At a time when the world is facing an extraordinary period of challenge, Dulwich College is committed to supporting its community where we are able. We strongly believe that now is a time for us to stay connected and to help one another – a message summed up by student leaders from across the Dulwich commonwealth of schools here.
We’re aware that a number of OAs, parents, pupils and staff are already playing individual roles in volunteering in the community, and at the College itself a number of initiatives are already underway. We anticipate adding more as this pandemic continues to disrupt people’s lives.
Support for critical workers
The College is pleased to play its part in the care of the children of critical workers, and to provide a programme of work and activities for them during their time with us.
Anybody, from any school, is welcome to use our directory of free online educational resources – compiled by Dulwich College teachers, who are always keen to hear about others that you may have encountered.
As we are adapting to the demands of remote teaching and learning, we are pleased to making all our on-line resources openly available to students everywhere, but we hope they will be of particular value to teachers and pupils of the Southwark Schools Learning Partnership.
As we have put in place a full programme of online learning for our pupils, we have been able to draw upon the experience of Dulwich College International. In partnership with DCI, we have been able to share advice and resources with the educational leadership of E-ACT Multi-academy Trust. E-ACT overseas 28 academies across England, including our partner academy at City Heights in Tulse Hill.
Support for the NHS
The Dulwich DT team are using both our 3D printers and some from JAGS to provide full-face visors for health workers across south London. Already we are supporting local surgeries, hospitals, pharmacies and local care homes.
Read the full story here.
For any OAs or parents whose companies possess 3D printers, PrusaPrinters have shared a file for printing face shields. The file that the College is using can be found here with instructions on how to build and assemble the other parts that go with it.
Helping the local community
Through our existing links with the Angus Lawson Memorial Trust, we hope to donate used iPads and laptops to help children who might not otherwise be able to access online learning and could otherwise find themselves further isolated.
We are in communication with our many other partners throughout Southwark and hope to identify more ways in which we can assist.
Many parents will be facing financial uncertainty throughout this period, and we anticipate many will need support with fees to enable their sons to remain at Dulwich College. We are committed to providing hardship bursaries for those most in need, through the Bursary Appeal Fund.
How you can help
Amid the current uncertainty, the College is endeavouring to reduce its expenditure and has already put a number of measures in place to protect its charitable funds (such as furloughing staff where possible while the campus is closed). Despite this, we believe that supporting our community is a key part of our work at this time, and so are funding these initiatives from our own resources at present. We would like to be able to do more.
We have established the Dulwich Coronavirus Fund, which will be used to fund Coronavirus support projects. Any funds not used will be used for specific projects will be used to fund hardship support for parents whose income has been affected by the Coronavirus pandemic.
In these difficult times, the generosity of the Dulwich community is needed more than ever and we would be grateful to all those who feel they are in a position to consider donating to support our work. Gifts can be made to support the Dulwich Coronavirus Fund here.