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20 years of Service: PACE Local Service to the larger community and region

Finishing up our 20th year of Service in the midst of a global pandemic has been challenging to say the least! PACE Local Service is part of PACE (Parents’ Action for Community and Education), a volunteer parent-led organisation that falls under the Service umbrella of the College, with over 250 active members, and over 1,100 supporters/friends.

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50 Years United

More years ago than I care to remember, I sat in a lecture theatre and listened to a very famous historian addressing the topic of historiography. As the Fenland flies droned amongst the ceiling fans, I admit that it was a challenging discourse for this young man to hold on to.

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A battle of numbers: UWCSEA's Math Tournament

UWCMT is a student-led math tournament founded by Justin, a Grade 10 student at UWCSEA Dover. It has the goal of creating a math tournament that's engaging and fun all while suitable for a greater number of students with interesting, relatable and creative questions.

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A budding Mathematician's holiday

During the COVID-19 circuit breaker period, many students occupied their time with various activities whether it was playing video games, catching up on television shows, or finding new interests and hobbies. However, UWCSEA Dover’s Grade 10 student, Justin worked on a Mathematics research project.

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A Cambodian Journey: An immersive experience in our shared humanity

At the end of Term 2, 80 Grade 8 students participated in the 13th History and Global Concerns Trip to Cambodia. This trip embodies all that UWCSEA aspires to be, by giving students a genuine insight into the hardships faced by others and an understanding of the difference they can make in the world through individual and collective action.

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Advocacy in the 21st Century

For the past three years, we've been rethinking digital literacy at UWCSEA East. With the implementation of digital portfolios, student service teams have learned how to organise websites for advocacy. 

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Against the gale

Boarding houses are busy, lively and full of activity, discussion, argument, resolution and most importantly, connection … well, in a normal year they are. A boarding house operating within COVID-19 guidelines in Singapore, is a vastly different environment. Connections are at the very core of human existence. We are incredibly fortunate in boarding to have our connections constantly around us and as a houseparent I feel a great sense of privilege in having conversations within the network of connections every day. Despite this privilege, it has been a very different experience this year, full of challenges and lost connections; connections to family, connections to friends, connections to hobbies and most importantly, connections to purpose.

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A lack of colour in publishing

“I never saw a book with characters like me in them.” - Hanna Alkaf. Publishing is facing a colossal issue, and it’s up to the authors and readers/consumers to solve it for the next generation.

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A letter to my community

23 December 2020

At the heart of my values is a belief in equity. I suppose this grew from a childhood insistence on ‘fairness’ into an adult view of the world that sees everyone as being of equal worth and worthy of equal respect and attention. I’m not entirely sure how this evolved to be such a driving part of my core but I believe in this very strongly. I hate expressions of inequity, ways in which people or groups classify and denigrate others as of less worth. In a school context, of course, this applies very much to the way in which we treat children—but also to the small part players in the big picture. 

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Alkene and Botany, where Science and students meet to grow

Alkene and Botany was founded in UWCSEA Dover by one of our Grade 11 students, Vrinda, and has now become an International Magazine, in all UWC's and beyond. This magazine is a platform where STEM driven students can write articles on what interests them in the field of science.

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All dressed up for Extended Essay Celebration Day 2020

A celebratory mood was in the air at East Campus as our Grade 12 students came to school dressed up to represent their Extended Essays (EE) for EE Celebration Day 2020. The day culminates in the submission of their final drafts – a big feat after months of hard work.

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A look back at Community Fair 2019

What a fantastic Fair! 

The UWC values were front and centre at this year’s Community Fair, with zero waste practices, clothes and books recycling, student-run stalls, PA-run toy store, the 5C's and a 100% Vegetarian food. Our mission of sustainability was the order of the day.

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And The Show Did Go On

Experiential learning – learning by doing – is at the heart of a UWCSEA education. Our students know that breadth and depth of understanding and knowledge is achieved not by academic inquiry alone, but by being connected to, and immersed in, the world around them.

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A new Primary play space–the rooftop playground

The College is developing an exciting new rooftop play and learning area for K1-G1 East students. This innovative space utilises materials that can be moved all around the space and used in endless ways, the only limit is the imagination of our students. 

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A Round Square exchange to Keystone

When I was first approached with the opportunity to go on a Round Square exchange, it truly seemed like a great idea to better myself and seize the opportunities that my last year at UWCSEA offered.

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Arts and Crafts with PPIS 1 Childcare Centre

For season 1 and 2, our group had an amazing experience with PPIS 1 Childcare Centre. We were organised and had very open and flexible ideas. Our aim was to give the children confidence and to create wonderful memories with them.

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A scholars journey

For a scholar, a UWC education provides a remarkable opportunity to gain qualifications that will set them on a lifelong path toward success, along the way developing the qualities and skills that will help them to enact the mission in their communities as their bias for action is enhanced.

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Assessment in a holistic education context: Tools such as ISA can never replace the holistic view of a student provided by teachers, parents, students and a multitude of opportunities to display learning

Stuart MacAlpine, Former Director of Teaching and Learning, East Campus

Tools like ISA cannot replace the holistic view of a student provided by teachers, parents, students and a multitude of opportunities to display learning.

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Assessment in an holistic education context

These are interesting times to live in when it comes to education. The general public is more concerned with the role of education, as the world around us changes rapidly and the definition of what it means to be ‘well-educated’ expands to incorporate far more than standardised test scores, exam results or even university degrees.

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A time of Thanks and Gratitude

PACE organised a spectacular party and show of UWCSEA community spirit with the Willy Wonka parent-child dance events across both campuses in November. A huge success thanks to the community's generosity and goodwill to support the education of hundreds of children in both Myanmar and the Philippines.

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A UWCSEA Farewell: Graduation 2020

On Saturday, 23 May 2020, the UWCSEA Class of 2020 graduated through virtual ceremonies for both campuses. UWCSEA East celebrated 244 students representing 41 nationalities including 15 scholars, representing 41 nationalities. The UWCSEA Dover Class of 2020 included 333 graduating students with 26 scholars, representing 49 nationalities.

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A UWC Student’s Six Year Journey Towards Tackling Period Poverty

Brooke (UWC South East Asia, 2011-2021) first became actively involved with tackling period poverty in grade 7, when she was just 12 years old and learned about the issue for the first time. She has since spent the last six years working on ‘Generation Education Period’, a service project aimed at raising awareness around period poverty, working towards ending menstrual shaming and promoting the use of environmentally sustainable sanitary products, including in partnership with NGOs. We caught up with Brooke to learn more about the work she has been doing, together with a team of 10 other students aged 14-17.

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A welcome like no other – Reflecting on my first year

When arriving at Dover Campus in August 2020, I was overwhelmed by the genuine welcome and support offered by everyone across the campus. A number of people commented to me about how tough it must be to start in the role being both new to the UWCSEA and starting the job during the era of COVID-19. In retrospect, this COVID-disrupted year has presented some challenges but since I have never known the UWCSEA boarding houses other than during COVID-19, this is my normal.
 

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Backwards planning in course design: Connecting lessons to key concepts within a discipline is a key goal

Dr Frazer Cairns, Former Head of Dover Campus

Through the complex process of developing a unit of learning, connecting each lesson to a larger understanding of a key concept within a discipline, teachers hope to engage and challenge students long after the course itself is over.

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Being of service – UWCSEA's partnership with SUN-DAC

For the last eight years, East students have worked in partnership with SUN-DAC, a non-profit social service agency that serves people with disabilities in three locations across Singapore. Partnering with SUN-DAC allows UWCSEA to help build inclusive communities in Singapore, preventing social isolation and making a difference in many lives. Most of the clients have moderate to severe disabilities and many receive financial assistance.

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Being Well: Shedding light on youth mental health

With increased global attention paid to the nuances and complexities of mental health and mental illnesses, UWCSEA has been keeping a finger on the pulse on the latest conversations on wellbeing, to understand how it is shaped within the context of young people’s lives.

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Beyond the stage - an UN-believable Night

UN Night 2018, held on October 4, was a great success. It involved not only 27 dances showcasing the culture of countries across the world but also 29 stalls raising awareness and funds for numerous Global Concerns.

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BISP 7s Tournament

Three teams representing UWCSEA East Dragons travelled to the annual BISP 7s tournament recently; all teams played with a clear style and identity, with many of the players showing individual creativity and skills. 

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Blending art and culture – Dover Campus's Primary School exhibition commemorates our 50th anniversary

Introducing the UWCSEA Dover’s rotating art exhibition in commemoration of UWCSEA’s 50th anniversary, which features local ceramics artists in Singapore and the inspiration our Primary School students have drawn from them. Among these artists in residence, was Shayne Phua who represents the new generation of ceramic artists.

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Bridging cultures with music

During the 2017/2018 academic year, 22 students from the UWCSEA Dover String Programme formed an orchestra to compete in the prestigious Summa Cum Laude International Youth Festival and Competition held in the Golden Hall of the Vienna Musikverein in July 2018. 

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Building an ecosystem of innovation and collaboration

The IDEAS Hub at Dover and the newly established UWCSEA East Innovation ecosystem encourage students of all ages to internalise an innovator’s mindset, think critically and to connect and collaborate with their local community as they seek to create solutions to real-world issues.

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Building an ecosystem of innovation and collaboration

Innovation initiatives at UWCSEA support students to take their original concepts from ideation to launch, learning from both their successes and mistakes in pursuit of the UWC mission. The IDEAS Hub at Dover and the UWCSEA East Innovation ecosystem, encourages students to internalise an innovator’s mindset, think critically and to connect and collaborate with our local community.

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Building back green – Our Singapore context for the UWC climate compact

As the world prepares for COP26 in November 2021, the 18 UWC schools and colleges have united to issue a joint commitment to tackling the threat of global climate change. Together, we have pledged to name how we intend to contribute to a resilient, net zero global economy that protects, values and rebuilds the natural world.

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Cameron Hunter

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Dover Middle School Principal, Cameron Hunter is one of a small group of teachers who have not only taught on both campuses, but who have left and returned to the College after a period away seeking professional growth. In returning to UWCSEA Dover, Cameron brings new ideas and fresh perspectives shaped by his time away and his commitment to the UWC mission and values.

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Capturing East: Mr Khamis

Capturing East is a student-run College-based service which aims to celebrate the staff in our UWCSEA East community. As part of the Capturing East series, we will be publishing articles featuring members of our staff community. Get to know them and their life stories. We're kicking off the series with Mr Khamis.

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Careers Focus in High School

As Term 2 has got underway, students across both campuses have had many opportunities to explore career and university options - be it as part of the Grade 10 preparation to select the subjects they will take in the IB Diploma next academic year, or as they start to explore university choices and career options beyond that. 

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Caring for others, one step at a time – Blue Dragon GC Walkathon

Members of the UWCSEA Dover's Middle School Blue Dragon Global Concerns (GC) participated in a marathon walk over the October half-term break to raise funds to support children in danger, reunite them with their families when possible, and provide services needed for recovery and growth

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Carla Marschall

Carla Marschall was appointed as the Infant School Vice Principal in August 2016, and began working on UWCSEA's curriculum project in 2017

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Carma Elliot

Carma joined UWCSEA in August 2019 as the first College President. A career British diplomat for 23 years until 2010.

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Cathy Jones

Before joining UWCSEA, Cathy has been privileged to have a variety of teaching and leadership experiences, both in terms of location and educational levels. 

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Celebrating each other – Diversity Week at UWCSEA Middle School

Right before the end of Term 2, UWCSEA Dover Middle School students celebrated and participated in Diversity Week. What is Diversity Week? It is a week dedicated to celebrating equality within Middle School as well as recognising the different kinds of diversity that make up our learning community at UWCSEA.

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Chelsea FC Fan Club train on new pitch at East Campus

Chelsea FC Singapore Fan Club were invited to train with our International Coaches on Wednesday, 29 August. The team have been playing together for a few years and have been looking for a place to call home where they could play fixtures and host their training sessions. 

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Chess Tournament at UWCE

On Saturday, 18 August 2018, UWCSEA East hosted its first ever Intraschool Chess Championships. The aim of the tournament was to allow players, with competitive experience, to play chess against their peers, with the aim of helping us select a team for the National Team Championships, which are due to take place in September.

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Closing the loop in a bowtie: UWCSEA Dover students take on 3-D fashion

Currently, in Grade 11, Shasi is not only a full-time UWCSEA Dover High School student, but also a part-time entrepreneur: he is one of two co-founders of a sustainable fashion company called Diamond Point 3D, or DP3D for short. Although the second co-founder, Nicolas, currently lives in Aberdeen, Scotland, the idea for the company initially came about when the two were attending Middle School together in Houston.

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Commitment To Care: Celebrating Partnership Between Waterford Kamhlaba and Waterford Kamhlaba Service Support (WKSS)

The United World College movement is renowned for its willingness to help. With the understanding of why and how UWC helps others as an integral part of the learning, it is without exception that every single student at United World College of South East Asia (UWCSEA) is a global contributor.

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Congratulations Class of 2021 on your IB Diploma results

The International Baccalaureate (IB) announced its Class of 2021, May cohort results in the IB Diploma Programme (DP) on 8 July. More than 150,000 secondary, or high school, IB Diploma students across the globe received their results, including 574 recent graduates from UWCSEA's Class of 2021.

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Connecting with Singapore – Reflecting on IPS Singapore Perspectives

The annual flagship Singapore Perspectives conference by the Institute of Policy Studies (IPS) was held from 12 to 25 January 2021. Underpinned by the current COVID-19 crisis, the conference explored decision making for the future—in line with the overarching theme of the conference, “Reset”. 

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Continuing our remarkable journey

Carma Elliot CMG OBE, College President, UWCSEA

Several weeks ago, Board Chair Madan Menon and I were in conversation with two of our remarkable students, Lavanya and Tejas. The conversation was online and just under 100 parents tuned in to hear us answer some challenging questions on topics ranging from the future of education, to issues of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, to why we have each found ourselves in leadership roles at UWCSEA. We were both struck by how impressive our students were, and so many of the comments which came in reinforced this. It is not surprising; I am regularly reminded of what a privilege it is to work with UWCSEA students, and Madan and I look forward to more such sessions.

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Coping with Corona

Once the lockdown started, feelings of discomfort and isolation were creeping up into my mind. There was no doubt that other people around me were feeling the exact same way. During my time at home, I decided to create something to help provide some interesting insights into the coronavirus pandemic, from different perspectives, all over the world.

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Cultivation of collaboration: IB Environmental Systems and Societies students team up with Grade 5

Andrea McDonald, Grade 5 Teacher and Boarding Assistant Houseparent, UWCSEA East
Kath Lane, Grade 5 Teacher, East Campus
Mireille Couture, Teacher of Environmental Systems and Societies, Tampines House Parent, East Campus

Cultivation of  collaboration: Grade 12 IB Environmental Systems and Societies students team up with Grade 5 students for mutual benefit.

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CultuRama 2018 celebrates panorama of cultures

It has been a month since one of the most anticipated yearly events at UWCSEA East - and the celebration and immense joy it brought to campus, still linger...
 
On Thursday, 4 October 2018, more than 300 members of the High School student body put up a spectacular dance show.

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CultuRama's learning focus: It is difficult to find a skill or quality of the UWCSEA profile that is not addressed through participating in CultuRama

Cathy Jones, Vice Principal High School, East Campus

CultuRama's learning focus is all about developing the UWCSEA Profile's skills and qualities with celebrating the diversity of our campus community.

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Culture of giving

Philanthropy emanates from every corner of our community. Students, staff, parents and alumni are generously giving their time, talent and treasure. 

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Demiurge: One way or another

"The thing about life is, more often than not, it just chews you up and spits you out. Trust me. I know. You’re out there in the big wide world sooner than you’d anticipated.

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Demiurge poetry: Being a Writer

Student writing on East Campus:

What does it mean to be a writer? This introspective piece of poetry explores the ups and downs that come with dedication to writing and literature.

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Demiurge: Realisation

I wince as they insert the needle into my arm, for the third time. I’ve never had good veins, so it always takes them two or three jabs to get it right. I can feel my blood travelling up that little metal tube, as I cover my eyes with the palm of my hand.

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Demiurge: The Girl at the Park

Every day she would come. With her long brown hair and the tail of her magenta coat flapping in the breeze. She’d come walking from 6th street, down the tiny hill with the mansions, take a left, another left and enter the park.

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Demiurge: With the Orange Hair

Student writing on East Campus:

Age affects us, but how it does depends on you. This piece is comprised of two short pieces, each told by the viewpoint of the same girl, but at different times in her life.

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Designing and building a plastic brick compressor

Given that most plastics stick around for a very long time, we can’t continue to keep filling up our landfills with this material. We have to come up with solutions that upcycle plastic in order to transition into a more circular economy. 

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Designing + Making + ICTs = Creativity cubed

Seán McHugh, ICT Integrator and K-12 Digital Literacy Coach, Dover Campus

Designing + Making + ICTs = Creativity cubed: how Primary Students are finding a creative outlet by using ICT in an after school DT activity

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Developing the new UWC magazine: United Worldwide

To truly bring the mission to "make education a force to unite people, nations, and cultures for peace and a sustainable future", United Worldwide is a student-led solution – bringing together all UWC students from around the world.

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Dover students compete at the Touch Youth World Cup 2018

During the summer of 2018, Dover students, Caitlin Gill, Tian Devine, Sophia Barkham, Alexandra Tonby Strandborg and Crystal Le Roux travelled to Malaysia for the Youth Touch World Cup from 8-11 August. Being part of the highly competitive U18 and U20 teams they faced fierce competition from South Africa, New Zealand, Australia, America and Malaysia.

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Dragons Badminton Invitational 2019

Even though I had not much competitive badminton experience, Dragons Badminton Invitational felt different. Perhaps it was because it’s my first year in U19 girls A, perhaps it was because the amount of talent in each hall was incredible. 

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Dragons Basketball Invitational 2018 - U19A girls team report

After only three practices, the U19A girls team exceeded expectations at the Dragons Friendship Basketball Invitational on 17 November. The young team showed tremendous growth over the four games and showed everyone a glimpse of what the future holds for the programme.

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Dragons Cricket Club vs NPS - student reflection

They needed 20 runs in 30 balls. We needed to get four wickets left. It seemed like the batting team would easily win and we would lose our win streak, but we kept hoping. Three overs later and they now only needed 11 runs.

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Dragons Football Invitational 2018

The Dragons Football Invitational Tournament was the penultimate time that our coaches could see the players express themselves on the pitch before making our final SEASAC team selections on Monday, 1 October. 

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Dragons' Report: Dover Gymnastics Invitational

A huge congratulations to our Dragons Gymnasts in the MAG and WAG Foundation Squads who took part in the Dover Junior Gymnastics Invitational this past weekend. Our young Dragons did amazingly well at the event showcasing all the hard work they put in throughout the year.

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Dragons report: SEASAC Basketball 2019

Our goal every season is the same - win SEASAC. As the three-time defending champion, we knew teams would be gunning for us and with the loss of many seniors from last year's squad, we needed our young players to step up while looking to our remaining seniors to lead the way.

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Dragons report - SEASAC Boys Volleyball 2018

The weekend of 2-4 November 2018, the UWCSEA East Dragons boys volleyball team played in the highly competitive SEASAC tournament. With many new faces on the team, we were looking to do our best to remain in the first division.

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Dragons report: SEASAC Tennis 2019

This year, the SEASAC tournament was hosted by The British School of Jakarta. This gave us a great opportunity to experience Jakarta with the team. There were eight teams, divided into two pools.

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Dragons Swimmers impress during school holidays

It was an incredibly busy summer for the Dragons swimmers in 2018. Despite news at the end of the season about many Dragons moving countries, the team continues to go strong and it was awesome to see so many people training all break at Tampines Hub as well as those who competed at various national championships around the world and the Asian School Games in Malaysia and SEA Age in the Philippines.

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Dragons Swimming report on TTS Merlion Sprint Festival

On Saturday, 6 October 2018 the UWCSEA East Dragons Swim Team competed at this year's Tanglin Trust School (TTS) Merlion Sprint Festival. Sixty amazing swimmers turned up at 6.30 in the morning ready to compete, with many swimmers excited to only swim the sprint events.

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Dragons U14 Cricketers vs NPS

Caaaaatch!" The entire team shouted; the ball was skied as it hit the top of his bat.

"Mine!" said Satvik - the ball was travelling away from him and had to make the distance. It's gonna be tough, I thought. 

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Dr Erin Robinson

Dr Erin Robinson joined UWCSEA East as Middle School Principal in August 2015 after moving from Tokyo, Japan. She is the former Principal of Middle School and Deputy Head of East Campus.

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Dunia: Connecting Online – A new perspective on compassion

UWCSEA has long-standing partnerships with around 65 Voluntary Welfare Organisations and charities in Singapore. Across the College, we use our skills and interests to enrich the lives of the local Singaporean communities in which we live and learn, and vice versa.

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Dunia: UNITED WORLDWIDE – A global voice for UWC

To truly bring the mission to, “make education a force to unite people, nations, and cultures for peace and a sustainable future”, United Worldwide is a student-led solution – bringing together all UWC students from around the world.

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#east10years

Now a thriving community of over 2,500 students, the East Campus opened in 2008 in a refurbished MOE school in Ang Mo Kio while the campus we enjoy today was constructed on a greenfield site in Tampines.

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East Campus: Graduation Day

Two years of hard work; 6 subjects, a range of co-curriculars, project weeks, SEASACS, EE's, IA's, MC's, Hawkers, Orchard, Din Tai Fung, Communi-Tea, Friendships, Enemies, Frog Porridge, Beach Clean-ups, Dragonboats and finally... Graduation!

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East Campus reopens newly refurbished Parents' Association lounge

On Friday, 26 February 2021, the PA hosted the opening ceremony, graced by guest of honour and Chair of the Board, Madan Menon. The event was also attended by College President, Carma Elliot, and Chair of PA East, Cynthia Ding. A small number of guests, including both staff and parents, were able to be there in person and the remaining guests joined via a livestream.

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East Dragons swim team retain championship crown at SEASAC 2021

Congratulations to the UWCSEA East Dragons swim team on a fantastic showing at SEASAC 2021! On the weekend of Saturday, 27 February and Sunday, 28 February, the Dragons took on the Tanglin Trust School Merlions and the UWCSEA Dover Phoenix on Dover Campus for their first conference meet since November 2019.

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East Drama Weekend of Workshops

“Empower” – the theme for this year’s TEDxUWCSEA Dover 2021 – means different things to different people. This year's event, on 14 April, featured speakers who discussed their interpretation of the word ‘empower’ to an audience, with the aim of collectively redefining the word ‘empower’. Organised by Valeria and Maria Isabel, the event also featured moderators, Enos and Luis.

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East mathematicians bring home the cup at SEAMC '19

When it comes to exciting school events, a mathematics competition is rarely the first thing to come to mind. However, WMC (World Mathematics Championships) Qualifiers, previously known as SEAMC (South East Asia Mathematics Competition) is the rare exception.

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Elizabeth Bray

Elizabeth (Lizzie) took on the role of Head of UWCSEA Dover in August 2018, having been appointed as Principal of Middle School for Dover in August 2015.

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Ellie Alchin

A founding member of the UWCSEA East High School faculty. Ellie was previously Head of High School Humanities, East Campus

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Evolving the Performing Arts

Lindsey Stirrat, Chair of The Arts and Music Teacher, East Campus

Returning to campus in August was exciting, but daunting. An innovative and creative group, the East Arts faculty were not going to let COVID-19 stop the show, but with so much of Arts programme centred around practical application and experience, the team had spent the school holidays rethinking their approach to lessons and events and looking for ways to sustain their programmes on a COVID-compliant campus. Our collective decision was to explore innovative ways to maintain our programme, keeping as much as we could in the calendar. 

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FIB: The New Look of Education?

Imagine kids running around in a field playing a game of “Mr Wolf”, enjoying the time of their lives and laughing. Well, you might have heard a lot from your children or friends about service projects that they have been to. But do you know that a certain group of students in Grade 10, FIB students, just became “teachers” during their service trip?

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FIB trip brings UWC values alive: Students joining UWCSEA in Grade 10 are offered a unique opportunity to immerse themselves in the UWC values

Cathy Jones, Vice Principal High School, East Campus

UWCSEA's Foundation IB trip brings UWC values alive for students starting at UWCSEA in Grade 10 by introducing the Outdoor Education and Service programmes.

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Find a living thing: UWCSEA's K–12 Service programme gradually ramps up the level of challenge encountered by our students

Frankie Meehan, ESOL/EAL Teacher and Head of High School Service, Dover Campus

UWCSEA's K–12 Service learning programme gradually ramps up the level of challenge encountered by our students but the focus is on 'find a living thing'.

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First Impressions

I stood at the entrance of Cold Storage, the shopping cart in front of me. The cool air of the air conditioner blew across my face sending chills down my spine.

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First Robotics Competition 2020/2021

Hi, we are a group of 31 students participating in the 'First Robotics Competition' (FRC) which was founded by Dean Kamen and the late Dr. Woodie Flowers in 1989 to raise awareness about STEM and provide a platform for students to hone their technical skills and display them through a robotics competition. Our team (Wall-East #8540) shares that same mentality. Not only are we passionate about building robots, we consider ourselves privileged to be able to share and promote STEM amongst our communities. 

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Five years of the Chelsea FC International Development Centre at UWCSEA East

As the partnership enters its fifth year both UWCSEA East and Chelsea FC IDC Singapore are determined to use football as a force for good, encouraging more students to actively participate as well as growing the existing service projects with community groups like 4PM Bedok. There will be a particular drive to provide equal opportunities for everyone who wants to get involved, as CFCIDCSG and UWCSEA East aim to motivate, educate and inspire the next generation of footballers.  

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Flourishing People-in-Place: Understanding the impact of Outdoor Education at UWCSEA

Dr Christopher Wolsko, Associate Professor of Psychology Oregon State University - Cascades
Dr Michael Gassner, Lecturer and Researcher, Oregon State University

OSU research study at UWCSEA in Singapore hopes to understand the impact of outdoor education on developing skills and qualities to help students thrive.

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Focused on the future – Creating conditions for peace

Damian Bacchoo joined UWCSEA East as High School Principal in February 2021. He was interviewed by students from the service Capturing East who found his answers were insightful, his demeanour warm, and his investment in the wellbeing of the student body incontestable.
 

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Frontline Staff Appreciation

The Parent Association (PA) is delighted to share that many parents contributed to the frontline staff appreciation fund earlier this year. Their generosity was a testament to the incredible work the frontline teams were doing following the Science Block fire and in the early days of COVID-19.

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Geographers bring learning to life: IB Geography fieldtrip to Melaka enables data-gathering for coursework

Daniel Orr, Head of High School Geography, Dover Campus 
Kate Lewis, Teacher of High School Geography, Environmental Systems and Societies and TOK, Project Week Coordinator, UWCSEA Dover 
Nathan Hunt, Former Director of Sustainability, UWCSEA

Geographers bring learning to life. IB Geography fieldtrip to Melaka enables data-gathering for coursework.

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GESS Futsal Tournament 2019

On 1 and 2 March UWCSEA East Dragons U8, U12, U14 and U19 Boys and Girls teams attended the GESS Volkswagen Tournament where they played against International Schools from Asia. 

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Getting to Next: Supporting Our Students to Find a ‘Right Fit’ University

Johanna Fishbein, Head of University Advising, UWCSEA Dover
Pamela Kelly Wetzell, Head of University Advising, East Campus

UWCSEA has developed a careers and university advising programme that spans the High School years, delivered by our team of dedicated University Advisors who support UWCSEA graduates to enrol at universities in over 20 countries, with the four most popular country destinations being the US, UK, Canada, and Australia. 

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Get to know Coach Ashleigh

Ashleigh Hopkins is a Lead International Coach for Chelsea FC who works closely with UWCSEA East to provide quality football training to students in the community.

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Get to know: Coach Gabriel

Check out the following interview with Coach Gabriel, Gymnastics Coach at UWCSEA East Campus! Interview conducted by Jessica Pigram and Jilyn Seah, Activities Department, East Campus.

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Get to know: Coach Katia

Check out the following interview with Coach Katia Fisenko, Swimming Coach at UWCSEA East Campus! Interview conducted by Jessica Pigram and Jilyn Seah, Activities Department, East Campus.

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Get to know: Coach Kiran

How long have you been involved in your sport / activity? I have been coaching basketball since I was 14 years old, so approximately 27 years (yes, I'm getting old...)

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Get to know: Coach Wei Yin

Coach Wei Yin is the coordinator of our very successful Dragons Badminton Club programme here at UWCSEA East. The programme started in Season 2 of last academic year in 2017.

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Get to know Hafeez Hassan

Hafeez Hassan is a dance instructor at UWCSEA East Campus and runs our Hip Hop activity for both the Junior and Middle School. Please read our interview with him below to get to know a little more about him!

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Get to know: Serene Seah

Serene Seah teaches all of our ballet classes here at UWCSEA East. She has been with us for many years and always looks for ways to improve our ballet programme. 

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Global Politics: a UWCSEA Student’s Experience with Sanitation-focused NGO

Gowri Mohani is a UWC South East Asia student from India in her first year of the two-year IB Diploma programme. Earlier this academic year, in the context of the newly introduced IB Global Politics course, she spent time with a Singapore-founded NGO focused on sanitation projects, which led to an opportunity to work on a proposal for the Indian Prime Minister.

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Grade 7 student Tanvi publishes book 'HOME'

We're excited to announce that UWCSEA East Grade 7 student Tanvi's book 'Home' will be published by the Young Author's Award. Home is a heart-warming story about Mia who makes a shocking discovery about herself which takes her on an adventure to find the true meaning of home. An avid reader and writer, Tanvi has a particular interest in books on social issues and was a finalist in a Young Author Awards contest last year. Not only did Tanvi write the book, she also illustrated the cover!

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Graduation 2019

Last Saturday we celebrated the UWCSEA Class of 2019 and proudly watched as they began to embark on a much bigger life journey as a UWC alumni.

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Graduation address: Pascale Moreau '79 - "The impossible is what takes a little longer..."

Brenda Whately, Director of Alumni Relations, UWCSEA

Pascale Moreau '79, Director of the Bureau for Europe of United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) came back to the College and Singapore for the first time in nearly 40 years to address the graduating class at the UWCSEA Dover graduation ceremony on Saturday, 25 May 2019.

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Graham Silverthorne

A History graduate from Cambridge University, Graham spent several years working in banking, editing and the legal world before discovering his life’s passion in teaching.

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Gymnastics x CFCIDC workshop

During the professional learning day this week, Chelsea FC IDC coaches took part in a collaborative workshop with the gymnastics coaching staff focusing on how to incorporate the UWCSEA mission and vision into the coaching sessions that both of the sports deliver on East campus. 

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Hanna Alkaf has a passion for writing, and wants to change the world of literature

The author of Weight of Our Sky, a riveting story that contrasts many books around the world that we are all familiar with; incorporating Hanna’s culture and language, further enhances its page-turning storyline. She is the first Malaysian author to win the Freeman Book Award and does not only write because it’s her passion, but because she wants to change the world of literature.

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HER Journey

Frankie Meehan, EAL and TOK teacher and Head of Service K–12, Dover Campus

HER Journey, a project represented by four UWCSEA Dover students, made it to the final of the Young Aurora 2020 humanitarian initiative in November 2020. They impressed the judges with their well-researched and strategic response to a complex social justice issue: the rights of foreign domestic workers (FDWs) in Singapore.

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He Tāngata

In the middle of the whirlwind of busy lives in Singapore, standing on the East Region is UWCSEA East Campus –– massive, home to 2,557 students, and surprisingly, with an outstanding level of environmental sustainability.

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HS I-India GC presents 'Umang'

The event that we held was an Art competition entitled 'Umang'. This art competition invited students from Grade 2–12 to create a piece of artwork in response to the three prompts provided by our GC: Women Empowerment, Cultural Celebrations, and Transformations.

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IASAS Conference 2018

This year our UWCSEA East MUN team participated in the IASAS MUN Conference held at the International School of Manila in the Philippines from 14 to 18 November 2018.

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In conversation with PA Dover: A celebration of the festival of lights

The festival of lights, also known as Deepavali and Diwali is a time for celebration with loved ones and a time to connect as a community. Though a unique time with the presence of social distancing regulations, that didn’t stop the UWCSEA Dover Campus and its students from showing their appreciation for the culture and the valuable sentiments behind the celebration. 

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innnovation@East

Innovation@East supports students to take their original concepts from ideation to launch, learning from both their successes and mistakes.

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Innovation for connection and care

Maintaining the enthusiasm to create and innovate is no easy feat – particularly, perhaps, during an isolating pandemic. This challenging time has uniquely presented itself as a driving force for many of our students to establish a connection through means that could help others

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Innovation in education – Moving deliberately to build a better future

Historian Benot Godin recounts the tale that in 1636, Henry Burton, a Church of England minister was found guilty of innovating, against King Edwards VI’s earlier Proclamation against Those that Doeth Innovate. While Burton had his ears cut and was sentenced to life imprisonment, innovation is now a central value of our society—and this small tale shows how attitudes can utterly transform over time.

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Innovative Spaces at UWCSEA: Dover Campus Gymnastics Centre

Faé Gesmundo, Gymnastics Coach, Dover Campus
Molly Fassbender, Communications and Marketing Executive, UWCSEA Foundation

At UWCSEA's Dover Campus students of all ages spend time in the Gymnastics Centre, where they are guided by specialist Gymnastics coaches developing specialist skills as part of the Physical Education programme. The only facility of its kind in a school in Singapore, it also supports an extensive gymnastics programme and competition training.

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Innovative Spaces at UWCSEA Dover: Retrofitting for the future

Kate Woodford, Senior Marketing Manager

Both campuses have been awarded Green Mark Platinum Super Low Energy certification by Singapore’s BCA, recognising our efforts to maximise the sustainable design features of each campus. On Dover, many of these were incorporated during the 5-year campus rejuvenation, completed in 2016. A long-term commitment and significant effort saw existing structures (some dating back to the 1960s) retrofitted during the renovation, thanks to the efforts of our operations teams with support from our donors. Students are engaged in maximising these sustainable features, gaining valuable learning as changemakers in action.
 

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Inspiring Women: an International Women's Day discussion

Carma Elliot CMG OBE, College President, UWCSEA

It is 25 years since 189 countries adopted the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, a set of commitments to promote women's equality, at the historic UN conference in Beijing. On International Women's Day, College President Carma Elliot hosted three inspiring women for a panel discussion on Beijing plus 25. 

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Introducing Boomerang Bags at UWCSEA

The first Boomerang Bags (BB) community was started in 2013 in Gold Coast, Australia by two women, Jordyn de Boer and Tania Potts, with the aim of eliminating single-use plastic bags by sewing their own reusable bags from used fabric and cloth.

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Introducing our Grade 8 Scholars 2019/2020

This week it has been our great pleasure to travel to Cambodia with UWCSEA East to award the annual five-year UWCSEA scholarships to two very impressive, well-deserving students who will begin in Grade 8 next school year at our East and Dover campuses.

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Introducing the UWCSEA Fund 2018/2019

As the school doors opened to another year in August, in poured the hurley burley brouhaha of excited children, chasing balls and friends, ideas and dreams. For new parents some things may have felt very familiar, it’s the bustle of any large international school, but spend a little time on the campuses and you start to pick up on the deep throbbing energy that is very particular to UWCSEA.

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Investigation time in K1

Chris Fensom, Former Infant School Principal, Dover Campus

Investigation time activities in K1 honour the interests and autonomy of young children and help to develop their social and communication skills, their emotional resilience, their creativity and their ability to solve problems collaboratively.

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ISB Basketball 2018

The U19A girls basketball team had a very successful weekend in Bangkok. The girls started out with 2 solid wins on Friday putting themselves in a semi-final matchup with host, Bangkok International School, the winner making it to the championship game.

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It is not goodbye, it's "until we meet again"!

I still remember my first day at UWCSEA, a new experience, with many challenges ahead of me. It was a lot to process within 10 minutes of arriving. I remember crying in front of Sophie Morley (Assistant House Parent). It was very dramatic, however, not everything was bad that day. I had the support I needed from the G12 boarders. 

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K2 Passion Projects: Taking ownership of learning

Ben Morley, Former Vice Principal, Infant School, East Campus

The ‘Passion Projects’ unit began by exploring what a passion is and what makes something a passion. Once the children had chosen their passion, they also considered why that passion was important to them.

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Kahaani 2019

On 31 January, East Campus held the annual event Kahaani (which translates to ‘story’ in Hindi) for the Voice Of World NGO in Kolkata, India which they support through Kolkata GC. 

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Language matters – Supporting and celebrating our community of multilingual learners

Respect for diversity lies at the heart of the UWC mission and linguistic diversity is an important component of how we define diversity. A growing body of research shows that bi- and multilingualism brings cognitive, linguistic, socio-cultural and emotional benefits and that all members of a community benefit from being in a multilingual environment because it provides increased opportunities to develop intercultural understanding.

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Launch of new Food Technology room on East Campus

UWCSEA is excited to announce the opening of the new Food Technology room on East Campus. The room boasts top-of-the-line equipment and a sleek, modern kitchen designed for teaching and learning in modern food contexts. Our new facility will open many new possibilities which will serve our students well in their IGCSE Food and Nutrition course.

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Learning on a wider stage: Dover Campus is benefiting from the proximity to neighbouring academic institutions

Daniel Orr, Head of High School Geography, Dover Campus
Nathan Hunt, Former Director of Sustainability, UWCSEA

Recent partnerships with academics at National University of Singapore (NUS) and Yale-NUS are providing valuable learning opportunities for students.

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Leaving and arriving well

As we wrap up another school year, our community inevitably begins to consider the impact of transitional stress and strategies to support our wellness.

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Lessons from lockdown

Liam Isaac, Head of Digital Learning Technology, Dover Campus 


In March, Singapore went into lockdown, bringing with it an abrupt shift to our lives as we all switched to ‘remote’ models—learning, working, gathering and supporting. Whilst SARS in 2003 meant that the notion was not completely unprecedented, the extent of the impact of the current pandemic will no doubt be viewed as a pivotal moment for existing trends towards technology-led changes in so many areas of our lives. Historians documenting the factors influencing changes to the industrial educational model of the 20th century will no doubt point to the necessity of adapting to the pandemic as an accelerator in a long-overdue digital transformation of a sector that had been largely unchanged by the rising tide of technology.

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Life after UWCSEA: Pushing the frontiers of positive change

After graduating last year Casper Ohlers, UWCSEA scholar from Denmark, could have been forgiven for heading home for well-deserved holiday. But, imbibed and emboldened by the UWC values, Casper and a core team of UWC alumni, set to work on a project that was close to their hearts – running a Peace Conference in Denmark.

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Local Service reflection: Music Buddies

'Music Buddies' is a service aims to use music to interact with children who have cerebral palsy. During the Season 1 and 2 of the 2018/2019 school year, I have learned more about how to work with the children through music.

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Making the time to talk - UWCSEA Alumni Careers Week 2019

Over the course of two weeks in January 2019, over 40 alumni generously volunteered time out of their busy working days all over the world to talk with current UWCSEA students about their career paths and share their passion for their current professions.

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Marine conservation education – turning the tide

Home to the largest ecosystem on our planet and rapidly becoming acidic, oceans are essential to study and appreciate so that they may be protected and restored. With the support of a generous donor, marine conservation at UWCSEA is now in its third year of activity with a new, permanent aquarium at Dover.

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MATHCOUNTS Competition Trip to Shanghai

The idea of going on a trip for a math competition does not appeal to many people, not when it is phrased that way. How about “Exploring Shanghai, experiencing Chinese culture, and interacting with people who have the same passion as you?” This sounds more like the trip which I went on.

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Maths for fun?

While some fly overseas for sports, there are others that fly overseas to compete in... maths. That was an experience for 15 UWC Dover high school students on the final days of school before the half term break.

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Measuring the Impact of a UWC Education: Research partnership with Harvard Graduate School of Education looks at impact on students and society

Sinéad Collins, Director of Engagement and External Relations, UWCSEA

The exploratory study has revealed some fascinating insights into the impact of the UWC experience on students and, to some extent, society.

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Meet the team behind UWCSEA's String Orchestra Programme

The String Teachers at UWCSEA are a diverse group of talented and dedicated musicians who ensure our students are well taught, trained for the solo recitals, supported with their orchestral work and prepared for their practical examinations. Many of our teachers are playing professionally, some continue to perform internationally.

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Microbes: Friends and Enemies

We live in challenging times. A global pandemic, cases of dengue in Singapore on the rise. Both of these are caused by viruses – the smallest of the microbes. Are microbes always our enemies? In this Grade 7 science unit, students focus on the good, the bad and the ugly when it comes to microbes. 

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Mind matters: how UWCSEA is meeting learners where they are

Decades ago, it was impossible to imagine that teachers could tailor their lessons to different types of students; but today, it is an established and necessary practice. Thanks to the generosity of a long-terrm supporter, UWCSEA has embarked on an innovative, three-year project to develop the capacity of teachers to recognise different kinds of minds and to help build classroom-based strategies to support their students to engage with their learning in ways best suited to each individual.

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Mind the Gap

CŽsar Mendoza Davila, Class of 2014, East Campus

Mind the Gap: "After I graduated from UWCSEA I decided to take a gap year as a way to explore new opportunities and pursue things I am passionate about: volunteering is one of them."

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Music for all with SGM Murni

Every Monday afternoon we join the preschoolers at SGM Murni at Tampines. We spend an hour with the children as we share musical experiences, looking at rhythm and beats. We made shakers with them which we used to explore musical patterns.

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Music with Murni (Local Service) S3-4

Over the past two seasons, students from Middle and High School have come together and joined the Local Service, Music with Murni. Every week the students visited the Murni pre-school and got a chance to interact with kids aged 4 to 5 from the local Singaporean community.

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Nathan Hunt's contributions to UWCSEA's sustainability mission

As we say goodbye to Nathan Hunt, we reflect on the huge positive difference he has made at UWCSEA. With a Master’s degree in Geography from Cambridge and a background in environmental policy work, Nathan, former UWCSEA Director of Sustainability, started his first career in environmental policy research.

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National Service a Great Preparation for University and the Future: UWCSEA hosts ACCORD NS information evening

Kate Woodford, Senior Manager,  Marketing and Business Development, UWCSEA
Sinéad Collins, Director of Engagement and External Relations, UWCSEA

On Friday, 17 November at UWCSEA Dover hosted an information session for pre-enlistees on Singapore National Service (NS).

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Navigating learning in the 21st century

Exploring the possibilities for UWCSEA

The need for change in education to respond to our changing world raises questions not just economic, but existential. What is the purpose of an education? Who should it serve? What is it worth? And what does this mean for the future of learning? These are urgent questions that we hope our Reimagining Learning series will help to answer.
 

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New York Times best-selling author, Yang Sze Choo ’92

Yang Sze Choo is an award-winning author whose debut novel, The Ghost Bride, published in 2013, is a New York Times best-seller, a Carnegie Medal nominee, a Goodreads Choice Award, an Oprah.com Book of the Week, and is this year, 2019, being adapted for a Netflix drama series production.

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Nick Alchin

Nick has taught in IB schools since 1995, first teaching TOK and Mathematics at UWCSEA Dover and subsequently at the International School of Geneva in Switzerland. 

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Old with the new: Building bridges in the STEM community

Over the school break, students from UWCSEA Dover’s Alkene and Botany and UWCSEA East’s STEM team have been communicating with the UWCSEA alumni, over a variety of STEM fields including aerospace engineering, biochemistry and even neuroscience.

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Outdoor Education in the Infant School

Research shows that through exposure to nature, individuals can develop empathy, become environmental stewards and sustain their well-being, and this goes to the heart of the UWC mission.

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PACE continues to develop support

Over the last 20 years, with an army of volunteers, UWCSEA’s Parents’ Action for Community and Education (PACE) has established two libraries in Myanmar, built 12 schools in South East Asia, provided 20 years of hospice volunteer services in Singapore, donated over 200,000 lunches to children in need and helped over 100 children graduate from college in the Philippines.

In 2019/2020, the PACE team came up with an exciting new idea for a fundraiser–a family dance in the spirit of children’s writer Roald Dahl, the Willy Wonka Dinner and Dance. 

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PACE Family Service Day

Family Service Day: working towards making a difference in the lives of others or helping the environment while spending valuable time with your family. A motto that perfectly encompasses the importance of Family Service at PACE and for UWCSEA communities.

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PACE HCA Hospice Outreach - a decade of service

HCA Hospice Care held its annual Volunteer Appreciation Night on 26 October and PACE's Local Outreach team once again received a Long Service Award from the organisation. Leng Holz, who began this volunteer service 10 years ago, was on hand to receive our certificate.

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Paths to bilingualism: Bringing life to a family language plan

Ellie Alchin, Director of Teaching and Learning, Dover Campus
Oscar Gallego, Head of Languages A, High School Spanish and Home Languages Coordinator, East Campus
Pilar Jiménez, Head of Home Languages and Teacher of Spanish, Dover Campus

Eowyn Crisfield, a specialist in bilingualism, language learning and teaching, and bilingual education visited UWCSEA Dover in Singapore in November.

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Peace begins with me – Exploring identity in early childhood

At UWCSEA, our programme of immersive place-based learning means that each year our students have myriad opportunities to engage with and experience Singapore’s rich heritage, diverse cultures and unique landscapes, and that they use this real-life knowledge and experience as a foundation for their study of subjects across our curriculum.

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Peace education: sharing our new global toolkit

Peace is at the heart of the UWC mission; we educate for peace through our K–12 curriculum and with a special focus in Grade 11, through our dedicated Initiative for Peace (IfP) programme. Through donations from the UWCSEA Annual Fund, we have developed an online peace education toolkit, sharing 20 years of knowledge and learning from IfP with schools globally.

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People power: Class Giving 2019

UWCSEA's Class Giving Campaign is an opportunity for students to come together with their classmates to celebrate a fantastic year and leave a lasting legacy at the College.

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Phoenix Report: Basketballers fight it out in SEASAC 2019

The weekend of 25 January was truly an eventful one, with SEASAC Basketball, Tennis, Rugby and Touch competitions going on simultaneously in Singapore and Jakarta. In our very own sports halls, intense basketball matches took place throughout the three days.

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Physician-physicist with a passion for education

Chris Oh ’91 (Kyong Christopher Oh ’91) attended UWCSEA from 1985 through 1990, graduating early at the age of 16, when he was accepted into the Honour’s Program in Medical Education (HPME), a combined, accelerated BA/MD program at Northwestern University.

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Planting the Future

It wouldn’t be an understatement to say that gardening is equivalent to planting the future. Gardening is a sustainable activity that not only benefits the environment but also individual health. 

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Political engagement becomes personal

Annika from Germany, a first year IB student at Dover Campus, particularly enjoys studying IB Global Politics: she says that it gives her a better understanding of the world and opens her eyes to the issues our planet is facing.

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Preparing for an uncertain future

Robbie Jefferiss, University Advisor, East Campus

One of the joys of working in a university advising office is helping our students visualise their future; clarifying their goals and exploring opportunities, many of which they have never considered. You can see their eyes shift upwards, seeing themselves on a campus, or in a new city, or learning a new language. In the busy life of a high school student, asking them to stop and consider what life beyond graduation looks like can be empowering. It can also sometimes be scary as they consider moving from a fairly structured life to one that will be theirs (with some input from their parents, of course!) to decide. 

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Primary School iLearn showcase:

Alison Forrow, Digital Literacy Coach, Dover Campus and Seán McHugh, ICT Integrator and K-12 Digital Literacy Coach, Dover Campus

Primary School iLearn showcase helps to scale professional learning for teachers looking to embrace technology on the classroom.

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Promoting diversity and inclusion at UWCSEA

PRISM is a student-led group which focuses on diversity at UWCSEA Dover.

In the last few years, PRISM has grown and has organised a variety of events within the school, the article below lists some examples of activity on campus, which is conducted within an age-appropriate framework to ensure all students needs are met.

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Putting Life Skills into practice: UWCSEA's Grade 8 students start their Life Skills programme each August with a focus on understanding character strengths

Karen Cockburn, Former Middle School Vice Principal, Pastoral, Dover Campus

UWCSEA's G8 students start their Life Skills programme each year with a focus on understanding character strengths using Values-in-Action Classifications.

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Queer Studies: On becoming an ally

Gemma Dawson, IBDP English Language and Literature and Theory of Knowledge (ToK) teacher, East Campus

UWCSEA East High School teacher Gemma Dawson's MSt in Women's Studies was an exciting course allowed me to focus on writing on gender and sexual identity.

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Reimagining Learning at UWCSEA

Graham Silverthorne, former Head of UWCSEA East

The future is an uncertain destination for our UWCSEA learners. Our responsibility is to equip all our students with the tools they need to navigate the faster flow, the ever-changing tides and the hidden currents which we know they will encounter when they leave us. 

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reThinking Literacy Conference: A reflection on the inaugural conference, in partnership with 21st Century Learning International

Paul Turner, Middle School English and Humanities Teacher, Dover Campus

reThinking Literacy Conference, in partnership with 21st Century Learning International, examined how educators can evolve to stay relevant and effective.

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Rockin’ rap for my soul

Now that’s something that I have been working on.

My earphones were sitting snug in my ears. My forefinger trying to select ‘Can't stop the feeling’ by Justin Timberlake.

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Round Square: An Unforgettable Experience

Round Square really was an incredible experience. However unfortunate we were that COVID-19 struck when it did, we still had lots of fun at our weekly meetings, and discussing current affairs on our group chat. What we couldn’t go to see, was instead brought to us in a wild array of colourful presentations and beautiful pictures.

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Round Square Exchange - Tokyo, Japan

I did not expect the Round Square exchange program to be as incredible as it was. I went to Tokyo, Japan for three weeks with one of my friends and I had an amazing experience. Japan was one of my top choices, as I have lived there previously, and know a bit of the language. I was really excited to be able to experience Japan from a different angle. 

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SCC Rugby Tournament - Dragons U16 and U14 reports

Friday, 2 November saw the boys fight through a three team group including SJII and Lycée Français de Singapour, playing each team twice. A stellar performance in the first game against a very strong French side saw a close loss but exceptional performances from our three G11 playmakers in Ben Glanville, Hector Martin Dit Neuville and Kyle Hunter.

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Scholarship snapshot

23 December 2020

Part of what makes UWCSEA so special are our scholars. Each year, around 100 young people join the College in Grade 8, 10 or 11 on full or partial scholarships. Our scholarship programme is funded by both school fees and by generous donors. 

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SEASAC Cross Country 2018

The UWCSEA East Cross Country team competed in the SEASAC Cross Country Championships which were hosted by Alice Smith School (KLASS) on 31 November and 1 December.

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SEASAC Football 2018 - Dragons girls team report

At the start of November, the UWCSEA East Dragons girls SEASAC football team travelled to Bangkok to participate in the annual SEASAC championship tournament. The weekend started off perfectly with a fantastic run from the girls on the first day, winning all their games by a long shot.

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SEASAC Model UN 2019

Last week, delegates from the UWCSEA East Model UN (MUN) club participated in the SEASAC MUN 2019 conference held at Harrow International School Conference held in Bangkok, Thailand from 2 to 4 March.

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Setting our sights on solar

Did you know that our world emits the mass equivalent of nine blue whales (1,260,000 kilograms) of carbon dioxide every second? Did you also know that Singapore, despite its rapid development, still sources most of its energy through the burning of natural gas?

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'She is More', Youth Art Competition

In May some of our talented and passionate Art students entered the youth art competition, ‘She Is More’ and were chosen to exhibit their work at the Sundaram Tagore Gallery at Gillman Barracks.

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Silat with Uli Fadhli

During the week of 2–6 November 2020, the UWCSEA East Drama Department hosted an Artist-in-Residence, Uli Fadhli to work with Middle school Drama and High school IB theatre students

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Solar for East

“Empower” – the theme for this year’s TEDxUWCSEA Dover 2021 – means different things to different people. This year's event, on 14 April, featured speakers who discussed their interpretation of the word ‘empower’ to an audience, with the aim of collectively redefining the word ‘empower’. Organised by Valeria and Maria Isabel, the event also featured moderators, Enos and Luis.

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Stand up for equality, justice and human dignity today – on the anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Today, we shine a spotlight on the critical and growing problem of displaced youth. An unprecedented 79 million people around the world have been forced from their homes due to conflict and violence – including 19 million children displaced within their own countries, more than ever before. 

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Staying connected: UWCSEA Alumni Virtual Gathering for Hong Kong

The Alumni team wrapped up the first leg of their 2021 event calendar with a virtual event in Hong Kong. While it may be their seventh such event, this one in particular was not quite like the rest. It started in September 2020 when Shivin Agarwal ‘12 reached out and shared the vision he had together with fellow alum, Syrie Byfield ‘14, on creating a formal group connecting the UWCSEA alumni based in Hong Kong.

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Student Theatre Festival 2020

Over four nights from 24–27 November, the East High School Drama Department put on the inaugural Student Theatre Festival. Friends and family joined in via Zoom to watch the performances.

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Sustainability education zones – learning with nature

The College uses a systems thinking approach to environmental education of our students, recognising that our campuses, community and curriculum are interconnected.

Keeping our environmental stewardship learning areas up to date is essential for learner engagement and continued innovation. Thanks to generous community support, the East sustainability team updated several locations around East Campus in 2019/2020.

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Sustainable Development Goals Writing Competition Winners!

Following the Sustainable Development Goals Focus Day which fell on 14 May 2021, UWCSEA Dover students reflected further on the impact of the goals and the inspiration behind them by taking part in a writing competition! Check out our best submissions and winners!

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Swimdonesia 2018 - student reflection

On Friday, 26 October, UWCSEA East held the annual Swimdonesia event, a collaboration between three student-led Global Concerns groups: SurfAid, Gili Eco Trust, and Jakarta Street Kids. The event took place at the swimming complex and lasted from around 3 to 8pm. Following is my reflection on the evening.

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Taking a new seat in the UWCSEA classroom

23 December 2020

In August 2020, 10 members of the Class of 2020 were selected to participate in the East Campus Gap Year and Alumni Training Programme. This group has the unique opportunity to spend some time at school in a completely different capacity, learning new skills and gaining valuable insights into education as a career. 

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Tales of our time, for our time

As youth, we are constantly being pushed and moulded to fit the box. The box our parents want us to be in, our teachers, peers, coaches, anyone with a say in our lives wants us to do what they think is right for us. Not often do we get the chance to indulge ourselves in exiting the boxes and creating a space to make our own, to talk about the issues in our lives that are relevant and affect us, the things we care about.

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Tech tools for teaching at Krousar Thmey: UWCSEA collabroates with NGO partners in Cambodia to provide technology support

Adrienne Michetti, Digital Literacy Coach, David Caleb, Digital Literacy Coach
Jeff Plaman, Former Digital Literacy Coach
Keri-Lee Beasley, Former Digital Literacy Coach, East Campus

UWCSEA East Digital Literacy Coaches travelled to NGO partner Krousar Thmey in Cambodia to provide technology training.

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TEDxUWCSEA Dover 2021

“Empower” – the theme for this year’s TEDxUWCSEA Dover 2021 – means different things to different people. This year's event, on 14 April, featured speakers who discussed their interpretation of the word ‘empower’ to an audience, with the aim of collectively redefining the word ‘empower’. Organised by Valeria and Maria Isabel, the event also featured moderators, Enos and Luis.

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Thank you, Chris!

Such was Chris’ opening message to our community on his appointment as the ninth Head of UWCSEA. As we prepare to farewell Chris Edwards after five years as Head of College, we’ve asked a cross-section of his community for a reflection on his contribution to the College, Singapore and the UWC movement as a whole.

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The Impact of UWC Day 2018

UWC Day 2018, took place across all 17 UWC colleges on Friday, 21 September, coinciding with World Peace Day. The International Office of UWC decided the theme this year was “Inspire Change”, and the planning of events to implement this theme was student-driven.

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The impossible is what takes a little longer: Pascale Moreau '79 at the Dover Graduation 2019 ceremony

It is a true honor for me to be here and I want to thank UWCSEA for its invitation. I also have to say that I am terrified by the level of expectations that has been recently created through the commencement speech of billionaire Robert Smithso I need to say at the outset that I will not offer to repay your student loans!

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The path to science is not always a straight one: Virtual research talk with alumna Dr. Rochelle Aw

On Tuesday, 23 March 2021, with the guidance of Mr Tim Lovatt, Grade 11 students from the Girls in Stem group and Alkene and Botany at UWCSEA Dover Campus, Annika and Vrinja, hosted a virtual research talk with Class of 2003 alumna, Dr. Rochelle Aw, a post-doctoral research associate at Imperial College.

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The Power of Community Giving

When COVID-19 closed UWCSEA’s doors in March 2020 and canceled our annual fundraising events, Carma Elliot, College President, issued an extraordinary appeal to the community to support the Scholarship Programme. The tremendous response in just a few days went beyond all expectations with over 500 gifts and almost $500,000 raised to support our incoming scholars.

Hear directly from our scholars from Malaysia, Namibia and Tajikistan who benefited from this extraordinary act of generosity from our community as they have adjusted to their first year at UWCSEA.

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The realities of favouritism in our society

The following is a piece of student work submitted to Community News.

Between siblings sometimes runs a white-hot streak of competition, a feeling to compare and contest. Always trying to one-up the other; to fight for parental approval. 

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There is more in us – 50 years of the UWC spirit in Singapore

Anniversaries are at their heart reminders, dates in our calendars when we pause and reflect on events and milestones which matter to us. Events to mark the College’s 50th anniversary, which we will kick off in August 2021 and which will resonate throughout the school year, are an ideal opportunity for us to remember and honour how far we have come since our founding in December 1971.

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