Welcome to Dawlish College.
It continues to be an absolute privilege to be the Headteacher at Dawlish College – the staff and students are second to none and take all of life’s challenges in their stride. Despite current uncertainties as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, we continue to hold onto our core purpose in all that we do. Behind all of the decisions taken and measures put in place sits the balance between keeping staff and students safe whilst also providing them with a varied and exciting school experience.
Dawlish College is a vibrant and exciting place to be, where we have the highest expectations of staff and students alike and seek to provide challenge at every available opportunity. As a small school, we have a very proud record of holistic support, care and individual attention: the happiness and well-being of our students is of paramount importance and is a vital foundation for their growth and development. Our college has an atmosphere of creativity and positivity that is generated by the provision of excellent opportunities for every individual thereby maximising the outcomes and improving the life chances of the young people in our care.
As a parent myself, I understand that you want your child to be inspired, supported and challenged to be the best version of themselves within an environment that knows them and values them as an individual. Thank you for entrusting me with the care and education of your child, present or future, and I look forward to unlocking their ambitions as I get to know them and work closely with you.
‘We will continue to do our bit for as long as we can, secure in the knowledge that others will continue to light a candle long after us.’
- Gena Turgel MBE, survivor of the Holocaust (1923-2018)
KS3 students at Dawlish College have been reflecting on the theme for this year’s 76th Holocaust Memorial Day “Be the light in the darkness” in their online history lessons.
Holocaust Memorial Day takes place internationally on 27th January each year and is a time to remember the millions of people murdered during the Holocaust, under Nazi Persecution and in the genocides which followed in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur.
Year 8 and 9 students were asked to consider “different kinds of ‘darkness’, for example, identity-based persecution, misinformation, denial of justice; as well as different ways of ‘being the light’, for example, resistance, acts of solidarity, rescue and illuminating mistruths.” We also considered the pandemic and how many people are experiencing darkness of anxiety through separation from family and friends. Yet it is also a time when so many people are bringing light to their neighbours and communities. For example, within days of the first lockdown, 750,000 people signed up to volunteer for the NHS.
Dawlish College students then created their own candle artwork to reflect their understanding of this theme, uploaded it and now many of these have been displayed in our student reception window to mark this important event.
In the words of the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust the “utterly unprecedented times through which we are living currently are showing the very best of which humanity is capable but also the much darker side of our world as well.”
Yet we “can all stand in solidarity. We can choose to be the light in the darkness in a variety of ways and places – at home, in public, and online.”
RSL for History