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Alleyn’s Girls become ISFA National Champions!

Alleyn’s girls 1st XI footballers became the U18 Independent Schools Football Association Smith’s Construction National Cup Champions for the first time in the School’s history! After a strong season and an excellent performance in the semi-finals which took the team through to the National Cup Final for the second consecutive year, the girls made the journey to Bisham Abbey where they would face Oakham School who saw off favourites ACS Cobham in their own semi-final. It was clear from the kick-off that the Alleyn’s side was on the way to achieving something special. They produced a purposeful and determined performance; pressing hard all over the pitch, countering aggressively. Despite carrying a threat, Oakham could not cope with the pace that Alleyn’s set. When they broke through the lines, any attack was quickly snuffed out by Eleanor (Y12) who was composed and confident between the sticks. Elisabeth (Y12) scored an impressive hat-trick and when Oakham rallied to pull one back, Captain Honor (Y13) produced a spectacular strike to restore her team’s three goal lead. When Elisabeth latched onto …

The Last Word: Amal Alaoui, Wellbeing & Stress Consultant

Amal Alaoui is a Wellbeing & Stress Consultant to adults and children, incorporating craniosacral therapy into integrated treatments. She is a published health writer and communications trustee to the health charity, Craniosacral Therapy Association [CSTA]. How long have you lived in the area? SE London is where I have lived for 15 years.  When I first moved to London I lived in Wimbledon and Fulham.  With a growing family, the crossover to SE24 and SE20 seemed logical. I also work in SE23 and central London. What has changed most during that time? The demographic profile and the high streets.  It is always encouraging to see more independent places popping up in the area. What do you most value about the area/street you live in? When we first moved here I had no idea how friendly the street was. I feel very blessed to have such considerate and interesting neighbours and there is a great sense of community.  We also have fantastic public transport. What’s the one thing you couldn’t do without? My children and craniosacral …

The Last Word: Andrew Geoghegan, Jewellery Designer

How long have you lived in the area? You could say that I have been in and out of West Dulwich all my life although I have been an actual resident for about 2 years. What brought you here? My grandparents lived on South Croxted Road and this was inherited and is now the family home. But I would also say I love it as a place to live. What has changed most during that time? In West Dulwich I would say there have been superficial changes but on the whole it is the same lovely place it always has been. What do you most value about the area/street you live in? Incredible sun-drenched and quiet gardens  – but easy access to the city when a bit more activity is required!  What’s the one thing you couldn’t do without? My pad and pencil – and quiet! As a jeweller designer (job and passion!) I find myself sketching whenever I get the opportunity to. I never know when inspiration will strike so I need to be …

The Last Word: Dena Blakeman – founder of the East Dulwich Picturehouse

Dena is the founder of the East Dulwich Picturehouse, which she worked on getting for many years. The building is her children’s old school St. Anthony’s and later, St Thomas More Hall.  Dena has worked in the film industry off and on for over 30-years as well as in arts community regeneration in the local area. How long have you lived in the area? I moved here in 1997 when my first son was two. What brought you here? I loved the indie shops like SMBS, Cheese Block and the houses were then affordable. What has changed most during that time? We’ve become known as a trendy place to live, eat, shop, drink and watch films. What do you most value about the area/street you live in? The schools are great, parks are beautiful and the independent shops, market, pubs/cafes and Cinema! What one thing would you change? The old harvester pub turned into an affordable spa. What’s the one thing you couldn’t do without? Films, hence the cinema. Do you know your neighbours? Yes.  …

Is stress bad for your mind, body and wellbeing?

The answer, of course, is yes. But why? When we’re in a stressed state, we release different hormones, predominately cortisol, which can have a negative effect on our body composition because cortisol instructs the liver to secrete glucose into the bloodstream (in effect to get us ready for action because it thinks we’re in a threat state). We then have elevated glucose in the blood – which is not great for our energy levels or our body composition (our weight management). But stress can also affect the entire body from top to tail. It can switch on and off genes that we don’t necessarily want switched on or off, it can significantly affect our overall health through our genetic expression, which I think is fascinating! It also affects the nervous system – the autonomic nervous system. There are two branches to this nervous system: sympathetic and parasympathetic. Sympathetic is our fight, flight, freeze response. That’s our threat state, and when we’re stressed, we’re in a sympathetic dominant state. Parasympathetic is our rest and digest, and that’s the …