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Category: Principal’s Blog

From the Principal #85

26th June 20

No one can deny that this has been a school term – indeed a year – like no other. A year that started with such optimism and excitement across the whole College, suddenly morphed into something wholly unexpected, a Coronavirus induced hibernation, from which we are only now beginning to awaken. When we cast our…

From the Principal #84

19th June 20

It’s a real pleasure to greet you as we move towards the final week of the term. I hope that you are safe and well, wherever you are around the world. As this most unusual term draws to a close, I would like to take this opportunity of thanking the DLD College London community for…

From the Principal #83

12th June 20

First, I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all – parents, guardians and teachers for your support during these unprecedented times. What a strange feeling to be in exam mode but not have any traditional exams running at this stage in college. And yet, every year group has been assessed and teachers…

From the Principal #82

5th June 20

The recent events in the US have shocked and saddened the world. The murder of an unarmed black man in police custody has caused much pain and distress. Demonstrations have broken out in America and across the globe following the death of George Floyd, who died after a white officer held him down by pressing…

From the Principal #81

22nd May 20

This year, the theme for Mental Health Awareness Week is very appropriately ‘Kindness’ which is one of the College’s core values along with ‘Tolerance’ and ‘Respect’.  Kindness is the common thread that keeps us together and connected from a distance, helping to alleviate feelings of stress, anxiety and isolation – something we can all do…

From The Principal #80

15th May 20

Although the lockdown is starting to be relaxed, there is no relaxation yet in sight for our students. Within the next few weeks until the end of term, we have some key academic events taking place such as the start of the UCAS process next week for all Year 12 students, the progression exams for…

From the Principal #79

9th May 20

As the nation celebrates the 75th Anniversary of VE Day, I thought I would delve into the archives and find out how DLD College London coped during the war. ‘Educational requirements did not cease with the outbreak of the Second World War in 1939, although there was a discontinuation of the Civil Service Examinations. Therefore,…

From the Principal #78

1st May 20

‘Nothing is impossible’ is a phrase I have often used to help me see beyond a problem and look at finding possible solutions and to stay strong. And the phrase has taken on a new meaning as we combat this global pandemic that has made life, at times, seem impossible. Captain Tom, who celebrated his…

From The Principal #77

24th April 20

Welcome back to the start of the new summer term and I hope you all had a good Easter, albeit a very different one. The past five weeks have certainly been strange – we have all had to adopt to new ways of living, working and socialising (I wish I had bought shares in Zoom!)….

From The Principal #76

3rd April 20

I often talk about the strength of the DLD community and how fortunate we are to be part of such a strong support network. This week, our remaining boarders who are in lockdown in College, together with the Houseparents spent an evening creating posters to thank the NHS staff. They are now posted onto the…

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