A Dulwich Community with Purpose: Making a Difference

Published on 2020-08-24

At Dulwich College Shanghai Puxi, we believe in the value of Making a Difference.

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Walk into the main building from the playground and you will be greeted by student-designed posters that encourage members of our community with the messages 'We Rise by Lifting Others' and 'Use Your Privilege for Good'. I am proud of our students for articulating this mindset.  Why is Making a Difference so important at Dulwich College Shanghai Puxi? 

We care for our planet and encourage our students to have the confidence to take action.

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Global warming and climate change will be major factors in the lives of our students and their families.  The world is changing fast with polar ice melting, sea levels rising and natural disasters increasing. This is having a devastating impact on the world’s wildlife and will undoubtedly effect quality of life for all mankind.  Plastic pollution is similarly concerning. Within the next 20 years it is predicted that there will be up to 1.3 billion tonnes of plastic in the world. Our students and staff understand that we have both a personal and collective responsibility for sustainability. Most importantly, they have confidence to take action on campus and in our community. We we value our partnerships with Green Initiatives, The Million Tree Project, United World Schools and HandsOn Shanghai. They not only make a difference but also expose our students to social enterprise and entrepreneurship.  We are proud of student-led initiatives, which have made our campus more sustainable.  From removing plastic straws to removing palm oil products from our restaurant, our students are certainly making a positive impact.  

We are part of an interconnected global community.

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 Our students and staff understand that we are part of an interconnected global community.  Our curriculum encourages students to understand what is happening in the world.  Our College ethos nurtures a strong self identity as students reflect upon fundamental questions: 

Who am I?

Where have I come from?

How do I see the world, and why?

We value diversity.  Our students learn about a wide range of countries, cultures and traditions, understanding that there are both differences and similarities. Service learning is an important element of this experience and provides invaluable opportunities for personal growth.  We are committed to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and understand that we have the ability to make the world a better place for others.  Whether it is leading a netball club for younger students, hosting an event for students of a local migrant school or supporting a school in rural Cambodia, our students feel empowered to Making a Difference.  They find these experiences immensely rewarding and develop essential skills and qualities in the process.  

Use your privilege for good.

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We are preparing our students to Graduate Worldwise.  In addition to a strong academic track record, our students demonstrate global competency and intercultural confidence.  Universities value this profile. In a recent visit to three Ivy League universities in the United States, a director of admissions shared:  we are looking for students who can articulate their view of the world and who are going to contribute to our community.  More importantly our students are well equipped to rise to the challenges and opportunities of a fast paced and increasingly interconnected global society. I have every confidence that they will use their privilege for good and make a difference to their community and the wider world.

To the Dulwich College Shanghai Puxi community, our commitment to service is more than just a word. Our infectious desire to Make a Difference is manifested through actions we take each and every day. From simple, daily actions and behaviours through to long term commitments and community events: to us, Making a Difference in the world is core to our educational philosophy.

If you share our passion for leaving the world a better place for tomorrow, join the Dulwich College Shanghai Puxi community and know that you are Making a Difference.

德威社区的目标:创造不同

在德威浦西,我们相信“创造不同“的价值。从操场走到主楼,迎接你的将是某位学生设计的海报,鼓励我们的社区成员“我们因助人而成长,利用你的优势去做美好的事”。我为学生们表达出这种心态而感到骄傲。为什么在德威浦西“创造不同“如此重要呢?

我们关爱地球并鼓励学生们勇敢地付诸行动。

全球变暖和气候变化将是影响我们学生及其家庭生活的主要因素。随着极地冰层融化、海平面上升及自然灾害的增加,世界正在迅速变化。这正在给世界上的野生动物带来毁灭性的影响,无疑也将影响人类的生活质量。塑料污染同样令人担忧。据预测,在未来20年内,全球的塑料将达到13亿吨。学生和员工们都明白,我们对可持续发展负有责任,不单单是个人的也是团体的。最重要的是,他们有信心在校园和社区采取行动。我们重视绿色倡议、百万棵树项目、牵手上海和UWC的合作伙伴关系。他们不仅带来不同,还让我们的学生接触到社会企业和创业精神。我们为学生们主导的举措感到自豪,这些举措使我们的校园变得更具可持续性。比如取缔塑料吸管—去除餐厅内的棕榈油产品,学生们无疑正在给同伴们产生为时间带来积极的影响。

我们是互联全球社区的一部分

学生和员工们都明白我们是互联全球社区的一部分。学校课程鼓励学生去了解世界上正在发生的事情。随着学生们反思基本问题,本校培养了学生们的强烈的自我认同感: 

我是谁?

我从哪里来?

我如何看世界?为什么?

我们重视多样性。学生们了解了广泛的国家、文化和传统,了解到它们之间既有差异也有相似之处。服务学习是这种体验的一个重要因素,为个人成长提供了宝贵的机会。我们致力于实现联合国可持续发展目标,并理解我们有能力为他人建设一个更美好的世界。无论是组织一个学生无挡板篮球俱乐部,为本地学校的举办学生活动,还是支持柬埔寨的发展中学校,学生们都感到自己有能力去做出改变。他们发现这些经历是非常有益的,并在这个过程中发展了基本的技能和素质。   

用你的优势做美好的事

我们致力于让学生们都能够心怀世界,智胜全球。此外,优秀的学术成绩也让他们有全球竞争力和跨文化自信。大学非常看中这些素质。我们近期走访三所美国常春藤盟校,其中的一位招生总监分享:“我们正在寻找能够表达自己对世界看法的,并将为社区做出贡献的学生”。更重要的是,我们的学生有能力迎接快速发展和日益紧密的全球社会的挑战和机遇。我完全相信,他们会善加利用优势,为他们的社区和更广阔的世界带来改变。

对德威浦西社区来说,我们服务社会的承诺并不仅仅是个口号。我们每时每刻身体力行的传达着“创造不同”的信念。从简单的日常小事和长期恪守的良好行为到各种社区的活动——对我们来说,“创造不同”,改变世界依靠的是行动而非言语。

如果你和我们一样有志于创造一个更美好的世界,欢迎加入德威社区,和我们一起“创造不同”。