Friday 8 September 2017 Dulwich Newsletter 


From Headmaster

Dear Parents, 


Following the recent announcement of the IGCSE success for last year's Year 11 cohort, we would also like to celebrate a 'Top in China' award for Ashley Wong who is now in Year 12. Ashley managed the best grade in China for Computer Science in the Cambridge International Examinations. Well done Ashley and of course thank you to your teacher, Mr. Balcombe. Ashley will be invited to the Cambridge International award ceremony on October 24th. In the meantime, she is a recipient of the Headmaster's Commendation for this extraordinary achievement.


It was a pleasure to see so many families at the recent Moonlight Madness concert and BBQ. This is always a fun event and many of you commented on the talented students who performed a range of comic, dramatic and musical numbers. We were very proud of the staff band, which included some brand new members and we are hoping they might perform at a Ball or two this year! Thank you to Friends of Dulwich parent volunteers who ran their traditional drinks booth to raise funds for their upcoming projects and the Music, Operations and Events Departments for the organisation. 


We were also delighted this week to welcome Learning Through Landscapes expert Matthew Robinson. Deputy Director of Schools, Ms. Kate Beith, persuaded Matthew and a team of colleagues to spend the week considering our outdoor learning provision in its entirety. Children benefit and learn from the natural environment and we are determined that this will increasingly be the case here at DCB, despite the difficult climate at times through the year. The team has looked at sustainability, play spaces, wooded areas, and how nature can integrate into the curriculum. We thank them all for their hard work on this project.


As you know, we like to keep the information flowing and our three schools have already invited parents to Information Evenings or 'Settling-In' Meetings. Thank you to all the teacher teams for this and of course to the parents who have attended. On the subject of communication, may I politely reiterate what was announced at the beginning of the school year: the first point of contact for any initial concern or question is your child's class teacher or form tutor; email works well, or a phone call, or even a pre-arranged meeting. We are very willing to chat and will always try to resolve any problems. If there is an ongoing issue which cannot be resolved by the class teacher or form tutor, please see the Head of Year or Key Stage, or later (if necessary) a Deputy Head or Head of School. WeChat, Weibo or other social media are not effective ways to highlight an issue to the school or to seek information.


It was a pleasure this week to welcome three guests from Dulwich College Shanghai Puxi: Christine Haslett (Head of Early Years), Sameh Eskander (Academic Head of Key Stage 3) and Kayleigh McSweeney (Pastoral Head of Key Stage 3). They all linked in with their counterparts at DCB and I thank those involved from the home team.


Finally, thank you to all the parents who have responded so positively to our request to wear your lanyards. Please wear these around your neck, as this enables staff and students to spot parents or visitors immediately, which leads to a safer campus. Expect to be asked to wear your lanyard appropriately if you are carrying it in your hand or if it is tied to your handbag.


Kind regards and have a good weekend,


Simon Herbert




From Friends of Dulwich 


Friends of Dulwich is our parent organisation with aims to develop strong bridges between parents, students and staff by arranging social events and activities which also raise funds for charity and school projects.

Parents can choose to serve on the Friends Executive Committee, act as Parent Class or  Campus Representative or take part in social events and volunteer to help with charitable events organised by Friends. We are  delighted to introduce two parent volunteers who have offered to be co-Chairs of Friends this academic year, Ms. Claudia Kurz and Ms. Erie Hamilton. We wish them the very best for their tenure! You may contact them by


If you would like to find out more about Friends of Dulwich, please come to the next Friends Open Meeting  on Tuesday, September 12th from 9.15am- 10.00am in Coffee and Books Tutorial Room. It will also be a chance to hear monthly updates from the Headmaster, Mr Simon Herbert.  All are invited. 


Friends of Dulwich Culture Club invites all DCB parents to join the first parent trip of the year!  


Details as follows:


Trip to Forbidden City


September 20, 8.45am – 2pm ( pick up and drop off -  Legend Garden Campus car park)

Price: 180RMB (including tickets and tour guide, lunch not included)

Bus transportation provided by DCB

40 spaces available – first come, first serve!


To sign up and get more details contact our parent organisers: :


Do not miss out! Sign up today!


Reminder: Notice of Withdrawal From Term 2


If your child will not be returning in Term 2 (8th Jan 2018 to 30th Mar 2018), please send written notification to the Admissions Department ( by Sunday 15th Oct 2017 in order to qualify for a refund.


Please click below for information on our upcoming community events and an our 2017/18 calendar. 


2017-2018 DCB School Calendar 

Community Events - September Calendar 


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