Dulwich College Seoul host Founder’s Day festivities
Story By: Emma Kalka
Photos: Courtesy of Dulwich College International Seoul
Not many schools can boast such a long history. Started in 1619, Dulwich College is one of the United Kingdom’s oldest independent schools and the Seoul branch of Dulwich College International was the fourth to be established overseas.
June 2 marked the celebration of the school’s Founder’s Day. The event included performances by students and culminated in a special Dulwich’s Got Talent show, along with games and food.
“This year was the busiest Founder’s Day ever at Dulwich College Seoul. There was a huge turnout of students, siblings, parents, grandparents staff and members of the local area,” said Graeme Salt, headmaster at the school. “The weather and air quality were very kind to us – it was a wonderful day.”
The day included food and drink from local businesses such as Chakraa, Braai Republic, Vatos, Manimal Smokehouse and SAB Miller Bar. There was also entertainment on two stages and fairground games run by teachers, such as splash the teacher, whack the rat, giant jenga, a splash zone, ring toss, and face painting.
Mr. Salt said that his favorite part of Founder’s Day is always the student performances. They included dances by Year 1 students and performances from the school’s orchestras and choirs. The event also included a performance by special guests, students from the Soyang Orphanage Orchestra on tour from Busan.
“Founder’s Day is a celebration of our community at the end of the year. On this day we want everyone to have fun and enjoy each other’s company,” Mr. Salt said. “Next year, students from all Dulwich Colleges around the world will visit the founding school in London for the 400th anniversary of the foundation in 1619.”
The Seoul campus of Dulwich College International was established in 2010 with 230 students. It was the fourth international branch to be established and over the years grew to accommodate over 650 students from age 3 to 18. About 40 different nationalities are represented in the student body.
The Dulwich international network has a total of 7,200 students in eight cities and five countries – London, Jingqiao and Minhang in Shanghai, Beijing, Suzhou, Seoul, Singapore and Yangon, with international high schools in Suzhou and Zhuhai.
According to the school, the campus is an expression of its learning philosophy. “We offer an educational environment designed to nurture the intellectual, physical, social and emotional development of our students.”
It has outdoor play areas, an all-weather sports field, futsal astro court area, indoor gymnasium and a 25-meter indoor swimming pool. Students at the college participate in a number of sporting events with other international schools across Asia.
In terms of other facilities, there is a 250-seat auditorium, performance areas, music suites, two fully stocked learning resource centers and libraries, science laboratories, a food technology room, art and design workshops, and a kiln room. It also integrates IT across the school curriculum.
The school also offers plethora of partnerships with leading universities and organizations, including masterclasses with Berklee College of Music, Northwestern University, the Royal Irish Academy of Music, the Royal Northern College of Music and Trinity College Dublin.
Outside of the classroom, the school says that it places an emphasis on its students’ intellectual and personal development. It encourages its junior and senior students to take advantage of the co-curricular activities available at the college.
“We encourage our students to challenge themselves and venture beyond their comfort zones,” it said. It continued that they have opportunities to participate in field trips to domestic and international destinations which allows them to experience different cultures in a learning environment that the classroom can’t always provide.