The Upper School Charity Committee have been busy throughout November raising both funds and awareness for Movember, a charity which raises awareness about mental health and suicide prevention, prostate cancer, and testicular cancer.
An awareness of the needs of others and an appreciation of the capacity to help are both actively promoted through the charity fundraising 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 fundraise. For instance, the Year 4s learn about poverty in the UK and then take the donations from Harvest Festival on the P4 bus (as learning about public transport as Londoners is also important) to a local foodbank and help sort the food, label it and meet the volunteers to find out why food banks are necessary and what is the experience of those who use them.
In terms of charities there are a wide range of charitable causes which are supported. An effort is made to strike a balance between larger national charities and those supporting people close to our own community in south-east London. Sometimes the 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. 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 Save the Children, Gavi Alliance, National Emergencies Trust, Link Age Southwark, Show Racism the Red Card and AFFCAD.
On Friday 8 December Year 3 marked a DC Guide Dog Day. The boys learnt about the history of braille and its importance in the visually impaired community.
For the first time, and as part of our remodelling of our approach to Senior School charity, Lower, Middle Upper School are supporting one primary charity across the academic year. This year's charity, The Uganda School Project (TUSP), was founded by Harry Bucknell OA (00-05) and Sean Richardson (02-27) in 2016. For more information on TUSP please read the article in the Old Alleynian magazine.
Oscar Gleave, Joe Collyns and a group of their friends completed a 1,300km bike ride from Roscoff to San Sebastián to raise money for Centrepoint.
The Year 6 boys had a great time running their stalls during Service Day today, and it was great to see everyone having fun as they tried their luck at winning prizes from the Year 6's stalls.
At Dulwich College, service engagement and social responsibility are deeply ingrained in our ethos. Each year, we organize a remarkable event that brings together the entire school community in an effort to make a positive impact in our local community.
Where and Now?
Migrating comes with challenges and throughout Refugee Week we took the time to remember nothing happens in isolation, one movement impacts another. We questioned why having a Refugee Week is important. Benjamin Zephaniah reminded us
“… that refugees are not just statistics, they are living, breathing people…”
Michael Davies OA (70-76)'s educational charity Parallel Histories, which promotes a new way to study the history of conflict, is now working with over 700 schools.
On Saturday morning a group of Year 6 boys travelled to the Rainbow Club in Lewisham to plan their annual sports day with their Year 6 children.
It has been fantastic to see a group of OAs taking on the Barcelona Marathon together to fundraise for three worthy causes, and we are delighted to report that they smashed it!
On Monday, a small group of Year 6 boys went to visit the super City Harvest Project in West London.
On the 3 March 2023 the Friends of DUCKS hosted their first parent social since pre-Covid.
On Wednesday 22 February we were so pleased to hand over the children’s clothes we collected during Eco Week to the Little Lives charity.
In April, Tom Hashemi OA (99-06) will be cycling 2,000 kilometres from London to Lviv to raise funds for essential mine clearance in Ukraine.
On Friday 10 February, all four DUCKS houses celebrated Charity House Day.