Author: Around Dulwich

North vs South to make historic Pools anniversary

Swimmers from two of London’s most iconic open air swimming pools will compete in a mini gala organised as part of the 80th anniversary of their opening. The celebrations start at 4.00pm Saturday 8th July at Brockwell Park Lido. Art Deco landmarks, Brockwell Lido and Parliament Hill Lidos opened within a year of each other in 1937 and 1938 respectively. Historically the two lidos had annual races pitching south London against north, up until the late 60s. On Saturday 8th July 2017 races will run 4:45pm – 5:15pm. Mike Johnstone, aka Lido Mike, said: “The 80 year anniversary is a great time to revive the north vs south London races. Come along and support your Lido team. We hope this will become an annual event in the London swimming calendar.” North and South London swim teams will compete across a range of distances and strokes and competitors will be grouped by age.

The Great Wall of Stillness!

The Reception Team at Stillness Infants School in Brockley had been researching ideas for the outside space and wanted to make something bright and colourful for the children. The area is an extension of the classroom and as such any images needed to complement the curriculum clearly defining each learning space. We decided to create individual panels that would provide backdrops for the topics covered throughout the year. A rainbow scene for ‘Once upon a Tale’ a unit that covers traditional fairy tales, a map of the World for our unit on travel ‘On the Move’ treasure maps and landscapes of London for role play etc, which was 48 meres in length. We had a limited budget to work with so wanted to be able to spend as much of the money we had on equipment, costumes and learning resources for the children.  Brock, father of Olive in Red class offered to help and organised with two other Dads, Neil and Lawrence to paint the scenes on the wall for us. Before the walls could …

Bizet’s Carmen comes to Herne Hill

Dulwich Opera Company are bringing Bizet’s classic tale of love and revenge to the Oak Room at Herne Hill School this July. This young and vibrant company have devised a brand new chamber adaptation of Bizet’s classic, which will be touring South East England this summer. Featuring a cast of young professional singers making role debuts, sung in French with English surtitles, with international conductor, Jeremy Silver, directing the music from the piano. The company is delighted to reunite the creative team behind their highly acclaimed production of Così fan tutte, which is headed by international opera director, Ptolemy Christie, and designer, Leah Sams. Between them, they bring a great deal of experience to the production, having worked for many of the major opera and theatre companies here in the UK and abroad. Premièred in 1875, Bizet’s Carmen remains one of the most loved and performed of all operas around the world, and includes the famous Habanera, Toreador song, and Flower Song. Based on the novella by Prosper Mérimée, the opera tells the story of …

Education News: Exciting Science

Ben Jones, Director of Science at Alleyn’s, on how to use the Scientific Method to encourage and feed children’s curiosity. It has become a mantra within the Alleyn’s science department that our aim is to encourage and to feed curiosity. But what makes our job as science teachers so enjoyable is that children are born curious. It stands to reason, therefore, that exciting children about science at home should be simple. Give your child a slinky spring and that should keep them occupied for the day and lead them to a complete understanding of the cosmos! Or not. A starting point when considering how to excite our children in science may well be to refer to the birth of modern science itself, and the development of the scientific method. So, in the style of Francis Bacon, here are some top tips: Encourage questions The scientific method starts when you ask a question about something that you observe, so listen to your child’s questions about the world around them and encourage them to ask more. Encourage …

The Last Word – Rob Cassie, Electrician

My name is Rob Cassie, I’m a qualified electrician who works mainly in the domestic sector. I’m registered with a governing body that makes sure that I work to current standards as set out by the wiring regulations. My aim is to make sure that homeowners are electrically safe in their own home. How long have you lived in the area? I’ve lived in the SE area for just over twenty years. What brought you here? My now wife, girlfriend at the time, lived in the area so I moved to the area so we could see more of each other. What’s the one thing you couldn’t do without? My iPad, it keeps me connected with my customers and has my daily schedule at hand. The most famous person you’ve seen or met? Many years ago, at a military event, I met Prince Charles. I remember thinking how much shorter he was in real life, for some reason I always thought he was very tall. Do you belong to any groups? I belong to a …