Welcome to Dover Campus
Head of UWCSEA Dover
It is my great pleasure to welcome you to Dover Campus. It is an incredibly special place–a place full of extraordinary dynamism, warmth and fun. Much of what you will see as you explore these pages has been created by our students, and I encourage you to visit us when you can, so as to experience first-hand the vibrancy of our community. We look forward to welcoming you.
Dover is an incredibly special place. It is special because it manages to combine high levels of academic achievement with an all-pervading emphasis on service to others, environmental stewardship, teamwork and leadership. It is also special because there never seems to be a moment when something isn’t happening. There is a feeling of extraordinary vibrancy, dynamism, warmth and fun, and it is worth noting that much of what you will see as you explore this website or walk around our campus on a visit is student-driven.
At the root of everything we do is our mission—to make education a force to unite people, nations and cultures for peace and a sustainable future. Unlike many schools our mission isn’t limited to a concern for success at an individual level, important though such a thing is. It is fundamentally concerned with giving young people the tools so that they feel able to take responsibility for shaping a better world. After all, many of the problems the world faces now are serious and complicated, and to address these problems bright young minds are needed. For nearly 50 years, UWCSEA has sought to help develop ethical young people with a bias for action who will go on to have a positive impact on society.
The lens of intentional diversity is a key factor we apply when creating our community of students and staff on campus. Our consideration of a combination of factors—be it nationality, languages spoken, life experience, or one of any number of factors—means we have a rich daily life on campus. Our boarding community, a third of whom are scholarship students selected on the basis of their potential to have a positive impact, add a great deal to the vibrancy of the community at Dover.
UWCSEA is a truly international school. Despite this diversity, Dover is characterised by amazing uniformity in one respect: the relationships between students and staff, and between students and students. These are warm and based on mutual respect. They are also part of the ‘living in and with’ rather than ‘living alongside’ others through which young people at UWCSEA are challenged to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of their own cultures and ways of life.
The individual sections of the website give more in-depth information about the different schools, and I hope that you find these useful. However, no website can give a true feel of a school and so I would encourage you, if you have questions, to come to visit us.
Head of UWCSEA Dover
We learn in a lot of different ways.
On a daily basis, I see individual and community action that directly addresses the disparities of health, wealth and opportunity in our world.
Every day I am inspired by our students and their motivation to learn.
UWCSEA is more than just a school - it's a culture, a spirit, a 'can-do' attitude. As an alum, I'm so proud to be sending my child here.
We value and trust in the school and community.
The Tent Plaza is a great place for you to feel the community aspect of UWCSEA.
UWCSEA is an exciting environment where students, staff and community members challenge and inspire each other, inside and outside the classroom.
Susan Edwards, Head of Global Concerns and Teacher of Middle School Humanities/English, Dover Campus
I teach at UWCSEA because of its mission, ethos and values.
UWC is a force for positive change; it is relevant, challenging, intimidating, humbling and an incredible privilege. On a daily basis, I see individual and community action that directly addresses the disparities of health, wealth and opportunity in our world. A heady mix of service, intellectual rigour, a culture of questioning and of open transparency, yet most of all, a community of positivity and possibility.
Leah Daniels, Head of Grade 3, Dover Campus
I teach at UWCSEA because it defines the way I live my life. The school's mission and values are completely aligned with my own. I am part of a movement which believes that education is a force to unite people, as do I, and it lives and breathes that mission. It is immensely rewarding working with motivated, engaged students from all over the world and the professionalism of my colleagues is inspirational; we buzz on a daily basis.
The Service program is exceptional; permeates children of all ages and creates wonderful human beings contributing to the society we live in and the wider world. I am inspired by our children and their motivation to learn, perform, organise, engage with others from all walks of life and take action. And, whilst there are opportunities to enrich the lives of the students I teach, my own life is enriched on a daily basis. UWCSEA is a thriving, energetic and wonderful place to be. Where else could I get this in my working life?
Candice Greedy-Kefford '00, K1 Parent, Dover Campus
The values we aspire to are fairness, discovery, empathy and perseverance and we feel UWCSEA is aligned to this. My daughter is just started in K1 and as a alumni and graduate I’m so proud to be sending a seecond generation to this school and living and breathing the ‘can do’ spirit. I feel like I need to passionately drive every day. It’s a culture, it’s a spirit - it’s more than just a school - and that’s why it’s wonderful.
Kuniko Fuls, Grade 3 Parent, Dover Campus
Since my daughter Aika joined K1 in 2016, she has repeated the school values at home, especially 'Be kinder than necessary' which I believe requires a lot of imagination and observation of one's environment. Being kind not only to your friends and teachers but also to ourselves is important as we sometimes tend to neglect our own wellbeing by following busy daily routines. Kindness can be extended further to the others in the community and then those you don't know. That is well promoted by the Service Learning part of the UWCSEA programme.
My husband and I are not originally from Singapore and so the UWCSEA Dover community has become like our extended family. We feel a sense of community, not only for our daughter but also for ourselves as parents. We value and trust in the school and community, and are impressed by so many aspects of their care - varying from how they have adjusted for students and families with the ever changing COVID situation, to how all the staff take care of our children while they are on campus!
UWCSEA’s educational philosophy encourages students to think, analyse and find solutions by putting importance on process. While the Japanese educational system teaches by asking students to memorize a textbook without asking why, UWCSEA’s education starts with letting students ask 'why' and values a more independent approach. I feel this is indispensable for our children, who are facing an ever changing and challenging future.
A better world starts with a drop of kindness from one individual, and this is something both UWCSEA and our family value, and encourage and practice in our daily lives.
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.