Today Dulwich College International (DCI) celebrates the Grand Opening of Dulwich College in Singapore. The opening of Dulwich College (Singapore) was the largest of any international school to date with 884 students in August last year. Currently, the College provides for 920 students and we expect this number to rise to 1,300 at the start of the next academic year this August. The second phase of the College’s construction has been brought forward by one year in response to the demand for places at our academically selective, international school in Butik Batok. Nick Magnus, Headmaster, Dulwich College (Singapore)：
For an international school to open with nearly 900 students is a first and I have to thank all our parents and students, who have put their faith in the College. I am looking forward to the exciting challenge of building on this start with all my staff to create one of the world’s best schools. We want to provide our students with an exceptional education equipping them with the knowledge, skills and confidence to pursue the opportunities life will present them.”
Dr Amy Khor, Member of Parliament for Hong Kah North - the constituency in which Dulwich College (Singapore) sits, is the guest of honour at the Grand Opening. In 1996, Dulwich College was the first of the British independent schools to open a school overseas and the College in Singapore is now the seventh Dulwich College school in Asia. As with the other schools, the Singapore College has a diverse student population with over 40 nationalities represented, British national the largest group. Currently, it has over 80 teachers several of whom came from other Dulwich Colleges, including the founding school in London. The majority of teachers are British with over 50 percent coming from the UK. The 50,000sqm school will be able to accommodate 2,500 students in 2016 when the second phase of development is completed. The development represents a significant investment for Dulwich College International.
The students and teachers of Dulwich College in Singapore have been hard at work creating ’the streets of Dulwich’. In preparation for the Grand Opening they have decorated the hallways in ways that represent the location of the founding school in London and the Dulwich College International schools in China and Seoul.[/caption] Today, at the official Grand Opening and Founder’s Day, Dr Amy Khor, will be joined by the Headmaster of Dulwich College (Singapore), Mr Nick Magnus; Master of Dulwich College in London, Dr Joseph Spence; Chairman of the Board of Governors of Dulwich College, Lord Turnbull; the Founder and Executive Chairman of DCI, Mr Fraser White; the CEO of DCI, Mr Christian Guertler; CFO of DCI, Mr David Yung; Director of Schools of DCI, Mr Brian McDouall; and, Britain’s Head of Mission and Acting High Commissioner, Mrs Judith Slater. Headmasters of the other international Dulwich schools will also attend. Dr Joseph Spence, Master, Dulwich College:
I consider the Dulwich schools a commonwealth of schools linked by a single academic ethos. All the schools are equal, all have something to offer and all have their own personalities – it is a tremendously powerful combination. In a world where global networking is becoming a fact of life, it is important that we foster international links in as many ways as we can in our schools.”