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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 …

Love West Dulwich Lamp-post Banner Competition

West Dulwich has been brightened up by the addition of sixty three eye-catching lamp-post banners celebrating the spirit of the area. There are 20 different banners selected as part of a competition launched earlier in the year, the winning designs were chosen by nine jurors selected from various areas of the community including the wonderful Ingrid Beazley of Dulwich Outdoor Gallery who sadly passed away last month. Part of the Dulwich Festival, the competition attracted entries from artists and designers of all ages and experience, with a connection to West Dulwich – they might live, study or work there, have family or friends in the area, or simply love the place for another reason. The brief asked entrants to think creatively about what West Dulwich meant to them. The competition was run by Love West Dulwich, in partnership with the Dulwich Festival and set out to create community inspired banners to identify the area geographically for residents, local businesses and visitors and help provide a clear, cohesive sense of visual identity to reflect the spirit …

The Last Word – Hazel Springall, Village Books

I bought the bookshop (Village Books in Dulwich Village) with Julian Toland, my now retired business partner 20 years ago. After years of working for Waterstone’s I wanted the chance to run my own shop. I knew little about Dulwich at the time but now I live here and I love it – it’s a wonderful place to bring up a child. I enjoy my job every bit as much as when we first bought the shop – to spend your day talking about great books and meeting some wonderful writers is a privilege, although my favourite part of the job is finding the book that’s going to make a child love books. How long have you lived here? 16 years What brought you here? A baby – When our daughter was born I realised that a baby in Wimbledon and a bookshop in Dulwich was going to cause stresses, so like many families we moved here for the schools What I value most about the street I live in: I love the sense of …

Around Dulwich – June news

We are about midway through school half term (at time of print) and if – like me – you also work for yourself from home, you know you can’t just take a whole week off. You have to find a way to juggle ALL of your balls at the same time. For me, one of the best ways to keep those pesky balls up in the air is to get a head start on the laptop before the house wakes up. I achieve more between 6-8am than in the rest of the day! That being said, it is slightly easier now that my football-obsessed son is slightly older and wants to go to football camp every day! We booked him into Football Magic in Dulwich Village for a couple of sessions over Easter and he loved it so much that we re-enrolled him for a day over half term. This provided a brilliant excuse to escape the work being done in our garden and the endless muddy footprints of various tradesfolk up and down the …