I am proud and sincerely thankful to reflect upon another highly successful year for Dulwich College Shanghai Puxi. At the beginning of the year, all members of the College revisited our guiding principles to ensure that our focus as educators remained clear and constant. We believe this strong set of values has helped us to have another very successful year:
Our Guiding Principles
We are always committed to creating a vibrant learning environment that motivates our community to:
Aim high and work hard
Be kind and respectful
Make a difference
These principles have been embedded through assemblies and through our pastoral system. They provide a common reference point for all members of our community.
A Dulwich education starts with getting things right in the classroom. Our students enjoy coming to school because their teachers inspire them in their learning. Visits from Deputy Master of Dulwich College London, Dr Cameron Pyke, leading educationalist, Roy Blatchford and the Dulwich College International Education Team each confirmed for us that the highly positive relationships between students and teachers, and the high level of student engagement with their learning is a unique beacon for our school.
Early Years and the Primary team made great strides with the curriculum and a constant review of inspiring learning environments. This focus is reflected in exceptional learning progress with many of our younger students. Their progress in language and numeracy has been exceptional.
The Senior School has gone from strength to strength and we can celebrate our accreditations by Cambridge and Edexcel in preparation for our first IGCSE cohort next year. Building on the Free Learning programme developed at Dulwich College in London, we are excited to be introducing the Electives programme for all Senior School students next year. We are also excited that the College is now licensed to run the Duke of Edinburgh International Award and we look forward to our Year 10 students starting their Bronze Award in September.
Dulwich College Shanghai Puxi Dulwich continues to lead in the area of sustainability and we were delighted to host the third annual Dulwich International Eco Explorer Camp for Junior and Senior School students this year. Our students care about our world and have shown this commitment through a wide range of service and sustainability projects. I would like to recognise the Year 6 students who supported the development of our Carbon Footprint Policy for Air Travel.
The College’s outdoor education programme was highly successful this year and will continue to strengthen next year with new opportunities for students. The programme starts with the Year 2 sleepover on campus, while Junior and Senior School students explore the great outdoors from the mountains of Yangshuo to the lakes of Nan Bei Hu. We look forward to offering more sustainability and service options to our Year 10 students through the Duke of Edinburgh programme in September.
Our students have flourished on the sports field. Over 90% of students have represented the College or their House in sporting events this year. Our students enjoy sport and have competed in a wide range of events, from the friendly rivalry of inter- House competitions to high level inter-school tournaments. The Dulwich Puxi Mustangs have been tremendously successful this year and our team spirit is strong both on and off the pitch. The U11 boys football team has been a top performing team this year and netball continues to be a strength of the College. Our swim squad has grown in numbers and we look forward to providing more competitive opportunities for our swimmers next year. Our CCA programme grows from strength to strength with more that 90% of eligible students engaged in the programme across the academic year. We look forward to welcoming Dulwich students from around the world to the Dulwich Games next year (Primary Sports event) and delivering an excellent sporting competition for all participating Dulwich International students.
Performing Arts has shone this year at Dulwich College Puxi. From the orchestra to the choir and performance poetry to public speaking, our students have embraced the opportunities provided and revelled in the spotlight. Our Senior School students performed A Christmas Carol, while our Junior School students enjoyed performing Chitty Chitty Bang Bang to multiple audiences due to influx of numbers. We look forward to hosting the Dulwich International MADD Festival (Music Art Drama and Dance Festival) next year and delivering a truly outstanding experience for all participating Dulwich International students.
Thank You to our Staff
Finally, I would like to recognise the dedication of all of our staff for exemplifying the Dulwich philosophy that students come first. As we end our third year, some of our founding staff are finishing their time with us and I want to take this opportunity to extend my gratitude for their contributions to the growth and success of our College. On behalf of all of us who remain, we wish you well and toast your future successes.
I wish you all a very happy and safe summer holiday and look forward to welcoming you all back to the college in August, along with 120 new students who will be joining our family and beginning their Dulwich journey.
Mr. David Ingram
Head of College