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SE22 Councillor Jon Hartley

By Jon Hartley, Dulwich Hill Ward At the most recent Dulwich Community Council meeting, my fellow Dulwich Hill Councillor Maggie Browning and I were able to assign funding to local projects via the Cleaner Greener Safer fund, Neighbourhood Fund and Highways Capital Investment fund. These snappily titled local council budgets are a really important way for us as your representatives to be able to support good ideas from the community and protect and enhance some local services that are under increasing pressure. This year we were able to provide funding towards improvements in Goodrich School playground and St Clement’s orchard, support the Plastic Free Dulwich initiative, and resources for the local Police team. We also reserved funds to deal with any extra street cleaning that’s required in the area, supported developing local resident groups, promoting links between different generations and funded traffic speed restrictions. Adding to an initial grant last year, we were glad to be able to fully fund improvements to the pathways in Dawson’s Hill park, making them safe and accessible. The need …

Education news: Computer Whizz Kids

Robert Payne, teacher of ICT at Alleyn’s, on how to bring on our child’s knowledge of ICT. “Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.” (Benjamin Franklin) Knowledge and experience of using computer systems is important in an ever-changing information society. Our children use a variety of computer-based technologies ranging from tablets, phones and games consoles and while they often seem to teach themselves some of the core computing skills, it is important to encourage them to use these tools effectively, creatively and most importantly, safely. Here are a few ways that may help to develop ICT knowledge in older primary school age children up into the early years of secondary school. Computer literacy Children can develop their creative skills through software applications, and if you follow your child’s particular interests in choosing how they do this they will engage fully. They might choose to design animated stories, games or scientific simulation using software such as Scratch, remix music using GarageBand, or use PowerPoint to create animated presentations …

A record breaking year at Rosemead Prep School & Nursery

It gives me great pleasure to announce the final offers from this year’s 11+ Senior School Entrance results. We are extremely proud to say that this year is the best set of results on record for number of offers and also for the number of scholarship offers. Our Year 6 pupils have once again excelled and have gained places at some of the area’s most prestigious schools. There is a great range of schools that have offered places to our pupils, showing how far and wide the consideration of Senior schools has become. With 190 offers across the year group (which is more than 3 per pupil), the children have achieved great things through a balance of outstanding teaching, hard work, commitment to opportunity and willingness to explore new experiences.  The number of scholarships awarded is truly astounding and again a new record for Rosemead this year. Ranging from Music, Sport, Art and Drama, as well as an extremely high number of Academic awards, these 67 scholarships really do show how we are providing for, …

Gordon

Sadly, our 15 year old cat Gordon died on Friday 8th March after being hit by a car on the evening while out patrolling. The thoughtfulness of the local community, who found him and contacted the RSPCA, spared him any undue suffering by comforting him and keeping him warm until they arrived. We were contacted by the RSPCA two hours after he was found as he was microchipped. We were able to say goodbye to him and this gave us some comfort. I would advocate all pet owners to have their pets micro-chipped for peace of mind. It is the not knowing what happened to a pet that is soul destroying. Gordon was the runt of a litter of kittens born across the road from us in Landells Road. His father was aggressive and tried to end his life only succeeding in nipping his tail and leaving it with a white tip. He had a characteristic black mark on his chin, said to be inherited from his father. He was spayed but loved nothing more …

LinkedIn: five tips to start improving your profile

Is LinkedIn yet another thing on your “must do more of” list? As 2019 begins, what better time to get this underway. In the first monthly article about digital skills, here are five ideas to help you create a LinkedIn profile you’re proud of. That, in turn, may encourage you to start engaging more on LinkedIn. Hardly revolutionary, but why not work on improving your profile little by little… Dive in, give it a go! 1. Headshot: A high-resolution photo taken by a professional… why wouldn’t you? How to find a local photographer: you may want to ask on LinkedIn for a recommendation…Chances are you’ll already want to engage more on LinkedIn once that professional photo takes pride of place. 2. Headline field beneath your name: It’s the ideal place to summarise how you help your clients and solve problems; or your style of working with colleagues.Take a look at a few of your connections’ LinkedIn profiles to see how they put those 100+ characters to best use. 3. Edit public profile and LinkedIn URL: You may have a …