Welcome back to the start of the new Autumn Term and a warm welcome to our new parents whose sons and daughters have joined us this September. I hope my weekly ruminations do not clog up your inboxes and subsequent posts will be shorter, I promise! So where did the summer go?
Whilst preparations are underway, our students continue to revise diligently and sit for their exams and the staff have been impressed at their commitment and maturity during this busy exam season.
It’s been another busy week here at DLD College London with numerous opportunities for students and staff to get involved in, for example there was an exciting Physics trip to CERN to see the Large Hadron Collider and we celebrated as a school the beginning of the Iranian New Year.
As Irfan is travelling to Latvia over the weekend, Tom Hadcroft, Vice Principal, will be providing an overview of the week at DLD College London which saw us welcome the Boarding School’s Association, our Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme students visit Richmond Park, and our 1st XI football team beat Mill Hill.
Everyone is trying to predict the future. From predicting the score of the DLD College London Staff vs Student Charity football match in aid of Movember, to the number of mince pies that may be eaten at the Winter Concert.
Milestones – there have been plenty this month, from, the 100 years since the end of WW1 to the final Brexit negotiations in Brussels. More importantly, it has been Milestone Tests for our students this week which will give them an indication of how they have progressed since joining DLD College London.
This week we had our first Open Evening of the year for prospective students and parents with a record attendance. It was also a time to remember and commemorate those former DLD students, who gave their lives during the various conflicts. The College’s Armistice Day Remembrance service on Monday remembered them
This weekend marked 100 years since the signing of the Armistice which signaled the end of World War One. As the College prepares to remember, this Sunday, at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, our country came together to commemorate the centenary of the end of the First World War.
A warm welcome back to everyone at DLD College London all after what I hope has been a rewarding half term with plenty of relaxation and recharging. I’ve been to the 42nd Global Education Conference in Hefei.
Yesterday marked the outstanding achievement of the College for picking up the Innovations Award at the Alpha Plus Celebration Evening for the Leadership & Management of eLearning. Our departing Y13 and Y14 students today attended the College’s inaugural Graduation Ceremony at The Houses of Parliament.
It’s been a busy week. We’ve had IFP, GCSE and A-level exams all week, the historic meeting between President Trump and Kin Jong-Un, Brexit votes in Parliament, the FIFA World Cup, the Professor Stephen Hawking Memorial service at Westminster Abbey, Ramadan and the anniversary of the Grenfell Tower disaster.
It has been another busy start to what remains of this summer term at DLD College, not least as the exam season continues at pace. This week’s BTEC Celebration Event was testimony to the air of purpose and industry and exam calm throughout the college. And it’s the World Cup.
Lights! Camera! Action! No, I am not on the set of the new Star Wars movie but inspired by the talk given by Lord Chris Smith this week, who spoke to our Film and Media students about the future of the British Film industry. It was interesting to hear about how our movie going habits […]
So the final preparations are underway; notes are being made, texts are being revised, nerves are being tested, tables are being organized, no it’s not the Royal Wedding but the summer exam season which started this week.
‘If music be the food of love, play on!’ William Shakespeare was right, as our well turned out students enjoyed the Summer Ball at the world renowned Globe theatre last Friday evening.
It is always good to get out of one’s office, put your head above the parapet and take a look at what is going on beyond our College gates and indeed our town and for that matter, our city. This week I have been in Brighton, at the Boarding Schools’ Association Conference and it was […]
Last week the weather was stunning, culminating in a glorious weekend on the coast with our new Student Council (more about that below) and the internationally recognised event, The London Marathon (the hottest on record) which went past our iconic building.
A warm welcome back to the start of the summer term. It certainly has been warm! As temperatures are set to rise in the capital, it will inevitably happen at College too as the exam season begins in earnest next month.
A year from today, the talking will be over and the UK will finally leave the EU. With a year to go, where is Brexit up to? An agreement has been struck on the “divorce bill”, but we’re yet to reach a deal on the future UK-EU trading arrangement. The Irish border remains a sticking […]
‘Nowruz Mubarak!’ or ‘Happy Persian New Year’ to everybody. The College proudly celebrated
Persian New Year this week. Our Iranian students organised a 7Seef table in the Atrium, explaining
its cultural and historical significance.
This week we raised awareness of #MyFreedomDay our students took to the stage to perform to millions of people around the world of what freedom meant to them. The occasion was televised by CNN and the students were, as always, impressive on stage as they performed the likes of Coldplay, Oasis and their own personal compositions which reflected the value of freedom.
With the ‘Beast from the East’ finally fleeing for colder climes and ice thawing at the tail end of last showing signs of thawing. The two leaders are planning to talk (the first of its kind in history) and the latter is stopping nuclear testing for the time being. I would love to be a fly on the wall during that particular question time. However, it is a lesson for us all that by having open channels of communication we can begin to resolve issues which could otherwise if left, could become strained and difficult. The Paralympic Winter Games have begun in Pyeongchang (The Olympics have no doubt helped to thaw the relationship between the US and North Korea) and we will be watching the athletes perform to the highest standards over the next couple, of weeks, as I hope our students do here at College day in and day out
I really do wonder what some of our students from Moscow (temperature currently -18C) are thinking at the moment. The adverse weather we are experiencing this week is a walk in the park for many of them. I spoke to one who couldn’t see what all the fuss was about and brushed it off to […]
This week in the Principal’s Newsletter: Digital Innovators, Principal’s Question Time, Chinese New Year, Chrity Runs and a fond farewell to Mrs Clare Ellwood.
Endeavour, dedication, leadership and diversity – no I’m not talking about the Winter Olympics which starts today in Pyongyang, Korea (and good luck to all athletes as they compete in temperatures of -10 and below!) , but the qualities I have seen in abundance here at College since I started at the beginning of this term. It’s been a busy few weeks as you can see from the numerous activities in this newsletter which I hope will become a regular feature of your inbox on Friday afternoons.