Friday 14 September 2018 Dulwich Newsletter 


From Headmaster

Dear Parents, 


It has been another packed week at DCB, with visitors, collaborations, achievements, presentations, cakes and fun, in amongst the usual hard work in the classrooms!


Let us start with visitors. It was our enormous pleasure to welcome the Honourable Alexandra Shackleton, granddaughter of the famous polar explorer and Dulwich College alumnus, Sir Ernest Shackleton. Ms Shackleton gave talks to students of all ages and brought to life the extraordinary adventures and leadership qualities of this renowned explorer and adventurer. Sir Ernest Shackleton himself led arguably the most famous rescue mission in British history, after his ship ran aground in the Antarctic. He and a few companions guided the tiny lifeboat, the 'James Caird', over 800 miles in treacherous polar waters, finally landing in South Georgia. They then crossed the frozen mountains of this remote island before reaching a whaling station and organising a rescue ship to return to their colleagues. If any DCB parent would like to see the James Caird, which resides in Dulwich College in London, please let me know. It is truly a remarkable story, and we are grateful to the Hon. Alexandra Shackleton for sharing the legacy with us.


Another visitor this week was Ms. Zhao Xue. Chess enthusiasts will know her name well. Zhao Xue is a chess grandmaster, only the 24th Chinese person to achieve this title, and a member of the gold medal-winning Chinese team at the Women's Chess Olympiad in 2002, 2004 and 2016. Our future plan is that Dulwich will host a chess tournament and that Ms. Zhao Xue will occasionally come to coach some of our students. She will even offer an exhibition game, playing twenty Dulwich students at the same time! We shall let you know when this takes place. We thank Mr. Hickey who organised this special visit.


As for collaborations, last weekend twelve DCB jazz musicians headed to WAB for the WABX to the MAX Jazz Festival, which is always a lively event. This year included workshops and masterclasses in trombone, trumpet, vocals and drums. Dulwich received a plaque for continuous contribution and valuable input into the festival. Well done to our musicians and thank you to Mr. Russo for leading.


Now to achievements. Firstly, one of our class of 2018 graduates, Joe Jackson, was awarded a prestigious scholarship. Joe gained the Martin Protheroe Scholarship at the University College of Football Business & Buckingham University. Fittingly for a football business and marketing course, this is located in the very heart and home of football itself, Wembley Stadium in London! We congratulate Joe, who is dedicated to pursuing a career in the sports industry and is well on his way.


We are also keen to celebrate staff achievements and this week we heard that Ms. Jing Gao, one of our academic staff in Early Years, has translated a US children's book into Chinese. It is 204 pages long and took Jing many months of hard work. The results are superb, and a copy will be placed in the school libraries. Our children here will love the book, as it focuses on the antics of a cheeky young girl called Loretta Mason Potts, who is particularly mean to her younger brother Colin! We congratulate Jing on such a wonderful achievement. 


It was an honour to be invited on behalf of DCB (the only international school present) to speak at the Yale Center in Beijing this week, as part of a panel to discuss the future of education and how to encourage innovation. The other guests on the panel were Ms. Robin Goldberg (Chief Experience Officer of Minerva School), Mr. Yue Qiu (Principal of Beijing Jingshan School), and Ms. Fengqin Wu (Vice Principal of Beijing National Day School). The event was moderated by Mr. Martin Ma (Founder and CEO of Happy Universe). There were over a hundred attendees in the audience, and they asked interesting and incisive questions during the Q & A session, ranging from the use of technology in education, to how we 'future proof' our students.  


Finally, I would like to thank our parents for recognising 'Teacher Appreciation Day' on Monday. It was a lovely gesture to make so many cakes for our DCB teaching staff. The teachers were so grateful and relished their treats!


Kind regards and have a good weekend,


Simon Herbert




2018-2019 School Photographs


Individual, class and school large group photographs will be taken over a two-week period starting on Tuesday, 9th October, and ending Tuesday, 30th October. Early Years large group photos will take place at first day on Tuesday, Oct 9th, Junior and Senior School large group photos will be taken on Tuesday, 23rd October. Please see the letter HERE for more details .

Reminder: Notice of Withdrawal from Term 1


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