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Dulwich student wins gold

TERRY Qi, a year one student at Dulwich College Shanghai, walked from the stage at the 2009 National Art Talent Show in Beijing with a smile on his face, adoring fans in his wake, and a gold medal for Western music (violin).

From January 29 to February 1, the 2009 National Art Talent Show was held in Beijing and that was where Qi achieved his success. Qi is of Chinese-Canadian descent and is six years old. He was born in Vancouver, Canada, and when he was two, the family moved to Shanghai.

From the age of four, Qi began regular violin lessons. For the first six months, his tutor came twice a week and he practiced for half an hour a day. Over time, as his talent was nurtured, his efforts doubled and he now practices for an hour a day. After two years of hard work, Qi's tutor thought him accomplished enough to enter a competition where he could have fun and interact with other children.

So on January 1 Qi walked away with the gold medal for the pre-school age group after which he entered the national final held in Beijing, where he brought home another gold medal.

When asked about Qi, DUCKS (Dulwich College Kindergarten) music teacher Mary Giles says: "In addition to his prowess with the violin, Qi is a passionate participant in all his music lessons." Music plays a vital role within school life and incorporates singing, movement, instrument playing and creativity.

Dulwich College Shanghai challenges individuals to strive for excellence and fosters new talents within a range of academic, physical and creative opportunities.

Emille Xie is a year-12 student at Dulwich College Shanghai


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