Our 10th annual DCSZ Junior Football Tournament was the biggest held so far, with 50 teams and approximately 500 Junior School students taking part across the Under 9 and Under 11 divisions. We welcomed both DC Shanghai Minhang and DC Beijing for the first time to the event, along with other returning schools travelling from across Suzhou, Shanghai, Nanjing, and Seoul.
The event was a fantastic showcase of Junior football, with a breadth of talent providing entertaining and thrilling competition. Over 80 of our young Tigers were involved, some representing the College in sport for the very first time. Particular highlights from our DCSZ teams included our Under 11 Girls 1 team regaining the Cup Winners trophy in their division for a second consecutive year, and our Under 9 Boys 1 team narrowly missing out on a similar achievement with a tense 11-10 penalty shootout with DC Shanghai Black.
Not only was the event a success in terms of the experience for all the students involved, but also the community atmosphere evident throughout was nothing short of superb. From the Under 14 boys and girls assisting as runners and ball boys, to our countless Dulwich FC Suzhou parent volunteers fulfilling various duties throughout the day, everybody involved across the DCSZ community can be proud of playing their part in a wonderful event.
We would like to thank all members of the DCSZ community who contributed to Saturday’s event. The creation and development of an excellent community spirit has been one of the most pleasing aspects of the Dulwich FC programme since its launch in August. It is a crucial pillar on which the programme is founded and the experience it provides our children. Go Tigers!
Junior Football Tournament – Selected Results
Under 11 Girls: Cup Winners
Under 9 Boys 1: D1 Cup Runners Up
Under 9 Girls: Cup 3rd Place
Under 9 Boys 2: D2 Cup Runners Up
Tracey Curtis-Taylor came to Dulwich College Suzhou, as part of the Shackleton Series of lectures, to inspire our students with a sense of adventure.
Tracey is an adventurer and aviatrix and talked to our students about grit, determination and courage and how that, and a sense of adventure, should be applied to everyday life.
In 2015 – 2016, in honour of Amy Johnsons’ flight from Britain to Australia, Tracey completed the 23,000km journey from Farnborough to Sydney in an open-cockpit plane. You can find out more about her adventures from her website http://www.birdinabiplane.com
The College was filled with students and parents today to meet some of the leading universities visiting our campus to give advise about university admissions. Visiting today were Bard College, Bennington College, California-Berkeley, Johns Hopkins, Michigan State University, University of Cincinnati, XJTLU and York University.
We are dedicated to ensuring that all students who graduate from our schools are able to continue their education at the university of their choice and are equipped with the confidence and skills to succeed in their chosen path. Over 50% of our students are accepted in the top 100 universities in the world (QS World Rankings). Many of our students have gone on to study at leading tertiary institutions around the world, including Russell Group universities in the UK, Ivy League and US universities, Australia’s Group of Eight and the SKY Group in Korea.
The graduating Class of 2018 are celebrating the best ever iGCSE results for a College in the Dulwich group. Almost half of the examination grades achieved across the school were graded at the very highest level: A* (48%). And 82% of all examinations were graded as A* or A. Of the 57 student who took the iGCSE examinations, 38 scored at least an A grade in every subject.
“Mr Stuart Bridge, Head of Senior School, commented: “We are absolutely thrilled with our results this year, not least by the number of students who have surpassed their predicted grades. This success is a great testament to the students’ own hard work, coupled with the enormous support given by the teaching staff at Dulwich College Suzhou. I am truly delighted for one and all!”
Amidst great excitement we opened our new eco playground for our Junior School students (aged 7 to 11 years old) last week. After many months of planning over the summer to install and complete the project, it was wonderful to finally see this new space open for our students to explore.
David Porritt, Headmaster at Dulwich College Suzhou, said, “Inspirational learning spaces are hugely important at Dulwich College Suzhou. The idea behind this concept is to allow our Junior School students to experiment and grow their understanding of the natural environment. The children now have another inspiring outdoor learning space and we look forward to further integrating outdoor learning into many different areas of the curriculum.”
The overall design was undertaken by Greenspace, based in Shanghai, who specialize in integrating play, the environment, adventure and educational outdoor spaces. This latest development builds on the projects already in place as part of our wider philosophy concerning sustainability at the College.
This new eco playground features a hydroponics wall, recycling bins, aquaponics, vegetable beds and composting. The hydroponic garden is where plants are grown without soil, resulting in 30-50% faster growth and higher yields because nutrients are sent directly to the plants’ root system. In the aquaponic pond, fish are an integral part of the system. The fish waste provides organic food for the growing plants and the plants naturally filter the water in which the fish live. The children will be able to experiment and learn about all of these different areas and systems.
This project fits in perfectly with the broader strategy of sustainability at the College, which involves creating innovative learning spaces all around the campus, reconnecting our students with nature and being mindful of the impact we have on our environment. We are delighted to be leading the way in Suzhou once again in this area, which is so vital to us all.
Another Outstanding Year of IB Results
It is celebrations all round at DCSZ as the International Baccalaureate students celebrated an average points score of 36 with a 100% pass rate. An impressive 12.5% of students achieved 40+ points and 33% gained 38+ points. This year's IB Diploma results demonstrate great achievements across the curriculum. As the Head of School, Mr Stuart Bridge comments, "I am especially pleased to see such impressive scores, with so many students significantly surpassing their predicted grades at IB as indicated by their IGCSE results and teachers. These results firmly establish Dulwich Suzhou as the best performing international school in Suzhou." Excellent results across Dulwich College Beijing, Dulwich College Shanghai and Dulwich College Suzhou put the Dulwich group amongst the top performing IB schools in the world.
Amongst a host of individual successes, Clara Johansson attained the maximum of 45 points, an outstanding achievement. She will be going on to read Medicine at Semmelweiss University (Hungary). Other notable successes are Hyeong Jin Kim who scored 43 points, going onto read Economics at Hong Kong University and Chelsea Zaunmayr who scored 40 points, going onto read Biomedical Science at Hong Kong University.
The strength of our language programmes was also reflected by the 37.5% of students who earned a Bilingual Diploma, successfully completing their Language A in Korean, Chinese or French.
Other International Old Alleynians - the vast majority of whom have won places at their first-choice university - are moving on to study degrees ranging from Engineering to Architecture, Art to Music Technology, and Computer Engineering to Economics.
Budding astronomers from Dulwich College Suzhou are striving to become the first students in Asia to launch a satellite into space.
Only two US schools have so far managed to achieve this in the world. The students behind it are a team of 8 aspiring engineers, physicists and computer scientists. Most are only 15 years old from Malaysia, Korea, Taiwan and Europe. Their dream is to send a nano-satellite into space. These satellites are between 1 and 10kg, contain all the basic elements of a satellite such as a radio, aerial, solar cells and instruments, and cost far less than the full-sized version.
Once built, they want to send it from the Jiuquan Launch Centre – which is where China launched its first satellite in 1970. But there’s more to it than just a nano-sat, they want to attach a device enabling them to send messages to it via radio transfer….the big question is, is there other life in space that will receive it?
Led by 15 year old Warren Su, the students came up with the idea during one of their meetings for their Astro-magazine club. This is an after school club which creates reading for fellow space lovers. By building the nano-sat they want to learn as much as they can about the science behind it, as well as space travel once it’s out in orbit.
Making a satellite is a complex task and requires full commitment from all involved. The team is busy researching through the internet, approaching experts in the field for their advice, and fitting this all around their school work. They are eager to gain some contacts with professionals who will be able to help them make their dream come true.
So far, they’ve managed to win a prestigious competition through NASA, the Museum of Science Fiction and Cornell University. This summer they’ll be travelling to Washington DC for the awards ceremony. They hope to meet some experts there who can help them move their project forward.
The team is currently working on the prototype, which they designed at the Dulwich College Suzhou Design and Technology department, using a Computer Aided Design Programme. Then they contacted the Suzhou based 3D printing company, iDreamer3D, who helped them plan and create the legs for the prototype using a 3D printer. The company has also become a sponsor, and is helping the team spread the word about their project.
Once the prototype is complete, they’ll present to the school’s management company, Dulwich College International, as well as other potential sponsors, in order to gain more revenue to pay for the launch of the final satellite. They hope they’ll achieve this within the next year.
Students attend their first choice university
Teachers are British
Different Nationalities are represented in our diverse student body
Sports fixtures played by our teams this year
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