Why academic success is only one part of a happy, healthy life
- Prize Category: Supporting Healthy Lives
- Format: Lecture
- Country: China
- Languages: Streamed live in English with automated captions in Arabic, English, French, Portuguese, Spanish, Japanese, Filipino, Malay, Serbian and Hindi.
- Learn more about the Top Ten Shortlisted Schools in the Supporting Healthy Lives category on the World’s Best School Prizes website.
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About the school
Dulwich College Shanghai Pudong, an international school in Shanghai, China, has a strong academic reputation, but its vision extends far beyond academic success. Pushing back against the commonly held view that only results matter, it gives students a holistic education based on three key principles – to value every voice, do the right thing, and make a difference.
The school community is made up of families from over 40 different countries, with an increasing number of returning Chinese and Asian families who consider academic excellence non-negotiable. However, academics are delivered through a wellbeing ethos, and Dulwich College Shanghai Pudong pursues an educational model that centres on the child and healthy living is woven into every fibre of its being. Not just the teachers, every staff member that contributes to the operation of the school centres around the welfare of the students. From the IT manager, to the HR recruitment manager to the school guard. If you were to ask about their job’s core duty, the reply would be to keep the children safe.
The catering team, which works not only with staff, but also parents and students in the Food Committee, serves healthy food options for different diets, including vegetarian and foods from different cultures and also provides education on nutrition. The operations team has invested in an air filtration system, uses cleaning robots to help clean the school’s facilities, and has installed UV light sterilisation to act as a disinfectant.
The Wellbeing and Healthy Living programme has been well received by parents who have come to embrace an educational style not commonly seen in the region. According to the school’s data: 91% of parents felt their child is ‘safe and well-cared for at school’ and 88% agree their child is happy at school’. Students felt similarly: 83% felt ‘safe and well-cared for’ and 81% ‘enjoying learning at school’ and expressed their happiness at being enrolled in the school.
Join us for a session showcasing a holistic approach to education
Moderator: Garry Russell
Mr Russell is the Head of College at Dulwich College Shanghai Pudong, and has a wealth of experience as an educator and as a leader. He has over 20 years of experience in international education, including three years as Headteacher at Regents International School in Thailand and six years at the British School of Guangzhou as Head of Secondary and Vice Principal.
Speaker 1: Victoria Foster
Vicky is the Head of Junior School and Professional Learning lead at DCSPD.
Speaker 2: Lavinia Tong
Lavinia is the Director of Admissions and Marketing at DCSPD.