This half term has been memorably industrious both in and out of the classroom for pupils and staff, epitomising the rich depth and breadth of a Dulwich education.
On Friday 22 March Southwark Cathedral (where Edward Alleyn was a Sidesman) filled with parents, staff, Old Alleynians, family and friends to enjoy the Spring Choral Concert. Under the leadership of the Director of Music, Richard Mayo, the music chosen was Haydn’s Creation, which was performed by over one hundred Dulwich College pupils who played in the orchestra and sang in the Madrigal Choir. The musicianship amidst such a splendid setting was a significant highlight of the year.
Last weekend we welcomed 566 students (Years 7 to 12) and 80 staff from our international partnership schools for Dulwich Olympiad 2019, one of our showcase events this 400th anniversary year. They and our Alleynians have, after just three days, found new connections and friendship through their sporting competitions, music and drama rehearsals, and their art workshops and masterclasses. At our opening ceremony yesterday morning, the Olympiad Torch was exchanged. Dulwich College Beijing student, Isaac said said: “This is the torch that, at the inaugural Dulwich Olympiad in Beijing in 2015, we lifted to signify our friendship and commitment to building bridges across the world.” And James from Dulwich College responded: “This Olympic torch is a symbol of human achievement – for us it is also symbolic of the shared values of the Dulwich schools: integrity, kindness and respect.” As we progress through the week, incorporating Dulwich Creative across the College and its mass co-created Mark Your Mark exhibition, it is a pleasure to witness the vitality, enthusiasm and mutual support of our students. For photographs and films of the week, please do visit our Gallery and its daily sections https://www.dulwich.org.uk/400th/dulwich-olympiad-2019/gallery. More details of the days’ events and other College activities can be found on our news pages https://www.dulwich.org.uk/senior-school/news and on our Twitter https://twitter.com/DulwichCollege and Facebook https://www.facebook.com/DulwichCollege/ pages.
Next half term Camille Pissarro’s Dulwich College (1871) will arrive on special loan from the Fondation Bemberg, Toulouse, for an exhibition at the Dulwich Picture Gallery, the first time the painting has been in Dulwich since its creation. The painting will be on display from 30 April until 4 August and Bell House, in College Road, will be hosting a small exhibition looking at changes happening in Dulwich around that time. This is a free event on 8, 9, 15 and 16 June from 10am to 5pm and between 10 and 14 June by appointment.
Preparations are well underway for the Quatercentennial Black and Blue Ball to be held here at the College on 11 May. We look forward to welcoming over 800 guests, from across the Dulwich community, to an evening in support of the Dulwich College Bursary Fund. The Ball Committee is delighted with and grateful for the generous contributions received for the auction and Ed Sheeran gig Grand Draw (open now), both of which are open for bidding by everyone, not just those attending the Ball. The auction will be going live on Monday 29 April. If you would still like to contribute to a prize, please contact the Ball Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org. More details in the lead up to the event can be found https://www.dulwich.org.uk/400th/quatercentennial-black-blue-ball.
The Lent term has been one of which the community can feel rightly proud, for collective and individual achievements and for the support shown to each other. May I wish you and your family a very happy Easter break.
Dr Joe Spence