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A community bonds in times of adversity

THE rapidly changing situation with the novel coronavirus pneumonia has dominated the news and our lives. This has created anxiety, not only around our health but around the continuation of learning, particularly for those at a critical stage in their education.

Staff at Dulwich College Shanghai Pudong quickly created an online learning platform for their classes, giving up much of their holiday to ensure we were ready for the first day on February 3.

Parents and students have given clear feedback to help refine the online learning experience on a daily basis. This is a learning process for us all. Is it perfect? No, but in true Dulwich fashion we will strive to make it the very best we can.

In times of adversity, we see the true strength of a community, discover who we are and what we are made of. This is true locally, nationally and globally. The DCSPD community has shown resilience, strength and positivity. Community is central to the human experience because of our need to be and feel, connected. Currently that connection is taking place through technology and we need to harness its power until we meet again in person. We know that we all flourish when we live, share and grow together. I have some wonderful examples of that from the past few days, from parent study groups to student chat groups and from the sharing of health information to small acts of kindness.

All of these things, bring a community together. There has been a sense of community in a wider sense as the Dulwich College International colleges and schools have come together to collaborate and share the best practice to ensure excellent online learning. That sense of community is also present as China continues to work tirelessly to contain the virus and care for its people.

Our thoughts are with the medical teams working around the clock to care for those affected by the virus and those who are trying to develop a vaccine. They are all doing an amazing job. A supreme effort from everyone, regardless of their place in the wider community, gives us great hope for the future.

(Caroline Taylor is the head of College of Dulwich College Shanghai Pudong.)


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