Scholarship programme, Sustainable development, Teaching and Learning

Introducing the UWCSEA Fund

As the school doors opened to another year in August, in poured the hurley burley brouhaha of excited children, chasing balls and friends, ideas and dreams. For new parents some things may have felt very familiar, it’s the bustle of any large international school, but spend a little time on the campuses and you start to pick up on the deep throbbing energy that is very particular to UWCSEA.

Here those wild, impassioned dreams, driven by hope, propped up by possibility and heady with optimism, are nurtured; challenged too, but not tormented to a mundane death of ‘it’s too hard’ or ‘unrealistic.’ It’s the pulsing UWC lifeforce that demands attention, where the inspiring ‘what if’s?’ and ‘why not’s?’ of students, staff and the community are ideas that are watered and grown because they could make our College, and this world, a better place.

Because we dream big, have huge goals and grand ambitions – like welcoming increasing numbers of scholars from the corners of the world to enrich the diversity of our student body, like greening our campuses as urban forests, and increasing our solar initiatives to lessen our carbon footprint, like introducing pioneering learning programmes and experiential initiatives to best equip students for life – then we need to go beyond the excellence expected of a great international school to the excellence expected of a great UWC.

Fundraising helps us fill that gap; so we are delighted to introduce the UWCSEA Fund – dedicated to advancing the philanthropic aims of the College and realising some of our most impassioned dreams. Since inception in 2008, the UWCSEA Fund has enlisted the support of the community to bring to life dreams like bringing more and more extraordinary scholars to the College, sustainability initiatives like Campus Composting and Solar for Dover & East (student-led initiatives) and the IDEAs Hub (a centre for entrepreneurship and creativity).

This week parents will have received a copy in the post box of the 2018 / 2019 UWCSEA Fund leaflet outlining our vision  – click here for an electronic copy.

Wishing the UWCSEA community a very happy half-term holiday. 

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Campus Sustainability Tours

Led by our wonderful Parent Ambassadors, 175 parents and staff have taken part in our ‘behind the scenes’ Sustainability Tours, as well as 150 Grade 3 students this past term. From seeing the solar panels up close to hearing how the College recycles water, effectively manages its use of electricity and works with it’s catering partner, Sodexo to reduce plastic and food waste (to name a few…), the tours provided a unique insight to our sustainability mission in action.

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Students advocating for solar energy

What began as a Grade 5 Expo project has become a campus-wide mission to reduce our reliance on fossil fuels as Solar for East launches this month.

The East Campus programme follows in the footsteps of the hugely successful Solar for Dover initiative, which has installed over 565 solar panels across two buildings since it began in 2014. Now into the fourth year of operation, Solar for Dover remains a popular activity for Middle and High School students, and the team is currently just 20 panels away from reaching their 2017/2018 installation goal.

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Events, Scholarship programme, Sustainable development, Teaching and Learning, UWCSEA Endowment

Donor Celebration Event 2018

On Tuesday 20th of February, over 140 members from the UWCSEA donor community came together to celebrate the impact of giving to the College.

Held in the lush surroundings of Hort Park, the annual Donor Celebration event showcased a range of programmes that gifts have made possible such as Solar for DoverAdopt a Tree, the Rainforest Restoration Project and IDEAS Hub.  With over 70 students (including members of our scholar and boarding community) in attendance, the evening was a fantastic opportunity to engage with those currently living and learning the UWC values.

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