Staff Update

9 February 2014

Back to work

I hope you've all enjoyed a restful Chinese New Year break and are looking forward to the next nine weeks leading up to the Easter holidays. Along with a range of planned curriculum and co-curricular activities, the rest of this term will also bring us:
  • House Trivia and Netball competitions
  • An exceptional line-up of Arts Fest offerings
  • DC CPD days on Friday 7 and Saturday 8 March
  • Primary Athletics Day
  • Year 8 & 9 Camps
  • Art, Music and Personal Project Exhibitions
  • Primary production of 'The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe'

Year 13

The last day of this term also sees the last 'school day' for our Year 13 students before they start their Diploma exams. If you have not read Susie's latest HEO newsletter (see below), you may be surprised to see just how successful this group of young people has been with regards to university offers. As delighted as we are to see an offer from Oxford University, we should be equally pleased that this cohort of students are finding offers from excellent universities around the world, including several with full or partial scholarships. This will give great comfort to our parent community who have placed such trust in us to prepare their children for study and life beyond DC.

Great university offers for all our students

We are very proud that one of our students has received an offer from the University of Oxford to read Archaeology and Anthropology. The offers from the UK are always first to arrive and students have received offers from an excellent and diverse range for institutions including: Durham, Kings College London, UCL, Warwick, Exeter, Bath, Aberdeen, Winchester, Birmingham, York, Aberystwyth, Southampton, Surrey, Bristol, Manchester, Sheffield, Gloucestershire, Nottingham, University of Nottingham in Ningbo, Kent, St Andrews, Glasgow, Leicester, Essex, East Anglia, Cardiff, Brighton, Buckinghamshire, Plymouth.
USA & Canada
Offers from US (and also Canadian) universities are usually announced at the beginning of April. However some of our students have already received some exciting news. One student has been awarded a full sports scholarship from California State University Fresno; another awarded a scholarship at the University of California Riverside, and another at the Art Institute of Chicago. We also have students accepted into Wooster College, University of Cincinnati and Drexel, and we are looking forward to receiving further news in April. We have our first offer in Canada from the University of Western Ontario.
Hong Kong
News from universities in Hong Kong is traditionally slow simply due to the overwhelming volume of applications. News on Fast Track Applications is due after CNY on 10 February. However two students have already been offered places at HKUST on scholarships. We are also excited to have a scholarship offered from Chinese University of HK, Raffles and an offer from SCAD in Hong Kong.
Europe is becoming a very popular destination for students globally and we are happy to have received our first offer from the Hague University of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands.

S2S (Sunrise to Sunset) 12-Hour Relay

A group of three Y13 students (Sie, Zach and Shinya) are organising the S2S 12-hour relay on Saturday 1 March, starting at 8am and finishing at 8pm. The event has been planned to raise money for the Chungking Mansion Refugee Service Centre, with many of the refugees coing along to support on the day. All details of the event, including the Registration Form, are on the S2S web site at Please think about (a) organising a team yourself and/or (b) encouraging as many students as you can to take part. The event is open to all members of the community.

This Week

Tuesday-Friday (and throughout the following week: Class Photos. Please read the schedule carefully.
Thursday: Young Performers Evening (DC Theatre)
Friday: February Birthday Morning Tea