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.
I am constantly struck by the energy, capacity, creativity and commitment of the people with whom I work.
I've gained so much from my time with UWCSEA. I've been pushed by colleagues and students into genuinely reflecting on my own beliefs.
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.
Ellie Alchin, Director of Teaching and Learning, Dover Campus
This is an incredible place to work. Having worked in a number of different (and excellent) international schools around the world I can say hand on heart, that the way in which the mission informs what we do and how we do it here is pretty unique.
The mission has both shaped my values and now reflects them. I am in education because I wanted to make a difference in the lives of students, and the difference I want to make is very much in line with the UWC mission of uniting people to bring about more peaceful and sustainable futures. In fact, I firmly believe that education is the only way to do this.
I cherish working with thoughtful, committed colleagues at UWCSEA who approach their work in a spirit of curiosity and craftsmanship. Whether it is a highly collaborative relationship with my counterpart at our sister campus, supportive relationships with academic and administrative leaders here at Dover, or working closely alongside teams of teachers as they develop teaching practice, I am constantly struck by the energy, capacity, creativity and commitment of the people with whom I work.
Our students are of course central to our work. The opportunity to engage with students, and especially our national committee scholars, is an absolute highlight of working here.
This is a can-do place where we aspire to genuinely walk the walk and not just talk the talk. There are incredible opportunities for professional learning and leadership (both formally and informally). Yes, you will work very hard, and being surrounded by lots of people who are very good at what they do can be daunting, but you will be well supported and the opportunities for professional growth are amazing.
Dr Jensen Hjorth, High School Vice Principal and IB Diploma Programme Coordinator, Dover Campus
I've always held the belief that too often we are quick to judge others based on superficial appearances and stereotypes and that if we just took more time to understand others and empathise with them we would come to recognise the great strengths that diverse communities posses. I think this is what underpins the UWC mission, it has a higher purpose, one that has the so much potential to have a positive impact on the world. It gives me great satisfaction to know that I am contributing to this and supporting others as they develop a deeper understanding of global issues and empathy for others.
I've gained so much from my time with UWCSEA. I've been pushed by colleagues and students into genuinely reflecting on my own beliefs and there is little doubt my perspective and view of the world has changed enormously. I've learned from others how to tackle hard issues while still demonstrating empathy for alternate points of view. My educational philosophy has developed as I have gained understanding of how students can be significant change agents if engaged and supported in positively advocating for their point of view.
UWCSEA is a very unique place to be. Its purpose and direction is not just printed on brochures; it lives its mission everywhere; from leadership decisions and class room planning to parent engagement and student activities. It takes bold steps to enact the mission often forgoing more traditional decisions that a school might be expected to take. Students are highly engaged and involved and have a genuine sense of responsibility for the shape of the world. UWCSEA is fortunate that it attracts teachers who are leaders in the educational field. We are fortunate that colleagues will challenge your thinking but will support your growth. Whether you join us as a student or as a member of staff, you will learn enormously from the experience of being at UWCSEA.
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.