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Category: Principal’s Blog

From The Principal #99

8th January 21

Happy New Year! And what a start we have had to 2021! We were all hoping that 2021 would be very different to 2020 and it hasn’t failed to deliver in that respect! Who would have thought that we would have gone into another period of national lockdown including the closure of schools and colleges,…

From the Principal #98

11th December 20

Instead of spending the next two minutes of your reading time talking about the difficulties of 2020, I prefer to reflect on the positive outcomes this year has brought. It has been a year of ‘firsts’ in many ways. Not only was this pandemic a first for everyone, but since January, we have learnt an…

From the Principal #96

27th November 20

Greetings from London during a week of excitement as our wonderful Christmas tree was decorated by the boarders and both Father Christmas and a Snowman appeared, ensuring that they were socially distanced and wearing appropriate face masks. In addition, our Christmas fireplace was set up in the entrance area of the Boarding area, together with…

From the Principal #95

20th November 20

Earlier this week I opened my mail in my office and I was surprised to find a Christmas Card, in November! Firstly, I was surprised at the efficiency of the sender, and secondly, it alerted me to the fact that we are just five Fridays away from Christmas. Is it me, or does Christmas seem…

From the Principal #94

13th November 20

On Wednesday, we came together, both in-person and online, to remember the fallen at our annual Service of Remembrance. In Remembrance of the fallen, we treasure what they fought for – our freedoms, our privileges, the democratic processes, and our peace. It was a poignant service and a time to remember and commemorate those service…

From the Principal #93

6th November 20

During these challenging times, we have all had to learn to be a little more patient. Whether that be waiting in a queue, waiting for a bus or even waiting for a test result – we have all had to be patient. But what is patience? Patience is the ability to endure difficult circumstances such…

From The Principal #92

30th October 20

Where did the half term go? It has been great to be back at college to see our students and staff. I have been proud of how the school community has responded to the restrictions and barriers placed due to Covid-19. Thank you. Black History Month has given us the time to pause and reflect…

From the Principal #91

16th October 20

As part of the events to celebrate ‘Black History Month’, we have been watching some ground-breaking films after school, which have depicted significant moments in black history. From Steve McQueen’s ’12 Years A Slave’ to Clint Eastwood’s ‘Invictus’, the aim is to continue to build on the students’ knowledge and understanding of how these events…

From the Principal #90

9th October 20

It’s the 90th issue of ‘From the Principal’ (FTP), and it coincides with the 90th anniversary (academic year) of DLD being established by Mssrs Davies, Laing and Dick last century. And how far we have come on our journey is quite incredible. From our humble beginnings on No 34 Gloucester Terrace, Hyde Park back in…

From the Principal #89

2nd October 20

Dear Parents, Guardians and Students This week marked the official start of the academic calendar with the first round of Milestone Tests for Year 13 and Year 11. Next week, Year 12 will sit their Milestone Tests and other year groups will follow suit after. The Milestone tests are the first formal assessments replicating public…