Dulwich College students from England, South Korea, Singapore and all over China have descended upon the college’s Beijing campus today for the inaugural Dulwich Olympiad Games.
A sports, music and arts event involving all eight Dulwich Schools across the world, the Olympiad runs through today and tomorrow on Dulwich’s campus and at the National Olympic Sports Center, where many of the sporting finals will play out.
The event is part of the Beijing campus’s 10th anniversary celebrations.
Several hundred students hailing from Dulwich schools in London, Seoul, Singapore, Suzhou, Shanghai and Zhuhai are all participating in the event.
“The Olympiad will be an opportunity for students to represent their schools in both sporting and cultural activities and compete against their peers from other colleges,” said Brian McDouall, Director of Schools for Dulwich College International.
The sporting events include competitions in swimming, athletics, table tennis, basketball and football.
One of the additional highlights of the event is a rugby friendly between Dulwich College London’s under-17 team vs. Scots College from New South Wales, Australia at 3 pm today on the Dulwich’s South Pitch.
Dulwich College London has a history of excellence in rugby, while Scots is one of the top teams in Sydney, so the match should be an exciting one.
For the music segment of the Olympiad, its more about collaboration than competition.
Students from different Dulwich schools will form a combined choir, orchestra and big band to play tonight at 7 pm in the school’s Wodehouse Theater.
Beijing is the first-ever host of the Dulwich Olympiad. The next will be hosted in London in 2019 and will be part of the 400th anniversary celebrations for the London school.