Dulwich College Beijing hosted its annual welcome back barbecue last Friday. The barbecue was the first school community event of the academic year with students, parents, and staff members. The barbecues offers a chance to meet up with friends after the summer break, welcome new families into the Dulwich community, and most of all, have fun.
With the threat of downpours, the catering was moved indoors, which gave everyone the opportunity to see the newly-renovated and extended Lakeside Café. Thankfully, the rain held off, which meant everyone was able to enjoy the redesigned gardens and play areas in the front of the main building, with its new landscaping, a rockery, and an outdoor amphitheater.
During the evening, parents got to learn more about upcoming projects, including the upgrade to the Legend Gardens campus. Dulwich is also building of a second dome (set to be completed by Christmas) as well as an adjacent pavilion with changing rooms, ice skating rentals, PE offices, a concession stand, and a restaurant on the second floor that will be open to the larger community.
Dulwich also welcomed several teachers and faculty members, including Paul West (the new whole school head of music), Joe McKee (the new academic director), and Becky Jing (overseeing China business for Dulwich).
As Dulwich moves into its tenth year, it starts the school year with 1,450 students of 45 nationalities. IB and IGCSE results for 2014 were their best ever, with over 75 percent of the IGCSE grades being A or A*. In the IB program, the average score was 37.5 out of 45, with 36 percent of students achieving 40 points or more.
It’s going to be a busy year for Dulwich and its students, with some wonderful new facilities in which to work, study, and to play.
Disclaimer: Sally Wilson is a Dulwich mom.
beijingkids Shunyi Correspondent Sally Wilson moved to Beijing in 2010 from the UK with her husband and son. Her daughter was born here in 2011 and both her kids keep her happily busy. In her spare time, Sally loves to stroll through Beijing’s hutongs and parks. She is a (most of the time) keen runner and loves reading: books, magazines, news, and celeb websites – anything really. Sally is also a bit of a foodie and loves trying out new restaurants.
Photos: Courtesy of DCB