Dulwich College Shanghai campuses in Puxi and Pudong were delighted to welcome more than 850 parents who joined us on Sunday for a live session Q&A about studying at our campuses in Puxi and Pudong.
The session held was specifically about our unique approach to Wellbeing and was hosted by Senior School Director of Community Wellbeing Mr. Peter Rogers and Assistant Head of Key Stage One Mr. Tony Pickhaver along with a Q&A session with the Heads of College Mr. David Ingram from Puxi Campus and and Head of Junior School Ms. Victoria Foster from the Pudong Campus.
Following here, are some of the fantastic questions that parents raised in the online Q&A session, together with answers from our Dulwich leaders.
Q: What is the role of Wellbeing education in your school?
A: Wellbeing programme has been an essential part of a Dulwich College education since the founding school was set up in London in 1619.
At Dulwich, we define Wellbeing as a whole College culture which ensures that every member of the community can flourish. In developing the skills and character strengths that enhance wellbeing, our ultimate goal is to contribute positively to the wider community with meaning and purpose.
Q: As a Kindergarten parent, I want to know how Wellbeing plays itself out in your Early Years stage?
A: In Early Years stage, our focus is to develop our students in the following aspects:
- Positive relationships
- Emotionally safe
- Comfortable and secure
- Express needs and feeling
- Language development
Q: Can you please share more details of how Dulwich supports your kindergarten children whose native language is not English?
A: Supporting language development to communicate is a really key aspect for Dulwich in the Early Years and our Dual Language programme facilitates this.
The language used with our students revolves around our values. The behaviours and attitudes that we, as adults model and encourage our students to demonstrate towards each other. This shared set of values and language forms the very essence of our community and way of life at school.
Q: Why do extra activities help my child’s wellbeing?
A: One of the examples would be our residential trips in the Junior School are a key opportunity for students to develop their independence and confidence levels. These residential trips are times where students are packing a bag and living away from home for a short period of time.
They are testing themselves, exploring new opportunities and really developing their perseverance for activities where they may have never challenged themselves before.
Q: How does Dulwich's wellbeing programme connect with student’s academic achievement?
A: Our rigorous academic formation programme is essential to a Dulwich life. What is not as well-known is the fact that wellbeing is in the DNA of all of that rigorous academic work.
In senior school, we look at wellbeing in 5 different ways:
Cognitive, Social, Physical, Spiritual and Emotional.
We run weekly classes in these areas, but as well as this we go to great lengths to ensure we cultivates impactful relationships between students and their Form Tutors by allocating 30 minutes every day for “student check ins” that serve as one-to-one coaching and mentoring.
Students often state that these tutor relationships are the most important relationships they form at Dulwich, because it gives them access to an adult mentor who is focused on delivering resources to help them optimize their abilities and relationships.
These relationships are critical. Research is clear that students who connect meaningfully with their teachers do better in every area of academic life, are emotionally more resilient, and more self-confident.
We always welcome parents who are interested in applying for Dulwich to visit our campuses and see our classes in session. Our Puxi campus is running virtual tours for families to meet teachers and see classes in action. Parents are welcome to send questions to our Admissions teams in Puxi or Pudong, who will happily help answer your questions.
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