With piercing blue skies, stunning greenery and a beautiful new campus, Dulwich College International’s sister school Dehong Chinese International School welcomed its 340 founding school students and their families on Sunday 27 August in preparation for the first day of term on 1 September.
The School and Curriculum
Adjacent to Dulwich College Shanghai Minhang, Dehong is a 12-year school that combines the best of Eastern and Western education to prepare local Chinese students for a globalised future. Dehong offers a combined programme comprising the Shanghai compulsory education curriculum enhanced with the Dulwich educational philosophy and pedagogy.
A particularly exciting feature of the innovative curriculum is the Qidi Inspiration course that incorporates humanities, visual and performing arts, entrepreneurial practice, sport and music throughout every student’s time at Dehong to encourage independent learning and a global outlook.
Dehong students will have access to the resources that come with being a part of the DCI family schools, including University Counselling and co-curricular events such as the Dulwich Games, MADD (Music, Art, Drama and Dance) Festival and the D’Oscars film festival.
Dehong enjoys several shared facilities with Dulwich College Shanghai Minhang, which include a 50-metre swimming pool, 500-seat theatre, black box room, STEAM classrooms, a modern dining area and triple gymnasium.
The Dehong teachers were meticulously selected from over 4000 applications and after a staggering 400 interviews. Chinese and bilingual teachers hail from within China and around the world, and international teachers come predominately from the UK. Dulwich College International will act as academic advisors and accreditors to ensure the teaching standards expected of a Dulwich College school are met.
As Dehong’s founding Headmaster, Mr Jianhua Fei puts it: “I envision a school that encourages children not only to acquire the knowledge and skills to prepare them for further study, but to create, collaborate, communicate, and think critically. I see a school that gives them experiences to build their confidence and help them to understand and identify with their community, their country and the world.”
As Dulwich College International’s first sister school, we wish all Dehong students, teachers, and staff the best of luck in the start of term. We look forward to many years of academic, personal and co-curricular success in the future.