The Senior School Production, ‘Oliver!’, was performed on the 2nd and 3rd March, and was a huge success. Students from Year 7 to Year 13 collaborated on this vast project and worked extremely hard over a period of 6 months to produce a spectacular performance. Everyone involved, from the cast to the orchestra, the backstage crew to costume and make-up design, should feel incredibly proud of this achievement. It was both the hardest and most rewarding show I have directed in my career and I want to thank every student and member of staff involved for making it so memorable. Below are some words from a few cast members, explaining what being in ‘Oliver!’ meant to them.
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‘I think that ‘Oliver!’ was just a wonderful opportunity to express my talents. I was also pleased it was a musical instead of a play. Since this is my first year in the Senior School, I was very happy to have sung, danced and acted in my first production in Senior School. I also thought it was a very memorable experience for me as it was the first time I was a main role in a production. I was also pleased with the amount of Year 7 students who also participated in this wonderful musical. During this experience I have also made very good friendships with students older than me, so ‘Oliver!’ helped me make lots of new friends. I have also learned a lot of new skills that I can use in my Drama for the future. This was probably one of the most memorable experiences I've had and ever will have. Thank you everyone, for supporting me through this process!’
Rowland who played the role of Oliver
‘Being in the cast of this year’s performance, ‘Oliver!’, was a fantastic experience. Collaborating with a cast of all age groups was tough at times, but everyone gave it 100% in rehearsal and together we pulled off a great performance. Playing the role of Nancy has been my best on-stage experience at Dulwich College Shanghai. I am glad to be ending my time at the College after portraying such an incredible role. The rehearsal process started off slow and although it wasn't always easy to bring the amount of energy that the role required, it was always the thrill of performing with the other talented members of the cast that helped me. The musical ‘Oliver!’ requires so much young talent from students in Year 7 and Year 8, and I was blown away by the professionalism from Rowland (Oliver) and Ethan (Artful Dodger) in rehearsal. The overall talent of the cast and the standard of performance we achieved was something we will all remember’.
Ella who played the role of Nancy
‘Being in ‘Oliver!’ was a thrilling experience. It was the first fully-fledged musical I had ever done. Despite my terrible dancing, my inability to remove any of the songs from memory, and the fact that I will now be remembered as Mr. Bumble, I do miss those late Wednesday rehearsals and will now until the day I die unwillingly sing verses of the songs from ‘Oliver!’
Xavier who played the role of Mr. Bumble
Being part of ‘Oliver!’ and being Fagin was an amazing experience for me. When I first got told that I was playing the part of an old man I must admit I was questioning myself a little. However, later I discovered he is quite fun character to play and in the end I was portrayed as a woman, so I was happy. Through the process of ‘Oliver!’ I was able to develop my skills of acting and singing at the same time as working with an amazing cast. Despite the fact that there were a lot of very young cast members, everyone acted as if they were professional and this created a good and more relaxed environment therefore making the pressure of the huge show seem less. During the lead up to the show I was constantly either on stage, practicing with the orchestra, getting my costume put together, being told where I could improve, or trying to find some water so my voice didn't dry out, and I could not have put up with all of that if it weren't for the fact that the teachers involved were so helpful and kind. Everyone put in so much effort to make the show as great as it was and we all worked so well together and got along really well. I am so grateful to have been part of the show and I am sad that it is over. I will definitely be participating in the next production Dulwich College Shanghai has to offer in hope of an experience with equally high standards as ‘Oliver!’.
Natasha who played the part of Fagin
How long have you studied at Dulwich College Shanghai?
I began my studies at Dulwich College Shanghai 10 years ago in 2007, and graduated this spring.
What have you enjoyed about studying at Dulwich College Shanghai?
In my time at Dulwich College Shanghai, I have had the privilege of indulging in a wide variety of extracurricular activities that the school has to offer. From the orchestra to badminton to teaching English, Dulwich College Shanghai has given me the opportunity to explore and develop a myriad of interests, many of which I hope to continue at university in addition to my academic pursuits.
I am indebted to my supportive teachers and university counsellors, who have done so much in the past few years to ensure that my journey throughout Senior School has been a smooth and enjoyable one. I am truly grateful to all the staff who have dedicated so much of their time beyond regular class hours to support and share their passion with me.
What are your fondest memories?
Many of my fondest memories are found in the day-to-day interactions I have had with my peers and teachers. My combination of IB subjects meant that I was able to fully engage in two years of stimulating and insightful discussions.
Beyond the classroom, I have garnered many amazing memories from travel opportunities that wouldn’t have been possible if not for the support and encouragement from my teachers. In the past two years, I’ve attended a film festival in Qatar, travelled to the UK for college interviews, and spent an extended weekend at New York University Abu Dhabi this spring. I’ve had the privilege of meeting and learning from many amazing people, and I am particularly indebted to the school’s university counselling team for these fortunate travel experiences.
What subjects did you study at IB?
I studied English Literature, Film and Economics at Higher Level, Mathematics, Chemistry and Spanish at Standard Level. I conducted my Extended Essay research on film theory.
Which university do you plan to attend this year?
I will be enrolling at New York University Abu Dhabi this semester on a full scholarship.
What is your chosen degree?
New York University Abu Dhabi is a liberal arts college, and the benefit of its education system is that I will have the opportunity to explore a variety of courses before declaring my major in the second year. My current plan is to pursue a degree in either Film or Economics (or both!), but I am keeping my options open. For this upcoming semester, I have enrolled in a variety of exciting courses, which include “Global Economic and Political Thought”, “Astronomy and Cosmology” and “Techniques for Film Production”.
What are your plans after university?
My goal is to pursue a career in filmmaking upon graduation, or to continue further studies in academia.
Dulwich College Shanghai interview Head Boy Johnnie and Head Girl Mao about their experiences in university preparation.
What year did you join Dulwich College Shanghai and the Road to University Pathway?
Johnnie: I joined Dulwich College Shanghai in Year 6 and have followed the 'Road to University Pathway' from the beginning in Year 7 to Year 13, my final year.
Can you please share your first university counselling experience?
Mao: I joined the College in Year 8. In my earlier years, I explored my personality and my interests, to try and pinpoint a career I would be interested in. I then brought this down the track, exploring what subjects would be required for my desired courses and careers.
Did the University Counselling influence your option selection in Year 9?
Johnnie: During Year 9 students were required to produce a Senior School Plan to improve study skills, select IGCSE classes, and explore new co-curricular activities. The university counselling Team spends as much time as necessary to get to know students individually to make the best course selections for each one of us. I had a special case in Year 9 where I was the only student in the entire year group to have chosen a specific subject combination of Chinese Literature, History, and Economics, and the combination presented scheduling issues. The counselling Team were able to fully resolve the issue for me.
How did the university counselling team engage in your university planning progress?
Mao: The University Counselling Team guided us through the whole process, from writing our personal statements to securing our university list. They advised us on considering the best courses for us for the IGCSEs and the IB, that would best prepare us for university. As my counsellor got to know me better, she was extremely helpful in assisting me to find the ‘best fit’ universities, where I would feel the most happiest and satisfied with my university experience. They also encouraged us to start attending university fairs at an early stage, which really helped me in Year 12, as I had already done quite a lot of research, and had a brief idea of what types of institutions I was looking for.
What was the highlight of University Counselling in Year 11?
Mao: After several discussions with my counsellor, I was able to select the subjects that I not only loved, but also ones that would best prepare me for my courses. At times, it seemed daunting that our subject choices can change our university options, however they were always there to help out, to suggest combinations which would best accommodate my needs. In addition, I attended a summer school which helped me to build concrete plans on what I wanted to major in, as well as on a brief insight into what university life.
Did the University Counselling continue during your IBDP?
Johnnie: Yes, certainly students in Year 12 and Year 13 are fully supported throughout the university application process. I began my process early, so I now spend the majority of my time discussing career orientations and future aspirations, whilst some of my peers focus on their priorities. This may be building their own university lists, preparing for standardized tests, like SATs/ACTs, and visiting universities worldwide. It’s an extremely personalized process.
Now in Year 13, what are the final steps to the 'Roadmap to University’?
Johnnie: This year I will be focusing on completing my personal statement, maintaining my academic efforts, requesting teacher recommendation letters, and submitting my university applications - quite the standard list for final year students. I also attend all the university events that take place on campus whenever a college I’m interested in has a representative visiting. Hopefully, in June 2018 we can all celebrate our successes!
During the Year 5 MUN project, I learnt that not everybody receives a quality education. Where you live, your gender and ethnicity can all influence the type of and quality of your education. I also learnt how to debate and how to use voting procedures which will help me in later life.
I enjoyed asking questions, using the correct language (Point of Order, Right of Reply, Point of information) and voting. I also quite enjoyed making my speech at the closing ceremony and meeting students from other Dulwich College International Schools.
Something important I learned was how easy it was to make a speech in front of a room full of people, if you tried hard. I was surprised when Mr. Andy came rushing in telling us a disaster had just occurred. At first I thought it was a fire drill but then I realised that it was part of the conference and that we had to discuss how we would help Chile with their floods.
I have been inspired to do something to help the global goals whether it's recycling or not wasting food. The conference guest speaker, Saira O’Mallie, helped me to understand that sometimes the most important thing we can do is use our voice to show how we feel about injustice and help to change the world.
If I met other students who were taking part in MUN for the first time, I would tell them to expect to meet new people, gain confidence in public speaking and learn how to debate. I would also tell them that it is a very positive experience.
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of IB students score 40+ points.
- IGCSE Results
2 Top in China, History & Chinese as a second language
Co-curricular activities per week
New student satisfaction (September 2017)
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