Friday 09 February 2018 Dulwich Newsletter 


From Headmaster

Dear Parents, 


I mentioned last week that the Wellbeing Day in Junior School and Early Years promised to be a lively event and it did not disappoint. The children enjoyed some fantastic activities led by their teachers: yoga, healthy cooking, tree climbing, story sessions, mindfulness colouring-in, art therapy, nature walks and more. The Early Years children welcomed some cross-college supporters for the event, in the form of prefects, Year 8 students and even our DBA, Mr. Barton, who was spotted climbing trees with Reception children!


You will see that this week's newsletter is full of sporting, musical, dramatic and debating performances that all brought feelings of wellbeing to performers and audiences.


I am grateful to Mr. Kraetzer and his team for their organisation of the ACAMIS Basketball tournament from 1st - 3rd February, which culminated in a tremendous win for the Varsity Girls' Team and a second place for the Varsity Boys' Team, both against Dulwich College Shanghai. Beyond the results, what was particularly noticeable and appreciated, was the huge level of support from students and parents. I watched on Livestream from Suzhou and witnessed the amazing crowd cheering loudly during both finals.


I was in Shanghai and Suzhou last week, for the Steering Group meeting of Dulwich Heads and also for the International Schools Choral Music Society. The musical talent on display was tremendous, from the Big Band on Friday night, to the choral and orchestral performance of Carmina Burana on Saturday. Jason R won the Jenkins Award for his piece Upepo Na Wakati which was 'world premiered' in Suzhou. William C was Concertmaster of the ISCMS Orchestra, and Max Z led the cello section. It was amazing to hear the quality of the music after just two days of student collaboration. My thanks to Mr. West, Ms. McCaw and Mr. Jarvis for accompanying the trip and encouraging such impressive performances.


On the subject of fine performances, our Early Years and Junior School children were magnificent in their Chinese New Year shows this week, beautifully costumed and confident on the stage, and not dazzled by the rows of parent paparazzi! Well done to our Early Years and Junior School TAs, ATs and Chinese teachers for preparing the children so well for their big day.


The academic and support staff also had a dose of wellbeing this week, thanks to the wonderful work of the Social and Wellbeing Committee led by Mr. Stratford and Mr. Yang. It was a memorable evening in many ways, with some moments that the leadership team might wish to forget. Ms. Grant, in her final DCB Chinese New Year party, was as confident as ever on stage and can be seen in the photos below surrounded by her many 'fans'.


Our Temple Fair has been a great success and we thank Maggie Jiang and Ashley Wu from our Events Team for organising the vendors and our Chinese teachers for their hard work with students. One of the highlights this year from our celebrations of Chinese culture must surely be the Peking Opera performance by the Meilanfang Troupe. This was brought to the College by the Friends Culture Club and was a stunning spectacle of vibrant colour and sound. Some audience members also dressed in appropriate attire to join the theme.


The week also included the wonderful Chinese Short Film Festival, the original idea from Ms. Grace Gong and organised by Ms. Lu Chen and Ms. Gong. Actor Yapeng Li and musician Zheng Yang, both DCB parents, were present to commend our young directors and actors. Well done to Max G, Year 10, and his team, whose First Love was a poignant and beautifully crafted piece which enchanted the audience.


Debating plays a big part of life in DCB, so it was no surprise that the House Debating Final brought such a large audience on Friday. The quality of debate was quite outstanding, especially given that the teams were composed of students of all ages within the Senior School. What a chance for our Year 7s to learn skills from their mentors in older years.! Special commendation must go to Ashley W and Yi Wen L for coaching their teams so professionally.


Finally, my thanks go to Mr. Hawkins, Ms. Deeds and Mr. Giordano from Dulwich College International for their thorough and informative presentations focusing on our university counselling provision and how best we support our students. Myths were shattered about US direction, Early Decision and overall expert guidance. We are very proud of the way our students, parents and counsellors work so well together to ensure 'best fit' and the most exciting future for these young people. This year's results and placements throughout the world are projected to be as strong as ever. It was pleasing to see so many parents present, who will, I hope, share the content with others.


Enjoy this special holiday with your loved ones, and see you back in school on Monday 26th February. A very happy Chinese New Year to you all. Chun Jie Kuai Le! Gong Xi Fa Cai !


Kind regards,


Simon Herbert




Chinese New Year Holidays


Please note that Dulwich College Beijing will be closed for CNY holidays from 12 to 23 February,  2018 and classes will resume to normal on Monday, 26 February.



Fireworks and Safety


Please be reminded to obey the local laws and regulations, if you wish  to set off fireworks in Beijing during the spring festival. Please note that the capital officially banned fireworks anywhere within the Fifth Ring Road earlier  in January this year.  


Fireworks are also NOT allowed anywhere on Dulwich College Beijing premises, including both car parks, sport pitches and areas behind Domes. Thank you for your support. 


Have a happy and safe holidays!


George Jiang

Head of Facilities, Operations and Safety


Hongbao for Support Staff


As a DCB tradition, our parent organisation, Friends of Dulwich, organised  a community donation for Hongbao (red envelopes) for our support staff to express gratitude to ayis, security guards, maintenance workers, gardeners, bus drivers, and bus monitors for their hard work and wonderful service to the school. Representatives from Friends of Dulwich  distributed a Hongbao to each of our 245 support staff today.  On behalf of Friends, we appreciate your support and generosity!  




Friends of Dulwich are currently looking for parent volunteers to take up the following roles:





If you are interested in any of the roles above, please email Chair of Friends Erie Hamilton at


SAVE THE DATE: 2018 Dulwich Dinner Dance, April 14th


DCB's success is due in large part to the commitment of our supportive parent body. Our annual Dulwich Dinner Dance is an opportunity for our families, staff and friends of Dulwich to celebrate the community that we've built together.  It's also a time to raise funds for a good cause. Last year, a record high amount of 417,053RMB was raised, which was donated to Aiyou Young Heart Project to help children suffering from Congenital Heart Disease.


This year's profits from Dulwich Dinner Dance will support  a foster home and a local migrant school in Kunming: Tuan Yang Xue Xiao  ( U.S. registered charity) via the Yunnan Project, a partnership developed by our Senior School Student Charity Club Interact.




Dulwich Dinner Dance


Date: Saturday, April 14, 2018

Time: 6pm till late

Venue: Hyatt Regency Wangjing


Information about ticket reservations will be available after the Chinese New Year break.


 Dulwich Dinner Dance is an annual event planned and executed by our parent volunteers! 


REMINDER: DCB Car Parking Permits from 5th February 2018


Dear Parents,


During drop-off and pick-up times there is a lot of traffic in the Legend Garden parental (South) car park and therefore, after conducting a thorough review of traffic control procedures, we have decided to re-introduce the DCB Car Parking Permits for our parents.


Please note that new car permits system has been already in place from 5th February 2018 and  only cars with permits in their windscreen are allowed into the car park during busy drop-off and pick-up times. The permits are different to previous permits and will be valid till the end of 2017/18 academic year.The yellow permits for Nursery Class' parents issued this August will be still valid till the end of June 2018.

We have written car parking permits into our policy structure and the policy can be viewed via the parent portal.


The permit is free of charge and can be applied for electronically. If you have not applied yet, please fill in the simple form by clicking the link HERE. Please note that you will need a separate permit for each vehicle  and there is a maximum of two per family, no matter how many cars a family may have access to. 

We take safety issues very much to heart. We would ask all drivers, including parents, to respect our guards and their instructions. The children's safety will be much more secure if the guards' authority is recognised. Any abuse of our staff will not be tolerated and all instances will be reported directly to the Headmaster and to the DBA.

Guards have been instructed to photograph drivers and cars not conforming to our safety requirements and we will contact the employers and car owners if our safety rules are broken. Once implemented, unless specifically agreed with reception and ratified by the DBA, no cars will be allowed access into the East Gate entrance for dropping off, or picking up, students.


Thank you for your desire to make safeguarding of every one of our students, the highest priority. Have a lovely Chinese New Year break!


With best wishes,


Shaun Barton
Director of Business Administration 

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