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Head Master's Newsletter | 14th November 2019

It is incredible to reflect on just how much has happened since the last time I wrote!
We had a stunning Leake Lecture last week on fireworks: how they came to be, the science behind them and the chemical and physical reactions required to get them off the ground.... which was closely followed by the Friends of DPL putting on our own fireworks spectacular.  Thank you to everyone who attended.  Our community means so much to us and the success of the display is dependent on your participation and the children's enjoyment. Despite the drizzle, attendance was superb!
The week was also punctuated with events outside, but related to, school; a lovely collaboration dinner between Dulwich College Heads of Department and those from Dulwich Prep London in the College's pavilion on Thursday evening and an orchestral performance on Friday by King’s Canterbury playing Handel's finest  in the chapel of Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich.
There was a more sombre mood as we woke to clear skies and chill in the air on Sunday morning to make our way to St Stephen's church for our Remembrance Service. The boys sang beautifully to a full congregation, with a descant that honoured the fallen and a skilfully played Last Post that framed the two minute silence. A thoughtful repose fell over us as the congregation dispersed and I am grateful to those boys who demonstrated so well the school values of participation and service that morning.
On Monday the entire school gathered as our Old Boy and Chelsea Pensioner, Geoffrey, led the Remembrance and two minute silence beneath the flagpole, remembering those from every nation, and especially those Old Boys, who lost their lives for our freedom today.
The Pupils’ Concert last night was, as ever, a highlight, with a broad array of musical talent performed to an intimate gathering as the boys build confidence in their public performance skills.  The talent shown and the breadth in the age range and works played was completely wonderful.  Yet the week is not over; I can barely wait to attend the ESSA Swimming Finals on Saturday at the Olympic Pool....!

Remembrance Day Service

In addition to acts of Remembrance at school, on Sunday 10th November Dulwich Prep joined the congregation of St Stephen’s, College Road for the annual Service of Remembrance. Find out more

Rochester Castle Visit

This term Year 1 are learning about Knights and Castles.  To support their topic, the boys visited Rochester Castle where they became knights for the day.
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Flash! Bang! What a lecture!

Dr Christopher Lawrence and David Dickinson opened up this term’s Leake Lectures with a bang. Lots of bangs as it turns out, and flames and fireworks and flying carrots.
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H2Mo – Don’t Miss The Sign Up!

On Monday, Olympic Gold medallist and swimming legend Duncan Goodhew announced our marathon swim for Movember
We’ve been overwhelmed at the number of boys, families and staff getting involved; over 200 swimmers have pledged to take part and we have raised more money than any of the other 300 prep and secondary schools taking part.
There are still a few places left so if you or your boys would like to be involved, you can book a lane here.

Trinity Swimming Gala

Last Wednesday, sixteen Year 7-8 boys travelled to Trinity to qualify for the next round of the London League swimming championships.
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Fireworks Thank You

The Friends would like to send a great big thank you to the school community for supporting the fireworks on Saturday.  What a great event in the school calendar and it is all thanks to you.
We would like to thank those of you who gave your time to help us set up, from the firestarters (bonfire & fireworks teams) & newspaper scrunchers, to the bakers who provided much needed sustenance to the workers with cakes, scones and pastries.  
A massive, important thank you to everyone who bought tickets and came along and supported the event; we hope that you had a fantastic time. 
You can watch the video here.

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