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The new Memorial Garden at Dulwich College

Dedicated to the wives of two Old Alleynians, the newly completed Memorial Garden is situated alongside the Grimshaw designed Laboratory building. The design of the garden continues the celebration of the relationship between the Sciences and the Arts which is embedded into the fabric of the Laboratory building in the form of the Peter Randall-Page cladding of terracotta tiles which are an interpretation the Lindenmayer system dragon curve fractal, replicating the algorithmic beauty of the natural order. 

Sitting between the Laboratory and the original formal gardens of the Barry building, the Memorial Garden is an exploration of Voronoi tessellation, which can be thought of as a geometrical tool used to understand the physical constraints binding the organisation of biological tissues, natural structures and geological forms (such as honeycombs, the giants causeway and the packing structure of corn). The Memorial Garden is a physical representation of how human research is allowing us to understand these innate, natural geometric rules. 

 

The Memorial Garden's paving pulls away from the formal, rectangular layout of the existing paving, disintegrating into a series of irregular convex polygons, closely reflecting the tensions within natural fragmentation patterns, from these tessellating polygons irregular extrusions rise up to form seating. 

The garden will integrate the Laboratory into the heritage site and link the contemporary planting with the original Milner garden and wider site. The plants and trees have be chosen to reflect both the terracotta cladding and the detailing of the nearby Barry building. 

The designer of the garden, Rachel Reynolds is a long-time local resident who has been a multi-disciplinary 3D designer and public artist and maker for over twenty years. Rachel has recently expanded her practise into garden design, graduating from the London College of Garden Design as Top Student 2016. Designing the Memorial Garden for the College enabled Rachel to integrate her previous experience of designing furniture for the public realm within the design of the garden 

Open Days

 

For the next Open Day Dates please contact the Registrar on 020 8299 9263. On arrival at the College visitors should go to the Lower Hall.

For individual appointments with the Head of Upper School, or to enquire about Year 12 places, please contact the Upper School Registrar on 020 8299 9281.

ARRANGE AN APPOINTMENT WITH THE REGISTRAR BY CALLING 020 8299 9263

 

Professor Lord Winston and the Director of National Gallery open The Laboratory at Dulwich College

Dulwich College was delighted to be joined by Professor Lord Winston and Gabriele Finaldi, Director of The National Gallery, who officially opened The Laboratory, a new landmark building at Dulwich College, home to the Sciences and a venue for the Arts. Also present were chief architect Jolyon Brewis from Grimshaw Architects and sculptor Peter Randall-Page RA, who designed The Laboratory’s exterior panels, comprising almost 15,000 tiles. 

Success for joint Dulwich College and Sydenham High Teams at Young Enterprise Central London and East London Finals

‘Seedling’ a team of students from Dulwich College and Sydenham High triumphed at the Central London final of the Young Enterprise 'Company of the Year' competition. In what has been Dulwich’s most successful ever competition; 'Seedling' beat seven other teams to go through to the prestigious London final in June. Luke Henderson, Dmitry Rusanov and Marco Verdino from Dulwich College, along with Nerea Asua Lowe and Ella Bright from Sydenham High School greatly impressed the judges with their innovative product and fantastic branding. The team came away with the award for Best Company in Central London, as well as the Berwin Leighton Pasiner Social Impact Award, thanks to the strong environmental ethos of their company. 

In the East London Finals, Dulwich College and Sydenham High School represented by team ‘Illuminated’ walked away with two of the five awards. Illuminated, represented by Robert Power, Oscar Owen, Sam Groves, Phoebe Proctor and Greta Holmes, against tough competition the team won prizes for Best Interview and Trade Stand, and the Old Mutual Green Award. Their organic soy wax candles in recycled containers really impressed the judges, as did their socially responsible plans for expansion - outsourcing production to local people who are looking for flexible work following unemployment. The judges commented on how impressed they were with the students' professionalism, and how well the two schools worked together. 

 

Lady Sainsbury unveils Exploded Paradigm (Inverted) by Conrad Shawcross RA in The Laboratory at Dulwich College

On 18 January, the Master, Dr Joseph Spence, was delighted to celebrate the unveiling of Exploded Paradigm (Inverted) by Conrad Shawcross, an interdisciplinary collaboration between the artist and pupils of the Art and Science Societies at Dulwich College. The project is graciously sponsored by The Linbury Trust, established by Lord and Lady Sainsbury in 1973 to support a wide variety of causes, including the arts, education and welfare. 

More than 150 well-wishers gathered in James Caird Hall of The Laboratory, the College’s home for Science and the Arts. Lady Sainsbury spoke movingly about her connection to Dulwich College. Her uncle, Charles Alexander ‘Alick’ Hamilton (known to many boys as “Hammy"), spent the whole of his teaching career as a master at Dulwich College from 1925-63, and served as Housemaster of Ivyholme from 1944-1953. While a student at the Royal Ballet, the young Anya Linden, now Lady Sainsbury, spent many a happy weekend with her aunt, uncle and her female cousins in Ivyholme. Anya recalled her uncle’s sense of humour and his gentle request that the girls not play tennis while the boys were trying to revise. Anya quoted from an Alleynian article written upon Alick’s retirement, which celebrated his “serene, quite manner” and the “happy home” he created for his boys. He was “a fine schoolmaster in the fullest sense of the word,” and it is most fitting that the sculpture which acts as a centrepiece of our newest school building celebrates fine teaching and pastoral care, which have long defined the Dulwich experience.

The Master thanked Lord Turnbull, Fellow and former Chair of the Governors, and the Rt. Hon Peter Riddell OA, current chair of the Governors, for their faith in this project. The bold undertaking of constructing a landmark, £21.7m building for Science and the Arts has been made possible by significant funding from the endowment, and generous philanthropic support from OAs, parents, past parents, College staff, trusts, foundations and friends of the College.

Conrad Shawcross RA also has deep connections to Dulwich, as his grandfather, Hartley Shawcross, served as Chair of the Board of Governors of the College from 1959 to 1972. In 2012 Conrad was commissioned by Southwark Council to create a sculpture for Dulwich Park, and he kindly agreed to work with Dulwich pupils on a new work for The Laboratory. The finished work reflects the notion of a paradigm shift, making it emblematic of the audacity of imagination that has often jolted scientific enquiry forward and that will be fostered within The Laboratory at Dulwich College. 

Exploded Paradigm (Inverted) unveiled
Exploded Paradigm (Inverted) unveiled

Conrad reflected on his experience working with Dulwich pupils, stating, “I attended public school, and I thought I knew what to expect of the boys here.” He went on to explain that Dulwich boys do not fit the stereotype. They are not privileged or entitled; he found them to be clever and hardworking. “There’s something about this place that gives that to them.” Conrad also shared some of his inspiration for the work, ranging from Stephen Hawking to Buckminster Fuller to Watson and Crick. The Laboratory itself has been conceived by Grimshaw Architects as a ‘porous’ building, which collapses the false demarcation between the ‘two cultures’ of the Arts and the Sciences. Embodying the symbiotic relationship between creativity and discovery, the Shawcross sculpture has been designed to complement the spirit of endurance proudly represented by Sir Ernest Shackleton’s James Caird lifeboat, which is displayed at the heart of the James Caird Hall. 

Guests also had the opportunity to take a preview tour of Phase 2 of The Laboratory, which will house three further science labs, the George Farha Auditorium and five suites for Informatics. Phase 2 is scheduled to complete 20 June 2016 and will be open for student use in Michaelmas Term 2016. Thanks to the 1,266 Alleynians from around the world and across the generations who have donated to The Laboratory, the College has nearly reached our ambitious fundraising goal of £5.9m.

The Rt. Hon. Peter Riddell CBE, Lord Sainsbury KG, Lady Sainsbury, Conrad Shawcross RA and Dr Joseph Spence, Master of Dulwich College
The Rt. Hon. Peter Riddell CBE, Lord Sainsbury KG, Lady Sainsbury, Conrad Shawcross RA and Dr Joseph Spence, Master of Dulwich College
Comedian Henning Wehn, brings the house down at the end of Dulwich College Symposium

BBC journalist Justin Webb, Kwasi Kwarteng, MP and comedian Henning Wehn headed the bill on 1 October for a day packed full of enquiry, discussion and debate on the theme of 'Us & Them'. The Upper School Symposium, held every October, is Dulwich College’s flagship academic day for all boys in the Lower and Upper Sixth forms. This year, the day was opened by Kwasi Kwarteng, who offered his thoughts on integration, political correctness and history teaching in our schools, as well as engaging in discussion about the current migration crisis, with sixth-formers offering a range of probing questions from the floor. Journalist and author Justin Webb, shared his fascinating personal insights into American politics, as well as discussing the future of journalism in a world where the formerly clear divisions between news-gatherers and the public are becoming increasingly blurred. All Upper School boys also attended two seminars or workshops, choosing from the 34 on offer, their subjects ranging from criminal psychology and caricature to feminism and contemporary film. Several seminars were given by sixth formers themselves, individually, or in collaboration with teachers. The Symposium was rounded off in style by Henning Wehn, self-styled comedy ambassador for Tooting, whose ‘vorsprung durch slapstick’ approach to the ‘us and them’ of Anglo-Teutonic relations provided both food for thought, and belly-laughs aplenty. This was a day which will surely be remembered for years to come by all involved!

Webb Ellis Trophy comes to Dulwich College
The boys at Dulwich College were thrilled when the Webb Ellis Cup visited the College as part of its 100 day tour ahead of the Rugby World Cup 2015. The prestigious cup was delivered by a 12 strong team from the RWC committee.
 
To tie in with the occasion, the Year 8 boys played a mini tournament and were then invited to stand alongside the Cup for photographs.
 
The College is delighted and very proud to have been selected as one of the approved Team Bases for the Rugby World Cup 2015. Later this month, it will host the Australian and Romanian teams during their training sessions. As well as this wonderful opportunity to see some of rugby’s greats in training, the lasting legacy will be to celebrate the game and inspire future generations of players.
 
Dulwich College welcomes Bailey

Pupils at Dulwich College were happy to welcome the latest member to their community, 12 week old Bailey, a chocolate cockapoo. Bailey will accompany his owner, Boarding House Matron Caroline Fairhall. Already he has settled quickly into College life enjoying lots of visits from pupils and members of staff alike. It's already agreed that Bailey is a 'people person' who enjoys nothing more than being fussed over when the boarding house is full and taking a nap when things are quiet. Fortunately for the Dulwich community, Caroline is happy to share the wellbeing benefits of having Bailey around and he is available for walks and cuddles. 

Dulwich College appoints two new Deputies

 

Dulwich College is delighted to announce the appointment of two new deputies; Fiona Angel, Deputy Master Pastoral at Dulwich College and Hazel Younger, Deputy Head of Dulwich College Junior School. Fiona Angel, an alumna of Sydenham High School for Girls GDST joined Dulwich over seven years ago as teacher of D&T and more recently held the role of Head of Curriculum & Learning. Hazel Younger joins the College from Channing Junior School in North London where she was Director of Studies. 

 

New Exhibition at The Globe uses the Seven Deadly Sins as its theme

The Archives at Dulwich College hold a wealth of theatrical artefacts dating back to the time of William Shakespeare, some of which are now on loan to the Globe and form part of an exhibition, Henslowe’s Rose, Theatrical Treasures from Dulwich College.

The new exhibition which runs until the end of June, uses the seven deadly sins as its theme and intertwines each sin with the story of Philip Henslowe’s Rose Theatre. The exhibition celebrates the 400th anniversary of the deaths of William Shakespeare and Philip Henslowe, father in law of Edward Alleyn. It was Alleyn who took on the management of his father in law’s theatres and also began building his ‘College’ at Dulwich. Not only is 1616 a momentous year for English drama, this was the year that Christ’s Chapel in the heart of Dulwich Village, was completed and consecrated. Dulwich College has chosen this year to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the consecration of Christ’s Chapel and Henslowe’s death with a range of events, of which this exhibition is one. These will all lead up to the celebrations already in the planning process of the College’s quatercentenary in 2019.

The exhibition at The Globe runs until 29 June, 2016.

http://www.dulwich.org.uk/college/news-detail/2016/05/17/theatrical-treasures-from-dulwich- college-archives-now-on-display-at-shakespeare-s-globe 

 

Edward Alleyn’s Gift: The Foundation Schools’ Concert

Verdi Pater Noster & Requiem 

It was a remarkable performance in so many ways. Dr William McVicker is organist for the Royal Festival Hall and knows thing or two about choral performance in his capacity as Director of Music for St Barnabas with Christ’s Chapel, Dulwich. The sheer spectacle of the 450 performers hit him first: 

“Surely this must have been one of the largest choirs ever to have sung at London’s Royal Festival Hall — the singers spilled out from the choir stalls beneath the majestic pipework of the concert organ on to the auditorium's terraces, enveloping the orchestral sound with a lush and rich choral texture.” 

Hundreds of adult and child performers working together, led by three accomplished Directors of Music in a vivid display of the musical talent of the three schools. Edward Alleyn would be proud of his legacy. We are thrilled to have been part of the celebration of his Foundation 400 years ago – gloriously theatrical music, confidently performed in a huge arena. 

It felt like living in the music. As the Dies Irae thundered out from the stage, trumpets rang out antiphonally from the boxes creating a dazzling sound world. No wonder heads were turning in amazement. 

 

Afterwards the professional soloists echoed the audience’s enthusiastic response. Two of the youngest musicians had this to say: 

Jeanette: The choirs sounded amazing. There were so many people and the balance of voices was brilliant. In the 1st movement all the voices come in canon, which was quite powerful. 

Betania: The soloists’ voices portrayed the emotion of the piece really well. 

Jeanette: The beginning of the Dies Irae is extremely difficult to play, but we supported each other and in the easier, slower movements we could focus on the detail. 

Betania: I really enjoyed the liveliness of the piece. When the parts all came together it sounded really wonderful. This piece is great in so many ways – some parts are challenging and some are calm and settled. I was really excited. It was once in a lifetime opportunity and I feel so lucky. 

Souvenir programmes £5 are still available through Alleyn’s, Dulwich College and JAGS/proceeds to the Save the children Fund Syria Appeal 

Dulwich pupil to represent England at The World Schools Debating Championships 2016

Dulwich Pupil, Kenza Wilks, has been selected to be the team Captain for this competition which will take place in Stuttgart this July. This is the most prestigious debating competition in the world featuring some of the most skilled orators and thinkers of his generation. Dulwich College has an established history of debating, which in turn encourages and supports its pupils to take part in Local and National debating competitions and is fortunate to have one of its pupils on Team England for the past four years. The English-Speaking Union, which organises Team England believes that the team will continue England’s proud history of success at the competition. To date, England have made it to the knockout rounds every year since the competition began and have reached the finals ten times, winning it on four occasions. 

 

Dulwich Inventive Week

From DNA construction to speaking with the astronauts; a celebration of Science at Dulwich College
During this term, Dulwich College celebrated all that it does scientifically and creatively for one unforgettable week. Dulwich Inventive was driven by the imagination of boys and teachers thinking beyond the confines of individual disciplines, with every pupil in the school being involved in some way – from DUCKS’ liquids workshops to the Upper School’s Fame Lab Finals. During Dulwich Inventive, boys heard from over 25 visiting speakers and scientists and worked with them in a variety of workshops and interactive sessions. Visitors included Sir Robert Winston, Dr Lewis Hartnell and Dr Hugh Hunt. The Enigma Machine from Bletchley Park was at the College for a day and the College was delighted to host the first exhibition of Henry Fraser OA (2008-11) as he made his well-publicised venture into painting. Departments hijacked time, space and events throughout the week. Every pupil was engaged in code-breaking activity, with a new clue being released each day. They became masters of spin, creating paintings while learning about centrifugal force in art lessons; launched paper aeroplanes in DT at 80 miles per hour from the top of The Laboratory; and in Religion & Theology asked whether scientists could put their trust in God. Visits were arranged throughout the week to see performances and visit museums, to attend workshops and participate in experiments such as making Elephant toothpaste, projectile volcanoes and experimenting with chemi-luminescence. While the primary focus was to engage pupils, the College also involved parents, former pupils and students from local schools were invited to see the Science telescope at our star-gazing event and to engage with astronaut Shannon Walker via our live satellite connection on NASA night. Mr Damian King, Director of Science at Dulwich College, said of the event ‘’A successful week that got pupils thinking about the links between Science and the Arts, Dulwich Inventive represented inspiring, challenging and active learning at its best’’.
 

Overseas Scholarship success for Dulwich College boys
 
Dulwich College is delighted to announce that four of its Sixth Form boys have been awarded undergraduate Scholarships to study in North America. 
Przemyslaw Macholak has been awarded a grant from the Ivy League University of Pennsylvania, for undergraduate study on the prestigious Huntsman Business Programme, for which only 40 are given each year. Przemyslaw will also receive financial support from several organisations which will allow him to follow a joint degree in Business and International Relations together with German. 
Zak Siepman has been awarded a scholarship to study Mechanical Engineering at the Southern Methodist University in Texas. 
Luke Connor received an outstanding ten offers to study overseas and has accepted a soccer scholarship to study at Young Harris College in Georgia. 

Anamay Viswanathan will also join an elite group of global scholars, having accepted the prestigious Morehead-Cain Scholarship. Awarded to only around 50 students from across the world each year, this is a tremendous achievement for the Dulwich College school captain.

Resident Artist’s exhibition Interview (prototype)

Dulwich College are delighted to have Harrison Pearce as resident artist with his new work Interview (prototype). The focus of the exhibition is a large kinetic sculpture and sound installation, which has been developed in an ongoing collaboration with composer Nico Muhly. 

Pearce’s work is constructed around philosophical ideas that look at the mind, body, language and experience. His practice combines a wide range of approaches to orchestrate a single piece. The work in this show involves carving, engineering, coding, wiring, prosthetics and sewing. The sum of these parts is an immersive and theatrical installation, which takes its inspiration from radiography and medicine. 

For information on workshops and talks please contact Director of Art and DT Sue Mulholland Mulhollandsm@dulwich.org.uk 

‘Grease is the word’ according to pupils from Dulwich College and JAGS

Pupils from Dulwich College and JAGS, James Allen’s Girls’ School, joined forces to stage a truly joyous production. A formidable company of 70 actors, musicians and crew from years 10 to 13 created an unforgettable performance. 

 

Photo by Nobby Clarke
Photo by Nobby Clarke

Praise has been high for a show that was sold out for every performance and for which a matinee was added ‘’Terrific show with top performances from all of them and enough kinetic energy to power a small town! Fantastic’’ commented a member of the audience. With stupendous singing, fantastic dance routines and dazzling costumes, the show delighted audiences and gave the cast an opportunity to shine, benefitting from encouragement and mentoring and, providing them with an unforgettable experience. 

Dulwich College pupil awarded first place at the Amnesty International Poetry Awards 2016

Year 13 pupil, Yusuf Tarajia, attended the 2016 Amnesty Youth Awards as a finalist in the Poetry strand. He enjoyed a poetry workshop with the poet Eleanor Carter and at the ceremony his poem, ‘Bad Guys’, was singled out for praise by the adjudicators and by Amnesty International Director, Kate Allan. Yusuf’s poem was awarded first place. 

 

Writer and broadcaster Dan Cruickshank visits Dulwich College to deliver the fourth lecture of the GE Moore Lecture Series

 

 

Over 200 boys, parents, staff and local residents turned out last night to hear writer, art historian and broadcaster Dan Cruickshank, explore the world of the Barry and Scott architectural dynasties in the 150th year of Charles Barry Jnr’s ‘New College at Dulwich’. Central to his theme was Barry’s use of ‘fusion’ architecture at time when authenticity and gothicism were the dominant influences of the age. The lecture took place in the Great Hall, and the Boardroom and Masters’ Library were also open for viewing.

This was the fourth lecture in the College’s 400th anniversary series and as part of the evening, visitors were invited to the exhibition held in the Wodehouse Library celebrating the 150th anniversary of the laying of the Foundation Stone of the New College at Dulwich. On display were architectural plans and drawings, etchings, prints and photographs as well as an architectural model and pieces of terracotta.

In addition there were six podcasts recorded by members of staff discussing various buildings at the College. The Archive Podcast project, which started in 2010, aims to promote the College’s 400-year history by asking experts and enthusiasts to talk about an object, building or theme that is of importance in the history of Dulwich College.

The next GE Moore Lecture will be held on 24 May when Professor Grace Ioppolo will examine how Philip Henslowe and Edward Alleyn helped invent English early modern theatre. Tickets are £10, available from lectureseries@dulwich.org.uk

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Edward Alleyn’s Gift: The Foundation Schools’ Concert Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, 16 March 2016

 

The three Dulwich Foundation Schools Alleyn’s, Dulwich College and JAGS will come together on 16 March 2016 to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the consecration of Christ’s Chapel of God’s Gift at Dulwich. 

Over 450 pupils, alumni, teachers, parents and members of the local community will perform Verdi’s choral masterpiece, the Requiem Mass at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall. They will be joined by internationally recognised soloists Jane Irwin (Soprano), Louise Callinan (Mezzo Soprano), David Butt Philip (Tenor) and Rodney Earl Clarke, Old Alleynian (Bass). 

Verdi’s Requiem is a masterpiece of late 19th century composition and the programme will also include Verdi’s Pater Noster which will be performed by all those singing and playing. The concert will be conducted by the three Directors of Music: Mr Chris Dearmer, Mr Richard Mayo and Mr Peter Gritton.

Christ’s Chapel in Dulwich was consecrated in 1616 by George Abbot, Archbishop of Canterbury, as part of the Dulwich College foundation. Edward Alleyn built his College of God’s Gift on Dulwich Green and since then the Chapel has been a place of worship for the local community and for the three Dulwich Schools of the Foundation; Alleyn’s, Dulwich College and JAGS. 

The Heads of the three Foundation Schools, Dr Gary Savage of Alleyn’s, Dr Joe Spence of Dulwich College, and Sally-Anne Huang of JAGS, anticipate this wonderful occasion will be an opportunity for the wider communities of the three schools to come together and celebrate in music. All are welcome and tickets are available through Southbank Centre.

Dulwich College welcomes Australian Rugby Squad

 

As an official Team Base, Dulwich College is delighted to welcome Rugby World Cup Squad Australia.  Pupils formed a welcoming Guard of Honour this morning as the team arrived on the College campus.  Dulwich College is hosting Australia until 12 October during which time they will play England this Saturday 3 October at Twickenham and Wales on Saturday 10 October.

The College is delighted and proud to have been selected as one of the approved Team Bases for the Rugby World Cup 2015.  As well as an opportunity to showcase its sports facilities, this is also a wonderful opportunity to see some of rugby’s greats in training; the lasting legacy will be to celebrate the game and inspire future generations of players.  

Dulwich College has a strong history of producing some of the Country’s finest sportsmen, including rugby internationals David Flatman and Andrew Sheridan.  Nick Easter, also an Old Alleynian, who has captained for England, has been selected for the England squad in this Saturday’s game at Twickenham. 

 

The Pavilion and 1st XV pitch will be dedicated during this period to the RWC team, secured and fenced off, and during selected times the Australian Squad will have use of the Swimming Pool, Sports Hall and Weights Room. Hunts Slip Road will have fencing to prevent media cameras obtaining sight of the training pitch.  The use of facilities has been arranged to ensure minimum disruption to games activities and College fixtures have been planned accordingly.
 

The Rugby World Cup 2015 (in England and Wales) runs until to 31 October with 20 countries competing for the Webb Ellis Cup.

 

www.dulwich.org.uk/college/sport/rugby-world-cup-2015-dulwich-college-q-a

 
Dulwich College holds their annual Symposium

DULWICH COLLEGE held their fifth annual Symposium on Thursday 9 October; comedian Jo Brand, political cartoonist Martin Rowson and poet Chris McCabe provided Upper School boys with plenty of food for thought. The Symposium aims to foster boys' intellectual interests through an offtimetable day of interdisciplinary enquiry; the theme for this year was Power.

Responding with refreshing frankness to boys' questions, on subjects ranging from her work as a psychiatric nurse to her views on comedy, free speech, censorship and feminism, Jo Brand demonstrated her deeply-held beliefs about the importance of challenging prejudice, pride and power in the world around us. Later in the day, top political cartoonist Martin Rowson discussed a range of his scathingly satirical work. Chris McCabe contributed to both sessions, reading a selection of his work, which provided a thought-provoking commentary on the power of the media, the horrifying disempowerment experienced by many on the day of the July London bombings, and finally, on the power of literature.

In addition to the keynote speeches, the boys attended two seminars chosen from a selection offered by twenty-nine teachers - a great opportunity for boys to hear their teachers speak about the subjects about which they are most passionate and knowledgeable, free from the constraints of the curriculum.

The new Memorial Garden at Dulwich College

Dedicated to the wives of two Old Alleynians, the newly completed Memorial Garden is situated alongside the Grimshaw designed Laboratory building. The design of the garden continues the celebration of the relationship between the Sciences and the Arts which is embedded into the fabric of the Laboratory building in the form of the Peter Randall-Page cladding of terracotta tiles which are an interpretation the Lindenmayer system dragon curve fractal, replicating the algorithmic beauty of the natural order. 

Sitting between the Laboratory and the original formal gardens of the Barry building, the Memorial Garden is an exploration of Voronoi tessellation, which can be thought of as a geometrical tool used to understand the physical constraints binding the organisation of biological tissues, natural structures and geological forms (such as honeycombs, the giants causeway and the packing structure of corn). The Memorial Garden is a physical representation of how human research is allowing us to understand these innate, natural geometric rules. 

 

The Memorial Garden's paving pulls away from the formal, rectangular layout of the existing paving, disintegrating into a series of irregular convex polygons, closely reflecting the tensions within natural fragmentation patterns, from these tessellating polygons irregular extrusions rise up to form seating. 

The garden will integrate the Laboratory into the heritage site and link the contemporary planting with the original Milner garden and wider site. The plants and trees have be chosen to reflect both the terracotta cladding and the detailing of the nearby Barry building. 

The designer of the garden, Rachel Reynolds is a long-time local resident who has been a multi-disciplinary 3D designer and public artist and maker for over twenty years. Rachel has recently expanded her practise into garden design, graduating from the London College of Garden Design as Top Student 2016. Designing the Memorial Garden for the College enabled Rachel to integrate her previous experience of designing furniture for the public realm within the design of the garden 

Resident Artist’s exhibition Interview (prototype)

Dulwich College are delighted to have Harrison Pearce as resident artist with his new work Interview (prototype). The focus of the exhibition is a large kinetic sculpture and sound installation, which has been developed in an ongoing collaboration with composer Nico Muhly. 

Pearce’s work is constructed around philosophical ideas that look at the mind, body, language and experience. His practice combines a wide range of approaches to orchestrate a single piece. The work in this show involves carving, engineering, coding, wiring, prosthetics and sewing. The sum of these parts is an immersive and theatrical installation, which takes its inspiration from radiography and medicine. 

For information on workshops and talks please contact Director of Art and DT Sue Mulholland Mulhollandsm@dulwich.org.uk 

Dulwich College appoints two new Deputies

 

Dulwich College is delighted to announce the appointment of two new deputies; Fiona Angel, Deputy Master Pastoral at Dulwich College and Hazel Younger, Deputy Head of Dulwich College Junior School. Fiona Angel, an alumna of Sydenham High School for Girls GDST joined Dulwich over seven years ago as teacher of D&T and more recently held the role of Head of Curriculum & Learning. Hazel Younger joins the College from Channing Junior School in North London where she was Director of Studies. 

 

Professor Lord Winston and the Director of National Gallery open The Laboratory at Dulwich College

Dulwich College was delighted to be joined by Professor Lord Winston and Gabriele Finaldi, Director of The National Gallery, who officially opened The Laboratory, a new landmark building at Dulwich College, home to the Sciences and a venue for the Arts. Also present were chief architect Jolyon Brewis from Grimshaw Architects and sculptor Peter Randall-Page RA, who designed The Laboratory’s exterior panels, comprising almost 15,000 tiles. 

Dulwich College pupil awarded first place at the Amnesty International Poetry Awards 2016

Year 13 pupil, Yusuf Tarajia, attended the 2016 Amnesty Youth Awards as a finalist in the Poetry strand. He enjoyed a poetry workshop with the poet Eleanor Carter and at the ceremony his poem, ‘Bad Guys’, was singled out for praise by the adjudicators and by Amnesty International Director, Kate Allan. Yusuf’s poem was awarded first place. 

 

Edward Alleyn’s Gift: The Foundation Schools’ Concert

Verdi Pater Noster & Requiem 

It was a remarkable performance in so many ways. Dr William McVicker is organist for the Royal Festival Hall and knows thing or two about choral performance in his capacity as Director of Music for St Barnabas with Christ’s Chapel, Dulwich. The sheer spectacle of the 450 performers hit him first: 

“Surely this must have been one of the largest choirs ever to have sung at London’s Royal Festival Hall — the singers spilled out from the choir stalls beneath the majestic pipework of the concert organ on to the auditorium's terraces, enveloping the orchestral sound with a lush and rich choral texture.” 

Hundreds of adult and child performers working together, led by three accomplished Directors of Music in a vivid display of the musical talent of the three schools. Edward Alleyn would be proud of his legacy. We are thrilled to have been part of the celebration of his Foundation 400 years ago – gloriously theatrical music, confidently performed in a huge arena. 

It felt like living in the music. As the Dies Irae thundered out from the stage, trumpets rang out antiphonally from the boxes creating a dazzling sound world. No wonder heads were turning in amazement. 

 

Afterwards the professional soloists echoed the audience’s enthusiastic response. Two of the youngest musicians had this to say: 

Jeanette: The choirs sounded amazing. There were so many people and the balance of voices was brilliant. In the 1st movement all the voices come in canon, which was quite powerful. 

Betania: The soloists’ voices portrayed the emotion of the piece really well. 

Jeanette: The beginning of the Dies Irae is extremely difficult to play, but we supported each other and in the easier, slower movements we could focus on the detail. 

Betania: I really enjoyed the liveliness of the piece. When the parts all came together it sounded really wonderful. This piece is great in so many ways – some parts are challenging and some are calm and settled. I was really excited. It was once in a lifetime opportunity and I feel so lucky. 

Souvenir programmes £5 are still available through Alleyn’s, Dulwich College and JAGS/proceeds to the Save the children Fund Syria Appeal 

Lady Sainsbury unveils Exploded Paradigm (Inverted) by Conrad Shawcross RA in The Laboratory at Dulwich College

On 18 January, the Master, Dr Joseph Spence, was delighted to celebrate the unveiling of Exploded Paradigm (Inverted) by Conrad Shawcross, an interdisciplinary collaboration between the artist and pupils of the Art and Science Societies at Dulwich College. The project is graciously sponsored by The Linbury Trust, established by Lord and Lady Sainsbury in 1973 to support a wide variety of causes, including the arts, education and welfare. 

More than 150 well-wishers gathered in James Caird Hall of The Laboratory, the College’s home for Science and the Arts. Lady Sainsbury spoke movingly about her connection to Dulwich College. Her uncle, Charles Alexander ‘Alick’ Hamilton (known to many boys as “Hammy"), spent the whole of his teaching career as a master at Dulwich College from 1925-63, and served as Housemaster of Ivyholme from 1944-1953. While a student at the Royal Ballet, the young Anya Linden, now Lady Sainsbury, spent many a happy weekend with her aunt, uncle and her female cousins in Ivyholme. Anya recalled her uncle’s sense of humour and his gentle request that the girls not play tennis while the boys were trying to revise. Anya quoted from an Alleynian article written upon Alick’s retirement, which celebrated his “serene, quite manner” and the “happy home” he created for his boys. He was “a fine schoolmaster in the fullest sense of the word,” and it is most fitting that the sculpture which acts as a centrepiece of our newest school building celebrates fine teaching and pastoral care, which have long defined the Dulwich experience.

The Master thanked Lord Turnbull, Fellow and former Chair of the Governors, and the Rt. Hon Peter Riddell OA, current chair of the Governors, for their faith in this project. The bold undertaking of constructing a landmark, £21.7m building for Science and the Arts has been made possible by significant funding from the endowment, and generous philanthropic support from OAs, parents, past parents, College staff, trusts, foundations and friends of the College.

Conrad Shawcross RA also has deep connections to Dulwich, as his grandfather, Hartley Shawcross, served as Chair of the Board of Governors of the College from 1959 to 1972. In 2012 Conrad was commissioned by Southwark Council to create a sculpture for Dulwich Park, and he kindly agreed to work with Dulwich pupils on a new work for The Laboratory. The finished work reflects the notion of a paradigm shift, making it emblematic of the audacity of imagination that has often jolted scientific enquiry forward and that will be fostered within The Laboratory at Dulwich College. 

Exploded Paradigm (Inverted) unveiled
Exploded Paradigm (Inverted) unveiled

Conrad reflected on his experience working with Dulwich pupils, stating, “I attended public school, and I thought I knew what to expect of the boys here.” He went on to explain that Dulwich boys do not fit the stereotype. They are not privileged or entitled; he found them to be clever and hardworking. “There’s something about this place that gives that to them.” Conrad also shared some of his inspiration for the work, ranging from Stephen Hawking to Buckminster Fuller to Watson and Crick. The Laboratory itself has been conceived by Grimshaw Architects as a ‘porous’ building, which collapses the false demarcation between the ‘two cultures’ of the Arts and the Sciences. Embodying the symbiotic relationship between creativity and discovery, the Shawcross sculpture has been designed to complement the spirit of endurance proudly represented by Sir Ernest Shackleton’s James Caird lifeboat, which is displayed at the heart of the James Caird Hall. 

Guests also had the opportunity to take a preview tour of Phase 2 of The Laboratory, which will house three further science labs, the George Farha Auditorium and five suites for Informatics. Phase 2 is scheduled to complete 20 June 2016 and will be open for student use in Michaelmas Term 2016. Thanks to the 1,266 Alleynians from around the world and across the generations who have donated to The Laboratory, the College has nearly reached our ambitious fundraising goal of £5.9m.

The Rt. Hon. Peter Riddell CBE, Lord Sainsbury KG, Lady Sainsbury, Conrad Shawcross RA and Dr Joseph Spence, Master of Dulwich College
The Rt. Hon. Peter Riddell CBE, Lord Sainsbury KG, Lady Sainsbury, Conrad Shawcross RA and Dr Joseph Spence, Master of Dulwich College
Edward Alleyn’s Gift: The Foundation Schools’ Concert Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, 16 March 2016

 

The three Dulwich Foundation Schools Alleyn’s, Dulwich College and JAGS will come together on 16 March 2016 to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the consecration of Christ’s Chapel of God’s Gift at Dulwich. 

Over 450 pupils, alumni, teachers, parents and members of the local community will perform Verdi’s choral masterpiece, the Requiem Mass at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall. They will be joined by internationally recognised soloists Jane Irwin (Soprano), Louise Callinan (Mezzo Soprano), David Butt Philip (Tenor) and Rodney Earl Clarke, Old Alleynian (Bass). 

Verdi’s Requiem is a masterpiece of late 19th century composition and the programme will also include Verdi’s Pater Noster which will be performed by all those singing and playing. The concert will be conducted by the three Directors of Music: Mr Chris Dearmer, Mr Richard Mayo and Mr Peter Gritton.

Christ’s Chapel in Dulwich was consecrated in 1616 by George Abbot, Archbishop of Canterbury, as part of the Dulwich College foundation. Edward Alleyn built his College of God’s Gift on Dulwich Green and since then the Chapel has been a place of worship for the local community and for the three Dulwich Schools of the Foundation; Alleyn’s, Dulwich College and JAGS. 

The Heads of the three Foundation Schools, Dr Gary Savage of Alleyn’s, Dr Joe Spence of Dulwich College, and Sally-Anne Huang of JAGS, anticipate this wonderful occasion will be an opportunity for the wider communities of the three schools to come together and celebrate in music. All are welcome and tickets are available through Southbank Centre.

Dulwich Inventive Week

From DNA construction to speaking with the astronauts; a celebration of Science at Dulwich College
During this term, Dulwich College celebrated all that it does scientifically and creatively for one unforgettable week. Dulwich Inventive was driven by the imagination of boys and teachers thinking beyond the confines of individual disciplines, with every pupil in the school being involved in some way – from DUCKS’ liquids workshops to the Upper School’s Fame Lab Finals. During Dulwich Inventive, boys heard from over 25 visiting speakers and scientists and worked with them in a variety of workshops and interactive sessions. Visitors included Sir Robert Winston, Dr Lewis Hartnell and Dr Hugh Hunt. The Enigma Machine from Bletchley Park was at the College for a day and the College was delighted to host the first exhibition of Henry Fraser OA (2008-11) as he made his well-publicised venture into painting. Departments hijacked time, space and events throughout the week. Every pupil was engaged in code-breaking activity, with a new clue being released each day. They became masters of spin, creating paintings while learning about centrifugal force in art lessons; launched paper aeroplanes in DT at 80 miles per hour from the top of The Laboratory; and in Religion & Theology asked whether scientists could put their trust in God. Visits were arranged throughout the week to see performances and visit museums, to attend workshops and participate in experiments such as making Elephant toothpaste, projectile volcanoes and experimenting with chemi-luminescence. While the primary focus was to engage pupils, the College also involved parents, former pupils and students from local schools were invited to see the Science telescope at our star-gazing event and to engage with astronaut Shannon Walker via our live satellite connection on NASA night. Mr Damian King, Director of Science at Dulwich College, said of the event ‘’A successful week that got pupils thinking about the links between Science and the Arts, Dulwich Inventive represented inspiring, challenging and active learning at its best’’.
 

Webb Ellis Trophy comes to Dulwich College
The boys at Dulwich College were thrilled when the Webb Ellis Cup visited the College as part of its 100 day tour ahead of the Rugby World Cup 2015. The prestigious cup was delivered by a 12 strong team from the RWC committee.
 
To tie in with the occasion, the Year 8 boys played a mini tournament and were then invited to stand alongside the Cup for photographs.
 
The College is delighted and very proud to have been selected as one of the approved Team Bases for the Rugby World Cup 2015. Later this month, it will host the Australian and Romanian teams during their training sessions. As well as this wonderful opportunity to see some of rugby’s greats in training, the lasting legacy will be to celebrate the game and inspire future generations of players.
 
Dulwich College holds their annual Symposium

DULWICH COLLEGE held their fifth annual Symposium on Thursday 9 October; comedian Jo Brand, political cartoonist Martin Rowson and poet Chris McCabe provided Upper School boys with plenty of food for thought. The Symposium aims to foster boys' intellectual interests through an offtimetable day of interdisciplinary enquiry; the theme for this year was Power.

Responding with refreshing frankness to boys' questions, on subjects ranging from her work as a psychiatric nurse to her views on comedy, free speech, censorship and feminism, Jo Brand demonstrated her deeply-held beliefs about the importance of challenging prejudice, pride and power in the world around us. Later in the day, top political cartoonist Martin Rowson discussed a range of his scathingly satirical work. Chris McCabe contributed to both sessions, reading a selection of his work, which provided a thought-provoking commentary on the power of the media, the horrifying disempowerment experienced by many on the day of the July London bombings, and finally, on the power of literature.

In addition to the keynote speeches, the boys attended two seminars chosen from a selection offered by twenty-nine teachers - a great opportunity for boys to hear their teachers speak about the subjects about which they are most passionate and knowledgeable, free from the constraints of the curriculum.

Dulwich College welcomes Bailey

Pupils at Dulwich College were happy to welcome the latest member to their community, 12 week old Bailey, a chocolate cockapoo. Bailey will accompany his owner, Boarding House Matron Caroline Fairhall. Already he has settled quickly into College life enjoying lots of visits from pupils and members of staff alike. It's already agreed that Bailey is a 'people person' who enjoys nothing more than being fussed over when the boarding house is full and taking a nap when things are quiet. Fortunately for the Dulwich community, Caroline is happy to share the wellbeing benefits of having Bailey around and he is available for walks and cuddles. 

Open Days

 

For the next Open Day Dates please contact the Registrar on 020 8299 9263. On arrival at the College visitors should go to the Lower Hall.

For individual appointments with the Head of Upper School, or to enquire about Year 12 places, please contact the Upper School Registrar on 020 8299 9281.

ARRANGE AN APPOINTMENT WITH THE REGISTRAR BY CALLING 020 8299 9263

 

‘Grease is the word’ according to pupils from Dulwich College and JAGS

Pupils from Dulwich College and JAGS, James Allen’s Girls’ School, joined forces to stage a truly joyous production. A formidable company of 70 actors, musicians and crew from years 10 to 13 created an unforgettable performance. 

 

Photo by Nobby Clarke
Photo by Nobby Clarke

Praise has been high for a show that was sold out for every performance and for which a matinee was added ‘’Terrific show with top performances from all of them and enough kinetic energy to power a small town! Fantastic’’ commented a member of the audience. With stupendous singing, fantastic dance routines and dazzling costumes, the show delighted audiences and gave the cast an opportunity to shine, benefitting from encouragement and mentoring and, providing them with an unforgettable experience. 

New Exhibition at The Globe uses the Seven Deadly Sins as its theme

The Archives at Dulwich College hold a wealth of theatrical artefacts dating back to the time of William Shakespeare, some of which are now on loan to the Globe and form part of an exhibition, Henslowe’s Rose, Theatrical Treasures from Dulwich College.

The new exhibition which runs until the end of June, uses the seven deadly sins as its theme and intertwines each sin with the story of Philip Henslowe’s Rose Theatre. The exhibition celebrates the 400th anniversary of the deaths of William Shakespeare and Philip Henslowe, father in law of Edward Alleyn. It was Alleyn who took on the management of his father in law’s theatres and also began building his ‘College’ at Dulwich. Not only is 1616 a momentous year for English drama, this was the year that Christ’s Chapel in the heart of Dulwich Village, was completed and consecrated. Dulwich College has chosen this year to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the consecration of Christ’s Chapel and Henslowe’s death with a range of events, of which this exhibition is one. These will all lead up to the celebrations already in the planning process of the College’s quatercentenary in 2019.

The exhibition at The Globe runs until 29 June, 2016.

http://www.dulwich.org.uk/college/news-detail/2016/05/17/theatrical-treasures-from-dulwich- college-archives-now-on-display-at-shakespeare-s-globe 

 

Success for joint Dulwich College and Sydenham High Teams at Young Enterprise Central London and East London Finals

‘Seedling’ a team of students from Dulwich College and Sydenham High triumphed at the Central London final of the Young Enterprise 'Company of the Year' competition. In what has been Dulwich’s most successful ever competition; 'Seedling' beat seven other teams to go through to the prestigious London final in June. Luke Henderson, Dmitry Rusanov and Marco Verdino from Dulwich College, along with Nerea Asua Lowe and Ella Bright from Sydenham High School greatly impressed the judges with their innovative product and fantastic branding. The team came away with the award for Best Company in Central London, as well as the Berwin Leighton Pasiner Social Impact Award, thanks to the strong environmental ethos of their company. 

In the East London Finals, Dulwich College and Sydenham High School represented by team ‘Illuminated’ walked away with two of the five awards. Illuminated, represented by Robert Power, Oscar Owen, Sam Groves, Phoebe Proctor and Greta Holmes, against tough competition the team won prizes for Best Interview and Trade Stand, and the Old Mutual Green Award. Their organic soy wax candles in recycled containers really impressed the judges, as did their socially responsible plans for expansion - outsourcing production to local people who are looking for flexible work following unemployment. The judges commented on how impressed they were with the students' professionalism, and how well the two schools worked together. 

 

Writer and broadcaster Dan Cruickshank visits Dulwich College to deliver the fourth lecture of the GE Moore Lecture Series

 

 

Over 200 boys, parents, staff and local residents turned out last night to hear writer, art historian and broadcaster Dan Cruickshank, explore the world of the Barry and Scott architectural dynasties in the 150th year of Charles Barry Jnr’s ‘New College at Dulwich’. Central to his theme was Barry’s use of ‘fusion’ architecture at time when authenticity and gothicism were the dominant influences of the age. The lecture took place in the Great Hall, and the Boardroom and Masters’ Library were also open for viewing.

This was the fourth lecture in the College’s 400th anniversary series and as part of the evening, visitors were invited to the exhibition held in the Wodehouse Library celebrating the 150th anniversary of the laying of the Foundation Stone of the New College at Dulwich. On display were architectural plans and drawings, etchings, prints and photographs as well as an architectural model and pieces of terracotta.

In addition there were six podcasts recorded by members of staff discussing various buildings at the College. The Archive Podcast project, which started in 2010, aims to promote the College’s 400-year history by asking experts and enthusiasts to talk about an object, building or theme that is of importance in the history of Dulwich College.

The next GE Moore Lecture will be held on 24 May when Professor Grace Ioppolo will examine how Philip Henslowe and Edward Alleyn helped invent English early modern theatre. Tickets are £10, available from lectureseries@dulwich.org.uk

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Dulwich pupil to represent England at The World Schools Debating Championships 2016

Dulwich Pupil, Kenza Wilks, has been selected to be the team Captain for this competition which will take place in Stuttgart this July. This is the most prestigious debating competition in the world featuring some of the most skilled orators and thinkers of his generation. Dulwich College has an established history of debating, which in turn encourages and supports its pupils to take part in Local and National debating competitions and is fortunate to have one of its pupils on Team England for the past four years. The English-Speaking Union, which organises Team England believes that the team will continue England’s proud history of success at the competition. To date, England have made it to the knockout rounds every year since the competition began and have reached the finals ten times, winning it on four occasions. 

 

Comedian Henning Wehn, brings the house down at the end of Dulwich College Symposium

BBC journalist Justin Webb, Kwasi Kwarteng, MP and comedian Henning Wehn headed the bill on 1 October for a day packed full of enquiry, discussion and debate on the theme of 'Us & Them'. The Upper School Symposium, held every October, is Dulwich College’s flagship academic day for all boys in the Lower and Upper Sixth forms. This year, the day was opened by Kwasi Kwarteng, who offered his thoughts on integration, political correctness and history teaching in our schools, as well as engaging in discussion about the current migration crisis, with sixth-formers offering a range of probing questions from the floor. Journalist and author Justin Webb, shared his fascinating personal insights into American politics, as well as discussing the future of journalism in a world where the formerly clear divisions between news-gatherers and the public are becoming increasingly blurred. All Upper School boys also attended two seminars or workshops, choosing from the 34 on offer, their subjects ranging from criminal psychology and caricature to feminism and contemporary film. Several seminars were given by sixth formers themselves, individually, or in collaboration with teachers. The Symposium was rounded off in style by Henning Wehn, self-styled comedy ambassador for Tooting, whose ‘vorsprung durch slapstick’ approach to the ‘us and them’ of Anglo-Teutonic relations provided both food for thought, and belly-laughs aplenty. This was a day which will surely be remembered for years to come by all involved!

Dulwich College welcomes Australian Rugby Squad

 

As an official Team Base, Dulwich College is delighted to welcome Rugby World Cup Squad Australia.  Pupils formed a welcoming Guard of Honour this morning as the team arrived on the College campus.  Dulwich College is hosting Australia until 12 October during which time they will play England this Saturday 3 October at Twickenham and Wales on Saturday 10 October.

The College is delighted and proud to have been selected as one of the approved Team Bases for the Rugby World Cup 2015.  As well as an opportunity to showcase its sports facilities, this is also a wonderful opportunity to see some of rugby’s greats in training; the lasting legacy will be to celebrate the game and inspire future generations of players.  

Dulwich College has a strong history of producing some of the Country’s finest sportsmen, including rugby internationals David Flatman and Andrew Sheridan.  Nick Easter, also an Old Alleynian, who has captained for England, has been selected for the England squad in this Saturday’s game at Twickenham. 

 

The Pavilion and 1st XV pitch will be dedicated during this period to the RWC team, secured and fenced off, and during selected times the Australian Squad will have use of the Swimming Pool, Sports Hall and Weights Room. Hunts Slip Road will have fencing to prevent media cameras obtaining sight of the training pitch.  The use of facilities has been arranged to ensure minimum disruption to games activities and College fixtures have been planned accordingly.
 

The Rugby World Cup 2015 (in England and Wales) runs until to 31 October with 20 countries competing for the Webb Ellis Cup.

 

www.dulwich.org.uk/college/sport/rugby-world-cup-2015-dulwich-college-q-a

 
Overseas Scholarship success for Dulwich College boys
 
Dulwich College is delighted to announce that four of its Sixth Form boys have been awarded undergraduate Scholarships to study in North America. 
Przemyslaw Macholak has been awarded a grant from the Ivy League University of Pennsylvania, for undergraduate study on the prestigious Huntsman Business Programme, for which only 40 are given each year. Przemyslaw will also receive financial support from several organisations which will allow him to follow a joint degree in Business and International Relations together with German. 
Zak Siepman has been awarded a scholarship to study Mechanical Engineering at the Southern Methodist University in Texas. 
Luke Connor received an outstanding ten offers to study overseas and has accepted a soccer scholarship to study at Young Harris College in Georgia. 

Anamay Viswanathan will also join an elite group of global scholars, having accepted the prestigious Morehead-Cain Scholarship. Awarded to only around 50 students from across the world each year, this is a tremendous achievement for the Dulwich College school captain.

The new Memorial Garden at Dulwich College

Dedicated to the wives of two Old Alleynians, the newly completed Memorial Garden is situated alongside the Grimshaw designed Laboratory building. The design of the garden continues the celebration of the relationship between the Sciences and the Arts which is embedded into the fabric of the Laboratory building in the form of the Peter Randall-Page cladding of terracotta tiles which are an interpretation the Lindenmayer system dragon curve fractal, replicating the algorithmic beauty of the natural order. 

Sitting between the Laboratory and the original formal gardens of the Barry building, the Memorial Garden is an exploration of Voronoi tessellation, which can be thought of as a geometrical tool used to understand the physical constraints binding the organisation of biological tissues, natural structures and geological forms (such as honeycombs, the giants causeway and the packing structure of corn). The Memorial Garden is a physical representation of how human research is allowing us to understand these innate, natural geometric rules. 

 

The Memorial Garden's paving pulls away from the formal, rectangular layout of the existing paving, disintegrating into a series of irregular convex polygons, closely reflecting the tensions within natural fragmentation patterns, from these tessellating polygons irregular extrusions rise up to form seating. 

The garden will integrate the Laboratory into the heritage site and link the contemporary planting with the original Milner garden and wider site. The plants and trees have be chosen to reflect both the terracotta cladding and the detailing of the nearby Barry building. 

The designer of the garden, Rachel Reynolds is a long-time local resident who has been a multi-disciplinary 3D designer and public artist and maker for over twenty years. Rachel has recently expanded her practise into garden design, graduating from the London College of Garden Design as Top Student 2016. Designing the Memorial Garden for the College enabled Rachel to integrate her previous experience of designing furniture for the public realm within the design of the garden 

Dulwich College welcomes Bailey

Pupils at Dulwich College were happy to welcome the latest member to their community, 12 week old Bailey, a chocolate cockapoo. Bailey will accompany his owner, Boarding House Matron Caroline Fairhall. Already he has settled quickly into College life enjoying lots of visits from pupils and members of staff alike. It's already agreed that Bailey is a 'people person' who enjoys nothing more than being fussed over when the boarding house is full and taking a nap when things are quiet. Fortunately for the Dulwich community, Caroline is happy to share the wellbeing benefits of having Bailey around and he is available for walks and cuddles. 

Resident Artist’s exhibition Interview (prototype)

Dulwich College are delighted to have Harrison Pearce as resident artist with his new work Interview (prototype). The focus of the exhibition is a large kinetic sculpture and sound installation, which has been developed in an ongoing collaboration with composer Nico Muhly. 

Pearce’s work is constructed around philosophical ideas that look at the mind, body, language and experience. His practice combines a wide range of approaches to orchestrate a single piece. The work in this show involves carving, engineering, coding, wiring, prosthetics and sewing. The sum of these parts is an immersive and theatrical installation, which takes its inspiration from radiography and medicine. 

For information on workshops and talks please contact Director of Art and DT Sue Mulholland Mulhollandsm@dulwich.org.uk 

Open Days

 

For the next Open Day Dates please contact the Registrar on 020 8299 9263. On arrival at the College visitors should go to the Lower Hall.

For individual appointments with the Head of Upper School, or to enquire about Year 12 places, please contact the Upper School Registrar on 020 8299 9281.

ARRANGE AN APPOINTMENT WITH THE REGISTRAR BY CALLING 020 8299 9263

 

Dulwich College appoints two new Deputies

 

Dulwich College is delighted to announce the appointment of two new deputies; Fiona Angel, Deputy Master Pastoral at Dulwich College and Hazel Younger, Deputy Head of Dulwich College Junior School. Fiona Angel, an alumna of Sydenham High School for Girls GDST joined Dulwich over seven years ago as teacher of D&T and more recently held the role of Head of Curriculum & Learning. Hazel Younger joins the College from Channing Junior School in North London where she was Director of Studies. 

 

‘Grease is the word’ according to pupils from Dulwich College and JAGS

Pupils from Dulwich College and JAGS, James Allen’s Girls’ School, joined forces to stage a truly joyous production. A formidable company of 70 actors, musicians and crew from years 10 to 13 created an unforgettable performance. 

 

Photo by Nobby Clarke
Photo by Nobby Clarke

Praise has been high for a show that was sold out for every performance and for which a matinee was added ‘’Terrific show with top performances from all of them and enough kinetic energy to power a small town! Fantastic’’ commented a member of the audience. With stupendous singing, fantastic dance routines and dazzling costumes, the show delighted audiences and gave the cast an opportunity to shine, benefitting from encouragement and mentoring and, providing them with an unforgettable experience. 

Professor Lord Winston and the Director of National Gallery open The Laboratory at Dulwich College

Dulwich College was delighted to be joined by Professor Lord Winston and Gabriele Finaldi, Director of The National Gallery, who officially opened The Laboratory, a new landmark building at Dulwich College, home to the Sciences and a venue for the Arts. Also present were chief architect Jolyon Brewis from Grimshaw Architects and sculptor Peter Randall-Page RA, who designed The Laboratory’s exterior panels, comprising almost 15,000 tiles. 

New Exhibition at The Globe uses the Seven Deadly Sins as its theme

The Archives at Dulwich College hold a wealth of theatrical artefacts dating back to the time of William Shakespeare, some of which are now on loan to the Globe and form part of an exhibition, Henslowe’s Rose, Theatrical Treasures from Dulwich College.

The new exhibition which runs until the end of June, uses the seven deadly sins as its theme and intertwines each sin with the story of Philip Henslowe’s Rose Theatre. The exhibition celebrates the 400th anniversary of the deaths of William Shakespeare and Philip Henslowe, father in law of Edward Alleyn. It was Alleyn who took on the management of his father in law’s theatres and also began building his ‘College’ at Dulwich. Not only is 1616 a momentous year for English drama, this was the year that Christ’s Chapel in the heart of Dulwich Village, was completed and consecrated. Dulwich College has chosen this year to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the consecration of Christ’s Chapel and Henslowe’s death with a range of events, of which this exhibition is one. These will all lead up to the celebrations already in the planning process of the College’s quatercentenary in 2019.

The exhibition at The Globe runs until 29 June, 2016.

http://www.dulwich.org.uk/college/news-detail/2016/05/17/theatrical-treasures-from-dulwich- college-archives-now-on-display-at-shakespeare-s-globe 

 

Dulwich College pupil awarded first place at the Amnesty International Poetry Awards 2016

Year 13 pupil, Yusuf Tarajia, attended the 2016 Amnesty Youth Awards as a finalist in the Poetry strand. He enjoyed a poetry workshop with the poet Eleanor Carter and at the ceremony his poem, ‘Bad Guys’, was singled out for praise by the adjudicators and by Amnesty International Director, Kate Allan. Yusuf’s poem was awarded first place. 

 

Success for joint Dulwich College and Sydenham High Teams at Young Enterprise Central London and East London Finals

‘Seedling’ a team of students from Dulwich College and Sydenham High triumphed at the Central London final of the Young Enterprise 'Company of the Year' competition. In what has been Dulwich’s most successful ever competition; 'Seedling' beat seven other teams to go through to the prestigious London final in June. Luke Henderson, Dmitry Rusanov and Marco Verdino from Dulwich College, along with Nerea Asua Lowe and Ella Bright from Sydenham High School greatly impressed the judges with their innovative product and fantastic branding. The team came away with the award for Best Company in Central London, as well as the Berwin Leighton Pasiner Social Impact Award, thanks to the strong environmental ethos of their company. 

In the East London Finals, Dulwich College and Sydenham High School represented by team ‘Illuminated’ walked away with two of the five awards. Illuminated, represented by Robert Power, Oscar Owen, Sam Groves, Phoebe Proctor and Greta Holmes, against tough competition the team won prizes for Best Interview and Trade Stand, and the Old Mutual Green Award. Their organic soy wax candles in recycled containers really impressed the judges, as did their socially responsible plans for expansion - outsourcing production to local people who are looking for flexible work following unemployment. The judges commented on how impressed they were with the students' professionalism, and how well the two schools worked together. 

 

Edward Alleyn’s Gift: The Foundation Schools’ Concert

Verdi Pater Noster & Requiem 

It was a remarkable performance in so many ways. Dr William McVicker is organist for the Royal Festival Hall and knows thing or two about choral performance in his capacity as Director of Music for St Barnabas with Christ’s Chapel, Dulwich. The sheer spectacle of the 450 performers hit him first: 

“Surely this must have been one of the largest choirs ever to have sung at London’s Royal Festival Hall — the singers spilled out from the choir stalls beneath the majestic pipework of the concert organ on to the auditorium's terraces, enveloping the orchestral sound with a lush and rich choral texture.” 

Hundreds of adult and child performers working together, led by three accomplished Directors of Music in a vivid display of the musical talent of the three schools. Edward Alleyn would be proud of his legacy. We are thrilled to have been part of the celebration of his Foundation 400 years ago – gloriously theatrical music, confidently performed in a huge arena. 

It felt like living in the music. As the Dies Irae thundered out from the stage, trumpets rang out antiphonally from the boxes creating a dazzling sound world. No wonder heads were turning in amazement. 

 

Afterwards the professional soloists echoed the audience’s enthusiastic response. Two of the youngest musicians had this to say: 

Jeanette: The choirs sounded amazing. There were so many people and the balance of voices was brilliant. In the 1st movement all the voices come in canon, which was quite powerful. 

Betania: The soloists’ voices portrayed the emotion of the piece really well. 

Jeanette: The beginning of the Dies Irae is extremely difficult to play, but we supported each other and in the easier, slower movements we could focus on the detail. 

Betania: I really enjoyed the liveliness of the piece. When the parts all came together it sounded really wonderful. This piece is great in so many ways – some parts are challenging and some are calm and settled. I was really excited. It was once in a lifetime opportunity and I feel so lucky. 

Souvenir programmes £5 are still available through Alleyn’s, Dulwich College and JAGS/proceeds to the Save the children Fund Syria Appeal 

Writer and broadcaster Dan Cruickshank visits Dulwich College to deliver the fourth lecture of the GE Moore Lecture Series

 

 

Over 200 boys, parents, staff and local residents turned out last night to hear writer, art historian and broadcaster Dan Cruickshank, explore the world of the Barry and Scott architectural dynasties in the 150th year of Charles Barry Jnr’s ‘New College at Dulwich’. Central to his theme was Barry’s use of ‘fusion’ architecture at time when authenticity and gothicism were the dominant influences of the age. The lecture took place in the Great Hall, and the Boardroom and Masters’ Library were also open for viewing.

This was the fourth lecture in the College’s 400th anniversary series and as part of the evening, visitors were invited to the exhibition held in the Wodehouse Library celebrating the 150th anniversary of the laying of the Foundation Stone of the New College at Dulwich. On display were architectural plans and drawings, etchings, prints and photographs as well as an architectural model and pieces of terracotta.

In addition there were six podcasts recorded by members of staff discussing various buildings at the College. The Archive Podcast project, which started in 2010, aims to promote the College’s 400-year history by asking experts and enthusiasts to talk about an object, building or theme that is of importance in the history of Dulwich College.

The next GE Moore Lecture will be held on 24 May when Professor Grace Ioppolo will examine how Philip Henslowe and Edward Alleyn helped invent English early modern theatre. Tickets are £10, available from lectureseries@dulwich.org.uk

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Lady Sainsbury unveils Exploded Paradigm (Inverted) by Conrad Shawcross RA in The Laboratory at Dulwich College

On 18 January, the Master, Dr Joseph Spence, was delighted to celebrate the unveiling of Exploded Paradigm (Inverted) by Conrad Shawcross, an interdisciplinary collaboration between the artist and pupils of the Art and Science Societies at Dulwich College. The project is graciously sponsored by The Linbury Trust, established by Lord and Lady Sainsbury in 1973 to support a wide variety of causes, including the arts, education and welfare. 

More than 150 well-wishers gathered in James Caird Hall of The Laboratory, the College’s home for Science and the Arts. Lady Sainsbury spoke movingly about her connection to Dulwich College. Her uncle, Charles Alexander ‘Alick’ Hamilton (known to many boys as “Hammy"), spent the whole of his teaching career as a master at Dulwich College from 1925-63, and served as Housemaster of Ivyholme from 1944-1953. While a student at the Royal Ballet, the young Anya Linden, now Lady Sainsbury, spent many a happy weekend with her aunt, uncle and her female cousins in Ivyholme. Anya recalled her uncle’s sense of humour and his gentle request that the girls not play tennis while the boys were trying to revise. Anya quoted from an Alleynian article written upon Alick’s retirement, which celebrated his “serene, quite manner” and the “happy home” he created for his boys. He was “a fine schoolmaster in the fullest sense of the word,” and it is most fitting that the sculpture which acts as a centrepiece of our newest school building celebrates fine teaching and pastoral care, which have long defined the Dulwich experience.

The Master thanked Lord Turnbull, Fellow and former Chair of the Governors, and the Rt. Hon Peter Riddell OA, current chair of the Governors, for their faith in this project. The bold undertaking of constructing a landmark, £21.7m building for Science and the Arts has been made possible by significant funding from the endowment, and generous philanthropic support from OAs, parents, past parents, College staff, trusts, foundations and friends of the College.

Conrad Shawcross RA also has deep connections to Dulwich, as his grandfather, Hartley Shawcross, served as Chair of the Board of Governors of the College from 1959 to 1972. In 2012 Conrad was commissioned by Southwark Council to create a sculpture for Dulwich Park, and he kindly agreed to work with Dulwich pupils on a new work for The Laboratory. The finished work reflects the notion of a paradigm shift, making it emblematic of the audacity of imagination that has often jolted scientific enquiry forward and that will be fostered within The Laboratory at Dulwich College. 

Exploded Paradigm (Inverted) unveiled
Exploded Paradigm (Inverted) unveiled

Conrad reflected on his experience working with Dulwich pupils, stating, “I attended public school, and I thought I knew what to expect of the boys here.” He went on to explain that Dulwich boys do not fit the stereotype. They are not privileged or entitled; he found them to be clever and hardworking. “There’s something about this place that gives that to them.” Conrad also shared some of his inspiration for the work, ranging from Stephen Hawking to Buckminster Fuller to Watson and Crick. The Laboratory itself has been conceived by Grimshaw Architects as a ‘porous’ building, which collapses the false demarcation between the ‘two cultures’ of the Arts and the Sciences. Embodying the symbiotic relationship between creativity and discovery, the Shawcross sculpture has been designed to complement the spirit of endurance proudly represented by Sir Ernest Shackleton’s James Caird lifeboat, which is displayed at the heart of the James Caird Hall. 

Guests also had the opportunity to take a preview tour of Phase 2 of The Laboratory, which will house three further science labs, the George Farha Auditorium and five suites for Informatics. Phase 2 is scheduled to complete 20 June 2016 and will be open for student use in Michaelmas Term 2016. Thanks to the 1,266 Alleynians from around the world and across the generations who have donated to The Laboratory, the College has nearly reached our ambitious fundraising goal of £5.9m.

The Rt. Hon. Peter Riddell CBE, Lord Sainsbury KG, Lady Sainsbury, Conrad Shawcross RA and Dr Joseph Spence, Master of Dulwich College
The Rt. Hon. Peter Riddell CBE, Lord Sainsbury KG, Lady Sainsbury, Conrad Shawcross RA and Dr Joseph Spence, Master of Dulwich College
Dulwich pupil to represent England at The World Schools Debating Championships 2016

Dulwich Pupil, Kenza Wilks, has been selected to be the team Captain for this competition which will take place in Stuttgart this July. This is the most prestigious debating competition in the world featuring some of the most skilled orators and thinkers of his generation. Dulwich College has an established history of debating, which in turn encourages and supports its pupils to take part in Local and National debating competitions and is fortunate to have one of its pupils on Team England for the past four years. The English-Speaking Union, which organises Team England believes that the team will continue England’s proud history of success at the competition. To date, England have made it to the knockout rounds every year since the competition began and have reached the finals ten times, winning it on four occasions. 

 

Edward Alleyn’s Gift: The Foundation Schools’ Concert Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, 16 March 2016

 

The three Dulwich Foundation Schools Alleyn’s, Dulwich College and JAGS will come together on 16 March 2016 to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the consecration of Christ’s Chapel of God’s Gift at Dulwich. 

Over 450 pupils, alumni, teachers, parents and members of the local community will perform Verdi’s choral masterpiece, the Requiem Mass at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall. They will be joined by internationally recognised soloists Jane Irwin (Soprano), Louise Callinan (Mezzo Soprano), David Butt Philip (Tenor) and Rodney Earl Clarke, Old Alleynian (Bass). 

Verdi’s Requiem is a masterpiece of late 19th century composition and the programme will also include Verdi’s Pater Noster which will be performed by all those singing and playing. The concert will be conducted by the three Directors of Music: Mr Chris Dearmer, Mr Richard Mayo and Mr Peter Gritton.

Christ’s Chapel in Dulwich was consecrated in 1616 by George Abbot, Archbishop of Canterbury, as part of the Dulwich College foundation. Edward Alleyn built his College of God’s Gift on Dulwich Green and since then the Chapel has been a place of worship for the local community and for the three Dulwich Schools of the Foundation; Alleyn’s, Dulwich College and JAGS. 

The Heads of the three Foundation Schools, Dr Gary Savage of Alleyn’s, Dr Joe Spence of Dulwich College, and Sally-Anne Huang of JAGS, anticipate this wonderful occasion will be an opportunity for the wider communities of the three schools to come together and celebrate in music. All are welcome and tickets are available through Southbank Centre.

Comedian Henning Wehn, brings the house down at the end of Dulwich College Symposium

BBC journalist Justin Webb, Kwasi Kwarteng, MP and comedian Henning Wehn headed the bill on 1 October for a day packed full of enquiry, discussion and debate on the theme of 'Us & Them'. The Upper School Symposium, held every October, is Dulwich College’s flagship academic day for all boys in the Lower and Upper Sixth forms. This year, the day was opened by Kwasi Kwarteng, who offered his thoughts on integration, political correctness and history teaching in our schools, as well as engaging in discussion about the current migration crisis, with sixth-formers offering a range of probing questions from the floor. Journalist and author Justin Webb, shared his fascinating personal insights into American politics, as well as discussing the future of journalism in a world where the formerly clear divisions between news-gatherers and the public are becoming increasingly blurred. All Upper School boys also attended two seminars or workshops, choosing from the 34 on offer, their subjects ranging from criminal psychology and caricature to feminism and contemporary film. Several seminars were given by sixth formers themselves, individually, or in collaboration with teachers. The Symposium was rounded off in style by Henning Wehn, self-styled comedy ambassador for Tooting, whose ‘vorsprung durch slapstick’ approach to the ‘us and them’ of Anglo-Teutonic relations provided both food for thought, and belly-laughs aplenty. This was a day which will surely be remembered for years to come by all involved!

Dulwich Inventive Week

From DNA construction to speaking with the astronauts; a celebration of Science at Dulwich College
During this term, Dulwich College celebrated all that it does scientifically and creatively for one unforgettable week. Dulwich Inventive was driven by the imagination of boys and teachers thinking beyond the confines of individual disciplines, with every pupil in the school being involved in some way – from DUCKS’ liquids workshops to the Upper School’s Fame Lab Finals. During Dulwich Inventive, boys heard from over 25 visiting speakers and scientists and worked with them in a variety of workshops and interactive sessions. Visitors included Sir Robert Winston, Dr Lewis Hartnell and Dr Hugh Hunt. The Enigma Machine from Bletchley Park was at the College for a day and the College was delighted to host the first exhibition of Henry Fraser OA (2008-11) as he made his well-publicised venture into painting. Departments hijacked time, space and events throughout the week. Every pupil was engaged in code-breaking activity, with a new clue being released each day. They became masters of spin, creating paintings while learning about centrifugal force in art lessons; launched paper aeroplanes in DT at 80 miles per hour from the top of The Laboratory; and in Religion & Theology asked whether scientists could put their trust in God. Visits were arranged throughout the week to see performances and visit museums, to attend workshops and participate in experiments such as making Elephant toothpaste, projectile volcanoes and experimenting with chemi-luminescence. While the primary focus was to engage pupils, the College also involved parents, former pupils and students from local schools were invited to see the Science telescope at our star-gazing event and to engage with astronaut Shannon Walker via our live satellite connection on NASA night. Mr Damian King, Director of Science at Dulwich College, said of the event ‘’A successful week that got pupils thinking about the links between Science and the Arts, Dulwich Inventive represented inspiring, challenging and active learning at its best’’.
 

Dulwich College welcomes Australian Rugby Squad

 

As an official Team Base, Dulwich College is delighted to welcome Rugby World Cup Squad Australia.  Pupils formed a welcoming Guard of Honour this morning as the team arrived on the College campus.  Dulwich College is hosting Australia until 12 October during which time they will play England this Saturday 3 October at Twickenham and Wales on Saturday 10 October.

The College is delighted and proud to have been selected as one of the approved Team Bases for the Rugby World Cup 2015.  As well as an opportunity to showcase its sports facilities, this is also a wonderful opportunity to see some of rugby’s greats in training; the lasting legacy will be to celebrate the game and inspire future generations of players.  

Dulwich College has a strong history of producing some of the Country’s finest sportsmen, including rugby internationals David Flatman and Andrew Sheridan.  Nick Easter, also an Old Alleynian, who has captained for England, has been selected for the England squad in this Saturday’s game at Twickenham. 

 

The Pavilion and 1st XV pitch will be dedicated during this period to the RWC team, secured and fenced off, and during selected times the Australian Squad will have use of the Swimming Pool, Sports Hall and Weights Room. Hunts Slip Road will have fencing to prevent media cameras obtaining sight of the training pitch.  The use of facilities has been arranged to ensure minimum disruption to games activities and College fixtures have been planned accordingly.
 

The Rugby World Cup 2015 (in England and Wales) runs until to 31 October with 20 countries competing for the Webb Ellis Cup.

 

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Webb Ellis Trophy comes to Dulwich College
The boys at Dulwich College were thrilled when the Webb Ellis Cup visited the College as part of its 100 day tour ahead of the Rugby World Cup 2015. The prestigious cup was delivered by a 12 strong team from the RWC committee.
 
To tie in with the occasion, the Year 8 boys played a mini tournament and were then invited to stand alongside the Cup for photographs.
 
The College is delighted and very proud to have been selected as one of the approved Team Bases for the Rugby World Cup 2015. Later this month, it will host the Australian and Romanian teams during their training sessions. As well as this wonderful opportunity to see some of rugby’s greats in training, the lasting legacy will be to celebrate the game and inspire future generations of players.
 
Overseas Scholarship success for Dulwich College boys
 
Dulwich College is delighted to announce that four of its Sixth Form boys have been awarded undergraduate Scholarships to study in North America. 
Przemyslaw Macholak has been awarded a grant from the Ivy League University of Pennsylvania, for undergraduate study on the prestigious Huntsman Business Programme, for which only 40 are given each year. Przemyslaw will also receive financial support from several organisations which will allow him to follow a joint degree in Business and International Relations together with German. 
Zak Siepman has been awarded a scholarship to study Mechanical Engineering at the Southern Methodist University in Texas. 
Luke Connor received an outstanding ten offers to study overseas and has accepted a soccer scholarship to study at Young Harris College in Georgia. 

Anamay Viswanathan will also join an elite group of global scholars, having accepted the prestigious Morehead-Cain Scholarship. Awarded to only around 50 students from across the world each year, this is a tremendous achievement for the Dulwich College school captain.

Dulwich College holds their annual Symposium

DULWICH COLLEGE held their fifth annual Symposium on Thursday 9 October; comedian Jo Brand, political cartoonist Martin Rowson and poet Chris McCabe provided Upper School boys with plenty of food for thought. The Symposium aims to foster boys' intellectual interests through an offtimetable day of interdisciplinary enquiry; the theme for this year was Power.

Responding with refreshing frankness to boys' questions, on subjects ranging from her work as a psychiatric nurse to her views on comedy, free speech, censorship and feminism, Jo Brand demonstrated her deeply-held beliefs about the importance of challenging prejudice, pride and power in the world around us. Later in the day, top political cartoonist Martin Rowson discussed a range of his scathingly satirical work. Chris McCabe contributed to both sessions, reading a selection of his work, which provided a thought-provoking commentary on the power of the media, the horrifying disempowerment experienced by many on the day of the July London bombings, and finally, on the power of literature.

In addition to the keynote speeches, the boys attended two seminars chosen from a selection offered by twenty-nine teachers - a great opportunity for boys to hear their teachers speak about the subjects about which they are most passionate and knowledgeable, free from the constraints of the curriculum.

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