Ross Allan, formerly Director of Business Administration at Dulwich College Suzhou and Dulwich International High School Suzhou and now Dulwich College International General Manager for China, has become one of the first people to receive a new award from the Secretariat of Energy Management Committee of China Association for Campus Management (EMCC). This is a new national level committee in China looking to promote the development of Green campuses in schools across the country. Ten awards were presented at their first conference entitled “Green Development, Green Campus, Green Logistics” held in Harbin in December.
Submissions from schools across China were reviewed and assessed by a panel of experts with the final 10 winners being unanimously approved by the EMCC Conference. Mr. Allan received the Communications Award based on sustainability projects he has led at Dulwich College Suzhou and this was the only international school to receive an award.
The Senior School at Dulwich College Suzhou in one of the only LEED certified schools in China (Leadership in Energy and Design) awarded for the design, operation and construction of high performance green buildings. Beneath the all grass rugby field there is a ground source heat pump which heats or cools the entire building as well as heating the indoor swimming pool. This has resulted in substantial savings in electricity and gas. Rain water is collected and used to irrigate the rugby field saving precious water. The first Dulwich Climate Conference was held at Dulwich College Suzhou in 2015 with key speaker Doug Allan, award winning BBC cameraman and sustainability experts from St. Andrew’s University. More than 100 students attended the conference from Beijing, Seoul, Shanghai, Zhu Hai and Suzhou. At the conference students agreed 8 resolutions for their schools ranging from removing plastic bottles to reducing food waste. The aim was to get students more proactive and involved. Another project has been the development of a new playground for the youngest students at the school aged 2 to 6. It uses Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) materials for the wooden play equipment ensuring the materials come from sustainable forests. There was also extensive planting to reconnect the children with nature and develop their understanding of the natural environment. Their playground, and the new Green District for Junior School students, now provide inspiring outdoor learning spaces.
Mr. Allan also encouraged student groups from across the school to be active growing their own vegetables, composting, designing their own vegetarian lunch menu to encourage everyone to eat less red meat and providing recyclable cups to reduce the use of plastic bottles. Students have also led the way in saving paper. The College only uses FSC paper to ensure it comes from sustainable forests and they have now saved the equivalent of 34 trees and have planted the equivalent number in the College grounds to celebrate this achievement. There are many other ongoing initiatives from electric cars to green walls full of living plants inside the school, bringing nature indoors and providing a healthier environment. All have the aim of bringing students closer to nature, inspiring them to take action, empowering them to make change happen for their future and future generations to come.
After receiving the award, Ross said, “I am deeply honoured to have received this award on behalf of all the staff and students at Dulwich College Suzhou who continue to inspire me and others to do more at this critical time for the planet. We believe the scientific community has been clear about the impacts we are having on the planet and believe we have a responsibility to educate our students about the natural world and what they can do to protect it. With the support of our Chairman and Chief Executive, we continue to drive forward our sustainability efforts and intend to create further opportunities for our students to learn more about the environment and take action.’
In October this year, Dulwich College Suzhou was inspected by the Independent Schools Inspectorate. ISI is a UK government-approved body, which provides objective inspections to safeguard the quality and effectiveness of the education, care and welfare of children in British schools overseas.
We are delighted to be able to announce that we have been awarded the highest grade possible; ‘excellent’ in every aspect of the daily education within the College.
The inspection team, with hundreds of years of education experience between them, were impressed by what they saw during the week long inspection. They recognized that the school is extremely successful in fulfilling its aims to educate the whole child and to inspire students to achieve their very best. After meeting with our students they observed that for many of them the College is clearly regarded as their second home. Our students demonstrated they were excited about their learning and highly motivated to succeed. They felt that our community was characterized by mutual respect, support and care for each other. Our teachers were dedicated, enthusiastic, hard-working and highly effective at helping all of our students to succeed.
To be awarded ‘excellent’ in every category is a rare achievement and we are the only school in Suzhou to have this accolade. Along with our outstanding IGCSE and IB results this firmly establishes our College amongst the best in the world.
See the full report here.
Today the Senior School students were involved in a very interesting trip to the local Children’s hospital to provide entertainment and gifts to children who stay there.
The whole of the Senior School was involved in preparing gift boxes and managed to fill 150 that were given out to children the hospital. Friends of Dulwich supported the event by sponsoring the empty boxes for our students to fill.
The cast of “Hairspray” and numerous other students performed at the hospital for unwell children and their parents in 4 different wards across the hospital. We even had the “Bumblebees”, Year 12 student band, playing acoustic style in the Leukemia ward.
Overall we had 54 students involved and numerous staff. They all found the event very touching and full of Christmas spirit. It was a real pleasure to see the children’s faces shine and watch our Dulwich students enjoying interacting with them. Special thanks to Jennifer Flounders for helping coordinate all the details.
In 2017, our older students will have the opportunity to return to the hospital on a weekly basis to provide more support to children at the hospital through music, stories and play. It is an exciting opportunity for our students.
The 2016 Dulwich Festival of Music brought together talented young musicians from across Asia. The four-day festival gave students the opportunity to work with practitioners from the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) and their peers from other Dulwich College International schools.
The Dulwich College International family of schools partners with leading universities and organisations to provide exceptional opportunities for students to learn directly from performing arts practitioners. Four of the musicians from the RNCM in Manchester have been artists in residence, working with music students in Beijing, Shanghai and Singapore for a number of months leading up to the Dulwich Festival of Music. On Friday 11 November, festival participants were treated to a dazzling performance by the RNCM Session Orchestra conducted by the Head of Popular Music Mr Andy Stott. This performance demonstrated the musicianship and professionalism of the festival mentors. The musicians from the RNCM worked with students throughout festival and performed alongside them at the gala concert.
The 2016 festival also incorporated the Dulwich College International Musician of the Year competition, featuring the nine extraordinary talented soloists. The competition saw Year 8 flautist Judith L from Dulwich College Seoul named the 2016 Musician of the Year with a flawless performance of Chaminade’s Concertino in D, Op. 107.
The theme for this year’s Dulwich Festival of Music was Living in the City, a tribute to the work of Stevie Wonder. The theme set the repertoire for the festival and the gala concert: Stevie Wonder classics were adapted by the Dulwich College International Music departments in collaboration with the RNCM Session Orchestra to feature orchestral and choral elements. The ambitious repertoire incorporated a choir, strings ensemble, woodwind section, percussionists, electric piano, brass ensemble, rock bands and vocalists.
The festival was hosted by Dulwich College Shanghai and the gala concert was performed in the Mei Lan Fang theatre on Saturday 12 November. The performance was the culmination of the work over the course of the festival and the months preceding it. The sold out concert was live streamed to audiences around the world, with the audience in Shanghai dancing to classics such as Superstition and Sir Duke.
Dulwich College International would like to thank the Royal Northern College of Music for making this year’s Dulwich Festival of Music an unforgettable learning experience. Thanks are also due to the students for their participation and endless enthusiasm and to the concert audiences, particularly the visiting parents, for their support.
We thought you might like to see this very special performance from the Junior School Christmas concert. Merry Christmas!
Over the past ten years students from the Dulwich College International schools have been privileged to work with the world famous Vienna Boys Choir. On 29 October students from the Dulwich College Suzhou Piccolo, Carreras and Domingo choirs performed with the Vienna Boys Choir at the Suzhou Culture and Arts Centre.
The Vienna Boys Choir is a choir of boy sopranos and altos based in Vienna, Austria. The group comprises approximately 100 choristers between the ages of ten and fourteen, divided into four touring choirs, named after Austrian composers Bruckner, Haydn, Mozart and Schubert. Together they perform about 300 concerts each year before almost 500,000 people.
Dulwich College International’s established relationship with the Vienna Boys Choir led to a special invitation to join their rehearsals and perform three pieces with them on stage at their evening concert in Suzhou. 166 Dulwich College Suzhou students from five to eleven years old took part in this once in a lifetime experience.
"I felt proud representing the school and singing with the famous Vienna Boys Choir. The show was awesome!" said Dulwich College Suzhou student Andy. Another student, Renee, said: "I was smiling the whole time, I knew all the words and I was super excited. It was so fun, thank you so much."
Dulwich College International thanks the conductor of the Bruckner Vienna Boys Choir, Mr Manolo Cagnin, for inviting students to join his rehearsals and to perform with his world-renowned choir.
Enjoy seeing some of the performance here:
Dulwich College Suzhou hosts artist in residence Dominic Peckham
Last week Dominic Peckham led a series of workshops with students, staff and parents at Dulwich College Suzhou. Dominic is regarded as one of the UK’s finest dynamic conductors and choral specialists. Hailed as ‘one of the most exciting conductors of his generation’, he is an ambassador for choral music known for his performances and extensive pioneering educational work.
Over the course of the week Dominic facilitated workshops with groups of students of all ages. He encouraged students to perform and built their confidence so that some could lead their peers in performance. Dominic also led professional learning workshops for staff. In these sessions, Dominic focused on confidence and collaboration. He emphasised the importance of staff supporting one another and recognising their strengths. His aim was to involve everyone in activities and for all those he worked with to open up and take part.
Year 12 Dulwich College Suzhou student Chris B said:
“I thoroughly enjoyed working with Mr Peckham as he gave me a feeling of confidence, through his attitude and words. He helped me to think about performing with less concern about what other people will think of my performance. I have learned to perform with a bit more confidence and also learnt a few techniques to improve my beatboxing!”
Rebecca Shah-Harvey, Head of Year 3 and 4 described Dominic’s workshops as “inspiring for both children and teachers”. “Nothing feels more daunting than getting up on stage and making sounds you might normally associate with a zoo. However, Dominic Peckham has a way of bringing out an inner confidence that makes you let go of those nerves and just enjoy it. Working together to create a sound, you are not concerned with how good it is, but rather how you come together as a team, communicate and give it all you’ve got!”
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