Friday 20 October 2017 Dulwich Newsletter 


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From Headmaster

Dear Parents, 


I write to you from a damp and drizzly London. As you may know, this is Ruth Grant's final year at the school, after twelve years of outstanding service. I am here for the Head of Junior School interviews, the first round of which takes place at Dulwich College in London. In due course, the shortlisted candidates will come to Beijing. I shall keep parents informed so that you have a chance to meet them.


On the subject of parents, there are three reasons this week to celebrate our close links with our parental community. We enjoyed the Junior School 'Big Me' day, where parents were invited to talk about their careers to our students in Key Stage 2. Fittingly, as part of STEAM week, the focus was on careers within the Science/Tech/Engineering/Arts/Maths sphere. Our thanks to Serina Baik-Kuders, Susie Blackburn, Ernie Hu, Rose Kwon, Steven Yang, Karen Kong, Robert Yu, Chalie Gao, Sam Lu and Lin Luo for giving up their time and of course to Mr. Ross for the organisation of this event.

The second occasion was a rather special basketball match, contested between our Varsity Team and a strong local side, Shunyi number 9. The match was incredibly exciting (it ended 81-80 to the guests) but I mention it specifically because our parents supported in force, dressed in black DCB Lions T-shirts. This really created a dynamic and fun atmosphere. Thank you to those who attended - we hope to see this level of support for future matches and sports competitions.


Our Early Years parents attended Mr. Liam Benjamin's ICT workshop in force. Thank you to Mr. Benjamin for offering this and to the parents for their interest in this topic.


It is clear that in all areas of the College, DCB staff are engaging with our parents to make them feel welcome and involved. This aligns with our College aims and we hope that parents will continue to show such support and of course to provide feedback to us.


Finally this week, it was an absolute pleasure to award our first certificate for Employee of the Month to a member of our support staff. Ms. Rebecca Xue, HR manager, was the very first recipient of this accolade and a very popular choice. The idea of celebrating the unsung efforts of our wonderful support staff was initiated by Mr. Barton, Director of Business Administration, and this has been welcomed by our community. Well done Rebecca and thank you for all your hard work, patience and good humour!


Kind regards and have a good weekend,


Simon Herbert




Call for Parent Vendors for the Dulwich Christmas Bazaar!


Before you realise, the great Dulwich Christmas is only a month away! Mark your calendars for 4th & 5th of December. Back with overwhelming demand for the concert tickets and the ever growing Junior Choir, we've decided to host two days of Christmas Concert this year, 4th for Senior School and 5th for Junior School and Early Years. Meanwhile, our Christmas Bazaar will also run for the same days. This year we would like to offer DCB parents first priority in renting booths to help you promote their own business or the business of your recommended vendors. 


If you're interested in renting a booth at the Dulwich Christmas bazaar, please contact Ashley Wu through email with your phone contact by Friday 27 October. We'll send you registration form for renting the booth. You may be asked to present samples of your products for sale. Booth will be allocated at the discretion of the event organiser on a first-come-first-served basis. We'll start to contact external vendors after the above deadline.  

Roundabout Charity Book Fair looking for Volunteers!


Roundabout will be back in DCB this October with their annual amazing Charity Book Fair.  You can expect thousand of gently used, donated books for sale. Many languages and genres. Paperbacks and children's books from 10 RMB. Hardbacks from 20 RMB! 


In preparations for this event, we are looking for  parent and staff volunteers who can help with logistics. See the details below. Parents will be also able to help by supporting Friends Mobile Coffee or bringing homemade cakes for sale on Saturday.  


Roundabout is a social enterprise headed by volunteers. Started in 2008, they were the first charity store in mainland China. They now give support to 48 charitable organizations in the Beijing area and many more throughout China, Inner Mongolia and Mongolia. To learn more about Roundabout please read


All proceeds from this year's Roundabout Charity Book Fair will help Bunina Primary School in  Zimbabwe to complete  building of their new classroom block.  24 DCB students visited the school in July 2017. Whilst there, they found a heartwarming desire to learn from the students, an incredible dedication from teachers who regularly go unpaid for a number of months each year, and a woeful lack of both facilities and space. It is wonderful to work together with the Beijing and Roundabout community to support  this cause!


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


2017-2018 DCB School Calendar 


Community Events - October Calendar 


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