Albam Exorna

Adorn the White

Translating as ‘Adorn the White’, our College motto, Albam Exorna, is as relevant today as it was at the time of our foundation in 1888. The white shield that serves as three-quarters of our College crest is a blank canvas onto which is emblazoned the as-yet-unwritten story of each St Dunstan’s pupil. 

We cherish our school of unique characters, each being encouraged to navigate their own journey through life whilst being nurtured to develop the Courage to be who they are, the Creativity to develop new ideas and approaches, the Confidence to try, succeed and fail, the Compassion to understand and appreciate others, and the Curiosity always to want to discover more.

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Our Stories

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Junior Pupil KYRIA
Since joining St Dunstan’s College in Nursery, I have enjoyed all the activities we have done in lessons and beyond.  I have particularly enjoyed Maths because it involves solving problems and I love that part of the subject.

We take part in a lot of tournaments and fixtures, which help us to develop our skills and give us an opportunity to test them against other schools.

I will always remember the Junior School for being a place where I had a lot of fun with my friends, learned lots of new things and became a more independent person.

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Junior Pupil Yohana
I joined the school in Reception and I remember learning my sounds and how to write.  Now I know how to read and write.

Swimming is so much fun because you get to swim all the way to the other side of the pool and I like using the equipment to help me.  My swimming teachers are really nice. I love maths because I like adding, subtracting, dividing and multiplying numbers.  I also love learning all about fractions.  I try hard to do my best, even when it’s a bit tricky.

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Junior Pupil Lottie
When I joined St Dunstan’s College in Year 3, I was feeling incredibly positive about all the exciting things to come.

Even though I joined at the same time as two of my close friends, I soon made a lot more because everyone, the teachers and the pupils, was friendly and approachable.

I have taken advantage of many of the great opportunities. I started learning violin soon after I joined and I have just passed my Grade 1 with a Merit. I have also taken part in a huge range of different Forder activities. The Forder Programme allows us to choose an activity that we are passionate about that we would not normally learn about in lessons. As I love art, I often choose creative activities such as ‘Step-by-Step Drawing’ or ‘Passion for Patterns’.

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Junior Pupil Edward
Every day we are set challenges at St Dunstan’s and I am encouraged to be my own person and develop my own interests.

Every term we get to choose our Forder Programme activities and I do a lot of sport during these but I have also explored journalist club and had some taster lessons on the saxophone.

Each year group go on residential trips. They can be quite challenging you are going to be away from home for a bit. But, I always come back having had a really good time and you shouldn’t ever worry about it because your teachers and friends will help you overcome your fears with their kindness. I now cannot wait to go to Osmington Bay in Year 4 for a whole week!

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Senior Pupil Marco
The best thing about St Dunstan’s to me would be some of the lessons, like maths and chemistry, because you just get so into it and the teachers also help you a lot with everything that you do.

St Dunstan’s teaches me to be tolerant about other cultures because you bond with your friends from other cultures, you learn to understand their cultures and the way other people do things.

I also think it’s important to think for yourself because when you’re in later life you’re not going to have people to show you how to do things: you’re going to have to start working out what to do for yourself instead of asking other people to do it for you.

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Senior Pupil Inaya
One of my favourite things about St Dunstan’s College is the different clubs and activities on offer. This year, I have joined the Equality Society.

I really like that it is student led and we can discuss things that affect us both in school and also the outside world. I enjoy dancing in Vibe Arts, because it is really creative and I am looking forward to performing at the Catford Broadway as part of the St Dunstan’s Festival. Tutor time is really fun, as we get to discuss the theme of the week and has helped my study skills this year by looking at different types of flash cards

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Senior Pupil Sam
I am very interested in politics and had the opportunity to run for Young Mayor of Lewisham earlier this year.

It has helped me develop my confidence in public speaking and the teachers are really encouraging to everyone. I have also enjoyed helping younger children to learn to read at a local primary school. I like being part of the different sports teams and a highlight for me was when our football team won a tournament through dedication and working together as a team. This year I have joined the Army Section of the CCF. I really liked learning how to cook in the field and patrolling as part of our field day. My favourite subjects are Geography, History and Religion, Philosophy & Ethics.

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Senior Pupil Mei Lin
I found the transition to St Dunstan’s College easy. The teachers did not throw us in at the deep end, but helped us to build up our confidence over the first term.

The size of the year group really helped and the Bushcraft Trip in September allowed me to get to know the whole year group, plus it was really fun! In tutor time, my form tutor always involves us in fun activities that link to the theme of the week. My favourite subject is Art because it is relaxing and very different from my other subjects. I also really enjoy Mathematics because it is logical and I can always try to work out the answer

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Sixth Form Pupil Mimi
I joined for the Sixth Form. It's been such a brilliant experience and from the start it was easy to integrate as a new student. 

The Sixth Form feels like a little community. People are here for you and easy to talk to if you have a question or need help. There are so many opportunities in the Sixth Form and teachers give you the freedom to explore. I'm passionate about science and have helped introduce CREST to the College.  This is a scheme by the British Science Association which aims to encourage young people to think and behave like scientists. 

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Sixth Form Pupil Gabriel
There are a lot of opportunities to develop as a person. One of those has definitely been joining the CCF. 

You get to go to range days across the country, attend field exercises and you get to have regular training. My proudest moment was visiting Ypres in Belgium in February 2019 with the other cadets. Together, we took part in a battlefield tour and visited many of the graves of fallen St Dunstan's pupils from the First World War. As part of the visit, we took part in the Last Post parade at the Menin Gate. It was a moving trip and made me very proud.

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Sixth Form Pupil Amber
Since enrolling at St Dunstan’s in the Michaelmas term, I have been overwhelmed by the strong sense of community fostered by pupils and staff. 

 Student growth is driven as much by this sense of community as by the abundance of opportunities St Dunstan’s has to offer; both of which students are encouraged to immerse themselves into. My involvement with the school’s Amnesty International has been particularly gratifying, expanding the breadth of my knowledge concerning the current human rights situation whilst fomenting my ability to work collectively with like-minded students.

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Our Combined Choirs include

120

members of the St Dunstan's community who sing at concerts throughout the year

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Our dedicated hub for pupil

Wellness

is The Pavilion. This incorporates our medical centre, counselling provision, chaplaincy and youth mental health first aid provision

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St Dunstan's Festival provides

100

additional activities across two weeks for both our College and wider community

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Last year

1,000

local children attended free community football events at St Dunstan's

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