Letter from the Headmaster
Dear Parents and Guardians,
There has been a focus upon our anti-bullying behaviours this week in school, culminating in a Pink Day of Dress. I have been asked in the past why we do events like these, and this seems as good a time as any to explain!
One reason we wear pink is to show corporate solidarity against the cruelty of bullying: it could be blue, yellow, orange but we choose pink to follow a true story. A few decades ago, there was a young person who was bullied for wearing a pink shirt (or was it because he was gay?) and his friends at school decided to join in pink in support of him. This act was copied in other schools and since then the colour pink has been used symbolically to focus minds upon the countering of bullies.
A second reason for a group action is that it provides a focus across the whole school for conversations and direction on what is acceptable and unacceptable behaviour in civilised communities. At the start of a school year, it is important to re-inforce important messages like this. Some suggest we address bullying up-front because there is a serious problem – no, we address bullying up front to sensitise all of our community to its potential harm. Any school, company, institution that suggests they have zero bullying is being naïve or dishonest – these are the organisations where you should have most concern.
Another reason for group action is to add diversity and colour (pink in this case!) to students’ lives in order to create stories for them to tell. Today contributes another small piece of a jigsaw puzzle leading towards our ambition of graduating socialised, interesting people with whom others want to spend time, be that at university, at work or as friends. At our school, being an interesting person will always be a worthy complement to academic achievement.
With my very best wishes,
Mr Graeme Salt
Letter from the Head of Senior School
In the UK there were reports of cheating at some of the most prestigious schools in the country - in this case, a teacher who was also an examiner, shared questions that would be on the paper with his department. Another report about a high-achieving school in London revealed how the school was forcing students out at the end of Y12 (which would be the middle of IB for us) if they were not on course for top grades. The school can boast about its astonishing examination results and Oxbridge entrance but should probably be less proud of the students it has cut along the way because they did not measure up to its narrow definition of excellence. It is hard to imagine how damaging it would be to a seventeen year old to be told that you are no longer welcome because B grades are not good enough.
Perhaps it isn't surprising that another story this week from the UK was the Good Childhood report which claimed that happiness in children is the lowest since 2010. Girls showed a 52% rise in those who reported being unhappy between 2009-10 and 2014-15.
Living in Korea, we are all aware of the pressures on children and the stresses they feel. For foreigners, it is too easy to think of this as a Korean problem. It isn't. Children and young people across the developed world appear more stressed and less happy than ever. Mental illness, self-harming and suicide rates continue to rise among young people. Common causes appear to be: academic pressure; social media; a fixation on celebrities as role models; lack of family time; over-exposure to the adult world; uncertainty about the future.
Across the Dulwich group this year there is a renewed focus on Wellbeing. We will be looking at all the ways in which we can help support students in being healthy people. Physical, mental, emotional and spiritual wellbeing are all included in our definition. When we talk about a holistic approach to education it has to mean a lot more than just balancing academics with co-curricular activities. We have a responsibility to help our students become happy, secure, kind, resilient people, equipped to cope with the stresses and uncertainties of their world. Winning in the academic race is worth very little if we sacrifice our child's wellbeing along the way.
Take a Stand; Lend a Hand; Stand Up to Bullying
Senior School students worked up to Pink Day by placing their handprint and signature on the Anti-bullying wall. For the school, Pink Day is an opportunity both to be open and aware about bullying and to pledge as a community that we will not tolerate it. Every student has a right to feel safe at school. Of course, Pink Day is just one day - but we are working to be the kindest school in the universe on every day of the year.
Mr Chris Vernon
Head of Senior School
Letter from the Head of Primary School
Dear Parents and Guardians,
The Welcome Back Picnic is one of my favourite events on the school calendar. I enjoy the relaxed nature of the event, the weather, the influx of new families and the chance to catch up with parents I may not have seen since the end of the last school year. I also like that the event follows on from the end of our annual Fun Run. This year’s Pink Fun Run, held across at the Banpo Sports Complex, drew attention to the plight of those bullied for thinking or acting differently to the crowd. The wearing of pink originates from the work of two students in Nova Scotia who stood up for a fellow student being bullied for wearing a pink singlet. While the Pink Shirt Day is officially celebrated in February, we took this opportunity, early in the year to make our statement. The school was awash with pink as students and staff stood up for acceptance of difference and anti-bullying. Clearly, it is important to understand this is not just a one day, one-off event. Every day, our children face huge pressures to conform and perform. In schools, those who are perceived as different or unusual by their peers are often ostracised. We need our students to speak out against mean behaviour, to be inclusive, to celebrate diversity, and to be kind.
Mr Marcus Sherwood
Head of Primary School
Stop Bullying! Speak out!
Being the kindest school in the universe is no easy challenge and requires a commitment from the whole community: children, staff and parents. This week we have been united in pink as a visible statement to say no to unkind actions, speech and behaviour. Bullying is the extreme end of unkind behaviour and will not be tolerated in any form by our College community. Bullying can take on many forms and in our Anti-Bullying Policy we state it may include racial, religious, cultural, sexual/sexist, homophonic or gender orientation, special educational needs and disability, or bullying based on physical difference.
This week, DCSL students have listened to stories and discussed different bullying scenarios that identified unkind behaviour, mean behaviour and persistent, deliberate bullying.
The message is loud and clear:
Bullying will not be tolerated.
Students must speak up and speak out, report it and ask for help.
However, we know that reporting bullying can be a hard thing to do. Often, bullies are experiencing personal difficulties of their own and there is more under the surface than appears at first glance. Bystanders (a person who observes bullying) may also choose to do nothing for the following reasons: fear of the bully, the bully is their friend, fear of parental disapproval, fear of being isolated and fear of being bullied themselves. For cyber-bullying, refusal to be an up-stander may result from fear of an online device ban and the effect this could have on friendship circles, or admitting to parents that you were accessing social media sites that your parents disapprove of or are inappropriate.
At Dulwich College Seoul we pride ourselves in the work we do to safeguard our students’ wellbeing and to build their trust in our relationships. Teachers offer multiple opportunities for children to share their worries and concerns whether that is through the Personal, Social, Health Education (PSHE) curriculum time, assemblies, 1:1 discussions with a teacher, the class worry box or via a referral to the school counsellor or the pastoral Deputy Head.
Miss Vikki Esplin
Pastoral Deputy Head of Primary School
PEP's Weekly Adventures!
PEP have been working hard on their ‘My Week’ diaries this week. We planned, designed and created a front cover for our diaries. Then, we thought about our daily routines and what we wanted to include in our diaries. Many of us wanted to write about our exciting ECAs and what we get up to after school is finished. Our diaries will be on display outside the PEP classroom – come and read about our weekly adventures!
Mrs Joanne Maclean
Primary PEP Teacher
Personalised English Programme (PEP) News
The PEP class has developed a Maths game using the rules from the card game, Snap! We use language related to number bonds to 5 and 10. We are also reinforcing how to take turns, be kind and listen to each other, as Snap can be a very competitive game.
Making Colour Wheels
As part of our Super Minds activities, PEP had the opportunity to talk about their favourite colour, colour mixing and how we can create different colours. We used new language around how primary colours can be mixed to create secondary colours. PEP were able to independently make their own colour wheels to display in the classroom, and they look wonderful!
Mrs Joanne Maclean
Primary PEP Teacher
Sinbanpo Community Orchestra Performance
Beethoven Symphony No.3 Eroica | Friday 8 September
I would like to pass on my congratulations to the members of the Sinbanpo Community Orchestra on their fantastic performance of Beethoven’s Third Symphony. The Eroica is one of the most recognised and performed of Beethoven’s Symphonies and is one of the great masterpieces of the early Nineteenth Century orchestral repertoire. Our performance, I believe, captured the spirit of the symphony, but equally as important, we had a great time in rehearsals leading up to the concert.
Please enjoy the slideshow video below:
Please click the image below to view the YouTube concert video:
The musicians (whether students of Dulwich College Seoul, other schools, members of the community, parents, or professionals) can all be extremely proud of the event. I look forward with great anticipation to our next performance.
The full photo gallery can be accessed via the album link in the Parent Portal.
Mr James Pickering
Head of Music
Saturday 16 September
- U7/U8/U9 Chadwick Football Tournament (8am-4pm)
- KAIAC Volleyball vs ICSP - Years 10-13 at DCSL (9am-2pm)
- Banpo-2-dong Art Competition (all Years 1-6 students welcome to participate) at Bluebird Park, opposite the school (10am-12pm)
Monday 18 September - Friday 22 September
- Year 6 Residential Trip to Namhae
Tuesday 19 September
- Dulwich Talk (8.30am-9.30am)
- Year 4 Trip to Bukchon Hanok Village (9am-12.30pm)
Wednesday 20 September
- KAIAC Heads Meeting at Dulwich College Seoul (8.30am-12.30pm)
- KAIAC Volleyball vs CDS (Years 10-13) at DCSL (3.30pm-6pm)
Thursday 21 September
- World Peace Day
- Class Reps Meeting (8.30am-9.30am)
Friday 22 September
- KAIAC Volleyball vs ICSU (Years 10-13) at DCSL (9am-2pm)
- World Peace Day - On-field Image (1.30pm-2.30pm)
- Primary School Assembly: World Peace Day (2.30pm-3.30pm)
Saturday 23 September
- KAIAC Girls Middle School Football Tournament at Chadwick (8am-3pm)
- Dulwich Chess Club in the Senior Library (10am-12pm)
- Dulwich Libraries Open (10am-12pm)
University Entrance 2016-17
The Dulwich Lab
The Dulwich Lab refers to the research and development taking place across the Dulwich network. As an online publication, the Dulwich Lab will publish some of the research being undertaken across the Dulwich College International schools. The Dulwich Lab will be published quarterly and provides an opportunity for staff to share their innovative methods and research experiences with colleagues across the network and other professionals in their field.
Many staff members on our Dulwich College International campuses have been engaged in action research and the Dulwich Lab Research and Development Quarterly highlights a handful of these research projects. Action research is the most powerful form of professional development, helping to promote self-reflection, to stimulate ideas and to develop shared best practice, and all of this, of course, finds expression in an improved learning experience for our students.
The Dulwich Lab publication can be accessed at the following link:
On Friday, we hosted our first Korean-American Interscholastic Activities Conference (KAIAC) Volleyball fixture against Korea Kent Foreign School. The atmosphere in the Gym was electric due to a surge of supporters who were here to enjoy the Welcome Back Picnic festivities.
Both the boys and girls High School (U18) teams have worked exceptionally hard with Mr Barry since we have been back at school, and to excellent effect. The girls lost their match, but played some good rallies and obtained some valuable experience on-court. The boys managed to take their match to 4 sets, where they eventually lost 3-1. It was fantastic to see that three out of the four sets went were won or lost by a two point margin. I am sure that, with intense practice and determination, both the boys and girls will manage some excellent results this season.
Good luck to our teams on Friday, 8 September, when they will be back in action against International Christian School, Pyeongtaek.
Mr Lorne Barnard
Director of Sport / PS Head of Shackleton
Students were graded A-A* at IGCSE
Independent Award Centre in Korea for the Duke of Edinburgh's International Award
Different nationalities are represented in our diverse student body
Matches played last year by our sports teams
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