Middle School welcome guide 2020/2021 - Dover Campus - UWCSEA
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1 Welcome from the Contents Middle School Ambassadors Welcome from the Middle School Ambassadors.....................1 Welcome to UWCSEA! We understand that starting at a new school can be a bit scary and challenging. Moving is hard, but Welcome from the Principal..........................................................1 it can also be fun and exciting. Finding your way around................................................................2 We hope that this booklet makes your start at UWCSEA Who can help?..................................................................................2 easier. You will find lots of information on school life such as, expeditions, activities, what to wear to PE, and more. Communications..............................................................................2 On your first day of school, your advisor will introduce you Middle School uniform...................................................................3 to a ‘buddy’ who will make sure you know where your classes Getting to school—transportation..............................................4 are, help orientate you to the school and help you meet new Lunch and snacks.............................................................................5 people. Remember, we have all been new to UWCSEA at some point so don’t hesitate to approach any student to ask Homework.........................................................................................5 questions or just to say hello. Lost property....................................................................................5 We are looking forward to getting to know you, and we hope Lockers................................................................................................5 that you have a wonderful start at UWCSEA! Additional information about subjects.......................................5 Who are the Middle School Ambassadors? Technology........................................................................................7 The Ambassadors are a group of students who welcome new students to the school and help to make their transition as Service and Activities programmes.............................................7 easy and as comfortable as possible. We also say goodbye Service................................................................................................8 to the students leaving our school. Sometimes we act as representatives of UWCSEA when we have visitors, Sports.................................................................................................8 organisations or committees viewing UWCSEA. Arts......................................................................................................9 Outdoor education..........................................................................9 Welcome from the Principal Middle School enrichment trips...................................................10 Welcome to Middle School. The adolescent years are an important time of transition House System...................................................................................11 from childhood to adulthood. We strive Dover Middle School contacts......................................................12 to ensure that all our students have a strong sense of belonging with increased opportunities for independence and responsibility. Our learning programme supports students to realise their potential in a diverse range of areas by ensuring that they are engaged in their learning while feeling supported and challenged. We encourage you to become fully involved in College life by actively participating in a challenging Academic curriculum, Outdoor Education, Service, Activities and ourPersonal and Social Education programme. We look forward to you joining our community. Cameron Hunter Middle School Principal
2 Finding your way around Communications There is a map of the campus in the student planner, which is UWCSEA is an exciting environment, but with so many things given to students on the first day of school. happening it can be a challenge to stay up-to-date. For students Who can help? Student planner Your Middle School student planner is essential; remember Buddy to bring it every day. It is not just for recording homework On your first day of school, your advisor will introduce you to and planning projects but also for communication between a ‘buddy’. This is a student in your Advisory who will make sure parents and teachers. you know where your classes are, help orientate you to the school and help you meet new people. Please ask your parents to check and sign your planner every week. Assembly and advisory group Teachers Each grade has a weekly assembly, and the daily bulletin If you have any questions about your subjects or assignments, announcements are read in advisory group time each day. it is best to approach your subject teacher for clarification and guidance. Personal Gmail and system login Each student is issued with a login to the website where you Advisors can view information tailored to your needs and sign-up for You see your advisor every day during advisory group period. the Activities and Service programme. They will keep in touch with you about your overall progress All students are also issued with a College-linked Gmail and your general welfare. Your advisor is the first person you account, which the College uses to communicate directly can approach with any concerns. with you. You should check your email daily. Heads of Grade Student portal Your Head of Grade is responsible for ensuring all students under The student portal is dedicated to providing information you their care are supported and challenged. They liaise closely with need to know on upcoming events and reports on what has advisors, subject teachers and counsellors to ensure students happened, lunch menus and more. are provided with the necessary encouragement, guidance and support to reach their potential. You are always welcome to The Notices section will tell you what is going on in the school approach your Head of Grade with any ideas or concerns. that day that may affect you such as sports try-outs, changes to activity locations, music and drama auditions, and Global Counselling Concerns events. There is also a calendar for Middle School. There are four College counsellors at the Dover Campus. For parents They are available to all students who wish to consult them Student planner about more personal issues and concerns. Students see the counsellors for a wide variety of reasons including adjusting The Middle School student planner is essential, and students to a new school and new country. When you consult a should bring it to school each day. It is for recording homework counsellor, what you speak about is completely confidential, and also contains a lot of other useful information, including: except in cases of personal risk or harm. Contact details for • student expectations and responsibilities the counsellors are on the back cover of this booklet. • details on the importance of social and emotional learning and overall well-beings • topical information and guidelines such as giving presentations, working collaboratively • information on topics such as giving presentations, writing assignments Parents are asked to check and sign the student planner each week. Student absences Please notify the Middle School Office if your child is absent or going to be late to school. If your child needs to attend an appointment during school hours, you will need to collect your child and obtain a slip to leave the campus from the Middle School Office.
3 Middle School uniform Parent absences from Singapore All Middle School students wear a green short-sleeved polo If both parents are travelling outside Singapore, we need to shirt with a grey culottes, trousers or shorts. If a T-shirt is know who your child’s guardian is in case of an emergency. worn as a vest or undershirt, it should be plain and white, and Please let us know by returning a completed Nomination of a visible only at the neck. Socks must be grey, black or white Supervisor during Temporary Parental Absence form, which can only, with no patterns. be found on the website portal. Uniforms can be purchased from the College Shop on Dover Parent portal Campus, which is open on school days and during orientation week. Each parent is issued with a login to the parent portal via our website where you can view information tailored to Footwear your family and about your child/ren. Access to a number of Shoes should be of a practical design and must be black with key systems as well as daily updated notices and the online black laces. Shoes must enclose the foot, but not cover the calendar are located here, including: ankles. Socks should be white, grey or black. • online medical information system (for review and updating) • contact information update system (for review and updating) Jewellery • student record system Middle School students are permitted to wear one pair of ear (timetable, attendance records, reports and assessments) studs or sleepers. Religious necklaces may be worn if they • notices for parents are discreet. Nose studs are not permitted, unless written (you can see the notices sent to students as well) permission is given for cultural or religious reasons. Rings and bracelets should not be worn. • homework Tongue/nose studs and eyebrow rings are also prohibited. Calendar There is an up-to-date online calendar on the school website. Hair and makeup The College uses Google Calendar, and, depending on the Students are not expected to wear extreme styles and only calendar system you use, you can import all or some of these natural hair colouration is permitted. Discreet makeup is events from Google Calendar to your own to help you keep permitted in Middle School, however coloured nail polish on top of what’s happening! If setting this up in advance, is not. please make sure you include the Middle School, Dover Campus and UWCSEA/College calendars—you can also Mufti days include other school sections and the PA calendar. Mufti (non-uniform) days are called focus days at UWCSEA— please see page 7 for details. Focus days have a theme and eBrief students are expected to dress appropriately, culturally This weekly email consolidates key information into an easy- sensitively and ensure their outfits meet requirements for to-read format for parents. Considered essential reading, PE and practical subjects such as Science and Design and eBrief is sent to all parents every Friday during the school Technology. term. It contains information for parents on the upcoming two weeks. You can expect the first eBrief the Friday before School and laptop bags school commences—to help you get ready for the start of the Middle School students may choose their own backpack/ year. It is not sent during school holidays. school bag style. Students must minimise the risk of damage Workshops for parents are scheduled during Term 1 to when carrying the computer to and from lessons. Laptops help familiarise you with the features of the website portal must be carried around school in a protective sleeve/bag. and calendars. UWCSEA app The UWCSEA App is available for iOS and Android devices. Search for UWCSEA and download the app to access eBrief, the calendar, notices, a campus map, your child(ren)’s timetable (including their activities for each day), the staff directory and more. You will need your login details to access the App, as the information is customised to each user.
4 Getting to school—transportation PE uniform There are several ways to travel to school: Students may wear their PE uniform to school if they have PE Bus in the first two periods of the day, but they must bring their The most common is by the school bus, which is provided normal school uniform to school to change into (including the by a company called Yeap Transport. They go to most places uniform black shoes). If students have PE later in the day, they in Singapore. The Transport Office organises the school bus must wear their school uniform to school and bring their PE service—contact details are on the back cover if you would uniform to change into. like to know more. You can book either a one-way or two- Indoor lessons: UWCSEA PE shirt, UWCSEA PE shorts, white way service. sports socks, training shoes. Buses arrive in time for the start of school each day, and leave Outdoor lessons: UWCSEA PE shirt, UWCSEA PE shorts with at around 3.15pm. Pick-up and drop-off times are advised a hat, long football socks, studded boots for field activities when you book the bus service, which is door-to-door. (hockey, touch, rugby, football). Shin pads are required for If you have an after-school activity that ends at 4.20pm, you hockey and football lessons, and mouth guards are needed can take the Activity bus home which leaves at 4.35pm. You for contact rugby and hockey lessons (these can be purchased will have to make your own arrangement to get home if the from the College Shop). activity ends after this. Aquatics: Girls – one-piece swimming costume. Boys – trunks or short swimming shorts (no longer than PE shorts). Public transport A swimming cap is required for students who need to tie their There are a number of public buses that drop off near the hair back (these can be purchased from the PE Department). entrance to the school driveway. Students in Middle School UVA-protective shirts are highly recommended. are permitted to leave the campus at the end of the school day without an accompanying adult and therefore are able to Other: A towel and water bottle are required for all PE use the extensive public transport system. lessons plus hat and sun block for all outdoor lessons. Middle School students always shower after PE lessons, so they need There are number of online route planners to help you plan to bring a towel on these days. your trip from home to school. Sun protection Car We ask students to wear a hat for any outside activities and If you come to school via private car in the morning then you apply sunscreen. Students should also carry a water bottle should be dropped off at the designated drop-off points. that can be used throughout the day. If you are also being picked up in the afternoon, you can be collected from the same place. Bicycle You are welcome to cycle to school, and there are secure bicycle racks available under cover. Cyclists must wear a safety helmet and obey all road rules.
5 Lunch and snacks Additional information regarding subjects There are two canteens offering a wide variety of food, with Languages influences from all over the world. If you buy your lunch rather In Middle School, it is compulsory to take a second than bring it from home, it will cost between $3 and $7 per day. language—unless you are in the EAL programme which The Verandah has several counters and many options, ranging means that English is your second language and you are doing from healthy snacks like sushi, fruit salad and freshly squeezed Additional English instead or you are in Study Skills. juices to more substantial offerings like pasta, pizza, a salad bar You should already know which language you are signed up and a sandwich bar where you can choose the fillings. Rolls, for. If not, please ask your advisor or Head of Grade. sandwiches, fruit smoothies and other drinks are also available. Languages Other Than English first languages courses are for In the second canteen, The Pavilion, there is an Indian stall where those whose proficiency in the language is of native or near fresh naan is served with a variety of Indian curries. There is also native speakers’ level. The aim is to develop sensitivity and a large counter with a wide selection of hot Western, Asian or effectiveness of speaking and listening through various themes, Halal dishes and sandwiches, wraps, sushi, fruit and yoghurt. tasks and activities using literary and non-literary texts. Students Fresh whole fruit is available in both canteens. There are also develop their reading and writing skills, and their awareness in options for breakfast and after-school snacks. The tricky thing analytical, critical and original thinking using a variety of texts. is deciding what to buy for your lunch, but that is up to you! The appreciation of culture is an important part of the courses. Students study literature texts through various media. Chilled, filtered water is available in water fountains, not bottles—bring a water bottle from home to refill during the day. First languages Grade 6: Break times • Chinese Three breaks are scheduled every day: morning break (9.25– 9.50am), lunch time (11.30am–12.20pm) and a 10-minute break • Further options below in our Home Languages Programme in the afternoon at 1.35pm. There is also a five minute change Grade 7 and 8: over period between the end of school and start of activities. • Chinese • Dutch (see below) Homework • German (see below) Homework will become an increasingly important part • Further options below in our Home Languages Programme of your life in Middle School. You should expect to spend Second languages between 40 minutes to two hours on homework each evening. The overall amount will vary from time to time; Grade 6: at some points you may have little or no homework, while at • Beginners, foreign language and second language Chinese other times you will have significantly more. (see below) If you find that managing your homework load is becoming • Beginners and foreign language French stressful or a struggle, talk to your advisor and they will help. • Foreign language Spanish You will use your Middle School Planner to record homework Grade 7: set, keep track of deadlines and to plan your time effectively. • Foreign language and second language Chinese (see below) We also use an online system for teachers and students to • Foreign language French communicate about homework and this is visible to parents. • Beginners and foreign language Spanish Grade 8: Lost property • Foreign language and second language Chinese (see below) Please go to Reception to ask about or report lost property, • Foreign language Spanish or to hand in something you have found. Found valuables are recorded and kept by the receptionists. Please ensure your • Beginners and foreign language French belongings are labelled. Chinese as a second language and Mandarin as a foreign language Lockers The Chinese as a Second Language course is a course in- between foreign language Chinese (Mandarin) and first You will be allocated a locker by your advisor on the first day language Chinese which suits students with a Chinese of school. You must keep your locker secure with a lock at heritage but who might not necessarily speak it as the main all times. You will need to purchase a combination lock from the language at home, or students who have extensive experience uniform shop prior to the start of school. The locks cost $10. of Chinese but are not mother tongue speakers.
6 Dutch Physical Education In addition to the other languages, Dutch lessons are available Physical Education (PE) is one of the compulsory subjects in from Grade 7–12 for native speakers of Dutch. For students in Middle School. You have two double periods every week. In Grade 7 and 8, these lessons take place after school, twice a Grade 6, you will be with your advisory group; Grade 7 and 8 week from 3–4.30pm. you are divided into sets (based on skills and ability), and boys The policy of Dutch language provision is as follows: and girls are taught separately. Throughout the year, you are assessed on different sports in this subject. • UWCSEA, together with the Dutch speaking community in Singapore, operates a joint scheme to employ a fully qualified You will need to wear the school’s PE uniform during the teacher of Dutch. This teacher provides Dutch tuition both lessons and studded boots are a requirement for sports such within and outside the normal timetable for native speakers as football and rugby. It is also recommended to bring your of Dutch. The teacher is a full-time employee of the College, own racquet for sports such as tennis and badminton. but the Dutch speaking community contributes to the total Students need to wear a hat and sunblock for outdoor sports cost of employing the teacher. and a rash vest over the top of your swimmers for aquatics. • The College is thus not obliged to provide Dutch tuition You should bring a towel on PE days as you shower and but does so to accommodate the wishes of the Dutch change after lessons. Don’t forget a water bottle, as it is easy and Flemish community. For this reason, there is an extra to become dehydrated in the heat and humidity. charge levied by the Dutch community for any Dutch tuition. The cost depends on the number of students taking Valuables such as phones and wallets should be placed Dutch lessons. More information is available from Hans in your locked locker prior to PE. Do not bring leave any Schellekens (firstname.lastname@example.org). valuables in the PE change rooms. German There are three days of sport each year for all Middle School students. The Days of Sport are house based and as such the In Grade 7 and 8, German is taught as a first language for student compete for their allocated house throughout the native speakers according to the Swiss curriculum. This is day. Each Day of Sport has a theme: Games based, swimming, a provision for Swiss students joining us in Grade 7 from and track and field. the Swiss School. Other German native speakers may join this class, but will have to sit a test that assesses if their There is a comprehensive competitive and recreational level of German is sufficient to keep up with the specific sporting programme offered through the Activities curriculum requirements. More information is available from programme—see later section for details on how to get Wolfgang Oesch (email@example.com). involved. Home Languages Programme (HLP) The HLP is for students who want to maintain a language spoken at home but do not study this language as part of the academic curriculum during the school day. In other words, it enables students to study their mother tongue languages outside of the regular curriculum so they do not ‘lose’ their mother tongue if this language is not offered within the taught curriculum. It is a programme of paid, weekly, after-school classes ($41.80 per lesson, GST and Admin fees included). Classes are taught in very small groups (3–6 students) by qualified, native speaker teachers hired by the school. The focus is on building students’ skills in reading and writing. The languages on offer may vary year to year, subject to demand. In 2019/2020 we ran classes for Bahasa Indonesia, Dutch, French, German, Hindi, Japanese, Spanish, Portuguese, Hebrew, Italian, Swedish, Thai and Danish. For further information, please contact the Head of Home Languages: Pilar Jimenez – (firstname.lastname@example.org)
7 Technology Service and Activities programmes Laptops There are four service and activity seasons over the three school All UWCSEA students in Grades 6–12 must have an up-to- terms each year. In Middle School, students are required to date Apple MacBook laptop to support their learning and complete two consecutive seasons of an after-school service or complete the remote laptop orientation process–Ready four consecutive seasons of a lunchtime service. They are also Learner One @ UWCSEA–for students and families. encouraged to participate in at least one activity each season. Families have two options to source a laptop for school: Service includes College, Local or Global Concerns and during your time in Middle School we encourage you to try different • use an Apple laptop that you already own types of service. There is a range of activities to choose from • purchase a new Apple laptop including sports (competitive and recreational), visual and Ready Learner One @ UWCSEA is a set of learning performing arts (art, drama and music), leadership (e.g., Student engagements and families will be supported remotely to Representative Council, the Ambassadors, GC Executive) and complete both levels: enrichment (e.g. chess, accessories creation, debating and much more). • Level 1: System Setup – This level will help set you up to use the school systems; Activities are usually after school from 3.05–4.20pm or 4.30– including wifi, printing and our software distribution 6pm. There are activity buses that leave school at 4.35pm to system (Filewave) take you home, but if you have an activity that ends later, you will need to arrange your own transportation. You should check • Level 2: Taking Care what time and day your activities are scheduled on before you – This level will help you consider how you will take care request to sign up so you can make it to all of them. of your laptop and yourself. You will also create a shared family media agreement to help develop a positive Many activities are included in your school fees, but some require environment for use of a laptop at home. additional payment to cover equipment, coaching or other costs; this will be noted in the sign-up system when you make your It is compulsory for students to store and carry their laptops preference each season, and payment generally needs to be in a padded bag. A shoulder strap is strongly recommended. made before the activity commences. During lunch and break time, laptops must be secured in lockers. Sign up Students and parents can view the Service and Activities Digital devices overview for the year by logging into the Activities database Digital devices include items such as mobile phones, kindles, through the portal using their User ID and password. Students iPads, and more. In order to promote a healthy balance in are encouraged to plan their activities for the year. your lifestyle, you should not use digital devices during breaks Signing up for activities is completed online during sign up or lunchtimes. They should be turned off and left securely in period. Sign up opening and closing dates are advertised your locker from 8am until the end of the school day. through student notices, the online calendar and eBrief. If you need to make an urgent phone call during the day, go To register your preferences, students need to log in to the to the Middle School Office and your grade level secretary portal, and then select activities from the portal menu. will help you. Likewise, if you parents need to contact you Parents are not able to submit activity preferences for their urgently, they should phone the Middle School Office and children using their parent login. leave the message with the relevant secretary. Some sports, music and drama activities hold trials or Digital citizens auditions to select their team for leagues or upcoming events. We are committed to helping students learn how to navigate Trials are held on separate days, and you are informed about the sometimes tricky world of life online. We want our Middle this beforehand via the online notices system on the portal. School students to get the best out of using the Internet and to keep themselves and others safe and healthy in their online worlds. Through lessons, assemblies and discussions, you will explore materials that will help to inform you about digital citizenship and being safe, positive and responsible online.
8 Service What is Service? Focus Days College and Local Service involves a group of students that These are organised in response to natural disasters, to aid help people and/or the environment within the College and humanitarian relief efforts in the affected area. Students can the wider Singapore community. For example: Helping In choose free dress with a colour theme to encourage raising Primary School (HIPS) assists younger students at UWCSEA, further awareness of the cause. A donation (as a personal while National University Hospital (NUH) Play Buddies, response) from students raises funds for the humanitarian Reading Buddies and SIA MINDS all work with groups in the efforts, which is directed, where possible, to a project Singapore community. connected to our Global Concerns programme. Students are expected to dress appropriately and culturally sensitively. What is a Global Concern? The College’s Service programme beyond Singapore is Sports called Global Concerns (GC). Global Concerns’ wide variety of There are 17 representative sports on Dover Campus, 13 activities and projects reflect a range of global development of them for both genders. Senior-level sport is organised challenges and associated environmental issues. Through into seasons, with College teams competing in local school their involvement with GCs, students take action to build leagues and end-of-season tournaments organised by ACSIS community awareness and raise funds to support partner (Athletics Conference of Singapore International Schools). organisations around the world. Many Middle School students participate in the ACSIS The projects that UWCSEA Middle School are involved in competitions in their appropriate age groups. reflect concern for people and human economic development Current representative teams include options to participate in in a way which is sensitive to culture, the environment and badminton, basketball, climbing, cricket (boys), cross country, sustainability. We support a range of projects that focus football, golf, gymnastics (girls), hockey, netball (girls), rugby on children, education and health, empowerment and (boys), sailing, softball, swimming, tennis, touch football and environmental conservation. volleyball. Not all of these sports teams may have an age Some of the current Middle School GC initiatives include: group for Middle School students, although many do enter teams in a range of age divisions. • Green Gecko Project, Cambodia • Kids in Cambodia There are a number of other recreational sports, such as fencing, offered via the Activities programme. • LaValla, Cambodia • Tabitha, Cambodia How do I get involved? • Jakarta Street Kids, Indonesia Check the notice boards, daily notices, eBrief and the • Waterford Kamhlaba Service Support sports website for details of tryouts. Tryouts are held at the • Blue Dragon, Vietnam beginning of each season in August, November, February and April. If you are starting school in the middle of a term, please • Promoting Animal Welfare go to the Sports Office (in the Senior Sports Hall) and ask for • Tioman Turtles, Malaysia further information. Special efforts are made in our Primary and Middle Schools to incorporate Global Concerns into the curriculum. We hope that as a result of their experiences, our students leave us with a lasting commitment to Global Concerns and an ability to turn ideas into action. How to sign up Sign up for service is done via the online activity sign up. You are expected to take your commitment to both your selected service very seriously, and full attendance is expected, unless absence is completely unavoidable. Spirit Week Spirit Week is held in Term 3 and involves all Middle School students. It focuses on Global Concerns, and each day during the week has themed activities and focus, based on the nominated GCs.
9 Arts Outdoor education Middle School students have numerous opportunities to express The College offers a wealth of outdoor educational themselves creatively outside the classroom. One hugely experiences and the Middle School students undertake anticipated highlight is the United Nations Evening just before many school trips as part of their education. Education in the the October holidays—a diverse assortment of dance, music and outdoors is central to our College’s philosophy. cuisine from around the world. Students have the opportunity We operate a policy of ‘challenge of choice,’ the principle to be involved in the performances and/or the food stalls. referring to the participant’s responsibility to choose the Information on opportunities to participate is sent around early level of challenge in the learning experience. It is based on in the school year via notice boards and the website Notices. the belief that significant learning occurs when one pushes Drama oneself out of a known ‘comfort zone,’ while at the same time recognising that each person’s experience will be different. Middle School students can participate in a number of drama Students often gain a huge sense of personal satisfaction productions throughout the year. There are dedicated Middle and achievement during these trips. They learn to rise to the School productions involving students from specific grades. challenge and work well with their peers. There are many opportunities for students to be involved both on and off stage. Look for these in the activities sign up, *Due to COVID-19 restrictions all Middle School camps will and for information on auditions in the website notices. be in Singapore for the duration of 2020/2021 school year. Visual arts Grade 6–Tioman In Term 3, Middle School students have an Art Exhibition The Grade 6 expedition takes place on Tioman Island, dedicated to their work, displaying work by many talented Malaysia, in Term 1. This is a five-day, four-night programme students to the whole school and the wider community. where the students are involved in a series of activities such Work by individuals and groups is displayed, showcasing a as kayaking, snorkeling and sailing. The students learn to work wide variety of materials and techniques. as a team while developing new skills. Music Grade 7–Kayak training and Sibu There are many opportunities for Middle School students The Grade 7 expedition involves sea kayaking and expedition to be involved in music through the Activities programme. skills. In Term 2, all students follow a programme in Singapore The ensembles available include: The Band (woodwind, leading to a One Star Kayaking award. In Term 3, students brass and percussion), Camerata (strings), Concert Strings, spend five days and four nights on Sibu Island in Malaysia, Intermediate Jazz Band, Arioso (Middle School Choir) and which includes further kayak training and an expedition. Middle School Percussion Ensemble. There is also opportunity for soloists and small chamber music ensembles to Grade 8–Chiang Mai participate in the Term 3 Chamber Concert. The ensembles Grade 8 students complete a ten-day programme in Chiang above perform in termly concerts and some are involved in Mai between October and December. There are both the ‘Opus’ concert at the Esplanade Concert Hall and the adventurous and cultural aspects to this programme as well ‘Finale’ concert at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music as opportunities for students to learn more about how to Concert Hall. Look for information on auditions in the website solve problems collaboratively in an outdoor environment. Notices or contact the Music Department. High Ropes course Instrumental Teaching Programme Each year, all Middle School students participate in adventure The Instrumental Teaching Program (ITP) lets you learn and team building activities with the Outdoor Education instruments taught by internal and external music teachers. Department. This is an exciting and challenging time Tuition is available on the following instruments: experiencing activities on the High Ropes course. • violin • trumpet • saxophone • viola • guitar – electric, • tuba • cello acoustic, • euphonium classical, bass • clarinet • percussion • oboe • double bass • flute • tenor horn • piano • jazz piano • French horn (advanced • recorder • bassoon students only) • voice Registration is available through the parent portal (logged in via the College website) and further information can be found there.
10 Middle School enrichment trips A variety of optional Middle School trips are offered each Adventure year. These are in addition to the compulsory grade level Skiing and snowboarding in Verbier, Switzerland expeditions that are a fundamental part of our outdoor education programme. The trips outlined below offer an The skiing and snowboarding trip travels to Verbier in enrichment experience focusing on at least one of three Switzerland during the Chinese New Year holiday. Verbier has broad categories—cultural immersion and/or curriculum some of the best skiing, snowboarding and instruction in the enrichment, service and adventure. The majority of these world, with guaranteed snow at this time of year. Students trips are run during the holiday period with the exception of receive intensive skiing or snowboarding tuition over 6 days the Round Square Conferences. All trips are led by UWCSEA and the opportunity to tour some of the 350km of pistes Staff. Please note costs shown are approximate and are situated between 1500m and 3000m. Accommodation is confirmed when available. Dates may also vary. a fully staffed ski lodge located on the mountain with easy access to Verbier village and ski lifts. The trip caters for *Due to COVID-19 restrictions enrichment trips outside complete beginners to advanced skiers and snowboarders. It of Singapore are unlikely to be available in the 2020/2021 gives students the opportunity to experience the Swiss Alps, school year. learn a new skill and mix with other students from around the world. The trip is jointly organised with East Campus. Cultural immersion/curriculum enrichment Spain cultural immersion tour Learn to Ski – Japan The purpose of this trip to Spain is to give our students a This trip provides students with the opportunity to learn to chance to practise and improve upon their Spanish and to ski whilst experiencing the wonderful Japanese culture of gain an insight into the culture and traditions of the region. Nozawa-Onsen. Students live in a beautiful ryokan walking Students will stay with Spanish families, study Spanish in a distance from the ski slopes. language school in the mornings and go on organised cultural New Zealand Adventure excursions in the afternoon. The New Zealand Adventure visits either the North or China cultural immersion tour South Island, alternating each year. The trip includes cultural The Asian Languages and Culture Department will organise a exchanges and links with GC programmes as well as a range cultural immersion educational tour for students to Beijing, of exciting activities. The expedition to New Zealand that during the half-term break in October. UWCSEA offers is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. The main aim of this trip is to provide our students a better The trip travels around many parts of the country and understanding of Chinese culture and to give them the undertakes several activities in each location. There is everything opportunity to practice and enrich their language. By doing you can imagine available, whether it is jet boat riding or so, we hope that they will be more motivated to learn the wandering the set of the Hobbit. You get to experience the Chinese language and understand its culture. culture with your friends, and it is a trip you will never forget. France cultural immersion tour Service Students on this trip will get a chance to stay with French Cambodia – Tabitha History House-building families to practice what they have learnt at school. They Service: Tabitha Global Concern will also attend French classes in the mornings and go on organised cultural excursions most afternoons, a great hands- To enrich understanding of the Pol Pot/Khmer Rouge regime, on experience. Grade 8 students are offered the opportunity to participate in an optional house-building trip to Cambodia in conjunction with Tabitha GC. Students who go on the trip are those who have demonstrated commitment to the Tabitha GC and are actively involved in fundraising for the houses they build. Students must participate in Tabitha GC all year for fundraising and awareness activities.
11 House System Vietnam In order to promote interaction amongst students across Service: Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation (BDCF) grades in Middle School, a vertical House System. Students Global Concern and staff are allocated to one of six houses named after another college in the UWC movement: Adriatic, Atlantic, To enrich understanding of the history and culture of Pearson, Mostar, Nordic and Waterford. Vietnam, Grade 7 students can participate in an optional holiday trip in conjunction with Blue Dragon Children’s The aims of the House System are to: Foundation (BDCF) Global Concern, which includes • enhance interactions across Grades 6–8 sightseeing in Hanoi and two days with Blue Dragon • promote house spirit and a sense of camaraderie, which playing football, visiting the drop-in-centre and engaging directly promotes Middle School spirit in a service project. • provide additional leadership opportunities for students Students must participate in BDCF GC for fundraising and • promote a supportive spirit amongst different grade levels awareness activities. • make links to the qualities and skills in the UWCSEA profile Waterford Kamhlaba Service Support GC • broaden access to and participation in drama, art In June, students from Middle School travel to South Africa and sports and Swaziland. The 13-day tour takes in a number of game There are a number of House meetings and House events reserves including the Kruger National Park, a few days in during the year, ranging from Battle of the Bands to Days of Zululand and a stay at Waterford Kamhlaba UWC of Southern Sport and Maths Challenges. Africa in Swaziland. Waterford College is a sister school to UWCSEA, and the students are welcomed by the boarders. The students also become involved in a variety of GC work within the Swazi communities, visiting several past projects with the Waterford students, as well as a local orphanage. This tour is a great opportunity to combine both community service work with the excitement of seeing Africa and its amazing environment. Students must participate in Waterford Kamhlaba Service Support GC for Seasons 3 and 4 for fundraising and awareness activities. 003COM–2021
12 Dover Middle School contacts Dover Campus Reception +65 6775 5344 Middle School Office +65 6419 9315 email@example.com Grade secretaries Grade 6 – Valerie Nonis firstname.lastname@example.org Grade 7 – Fiona Ellison email@example.com Grade 8 – Suharni (Su) Sani firstname.lastname@example.org Heads of Grade Grade 6 Will Walker email@example.com Rachel McCarthy firstname.lastname@example.org Grade 7 Caroline Araneta email@example.com Adam Taylor firstname.lastname@example.org Grade 8 Luke Milburn Luke.Milburn@uwcsea.edu.sg Carla Fitzpatrick email@example.com Middle School leadership Cameron Hunter, Principal firstname.lastname@example.org Paul Brogden, Vice Principal (Curriculum) email@example.com Ardene Mandziy, Vice Principal (Pastoral) firstname.lastname@example.org Middle School Counsellor Camille Ko +65 6419 9329 email@example.com School services College Clinic +65 6775 5321 firstname.lastname@example.org Transport Office +65 6872 3213 email@example.com Library library.uwcsea.edu.sg Sports uwcsea.edu.sg/dover-sports Parents’ Association +65 6775 5344 | ext 1080 firstname.lastname@example.org Online staff directory All staff contact email addresses can be found on the school website. Please look in the online staff directory for email addresses for individual staff and in the Campus Contacts section of the website for the emails and telephone numbers for departments such as Admissions and Finance.Dover Middle School contacts
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