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How to generate and sustain a love of sport in your child

We are all well versed in the benefits our children gain from regular sport and physical activity. But how do we encourage them to love sport from a young age, and then sustain that enthusiasm? Kevin Molloy, Director of Sport at Alleyn’s Junior School in Dulwich provides some top tips to help you and your child get the ball rolling. MAKE IT FUN There is plenty of time for learning techniques and tactics. Let children experience the thrill of moving and playing. As the great West Indian cricketer Sir Vivian Richards said, “Once they have experienced the thrill of smashing the ball to all parts, the pain of getting out will be enough motivation for them to seek you out and learn how to be patient and defend.” FUNDAMENTALS Don’t jeopardise the fun element but do encourage the basics. Agility, balance, co-ordination and speed are attributes that will stand children in good stead. These core physical qualities, allied with the natural motivation to be active, mean your child is now well on the road towards …

Word Up

Happily, there are many ways to support your child with dyslexia, say Louise van der Valk and Patricia Reed, Heads of Learning Support at Alleyn’s School and Alleyn’s Junior School. Dyslexia is a learning difficulty that often runs in families, and which primarily affects the skills involved in accurate and fluent word reading and spelling. Nowadays, there are many strategies available to support children with the condition. Liaise with your child’s school If you are concerned that your child may have dyslexia, your first port of call should be their class teacher, to discuss your concerns and receive their advice. They may well refer your child to the school’s SENCo (Special Educational Needs Coordinator or similar) to investigate further and to assess whether specific support may be required. Whilst intervention may begin in Reception for children who seem to struggle to acquire basic literacy and reading skills, a school also has to allow for the varying pace of the acquisition of literacy skills. This may mean that a formal diagnosis may not be immediately forthcoming; …

How going ‘soft’ helps Sydenham High students get ‘tough’

The high levels of mental toughness delivered by Sydenham High School GDST’s student development and mental wellbeing programmes have been confirmed by new research 1. The research was conducted by leading psychometric test publisher AQR International for the Independent Schools Council (ISC) using the using a model which looks at important so-called ‘soft skills’ such as control, commitment, challenge and confidence. In the test, which defines mental toughness as the ‘mindset that every person adopts in everything they do’, nine and ten year old students (Year 5) at Sydenham High Junior School achieved a strong total score of 4.2. This is in line with the average across all ISC schools taking part1 and contrasts with the lower 3.94 recorded by state schools. It was also higher than the average score for all female pupils in the study (4.0). In addition, a number of students scored considerably above this, particularly for confidence, challenge and emotional control – some as high as 8-10. By performing at the top end of the scale, Sydenham High’s students show an exceptionally positive ‘can do attitude’; …

Kingsdale Sixth Form Open Evenings

Take advantage of the chance to visit Kingsdale Foundation School and see for yourself how they bring the best out of their students. Teachers are enthusiastic, have good subject knowledge and plan interesting lessons. There are very good relationships between staff and students, Ofsted 2012. If you visited Kingsdale Foundation School, you will realise why they receive such glowing reports. In the Autumn term 2016 you will have just that opportunity as they will be holding Sixth Form Open Evenings for September 2017 entry. Applications for courses are now being accepted. Kingsdale achieved its best ever A Level results in 2016 with some exceptional performances including students going on to Oxford and to study Medicine. 40% of our 2016 graduates at University are attending highly prestigious Russell Group or 1994 colleges. Kingsdale is a dynamic, exceptionally popular and progressive school that has invested £30m to develop an award-winning educational learning environment.   In their specialist academic Sixth Form, students study a combination of respected traditional A Levels, the Baccalaureate and alternative high value Level 3 courses. …

Author Lydia Syson visits Sydenham High

Poetry, propaganda and remembering the Spanish Civil War As part of the historical and literary commemoration of the 80th anniversary of the Spanish Civil War, local author Lydia Syson visited Sydenham High School to discuss her work and run creative writing workshops with Year 10. Her book, A World Between Us, is set during the period and features a heroine from Sydenham. Ms Syson provided a vivid backdrop to the events of the Spanish Civil War and explained how art, poetry and film became the filter through which people gained their understanding of what was happening. Using a Picasso’s painting of the bombing of Guernica and a poem about the same event as stimuli, students tried their hand at creating their own ekphrastic poems; Ms Syson promised to share the best ones online. Her talk and workshops clearly made a strong impact on the students who left the following comments after the session: “I really enjoyed today’s workshop as it moved me incredibly and inspired me to write a poem.  It has given me the …