really amazed us, I felt as if I could simply be watching TV and be seeing the same show. We teamed up with three other groups and taught them Stuck in the Mud. It was the first time I’d heard any of them laugh in the past two days. They were laughing and running around; the kid who taught our group even mocked me when I stopped to catch my breath while trying to tag him. Belle Lu

Year 10 Inner Mongolia Trip After ten hours on the train, we stepped off and were greeted by a gush of chilly air that was deliciously fresh. From there we took a bus to the desert and were greeted by golden sand dunes that rippled in the slight breeze and were warm to the touch after basking in the sun for so long. Our activities here included camel riding and sand sliding down the sand dunes seated on a little plastic board, then climbing back up again. In the afternoon, we left for yurts, which were our homes for the night. Simone Zhao

Year 11 Hainan Trip Expectations of sun, sand and sea were in jeopardy as a typhoon headed in our direction, warranting some drastic planning amendments. However, we were greeted with beautiful blue skies and warm weather - perfect as we gazed out over the China Sea. Every day started with a hearty breakfast, followed by some moderately extreme activities including biking, kayaking, surfing, raft building, hiking and the Amazing Race. At times, the students were pushed to their limits and had the opportunity to experience new things, all under the supervision of the tour operators and their ever-enthusiastic teachers. Mr Archer The College Magazine (Beijing)


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uestions are central to all

children in a critical thinking process.

Early Years staff and in smaller break-out

aspects of education. At

We also, of course, ask questions to help

groups. During these meetings we have

most stages of our school

us identify where children are in their

shared and explored examples of good

life, we are required to

learning. Children’s questions may arise

practice in our own native languages, so

answer, ask, formulate,

from a sudden thought, a new interest or

there have been meaningful discussions

a keen curiosity, as well as in response

in both English and Chinese.

dissect and understand questions.

to a teacher’s thoughtful questions. To delve deeper into understanding ques-

Questions are the tools that that allow us to create connections and build under-

How can we explain and understand

tioning, we looked at the work of Profes-

standing. A positive learning environment

different types of questions, which often

sor Ronald Hyman, who has researched

is one where no adult or child feels nerv-

serve different purposes?

and written about strands of strategic questioning. He argues that questions

ous about asking even the simplest and We have been asking questions about

belong to three categories: factual –

questions and of ourselves during recent

those with one right answer (answer is

In Early Years, we aim to create an

staff workshops as we explore the

on the page); analytical – those that ask

ethos that encourages both teachers

spectrum of closed and open questions.

for a connection or comparison to be

and children to ask questions. Teach-

As part of our continued professional

made (answer is between the lines); and

ers ask questions to provoke thought,

development, we have been discussing

evaluative – those that ask for an opinion

to stimulate discussion and to engage

and reflecting on these issues as a whole

or point of view (answer is off the page).

most obvious questions.


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In Hyman’s view, these question types

on the students’ part. For example,

ing and teaching. We have discussed

are not hierarchical, so questions do not

an English learner who may not have

the importance of practitioners’ modeling

always need to be of the more open,

enough vocabulary in one area might be

good, thoughtful questioning and hope

“higher-order” type, but teachers should

able to answer an opinion question more

that this will lead to our children’s being

ask a good mix of the different types of

readily than a factual question, whereas

wonderful and active questioners. We

questions. These can then work together

another child may be more comfortable

will explore ways in which to promote this

to unlock thinking in different ways and

answering factual questions but needs

during development sessions throughout

on many levels.

more practice answering analytical ones.

this year.

Hyman breaks questions down into these

John Astbury, Legend Foundation Stage Coordinator Sharon Leong, Nursery Teacher

Different types of questions also allow

categories to highlight the need for a

for more differentiation on the teacher’s

range of different types of questions and

part and so, more equal participation

the importance of their interplay in learn-

Below are some examples of the types of

is that right?

Teacher: Should you pick it up and eat it?

questions we have been investigating. It

K: I think it is because of exercise.

A: No, never. It is dirty and my mum told

shows the teachers extending children’s

Teacher: Why does that help?

me never to eat anything off the floor.

thinking and understanding their inter-

K: It helps with the muscles.

B: We can’t eat that! Throw it away.


P: They do jogging and push-ups every

T: Ok, but what if there are no more left?

morning, just like my dad and my mum.

A: (Thinks) Well, maybe we could wipe

Example One: Superheroes!

Te a c h e r : S o w h a t ’s t h e d i ff e r e n c e

off the bit that is dirty.

K: I know who this is. Hulk, Iron Man,

between your mum and dad and a super-

B: Maybe we could wash it in the sink.

Wolverine and Captain America. I know


The interesting aspect of this conversa-

because I see all of this movie.

P: When they turn to superheroes they

tion is that it forced the children to re-

R: I watched this movie with my mum

don’t know who they are, they can’t turn

evaluate an opinion that seemed very

and sister. I didn’t get scared, because

super any more, they grown too bigger.

definite at first.

my sister watched it with me.

When I grow up, I can wear my cos-

P: I like them because they’re strong.

tumes. The green hulk. I’m kind of like a

They eat a lot of food.

superhero, but I’m not.

Teacher: Why is that important?

Teacher: Why not?

P: Because their muscles grow. They

P: Because peoples are not superhero,

What type of question is

need to be strong so they can get the

they are just peoples. Some people are

bad guys.

superheroes, the green hulk is a super-

this (factual, analytical or

R: And save the earth.


Teacher: Are there any who are not

Teacher: Is he real?


P: He is real, he don’t live anywhere, he

What was the name of the

P: Superman is not strong.

just sleeps outside on somebody’s car.

K: He is strong.

Teacher: K, what do you think?

girl in “Goldilocks and the

P: He should eat some more food, then

K: Some people are not superheroes.

he can become strong.

Teacher: Who is a superhero?

Teacher: Who is stronger?

K: Superheroes are just movies, they are

K: Superman is stronger.

not real.

P: But Hulk is bigger, right? K: Hulk is angry and he transforming to

Example Two: Cupcakes!

the green one.

Eating cupcakes during a birthday cel-

Teacher: P is saying that superheroes

ebration, a cake is knocked off the table

are strong because they eat a lot of food,

and falls to the floor. The teacher asks:

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Quick Question Quiz:


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Ever wondered what goes on in the Junior School and its surrounding classrooms? Well, here is a chance to find out…

Creativity develops the capacity to imagine the world differently. We all need an ability not just to cope with change, but also to positively thrive on it and engineer it for ourselves. Therefore, young people need the tools to conceptualise how the world could be different and the inner confidence and motivation to make it happen. They need to be able to take risks and fail confidently. To do this young people need to enjoy learning, know how to seek out relevant information, apply knowledge and skills in new and imaginative ways and try out ideas in real world situations where they can observe real outcomes and receive generative critical feedback.

During this year’s first term, Junior School

outcomes, challenges and risks. A cross

This new approach moves more towards

children at Dulwich College Beijing have

curricular approach to learning enables

a holistic curriculum based upon the use

been immersed in a new style of learning

children and teachers to make connec-

of leveled skills progressing through-

and teaching. This approach has been

tions between different aspects of learning,

out the Junior School. Science, History

carefully designed to reflect the latest edu-

establishing a high level of enthusiasm and

and Geography are now being taught

cational research and analysis on the British

a thirst for knowledge and understanding,

together under new and exciting topic

National Curriculum. The Creative Cur-

underpinned by key skills and attitudes. It

titles. Literacy, Art/DT and ICT are also

riculum encourages an approach designed

offers an opportunity to look at the world in

being linked where possible. Each topic

around tailoring learning to the needs and

new ways, to value differences and to expe-

varies in length depending on the year

aspirations of each child. Creativity allows

rience new things. It encourages creative,

group and the skills addressed in that

teachers to develop a broad, balanced and

critical and reflective thinking and produces

topic. This academic year, Junior School

relevant curriculum as well as a collabora-

excited, enthusiastic, enquiry-driven learn-

will cover the following topics:

tive relationship that embraces open-ended



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Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Year 6

Autumn 2013

Plantastic Beijing & Beyond Twinkle, Twinkle

All Creatures Great And Small

Aztecs Victorians

All Around The World

Survival Of The Fittest

Hidden In The Hutongs

Spring 2014

Tomb Raiders

Time Travel

What A Wonderful World They Made A Difference!

Summer 2014

Dynamite Dahl

Explorers: What A World

It’s All Change Go With The Flow

A leaflet outlining these topics will be

・ Sustaining learning and ensuring chil-

These are just a few of the absolutely

sent home with each child. It will provide

dren are more able to transfer learning

amazing enquiry-based learning opportu-

parents with coverage of the main skills

across different contexts and to think

nities the children have been working

more critically.

hard to solve so far this year.

being taught, some interesting facts related to the topic, websites for inde-

・ Enabling children to respond posi-

pendent learning and suggested enrich-

tively to opportunities, challenges and

Creativity can mean different things to

ment activities. The Creative Curriculum

responsibilities, to manage risk and

different people. For some it can mean

in action can be seen by wandering

cope with change and adversity.

being imaginative or inventive. To others

・ Enriching children’s lives and giving

it may be about undertaking challenges

the teachers have transformed the chil-

them the opportunity to discover and

and risks. Some believe it is about origi-

dren’s learning environment.

pursue their particular talents and

nal thinking or producing something that


no one has thought of before.

through Junior School and seeing how

Creativity in the classroom offers many benefits to children. This new style of

Promoting a holistic education to provide

However, there is a key point about what

learning has a number of goals:

support for children of all abilities, taking

the Creative Curriculum is not! Creativity

into account varying learning styles.

is not simply about doing the arts; it is about questioning, making connections,

・ Improving children’s self-esteem, motivation and achievement. This allows

Already the children have been exposed

inventing and reinventing, and flexing the

them to become more interested in dis-

to all manner of wonderful activities from

imaginative muscles. It is about creating

covering things for themselves; more

delving deep into the history of our local

independent and confident learners as

open to new ideas and challenges;

area to jetting off all around the world.

well as thinkers. Creativity might best be described as the process of seeing new

more able to solve problems and work with others; more responsible for their learning; and ultimately, more effective learners. ・ Preparing children for life. Children who are creative will be prepared for a rapidly changing world where they may have to adapt to career changes. Employers want communicative,

Do you know who the Mongols are or


why China has a Great Wall? Do you know how a howler monkey man-

Wow! Term One has definitely been

ages to howl from the treetops or why

action packed, exciting, fun-filled, chal-

flying lizards do not actually fly?

lenging and educational for the Junior

Do you know why the Aztecs had human sacrifices or what a day was like for a Victorian chimney sweep?

School children at Dulwich College Beijing. We are all now looking forward to the next learning and teaching journey

innovative and cooperative problem

Do you know how an airplane leaves

about to take place in Term Two - the

solvers who see connections and have

the ground, stays in the air for a given

next set of leaflets will be published in

bright ideas. ・ Giving children the ability to make

period of time and then lands safely again in a new continent or how to

connections and see relationships,

help an African country produce pure

to choose ways of working, and to be

drinking water from a dirty water hole

more confident in these abilities. The College Magazine (Beijing)

January 2014. Mr Daniel Nichol Deputy Head of Junior School

in the ground?


Sports DE T U R



The Season in Summary Term one at Dulwich College Beijing

Football tournament on the South Pitch.

age at the Vietnam Games, our swimmers

has seen many great sporting highlights

This was followed by wins for DCB in the

win a bag full of medals at the Santa Claus

and I am pleased that we have been

ISAC Tennis and Badminton tournaments.

Swim Meet in Singapore and our Football teams compete and win trophies at the BIS

able to add to our trophy cabinet.  The most pleasing additions were the two

In the individual sports it was great to see

Phuket Football Tournament with our U13

sportsmanship trophies won by our boys

Bryan Chiew and Cecilia Tellarini in action

boys completing a brilliant season by win-

Varsity Volleyball Team.  They won their

at the FINA World Cup of swimming con-

ning the tournament in Thailand.

first Sportsmanship trophy in the ACAMIS

ducted at the Water Cube in Beijing.  To

U19 tournament and then they won, the

be a part of this meet at such a young age

Finally I would like to thank all students

prize for sportsmanship again, at the

is truly a remarkable achievement and for

and coaches for their commitment to sport

ISAC Tournament. The boys Varsity team

Bryan to be part of the Singapore National

at DCB as without these two vital elements

also finished off the season winning the

Swimming Team while still at school is

we would not have achieved the great suc-

Championship trophy at the ISAC tourna-

simply mind blowing.

cesses that came our way this term.

ment. They were not, however, our only winning ISAC team in Term one, and the

On the international stage we have seen

U14 Boys Football team also won their

our U15 FOBISIA team compete with cour-

Andrew O’Loughlin, Director of Sports

And they’re off!! “Ready, steady, go!” shouts the starter,

joy after a far throw of the t-ball.

after famous American sprinter Jesse Owens; and last but not least, Johnson

who can be heard throughout the whole of Legend Garden Campus. Hundreds

Both these events were part of a com-

(blue), named after well-known avia-

of eyes lock onto the runners, as the

petition of the five house teams here at

tor Amy Johnson. These house teams

silence spreads across the anticipating

Dulwich College Beijing. Each of these

compete in many events, including liter-

audience, whose every heartbeat is audi-

house teams has a different colour and

ary competitions, charity competitions,

ble. The flag goes down and they’re off!

is named after people who exemplify

art challenges, swim galas, Chinese

They run, determined for their houses,

the Dulwich values. The house teams

quizzes, World Maths Day and of course

knowing losing is not an option.

are Soong (red), named after Soong

Sports Day. These events teach us to co-

Ching-Ling; Alleyn (purple), named after

operate and work together.

This was just one minute of this year’s

Edward Alleyn, Elizabethan actor and

fantastic Junior School Sports Day on

founder of Dulwich; Wodehouse (green),

Tuesday 15th October. This carefully

named after Old Alleynian and author P.G.

planned event was a tremendous suc-

Wodehouse; Owens (orange), named

Maja Geroska, Year 6

cess, with happy students skipping away proudly, smiling and clutching colourful ribbons. Back on the West Field the track events were on. We heard huffing after the long and tiring mini-marathon, cheers after an exceptionally good jump, and shouts of


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Charlie Hua Please introduce yourself.

What is your best advice for budding

My name is Charlie Hua. I am a Year 12


student studying at Dulwich. My favourite

My advice for upcoming athletes would

sports are basketball and volleyball.

be to work hard, stay humble and be confident.

Who is your greatest sporting role model?

What is your biggest sporting achieve-

My greatest sporting role model is Kobe

ment so far?

Bryant. He is the most exciting player

My biggest sporting achievement so far

I have seen play and he never gives

is probably being part of the volleyball

up, no matter what is in his way. How-

team last year. We came first in the ISAC

What is your greatest sporting dream

ever, the reason that I really like him is

tournament and finished the season with

for the future?

because he is extremely hardworking,

a record of only losing 3 sets in total.

My greatest sporting dream for the future

always pushing to improve on his already

is to play in the NCAA Division I league

outstanding game.

for basketball and then enter the NBA.


This term has been seen some exceptional sporting performances at Dulwich College Beijing. Whilst no victory is possible without fantastic team spirit, in Superstars we celebrate some of the College’s top individual performers.

Ben Wong Please introduce yourself.

though sometimes there will be struggles

My name is Ben Wong. I am a student at

and pain. Success will never be given;

Dulwich College Beijing and my passion

you will have to get it yourself with hard

for golf started when I was 3 years old.

work. Getting to the top of the world will be very tough and if you are willing to

Who is your greatest sporting role

sacrifice your time with friends, time to


sleep, time to rest for what you want to

Tiger Woods is my favorite sporting role

become, then you will be successful.

model because he has so much passion and fire for the game. I’ve watched him

What is your biggest sporting achieve-

play many times and the feeling that he

ment so far?

creates is so different to other athletes.

My biggest sporting achievement is prob-

He was ranked number one in the world

ably playing in the US Junior Amateur

What is your greatest sporting dream

for many years and always stayed dedi-

tournament this summer. It is a very

for the future?

cated, practicing a lot. He really inspires

important Under-18 event, for which only

My dream is to become number one in


the best of the best qualify. I was the

the world and the greatest who has ever

youngest player in the tournament and

played the game. This has always been

What is your best advice for budding

it was an honour to take part. I am top

my dream since I was five and every day


10 in the world for my age but working

since then I have been working towards it

My advice is to never give up even

towards becoming the best.

and trying to turn that dream into reality.

The College Magazine (Beijing)


Arts DE T U R



The Great

Great Wall Art A

simple year 12 Art trip

to pick our favourite spot. Experimenta-

iments with our newfound night photography

to Mu Tian Yu, a lesser-

tions were made from observational


trodden path along the

drawings; even though limited in terms

Great Wall of China, gave

of materials, various techniques were

Mu Tian Yu, being much less commercial-

us so much more than just a getaway.

explored. As mentioned before, a new

ised as opposed to Ba Da Ling, saw the

The excursion lasted two days and one

‘media’ we had the chance to experi-

crumbles and fragments of an ancient won-

night, giving us time to experience the

ment with was coffee. Not only did our

der in a setting so tranquil, it was hard even

view and the elaborate architecture

artwork smell amazingly like Frappuc-

for the cynics in year 12 to find a fault in the

from a breathtaking vantage point. Our

cino’s - striking an instant Starbucks

view. Throughout, we worked individually

accompanying teachers provided us

craving - the coffee worked very nicely

and together on artworks; so many laughter-

with all the art materials that ranged

as a substitute for watercolour. The

inducing stories have been created from this

from Chinese ink to coffee, in case we

result was a layer of brown colouring to

one incredible adventure. It is safe to say

were suddenly struck by inspiration,

match the organic, subtle tone many of

that this experience is one I’ll treasure for a

and we trekked up and down the

us intended to achieve in our pieces in

long time, the sights, the surroundings and

hills with brushes in our hands and

response to our environment.

the people.

artboards on our backs. However, contradictory to most peoThe journey up the Wall was difficult;

ple’s expectations, our art trip wasn’t

we marched tirelessly on a pathway

just about the art. Personally, the most

that was broken and uneasy. I can eas-

enjoyable aspect on trip was defi-

ily say that as an artist, ‘ascending and

nitely the post-art bonding sessions

conquering mountains’ is definitely not

we had. Teachers, technicians and

one of my strong suits; therefore, the

students alike, we participated in an

hike was quite hard to endure. Luckily, I

array of games that provoked tears and

had the rest of my class and their posi-

laughter; my fellow student Kay Liang

tive thinking to help me through to the

described it as, “a family trip to an unfa-

top. Once we reached our destination,

miliar place”. Furthermore, several of

we began instantly as time was against

us had the most wonderful exposure to

us. Working on our own, we produced

night photography and attempting it for

a number of art pieces on the wall

the first time. This then prompted us to

itself, each student having the choice

conduct typography and drawing exper-


Michelle Lim, Year 12

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The College speaks to Adrian Jauk, Head of Design and Technology What skills does studying Design and

tion well and incorporate a wide range of

video streaming services such as www.

Technology help develop in students?

techniques. At the same time, we hope have re-shaped the video

Our philosophy in DT is that students

that students take pride in their work and

rental business, sites such as www.

enjoy “learning by doing” and in this

are empowered to recognise that they, which currently allow

way, we explore many areas of study.

are able to produce effective products

consumers to download the CAD files

It is easy to see how students gain an

that suit their needs and can shape their

of products that can be printed at home,

appreciation for working with the plastics,

environment. The ultimate goal of a qual-

will reshape design technology. Soon we

timbers and metals that typically make

ity design education is to enhance the

will also see products become less “run

up our environment. But DT also intro-

student’s thinking from passive consumer

of the mill,” with advances in Computer

duces the students to a range of useful

to creative and skilled producer.

Aided Manufacture (CAM) already making it possible for consumers to cus-

design-thinking principles. For example, creative thinking and green design are

How do our students respond to

tomize the products they buy. This has

important aspects of the design process.

learning DT?

become known as “Mass Customisation.”

Beyond this, skills that relate to the world

Not surprisingly, students are often

Our students can be leading designers

of business and marketing are also

excited by newer technologies, such as

of the future who see design as a way

applied. Students define a brief, identify

the laser cutter and 3D printers. How-

of thinking, problem-solving, and living a

their target market, and learn divergent

ever, I also quite often see students

productive and rewarding life.

thinking strategies as well as useful time

genuinely enjoying mastering a tech-

management skills.

nique with a hand tool. It is a unique experience to know that thanks to your

Is there one unit you focus on more

efforts you have transformed raw materi-

than the others?

als into a functioning product.

We aim to provide a balance between practical workshops and opportunities to

What are the future trends for DT?

explore and demonstrate individual crea-

New exciting career opportunities are

tivity. Students gain experience in a wide

opening up every day thanks to tech-

range of manufacturing methods, using

nology. 3D printing will soon allow high

real tools and materials. The end results

quality and functional products to be pro-

are well-engineered projects that func-

duced by consumers at home. Much as

The College Magazine (Beijing)


Charity DE T U R



Charities in the Junior School

Ghouls, Goodies and Gansu:


akes, sixty seconds and

like holding their breath and banging

icing sugar (in case you were wondering

dancing ghouls was how

their heads on books. This is what Junior

why the kids were so hyper-active when

Dulwich College Beijing

School called the Just a Minute sponsor.

they got home), and used 3kg of corn to

Junior School started their

The children get to decide on an activity

make the popcorn.

charity work this academic year.

and do that for, yes, you guessed it- 1 minute! This was on the 27th of Septem-

A quick quote from Mr Flanagan (JS

Let’s go back in time and look at all their

ber. The money raised went to Wei Wei.

Charity Coordinator) “ Well done to all the

fantastic work so far…

They raised 11,066RMB. Wow, amazing!

children in Junior School for their great

‘Yum, yum, yum!’ Cakes and goodies

“Ooooo!” The ghosts are coming! Noth-

fantastic children - I am looking forward to

lined the tables, enticing everyone that

ing is better than a Halloween disco to

the other charity events this year!”

walked past. The smell of sweetness

end the day! On the 30th of October

filled the room and drifted down the

the monsters of Dulwich Junior School

hall. Kids were filling up on sugar until

danced and sang to the rhythm of the

they couldn’t eat any more. The bake

music (trying to wake the dead!) as the

sale happened on the 3rd of Septem-

spectacular smell of icing sugar covered

ber 2013 .They were raising money for

muffins and other horrific looking goodies

Wei Wei, the school’s panda. We have

lined the tables at the discos. Dressed up

adopted this cute creature, as a panda

children munched wildly on their good-

is an important symbol for China. The

ies, dropping crumbs all over the floor,

• Year 6 charity stalls in March, they are

sale was a big success and the children

I guess Halloween can really bring the

going to be busy bees! They help the

raised 9,319 RMB. Well done!

monstrous spirit out in someone! What is

support with the charity work. You are all

this for I hear you ask? Well, this isn’t just

Some of the other charity events include: • Movember, a month of moustaches and saying no in November, for Cancer Research; • Black and white dress up day in December, for Wei Wei;

New Hope Foundation; • And of course, the spring-cleaning house competition.

“5, 4, 3, 2, 1, TIME IS UP! FREEZE!”

a disco to celebrate Halloween; it is also

shouted the teachers as the children

a fun and interesting way to raise money

were finishing off their activities. They

for charity! The money raised went the

There are lots of exciting events coming-

were doing all sorts of things, such as

victims of the Gansu earthquake. They

watch this space Junior School!

exercise activities (not for us!) like sit ups

raised around 9,853 RMB altogether. The

and reading while jogging on the spot.

children and parents decorated approxi-

There were also people doing silly things,

mately 350 cupcakes to sell, used 7kg of


Rosie Tucker and Kelly Xue, Year 6

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Interviewing Interact I nteract is a charity organisation

charity helping not only local children but

that is affiliated with worldwide

also children abroad. I really wanted to

renowned Rotary Club.

get more involved within the school as

well, and that is why helping at a Bake

The Interact Club is the largest

Sale appealed to me. I worked with older

charity group at Dulwich, consisting of

students as well which was a very fun

150 members from Y7 to y12. The club


is affiliated with the global charity group Rotary and is eager to make a difference,

How are you involved in the Interact

whether it be locally in China or inter-


nationally in Cambodia. We interviewed

Yewon: Other than my involvement with

several members, seeking their thoughts

fundraising, I have been organising our

about the club.

other major charity called Beacons of Hope. For Beacons of Hope, our stu-

What are you most proud of in the

dents will be taking 50 migrant school

Interact Club?

students to receive full health checks this

Rebecca: Interact has grown to become

January followed by further treatment in

What do you like most about being

the largest and most prestigious char-

February. It has been a very fulfilling and

part of the Interact?

ity club at Dulwich College Beijing, and

diverse learning experience organising

Melanie: What I appreciate the most

has been able to make a great differ-

this as I have collaborated with a migrant

about being a part of Interact is seeing

ence to many peoples’ lives. I have seen

school, a hospital and a sponsor through

the many possibilities and opportunities

changes not only for the individual chari-

countless emails, documents and formal

of helping out in events. As a year 10

ties that we support, the House Building


student, I’m able to give my ideas and

Project in Cambodia and the Migrant

thoughts within the Dulwich, and also

children that we provide health checks

How do you think your participation

for, but also to us, the members that

in the Interact helps the community

are involved in the Interact Club. I am

around you?

Charles: What I enjoyed most about

incredibly proud of the achievements that

Jacquelin: I think that my participation

being part of the Interact club was that

Interact has accomplished; being able

in the Interact club of Dulwich College

we really managed to make an impact on

to build 15 houses a year in Cambodia

Beijing impacts and helps our community

people’s lives! This was particularly true

for five continuous years and providing

and the community abroad in lots of dif-

for the Tabitha Cambodia Trip - it’s easy

wider Beijing, community.

ferent ways. There are a ton of opportu-

to write a check and send it off some-

nities to set up fundraisers all year round

where, but it’s a lot harder to actually

Why did you join the Interact Club?

including many bake sales and picnics.

travel to a different country and partake

What did you hope to achieve?

The students in the Dulwich community

in the manual labour that is necessary for

Alexandra: I joined it because I thought it

can actively participate and support the

the completion of this project.

would be fun to work with other members

club through eating delicious baked

of the Club. I like the idea that it was a

goods all year round!

health checks for 60 children every year.

The College Magazine (Beijing)

Interview by Capucine Brunei, Year 12, Interact PR Officer


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Behind the Scenes DE T U R



Behind the Scenes - Beyonce Bai and Michael Zhangming A lot of activity goes on behind the scenes to ensure that daily school operations run smoothly, and many individuals work very hard ‘backstage’ often unnoticed, to make sure that teachers can concentrate on teaching and students on learning. The College sits down with two of our support staff colleagues to find out about their jobs at Dulwich.

Can you introduce yourself?

Events Manager, leading the provi-

climbing Fragrant Hills, or getting

My name is Beyonce. I have been

sion of logistical support to the school

together for dinner. 798 is one of my

working at Dulwich College Beijing for

and community events and activities.

favorite places and I really enjoy the

more than seven years.

I love helping people organise various

artistic and creative environment.

events, and Founder’s Day is obviWhat is your typical day at work

ously the most important and popular


each year. I feel fortunate to be part

My working day at school can be

of the Dulwich family which is full of

described as a mixture of busyness

love, passion and care, to witness the

and happiness. I have two roles. One

growth of the Dulwich schools, and to

is to work as a Personal Assistant,

develop in an outstanding school.

providing support to the Head of Business Administration and Bursar in her

What do you normally do on the

daily work with the Finance, Human


Resources, ICT and Operations

I like to spend weekends with my hus-

Departments. The other is to work as

band or friends, walking in the park,

ing I help with the maintenance of the

evolve from a small school of a few


classrooms to the world class learning environment that we have today. The

What is your typical day at work like?

last school year was extremely busy for

My work is very varied and no two

my department, ensuring that the new

days are the same. I work with every

building was ready for use in August,

department across the school and do

but it has been great seeing people’s

a range of tasks from making sure that

positive reactions to the new wing of

the heating and cooling systems are

the school.

working properly to helping prepare for big events such as Founder’s Day. I

What do you normally do on the

really enjoy working with and meeting


people from across the school.

Most recently I’ve been to the Great Wall as I enjoy hiking and being in

Can you introduce yourself? My name is Michael and I work in the

I have worked at Dulwich College Bei-

the countryside. I also like to cook,

Operations Department at the Legend

jing for over six years now and it has

play badminton and meet up with my

Garden Campus. Generally speak-

been a pleasure to watch the school


The College Magazine (Beijing)


Graduates DE T U R




Simply the

In 2013 four of our students, Biko Mizuno, Benjamin Tan, Christina Lin and Sharmaine Wong, scored a perfect 45 out of 45 on the IB Diploma. Only 108 students worldwide, out of approximately 60,000 students who sat the diploma in May 2013, achieved this score. We sat down with the students to find out more about their inspiration and study habits and whether they plan to embrace academia or business.

Name: Benjamin Tan Nationality: Singaporean Years in Dulwich: Six, starting from Year 8

Name: Biko Mizuno Nationality: Japanese (with a Chinese mom) Years in Dulwich: Three, from Year 11 to 13


Strongest inspiration:

for IB where everything is designed to push

Beijing. Some people can’t wait to move

your boundaries. Having genuine com-

away, but I will probably always have an

mitment and interest in what you’re study-

affinity with Beijing and its people. The

ing usually makes everything from writing

city taught me to open my eyes. It’s full of

exams to focusing in class much easier. (The

character. Each neighbourhood has its own

Extended Essay, for example, requires so


much personal effort that it is hard to score

Best memory from DCB:

well if you aren’t interested in your subject.)

Seeing a live audience affected by my final

Otherwise, prioritise well and get lots of

Year 13 theatre performance, which was a

sleep during exam periods! 

deeply personal project for me. Creating and

What’s next?

performing theatre is a freeing, intensely

I’ve just finished an internship with City

rewarding, but demanding experience. 

Weekend Beijing and will be in Singapore’s

Biggest achievement at DCB (apart from

National Service soon. After that, I hope to

getting 45!):

study politics at university in the UK.

Co-founding the DIMUN conference – now

Where do you see yourself in 5, 10 years?

in its fourth year, already double in size from

Doing something completely new, hopefully.

when we started – as an initiative led and

Going into photojournalism or starting a

developed by students.

theatre company would be awesome!

Study tips:

Three words to describe DCB:

Select subjects you will enjoy, particularly

Dynamic, supportive, community-centred

Strongest inspiration:

friends wake me up

The ambitious women I met at Wellesley

Biggest achievement at DCB:

College (an all-female liberal arts college in

Adapting to a polyphasic sleep cycle for 2

the US)


Best memory from DCB:

Describe DCB in three words:

Taking naps in the library and having my

Dedicated, accepting and intense

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Name: Sharmaine Wong Nationality: Singaporean Years in Dulwich: 1.5 years

Name: Christina Lin Nationality: Canadian Years in Dulwich: Three, from Year 11 to 13

Study tips:

Science course at Cambridge

Accept the fact that you can’t have every-

Where do you see yourself in 5, 10 years?

thing you want, so decide on what really

The hard way: go into academia and do

makes you happy and stick with it!

research in neuroscience or Psychology.

What’s next?

The easier way: to work in finance, consult-

To survive my Psychological and Behavioral

ing or banking ... and delve into business.

Strongest inspiration:

and everything was pretty harsh (especially

My mother, for being a determined and

the cold winter, coming from a tropical coun-

strong woman, and my grandmother, for her

try). So, my biggest achievement was sim-

love and dedication to the family. 

ply coming to DCB.

Memorable moments at DCB:

Describe DCB in three words:

Graduation! Because of the relief that high

Dynamic, Growing, Diverse

school was finally over, and the joy that I

Study tips:

could finally embrace the summer holiday

I think it all boils down to giving your best

with open arms. The whole chain of gradu-

shot in everything. 

ation events: Senior Prank Day, graduation

What next?

ceremony, and the graduation dinner. It was

I am currently reading a double degree in

so much fun!

Accountancy and Business Administration

Biggest achievement at DCB:

at Nanyang Technological University, Singa-

I guess, actually staying on at DCB and


adapting well to the school. Before coming

Where do you see yourself in 5, 10

to DCB, I was studying in a local school in


Singapore, and attending an international

I actually have not thought about it, but I

school in a different country was an entirely

guess people who study a course like mine

new thing to me. My parents had given me

usually graduate and work in an audit firm.

two options: to stay on in Singapore or to try

This does not seem like an interesting or

out something new in Beijing. I entered the

meaningful route for me, though, so I’m still

term midway in December, during winter,

keeping my options open. 

Strongest inspiration: 

build foundation for the knowledge learned;

Probably my father - I really admire his

don’t disregard any details; do as many past

courage and ambition.

papers as possible (it’s surprising how much

Best memory from DCB:

you learn from them!).

Senior pranks and having mini potlucks in

What’s next?

the common room with friends

University in Canada, majoring in Pharma-

Biggest achievement at DCB: 


Being the first to organise a graduation

Where do you see yourself in 5, 10

dance performance


Describe DCB in three words:

Probably in graduate school, doing some-

Inspiring, friendly, incredible

thing along the lines of pharmaceutical

Study -tips:


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Friends DE T U R



The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything For the past few years, Early Years

head - each thing made its own spooky

lady’s fearless attitude and her clever

parents have put on Halloween perfor-

sound. Dulwich mum Grace Wang chose

solution to what to do with the lively

mances as part of Spider & Pumpkin

a brilliant range of instruments for the

things that chased her was so much fun

Day. This year parents chose the book

sounds and the children loved joining in!

for our young audience!

The book is perfect for Early Years chil-

At the end of the performance, the children

dren, as there is a lot of repetition that

were given a little pumpkin to take home.

The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything for their performance. With the opening of the new Early Years

grows throughout the story. The little old

classes at Legend Garden, this year’s

Sally Wilson, Parent

performance was held in the Edward Alleyn Theatre, with Riviera classes making the bus trip over. This was a wonderful opportunity for the children from both campuses to get together – and of course for some twenty enthusiastic parents to work on a set, rehearse and perform in a proper theatre! The story is about an old lady who goes into the woods for a walk, and on her way home meets several spooky things that try to scare her. Shoes that clomp, pants that wiggle and a talking pumpkin

Cookbook for Charity At Coffee & Books we have a dedicated

and teachers at DCB, it has proved to be

team of parent bakers who donate fresh

a very popular buy!

cakes every day for us to sell! But we realised that as each year people leave

From the sale proceeds Friends of

Beijing they take their “secret recipes”

Dulwich were able to donate 5200 RMB

with them! So Ulli Boer hatched a cun-

to the Magic Hospital. This charity works

ning plan to gather together the most

tirelessly to help bring some joy and

loved recipes and at the same time raise

laughter to very ill children in hospitals

funds for the Magic Hospital Charity.

around Beijing. Our donation covers three months’ worth of their running

The result of her work is the Coffee

costs. To learn more about the charity

& Books Secret Recipes Cookbook.

please visit

hurry as they are going fast!

Containing over 70 pages of savory and sweet dishes all gathered from parents


book left on sale at Coffee & Books…but

There are still a few copies of the cook-

Alyson Howland, Parent

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Alleyn’s School. The three schools are presenting a series of concerts this term in Christ’s Chapel, the original chapel of the Foundation where Edward Alleyn himself is buried. The short lunchtime concerts attract an audience from among local residents, as well as from the schools themselves. Members of DCL’s music department have provided lunchtime entertainment with occasional recitals, which have featured works for four hands on the piano, for

Music in the Capital

piano trio and for the organ. It is a treat for us to hear the talents of our music teachers as well as of our students.

And the

students, too, have been busy: this term Dulwich College London was very pleased

Music, Mr Richard Mayo, visited China

the College’s Chapel Choir has sung even-

in October to receive a visit from Shane

to meet colleagues at Dulwich College

song at Westminster Cathedral and in St

O’Shea, now Director of Music for Dul-

Suzhou and Dulwich College Shanghai,

Paul’s Cathedral, while the music scholars

wich College International. Shane was in

and to attend several concerts of the Diver-

at DCL gave their annual concert demon-

London to spend time with DCL’s music

sity Project at Dulwich College Beijing.

strating exceptionally high standards of musicianship. One scholar, James Orford,

department and to discuss ways in which DCL and the Dulwich International Schools

DCL also co-operates musically with the

has won a prestigious organ scholarship to

might foster co-operation in music and

two other Dulwich Foundation schools:

Truro Cathedral for 2014-15. Clearly, from

other co-curricular activities. On the heels

our sister school JAGS (James Allen’s

Truro in Cornwall to Beijing in China, Dul-

of Shane’s visit, DCL’s own Director of

Girls’ School) and the co-educational

wich music is flourishing.

The Tournament


Saturday 12th October saw the biggest

from the event the girls and boys have

football event ever held at Dulwich Col-

not stopped talking about how much fun

lege Suzhou: the 7th Annual Junior

they had in Suzhou,” says Ben Ward, PE

Football Tournament. Taking part were

Teacher and ECA Co-ordinator at Dul-

over 400 students on 39 teams from eight

wich College Seoul. 

schools. There was a real international flair to the event this year, with teams from

Held across three different sites within

Dulwich College Seoul and the Suzhou

our campus, the tournament reflected

Japanese School making their debut.

the great community spirit at the College. There was a real carnival atmosphere with

time keepers and coaches.

The students and teachers from Dulwich

parents and supporters enthusiastically

College Seoul arrived a couple of days

cheering on the teams throughout the day.

The tournament was a huge success.

before the tournament and stayed in

Many members of staff from across the

Students left with smiles on their faces

Alleyn House, the new boarding facility

College gave their time to help make sure

after sharing their experiences of the day

at Dulwich College Suzhou. In addition

the event ran smoothly and they were sup-

with new found friends, all very proud to

to training for the big event they joined

ported by a number of our own students,

have represented their school in such an

Dulwich College Suzhou students in

who demonstrated great maturity, taking

event. Next year, we expect the tourna-

some of their classes. “Since returning

on the responsibilities of officials, scorers,

ment to be even bigger – go Tigers!

The College Magazine (Beijing)


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Richard Gill & the Big Sing

Richard Gill is one of Australia’s best

advocating music in the country’s educa-

staff. He led and challenged our team

known and best loved musical figures.

tion system and furthering the develop-

of music teachers through discussions

His career has taken him from teaching

ment of those who have chosen music as

on music philosophy and education

music in Sydney’s western suburbs to

a vocation. He brings music to life, and

before working with our very own Mei

Music Director of the Victorian Opera,

his knowledge and deep enjoyment of

Lan Fang, Chamber and “Singchronized”

and along the way he has been involved

his subject is as inspiring and enlighten-

choirs. On Saturday, we were back for

with almost every major opera company

ing to a class of primary school students

more rehearsals of Carl Orff’s Carmina

and orchestra in Australia.

as it is to the cast of a major opera. 

Burana, followed by our performance in the theatre featuring our very own Mason

What truly distinguishes Richard is his

It was an absolute honour to have Rich-

Lee and his brother Mint on piano. The

passion and enthusiasm for spreading

ard Gill hold a series and workshops at

performance was outstanding and Rich-

not just the joy of music, but its myriad

Dulwich College Shanghai. In prepara-

ard praised the College’s Music Depart-

benefits. He is Australia’s greatest musi-

tion for “The Big Sing,” Richard worked

ment and our wonderfully dedicated and

cal educator, and his life’s work has been

with a choir of students, parents and

talented students, parents and staff.

Poetry from the Seoul


On Thursday 4th October Dulwich

interstellar travel and we steal the stars’

College Seoul celebrated Britain’s

metaphorical power to name our cultural

National Poetry Day 2013 with a series

heroes.   How to express this wonder, if

of workshops, engaging students in

not in poems?

the process of imagining, writing and delivering poetry. This year, the theme

As part of the celebration of poetry,

was “Stars.” As the organisation behind

pupils studied Gerard Manley Hopkins’s

National Poetry Day explains:

The Starlight Night (1877) and W.H. Auden’s The More Loving One (1957)

Some of them formed billions of years ago And my Great Grandpa saw them years ago Stars are my dream just as they see Lighting the Universe in their glowing light

From our earliest days, the poetry of

for inspiration. With these poems as their

stars surrounds us. We look at the stars

basis, students penned their own star-

and see stories in the constellations; our

themed poems. Our very own Inju Chang

We hope you enjoy the poem as much

scientific selves boggle at the concept of

(8B) composed this poem:

as we have!


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U15 FOBISIA Games in Ho Chi Minh In November 30 students travelled to Ho Chi Minh to participate in the U15 FOBISIA Games. The event included athletics, swimming, football and basketball and reunited students with the a number of former Dulwich staff. Despite torrential rain pours threatening the outdoor swimming, students performed determinedly, achieving great results in the butterfly, high jump and 200m. Photos by Matt Kelly, Coach

The College Magazine (Beijing)


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‘Lessons in Love’ November saw the premier of ‘Lessons in Love’, a music and drama production written, produced and performed by our students. The show also featured West End Theatre and UK Television stars Aoife Mulholland and Morgan Crowley in their first appearances in China. It included songs from the musicals Les Miserables, Phantom of the Opera, Sweeny Todd and many more.


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The College Magazine (Beijing)


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The Young Pirates of the Caribbean In November, Year 5 performed The Young Pirates of the Caribbean, the beloved tale of pirates, ocean voyages and exotic islands. The students met Long John Silver and his long suffering parrot, Captain Flint, as well as other treacherous pirates.



By Joshua (Jae-ha) Chang, Year 12

to be continued...

Winter College 2013