Friday 15 December 2017 Dulwich Newsletter 


From Headmaster

Dear Parents, 


What better way to end the year than a festive play full of human Christmas cards, trees, elves and foot stomping songs. Our Year 3s provided all this, along with a beautiful Nativity scene. The audience on Wednesday night was treated to a fun and lively production of 'The Stars Come out for Christmas'. It was clear that a lot of rehearsals had taken place and our thanks go to all those who helped, from Year 3 teachers and Year Leader Ms. Harris, to the TAs and parents who helped with décor and of course our sound and lighting technicians. Well done to all our Year 3 children!


An impressive aspect of the Year 3 play was the children's confident use of spoken English. As I have mentioned before, we encourage expertise in languages here at Dulwich through curricular and extra-curricular programmes. Drama, debating, MUN and classroom presentations are a useful formulaic way to help students gain confidence in spoken work. Our Language Working Group, composed of teachers and support staff from all areas of our College who have a specific interest in languages and linguistics, met again yesterday. Shared highlights and plans include: the subtitling of Chinese films into English by our first language Chinese students; expanded media broadcasts by students; 'Mandarin Mondays', which offer those learning the language a chance for lunchtime conversational Mandarin with Chinese colleagues willing to help; and, on the other side of the coin, 'English Wednesdays', with Early Years staff helping our Chinese colleagues to perfect their English, again through lunchtime conversation. The assessment and enrichment of speaking and listening will also be discussed by the College Leadership Team next term.


In the final week of term, we have some wonderful student news to share. William C (Year 11) has been selected as Concertmaster of the International Schools Choral Music Society Orchestra 2018 (from over 50 violinists from 26 schools). Max Z (Year 11) has been selected as section leader for the Cellos in the ISCMS Orchestra 2018 too. As if that were not enough, we have just received news from the ISCMS Committee in the UK that our very own Jason R (Year 11) has won the Karl Jenkins Award for Best Composition, from the highest number of entries ever submitted for the award. This is an outstanding achievement. All participants will play Jason's composition, entitled in Swahili 'Upepo Na Wakati', during the Festival.

The students' service to others has continued enthusiastically this week. Early Years, Junior School and Senior School children have all participated in charitable events within their schools, from bringing in old coats and toys from home and wrapping them in Christmas paper for migrant schools, to our Project Nightingale students, busking for money to distribute to the needy at this time of year. We are very proud of them all.


Finally,  I would like to thank all our parent volunteers for the incredible support to DCB in this last very busy month of the year. I have seen so many parents bringing home made delicacies for our charity sales, Early Years Winter Celebrations, and Junior School class parties, and preparing props and decorations for our Christmas activities and productions!  Until the very last day of term, parents were volunteering at our Friends' Shop and Coffee & Books, which just shows how close a community we are here at DCB!


For all our families leaving Beijing for good this December, we wish you all the best for your future endeavours. Thank you sincerely for entrusting your children to us. We are proud of all of our students and their achievements, big and small, and we believe that we have prepared them well for the next step of their journey with the Dulwich values of respect, responsibility and resilience. We hope you will stay in touch and we always enjoy hearing from your children about their new schools and successes. You are always welcome to come back to DCB for a visit!


Have a wonderful Christmas, wherever you are and whatever you do,


Shèng Dàn Jíe Kuaì Lè!


Simon Herbert




Happy Holidays 


Dulwich College Beijing  will be closed for winter break from Monday, December 18 through Friday, January 5. 


The Admissions office will remain  open between  9.00am – 4.00pm


Classes will resume January 8. Our New Family Orientation will take place on Monday, January 8th at 9.15am.


We 're looking forward to seeing you all in the new year! Safe travels!

Wishing you a  wonderful holiday season and a happy,  healthy and prosperous year ahead!

2018 Desktop Calendars on Sale - 25RMB


Beautiful DCB  2018 desktop calendars  featuring Junior School latest art pieces will be still available for sale  next week! They can make great Christmas gifts!


Price - 25RMB with profit going to charity

Location – Legend Garden Main Reception


2018-19 Calendar


Please note that our school calendar for 2018-19 is out. Please click here for key dates in the next academic year.


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


2017-2018 DCB School Calendar 


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