School has finally begun and students from around the world are meeting one another and learning about different cultures. Dorm parents and assistants help facilitate this process as by ensuring that roommates come from different parts of the word. As a result students learn about different cultures and practice their English. During the first week of orientation, the facilitators led a massive game of “knock-out”, a basketball game in which each student tries to score a point before the student behind him or her scores a point. This game started with approximately fifty students and by the process of elimination, the numbers of competitors decrease until two opponents face one another for the winning title. Fellow students began to cheer for their classmates with laughter and excitement. The two final competitors were Fernando Jorge from Mexico and Robert Spencer from New York. After a heated final round, Robert was triumphant. Both finalists shook hands after the game and were congratulated by their classmates. No matter where a student comes from or what language they speak, the element of sport and friendly competition is a uniting thread that can lead many friendships. During free time, many students initiate a game of basketball or volleyball in the gym.
Experience and Explore Canada with Dwight School Canada! Enroll Today in Our Excursion, Immersion, and English Language Program Dwight School Canada invites students between the ages of 12-18 to apply for a three-week learning and exploration program, from January 4-25, 2014. Specially designed for Latin American students, our program offers you the unique opportunity to experience Dwight School Canada’s exceptional education, make new friends, improve your English, and learn about Canadian culture and traditions first-hand. We share the same mission as Dwight School in New York, which has 141-year -old tradition of academic excellence: igniting the “spark of genius” in every child. Through personalized learning, small class sizes, and inspiring faculty, Dwight students discover their passions and develop a love for learning. Beyond our English language program, you will have the opportunity to join Dwight Canadian and other international students in our classrooms, where you will be challenged to use your knowledge of English to participate in classes such as art, social studies, science, and gym. We have also planned many activities and excursions for you to enjoy during after-school hours and on weekends, such as ice hockey, ice skating, and skiing; exploring the surrounding area, including a visit to Victoria, the capital of British Columbia; and lots more! Our 23-acre campus is located on beautiful Shawnigan Lake, where accommodations, meals, and laundry service are all included in the fee of $3,450 Canadian dollars. To register, click here: Registration Form For more information and to enroll, please contact Stephen Johnson at email@example.com or 1.250.929.0506.
CELEBRATE FAMILY DAY 2013 with a “Passport to Shawnigan” Who: This is a family event, so bring the kids & have some fun! What: It’s all happening at Shawnigan! Grab your “Passport” and go on a family adventure in and around Shawnigan to discover some of the great treasures in our community and win and win $hawnigan dollar$ that can be spent at any participating businesses in Shawnigan. How: Register beginning February 2nd to get your family Passport, by dropping your registration and applicable fees to the Shawnigan Lake Museum, the Village Chippery or The Style Centre Barbershop (registration form can be found in the January Edition of the Shawnigan Focus, or simply in person at one of these locations). $1 per family member includes a hot dog and drink. Where: With your passport, you will visit seven designated locations that have been chosen this year to celebrate our Train History. Choo-choo-choose to participate! Take a current snapshot of your family at each destination and bring your photos (printed; or on your camera; on your computer) to the Village Chippery, The Shawnigan Lake Museum or The Style Centre Barbershop where your passport will be stamped for each location visited. The more locations you visit, the better your chances are to win prizes! You have until the wind-up on February 11th to complete your passport. Event: On February 11, attend a wind-up at the Dwight School gym from 11-2 for great family activities – a maple tapping demonstration; a community craft that your family can create which will become part a special outdoor community art display; hot dogs and hot apple cider, to find out about prizes & more For more info, please email : firstname.lastname@example.org
Friday, February 22nd Dwight will be hosting a Robert Gillies and Callie Moore concert at 8:00pm. We are looking for musically talented youth to perform the opening event. All proceeds will go towards Dwight’s goal of building a school in Haiti through Free the Children. The event will be followed up on Saturday, February 23rd with a brunch and songwriting workshop with Robert and Callie. Limited spaces available. Tickets and details on how to attend the songwriting workshop will be released shortly
Dwight School Canada Sr. Boys Basketball team traveled to Hope, BC this past weekend to play in the Hope Invitational tournament. Dwight played several strong teams, gaining third place by defeating Vernon Christian School 61-27 but lost to double A and triple A team, which means Dwight was the top single A team at the tournament. Peter Jiao, Kobe Liu and Dar Wu all won player of the game awards, receiving the much sought after Player of the Game T-Shirt.
On October 2nd, thirty four grade 4 and 5 students travelled from China to Vancouver Island to participate in a 10-day ESL & Excursion program. From the top of the CN Tower to the top of Grouse Mountain, the students from China explored both Canada and the English language. We are already looking forward to hosting another group this January!
Seoul, South Korea (September 25, 2012): The Dwight Schools, a global network of independent International Baccalaureate (IB) Schools founded in New York in 1872, held its official opening ceremony for VIPs and parents today, marking the establishment of its first permanent campus in Asia. The event was attended by over 200 people, including Stephen Spahn, Chancellor of The Dwight Schools; Ian Chambers, Asia-Pacific Regional Director of the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland; Kevin Skeoch, Head of School of Dwight School Seoul; parents, faculty, and students. “It was an incredible honor for Dwight to be selected by the Seoul Government to bring both IB education and Dwight’s signature personalized educational philosophy to the Seoul community,” said Stephen Spahn, Chancellor of The Dwight Schools. “Building on the successful history of our campuses in New York, London, and Canada, we look forward to sharing Dwight’s unique spark of genius philosophy with our new students and faculty.” The opening ceremonies kicked off with a ribbon-cutting, followed by welcome speeches and an array of musical, dance, and dramatic performances by both local Dwight Seoul students and those visiting from its sister campuses. “Building Dwight Seoul from the ground up has been a tremendously rewarding experience, and we have been incredibly fortunate to have attracted such a dedicated group of educators and families to our growing global Dwight family,” noted Mr. Skeoch. “Given the unique combination of the Dwight reputation and the energy and commitment to educational excellence that pervades Korea, I have no doubt that Dwight Seoul will serve as a transformative model for IB education in Asia.” Dwight was selected from over 120 applicants by the Seoul Municipal Government to open a model International Baccalaureate (IB) School for students in grades preschool-12, providing expanded educational opportunities for Seoul’s growing international business community. Dwight Seoul families represent some of the world’s largest corporations, including Saudi Aramco, Sabic, General Motors, Mercedes Benz, Volkswagon, 3M, Johnson & Johnson, P&G, Dow Chemical, Vietnam Airways, and Asiana Airlines. The Dwight Schools are recognized leaders in IB education known as the most rigorous college preparatory curriculum in the world with Dwight New York being the first school in the U.S. to offer the full IB program from preschool through diploma. Dwight graduates currently attend some of the most illustrious universities in the world, including Harvard, Princeton, Stanford, Oxford, and St. Andrews. “I have no doubt that Dwight School Seoul will be an exemplar in creating critically thinking and internationally minded students who will take leadership roles and aspire to tackle some of today’s most compelling social issues. Dwight has shown a singular vision in focusing on creating outstanding students, and I’m delighted that Dwight is in Seoul, extending its footprint and spreading the IB educational philosophy,” said Ian Chambers, Director, IBO, Asia-Pacific Region. Located on a 200,000-square-foot campus in Seoul’s Digital Media City; the Silicon Valley of South Korea. Dwight Seoul completed construction in July and opened its doors to 330 students from preschool to grade 10 in August. Grades 11 and 12 will be added to the School in 2013 and 2014, respectively. In addition to a world-class team of educators trained in the IB curriculum, the School offers a 400-seat performing arts center, a two-story library, two indoor gymnasiums, a two-story library, and an outdoor soccer field and playground.
New York, NY, September 12, 2012: Dwight School, alma mater to countless thousands of graduates, including Walter Lippmann, Henry Morgenthau, Jr., Truman Capote, Roy Lichtenstein, and Hal Prince, marks its 140th year, making it one of the most enduring independent schools in New York City. Since its founding as the Sachs Collegiate Institute in 1872 by Dr. Julius Sachs, a member of the Sachs family that established Goldman Sachs, Dwight has built a reputation for educational advances. The School was named in honor of Dr. Timothy Dwight, the Younger, former president of Yale University, who emphasized the importance of math and science in the preparatory curriculum of another Dwight precursor school in 1888. Dwight has continued this commitment to innovation by customizing the educational experience for each student based on individual strengths and interests through personalized learning. Personalized learning is one of three School pillars, along with community and global vision. Dwight School has also been dedicated to international education. Located on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, it’s the flagship campus in a global network that includes Dwight School London, Dwight School Canada, Dwight School Seoul, and the Dwight Capital Normal High School Program in Beijing. At all five campuses, Dwight students benefit from a wide range of international curricular exchanges and collaborations. Foreign language instruction begins in preschool. Unique Educational Philosophy “At Dwight, we’re dedicated to educating open-minded, risk-taking leaders who can thrive anywhere in the world and who can make a real difference,” said Stephen Spahn, Chancellor of the Dwight Schools worldwide and the longest-serving head of school in New York City. “We believe that every child has a ‘spark of genius’ and it is our job as educators to find and ignite that spark. This philosophy drives our personalized learning approach, which have proven to be successful at each one of our global campuses, and it began right here in New York City.” Dwight School Firsts Over its 140-year history, Dwight has distinguished itself in many ways, including: Leadership in IB Education ● The rigorous International Baccalaureate (IB) curriculum is widely recognized as the “gold standard” in education worldwide, and The Dwight Schools are widely respected as pioneers in IB education. ● Dwight was the first school in the U.S. to offer the comprehensive IB curriculum (Primary Years, Middle Years, and Diploma Programs) from preschool through the twelfth grade. ● Dwight was the first school in New York City to offer the IB Primary Years Program. ● Founder of the Guild of IB Schools of the Northeast, Dwight School has more than a dozen leaders in IB curriculum development and teaching on its world-class faculty. Leadership in Global Outreach ● Dwight was the first school in the U.S. to establish an international affiliate in 1972 in London. ● Based on its reputation as an IB leader, Dwight School Canada was selected in 2009 by the Seoul Municipal Government from among 120 IB Schools to open the city’s first model IB School. ● Dwight graduates join an already large and growing global network of alumni leaders reaching around the world. “We’ve built tremendous momentum at Dwight New York. Our unique personalized learning approach has created one of the most successful educational environments in which young people thrive and are well-prepared to succeed in college and in life as responsible and thoughtful global citizens and leaders,” said Dianne Drew, Head of Dwight School. “We’re proud that Dwight graduates attend some of the world’s leading colleges and universities, including Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Stanford, MIT, Oxford, McGill, and the University of Edinburgh. Yet we’re most proud of how well they excel at forging their own paths and projects that feed their ‘spark of genius’ here at Dwight.” Dwight School will celebrate its 140-year history with events for the Dwight community of students, parents, faculty, and alumni.
It was an exciting event for participants and staff of the Dwight Global Leaders Academy early last week as a group picture of the academy lit up Times Square, congratulating the group on their achievements. The academy, which was held in early August saw 50 students from around the world attend to learn and practice social entrepreneurship. “It was pretty cool to see,” commented Roan Nix, Grade 11 student of Dwight School Canada who also attended the academy, “It’s not very often you get the opportunity to have your picture light up Times Square.” The unique program, which began this year on July 27 and ran through August 10, is located at Dwight School Canada, an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School for boarding and day students in grades 6-12. The DGLA is specially designed for young people who not only want to learn, but also want to give back. Through an immersion curriculum that encompasses project management, team building, leadership training, collaboration, goal setting, fund raising and promotion, each participant will graduate with a tool kit to effectively plan, execute, and promote his/her own service project.
Just in case you missed it, here is a feature from Shaw TV, highlighting Dwight School Canada’s commitment to sustainable change. Enjoy. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ZLAbPHnJfY
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