On a sunny Friday, September 15 2023, the Dulwich College Union Fair brought an explosion of creativity and camaraderie to campus during the lunch break. The College's Auditorium, transformed into a hub of enthusiasm and exploration, was where 65 student-led societies showcased their passions, marking a thrilling beginning to the academic year.
Union of Societies
The Union is an umbrella organisation that co-ordinates over 50 active clubs and societies within the College. These clubs represent much of what is best about Dulwich - enthusiasm, diversity, innovation - and provide a forum for pupils of all ages to come together and share their interests and ideas.
Some of the societies meet to explore further academic subjects such as Economics, English Literature and History; other gather to develop their interests beyond the curriculum, such as Football Debating Society, Chess and Astronomy Society. Some are keen to sharpen their awareness within the College community of social issues, such as Climate Change Society, African Caribbean Society and Francophone Society. With the easing of COVID restrictions, society meetings are once again taking place in person, usually at lunch times or after school and often with visiting speakers, eminent in their field, including politicians, historians, poets and musicians.
Although members of staff are actively involved to support in planning and organising events, many of the societies are run by the pupils for the pupils: they remain the driving force. Pupils are encouraged to initiate new societies if they find a gap in the current available programme. Many societies have become an integral part of College life, with pupils playing a role far beyond the confines of a weekly meeting. For example, Chemistry Extension Club and Debating both have College teams regularly take part in national and international competitions.
We are much indebted to the Friends of Dulwich College who regularly provide grants for these clubs. Recently, the Dulwich Mechanic society was given a generous grant to help purchase resources it needed to found the society.
Early in the Michaelmas term we hold the annual Union Fair in the Auditorium in the Laboratory. This gives an opportunity for pupils new to the College to visit the stands and talk to representatives of the Union’s many societies. There are also Union meetings which take place twice every term. These are chaired by the President of the Union and the Secretary, a Senior Prefect. A new Union Secretary is elected annually from candidates in Year 12.
|African and Caribbean Society|
|Brew Soc (Brueri Alleyniensis)|
|CAPS Club (Chemistry Advanced Problem-Solving Club)|
|Chameleon Creative Writers|
|Climate Change Society|
|Computer Science Extension Society|
|Football Debating Society|
|Junior Doctor Club|
|Language and Culture Society|
|LitSoc (Literary Society)|
|Medical Research Group|
|Middle School Hispanic Film Club|
|Middle School History Society|
|Middle School Maths Enrichment|
|Model United Nations|
|Read, Cake, Debate|
|The RS Gym|
|Upper Case Creative Writers|
|Upper School Film Club|
|Word of Mouth Book Club|
|Young Entrepreneurs Society|
Mr Jacques Brown
For the first time ever, Dulwich College played host for the EPSCA (English Primary Schools Chess Association) National Primary Schools Chess Championship Qualifying Round.
Last Friday we saw a bustling Union Fair once again.
The members of the Lower School Aviation Society were treated to a visit by Captain Demetriou, a Boeing 737 pilot with Jet2.
Last Wednesday saw the final Upper School Games climbing session at Arch+ in Bermondsey for Year 13s, marking the end of two years’ worth of camaraderie, sweat and blisters.
We started the term with Ultimate Noughts and Crosses, bringing an added dimension to a familiar game.
Our African and Caribbean Society (A&C) has hosted a range of speakers and talks this year and there is still more to come.
This week in Historical Battles Club we dived into the opening battle of the War of the Roses, the Battle of St Albans.