Our united, welcoming community is spread across two campuses and is a vibrant, truly international group of day and boarding students, staff, parents and alumni. We believe that a strong College community, based on shared values, is fundamental to our success, and continuing to build and support that community is a key area of focus in our strategic plan.
Our community embodies everything the UWC movement stands for: personal integrity and trust of others; willingness to accept responsibility and take action; and openness to other ways of being. What also distinguishes our community is how much they give in service to others: their compassion and commitment are writ large in the many hundreds of hours of impactful service the College bears witness to every year. This service takes place across a hugely diverse range of activities, and we celebrate this as much as our academic achievements.
Home to people from around the world, Singapore’s identity as an influential global hub provides opportunities for our students to develop an international network of friends, many of whom stay connected for life. In their daily life our students are immersed in a community of diverse cultures and rich heritage which adds so much to the learning environment and outcomes. Our deliberate focus on building diversity in our student and staff community, together with our work on inclusion, increases the richness of ideas, creating an internationalist mindset and building respect for others.
Key to any school is the quality of interactions between members of the community. UWCSEA believes that all interactions should be based on trust, honesty and mutual respect as we work to create a harmonious community where all members are actively involved in fulfilling our mission.
The community is a very supportive one.
Experiencing Dance Show helped us form connections with peers in the wider community.
As a UWCSEA teacher I have the opportunity to develop the UWC spirit in my students and together we can build a better world.
UWCSEA is an exciting environment where students, staff and community members challenge and inspire each other, inside and outside the classroom.
Lorena Ferreira, Grade 3 Teacher and Curriculum Coordinator, Dover Campus
UWCSEA is more than just a school. Once you have been part of a UWC it becomes part of you and your life. Many years ago (so many that I choose not to count!) I was a young student at UWCAC in Wales. The experiences I had, the people I met, and the things I learnt there, have all made me who I am today - a person who always gives her best, who is not afraid to tackle new challenges and who believes that we can all make a difference. Now being an UWCSEA teacher means that I am lucky enough to have the opportunity to develop the UWC spirit in my students and together we can build a better world.
Sarah Song, Teacher of Humanities and English in Middle School
I was drawn to the UWC community both as a parent and a teacher after learning of its mission, which aligned with the very motivation that led me to the education field.
I was born in Seoul, Korea, and emigrated to the US at the age of three. I grew up in a small town on the outskirts of New York City. After completing my BA and MA at the University of Pennsylvania and my Ed M at Columbia University, I imagined settling down in the New England area. Life, however, had other plans and led me to stays in Dallas, Tokyo, Seoul, and Hong Kong before I settled in Singapore.
While I loved growing up in New York, I periodically encountered bouts of intolerance and prejudice (even in such a culturally diverse environment). These encounters affirmed my conviction that the classroom can and should provide a forum to promote dialogue and understanding as part of a holistic learning programme. I really enjoy teaching students in Middle School, and I’m always happy to share my own personal experiences and life anecdotes to encourage meaningful conversations about individual perspectives.