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.
One of the most heartening aspects of charitable fundraising at the College is the commitment and initiative shown by the boys themselves. In recent years they have organised numerous events including sports tournaments, talent shows, ‘bake-off’ style competitions and sponsored events. Most years the boys’ charity fund-raising efforts raise over £30,000 for good causes.
The College supports many local charities with direct links to current pupils and staff including St Christopher’s Hospice, Macmillan, Papyrus, Shelter and the Hollington Club - a youth club situated in a deprived area of Camberwell which was originally founded by the College and continues to attract the support of Old Alleynians as well as our Community Action team.
Charity might begin at home, but as a diverse and multi-cultural community we also look further afield. We have in recent years supported Tackle Africa, Water Aid and Amnesty International. The growth of our international schools has enabled us to support charities in their countries too for example in 2017 the College will be supporting a number of charities that work in Myanmar.
Our charity work has an obvious benefit to the community, raises the boys’ awareness of the needs of those around them and encourages them to develop as considerate citizens with a strong sense of their responsibility in society.
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).