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St Dunstan’s College starts production of PPE for the community following the Coronavirus crisis

 

This week, St Dunstan’s College’s design and technology department have started manufacturing personal protective equipment (PPE) amid the current Coronavirus crisis.

The department, led by Mr James Randall, have been producing the PPE in the College’s workshop using the laser cutter.

Speaking about the production, Mr Randall explained: ‘Community is at the heart of everything we do at St Dunstan’s. This week, we have been making PPE including face masks and visors for the NHS. We have been cutting them out on our laser cutter, and once they’re cut, they are then ready to be sent out to the local community.

‘We know this is a very challenging time for many of our NHS, care and key workers, so we wanted to be able to help in this way, and hopefully the PPE will be able to support those in our community working on the front line.’

The PPE will be distributed locally between University Lewisham Hospital, King’s College Hospital, Bethlem Royal Hospital and St Christopher’s.

The College will also be donating teddy bears and colouring pencils to the hospitals for any children affected by Coronavirus.

Following the school closure on Friday 20 March, the College donated a selection of food to the Catford Community Soup kitchen in Bromley Road. This included potatoes, apples, eggs, oranges, pineapples and more.

Last month, the College also launched a dedicated area on its website to Coronavirus support. The new area includes updates from the Headmaster, daily tips from both staff and students, mental health support and signposting, and news from its virtual learning. Those visiting the dedicated area will also find NHS and Public Health England guidance and useful resources that can be shared with family and friends.

The new page can be viewed at: https://www.stdunstans.org.uk/coronavirus-support

St Dunstan’s College Junior School awarded Gold from Lewisham Council for improving air quality

 

St Dunstan’s College Junior School has won a Gold Award from Lewisham Council for its commitment to improving air quality.

The award, which is part of TfL’s STARS programme, follows three years of dedicated work by the junior pupils and staff in becoming more sustainable.

Prior to the award, the Junior School has held a variety of events to become more sustainable and raise awareness of the issue. This has included car free days, car sharing days, walk to school week. There has also been environmental after school clubs, dedicated health lessons and topics focused on saving the world and sustainability. 

The award was presented to the Junior School during their weekly assembly by two representatives from Lewisham Council. 

Speaking about the award, Acting Head of Junior School, Miss Laura Whitwood said: ‘The Junior School are absolutely delighted to have been awarded a STARS Air Quality Gold award, having worked towards this accreditation for the last three years. It is a huge achievement and we are thrilled that our hard work to become a more active and sustainably aware school over recent years has been acknowledged and celebrated. 

‘We take pride in looking after our environment and caring for the space around us and sustainability in general is now embedded into our curriculum, co-curriculum and day to day life in school. STARS inspires young Londoners to travel to school sustainably, actively, responsibly and safely by championing walking, scooting and cycling.’

She added: ‘We will of course continue to hold our sustainable travel weeks and days, look at new, exciting ways in which we can encourage pupils to think about sustainability, as well as reviewing and updating our curriculum in light of current and up-to-date environmental factors. While achieving the gold accreditation is incredibly satisfying, there will always be more we can do and further improvements we can make.’

STARS is TfL's accreditation scheme for London schools and nurseries. STARS inspires young Londoners to travel to school sustainably, actively, responsibly and safely by championing walking, scooting and cycling. The programme also aims to support pupils' wellbeing, helps to reduce congestion at the school gates and improve road safety and air quality.

OPEN DAYS

Junior school Open Mornings

Tuesday 24 March, 9:30am – 11:30am

Tuesday 28 April, 10am – 12pm

Nursery Open Morning

Wednesday 4 March, starting time of 9am or 10:15am

To book visit www.stdunstans.org.uk

St Dunstan’s College celebrates the European Day of Languages

St Dunstan’s College was delighted to celebrate the European Day of Languages on Thursday 26 September.

In the run-up to the day, assemblies were hosted across the College looking at the theme of communication and how languages help and support it. During the Lower School assembly, pupils discussed British values and how the French Revolution may have influenced these values. 

During the assembly, Year 8 language pupils also put on a performance of the events linked to the French Revolution including a spectacular scene of the decapitation by Guillotine of Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette.

 

During Sixth Form assembly, pupils Michael, Carla and Willow put on a highly emotive and atmospheric version of ‘Le Petit Dejeuner du Matin’ by Jacques Prevert, set to live music in the Great Hall.

St Dunstan’s Head of Modern Foreign Languages, Mrs Nina Crivellari, also spoke to pupils about her love of languages, quoting one of her favourite Chinese proverbs: ‘To learn a language is to have more window from which to view the world.”

Following this, senior pupils hosted a carousel of events for the Junior School. This included a fun French breakfast café, where the younger pupils had to order their breakfast in French. This included tasty croissants, crepes and brioches.  The pupils then moved on to the activity area in the Great Hall, where pupils got the chance to learn more about Spanish Zumba, Swahili culture and classical Indian dancing. There were also workshops on Flamenco fan making and finding the Francophone world.

Speaking about the day, Mrs Crivellari, said: ‘It was a wonderful day, and fantastic to see so many pupils embracing all of the different activities and getting a chance to practice their phrases in another language.’

St Dunstan’s College and Willmott Dixon mark the start of new development with ground breaking event

 

St Dunstan’s College was delighted to officially mark the start of the new development by ‘breaking the ground’ with Willmott Dixon on Friday 17 January. The works will include a new Junior School, STEM building and Sixth Form Centre, which will all open in 2021.

During the day, Willmott Dixon gave a group of junior and senior pupils a tour of the building site and explained to them what would be happening over the next 18 months, before excited pupils got a chance to have photos in the large digger. Following this, staff including the Headmaster, bursary team and a group of governors were given a tour of the site.

Speaking about the event, St Dunstan’s Headmaster, Mr Nicholas Hewlett said: ‘This represents the most significant redevelopment of our college sites since our foundation in Catford, in 1888. I feel sure our founders and benefactors would be proud of the innovative new buildings that are being constructed, as records show they were intent that a St Dunstans’ education should be ‘ahead of the current time.

‘As one of the first schools in the world to have invested in science and technology laboratories, it seems fitting that 130 years on, we are creating state of the art STEM facilities for the next generation of Dunstonians.’

Designed by Bond Bryan, the new development will be sited adjacent to the existing historic Headmaster’s house and be connected by a glass atrium. Built over two, three and four storeys, phase one will see demolition of some existing building and the construction of the new Junior School that will provide a stimulating learning environment - with specialist facilities for art, music and performance - whilst providing unrestricted access to age-appropriate sporting facilities across the elevated playing areas and the two Multi-Use Games Areas (MUGAs).

 

Phase two will see the delivery of the STEM Centre and Sixth Form Centre; these cutting-edge facilities will consolidate STEM subjects into a modern central space. The Hub will also provide university-style learning - including large independent study spaces and social areas and a café. 

Adam Worrall, Director for Willmott Dixon in the London & South said: ‘We are delighted to celebrate this official milestone and see work start on site for this fantastic project. This development will deliver a world-class inspirational learning space that will complement St Dunstan’s teaching for many years to come.’

The College’s Bursar, Mrs Clair Wilkins added: ‘Finally breaking the ground on this monumental project marks the start of an extremely exciting period for the College. Once completed, this beautifully designed building will provide our community with dedicated and specialist spaces for science, technology, engineering and maths as well as a Sixth Form Hub with cafe and university style study spaces. In addition, the long awaited new Junior School will significantly enhance the indoor and outdoor learning environments for our pupils.’

St Dunstan’s College starts production of PPE for the community following the Coronavirus crisis

 

This week, St Dunstan’s College’s design and technology department have started manufacturing personal protective equipment (PPE) amid the current Coronavirus crisis.

The department, led by Mr James Randall, have been producing the PPE in the College’s workshop using the laser cutter.

Speaking about the production, Mr Randall explained: ‘Community is at the heart of everything we do at St Dunstan’s. This week, we have been making PPE including face masks and visors for the NHS. We have been cutting them out on our laser cutter, and once they’re cut, they are then ready to be sent out to the local community.

‘We know this is a very challenging time for many of our NHS, care and key workers, so we wanted to be able to help in this way, and hopefully the PPE will be able to support those in our community working on the front line.’

The PPE will be distributed locally between University Lewisham Hospital, King’s College Hospital, Bethlem Royal Hospital and St Christopher’s.

The College will also be donating teddy bears and colouring pencils to the hospitals for any children affected by Coronavirus.

Following the school closure on Friday 20 March, the College donated a selection of food to the Catford Community Soup kitchen in Bromley Road. This included potatoes, apples, eggs, oranges, pineapples and more.

Last month, the College also launched a dedicated area on its website to Coronavirus support. The new area includes updates from the Headmaster, daily tips from both staff and students, mental health support and signposting, and news from its virtual learning. Those visiting the dedicated area will also find NHS and Public Health England guidance and useful resources that can be shared with family and friends.

The new page can be viewed at: https://www.stdunstans.org.uk/coronavirus-support

St Dunstan’s College and Willmott Dixon mark the start of new development with ground breaking event

 

St Dunstan’s College was delighted to officially mark the start of the new development by ‘breaking the ground’ with Willmott Dixon on Friday 17 January. The works will include a new Junior School, STEM building and Sixth Form Centre, which will all open in 2021.

During the day, Willmott Dixon gave a group of junior and senior pupils a tour of the building site and explained to them what would be happening over the next 18 months, before excited pupils got a chance to have photos in the large digger. Following this, staff including the Headmaster, bursary team and a group of governors were given a tour of the site.

Speaking about the event, St Dunstan’s Headmaster, Mr Nicholas Hewlett said: ‘This represents the most significant redevelopment of our college sites since our foundation in Catford, in 1888. I feel sure our founders and benefactors would be proud of the innovative new buildings that are being constructed, as records show they were intent that a St Dunstans’ education should be ‘ahead of the current time.

‘As one of the first schools in the world to have invested in science and technology laboratories, it seems fitting that 130 years on, we are creating state of the art STEM facilities for the next generation of Dunstonians.’

Designed by Bond Bryan, the new development will be sited adjacent to the existing historic Headmaster’s house and be connected by a glass atrium. Built over two, three and four storeys, phase one will see demolition of some existing building and the construction of the new Junior School that will provide a stimulating learning environment - with specialist facilities for art, music and performance - whilst providing unrestricted access to age-appropriate sporting facilities across the elevated playing areas and the two Multi-Use Games Areas (MUGAs).

 

Phase two will see the delivery of the STEM Centre and Sixth Form Centre; these cutting-edge facilities will consolidate STEM subjects into a modern central space. The Hub will also provide university-style learning - including large independent study spaces and social areas and a café. 

Adam Worrall, Director for Willmott Dixon in the London & South said: ‘We are delighted to celebrate this official milestone and see work start on site for this fantastic project. This development will deliver a world-class inspirational learning space that will complement St Dunstan’s teaching for many years to come.’

The College’s Bursar, Mrs Clair Wilkins added: ‘Finally breaking the ground on this monumental project marks the start of an extremely exciting period for the College. Once completed, this beautifully designed building will provide our community with dedicated and specialist spaces for science, technology, engineering and maths as well as a Sixth Form Hub with cafe and university style study spaces. In addition, the long awaited new Junior School will significantly enhance the indoor and outdoor learning environments for our pupils.’

St Dunstan’s College celebrates the European Day of Languages

St Dunstan’s College was delighted to celebrate the European Day of Languages on Thursday 26 September.

In the run-up to the day, assemblies were hosted across the College looking at the theme of communication and how languages help and support it. During the Lower School assembly, pupils discussed British values and how the French Revolution may have influenced these values. 

During the assembly, Year 8 language pupils also put on a performance of the events linked to the French Revolution including a spectacular scene of the decapitation by Guillotine of Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette.

 

During Sixth Form assembly, pupils Michael, Carla and Willow put on a highly emotive and atmospheric version of ‘Le Petit Dejeuner du Matin’ by Jacques Prevert, set to live music in the Great Hall.

St Dunstan’s Head of Modern Foreign Languages, Mrs Nina Crivellari, also spoke to pupils about her love of languages, quoting one of her favourite Chinese proverbs: ‘To learn a language is to have more window from which to view the world.”

Following this, senior pupils hosted a carousel of events for the Junior School. This included a fun French breakfast café, where the younger pupils had to order their breakfast in French. This included tasty croissants, crepes and brioches.  The pupils then moved on to the activity area in the Great Hall, where pupils got the chance to learn more about Spanish Zumba, Swahili culture and classical Indian dancing. There were also workshops on Flamenco fan making and finding the Francophone world.

Speaking about the day, Mrs Crivellari, said: ‘It was a wonderful day, and fantastic to see so many pupils embracing all of the different activities and getting a chance to practice their phrases in another language.’

OPEN DAYS

Junior school Open Mornings

Tuesday 24 March, 9:30am – 11:30am

Tuesday 28 April, 10am – 12pm

Nursery Open Morning

Wednesday 4 March, starting time of 9am or 10:15am

To book visit www.stdunstans.org.uk

St Dunstan’s College Junior School awarded Gold from Lewisham Council for improving air quality

 

St Dunstan’s College Junior School has won a Gold Award from Lewisham Council for its commitment to improving air quality.

The award, which is part of TfL’s STARS programme, follows three years of dedicated work by the junior pupils and staff in becoming more sustainable.

Prior to the award, the Junior School has held a variety of events to become more sustainable and raise awareness of the issue. This has included car free days, car sharing days, walk to school week. There has also been environmental after school clubs, dedicated health lessons and topics focused on saving the world and sustainability. 

The award was presented to the Junior School during their weekly assembly by two representatives from Lewisham Council. 

Speaking about the award, Acting Head of Junior School, Miss Laura Whitwood said: ‘The Junior School are absolutely delighted to have been awarded a STARS Air Quality Gold award, having worked towards this accreditation for the last three years. It is a huge achievement and we are thrilled that our hard work to become a more active and sustainably aware school over recent years has been acknowledged and celebrated. 

‘We take pride in looking after our environment and caring for the space around us and sustainability in general is now embedded into our curriculum, co-curriculum and day to day life in school. STARS inspires young Londoners to travel to school sustainably, actively, responsibly and safely by championing walking, scooting and cycling.’

She added: ‘We will of course continue to hold our sustainable travel weeks and days, look at new, exciting ways in which we can encourage pupils to think about sustainability, as well as reviewing and updating our curriculum in light of current and up-to-date environmental factors. While achieving the gold accreditation is incredibly satisfying, there will always be more we can do and further improvements we can make.’

STARS is TfL's accreditation scheme for London schools and nurseries. STARS inspires young Londoners to travel to school sustainably, actively, responsibly and safely by championing walking, scooting and cycling. The programme also aims to support pupils' wellbeing, helps to reduce congestion at the school gates and improve road safety and air quality.

St Dunstan’s College starts production of PPE for the community following the Coronavirus crisis

 

This week, St Dunstan’s College’s design and technology department have started manufacturing personal protective equipment (PPE) amid the current Coronavirus crisis.

The department, led by Mr James Randall, have been producing the PPE in the College’s workshop using the laser cutter.

Speaking about the production, Mr Randall explained: ‘Community is at the heart of everything we do at St Dunstan’s. This week, we have been making PPE including face masks and visors for the NHS. We have been cutting them out on our laser cutter, and once they’re cut, they are then ready to be sent out to the local community.

‘We know this is a very challenging time for many of our NHS, care and key workers, so we wanted to be able to help in this way, and hopefully the PPE will be able to support those in our community working on the front line.’

The PPE will be distributed locally between University Lewisham Hospital, King’s College Hospital, Bethlem Royal Hospital and St Christopher’s.

The College will also be donating teddy bears and colouring pencils to the hospitals for any children affected by Coronavirus.

Following the school closure on Friday 20 March, the College donated a selection of food to the Catford Community Soup kitchen in Bromley Road. This included potatoes, apples, eggs, oranges, pineapples and more.

Last month, the College also launched a dedicated area on its website to Coronavirus support. The new area includes updates from the Headmaster, daily tips from both staff and students, mental health support and signposting, and news from its virtual learning. Those visiting the dedicated area will also find NHS and Public Health England guidance and useful resources that can be shared with family and friends.

The new page can be viewed at: https://www.stdunstans.org.uk/coronavirus-support

OPEN DAYS

Junior school Open Mornings

Tuesday 24 March, 9:30am – 11:30am

Tuesday 28 April, 10am – 12pm

Nursery Open Morning

Wednesday 4 March, starting time of 9am or 10:15am

To book visit www.stdunstans.org.uk

St Dunstan’s College and Willmott Dixon mark the start of new development with ground breaking event

 

St Dunstan’s College was delighted to officially mark the start of the new development by ‘breaking the ground’ with Willmott Dixon on Friday 17 January. The works will include a new Junior School, STEM building and Sixth Form Centre, which will all open in 2021.

During the day, Willmott Dixon gave a group of junior and senior pupils a tour of the building site and explained to them what would be happening over the next 18 months, before excited pupils got a chance to have photos in the large digger. Following this, staff including the Headmaster, bursary team and a group of governors were given a tour of the site.

Speaking about the event, St Dunstan’s Headmaster, Mr Nicholas Hewlett said: ‘This represents the most significant redevelopment of our college sites since our foundation in Catford, in 1888. I feel sure our founders and benefactors would be proud of the innovative new buildings that are being constructed, as records show they were intent that a St Dunstans’ education should be ‘ahead of the current time.

‘As one of the first schools in the world to have invested in science and technology laboratories, it seems fitting that 130 years on, we are creating state of the art STEM facilities for the next generation of Dunstonians.’

Designed by Bond Bryan, the new development will be sited adjacent to the existing historic Headmaster’s house and be connected by a glass atrium. Built over two, three and four storeys, phase one will see demolition of some existing building and the construction of the new Junior School that will provide a stimulating learning environment - with specialist facilities for art, music and performance - whilst providing unrestricted access to age-appropriate sporting facilities across the elevated playing areas and the two Multi-Use Games Areas (MUGAs).

 

Phase two will see the delivery of the STEM Centre and Sixth Form Centre; these cutting-edge facilities will consolidate STEM subjects into a modern central space. The Hub will also provide university-style learning - including large independent study spaces and social areas and a café. 

Adam Worrall, Director for Willmott Dixon in the London & South said: ‘We are delighted to celebrate this official milestone and see work start on site for this fantastic project. This development will deliver a world-class inspirational learning space that will complement St Dunstan’s teaching for many years to come.’

The College’s Bursar, Mrs Clair Wilkins added: ‘Finally breaking the ground on this monumental project marks the start of an extremely exciting period for the College. Once completed, this beautifully designed building will provide our community with dedicated and specialist spaces for science, technology, engineering and maths as well as a Sixth Form Hub with cafe and university style study spaces. In addition, the long awaited new Junior School will significantly enhance the indoor and outdoor learning environments for our pupils.’

St Dunstan’s College Junior School awarded Gold from Lewisham Council for improving air quality

 

St Dunstan’s College Junior School has won a Gold Award from Lewisham Council for its commitment to improving air quality.

The award, which is part of TfL’s STARS programme, follows three years of dedicated work by the junior pupils and staff in becoming more sustainable.

Prior to the award, the Junior School has held a variety of events to become more sustainable and raise awareness of the issue. This has included car free days, car sharing days, walk to school week. There has also been environmental after school clubs, dedicated health lessons and topics focused on saving the world and sustainability. 

The award was presented to the Junior School during their weekly assembly by two representatives from Lewisham Council. 

Speaking about the award, Acting Head of Junior School, Miss Laura Whitwood said: ‘The Junior School are absolutely delighted to have been awarded a STARS Air Quality Gold award, having worked towards this accreditation for the last three years. It is a huge achievement and we are thrilled that our hard work to become a more active and sustainably aware school over recent years has been acknowledged and celebrated. 

‘We take pride in looking after our environment and caring for the space around us and sustainability in general is now embedded into our curriculum, co-curriculum and day to day life in school. STARS inspires young Londoners to travel to school sustainably, actively, responsibly and safely by championing walking, scooting and cycling.’

She added: ‘We will of course continue to hold our sustainable travel weeks and days, look at new, exciting ways in which we can encourage pupils to think about sustainability, as well as reviewing and updating our curriculum in light of current and up-to-date environmental factors. While achieving the gold accreditation is incredibly satisfying, there will always be more we can do and further improvements we can make.’

STARS is TfL's accreditation scheme for London schools and nurseries. STARS inspires young Londoners to travel to school sustainably, actively, responsibly and safely by championing walking, scooting and cycling. The programme also aims to support pupils' wellbeing, helps to reduce congestion at the school gates and improve road safety and air quality.

St Dunstan’s College celebrates the European Day of Languages

St Dunstan’s College was delighted to celebrate the European Day of Languages on Thursday 26 September.

In the run-up to the day, assemblies were hosted across the College looking at the theme of communication and how languages help and support it. During the Lower School assembly, pupils discussed British values and how the French Revolution may have influenced these values. 

During the assembly, Year 8 language pupils also put on a performance of the events linked to the French Revolution including a spectacular scene of the decapitation by Guillotine of Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette.

 

During Sixth Form assembly, pupils Michael, Carla and Willow put on a highly emotive and atmospheric version of ‘Le Petit Dejeuner du Matin’ by Jacques Prevert, set to live music in the Great Hall.

St Dunstan’s Head of Modern Foreign Languages, Mrs Nina Crivellari, also spoke to pupils about her love of languages, quoting one of her favourite Chinese proverbs: ‘To learn a language is to have more window from which to view the world.”

Following this, senior pupils hosted a carousel of events for the Junior School. This included a fun French breakfast café, where the younger pupils had to order their breakfast in French. This included tasty croissants, crepes and brioches.  The pupils then moved on to the activity area in the Great Hall, where pupils got the chance to learn more about Spanish Zumba, Swahili culture and classical Indian dancing. There were also workshops on Flamenco fan making and finding the Francophone world.

Speaking about the day, Mrs Crivellari, said: ‘It was a wonderful day, and fantastic to see so many pupils embracing all of the different activities and getting a chance to practice their phrases in another language.’