On Monday 7 December the Middle School Charity Representatives started a week of fundraising events for www.sense.org.uk celebrating 65 years of caring for the deafblind as well as other people with complex disabilities.
An awareness of the needs of others and an appreciation of the capacity to help are both actively promoted through the charity fund-raising and ‘service learning’ that takes place at the Junior school. Through our Wellbeing programme which has community service as part of the curriculum we aim to ensure that the boys ‘experience’ giving back to the community and give their time as well as fund-raise. The details for the Community Service learning can be read about in our ‘Wellbeing’ programme.
In terms of charities there are a wide range of charitable causes are supported and an attempt is made to strike a balance between larger national charities and those supporting people close to our own community in south-east London. Sometimes that Junior School will support charities that resonate particularly well with the Junior school age group and at other times we will join with the full Dulwich College school community and jointly support a common cause. In recent years the Junior school boys have raised money through cinema nights, book and toy stalls, cake sales, sponsored events, collecting unwanted currency, stand-up comedy competitions to name just a few events. The list is long but the involvement of the boys is always uppermost in our event planning. Charities supported over the last couple of years include MIND, Sense, Comic Relief and Sport Relief, Hearing Dogs for Deaf People, Shelter and NSPCC.
An enormous thanks to everyone who donated 'gently read books' for the London Children's Book Project, which aims to address the disparity of book ownership amongst children and young people.
Pupils studying Design and Technology have been busy this term making a variety of products and learning new techniques.
Year 5 boys spent time and care making and writing thoughtful Christmas cards to the residents of the Almshouse, who would normally join us for our Christmas Tea Party.
In 2019, our 400th anniversary year, the College partnered with Save the Children who were also celebrating their 100 year anniversary.
Year 12 boys studying Design and Technology have spent the first part of the Michalmas term designing and making a collection of silver jewellery that will be sold in Lila’s on Lordship Lane during the run up to Christmas.
Congratulations to the Upper School boys who have raised an amazing £7,270 for the King’s Elf Service - the Christmas gift drive for King’s College Hospital and one of the five charities we are supporting this term.
The Infants' School children had a fantastic time partaking in a charity assault course to raise awareness for Brixton and Norwood Foodbank
Throughout this month, many staff across the College will be raising funds and awareness for Movember; the UK’s leading charity committed to men’s physical and mental health, including suicide prevention, testicular and prostate cancer.
Over the coming weeks, 15 Dulwich pupils will be tutoring primary school children as part of the Action Tutoring program.
On Monday morning, 12 October, the College held a foodbank collection for the Brixton and West Norwood Foodbank in which all years of the school participated, from DUCKS to Upper Sixth.
The Mirjan family is just back from a busy nine-day photoshoot for their forthcoming book From Beder's Kitchen, a collection of recipes and stories from chefs from all over the world, including head and executive chefs at some of the UK's leading restaurants.
This week Year 6 provided a thought-provoking and information-packed assembly about food waste.
We are looking to provide as full a co-curricular programme as possible this term.
This Summer I am going to do a cycle to the International Criminal Court (ICC) in the Hague (total mileage 268, via Calais).