During this final half term of the academic year we have had the privilege of a rich programme of commemorative and celebratory 400th anniversary events. The pupils – from our youngest in DUCKS to Sixth Form leavers – have been exceptional in terms of their engagement and good will. It is their individual and team contributions that have made so many of our events and activities successful.
At All Saints, West Dulwich, on 14 June we listened to a glorious performance of JS Bach’s Magnificat by the Chapel Choir and of Mendelsohn’s Octet by the College’s Chamber Musicians, the Chapel Choir’s 21st Anniversary Concert.
With 15 film screenings, all celebrating OA cinematic associations, our Dulwich Film Festival during mid-June was a visual feast, showcasing the depth of creative talent of our late and living alumni.
Hot on its heels on Friday 21 June we launched Founder’s Week, the heart of the 400th anniversary celebrations. In my Dulwich/DUCKSPost of Thursday 20 June I set out our programme: School Service Day, our Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral, an off-timetable day of Free Learning, Sports Day at Crystal Palace, Supersized House Singing, a Commemoration Service with our Foundation Schools JAGS and Alleyn’s at Christ’s Chapel of God’s Gift, and the Founder’s Day Concert and Fireworks. I am delighted to report that not only was the perfect weather more than we could have hoped for, every member of the community (including some 1,600 OAs who came together for their special reunion) embraced and made the most of what was an unforgettable week. Thank you to everyone across the community who contributed to any or all of these events.