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Welcome back!

Although it now seems a distant memory, I hope your summer break was wonderful and that you are all feeling energised for a busy year ahead.
 

In this newsletter:

Class of 2015 – Where did they go?


University ChartWe were very proud to see our second cohort of students secure places at a wide selection of universities around the world.  We are also very happy to report that 95% of our students gained places at their first choice of university.
 
Destinations include Cambridge, Durham, Kent, Manchester, UCL, York and Warwick in the UK; UBC, University of Toronto and Simon Fraser in Canada, and Northeastern, University of California, Santa Barbara and Syracuse in the US, Ritsumeikan University in Japan and the University of Hong Kong.

Parent Information Fair


For those of you could not attend our presentation in August during the Parent Information Fair, you can download a copy of our presentation here.  Please take time to read through the information as it gives a comprehensive and detailed overview of the whole process.

University Visits to DC and Hong Kong

We have a range of exciting university visits coming up. York and Durham from the UK have already visited the school and UCL is hosting a Personal Statement Workshop on Friday 11 September at 12.30pm.
 
With Lewis & Clark, American University, Parsons, Loyola Marymount Chicago and Baylor University from the US visiting in the coming weeks, students will have great opportunity to meet with university representatives and explore different career paths.
 
Please click here for upcoming visits and events both here in DC and around Hong Kong.

Year 13


It was wonderful to see our senior students hit the ground running with meeting important and looming deadlines and drafting admissions essays for early applications (Oxbridge, Medicine, Dentistry, Vet Science, Early Decision). They have a very intensive term ahead and with organisation and careful planning, the majority of applications should be completed and submitted by the beginning of December.
 
Please view a reminder of these important and impending deadlines for applications and admissions tests.

Small group sessions for Year 13 students are currently being held in the Diploma Centre at lunch times and after school on the following topics:
  • Writing Admission Essays – focusing on different styles and requirements of UK/HK and US universities. Mr Arvind Vepa, International Liaison & Recruitment Officer from University College London (UCL), U.K., will hold a workshop on writing Personal Statements in the DC Theatre at 12:00 noon on Friday 11 September.  Scott Crawford, from Undergraduate Admissions at Washington University in St Louis will be giving a US essay workshop in the Diploma Centre on Wednesday 16 September at 3.30 pm.  For copies of the essay writing presentation for the US please click here; for UK/HK, please click here.
  • UCAS and Common Application workshops have already taken place on Thursday 20 August and Wednesday 26 August respectively. You can click to view the presentations for UCAS and Common Application.
  • Predicted grades: Year 13 students will now have received a predicted range of their overall results.   (ie, high 20s, low to mid 30s, mid thirties,  etc). This will help students finalise their lists in terms of their reach, match and safety schools. This strategy has worked very well with the previous two cohorts at DC and by and large, students last year secured places at their first choice universities. Predicted grades will be revisited several times this term before applications are submitted.

Year 12


A very warm welcome to both new and old students who are just starting out on their IB Diploma. This is crucially important year in terms of researching, exploring and considering the wealth of opportunities available. The HEO will meet with each student regularly on an individual basis and also hold a series of large group sessions throughout the academic year.
 
Topics will include: overview of the different application systems (UK, US, Canada, Australia, Europe), Setting up an HE Portfolio: the importance of self assessment, resumes and cover letters, review of research tools and resources, starting the admissions essay, interview techniques. 
 

Remember to register for the SAT or ACT

Students in Year 12 who are considering studying in the US must register to take the SAT.  Places in Hong Kong fill up rapidly so early registration is strongly recommended.
 
To register please visit www.collegeboard.org for SAT and www.actstudent.org/regist for the ACT. Follow the instructions to set up an account. Please don’t forget to input our CEEB code which is 670734.

Years 10 and 11

 

PSAT

The PSAT will take place at school on Wednesday 14 October 2015 from 8am to approximately 12.30pm in the Dance Studio on the LG/F. The Student Guides (which contain practice questions) have been distributed to Year 10 and Year 11 students. If you haven’t yet collected your copy please make sure you pop up to the HEO Centre.
 

Naviance/Family Connection

Naviance is a web-based software programme that offers a number of features that will help students make career and college plans. It is a wonderful planning and organising tool for the university process.
 
All Year 11, 12 and 13 students have created accounts to access the programme – if you have forgotten your login details, please make sure you come up to the HEO and we will give you new ones.
 
The website address is: http://connection.naviance.com/discovery
 
Students are strongly encouraged to take the career and personality profiles on Naviance, and parents are strongly recommended to look at the results with their children. It is always interesting to see what career clusters are created from a student’s strengths and interests. For those students who are still completely unsure about what they want to study after school (which is understandable and totally normal) these questionnaires are a great tool in guiding them towards some possible options both in terms of university majors and careers.

 

DC University Fair


Wednesday 23 September, 9am - 1pm

This year we are excited that DC will be hosting 124 universities from around the world. With such large numbers of universities exhibiting we have actively promoted the event to local schools and our community. We once again have students from YMCA Hong Kong Christian College and Guangdong Country Garden School attending, and also students from DBIS and Island School. However this event is primarily for DC students and families and so we strongly encourage you to make the most of this excellent opportunity and to target the universities you particularly want to meet with.
 
Please click here for a list of institutions that will be attending and a schedule of the event.

The HEO Handbook is now available


It contains relevant and up to date information and guidelines, all you need to know about the University Research and Application process at DC is here at your fingertips. You can access the handbook through Ding! or download a PDF copy here.

Finally…

 
Click here for a story that will inspire you
 
And view a recent newspaper article for parents. 
 
Our doors are always open in the HEO, so as always we encourage you to come and visit us regularly.  Have a great start to the new academic year and we look forward to seeing you all at our University Fair on Wednesday 23 September.
 
Kind regards,
 
Ms Blomfield and Ms Yan
Higher Education Counsellors
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